Tuesday, 28 July 2015

'Nightfall' by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Release date:22nd September 2015 
Published by:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN No:978 0399175800

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

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'The Prisoner's Gold' by Chris Kuzneski

Release date:8th October 2015 
Published by: Headline
ISBN No: 978 0755386598

If you seek, they will find...
The travels of Marco Polo are known throughout the world.
But what if his story isn't complete?
What if his greatest adventure has yet to be discovered?
Guided by a journal believed to have been dictated by Polo himself,
the Hunters set out in search of his final legacy:
the mythical treasure gathered during Polo's lifetime of exploration.
But as every ancient clue brings them closer to the truth,
each new step puts them in increasing danger....

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'The Dress' by Kate Kerrigan

Release date:27th August 2015 
Published by:Head of Zeus
ISBN No: 978 1784082383

Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes, made all the more precious because they were once worn and cherished by another woman. Thousands follow her fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. One day she stumbles upon an extraordinary story.
Joy Fitzpatrick not only shares Lily's surname. She was a fashion legend, famed for her beauty and style in 1950s New York. For her 30th birthday, she is said to have commissioned a dress so beautiful that nothing in couture would ever be able to match it. She turned to a young Irish seamstress, called Honor Conlon, to create her sublime vision.
THE DRESS interweaves the passionate and surprising stories of three women. Joy and Honor, whose destinies are linked not only by a piece of timeless fashion, but by the ruthless love of one man. And Lily, determined to find out if the legendary dress still exists, and if it does, to bring it back to glorious life.

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'Laurus' by Eugene Vodolazkin

Release date:1st October 2015
Published by: Oneworld Publications
ISBN No: 978 1780747552

Fifteenth-century Russia
It is a time of plague and pestilence, and a young healer, skilled in the art of herbs and remedies, finds himself overcome with grief and guilt when he fails to save the one he holds closest to his heart. Leaving behind his village, his possessions and his name, he sets out on a quest for redemption, penniless and alone. But this is no ordinary journey: wandering across plague-ridden Europe, offering his healing powers to all in need, he travels through ages and countries, encountering a rich tapestry of wayfarers along the way. Accosted by highwaymen, lynched in Yugoslavia and washed overboard at sea, he eventually reaches Jerusalem, only to find his greatest challenge is yet to come.
Winner of two of the biggest literary prizes in Russia, Laurus is a remarkably rich novel about the eternal themes of love, loss, self-sacrifice and faith, from one of the country’s most experimental and critically acclaimed novelists.

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'The King's Sisters' by Sarah Kennedy

Release date:29th September 2015 
Published by:Knox Robinson
ISBN No:978 1910282779

"London 1811. To protect the reputations of both himself and a courtesan, worldly Lord Roderick Davenant, head of a disreputable family, takes home and consigns to the care of his servants Addy, a climbing boy ( sweep s apprentice) who accidentally discovers the two in the midst of a clandestine rendezvous. Davenant's groom, Henry, discovers the orphan Addy is no ordinary climbing boy - he behaves like a gentleman, is literate, speaks fluent French, and says he lives in a castle with is grandfather. Henry is sure Addy is the victim of a jacketing concern, underworld speak for usurpation of someone from his wealth. At first skeptical of this, Davenant changes his mind when he learns Addy knows Latin. Ever the gambling man, Davenant undertakes a wager to find Addy s family in three weeks. However, from the beginning of his quest, Davenant is beset by murder and danger. Someone seems to know his every move. Why does a man in buckled shoes follow him? A peddler watch his house? A sinister duke so interested in Addy? Who is it that wants Addy dead? With the aid of a company of undesirables, Davenant's search takes him from Mayfair to London's underworld, from Liverpool to Sussex's smuggling haunts where he discovers that the answers are much closer to him than he realized."

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'The Witches: Salem, 1692' by Stacy Schiff

Release date:22nd October 2015
Published by:W and N
ISBN No: 978 1474602242

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.
Vividly capturing the dark, unsettled atmosphere of seventeenth-century America, Stacy Schiff's magisterial history draws us into this anxious time. She shows us how a band of adolescent girls brought the nascent colony to its knees, and how quickly the epidemic of accusations, trials, and executions span out of control. Above all, Schiff's astonishing research reveals details and complexity that few other historians have seen. Every detail of colonial life just decades after the first landing - family, farming, praying, housekeeping, dangers of life at wilderness's edge, estrangement from England, the pressures of a life dominated by Biblical thought - is rendered with a clarity that makes almost inconceivable events comprehensible.

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