New Adult Non-Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock - April 2019

The following adult non-fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during April 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.



Seven Signs of Life:

Stories From an Intensive Care Doctor

Aoife Abbey (2019)


Grief, anger, joy, fear, distraction, disgust, and hope are all emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. But what if this was every day? And what if your ability to manage them was the difference between life and death? For a doctor in Intensive Care this is part of the job. Fear in the eyes of a terminally ill patient who pleads with you to not let them die. Grief when you make a potentially fatal mistake. Disgust at caring for a convicted rapist. But there are also moments of joy, like the rare bright spots of lucidity for a dementia patient, or when the ward unexpectedly breaks into song. Dr Aoife Abbey shows us what a doctor sees of humanity as it comes through the revolving door of the hospital and takes us beyond a purely medical perspective. Told through seven emotions, 'Seven Signs of Life' is about what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.


Book Details: HB/9781784709457/HEA/616.028/2019

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]


Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish

David Alderton and Max Gibbs (2019)


This comprehensive guide is the most complete owner's manual for keeping all types of freshwater and marine fish. The book will take you through all the options in choosing the right fish for any water temperature - tropical and coldwater - and for all types of environment - indoor aquariums or outdoor ponds. Know the difference between keeping marine fish and freshwater fish, including differences in aquarium setups, and feeding and caring for your pet fish. Learn to tell if your fish are healthy and find out everything you need to breed them successfully. The Encyclopedia of Aquarium & Pond Fish contains a huge photographic colour reference directory of over 800 of the most popular fish, which not only shows you what they look like, but also gives you the key information you need, such as how big they will grow, whether they integrate with different fish, what food they eat, and what water type and temperature they prefer.


Book Details: HB/9781849546874/ANI/639.3403/2019

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]


Boxing, Olympics and my life outside the ring

Nicola Adams and Jordan Paramor (2018)


At London 2012, Nicola Adams made history. The flyweight boxer became the first woman ever to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again. Years of relentless training, fundraising and determination have seen Nicola battle through injury, prejudice and defeat to become one of Britain's best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those who are chasing after a seemingly impossible dream. From a leisure centre in Leeds to the Olympic Stadium in Rio, Nicola with her infamous smile has become the poster girl for women in sport. She's a trailblazer, record-breaker, and has led the way for women's boxing. This is Nicola's story of grit, talent, and the real person behind the smile. This updated edition includes two new chapters.


Book Details: PB/9780241980552/BIO/920ADA/2018

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]



Introduced and Translated by Michael Alexander (2003)


Beowulf is the greatest surviving work of literature in Old English, unparalleled in its epic grandeur and scope. Set on the North Sea coasts of the fifth and sixth centuries against a background of feast and feud it tells the story of the heroic Beowulf and of his battles, first with the monster Grendel, who has laid waste to the great hall of the Danish king Hrothgar, then with Grendel's avenging mother, and finally with a dragon that threatens to devastate his homeland. Through its blend of myth and history, Beowulf vividly evokes a twilight world in which men and supernatural forces live side by side. And it celebrates the endurance of the human spirit in a transient world. This translation has been revised to take account of new readings and interpretations.


Book Details: PB/9780140449310/LIT/829.3/2003

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]


The Unwomanly Face of War

Svetlana Alexievich (2018) [Originally Published in Russian in 1985]

[Translated From Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky]

In the late 1970s, Svetlana Alexievich set out to write her first book, The Unwomanly Face of War, when she realized that she grew up surrounded by women who had fought in the Second World War but whose stories were absent from official narratives. Travelling thousands of miles, she spent years interviewing hundreds of Soviet women - captains, tank drivers, snipers, pilots, nurses and doctors - who had experienced the war on the front lines, on the home front and in occupied territories. As it brings to light their most harrowing memories, this symphony of voices reveals a different side of war, a new range of feelings, smells and colours.


