The latest books to hit (or which are about to hit) the shelves of Westminster Libraries:
Whitney Houston, by Mark Bego
Having exploded onto the music scene in 1985, Whitney Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos worlwide. Mark Bego leaves no detail of Whitney’s turbulent life, or untimely death in 2012, untold
The baby laundry for unmarried mothers, by Angela Patrick
London, 1963. Angela Patrick was 19 years old and pregnant. Being under 21, she was still under the governance of her parents, strict Catholics who sent her to an imposing-looking convent for unmarried mothers. At eight weeks, her son was taken away from her and put up for adoption. 30 years later, he contacted her and a reunion was arranged.
Prince William, by Penny Junor
One of the most successful authors of royal biographies writes the definitive account of the Prince’s life so far, including his wedding to Kate Middleton.
Strong woman, by Karren Brady
Karren Brady defies convention as a directional business woman in a male industry. This is how she does it, and through her experience, her drive and her skills it’s a brilliant insight into how you can do it too.
What they don’t teach you in business school, by Richard Branson
Are you interested in setting up your own business, improving your leadership skills or simply looking for inspiration from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time? In this work, Branson brings together some of his best advice.
37 questions everyone in business needs to answer, by Duncan Bannatyne
Top business expert, Duncan Bannatyne of ‘Dragons’ Den’, presents a book of razor-sharp advice for everyone involved in business.
The little Paris kitchen, by Rachel Khoo
From a croque madame muffin to fragrant provencal lavender and lemon roast chicken, Rachel Khoo celebrates the culinary landscape of France. The 120 recipes range from easy, everyday dishes to meals with friends and delicious desserts, including classics like creme brulee and tarte tatin.
Long lost family, by Humphrey Price
This title takes the best emotional stories from the TV show ‘Long Lost Family’ and expands on them to tell these wonderfully warm and poignant tales in all their heartstring-tugging glory. It also contains a section of hints and tips for how to go about starting a search for a long lost family member.
For fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Upstairs, downstairs’…
The Cook’s Tale, by Nancy Jackman
Nancy Jackman was born in 1907 in a remote Norfolk village. Her father was a ploughman, her mother a former servant. Nancy left school at the age of 12 to work for a farmer and continued to work as a cook until the 1950s, sustained by her determination to escape and find a life of her own.
District Nurse, by Patricia Jordan
Born in Belfast, Patricia Jordan left for England to train as a nurse in the 1940s. This is her moving and humorous account of life as a visiting nurse in a small English town.
The midwife’s here, by Linda Fairley
From the moment Linda delivered her first baby, racing across rain-spattered Manchester street on her trusty moped in the dead of night, Linda knew she’d found her vocation. This book presents her experiences as Britain’s longest serving midwife.
History, ancient and modern
In the shadow of the sword: the battle for global empire and the end of the ancient world, by Tom Holland
Spanning from Constantinople to the Arabian desert, and starring some of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived, Tom Holland tells a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement.
The war is dead, long live the war – Bosnia: the Reckoning, by Ed Vulliamy
Part memoir and part reckoning, this is a startling examination of the legacy of the Bosnian war published on the twentieth anniversary of the outbreak of the war.
Apocalypse, by John Michael Greer
Many prophecies proclaim that the world will end on the 21st of December 2012. This is not the first time we’ve been told that our time is up and, touch wood, it probably won’t be the last. ‘Apocalypse’ covers each and every one of our prophesised dooms, featuring everything from asteroids to giant solar flares.
To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy brings together a dazzling array of contemporary poets to write about each of the 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign.
An education in itself?
Back to basics, by Caroline Taggart
Many of us wish that we could fill in the gaps in our education in order to avoid those embarrassing situations when we feel as if we don’t know things that others do. This title provides readers with the opportunity to learn really useful stuff that was never taught in mainstream education.
Meredith, by John Kercher
Meredith Kercher was tragically murdered in November 2007, in Perugia, Italy. Since then, her murder and the subsequent trials have been a source of constant intrigue and speculation for media all around the world, with the spotlight famously focusing on the accused, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito.
Bringing down the Krays, by Bobby Teale
Finally, the truth about Ronnie and Reggie by the man who took them down.
Nosy neighbours or noisy neighbours?
Cheek by jowl, by Emily Cockayne
In this fascinating social history, Emily Cockayne traces the story of the British neighbour through nine centuries – spanning medieval, Tudor and Victorian periods, two World Wars and up to today’s modern, virtual world.
London 2012 Olympic Games: the official book
Packed with glorious photography and expert analysis of the star athletes and their prospects, this is an authoritative and comprehensive preview of the 30th Olympiad. It features a guide to each of the sports and venues, a brief history of the Games and the competition schedule to ensure you don’t miss a moment.