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Our April Book of the Month

 

White Silence

By Jodi Taylor

The first instalment in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor “I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am.” Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.

What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she can’t trust anyone… This tense and twisty thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.



Review
By Becky Hinshelwood

I didn’t know the work of Jodi Taylor before reading White Silence. I’ve since discovered that she is a prolific writer of serial novels and White Silence is, it turns out, the start of her next. And I have to say I’m hooked. The book opens with a prologue that takes us through a pretty spine-tingling sequence of events and suspense remains high throughout. This makes it an exciting read, even a little scary in a Doctor Who type-of-way. It’s a bit harder, though, to find sanctuary behind the sofa when the book comes with you!

If you can’t bear the spooky or supernatural then you’re probably best to give this a wide berth, but luckily I love a bit of suspended disbelief and this book hits the spot perfectly. With elements of the psychic, spiritual and telepathic seamlessly intermingled with every day life, plus a mildly threatening scientist thrown in for good measure, White Silence is quite addictive.

Elizabeth Cage is something other. She sees auras and the true human nature that they reveal. She knows things about people without knowing why. This is where her knowledge of herself ends, so we don’t know where her power could lead her within this story and beyond. What is clear is that she is surrounded by unspecified peril, and when her husband dies we join her on a journey to encounter and overcome this peril.

It’s not just about gripping supernatural adventure, though. Jodi Taylor writes her characters with appealingly sardonic wit and humour. It’s the kind of dialogue that keeps me watching TV shows like No Offence (fabulously acerbic lines delivered by the inimitable Jo Scanlan). I suspect that it is this tone which separates White Silence from a lot of other supernatural thrillers out there. Not only does the dialogue amuse, but it makes Elizabeth and Michael eminently likeable.

Yes, such clever dialogue can be a bit unnatural – I’ve certainly never managed to come up with the perfect one liner at the drop of a hat and I think that’s quite normal. But frankly, when a story deals with auras, demons and ghosts I don’t expect realism to be high on the list of priorities for a writer. Jodi Taylor clearly enjoyed writing these characters, and I very much enjoyed reading them.

This book is episodic in structure. There’s a reason that I keep coming up with televisual comparisons to White Silence; it’s because this format of storytelling leads you to visualise the events in a televisual way. There are incidents within the overreaching story arc that work as self contained stories. Indeed, I discovered that these episodes were very strong in their power to prevent me from closing the book until the characters had come up for air!

While I was reading White Silence, we were undergoing a digital embargo in our house. It was my husband’s idea, probably because he is not the one who would end up tidying all of the godforsaken craft that the children embarked upon when they were not bemoaning the lack of a screen. One of the aims of the experience, I think, was that we’d spend more time having conversations. Luckily White Silence came to my aid here and I simply binge read this book in the same way as I would any spooky BBC serial!

I still have a plethora of unanswered questions; not just about the action but about Elizabeth herself and how far her gift / curse stretches. We don’t know at the end of the book whether some events actually happened and I for one can’t wait to find out. The small but tantalising image of another front cover is featured on the rear of White Silence. It is an as yet unreleased book – which can only be a sequel, the title being “Black Light” – and has me counting the days until its release

If Becky’s review has inspired you to read more then you can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery. Published by Accent Press.

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White Silence
By Jodi Taylor

The first instalment in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor “I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am.” Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.

What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control. And she can’t trust anyone… This tense and twisty thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Release Your Inner Drive
Everything you need to know about how to get good at stuff
By Bradley Busch, Edward Watson

Release Your Inner Drive: Everything You Need to Know about How to Get Good at Stuff by Bradley Busch and Edward Watson is a book of infographics designed to show teenagers how they can excel at school and in life. But while the graphics are certainly colourful and eye-catching, this is so much more than a book of pretty pictures.

 Researchers and academics in the fields of psychology and neuroscience have spent years trying to understand why some people flourish and others never truly fulfil their potential.Bradley and Edward have condensed that wisdom into this no-nonsense, visual guide which also provides clear explanations of the concepts, along with links to the latest research, for those who want to delve deeper into these fascinating insights.

Each infographic distils everything you need to know to cultivate these habits and give yourself the best possible chance of success. Discover how to: take control, concentrate better, find your motivation, fail better, make revision stick, perform under pressure, ace those exams, put down that phone when you’re meant to be revising, get over FOMO, stop procrastinating, get a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself and your mental health, learn from sporting champions and grow your mindset to get ahead.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Vegan 100
Over 100 incredible recipes from Avant-Garde Vegan
By Gaz Oakley

Tempted to try your hand at vegan food but don’t know where to start? Or even just to make meat-free Monday a regular thing? Long gone are the days of vegan food being dull and worthy: Vegan 100 is bold, vibrant and gorgeous. Going vegan was the best decision Gaz Oakley ever made.

Gaz, aka Avant-Garde Vegan, was once a meat eater and often didn’t feel well. Overnight, he decided to go vegan for the health benefits, for his love of animals and to do his part in looking after the planet. He found that, as a trained chef, it was surprisingly easy to get big tastes and colours into vegan dishes without compromise, and he also noticed an improvement in the way he felt.

