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Storm in a Teacup

Discover something new in the New Year

3 January 2018

January is usually a time for setting ourselves resolutions which can range from healthy eating and exercising to starting a craft or hobby or learning something new.

Here is a selection of non-fiction books we have in the Calibre library that centre on health and well-being or may help you discover something you didn’t know.

Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski     (011999)

Helen Czerski links the little things we see every day with the big world we live in. Each chapter begins with something small – popcorn, coffee stains and refrigerator magnets – and uses it to explain some of the most important science and technology discoveries of our time.

The Untold Story of the Talking Book by Matthew Rubery       (011989)

This book tells the untold story of the incredible evolution of recorded sound and in doing so breaks from convention by treating audiobooks as a distinctively modern art form that has profoundly influenced the way we read.

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich Nhat Hanh    (012164)

We can spend a lot of time looking for happiness, but our hearts and minds are so full of noise that we can’t always hear the call of life and love. To hear that call and respond to it, we need silence. Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains how through silence and the practice of mindfulness, we are free to hear, to see - and just be.

The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and their Circle by Colin Duriez     (011784)

The Inklings were an influential group of writers centred on C S Lewis and J R Tolkien, who met regularly in the pubs of Oxford to read and discuss their latest writings. Colin Duriez explores their lives, writings, ideas and, crucially, the influence they had on each other.

Stars: A Very Short Introduction by Andrew King    (011826)

Every atom of our bodies has been part of a star. Our very own star, the Sun, is crucial to the development and sustainability of life on Earth. This “Very Short Introduction” presents a modern, authoritative examination of how stars live.

And if your reading preference is fiction, how about giving these new authors a try with their debut novels:

Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman    (012190)

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life... except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself, but surely any change is better than… fine?

The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown          (012066)

1645. When Alice Hopkins' husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives. But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town, and whispers of witchcraft.

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart       (011713)

Eight-year-old Sam has always been different - beautiful, surprising and autistic. His dad, Alex, struggles to connect with Sam, and the strain has pushed his marriage with Jody to the edge. Can the fragmented family put themselves back together one piece at a time?

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan      (Available Soon)

Anthony Peardew has spent his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But his final wishes trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters...