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New eAudiobook fiction in May

Check out our picks of the best eAudiobooks new to Overdrive this month. If you’re new to the eLibrary services then find out how to get started here, or come on in to the library and we can help you get set-up and ready to read.

Overdrive cover Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett (Audiobook)
“Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork – not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they’re in the mood for trying everything else. Because the thing about football – the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Newsmakers, by Lis Wiehl (Audiobook)
“Erica Sparks is an ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job in New York. On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it? Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Hanging Mary, by Susan Higginbotham (Audiobook)
“Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, Susan Higginbotham’s historical novel Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of Lincoln’s assassination.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cabin Pressure, Series 2, by John Finnemore (Audiobook)
“Stephanie Cole (“Doc Martin”), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam (“The Thick Of It”) star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. Written by John Finnemore, writer for The News Quiz, and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)
“Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere…else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced…they change a person.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sisi, Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki (Audiobook)
“For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by Allison Pataki. Sisi tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page-turner. Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Evening Spider, by Emily Arsenault (Audiobook)
“A gripping blend of psychological suspense and historical true crime, this riveting novel — inspired by a sensational real-life murder from the 1800s — by critically acclaimed author Emily Arsenault delivers a heart-stopping mystery linking two young mothers from different centuries.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)
“Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy — first she has to make it there, alive.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Three Souls, by Janie Chang (Audiobook)
“A haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must make amends. As Leiyin delves back in time to review her life, she realizes that the time for making amends is shorter than she thought.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Cuba, by Stephen Coonts (Audiobook)
“Rear Admiral Jake Grafton returns as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game, a high-risk gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries. As Castro lies dying, America’s president secretly moves forbidden weapons to the U. S. base in Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. But when his convert actions are discovered, the situation quickly escalates and Admiral Grafton becomes the player in a tense and action—filled power struggle that could explode at any second.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

April’s Science Picks

Birds rule the roost in the latest crop of arrivals to the science section. Read about extraordinary owls, an epic migration journey, and a heart-warming penguin. The list is rounded off with two recommended reads – a sneak look into the life of bats, and the wonderful contribution that microbes make to Earth.

Syndetics book coverThe penguin lessons : what I learned from a remarkable bird, by Tom Michell.
A real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young English teacher who rescues a penguin from an oil slick in Uruguay. The penguin refuses to leave his rescuer’s side. “That was the moment at which he became my penguin, and whatever the future held, we’d face it together,” says Michell. He names the penguin Juan Salvador (“John Saved”), but Juan Salvador, as it turns out, is the one who saves Michell. This is a witty and yet inspirational book.

Syndetics book coverGods of the morning : a bird’s-eye view of a changing world, by John Lister-Kaye.
This follows the year through the seasons at Aigas, the Highlands estate which the author has transformed into a world-renowned wildlife centre. The early morning brings with it twenty-nine distinct calls. Yet in the Highland glens, bird numbers plummet as their food supplies – natural fruits and every kind of creeping, crawling, slithering or flying bug–begin to disappear. …By the first frosts the hills will have emptied down to a few hardy stalwarts such as the golden eagles, the raven and the irrepressible hooded crows. The few species that are left frequent a changed world. (drawn from the publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverThe secret lives of bats : my adventures with the world’s most misunderstood mammals, by Merlin Tuttle.
Ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle has realized how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. As he began to study bats all over the world, he also served tirelessly as their advocate, convincing farmers, landowners, and city dwellers that bats are beneficial members of their local ecosystems. But it was when he discovered that no one had ever produced good photographs of bats exhibiting their natural behaviours that a conservation star was born …. Tuttle’s tales of stalking bats, and of the discoveries he and fellow researchers have made, will make bat lovers out of every reader. (drawn from Booklist review, courtesy of Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParrots of the wild : a natural history of the world’s most captivating birds, by Catherine A. Toft and Timothy F. Wright ; foreword by James D. Gilardi.
Drawing on over 2,400 scientific studies, this outlines the social behaviour, foraging, mating, intelligence, and conservation status of around 350 species. A worthy celebration of this appealing bird.

Syndetics book coverThe house of owls, by Tony Angell ; foreword by Robert Michael Pyle.
For a quarter of a century, Tony Angell and his family kept journals of their observations of pairs of western screech owls that occupied a nesting box outside the window of their forest home. His illustrations show owls at work and play – hunting, courting, or raising families. He shares their unique characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought.

