Digital Readers – December 2020

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

The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd

In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.
Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

From 1 December, 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!

No wait, No fuss – December’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 December.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

Enid Blyton’s Christmas Stories
by Enid Blyton

In this collection there is mystery and magic, laughter and mischief, the joy of shared times and plenty of delicious food – many of the ingredients that have been delighting Enid Blyton’s fans for more than seventy years.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Jilly Bond
Suitable for ages 3+

The Girl Who Saved Christmas
by Matt Haig

When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask – Father Christmas.

But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

But Amelia isn’t just any ordinary girl. And – as Father Christmas is going to find out – if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Carey Mulligan
Suitable for ages 5+

How Winston Delivered Christmas
by Alex T. Smith

Winston the mouse is on a Very Important Mission. On Christmas Eve, he finds a letter that has gotten lost on its way to Father Christmas – so, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day! He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on his Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Mathew Baynton
Suitable for ages 5+

Tom Gates; Everything’s Amazing (sort of)
by Liz Pichon

Back to school, but it’s not all bad. Sports Day, the school fair and Tom’s birthday are all coming up. And even better, his awful big sister Delia won’t be at any of those events! On the downside, Granny Mavis is threatening to make his birthday cake – uh oh! But on the other hand, Mr Keen has asked Dogzombies to perform in front of the whole school! YEAH! Maybe they can even play at the school disco too. How can the term turn out any less than seriously amazing?

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rupert Grint
Suitable for ages 7+

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Suitable for ages 13+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

The Christmas Train
by David Baldacci

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight ‘misunderstanding’ at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.
He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, where he will rediscover people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.
In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling, The Christmas Train by David Baldacci is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Tim Matheson
Fiction

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
by Stephanie Butland

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.

She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father. Have her friends left her behind? She’s felt so helpless for so long that she’s let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

Then there’s Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn’t make it. And now she’s supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart.
She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Cathleen McCarron
Fiction

Inspector Morse; Last Seen Wearing
by Colin Dexter

Last Seen Wearing is the second novel in Colin Dexter’s Oxford-set detective series.
Morse was beset by a nagging feeling. Most of his fanciful notions about the Taylor girl had evaporated and he had begun to suspect that further investigation into Valerie’s disappearance would involve little more than sober and tedious routine . . .
The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth.
After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold.
Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie’s disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Samuel West
Fiction

Moonlight Over Mayfair
by Anton du Beke

London, 1937.

With a new king in place, tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Shaken by the Great Depression and with
talk of another war coming, the Buckingham Hotel is trying to regain some stability.

Upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her stepfather’s money, rather than spending it on frivolity and debauchery – but will this land her in even more trouble?

And downstairs, chambermaid Nancy Nettleton is finally starting to feel more settled at the Buckingham, and hopes her brother will soon call London home, too. But she misses the man she loves, demonstration dancer Raymond de Guise, who is noticeably absent from the Grand Ballroom dance floor.

The staff and guests of the Buckingham soon discover that in a hotel full of secrets, there’s always someone listening . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Thomas Judd
Fiction

Tidelands
by Philippa Gregory

England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different …

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Louise Brealey
Fiction

Charlotte
by Helen Moffett

Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is appalled by her decision. Yet this is the only way Charlotte knows how to provide for her future. Her married life will propel her into a new world: not only of duty and longed-for children, but secrets, grief, unexpected love and friendship, and a kind of freedom.

Jane Austen cared deeply about the constraints on women in Regency England. This powerful reimagining takes up where Austen left off in Pride and Prejudice, showing us a woman determined to carve a place for herself in the world. Charlotte offers a fresh, feminist addition to the post-Austen canon, beautifully imagined, and brimming with passion and intelligence.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Isabella Inchbald
Fiction

What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she’s been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice’s first concern is her baby – she’s pregnant with her first child, and she’s desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.

But Alice isn’t pregnant. And Nick isn’t worried. Alice is the mother of three children and her hostile husband is in the process of divorcing her. Alice has lost ten years of her life.

