No wait, No fuss – May’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 5 eBooks and 11 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 May.

eBooks and eAudiobooks for children

The Boy who Flew with Dragons
by Andy Shepherd

Tomas can’t imagine life without his little dragon Flicker. He’s become more than a pet – he’s a friend like no other. And growing dragons on the dragonfruit tree in the garden with his friends Ted, Kat and Kai is the most amazing thing ever.

But Tomas has promised Grandad something – that he and his friends will let their dragons go back to where they belong. The only problem is – that isn’t such an easy thing to do. Not when they are still having so much fun with dragons Flicker, Sunny, Crystal and Dodger. Not when they still have to work out where the dragons’ home is, and how to get the dragons to leave. And not when Tomas is so close to uncovering the true story of the mysterious dragonfruit tree …

Available as an eBooks and eAudiobook
Narrated by Ewan Goddard
Suitable for ages 5+

Unexpected Twist
by Michael Rosen

Shona and her dad are moving house, and at Shona’s new school, the rules are pretty confusing; she keeps getting into trouble without realising! It’s a lot like how it is for Oliver Twist, that boy she’s reading about in English class.

After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there’s something fishy about the new boys she’s met. Where did the phone come from? And some gifts, she soon learns, aren’t exactly free …

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Michael Rosen
Suitable for ages 8+

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
Suitable for ages 13+

eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults

Over your Shoulder
by CJ Carver

Twelve years ago, Nick’s brother Rob was caught in a storm out at sea and drowned. His body was never found. When Nick met Susie at his brother’s funeral, he thought it was destiny at play.

Then Rob suddenly appears on television. He is a hero. He has brought down a terrorist who opened fire on dozens of restaurant diners. Everyone wants to know who Rob is, but he’s vanished a second time, without a word.

Nick is soon drawn into a multi-layered world of lies and corruption, and is forced to examine everything he once knew. What is Rob running away from? And why do the police want to talk to him?

Nick wants to find his brother but if he does, he also risks losing the woman he loves. Because Susie has her own secrets, and as the truth emerges, Nick finds it is those closest to us we should fear the most…

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Daniel Weyman and Bea Holland

Echo Burning
by Lee Child

Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer, looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape.

A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful.

But her husband’s in jail. When he comes out, he’s going to kill her.

Her family’s hostile, she can’t trust the cops and the lawyers won’t help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.

Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Jeff Harding

Like Flies from Afar
by K. Ferrari

Luis Machi has had enemies for a long time: after all, he’s built his success on dirty deals – not to mention his cooperation with the military junta’s coup years ago, or his love life, a web of infidelities. What’s new is the corpse in the boot of his car. A body with its face blown off, detained by a pair of furry pink handcuffs that Machi knows well . . .

Someone is trying to set him up, but the number of suspects is incalculable. Machi is stuck dredging his guilty past for clues and trying to dispose of the mystery corpse. But time is just another enemy and it’s running out fast.

Like Flies from Afar is a wickedly dark and thrilling ride through the corruption and violence of Argentina, embodied by a single degenerate man and one very complicated day.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Joe Lewis

Lie Down with Lions
by Ken Follett

When Jane is caught in a deadly love triangle between rival spies Ellis and Jean-Pierre, she becomes entangled in a web of lust, hatred and deception, which sweeps all three of them from terrorist conspiracies in Paris to all-out guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan.
Jean-Pierre and Jane marry, and go to work as doctors in the Valley of the Five Lions to help the rebels fighting for their freedom against the Russians. Confronted by extreme violence and danger, Jane desperately tries to get out of the line of fire. Then help comes, unexpectedly, in the form of her husband’s greatest enemy . . .
Lie Down With Lions is an exciting tale of suspense and deceit from master of the spy story, Ken Follett.

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Emma Fenney

Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
by Celia Imre

Somewhere on the French Riviera, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and Cannes’ red carpets, lies the sleepy town of Bellevue-Sur-Mer. Sheltered from the glittering melee, it is home to many an expat – although it hasn’t proved as peaceful as expected.

Now an enterprising band of retirees has resolved to show it’s never too late to start afresh and open a restaurant. Snapping up a local property and throwing themselves into preparations, Theresa, Carol, William and Benjamin’s plans are proceeding unnervingly well. But when Theresa encounters a mysterious intruder, she begins to wonder what secrets the building is concealing.