Syndetics book coverLife’s engines : how microbes made Earth habitable, by Paul G. Falkowski.
From his last chapter “Thanks be to microbes for making this speck of detritus in the stardust of the universe a great place to live for their overgrown relatives, the animals and plants that temporarily decorate and rent the small dot from their microbial ancestors, who maintain it for their future relatives.” Easily understood by anyone with a passing knowledge of science – highly recommended and readable.

Syndetics book coverWild foods : looking back 60,000 years for clues to our future survival, by Vic Cherikoff.
Explores the consequences of eating a modern diet sprayed with pesticides and lacking in essential dietary fibre, protein and micro-nutrients. You will find how wild foods can help correct the imbalance and strengthen our health. Illustrated with beautiful colour photographs, this is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to live healthier lives.

Syndetics book coverThe narrow edge : a tiny bird, an ancient crab, and an epic journey, by Deborah Cramer.
Each year, red knots (sandpipers) weighing no more than a coffee cup, fly a near-miraculous 19,000 miles from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic and back. Along the way, they double their weight by gorging on millions of tiny horseshoe crab eggs which have conveniently been laid by their parents – ancient animals that come ashore but once a year. (drawn from the publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverUnseen city : the majesty of pigeons, the discreet charm of snails & other wonders of the urban wilderness, by Nathanael Johnson.
It all started with Nathanael Johnson’s decision to teach his daughter the name of every tree they passed on their walk to day care in San Francisco. This project turned into a quest to discover the secrets of the neighbourhood’s flora and fauna, and yielded more than names and trivia: Johnson developed a relationship with his nonhuman neighbours. Johnson argues that learning to see the world afresh, like a child, shifts the way we think about nature. (drawn from the publisher’s description)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Ben Harper – Call it what it is
Birdy – Beautiful lies
Pete Yorn – Arrangingtime

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Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Automatic [deluxe edition]
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything you’ve come to expect
P. J. Harvey – The Hope Six demolition project
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
Jethro Tull – Aqualung: 40th anniversary adapted edition
Underworld – Second toughest in the infants [super deluxe edition]

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New eBook Fiction in April

This month Overdrive offers us a collection of thought-provoking novels from new and established authors. With these bestsellers you can make good use of Overdrive’s completely free reserves!

Overdrive cover Boyhood Island, by Karl Ove Knausgaard (eBook)
“Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father. In his now infamously direct style, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Happy Marriage, by Tahar Ben Jelloun (eBook)
“Acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple, just as legal reforms are about to change women’s rights forever. The husband is paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage is the sole reason for his decline. Desperate to break free of a deeply destructive relationship, he finds escape in writing a secret book about his hellish marriage. When his wife finds it, she responds point by point with her own, offering a striking and incisive reinterpretation of their story.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mothering Sunday, by Graham Swift (eBook)
“It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am No One, by Patrick Flanery (eBook)
“Jeremy O’Keefe, a middle-aged Professor, returns to his native New York after a decade. He settles into a rhythm of long evenings spent alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance Jeremy cannot remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched. As his grip on reality seems to shift and turn, Jeremy struggles to know what he can believe.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Light on the Water, by Olga Lorenzo (eBook)
“Recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life, Anne takes her daughter Aida on an overnight bushwalk. In a split second, Aida disappears and a frantic Anne scrambles for help. Nearly two years later and still tormented by remorse and grief, Anne is charged with her daughter’s murder. A superbly written and conceived literary work about the best and the worst aspects of family life, this story asks difficult questions about society, the media, and our rush to judgement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson (eBook)
“Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, before it’s too late. He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp. He’s going to get out soon. Definitely” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Paper Son, by Jason Buchholz (eBook)
“Teacher and aspiring author Peregrine Long sees a Chinese family on board a ship—in his morning tea. The image inspires him to write the story of this family, but then a woman turns up at his door, claiming that he’s writing her family history. She has one question: What happened to the little boy of the family? As Peregrine searches for the missing boy, the clues uncovered lead Peregrine to question not only the nature of his writing, but also his knowledge of his own past and his understanding of his identity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Elizabeth Is Missing, by Emma Healey (eBook)
“Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and forgets to drink it. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Elizabeth is missing. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Anatomy of a Soldier, by Harry Parker (eBook)
“Let’s imagine a man called Tom Barnes, who’s leading British troops in the war zone. And two boys growing up together, before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside; and the man who trains one to fight against the other’s father. Then include the family who radiate out from these lives, people on all sides of this conflict with most everyone caught in the middle.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Shelter, by Jung Yun (eBook)
“Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he has lived beyond his means. Now his debts are catching up with him. A few miles away, his parents live surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own he’s compelled to take them in. Shelter asks what it means to provide for one’s family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

An eclectic mix of Popular non-fiction in May

From spying to dating, economics to parenting, there’s something for everyone this month!

