Wednesday, 1 October 2014

'Unraveled' by Gennifer Albin

Release date: 7th October 2014
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN No: 978 0374316433

"Autonomous. Independent. Dangerous." They tried to control her. Now she'll destroy them. Things have changed behind the walls of the Coventry, and new threats lurk in its twisted corridors. When Adelice returns to Arras, she quickly learns that something rotten has taken hold of the world, and now Cormac Patton needs her to help him reestablish order. However, peace comes at a terrible price. As the Guild manipulates the citizens of Arras, Adelice discovers that she's not alone, and she must let go of her past to fight for mankind's future. She will have to choose between an unimaginable alliance and a deadly war that could destroy everyone she loves. 

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' A Woman of Fortune' by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Release date: 8th October 2014
Published by: Thorndike Press
ISBN No: 978 1410472168

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream. Her world is filled with designer clothes, luxury cars, and stunning homes. But her Neiman-Marcus lifestyle comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly, she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must start over against incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living. Poignant and emotionally gripping, "A Woman of Fortune" reveals the many ways we deceive ourselves and how resilience of the heart is essential to authentic living. Drawing on her experiences as a legal investigator, author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters. Readers will love Claire's unbending determination as she strives to keep her family from falling apart and learns to embrace the kind of fortune that lasts.

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'Britain from Above: A view of Britain from the past to present' by Times Atlases

Release date: 9th October 2014
Published by: Times Books
ISBN No: 978 0007525812

A stunning collection of aerial photography from high above the British Isles, offering a unique insight into the evolution of photography, mapping and the nation.
This beautiful volume of striking images from over 90 years, offers an insight into the incredible history of aerial photography.
Aerial photography has been practised for as long as man has been airborne. Techniques have changed greatly since photographers leant out of the first hot air balloons, as have their subjects – from photographing 19th century rural Britain,
to detailing the Games of the Thirtieth Olympiad in 2012. Each chapter details a region of Britain, highlighting key social, cultural and technological changes over the years. Explore how grainy images and cracked screens have given way to high resolution detail.
Over 100 featured subjects include:
• The natural beauty of the British landscape from Snowdon to Easdale and the Needles.
• Contemporary views from The Shard in London to Cardiff Arms Park and Belfast’s Wish.
• Historic monuments from Buckingham Palace to Stonehenge and Caerphilly Castle.

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'Glass of the Roman World' by Justine Bayley (ed)

Release date: 30th November 2014
Published by: Oxbow Books
ISBN No: 978 1782977742

Glass of the Roman Empire illustrates the arrival of new cultural systems, mechanisms of trade and an expanded economic base in the early 1st millennium AD which, in combination, allowed the further development of the existing glass industry. Glass became something which encompassed more than simply a novel and highly decorative material. Glass production grew and its consumption increased until it was assimilated into all levels of society, used for display and luxury items but equally for utilitarian containers, windows and even tools. These 18 papers by renowned international scholars include studies of glass from Europe and the Near East. The authors write on a variety of topics where their work is at the forefront of new approaches to the subject. They both extend and consolidate aspects of our understanding of how glass was produced, traded and used throughout the Empire and the wider world drawing on chronology, typology, patterns of distribution, and other methodologies, including the incorporation of new scientific methods. Though focusing on a single material the papers are firmly based in its archaeological context in the wider economy of the Roman world, and consider glass as part of a complex material culture controlled by the expansion and contraction of the Empire. The volume is presented in honour of Jenny Price, a foremost scholar of Roman glass.

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'In Search of the Argonauts: The Remarkable History of Jason and the Golden Fleece' by Helen Lovatt

Release date: 18th December 2014
Published by: I.B. Tauris
ISBN No: 978 1848857148

Few classical stories are as romantic as that of Jason and the Golden Fleece. The stirring tale of an adventurer who was also a disenfranchised king's son and daring sea-captain has resonated through the ages, rumbling and echoing like the clashing rocks which almost pulverised the doughty Argo to splinters. The themes of the legend are perennial, and endlessly engaging. For even while it tells of a quest to the ends of the earth, of the villainous usurper King Pelias, of dragons' teeth, of the doom of Hylas (beloved friend to Heracles), ravished to his end by nymphs who greatly desired him for his beauty, and of Jason's lust for the witch Medea (betrayed so that he might wed another), it speaks to us of more: of sex and gender; of identity and race; and, of colonisation and conquest. From Pindar to J W Waterhouse, from Max Beckmann to Ray Harryhausen and from Mary Renault to Ian Seraillier, the epic poem of "Apollonius of Rhodes" has inspired later interpretations as rich, salty and diverse as the source text itself. Helen Lovatt here unravels, like untangled sea-kelp, the diverse strands of the narrative and its numerous and fascinating afterlives. Her book will prove endlessly entertaining to those who love classical literature and myth.