Meanwhile Sally, an actress who fled the stage to live in quiet anonymity, has decided not to be involved. She’s far too busy anyway, shepherding around a gaggle of A-listers, including a suave Russian with a superyacht and a penchant for her company.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Celia Imre

Shylock is My Name
by Howard Jacobson

With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It’s the beginning of a remarkable friendship.

Elsewhere in the Golden Triangle, the rich, manipulative Plurabelle (aka Anna Livia Plurabelle Cleopatra A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever Christine) is the face of her own TV series, existing in a bubble of plastic surgery and lavish parties. She shares prejudices and a barbed sense of humour with her loyal friend D’Anton, whose attempts to play Cupid involve Strulovitch’s daughter – and put a pound of flesh on the line.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Michael Kitchen

The Other Woman
by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman by debut author Sandie Jones, is a gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Michelle Frances’s The Girlfriend and B A Paris’s Behind Closed Doors.
When Emily meets Adam she knows he is the One.
That together they can deal with anything that is thrown at them.
But lurking in the shadows is another woman, Pammie.
Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother.
There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants . . .

Available as an eBook and eAudiobook
Narrated by Clare Corbett

The House at Riverton
by Kate Morton

Within its four walls lay a secret that would last a lifetime.

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long-consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.

A thrilling mystery and a compelling love story, The House at Riverton will appeal to readers of Ian McEwan’s Atonement, L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between, and lovers of the film Gosford Park.

Available as an eAudiobook
Narrated by Caroline Lee

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Celebrate World Book Night with us

World Book Night (Friday 23 April) brings people from all backgrounds together with one goal – to share their love of reading and inspire others to read more. This year the libraries of Aldershot, Andover , Fleet, Chandler’s Ford and Gosport will be taking part, sharing free copies of ‘Stories to Make You Smile’ edited by Fanny Blake and Matt Haig’s latest book ‘The Midnight Library’.

World Book Night, which is supported by the major publishers and run by The Reading Agency is a campaign to encourage reading. Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 31% of adults don’t read in their free time.

Our teams will be taking the free books into the community to reach people who don’t normally visit their local library. We will be handing out copies of both books at railway stations and Saturday markets, having conversations about reading with people who do not read regularly or have books at home.

Stories to Make You Smile

This seriously entertaining collection of feelgood stories was edited by Fanny Blake and written especially by ten bestselling novelists: Jenny Eclair; Katie Fforde; Veronica Henry; Rachel Hore; Vaseem Khan; Dorothy Koomson, Helen Lederer; Richard Madeley; Eva Verde and Mark Watson.

From a hilarious race against time to a moment of unexpected eavesdropping, from righting wrongs in rural India to finding joy in unlikely places, these stories are all rich in wit and humour, guaranteed to lift your spirits and warm your heart.

Stories to Make You Smile is also available as a free eBook and audiobook download.

The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Matt Haig, the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, brings us his latest book about regrets and second chances.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret, Nora feels she has let everyone down, including herself, but things are about to change and the library can help her find the answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

Take part in World Book Night online

You can also join in with a number of free events on World Book Night, which are being run by The British Library in conjunction with The Reading Agency.

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse 6-7pm
Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary fiction authors, appears in conversation bestselling author Kate Mosse to discuss Klara and the Sun, his first book since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Klara and the Sun is an intensely moving and beautiful exploration of human connection and creativity in the face of loneliness and advanced technologies. Ishiguro looks at our changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

He talks to Kate Mosse about the inspiration for the novel, and the power of books and reading to bring people together and change lives.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

#ReadingHour 7-8pm
Reading Hour is an invitation for you to dedicate an hour reading in any way; read alone or with others, listen to an audiobook while preparing your dinner, have a book club meeting, call a friend to chat about books – the possibilities are endless! Share what you’re doing on social media using #ReadingHour.

Books to Make You Smile, hosted by Sandi Toksvig 8-9pm
Sign-up to hear exclusive readings from special guests about the books that make them smile. World Book Night Ambassador Sandi Toksvig talks live to featuring best-selling authors David Nicholls (One Day, Us, Sweet Sorrow), Bolu Babalola (Love in Colour), and World Book Night founder and Canongate Books CEO Jamie Byng.