In the days that follow, small bubbles of the past rise to the surface, and Alice is forced to confront uncomfortable truths. It turns out forgetting might be the most memorable thing that’s ever happened to her.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Caroline Lee
Fiction

Cilka’s Journey
by Heather Morris

Her beauty saved her life – and condemned her.

Cilka was only sixteen-years-old when she was taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, noticed her long beautiful hair, and forced her separation from the other women prisoners.

Cilka did what she had to in order to survive Auschwitz. And yet after Russian soldiers liberated Auschwitz in 1945, Cilka was charged as a collaborator and sentenced to serve a fifteen-year sentence for ‘sleeping with the enemy’. Once again, she found herself on a brutal train journey, crammed into a carriage with many desperate women and children. This time, her destination was Siberia. She was by then only eighteen-years-old.

So began a new life of horror and brutality in a prison camp close to the Arctic Circle. But in this unimaginable darkness, this terror beyond terror, Cilka found endless resources within herself, her profound humanity and determination helping her to survive against all odds.

Cilka’s Journey is a remarkable novel of courage and resilience, based upon the heart-breaking true story of Cilka Klein.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Louise Brealey
Fiction

The Nursemaid’s Secret
by Sheila Newberry

A warm-hearted and nostalgic festive family saga – Will Tilly finally find a family to call her own?

As Christmas grows nearer, Tilly, a young maid, is sent away from her home in London to care for a sick child in an old cottage on the Isle of Sheppey, and she little imagines how her life will change . . .

Having settled in with her new family, Tilly dares to believe that the happiness she’s longed for could be hers at last, and that she might finally be free from the secrets of her past. But tragedy strikes, and Tilly is forced to return to London, leaving the cottage under the sea wall – and her new life – behind.

As war approaches and new challenges arise, will Tilly be able to overcome her struggles and find her way home?

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Eve Webster
Fiction

Battle Ready
by Ollie Ollerton

How do you make a commitment and achieve your goals?
How do you end procrastination and hesitation that feeds self-doubt?
How do you learn to be courageous in all aspects of your life?

Ex-Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton knows more than his fair share about keeping going. As a recruit he survived the infamously tough SAS selection process on a busted ankle with the Directing Staff pleading with him to give up. But it’s in Ollie’s personal life that he really had to dig deep. At his lowest he was battling a failed relationship, substance abuse, depression and a reckless disregard for his own life. In his new book Ollie tells the story of how he turned his life around and passes on the lessons he has learned.

In Battle Ready Ollie shares the step-by-step plan that changed his life. From finding purpose and visualising an outcome, to breaking bad habits and establishing positive new routines, his advice will help readers to overcome their own obstacles; to become ready for any battle.

Featuring an exclusive debrief with Ollie and Jason Fox (co-host of SAS: Who Dares Wins, and author of Battle Scars and Life Under Fire).

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Ollie Ollerton
Non-Fiction

The President is Missing
by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

There are things only a President can know.

There are things only a President can do.

And then there are times when the only option is unthinkable …

The President is Missing.

The thriller only a president could write.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by January LaVoy, Mozhan Marnò, Peter Ganim, Dennis Quaid and Jeremy Davidson
Fiction

The Living Mountain
by Nan Shepherd

In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.

Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Tilda Swinton
Non-Fiction

River God
by Wilbur Smith

Fame and popularity breed envy in high places, and the adulation of the mob is fickle. They often take as much pleasure in tearing down the idols that they have grown tired of as they did in elevating them in the first place. It is safer by far to live unseen and unremarked, as I always attempt to do.

An ancient kingdom. An incredible destiny.

Taita is a humble slave, an expert in art, poetry, medicine and engineering as well as keeping important secrets. He is the most treasured possession of Lord Intef. Yet when Intef’s beautiful daughter, Lostris, is married to the Pharaoh, Taita is commanded to follow her and swiftly finds himself deeper than he ever could have imagined in a world of deception and treachery.

But outside the palace, the great kingdom of Egypt is divided and in even greater danger. Enemies threaten on all sides, and only Taita holds the power to save them all….