Syndetics book coverSurveillance after Snowden / David Lyon.
“In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA and its partners had been engaging in warrantless mass surveillance, using the internet and cellphone data, and driven by fear of terrorism under the sign of ‘security’. In this compelling account, surveillance expert David Lyon guides the reader through Snowden’s ongoing disclosures: the technological shifts involved, the steady rise of invisible monitoring of innocent citizens, the collusion of government agencies and for-profit companies and the implications for how we conceive of privacy in a democratic society infused by the lure of big data…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRaising Ryland : our story of parenting a transgender child with no strings attached / Hillary Whittington ; with Kristine Gasbarre.
“After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gained the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, “I am a boy!” And listen they did. After learning that forty-one percent of people who identify as transgender attempt to take their own lives, Hillary and her husband Jeff made it their mission to support their child–no matter what.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverEconobabble : how to decode political spin and economic nonsense / Richard Denniss.
Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It’s for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then ‘adapt’. And it’s for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverNaked money : a revealing look at what it is and why it matters / Charles Wheelan.
“The best-selling author of Naked Statistics and Naked Economics explores the colorful world of money and banking to answer such questions as how money creation is used to counter financial crises, why the shared European currency has caused so much trouble and how Bitcoin will impact the future.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe marriage test : our 40 dates before “I do” / Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga.
“Picking a partner is life’s most important decision, but how are we supposed to make it? Being in love is a good start, but the issues that ultimately wreck marriages–money and monogamy, career and kids–are hard to gauge until you’re actually hitched. So after a few years of dating, Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga built the Marriage Test to confirm their compatibility before saying “I do.”” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverYou’re so mummy / Alex Manson-Smith and Sarah Thompson.
“Modern mums are swamped with parenting books and advice, but none seem to address the real questions confronting today’s mother. Questions such as: Who does the yoga in baby yoga? Is it okay to drink wine before wine o’clock? What do all the laundry symbols mean? If you invite another mum round for coffee, should you get dressed first? No, it’s not just you. Here to save your sanity, Sarah and Alex are two friends who’ve been around the park a few too many times. Hilarious and refreshingly honest, this book won’t tell you how to get your child to sleep, but will help you to find your way through the early years of motherhood with your sense of humour still intact.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Internet of us : knowing more and understanding less in the age of Big Data / Michael Patrick Lynch.
“We used to say “seeing is believing”; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world’s information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDemocracy : a life / Paul Cartledge.
“Ancient Greece first coined the concept of “democracy,” yet almost every major ancient Greek thinker – from Plato and Aristotle onwards – were ambivalent or even hostile to democracy in any form. The explanation is quite simple: the elite perceived majority power as tantamount to a dictatorship of the proletariat. In ancient Greece there can be traced not only the rudiments of modern democratic society but the entire Western tradition of anti-democratic thought. In Democracy: A Life, Paul Cartledge provides a detailed history of this ancient political system…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great departure : mass migration from Eastern Europe and the making of the free world / Tara Zahra.
“Between 1846 and 1940, more than 50 million Europeans moved to the Americas, irrevocably changing both their new homes and the ones they left behind… The great exodus out of Eastern Europe hollowed out villages with dizzying speed. As villages emptied and the fear of depopulation ran rampant, anxiety over “American fever” prevailed, leading to the scapegoating of Jewish emigration agents. Yet others saw vast opportunity: to seed colonies of migrants like the Polish community in Argentina, to gain economic advantage from an inflow of foreign currency, or to reshape their communities in a new land…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew aging : live smarter now to live better forever / by Matthias Hollwich with Jennifer Krichels ; Bruce Mau Design.
New Aging invites us to take everything we associate with aging–the loss of freedom and vitality, the cold and sterile nursing homes, the boredom–and throw it out the window. As an architect, Matthias Hollwich is devoted to finding ways in which we can shape our living spaces and communities to make aging a graceful and fulfilling aspect of our lives. Now he has distilled his research into a collection of simple, visionary principles–brought to life with bright, colorful illustrations–that will inspire you to think creatively about how you can change your habits and environments to suit your evolving needs as you age…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great climate robbery : how the food system drives climate change and what we can do about it / GRAIN.
“Over the past twenty-five years, GRAIN has worked with social movements and organisations around the world to defend local food systems and cultures from the advance of industrial agriculture. Part of our work has involved documenting the ill effects of this industrial food system – the destruction of rural people’s livelihoods, the loss of biodiversity and cultures etc. – and analysing the ways through which this system expands, from seed laws to free trade agreements to secretive land deals… During the past five years, we have pulled together the available data to show how the industrial food system is a major driver of climate change and how food sovereignty is critical to any lasting and just solution.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe tides of mind : uncovering the spectrum of consciousness / David Gelernter.
“The holy grail of psychologists and scientists for nearly a century has been to understand and replicate both human thought and the human mind. As a student and young researcher in the 1980s, David Gelernter hoped to build a program with a dial marked “focus.” At maximum “focus,” the program would “think” rationally, formally, reasonably. As the dial was turned down, its “mind” would start to wander, eventually ignoring the user completely as it cruised off into the mental adventures we know as sleep. While the program was a only a partial success, it laid the foundation for The Tides of Mind, a groundbreaking new exploration of the human psyche that shows us how the very purpose of the mind changes throughout the day…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Library branch updates make borrowing easier