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. Book your ticket now.

Reading Well; using the power of reading to support mental health

With many of us are struggling with mental wellbeing during these tough times, we’re eager to make sure your local library is a valuable source of support, information and guidance.

There is a growing amount of evidence about the value of reading to support health and wellbeing. In addition we believe people feel libraries are inclusive and welcoming places that can empower them when they’re looking for support.

At Hampshire Libraries we’ve long been champions of the power of reading to offer comfort, solace and advice when we need it most. So we’re delighted to introduce a new collection of books, selected by experts at The Reading Agency, which provide a source of useful advice and encouragement, in an initiative called Reading Well.

The Reading Well collection, which is supported by the government throughout the country, includes more than 80 books, all of which will be available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries’ 40 libraries. Keep a look out for specially labelled Reading Well titles or find and reserve what you want by using our online library catalogue.

You’ll also find ‘digital shelves’ of Reading Well books on our BorrowBox app, which can be reserved and downloaded to your smartphone or tablet.

The collection covers three age ranges: children, young people and adults.

There are more than 30 titles for children including:

Self-esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne which tackles topics such as mental illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm.

How are you feeling today? by Molly Potter which is packed with fun, imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with a whole range of different emotions.

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell, and Keiko Yoshida. This remarkable book provides a rare insight into the often baffling behaviour of autistic children.

The Truth About Self-Harm: For Young People and Their Friends and Families by Celia Richardson, a booklet about what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else.

Books in the collection to support adult’s mental wellbeing include:

The CBT Handbook: A comprehensive guide to using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to overcome depression, anxiety and anger by Pamela Myles and Roz Shafran: an easy-to-read general self-help guide by two of the UK’s leading CBT clinicians and researchers.

Defeating Depression: How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery by Roslyn Law which is based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy, a therapeutic approach adopted by the NHS.

The Essential Guide to Life After Bereavement: Beyond Tomorrow by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan which acts as a supportive map through the initial period of loss, and through the weeks and months that follow.

The Sheldon Short Guide to Phobias and Panic by Professor Kevin Gournay which provides the essential information you need in less than an hour.

The Reading Well initiative is being supported by Hampshire Libraries alongside the Read, Talk, Share project which is designed to tackle loneliness and promote wellbeing.

Jan Morris

The greatest distance travelled by Jan Morris, was not across the Earth’s surface but from being newspaper reporter James Morris to the female voyager and historian Jan Morris. The Guardian

James’ Morris post-war career as a journalist, writing for The Times and the Manchester Guardian, was balanced with time spent researching and writing travel books, with his unique voice as a travel writer first emerging in the publication of Venice in 1960.

Morris’ approach to travel writing hooked readers. His written voice always sounded certain, but his personal life was overshadowed by the knowledge that the male body of James was an error, and his true identity was female. With the support of his wife Elizabeth, he had reassignment surgery in 1972 and returned from clinic in Casablanca as Jan.

Morris had been denied surgery in the UK because the couple refused to divorce, and wrote in Conundrum (1974), which told most of the story, that the marriage had no right to work, “yet it worked like a dream, living testimony … of love in its purest sense over everything else”.

Morris’s exploration of sexual identities enhanced her trilogy on the social history of the British empire, Pax Britannica (1968), Heaven’s Command (1973) and Farewell the Trumpets (1978). Sometimes she made whimsical choices of subject, and of genre, especially the fantasy-fiction travelogue Last Letters From Hav (1985). Morris acknowledged the indulgence, adding that “the whole oeuvre of travel is one enormous ego-biography”, but the criticisms hurt.

She vowed several times to type no more but could not give up the daily practice of writing, which produced the inspired Fifty Years of Europe (1997), Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere (2001), In My Mind’s Eye (2018), which was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and her final book Thinking Again which was published in 2020.

Upon her death, the lives of Jan and Elizabeth, with whom she had lived for many years as ‘sisters-in-law’ were marked with a memorial stone inscribed in English and Welsh which read: ‘Here are two friends… At the end of one life’

Books by Jan Morris are also available to loan as eBooks, aAudio on the BorrowBox app.