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Mark Meadows
Fiction

Christmas in the Snow
by Karen Swan

No secret stays buried forever . . .
In London, the snow is falling and Christmas is just around the corner – but Allegra Fisher barely has time to notice. She’s pitching for the biggest deal of her career and can’t afford to fail. And when she meets attractive stranger, Sam Kemp, on the plane to the meeting, she can’t afford to lose her focus either. She learned to shut off her emotions long ago and only her sister and best friend Isobel knows why. But when Allegra finds herself up against Sam for the bid, their passion quickly turns sour.
In Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, a long-lost mountain hut is discovered in the snow after sixty years and the last person expecting to become involved is Allegra – she hasn’t even heard of the woman they found inside. But it soon becomes clear the two women are linked and, as she and Iz travel out to make sense of the mystery, hearts thaw and dark secrets are uncovered, long buried by the snow.
With glamorous locations and heart-breaking twists, Christmas in the Snow by Karen Swan is all you need in your stocking for a truly decadent Christmas holiday. The perfect gift – even if it’s just to yourself.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Katie Scarfe
Fiction

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UK Disability History Month 2020

“We need to make every single thing accessible
to every single disabled person.”

Stevie Wonder

UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) has been an annual event since 2010, creating a platform to focus on the history of disabled peoples’ struggle for equality and human rights. For this, the eleventh UK Disability History Month (UKDHM), the focus is on Access and asking ‘How far have we come? How far have we to go?’

Disability was historically seen as a tragedy that happens because of genes, disease, accident, or war, with the assumption that the disabled need to be rehabilitated to overcome the impairment of our body or mind.

Having an impairment can sometimes be painful, life shortening and disempowering, but having to deal with prejudicial barriers, based on negative attitudes from the past, is discrimination that denies the human rights of the disabled. Led by disabled colleagues, we have created list of books which we hope will change this narrative and help reframe perceptions of disability.

These are just some of the incredible books you can find through the BorrowBox app as eBooks and eAudiobooks, and as physical books on our library shelves.
For our eBooks and eAudiobooks, simply log in and browse the special featured bookshelf on BorrowBox to see the amazing eTitles available. For physical copies, browse our online catalogue and, for a small charge, reserve the book or books you would like to pick up at your local library. Or tell staff at the library if you would like these kind of books as part of your Ready Read collection.


Diversify
by June Sarpong

Putting the spotlight on groups who are often marginalised in our society, including women, ethnic minorities, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community, Diversify uncovers the hidden cost of exclusion and shows how a new approach to how we learn, live and do business can solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

Available as eBook, eAudio and physical book

Disability Visibility
by Alice Wong

A ground-breaking collection of writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, “an art . . . an ingenious way to live.”
Taken together, this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings.

Available as eAudio and physical book

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space
by Amanda Leduc

This book challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies. By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world.

Available as eBook

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
by Rebekah Taussig

A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most. Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical, and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.

Available as eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Unconquerable: the Invictus spirit
by Boris Starling

Invictus Games change lives and save lives. Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the Games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick. Most races are about who gets to the finish line first. At the Invictus Games, even making the start line is an achievement beyond measure. Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit represents the spirit of the Games, upholding a message of self-determination, positivity and sacrifice.

Available as eBook and physical book

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19 October 1946. He studied at Oxford University, graduating in 1968 and becoming a teacher.  

The first novel he wrote was for adults, but much of his work is for children. His books include four novels in the ‘Sally Lockhart’ series,  Clockwork (1996) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and for a Carnegie medal in 1997.  More recently, Philip Pullman has become well-known for the ‘His Dark Materials’ Series, of fantasy novels telling the story of Lyra Belacqua, a young girl whose destiny is to ‘change destiny’. The original trilogy is Northern Lights (1995), winner of a Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and a British Book Award, and shortlisted in 2007 for the Carnegie of Carnegies; The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Spyglass (2000), which was the first children’s book to win the Whitbread Book of the Year. All three books in the ‘Dark Materials’ Series have been adapted for the stage and screen. 

