New Adult Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - February 2019

The following adult fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during February 2019. Clicking on the book title (red underlined) will bring up a popup window listing which libraries the book is available at. Simply scroll down this list to see if the title is currently available for loan at Stoneleigh or whether it has been borrowed by another library customer.

   

The Bridge Over the Drina
Ivo Andric (1995) [First Pubished as "Na Drini ćuprija".in 1945 ]

[Translated from the original Serbo-Croatian by Lovett F. Edwards 1959]

 

 

In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel's title, built in the sixteenth century on the instruction of a grand vezir, bears witness to three centuries of conflict. Visegrad has long been a bone of contention between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, but the bridge survives unscathed until 1914, when the collision of forces in the Balkans triggers the outbreak of World War I.

The bridge spans generations, nationalities and creeds, silent testament to the lives played out on it. Radisav, a workman, tries to hinder its construction and is impaled alive on its highest point; beautiful Fata leaps from its parapet to escape an arranged marriage; Milan, inveterate gamble, risks all in one last game on it. With humour and compassion, Andric chronicles the lives of Catholics, Muslims and Orthodox Christians unable to reconcile their disparate loyalties.

 

[Wikipedia Entry on Book]

Book Details: PB/9781860460586/FIC/1995
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]
   
A Noise Downstairs
Linwood Barclay (2019)

 

Paul Davis forgets things - he gets confused, he has sudden panic attacks. But he wasn't always like this. Eight months ago, Paul found two dead bodies in the back of a co-worker's car. He was attacked, left for dead, and has been slowly recovering ever since. His wife tries her best but fears the worst. Therapy helps during the days, but at night he hears things - impossible things - that no one else can. That nobody else believes. Either he's losing his mind - or someone wants him to think he is. But just because he's paranoid doesn't mean it's not happening.

Book Details: PB/9781409164005/THR/2019
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Zoo City
Lauren Beukes (2018)

 

Zinzi December has a talent for finding lost people. Even when they don't want to be found. And when she is hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find pop starlet Songweza, she hopes it will be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell's undertow. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own.

Book Details: PB/9781405924054/SF/2018
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Service]
   
The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's Memory
Jorge Luis Borges (2001)

 

The Book of Sand was the last of Borges' major collections to be published. He described them as variations on favourite themes...combining a plain and at times almost colloquial style with a fantastic plot.

Book Details: PB/9780141183824/FIC/2001
[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
 
   

Labyrinths
Jorge Luis Borges (2000)

 

Jorge Luis Borges's Labyrinths is a collection of short stories and essays showcasing one of Latin America's most influential and imaginative writers. Jorge Luis Borges was a literary spellbinder whose tales of magic, mystery and murder are shot through with deep philosophical paradoxes. This collection brings together many of his stories, including the celebrated 'Library of Babel', whose infinite shelves contain every book that could ever exist, 'Funes the Memorious' the tale of a man fated never to forget a single detail of his life, and 'Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote', in which a French poet makes it his life's work to create an identical copy of Don Quixote. In later life, dogged by increasing blindness, Borges used essays and brief tantalising parables to explore the enigma of time, identity and imagination. Playful and disturbing, scholarly and seductive, his is a haunting and utterly distinctive voice.

Book Details: PB/9780141184845/FIC/2000
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A Ladder to the Sky
John Boyne (2019)

 

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, 'A Ladder to the Sky' shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul. If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don't even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely. Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people's stories. He doesn't care where he finds them - or to whom they belong - as long as they help him rise to the top.

Book Details: PB/9781784161019/FIC/2019
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Don't Turn Around
Amanda Brook (2019)

 

'Ten years ago, Jen's cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship. Now, Meg's ex is back and Jen's domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg - details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known. As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg's fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

Book Details: PB/9780008219185/THR/2019
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The Shape of Water
Andrea Camilleri (1994) English Translation by Stephen Saterelli (2002).

Original Italian edition "La forma dell'acqua" published 1994.

 

The goats of Vigàta once grazed on the trash-strewn site still known as the Pasture. Now local enterprise of a different sort flourishes: drug dealers and prostitutes of every flavour. But their discreet trade is upset when two employees of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company discover the body of engineer Silvio Luparello, one of the local movers and shakers, apparently deceased in flagrante at the Pasture. The coroner's verdict is death from natural causes - refreshingly unusual for Sicily.

 

But Inspector Salvo Montalbano, as honest as he is streetwise and as scathing to fools and villains as he is compassionate to their victims, is not ready to close the case - even though he's being pressured by Vigàta's police chief, judge, and bishop.

 

Picking his way through a labyrinth of high-comedy corruption, delicious meals, vendetta firepower, and carefully planted false clues, Montalbano can be relied on, whatever the cost, to get to the heart of the matter.

 

Book Details: PB/9781509850372/THR/2017

[Book selected and paid for by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
   

The Binding

Bridget Collins (2019)

 

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, he can help. If there's something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor's workshop, row upon row of books - and memories - are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

Book Details: PB/9780008272111/FIC/2019
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Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad (1899)

 

'Heart of Darkness' has been considered for most of this century as a literary classic, and also as a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism. Conrad's narrator describes his journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad's finest, most enigmatic story.

Book Details: PB/9780141441672/FIC/2007
[Book selected and paid for by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
   
 

Little Dorrit

Charles Dickens (1857)
 
A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, Little Dorrit is one of the supreme works of Dickens's maturity. When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, he takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, and in the affairs of Amy's father, a man of shabby grandeur, long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect many lives, from Mr Panks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, to Merdle, an unscrupulous financier.
 
Book Details: PB/9780141199375/FIC/2012
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Like Water For Chocolate
Laura Esquivel (1993)
[First Pubished in Spanish as "Como agua para chocolate" in 1989]
"Like Water For Chocolate" is a sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.
The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, this is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes.
 
Book Details: PB/9780552995870/FIC/1993
[Book selected and paid for by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
 
   
A Room with a View
E. M. Forster (1908)

 

Forster's social comedy is a witty observation of the English middle classes as they holiday abroad in Florence. One of these tourists is Lucy Honeychurch, a young girl whose heart is awakened by her experiences in Italy.

 

 

Lucy has her rigid, middle-class life mapped out for her until she visits Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte, and finds her neatly ordered existence thrown off balance. Her eyes are opened by the unconventional characters she meets at the Pension Bertolini: flamboyant romantic novelist Eleanor Lavish, the Cockney Signora, curious Mr Emerson and, most of all, his passionate son George.

 

 

Lucy finds herself torn between the intensity of life in Italy and the repressed morals of Edwardian England, personified in her terminally dull fiancé Cecil Vyse. Will she ever learn to follow her own heart?

 

Book Details: PB/9780141199825/FIC/2012
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Graham Greene (1938)

A gang war is raging in Brighton. Pinkie is 17 and fighting for leadership. He has already proved his ruthlessness by killing Hale, a journalist. But he isn't prepared for the courageous Ida Arnold who is determined to avenge Hale's death.

 

Greene's gripping thriller, exposes a world of loneliness and fear, of life lived on the 'dangerous edge of things'.

 
Book Details: PB/9780099478478/FIC/2012
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 The Third Man & Other Stories
Graham Greene (1949)

 

Rollo Martins, a failing novelist, is invited to Vienna by his best friend, Harry Lime. The city he arrives in is unrecognisable - torn apart by the Second World War and shared between the occupying Allies. What's more, Harry is dead, and the circumstances look suspicious. Determined to uncover the truth, Martins must pick through the rubble of this broken city in search of answers. Accompanied here by 12 further stories that exhibit the full range of Graham Greene's masterly storytelling, 'The Third Man' is an atmospheric noir that oozes with suspense

 

Book Details: PB/9781509828050/FIC/2017
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Travels with my Aunt
Graham Greene (1969)

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, to travel to Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay, and a shiftless, twilight society of hippies, war criminals, CIA men that will help Henry come alive after a dull suburban life.

 
Book Details: PB/9780099282587/FIC/1999
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Elly Griffiths (2019)
 
DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? Meanwhile Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh - another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle - trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site, and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a twelve-year-old girl who disappeared thirty years ago. As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places.
 
Book Details: PB/9781786487292/THR/2019
[Book selected and paid for by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
   
Thomas Hardy (1874)
 
This is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, then surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. Three men vie for the affections of this independent young woman.
 
Book Details: PB/ 9780141198934 /FIC/2012
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Thomas Hardy (1886)
 
In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respected and prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk the shameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper.
 
Book Details: PB/9780141199597/FIC/2012
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy (1891)

 

When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.

Book Details: PB/9780141199948/FIC/2012
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Jane Harper (2019)
 
Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes three hours' drive apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet. Something had been on Cam's mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.
 
Book Details: PB/9781408708217/THR/2019
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Herman Hesse (1930)
 
'Narcissus and Goldmund' is a recreation of the Middle Ages, contrasting the careers of two friends, one of whom shuns life in a monastery and goes on the road, tangled in the extremes of life in a world dominated by sin, plague and war, the other staying in the monastery and struggling, with equal difficulty, to lead a life of spiritual denial.
Book Details: PB/9780141984612/FIC/2017
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Patricia Highsmith (1955)
 
Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over.

Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.
 
Book Details: PB/9780099282877/FIC/1999
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Peter Høeg (1988)
[Translated from the Original Danish by Barbara Haveland]
[First Pubished in Danish as "Forestilling om det Tyvende århundrede" in 1988]

Around his estate, the Count of Morkhoy has built a wall. He has stopped all the clocks so that time should simply go away and the entire household may live forever. But 200 years later the 20th century makes its violent entry.
 
Book Details: PB/9780099599739/FIC/2014
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Ruth Hogan (2019)
 
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all.
 
Book Details: HB/9781473669062/FIC/2019
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Susan Howatch (2010)
 
1968, with the swinging sixties sliding into decadence, finds Nicholas Darrow wrestling with overwhelming personal problems: How can he bring himself to marry his fiancée, Rosalind, when he is unable to avoid promiscuity? How can he become a priest when he finds it so difficult to live as one? And how can he break his dangerous dependence on his father Jon, whose psychic gifts he shares?

It is at this crucial moment in his life that Nick becomes involved in the mystery surrounding his friend, Christian Aysgarth. Gradually, he realises that discovering the truth about this enigmatic and complex man will unlock the answers to his own baffling problems. However, his journey through darkness into the light reverses all the old certainties and, in his experiments with the psychic powers, Nick risks even his own life and sanity.
 
Book Details: PB/9780006496878/FIC/2010
[Book selected and paid for by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]