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'The World's Best Cities' by National Geographic

Release date: 28th October 2014
Published by: National Geographic Society
ISBN No: 978 1426213786

Giving a nod to the Century of the City, the World's Best Cities - the next in National Geographic's best-selling large-format gift book collection - celebrates the terroir of more than 300 of the world's great and upcoming cities with a playful panoply of lavish photo galleries and insightful text, including must-do walks, local secrets, oddities, and more. Delving into the heart and soul of more than 300 cities worldwide, this National Geographic travel volume is a glossy, glorious tribute to cosmopolitan life. A stately, luscious celebration of photos and words, it showcases all of the world's great cities - Paris, Rome, New York, London--and up-coming ones as well - including Denver, Asheville, Auckland (New Zealand) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) - through a playful, informative mix of inspirational personal narratives; walking tours; thematic photo galleries; plus sidebars on oddities; shopping cart; novel introductions (novels that offer a sense of the city); local secrets; and more. Additional cities are treated with illustrated lists, such as the world's best fashion cities; foodie cities; and garden cities. The twenty-first century is the Century of the City, and for on-the-go travellers and armchair travellers alike The World's Best Cities is a must-have for all urban adventurers.

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'Knitting Wizardry' by Amy Clarke Moore

Release date: 31st October 2014
Published by: Interweave
ISBN No: 978 1620338483

A collection of 27 magical projects.
From the editors of the popular magazine Jane Austen Knits comes an enchanting collection that will take readers deep into the realm of wizards, witches, and magical creatures. Enter a world filled with beguiling but classic garments in this collection of 27 knitting patterns.
Revel in a broad variety of magical subject matter while employing a wide variety of knitting techniques: cables for projects fit for giants and sorcerers; lace for glamorous shawls and gauntlets perfect to wear at the ball; cozy colorwork socks, caps, and mitts to keep warm while tending the herbal garden or wandering in the wild woods. Readers will explore their hidden dark side with projects that are slightly more sinister (though beautiful), such as shadowy cloaks and glistening shrugs. And they?ll flaunt their own knitting magic in a variety of stunning cardigans, vests, and sweaters for men and women. Whether knitters are interested in magical inspiration or just great patterns, this book has it covered.

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'The Art of Landscape Photography' by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer

Release date: 7th October 2014
Published by: Ammonite
ISBN No: 978 1781450529

There are many general titles on landscape photography, but few that really tackle the issue of composition in great depth. The Art of Landscape Photography assumes a good working knowledge of the technical basics, such as correct exposure, filtration, and sharpness, and concentrates on the 'heart and soul' of landscape photography: the principles of composition and aesthetic design to convey meaning and emotion.

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'Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 24' by Natural History Museum

Release date: 22nd October 2014
Published by: The Natural History Museum
ISBN No: 978 0565093426

For 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. This unforgettable collection represents the work of international photographers, both amateur and professional, who have been recognised in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 competition. It is a bold selection which reflects the photographers different styles, stories and messages, as well as the use of new technologies and the high ethical standards of the competition. The photographs were selected by an international jury for their artistic merit, originality and technical excellence from more than 41,000 entries, from 96 countries. The range of subjects, styles and photographic genres is vast. It includes extraordinary images of unique and unusual behaviour, evocative portraits, truly wild landscapes and thought-provoking reportage. Presenting awe-inspiring wildlife photography at its very best, this beautiful book provides a reminder of the wonder of life on our planet. The introduction to this portfolio is by Jim Brandenburg, chair of the competition's judges and one of the world's most respected photographers of nature.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

'Otherworld Nights' by Kelley Armstrong

Release date: 7th October 2014
Published by: Orbit
ISBN No: 978 0356500669

Sunday Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong captivated readers with her Women of the Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. In this new anthology, favourite characters return in stories of drama, danger and desire. Legendary werewolf partners Elena and Clay stalk the pages of this book, along with vampires, witches, half-demons and sorcerers.
Filled with fan favourites and rarities, Otherworld Nights concludes with a brand-new novella, 'Vanishing Act'. This thrilling longer story is set after series finale 13, and features much-loved characters Savannah and Adam as they begin a new life - and a mysterious new case - together.

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'Reflection' by Diane Chamberlain

Release date: 31st July 2014
Published by: Pan
ISBN No: 978 1447256663

YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN THE PAST. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquillity of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection. On arrival she discovers that the town has not forgotten the past and amongst the hostility and gossip, Rachel is forced to seek out old allies and new passions. Soon she finds an unlikely advocate in her grandmother, who surprises her with her wise counsel and rare strength. Rachel comes to realize that they are both trying to overcome the past, and in doing so brings private guilt and concealed secrets into the light.

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