Wednesday, 30 August 2017

New eBook titles

We have a number of new eBook titles for you to choose from with BorrowBox. Here are just a few...


Follow the Dead is the thrilling twelfth book in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series.

On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash-landed on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland via Norway, and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted.

Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms . . .



What do you do, when you find the perfect family, and it's not yours? A charming, funny and irresistible novel about families, friendship and tiny little white lies.

The only thing Abi ever wanted was a proper family. So when she falls pregnant by an Australian exchange student in London, she cannot pack up her old life in Croydon fast enough, to start all over in Sydney and make her own family. It is not until she arrives, with three-week-old Jude in tow, that Abi realises Stu is not quite ready to be a father after all. And he is the only person she knows in this hot, dazzling, confusing city, where the job of making friends is turning out to be harder than she thought. That is, until she meets Phyllida, her wealthy, charming, imperious older neighbour, and they become almost like mother and daughter. If only Abi had not told Phil that teeny tiny small lie, the very first day they met…

Imagine the warmth of Monica McInerney, the excruciating awkwardness of Offspring and the wit of Liane Moriarty, all rolled into one delightful, warm, funny and totally endearing novel about families – the ones we have, and the ones we want – and the stories we tell ourselves about them. 'Rare and delightful ... a beautifully crafted novel about female relationships. I couldn't put this book down.' Clare Press, Fashion Editor-at-large, Marie Claire 'You Be Mother is the kind of book you pick up...and never want to put down ... you will fall in love with this book.' Lauren Sams, author of She's Having Her Baby


Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom.

“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy the queen, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth? Borrow or reserve this title


THERE’S A NEW KILLER ON THE STREETS...
A woman is found murdered after an internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer.

HE’S IN YOUR HOUSE… HE’S IN YOUR ROOM
Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there’s only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

HE’S OUT FOR BLOOD
When another victim is found, Harry realises he will need to put everything on the line if he’s to finally catch the one who got away. Borrow or reserve this title.



The only thing more dangerous than a lie . . . is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason: her father was murdered, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her. Now, Josie has settled in New York with her boyfriend Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past – starting with her last name.

Then investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a hit podcast that reopens the case of her father’s murder and Josie’s carefully constructed world begins to unravel. She is forced to return to her hometown where she must confront the lies from her past – as well as those on which she has staked her future. Borrow or reserve this title.



Inspector Montalbano is back in Vigàta . . .

A Nest of Vipers is the twenty-first novel in Andrea Camilleri's irresistible Inspector Montalbano series.

Quite a family, you had to admit! A nest of vipers might be a better description . . .

On what should be a quiet Sunday morning, Inspector Montalbano is called to a murder scene on the Sicilian coast. A man has discovered his father dead in his Vigàtan beach house: his body slumped on the dining room floor, his morning coffee spilt across the table, and a single gunshot wound at the base of his skull.

First appearances point to the son having the most to gain from his father’s untimely death, a notion his sister can’t help but reinforce. But when Montalbano delves deeper into the case, and learns of the dishonourable life the victim led, it soon becomes clear half of Vigàta has a motive for his murder and this won’t be as simple as the Inspector had once hoped…



When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife's secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she's lying silent in a hospital bed.

A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of Girl on a Train and S. J. Watson. Borrow or reserve this title.

Whichbook

Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read.

If you're not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, Whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for.

Everyone has their favourite writers who can be trusted to deliver the goods. But there are thousands of books out there. One of those might satisfy you even more but how can you tell? Whichbook enables you to search for a book that up to now may only have existed in your own mind! Move the sliders to express what you’re looking for and see what comes up. Scroll down to see all the books which match your chosen sliders or click 'Find similar' to see books which match the specific title most closely. If you don't fancy any of the books offered, change your choices and try again - there are millions of different individual permutations possible.

 Whichbook

If you know you want a particular genre - crime, say, or fantasy – there are lots of websites to give you information. But what are the things readers long to know and are unable to find out? Whichbook offers choices which are not available anywhere else – mood, emotion, plot shape, type of main character, country the book is set in.

Every title on Whichbook has been read by one of a changing team of 70 people who are drawn from libraries and literature organisations and come together to share training to create the entries. The ratings and comments are created by real readers who care about books.