After completing the manuscript in 1983, Alexievich was not allowed to publish it because it went against the state-sanctioned history of the war. With the dawn of Perestroika, a heavily censored edition came out in 1985 and it became a huge bestseller in the Soviet Union - the first in five books that have established her as the conscience of the twentieth century.


Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, Svetlana Alexievich shares stories of women's experiences in World War II - on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. 'The Unwomanly Face of War' is a powerful history of the central conflict of the twentieth century, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of war.

Book Details: PB/9780141983530/WAR/940.9347/2018

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Wreckers

A story of killing seas, false lights and plundered ships

Bella Bathurst (2006)


"The Wreckers" is a gripping history of the drama and danger of wrecking since the 18th-century – and the often grisly ingenuity of British wreckers, scavengers of the sea.


A fine wreck has always represented sport, pleasure, treasure, and in many cases, the difference between living well and just getting by. The Cornish were supposedly so ferocious that notices of shipwrecks were given out during morning service by the minister, whilst the congregation concocted elaborate theological justifications for drowning the survivors. Treeless islanders relied on the harvest of storms to furnish themselves with rafters, boat hulls, fence-posts and floors. In other places, false lights were set up with grisly ingenuity along the coast to lure boats to destruction.


With romance, insight and dry wit, Bella Bathurst traces the history of wrecking, looting and salvaging in the British Isles since the 18th-century and leading up to the present day. ‘For a fully laden general cargo to run to ground in an accessible position is more or less like having Selfridges crash-land in your back garden,’ she writes. ‘A Selfridges with the prices removed’. Far from being a black-and-white crime, wrecking is often seen as opaque by its practitioners – the divisions between theft and recovery are small. No successful legal prosecution has ever been brought; the RNLI was founded by wreckers – even today lifeboat crews maintain the right to claim salvage.


In settings ranging from the eerily perambulatory Goodwin Sands to the wreck-strewn waters off the coast of Durham, these murky tales of resourcefulness and quick-witted opportunism open a beguiling vista of life at the rough edges of our land and legality.


 Book Details:PB/9780007170333/WOR/910.452/2006

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]



Lone Rider

The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World

Elspeth Beard (2018)


In 1982, at the age of just 23 and halfway through her architecture studies, Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6. Reeling from a recent breakup and with only limited savings from her pub job, a tent, a few clothes and some tools, all packed on the back of her bike, she was determined to prove herself. She had ridden bikes since her teens and was well travelled. But nothing could prepare her for what lay ahead. When she returned to London nearly two and a half years later she was stones lighter and decades wiser. She'd ridden through unforgiving landscapes and countries ravaged by war, witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents, and fended off sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs.


Book Details: PB/9781782439622/WOR/910.4109/2018

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Cookbook:

Low Carb Recipes for the Whole Family

Vickie De Beer and Katherine Megaw (2016)


This cookbook and part medical reference, begins with information about diabetes, what it is, how to recognize Type 1 and 2 diabetes and what medicines are used to control the symptoms. Combined findings - at once personal and professional, and essential reading that effectively 'closes the gap' for families coping with diabetes. This is followed by delicious recipes, Vickie's meals are simple to shop for, effortless to prepare and, above all, packed with all the essential nutrients growing bodies and minds need for optimal health. Grouped seasonally and covering all days of the week, from Monday through Sunday (and not forgetting, sauces, treats and drinks), The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics offers a wide array of choices for every meal of the day and to satisfy all those hunger pangs in between - a happy solution for both busy parents and even busier kids!


Book Details: PB/9781910904978/FOO/641.5631/2016

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

A Natural Life:

The Autobiography of David J Bellany, OBE, Hon FLS, An Englishman

David Bellamy (2003)


David Bellamy is a natural story teller whose memoir is packed full of funny anecdotes and observations. He depicts wonderfully a childhood of discovery and adventure growing up in Carshalton during the second world war. Despite rationing and evacuation, these were happy days of tremendous freedom spent roaming the wonderland of the surrounding countryside searching for bugs, beetles and bits of old shrapnel which young Bellamy and his brother would smuggle home to their father's shed for their firework-making sessions. His growing love of nature is interwoven with loving, often hilarious, portraits of the various characters he meets along the way. From his days as a student in fifties London to his trial by fire lectureship at Durham University with a young wife and ever-growing family to support, Bellamy reveals his many great loves from sports cars to ballet. He also writes of his more serious concerns, with his reputation for being outspoken and undeterred in the face of big enterprises and corporations revealed in his battles and campaigns.


Book Details: PB/9780099414964/BIO/920BEL/2003

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Island Gardens:

Havens of Beaty Around the British Isles

Jackie Bennett and Richard Hanson (2018)


The British Isles consists of more than 6,000 islands scattered around the main islands of Britain and Ireland. More than 100 of these British off-shore islands are inhabited - and where there are people, there are gardens. Lighthouse gardens, gulf-stream-soaked, tropical gardens, windswept remote gardens with giant and ancient yew trees, and gardens surrounding castles and monasteries of historical significance. Britain has more island gardens than anywhere else in the world, particularly on the inhabited islands of the Scottish Hebrides, the Isle of Wight, Anglesey and the Scilly Isles. In this book we will encounter a huge variety of habitats and gardening conditions, from coastal machair to woodlands, mountains, dunes and meadows.


Book Details: HB/9780711239753/PLA/635.0941/2018
[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Past is Myself & The Road Ahead

An Englishwoman's Life in Berlin Under the Nazis

Christabel Bielenberg (2011)


Christabel Bielenberg, a niece of Lord Northcliffe, married a German lawyer in 1934. She lived through the war in Germany, as a German citizen under the horrors of Nazi rule and Allied bombings. This title tells her story with the outbreak of peace - a time of struggle for reconciliation with, and the rebuilding of, a defeated nation.


A special omnibus edition - with newly discovered additional text - of the extraordinary wartime memoir 'The Past is Myself' and its sequel, 'The Road Ahead'.


Book Details: PB/9780552165143/BIO/920BIE/2011

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Darwin's Garden

Down House and the Origin of Specis

Michael Boulter (2009)


Five years after returning from his trip around the world on HMS Beagle, the young Charles Darwin became the owner of Down House in Kent, where he moved his growing family, far away from the turmoil and distractions of London. He would live here for the rest of his life. It would become the place where he began work on his masterpiece On the Origin of Species. For almost twenty years he used the garden around him as his laboratory. In the orchard he conducted experiments on pollination. He built a dovecot where he could breed new strains of pigeons that helped him understand the questions of generation. On his daily walk along the sandbank he observed how plants competed for survival. In his heated greenhouse he conducted experiments on orchids and primulas. In solitude he was also able to struggle with the ideas of evolution that had haunted him since his voyage, and give him the courage to publish his revolutionary new ideas. Bringing Darwin’s garden to the present day, Boulter unfolds a shining portrait of the formation of one of England’s greatest thinkers and his relationship with the place he loved and shows how his experiments that he conducted over 150 years ago are still revealing new proofs and revelations as we continue to search for the origins of life.


Book Details: PB/9781845299224/SCI/576.8092/2009

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]


Travellers in the Third Reich

The Rose of Facism Through the Eyes of Everyday People

Julia Boyd (2018)


The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt – of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust?

Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler – one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere.

These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.

Book Details: PB/9781783963812/WOR/943.086/2018

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Insight Guides (7th Edition 2018)


This practical guide provides tips on travel, excursions, accommodation and restaurants plus up-to-date maps and pictures which cover more than just the famous landmarks.