Philip Pullman believes that ‘stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.’  In 2008, Pullman led a campaign against the introduction of age bands on the covers of children’s books, saying: “It’s based on a one-dimensional view of growth, which regards growing older as moving along a line like a monkey climbing a stick: now you’re seven, so you read these books; and now you’re nine so you read these.” More than 1,200 authors, booksellers, illustrators, librarians and teachers joined the campaign and Pullman’s own publisher, Scholastic, agreed to his request not to put the age bands on his book covers.   

In 2014, Pullman supported the ‘Let Books Be Books’ campaign to stop children’s books being labelled for gender saying: “I’m against anything, from age-ranging to pinking and blueing, whose effect is to shut the door in the face of children who might enjoy coming in. No publisher should announce on the cover of any book the sort of readers the book would prefer. Let the readers decide for themselves.”  

In 2017, he announced a new trilogy, The Book of Dust, based in the same universe as His Dark Materials. The first volume, La Bella Sauvage (2017), was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and saw Pullman named Author of the Year at the British Book Awards. A second volume, The Secret Commonwealth, is published in 2019.  His most recent novella was published on 15th October 2020 – Serpentine is a further insight into the world of Lyra Belacqua 

They looked at each other as if they were strangers. Each of them had had quite the wrong idea about things, and they were both alarmed to find it out. 

Philip Pullman, The firework-makers daughter 

Young Adult Fiction:

The Ruby in the smoke

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Soon after Sally Lockhart’s father drowns at sea, she receives an anonymous letter. The warning it contains makes a man die of fear at her feet. Determined to discover the truth about her father’s death, Sally is plunged into a terrifying mystery in the dark heart of Victorian London, at the centre of which lies a deadly blood-soaked jewel. 

The Shadow in the north

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Sally is 22 and running her own financial consultancy – a thoroughly modern woman in a world of pompous men – but she’s about to be thrown headlong into a vicious web of murder, mystery and pure evil. When a client’s lost investment appears suspicious Sally investigates 

The Tiger in the well

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married – yet his trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle. 

The Tin Princess

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Sally’s oldest friend, Jim Taylor, has been searching for Adelaide all his life – since he saved the little slum girl from a cruel mistress and then lost her again in the dark alleys of Victorian London. He never expected to find her as the Crown Princess of Razkavia, threatened by dangerous rivals in a corrupt kingdom. 

Once upon a time in the north

Available as an eBook and physical book

Here is a story which gives new insights into the world of ‘His Dark Materials’. When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison’s first meeting 

The collectors

Available as an eBook

‘But the thing is,’ said Horley, ‘they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works.’On a dark winter’s night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection. What the two men don’t know is that these pieces are connected in mysterious and improbable ways; and they are about to be caught in the cross-fire of a story which has travelled time and worlds.

Northern Lights/The golden compass 

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them into the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies. 

The subtle knife

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Without this child, we shall all die. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world. 

The Amber Spyglass

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been – and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned. 

Lyra’s Oxford

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Lyra didn’t often climb out of her bedroom window these days. She had access to a key to let her on to the roof of Jordan College where she regularly spent time studying and sometimes watching the storks that nested on St. Michaels’ tower. 

Serpentine

Available as a physical book

Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon have left the events of ‘His Dark Materials’ far behind. In this snapshot of their forever-changed lives they return to the North to visit an old friend, where we will learn that things are not exactly as they seem. 

La Belle Sauvage

Available as an eBook and physical book

Philip Pullman returns to the world of ‘His Dark Materials’ with this novel, set ten years before ‘Northern Lights’ and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua. 

The Secret Commonwealth

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

The Secret Commonwealth’ sees Lyra, now 20 years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust. 

The butterfly tattoo

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

Chris, a sixth-former, is working on the lighting at an Oxford ball. He meets Jenny and they fall in love. Their joy is short-lived for Chris’s boss has a shady past that is catching up with him. 

