New Books for October


This month we have a bumper harvest of new books going into the library. There are so many worth highlighting that I don’t know where to start, so please do have a look at the complete list.

The range of non-fiction books covers true crime, football, television journalism, history and biography, and lots more. Leaping out at me is Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis (14204), chief presenter of BBC Newsnight. More a compilation of her greatest interviews than a biography, it includes chapters on Donald Trump, Grenfell, Simon Cowell, David Attenborough and Gordon Ramsay. There’s also the John Humphrys autobiography, A Day Like Today (14172), charting his journey from poverty in post-war Cardiff to his esteemed career in broadcasting.

Then there’s the last two volumes of Peter Ackroyd’s London The Biography (13834) (14135), which look at, amongst other things, the expansion of London, London’s rivers, and the Victorian megalopolis, as well as London’s outcasts, and the status of women and children. In a similar vein we also have London Labour and the London Poor (14269) by Henry Mayhew, which was originally published in 1840.

In Why You Should Read Children’s Books Even Though You Are So Old and Wise (14190), award-winning children’s author Katherine Rundell puts forward an argument close to most librarians’ hearts about the great enjoyment and inspiration to be found in books originally written for children. You can test her theory by trying one of the author’s other books, Rooftoppers (617239), about the children who live on the rooftops of Paris.

This month’s selection of fiction is particularly rich in classic English literature of the last century by female authors. We have Miss Ranskill Comes Home (14119) by Barbara Euphan Todd, They Were Sisters (14074) by Dorothy Whipple, Family Roundabout (14100) by Richmal Compton (author of the Just William books) and A Pin to See the Peepshow (14081) by Jesse F Tennyson. An even older classic is Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year (14182) an account of one man’s experiences of the year 1665 when the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague raged.

The bestselling How to Build a Girl (14214) by Caitlin Moran, on the other hand is a coming-of-age novel with no holds barred! Written by the Times columnist, and set in Wolverhampton in the 1990s, it has been described as ‘funny, and filthy’! You have been warned…

We end with some poetry, an anthology of verse These are the Hands: Poems From the Heart of the NHS (14225) which offers an insight into people’s experiences of working at the heart of the NHS, from student nurses, to long serving consultants, and domestic cleaning staff to sign language interpreters.