South Africa is a land of exceptional natural beauty and cultural variety, a unique blend of of European, Asian and indigenous influences. This new edition covers everything from the modern cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town to the fascinating wildlife and scenery of its national parks and games reserves. The guide's detailed pages of insider knowledge from local experts includes in-depth on history and culture, from the rise and fall of apartheid to the nation's art, literature, music, food and sport, as well as special features on Cape wine, South African flora, whale-watching and vintage train journeys.

Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides.  The Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.


Book Details: FB/9781786717467/WOR/916.8047/2018

[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
Marcus Brigstocke (2012)


In 'God Collar', Marcus sets out on a journey through faith in the hope of filling his 'God-shaped hole'. Exploring his own issues surrounding faith, he examines the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, Judaism, Islam, Humanism and Buddhism, but none of them seems able to fill the gap. 


Based on Marcus Brigstocke's award-winning Edinburgh and West End show, God Collar focuses on the 'God-shaped hole' that opens up in Marcus's life following the death of his best friend. Exploring his own issues surrounding faith - his lack of it, his need for it, some people's waste of it and what good purposes it might serve if he could get hold of it - he rails against the holy trinity of Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) while atheists, agnostics and believers of all faiths get it in the neck too. God Collar is a scathing look at modern faith that will leave you laughing out loud and examining your own beliefs in equal measure.

Book Details: PB/9780552164474/REL/200.207/1012
[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
Julie Bruton-Seal and Mathew Seal (2008)


Britain's hedgerows abound with forgotten remedies for countless health problems. Julie Bruton-Seal, practicising medical herbalist, together with her co-author, the editor and writer Matthew Seal, have responded to the growing interest in natural medicine by aiming this book at the amateur who wants to improve his or her health in the same way that mankind has done for centuries around the world: by using local wild plants and herbs. There are clear instructions about which plants to harvest, when, and over 120 recipes showing how to make them into teas, vinegars, oils, creams, pillows, poultices or alcohol-based tinctures. Julie and Matthew explain which ailments can be treated, and what benefits can be expected. As well as being packed with practical information on using 50 native plants, Hedgerow Medicine also gives a fascinating insight into the literary, historic and worldwide application of these herbal remedies.

Book Details: HB/9781873674994/HEA/615.321/2008
[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
Julie Bruton-Seal and Mathew Seal (2017)


'Wayside Medicine' is packed with practical information on the use of over 50 native plants as sources of herbal medicine. The countryside abounds with cures which really work and cost a fraction of over-the-counter commercial brands. Have the satisfaction of picking and making your own simple herbal medicine, which has worked for centuries. The authors of 'Wayside Medicine' remind us of a cornucopia of nature's healing plants which have somehow been forgotten. Here are clear instructions from a renowned professional herbalist on how to make your own remedies: teas, oils, tinctures, poultices and creams. Colour pictures accompany all the plants, as well as a comprehensive index matching health problems to the right herbal cure.

Book Details: HB/9781910723357/HEA/615.321/2017
[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]
Paul Collier (2008)


In this elegant and impassioned synthesis from one of the world's leading experts on Africa and poverty, economist Paul Collier writes persuasively that although nearly five billion of the world's people are beginning to climb from desperate poverty and to benefit from globalization's reach to developing countries, there is a "bottom billion" of the world's poor whose countries, largely immune to the forces of global economy, are falling farther behind and are in danger of falling apart, separating permanently and tragically from the rest of the world. Collier identifies and explains the four traps that prevent the homelands of the world's billion poorest people from growing and receiving the benefits of globalization - civil war, the discovery and export of natural resources in otherwise unstable economies, being landlocked and therefore unable to participate in the global economy without great cost, and finally ineffective governance, corruption and political instability. As he demonstrates that these billion people are quite likely in danger of being irretrievably left behind, Collier argues that we cannot take a "headless heart" approach to these seemingly intractable problems; rather, that we must harness our despair and our moral outrage at these inequities to a reasoned and thorough understanding of the complex and interconnected problems that the world's poorest people

Book Details: PB/9780195374636/ECO/338.9009/2008
[Book selected and financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]