The broken bridge

Available as an eBook, eAudiobook and physical book

The Broken Bridge is the tale of Ginny, a sixteen-year-old half-Haitian girl living with her father in a small seaside village in Wales. She’s becoming a brilliant artist, just like her mother, who died when Ginny was a baby. Despite the isolation she sometimes feels, her life is turning out OK. Then her social worker cracks open her files and her world falls apart. Ginny’s father has kept a devastating secret from her all her life. In fact, everything she thought she knew about her family and her identity is a lie. And now, to find out who she really is, Ginny must relive the dark tragedies in her past. 

Children’s Fiction:

Count Karlstein

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No one in the village of Karlstein dares to leave their home on All Souls Eve – the night Zamiel, the Demon Huntsman comes to claim his prey. But the evil Count Karlstein has struck a terrible bargin with Zamiel, and so the lives of his young nieces, Lucy and Charlotte, are in danger. 

Spring-heeled Jack

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Deep in the murkiest backstreets of old London town, three children are escaping from an orphanage. But lurking in the fog is a king among villains – Mack the Knife. A dreadful fate looks certain – until Spring-heeled Jack leaps to the rescue. 

The firework-makers daughter

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Lila doesn’t just want to be a Firework-Maker’s daughter, she wants to be a Firework Maker herself. But although she’s learned a lot she still must get through the most difficult and dangerous part of her apprenticeship – and her father won’t tell her what it is. In search of this final Firework-Making secret, Lila heads off alone on a journey. It is a journey filled with dangers beyond anything she could have imagined, a journey on which she will learn so much more than the one secret she set out to find. 

Clockwork

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A tormented apprentice clockmaker – and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince – and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil. These characters merge to create a story that is funny, frightening, exciting and clever. 

I was a rat

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I was a Rat! is a weaving of fairy tale and adventure. It is a tale about a rat who turns into Cinderalla’s coachman and cannot change back. 

The scarecrow and his servant

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So begins the story of the Scarecrow, a courteous but pea-brained fellow with grand ideas. He meets a boy, Jack, who becomes his faithful servant, and they set out to journey to Spring Valley together. Along the way there’s no end of excitement – battle and shipwreck, brigands and tricksters – and it’s up to Jack time after time to save the day 

Thunderbolt’s Waxwork

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In 1890s Lambeth, many people are trying to make a dishonest bob or two. So it’s all the more galling when Thunderbolt Dobney’s father is arrested for counterfeiting coins. Benny, Bridie and Thunderbolt’s other friends set out to prove his innocence. 

The Gas-Fitter’s Ball

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Lambeth, South London, 1894.Meet the New Cut Gang – Sharky Bob, Benny, Thunderbolt, Bridie and the Peretti twins: the greatest detectives since Sexton Blake. They inhabit the streets around Lambeth Walk and the New Cut in London, a place bristling with gangsters, bookies, pickpockets, horse thieves and the occasional policeman.Who’s stolen the Worshipful Company of Gas-Fitters’ silver? With a little help from some colourful (and not always willing) accomplices, our heroes are soon blazing hot on the criminals’ trail. 

The Adventures of the new cut gang

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In ‘Thunderbolt’s Waxwork,’ who’s passing counterfeit coins round Lambeth? Surely not Thunderbolt’s dad, who’s been arrested. In ‘The Gas-Fitters’ Ball’, who’s stolen the Worshipful Compan of Gas-Fitters’ silver? 

Aladdin and the enchanted lamp

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Philip Pullman’s wry wit and award-winning talent brings much to this rich, dark and uplifting story. With magic and mischief in equal measure, it is sure to captivate readers everywhere.

Puss in boots

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In this reworking of the classic tale, Jacques inherits a cat whilst his brothers get the mill and the donkey. But Puss is no ordinary cat and is going to make Jacques’ fortune for him if he’ll only listen! 

Adult Fiction:

The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

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In this ingenious, spellbinding and fiercely subversive retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman reimagines the most influential story ever told. He offers a radical new take on the myths and the mysteries of the Gospel truth and the resulting church that has so shaped the course of the last two millennia.

Daemon voices

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In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world’s great story-tellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining, and above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topic, including the origin and composition of Philip’s own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to him.

You shouldn’t do it if you hate it. 

Philip Pullman, The butterfly tattoo