In choosing titles for the site, we concentrate on the books people won’t find by themselves and go for the widest range possible. Books must be fiction or poetry, written or translated into English and published in the last 10 years. We don’t include the biggest bestsellers as everyone knows about them already (though sometimes we’ll have added a book before it became a bestseller!) We do include lots of intriguing and less well-known titles. If you’d like to suggest a book to be included please contact us.

Borrow or buy

Click Borrow and you can link directly to our library catalogue to borrow the book. We take you right to the specific title in the catalogue so it’s easy to check which branches have it. If you’re not already a library member, go to the library’s homepage to get information on how to join.

Click Buy and you can purchase through Amazon. Whichbook benefits every time you do this - they receive a small percentage for referring you. This is ploughed back into the site. 

Share

If you find a book you think a friend or colleague would like, click Share and you can send them an email with the link with the book cover. Or if you’re a Facebook user, post it on anyone’s wall.

Lists

Use My Lists to store any books you come across that you might want to find again. There are two default lists – Want to read and Have read – and you can create as many others as you like. Save books you might want to suggest to your reading group or keep a Gift list for the people who matter in your life.

Authors

If you prefer to begin from a known starting point, browse our Author lists, find a title you know and then click Find similar. Whichbook will show you the books in our database which most closely match your chosen title.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

In Conversation with . . . Judy Murray

What happens when you find you have exceptional children? Do you panic? Put your head in the sand? Or risk everything and jump in head first? As mother to tennis champions Jamie and Andy Murray, Scottish National Coach, Coach of the Fed Cup, and general all-round can-do woman of wonder, Judy Murray is the ultimate role model for believing in yourself and reaching out to ambition.


As a parent, coach, leader, she is an inspiration who has revolutionised British Tennis. From the soggy community courts of Dunblane to the white heat of Centre Court at Wimbledon, Judy Murray's extraordinary memoir, Knowing the Score, charts the challenges she has faced, from desperate finances and growing pains to hostile press conferences and entrenched sexism.

This event will be chaired by Arlene Stuart and takes places at Venue 1, The Brunton, Musselburgh on Wednesday 29th November at 7pm. Ticket are £10 (£8) and are available directly from The Brunton box office on 0131 665 2240 or book online now.

Sing Me A Song!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Walk and Talk

There are just 2 walks left from the original programme of 12. We've had great fun and the walks have been very well attended. Regular walks are now being arranged from East Linton, Gullane and North Berwick libraries, and hopefully some other branches will be able to organise their own series of walks. Email Trina Gavan, tgavan@eastlothian.gov.uk if you'd like to be added to the mailing list.
The next couple of walks will last about an hour, and will be on a variety of surfaces, some quite rough. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear reasonably sturdy footwear. After the walks we'll have light refreshments in the library and have a chat about books, reading and anything else that takes our fancy!
Please note that these walks are for adults only.
For more information and to book your place, contact the appropriate library

Date
Time
Library
Saturday 19th August
10.30am
Wallyford
Join Peter Kerr, popular and successful Scottish author on this walk in an area steeped in history. Let’s hope for good weather – the library is very small so we may have to take our coffee outside!
Thursday 24th August
2.30pm
Prestonpans
Avril McKenzie is our Ageing well coordinator but will walk and talk about the benefits and fun of walking for all ages

 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Transparent Language

Researched-based and experience-driven, Transparent Language Online is a language-learning program for Library members which provides an effective, fun, and engaging experience for language learners of all levels. It offers unlimited access to courses in over 100+ languages, with Beginner English for speakers of 24 languages. You can learn to listen, speak, read, and write in your chosen languages. 
The Transparent Language app is available for iPhone and Android devices.
Visit our website for full details on how to access Transparent Language.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

ArtistWorks For Libraries


Learning how to play a musical instrument is great fun and has a number of proven benefits: increases memory capacity, fosters self-expression, relieves stress, sharpens concentration and boosts your listening skills. However, one of the main barriers for people is the high cost of private lessons.

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides Library members with free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-Winning musicians and artistic professionals. It offers users everything they need for musical and artistic instruction - from introductory to advanced performance.

Visit our webpage for information on how to access ArtistWorks and watch this short introductory video.