No wait, No fuss – November’s collection

Do you love eBooks or eAudiobooks, but find you have to wait for a copy to become available? Well, you will love this collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks then!
Each month a collection of titles, some in both formats, become available to download. There’s an almost unlimited number of copies of each title, meaning there’s no wait, no fuss or reserving; just download and enjoy right away.

This month we have 9 eBooks and 13 eAudiobook titles available to download without any wait; have a look at the titles available, and find them on the BorrowBox app.
We’ll start with the children’s ones, so keep scrolling if you would like to see the adult titles.
These titles will be available from 1 November.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

The Last Human
by Lee Bacon

An unlikely friendship. A dangerous voyage. A story about what it means to be human.
Humans went extinct thirty years ago. Now the world is ruled by machines. And twelve-year-old robot XR_935 is just fine with that. Without humans around, there is no war, no pollution, no crime. Every member of society has a purpose. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently.
Until the day XR discovers something impossible.
Until the day XR discovers a twelve-year-old human.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Paul Panting
Suitable for ages 10+

A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Jason Isaacs and Patrick Ness
Suitable for ages 13+

Artic Zoo
by Robert Muchamore

From London – Georgia gets straight As at school, writes essays for fun, has been placed first in twenty-six drone races and has a serious addiction to buying Japanese stationery. She plans to follow her older sister Sophie and become a doctor, but her worldview is shattered when Sophie commits suicide. To Lagos – Julius lives in Ondo, a Nigerian state where half the population lives on less than a dollar a day. But he isn’t one of them. His uncle has been governor of Ondo for more than a decade and his mother is the power behind that throne. He finds refuge in a derelict zoo with best friend Duke, but as the two of them grow close, the world outside becomes more and more hostile.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Esme Sears
Suitable for ages 14+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

Nothing Ventured
by Jeffrey Archer

This is not a detective story, this is a story about a detective

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by George Blagden
Fiction

The Crimson Petal and the White
by Michael Faber

‘Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them . . .’

So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Jill Tanner
Fiction

The Foundling
by Stacey Halls

Two women from different worlds. And a secret that will change everything…

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Laura Aikman and Hattie Morahan
Fiction

Absolute Proof
by Peter James

From the number one bestselling author, Peter James, comes an explosive standalone thriller that will grip you and won’t let go until the very last page.

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.

‘I’d just like to assure you I’m not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I’ve recently been given absolute proof of God’s existence – and I’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.’

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences?

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Hugh Bonneville
Fiction

Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another 68 years … and panic sets in.

They quickly decide to create little surprises for each other, to keep their relationship fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me – anything from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to photo shoots – mishaps arise with disastrous and comical results.

Gradually, the surprises turn to shocking discoveries. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all…

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham
Fiction

Prime Suspect
by Lynda La Plante

She must fight to prove herself . . . before it’s too late

DCI Jane Tennison came through the ranks the hard way, opposed and resented at every step by her male colleagues.

When a prostitute is found murdered in her bedsit, the Metropolitan police set to work finding the perpetrator of this brutal attack. DNA samples lead them straight to known-criminal George Marlow. The police think they’ve found their man, but things are not quite what they seem. . .

Desperate to remove all doubt around her suspect, Tennison struggles to make the charges stick. And then a second body turns up.

With the team against her, DCI Jane Tennison is in a race against time to catch a dangerous criminal ­- and prove she’s just as tough as any man.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rachel Atkins
Fiction

The Catch
by T.M. Logan

She says he’s perfect. I know he’s lying . . .

He caught me watching, and our eyes met. That was when it hit me.
There was something not quite right about my daughter’s new boyfriend. . .

The doting father

Ed finally meets his daughter’s boyfriend for the first time. Smart, successful and handsome, Ryan appears to be a real catch. Then Abbie announces their plan to get married.

The perfect fiancé
There’s just one problem. Ed thinks Ryan is lying to them.
Who would you believe?

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Philip Stevens
Fiction

The Phone box at the Edge of the World
by Laura Imai Messina

The most moving and powerful novel of our times, inspired by true events.
We all have something to tell those we have lost . . .

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet, in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue.

Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel to it from miles around.

Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.

What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking.
For when you’ve lost everything – what can you find . . ?

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Yuriri Naka
Fiction

The Secret GP
by Dr Max Skittle

Here is an unbelievable journey to the truth of life as a GP, through spilt urine bottles, the patients who should have been in hospital months ago, existential crises, utterly unexplainable health problems and awkward silences.

Being a GP is a job that requires you to be a detective, relationship counsellor, social worker, friend, sex therapist, parent-fi gure and sometimes, just sometimes, a doctor.

Find out why you only get ten minutes with a GP, why you can never see the same doctor and why they are ALWAYS running late. This is what really goes on in your local doctor’s surgery, through the tired yet tireless eyes of a doctor who, despite it all, really loves his job.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Kris Dyer
Non-Fiction

A Head full of Ghosts
by Paul Tremblay

The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls the terrifying events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories begin to surface and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Joy Osmanski
Fiction

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Digital Readers – November 2020

The book our online reading group will be reading (or listening to) and discussing in November has been decided on through a vote in the group. The results are in and the November book is…

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Two women from different worlds. And a secret that will change everything . . .
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

From 1 November, until the end of the month, this book will be available to download through the BorrowBox app without having to wait or having to reserve it. It will be available to simply download right away – as both an eBook and an eAudiobook.

The group is open to anyone above the age of 16, with a Facebook account and a Hampshire Library card. If you would like to join the group; just head over to our Facebook page.

Hang on; how does an online reading group work?