The emphasis in Gaz’s 100 amazing vegan recipes is first and foremost on FLAVOUR. From Kentucky Fried Chick’n and Fillet “Steak” Wellington to Chocolate Tart and Summer Berry Mousse Cake, it’s all incredible-tasting food that just happens to be vegan. Delectable, beautiful and packed with dishes that are good for you, this is like no other vegan cookbook.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Back Up
By Paul Colize
Translated by Louise Rogers Lalaurie

Berlin, 1967: four members of the British rock band Pearl Harbor die at the same time but in separate locations. Inexplicably, the police conclude natural causes are to blame.

Brussels, 2010: A homeless man is hit by a car outside the Gare du Midi, leaving him with locked-in syndrome, able to communicate (sometimes) by blinking. An Irish journalist’s interest is piqued. How did the members of Pearl Harbor die, and how is this linked to the homeless man in Brussels?

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK


Estoril
By Dejan Tiago-Stankovic
Translated by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric

Set in a luxurious grand hotel just outside Lisbon, at the height of the Second World War, Estoril is a delightful and poignant novel about exile, divided loyalties, fear and survival.

The hotel’s guests include spies, fallen kings, refugees from the Balkans, Nazis, American diplomats and stateless Jews. The Portuguese secret police broodingly observe the visitors, terrified that their country’s neutrality will be compromised.

The novel seamlessly fuses the stories of its invented characters with appearances by historical figures like the ex-King Carol of Romania, the great Polish pianist Jan Paderewski, the British agent Ian Fleming, the Russian chess grandmaster Alexander Alekhine and the French writer and flyer Antoine de St Exupery, who forms a poignant friendship with a young Jewish boy living alone in the hotel.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Peacock’s Alibi
By Stuart David

Peacock Johnson’s got an idea that’s guaranteed to make him rich, and a friend who’s willing to invest in the idea. But Peacock’s having some difficulty laying the groundwork for his less-than-legal enterprise.

Local homicide detective Duncan McFadgen is convinced that Peacock is responsible for a recent murder, and is constantly on Peacock’s tail, badgering him with questions and trying to break his alibi for the night of the murder. Peacock’s path to riches seems to be vanishing into the ether and then things begin to seriously unravel . . .

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Where Chefs Eat
A Guide to Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants (Third Edition)

The all-new, completely revised third appearance of the global restaurant guidebook that has sold more than 200,000 copies Forget the restaurant guides with entries chosen by a panel of ‘experts’.

This 1,184-page guide is by the real specialists, featuring over 7,000 recommendations for more than 4,500 restaurants in more than 70 countries from more than 650 of the world’s best chefs, including: Jason Atherton, Shannon Bennett, Helena Rizzo, Stephen Harris, Yotam Ottolenghi, Yoshihiro Narisawa, and hundreds more. And, with a new international slate of editors, this third version is more comprehensive than ever.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Open Arms
By Vince Cable

Kate Thompson – glamorous housewife-turned-MP – surprises everyone with her meteoric rise at Westminster. When Kate is sent as a trade minister to India, she hopes it will be her moment to shine. But, embroiled in a personal scandal, she gets drawn into a dangerous world of corruption and political intrigue… Deepak Parrikar – billionaire head of an Indian arms technology company – is magnetically drawn to the beautiful British minister.

But while their relationship deepens, India’s hostilities with Pakistan reach boiling point, causing more than just business and politics to collide. In the race to prevent disaster, can their conflicting loyalties survive being tested to the limit? Open Arms is an explosive thriller which circles from Whitehall to the slums of Mumbai. Cable’s sweeping tale combines unrivalled political detail with international intrigue, desire, and the quest for power. An electrifying debut.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


Walk
Tales, Trivia and Rambling Routes for Hikers
By David Bathurst

‘Salvation comes in the form of a good old-fashioned walk.’ Clare Balding A leisurely ramble through the woods, a meandering city stroll, a blustery seaside promenade or a vigorous mountain hike – all have their delights and incomparable joys.

Whatever your walking style, you’ll be captivated and enthralled by the stories and excerpts of classic writing, trivia and practical tips in this book – perfect for anyone who loves the freedom of lacing up their hiking boots and heading for the hills.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


A History of Videogames
By Iain Simons, James Newman

Forget about bits and bytes, data and code and see the world of videogames through the most unique, important and sometimes downright ordinary stuff on the planet.

From the humble audio cassette to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this is the story of videogames – told through objects! The curators of the UK’s award-winning National Videogame Arcade take you on a journey through joysticks and microchips, Game Boys and cuddly toys, guitars, drums and Ocarinas as they tell the story of how videogames are made, played and loved. Whatever your interest in gaming – casual Pokemon player, GTA expert, medal-winning FIFA champion of anything in-between – this is the book for you.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery


London Underground
Architecture, Design & History
By David Long
Photographs by Jane Magarigal

The seminal and pioneering London Underground is more than a mass transportation network – it is a style icon, its history involving some of the most important architects and artists of their time.

Exploring Frank Pick’s vision through the development of Metroland to Holden’s innovative designs, David Long expertly weaves the story of the Underground – its abundance of characters (some good, some not so good), design firsts and brand identity – with Jane Magarigal’s atmospheric photography.

From suburban expansion to Blitz bombings and Soviet adulation, this book celebrates what remains a magnificent engineering and aesthetic achievement while providing an affectionate if slightly elegiac portrait of a London which is now gone for good.

You can buy your copy HERE + free UK delivery