New Adult Non-Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - February 2018
The following adult non-fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during February 2018. 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.

Hinchley Wood, the origins of a 1930s settlement

Howard Mallinsoon (2002)


Hinchley Wood has a character which is so obviously of the 1930s, but how did it happen? And who were the leaders who gave it shape; and brought about the creation of St Christopher's Church? These are the questions which Howard Mallinson has researched and written in this account.


When the station opened in 1930, this together with the improved road communications made possible by the Kingston by-pass, created a market for houses which were attractive to the London commuter. The book explains these influences and the impact of the Southern Railway's active promotion of their new electric train services. With the excellent location of Hinchley Wood, with its fast, frequent trains to the capital, the development of Hinchley Wood took off at speed, both through its intrinsic merits which were attractive to the 1930s market, and as a result of the housing boom.


The author explains the reasons why Hinchley Wood was built so quickly, essentially because four main builders were producing houses at the same time, and to an eager market which found the new homes more affordable than ever before. Accounts are given about the development of all the roads in Hinchley Wood and the numbers, year by year, of the new residents, together with an instructive analysis of the role of town planning of the new settlement, and its influence on housing densities, road layouts and shopping facilities, as well as some bad omissions in the town plan, in particular regarding schools and a church.


The author investigated the origins of the Hinchley Wood Residents' Association and explains and comments on all the major issues which were confronted by the Association in the 1930s.The central role of Edgar Royston Pike, to whom the book is in part dedicated, is covered in depth. The story of the schools of Hinchley Wood is given, including a sensitive account of how the war impacted on school life.


It is an important historical account built round contemporary records which will be enjoyed by any reader who appreciates social history.


Book Details: HB/9780954393403/LOC/942.2HIN/2002

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library User] 


The forgotten children, Fairbridge Farm School and its betrayal of Britain's child migrants

David Hill (2017)


In 1959 David Hill's mother - a poor single parent living in Sussex - reluctantly decided to send her sons to Fairbridge Farm School in Australia where, she was led to believe, they would have a good education and a better life. David was lucky - his mother was able to follow him out to Australia - but for most children, the reality was shockingly different. From 1938 to 1974 thousands of parents were persuaded to sign over legal guardianship of their children to Fairbridge to solve the problem of child poverty in Britain while populating the colony. Now many of those children have decided to speak out. Physical and sexual abuse was not uncommon. Loneliness was rife. Food was often inedible. The standard of education was appalling. Here, for the first time, is the story of the lives of the Fairbridge children, from the bizarre luxury of the voyage out to Australia to the harsh reality of the first days there; from the crushing daily routine to stolen moments of freedom and the struggle that defined life after leaving the school. This remarkable book is both a tribute to the children who were betrayed by an ideal that went terribly awry and a fascinating account of an extraordinary episode in British history.


Book Details: PB/9781760631321/LIV/304.894/2017

[Book Selected and Purchased by Surrey Library Services]


The secret teacher, dispatches from the classroom

Anonymous (2017)


"I will teach them literature, poetry, culture. I will teach them The Waste Land! I will be the Best Teacher Who Has Ever Lived!" Or so The Secret Teacher thinks. On his first day at an inner-city state school he gets nuked. The class he is made to cut his teeth on are an unruly mob stuffed with behavioural issues. Somehow, The Secret Teacher needs to enthuse them with a love of books. Or at least keep them sitting at their desks until the end of the lesson. And then he’s got to deal with the Observations, marking, standardisations, book checks, OFSTED, Educational Consultants, spreadsheets, personal statements, school trips, strikes, class, race, love, death, birth, manhood, dry cleaning, the end of literary culture, the end of the Old World, the whole shebang ...


In this vivid account of his first few years in the classroom, The Secret Teacher grapples with the complicated questions of how to teach, how we learn - and how little he actually knows. He celebrates the world’s greatest stories, the extraordinary teachers he has worked with, and the kids: bolshy, bright, funny and absolutely electric. The result is a book brimful of wit, insight and tenderness.


Book Details: PB/9781783351268/LIV/371.102/2017

 [Book Selected and Purchased by Surrey Library Services]


Learn to crochet granny squares & flower motifs, 25 projects to get you started

Nicki Trench (2018)


Granny squares are the perfect crochet project for beginners. They are easy to learn and quick to complete. With full instructions for all the techniques you will need at the start, followed by 25 lovely patterns to put your newly-learned skills to use, this book is the perfect book for beginners, and near-beginners who want to expand their repertoire. The repetition of stitches and patterns within granny squares is perfect for mastering the basics, and the squares can then be made up into all sorts of useful and beautiful things, from scarves and blankets to bags and cushion covers. Once you've got the hang of squares, branch out into hexagons and triangles, and then into flower motifs - the combinations of shape, colour and pattern are almost endless.


Book Details: PB/9781782495673/CRA/746.434/2018

[Book Selected and Purchased by Surrey Library Services]



Dare to do, taking on the planet by bike and boat

Sarah Outen (2017)


On 1st April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. Her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam - cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and eventually home. A year later, Sarah was plucked from the Pacific ocean amid tropical storm Mawar, her boat broken, her spirit even more so. But that wasn't the end. Despite ill health and depression, giving up was not an option. So Sarah set off once more to finish what she had started, becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the treacherous Aleutian chain and cycled North America, before setting out on the Atlantic, despite the risk of another row-ending storm.


Book Details: PB/9781473655287/WOR/910.4109.434/2017

[Book Selected and Purchased by Surrey Library Services]


Beyond impossible, from reluctant runner to Guinness world record breaker

Mimi Anderson (2017)


When Mimi first started jogging on a treadmill as an unfit 36-year-old mother-of-three, she never imagined she would go on to become a World-Record-breaking ultrarunner. This incredible story of how an ordinary mum ran her way into the record books will inspire beginner runners and die-hard marathon devotees alike.


Book Details: PB/9781786850546/SPO/796.4209.434/2017

[Book Selected and Purchased by Surrey Library Services]