Through the BorrowBox app, using your Hampshire Library Card, you will be able to download an eCopy of the selected title to your tablet or smart phone to read and enjoy. Ther will be hundreds of copies, of both the eBook and the eAudiobook version, available for you to download right away, so no need to reserve it or get it added to a waiting list; just download it right away and get reading!

Throughout the month you will be able to talk about the book with others in the group, and there will be regular discussions happening, so check back in to join in on the conversations as they pop up. As is the case with any reading group, there will be books you love, and books you might wish you had never picked up -and that’s okay!
In the group you will be able to discuss your opinions, feelings and thoughts on the month’s title in a friendly environment. To keep the group friendly, and ensure everyone feels confident expressing their thoughts, we ask that everyone keep the language clean and show respect to one another.

There won’t be a set day or time when you have to be available; this means you can join in the discussions whenever it suits you! There is also not a physical place to meet, as all discussions are taking place in the Facebook group, so you won’t have to leave the house to be part of the reading group!
On the last Friday of each month, the book for the following month will be announced, it will then become available for download on the 1st of each month.

If you don’t have a Hampshire Library card, you can apply for one online. It is completely free to sign up to the library, and as long as any physical items borrowed are returned on time, it will continue to be free.
After you sign up, your library card will be sent to your home and you can then join the reading group using your Facebook account.

If you would like to join the group, then head over to our Facebook page and join the ‘Digital readers’ group, you can find it here!

Black History Month 2020

October is Black History Month, an awareness month and a nationwide celebration of black history, arts and culture throughout Britain. As well as applauding achievements and success over the decades, the month also provides a vital reflection on the challenges that remain. In this way the month plays a vital role in raising awareness of British social history and the continued importance of identity, social equality and integration

Black History Month is essential in promoting learning, providing information and contributing to community cohesion. For over 30 years it has shone, and continues to shine, a beacon of light on the facts about Black history, heritage, legacy and the on-going struggles for equality and justice.  More than that, it educates, informs and inspires many to be proud of who they are and to understand history, origins and the right to exist as equals.

This year we started the celebration early, with our ‘Among the Shelves’ blogs, in which we looked at Contemporary Fiction, Children’s books, Adult non-fiction and Poetry. If you haven’t already checked them out, we can highly recommend it for some powerful, inspirational reads.
For this October, and Black History Month, we have put together a collection of awe-inspiring biographies and autobiographies, remarkable classics and eye-opening history books. All of which have been carefully selected by our staff, and can be found as eBooks or eAudiobooks through the BorrowBox app – or as physical books on our shelves.

Inspiration is the strangest thing, How it travels one spirit to another, transforms how we think

Akala

Biographies/Autobiographies

What is the difference of a biography and an autobiography? They both tell the life story of a person, the difference lays with who tells it. A autobiography is a life story written by that person, if it’s written by someone else, it’s a biography.

These 12 autobiographies and 2 biographies tell the life stories of 14 incredible people, their lives, struggles and achievements. They will give you a glimpse behind the curtain of some historical important persons, famous individuals and, most important, 14 unique, incredible human beings.


Classic Fiction

A classic is a book that’s exemplary or noteworthy, a book that will still be read and enjoyed 10, 20 even 100 years from when it’s published.
These 12 classic works of fiction range in publication from 1912 all the way to 1998, and whilst some critique the society at the time, others show us how life once was and why this month is so important.


Historic Non-Fiction

While biographies, autobiographies, poetry and fiction can give us a chance to walk in someone else’s shoes; an opportunity to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Sometimes, what we want, what we need, is the facts. A retelling of events, a look at a time period or just cold, hard facts on what life once was. That is why we thought it was important to include books that shows a range of time periods, from the 15th century all the way to the 21st.


Most of these books are available through the BorrowBox app, have a look for our special Black History Month feature for all the books. If you prefer physical books, almost all of these titles can also be found as physical books that you can reserve for a small charge.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you liked this blog, don’t forget to check out our ‘Among the Shelves’ blogs and follow us to get notified when we publish a new blog!

Among the Shelves – Poetry

One of our key roles, as a library, is to enable access to information. We stock a wide range of materials, do not censor published content, promote understanding and provide good quality information that helps people educate and inform themselves.

To challenge prejudice and discrimination we will be celebrating black authors, diversity and cultural role models with selections of good books – all of which can be found on our shelves. This includes fictional and factual titles for all ages in different blogs, and in our fourth blog we’re looking at some amazing poetry collections.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle

All these incredible works are available on our shelves as physical books or through BorrowBox as an eBook or an eAudiobook. If any of these collections intrigue you, simply click the book cover and you will be taken to our online catalogue where you can read more about the book and even reserve a physical copy for a small charge.

If you are unable to come and browse the shelves in person, and prefer to read physical books, you can request poetry books by black authors through our Ready Reads book collection service, through which our staff will put together a bag of books for you to collect.

Poetry explores experiences and emotions to create literature through language, arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. The words flows with the way they are arranged, cutting and moving as the poem continues, painting a picture with the stream of emotions, leaving the reader filled with thoughts. Poetry paints a picture, a critique or emotion, of the world or person who wrote it. It’s an extract of the poet’s soul, put into words and shared with the reader. It’s an experience to read and explore, one which can leave the reader both exhausted and exuberant.

These are 36 incredible poetry collections, handpicked by our staff, and we can not recommend them enough. These are books that will stay with you, will make you laugh and cry, will make you think, will make you experience the emotions and soul of the writer.

I want to write so that the reader … can say, ‘You know, that’s the truth. I wasn’t there, and I wasn’t a six-foot black girl, but that’s the truth.’

Maya Angelou

If you missed our first three blogs, you can find them here with:
Contemporary Adult Fiction
Adult Non-Fiction Titles
Children’s Titles

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Khalil Gibran