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

The following adult non-fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during March 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 life and loves of Laurie Lee

Valerie Grove (2014)


Published to mark the centenary of Laurie Lee's birth, Valerie Grove finds in Lee's private correspondence hitherto unknown elements in the Laurie Lee story - which are even more fascinating than the legends he fostered.


Millions of readers know and love him for his lyrical portraits of his life, from the moving and nostalgic tales of childhood and innocence found in the pages of Cider with Rosie, to the nomadic wanderings through Spain retold in As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, to his dramatic experiences fighting Franco's forces in A Moment of War. As a poet, playwright, broadcaster and writer, Laurie Lee created a legend around himself that would see him safely secured in the literary canon even within his own lifetime. Yet, though he wrote exclusively about his own life, Lee never told the whole story. His readers know him as a man devoted to two women: his wife and his daughter, the firstborn. Among the pages of his published works there is little trace of the girls he left behind. He never identified in print the girl who inspired him to go to Spain, or the woman who supported him there. He never named the beautiful mistress he came home to, who was the great love of his young life and who led him into literary London, bore his child and broke his heart. In The Life and Loves of Laurie Lee, acclaimed biographer Valerie Grove delves into the letters and diaries he kept hidden from the world, building on her magisterial study of the charismatic poet to capture the essence of this romantic, elusive enigma and bring him to life once more.


Book Details: PB/9781849546874/BIO/920LEE/2014

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]

The lore of the land

Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson (2005)


Stop off at any English village or town or wander through the countryside and you will almost certainly brush up against some deep-rooted local legend - whether it's the pub that claims to have given lodgings to Dick Turpin, or the haunted stately home, or the hill that is supposed to contain buried treasure, or the grave that is said to mark the last resting place of Robin Hood. This magnificent new and lavishly illustrated survey looks at all these stories, county by county, explaining when they date from, how they arose and what basis - if any - they have in fact. If you want to know how Devil's Dyke in Sussex got its name, or why medieval stories link King Arthur with Lanercost Priory in Cumberland, or where Cornish legends about the evil Jan Tregeagle come from, then The Lore of the Land will provide the answers and show you at the same time just how deeply embedded in our culture these legends have become.


Book Details: HB/9780141007113/BEL/398.2094/2005

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]

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Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Martin Gayford (2018)


A masterfully narrated account of painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s, illustrated throughout with documentary photographs and works of art.



‘What can painting do?’ This question bound together a diverse community of artists in London after the Second World War. In answering it, many became household names: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Gillian Ayres, Frank Bowling, Howard Hodgkin and more.

Drawing on decades of interviews, Gayford unpicks the creative threads and maverick personalities of interwoven lives from postwar Soho bohemia to the Swinging Sixties. It is a story of friendships, experiences and artistic concerns shared between talented individuals who each developed their own singular approach to painting. All passionately believed that even in the age of new media, an ancient form could do fresh and marvellous things.


Book Details: HB/9780500239773/ART/759/2018

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]


Seven types of atheisms

John Gray (2018)


When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought. For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a shrill, narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'. John Gray's stimulating book describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition, a tradition which he sees as in many ways as rich as that of religion itself, as well as being deeply intertwined with what is so often crudely viewed as its 'opposite'. The result is a book that sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have, at different times and places, battled to understand this issue.


Book Details: HB/9780241199411/REL/211.8/2018

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]

The value of everything: makers and takers in the global economy

Marianan Mazzucato (2016)


Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? At the heart of today's financial and economic crisis is a problem hiding in plain sight. In modern capitalism, value-extraction - the siphoning off of profits, from shareholders' dividends to bankers' bonuses - is rewarded more highly than value-creation: the productive process that drives a healthy economy and society. We misidentify takers as makers, and have lost sight of what value really means. Once a central plank of economic thought, this concept of value - what it is, why it matters to us - is simply no longer discussed. Yet, Mariana Mazzucato argues, if we are to reform capitalism - to radically transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it - we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from.


Book Details:HB/9780241188811/ECO/330.122/2016

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]



Three men and a Bradshaw : an original Victorian travel journal

John Gorghe Freeman. Edited by Ronnie Scott (2015)


The Freeman brothers, all London cloth merchants by trade, were early patrons of the booming Victorian industry in railway tourism. From Devon to North Wales to the Isle of Wight, the rapid expansion of Britain's rail system - along with the publication of George Bradshaw's ever-trustworthy guides to the new railways - had rendered the history and landscape of the entire nation readily accessible to intrepid holidaymakers such as the Freeman brothers. In this book, the very best of the journals that John George Freeman kept of their travels are brought together to create a fascinating and uniquely personal artefact.


Book Details: HB/9781847947444/GRE/914.1048/2015

[Book Donated by Stoneleigh Library Customer]

Love to Sew:

Quilting on the Move With English Paper Piecing

Alistair Macdonald (2019)


English Paper Piecing (EPP) is a popular and easy method of creating beautiful, hand-sewn patchwork designs. The fabric is cut and folded over a paper template and the resulting shapes are stitched together by hand, making it ideal for sewing whether you're on the move, or at home. Successful and established author Alistair Macdonald provides 18 fabulous projects, including a lovely baby's play mat, a stylish gentleman's scarf, a useful hobby bag, a tea cosy, a gorgeous tote bag and a make-up purse.


Book Details: PB/9781782214489/CRA/746.4604/2019

[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Services]

Talking to My Daughter:

A Brief History of Capitalism

Yanis Varoufakis (2019) [Translated from the Greek]


In this letter to his teenage daughter, the world-famous economist and number one bestselling author Yanis Varoufakis uses vivid stories to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous. What is money and why does debt exist? Where do wealth and inequality come from? How come economics has the power to shape and destroy our lives? Economics is not a science, it is an epic drama: a battleground of ideas, a war between the powerful for our allegiance. In this universally accessible book, Yanis Varoufakis describes how this drama first emerged and has since come to dominate the fate of human societies worldwide. In answering all of the big questions about money and debt, power and inequality, he shows how economics is actually 'religion with equations', and in seeking to solve the problems of our world it has turned out to be a major cause of many of them.


Book Details: PB/9781784705756/ECO/330/2019

[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Services]

The Cut Out Girl:

A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found

Bart Van Es (2019)


The story of a man's search for the astonishing truth about his family's past. The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague when she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken to a city far away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out well after the war meant they were no longer in touch. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart van Es's life and Lien's. Lien was now in her 80s and living in Amsterdam. Reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship.


Book Details: PB/9780241978726/BIO/920ES/2019
[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Services]

I Will Be Complete:

A Memoir

Glen David Gold (2019)


Glen David Gold grew up rich on the beaches of 1970s California, until his father lost a fortune and his parents divorced when he was ten. Glen and his English mother moved to San Francisco, where she was fleeced by a series of charming con men and turned increasingly wayward. When he was twelve, she took off for New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself for several months. On midnight streets and at drug-fuelled parties, wise-cracking his way through an alarming adult world, Glen watched his mother's countless, wild attempts to reinvent herself. In this exceptional memoir, acclaimed novelist Glen David Gold captures his bizarre, lonely upbringing and how it shaped him as an adult with stunning insight and unsparing candour.


Book Details: PB/9781473620186/BIO/920GOL/2019

[Book selected and purchased by Surrey Library Services]