children at Miramar Library

Work continues on the installation of our new system for issuing library materials. We are now over half-way through putting the new RFID equipment into the branch libraries, and the changeover will continue throughout May.

Our stylish new self-loan stations offer a range of languages available at the touch of a fingertip, including te reo Māori.  Quite a few children (and one or two adults) have been impressed by the addition of a Pirate language option, which encourages users to “Swipe yer library card matey”.  We reckon these new machines are incredibly user-friendly.  They’re designed to help make your library visit an easy, pleasant experience.  And as always, our friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you get the most out of your library visit.

Pictured: children at Miramar Library

Recent titles featuring Cars and transport

From the A-Z of classic cars to a book on living in outer space these books are all about ‘moving’ us everywhere!

Image from Fishpond.co.nzCoral route : Tasman Empire Airways Ltd, flying boats & the South Pacific / Garry Barton, Philip Heath.
“The Coral Route was the first scheduled air service through the islands of the South Seas. Inaugurated by Tasman Empire Airways Ltd (TEAL) in 1951 using four-engine Solent flying boats, it flew into the jet age, becoming the world’s last long-haul flying boat route. Since its final service in 1961 the Coral Route has grown into an aviation legend, the passing decades seeing regular embellishments to old tales.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverThe A-Z of classic cars : the greatest automobiles ever made / Hilton Holloway & Martin Buckley.
“Barely contained within the book are many beautiful, powerful cars from the most prestigious international manufacturers Ferrari Daytona, the Model T Ford and the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow through to the Tesla. Many cars within are celebrated as the building blocks of everyday life too, like the Ford Escort, GM’s Buick and one of the world’s most successful cars: the Toyota Corolla.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to go boating and where : the complete Kiwi guide / Mike Rendle.
“This is a book for everyone who wants to begin their own boating career or who wants to add to their knowledge. Written in the same style as his previous bestseller How to Catch Fish and Where: The Complete Kiwi Beginners Guide, the book covers everything from how to buy a boat through to how to launch it, ski from it, catch fish from it and, most important of all, stay safe while doing so.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreaking the chains of gravity : the story of spaceflight before NASA / Amy Shira Teitel.
“NASA’s history is a familiar story, one that typically peaks with Neil Armstrong taking his small step on the Moon in 1969. But America’s space agency wasn’t created in a vacuum. It was assembled from pre-existing parts, drawing together some of the best minds the non-Soviet world had to offer. In the 1930s, rockets were all the rage in Germany, the focus both of scientists and of the German armed forces. Meanwhile, the US Air Force was looking ahead to a time when men would fly in space in the thin upper atmosphere. Breaking the Chains of Gravity tells the story of America’s nascent space program, its scientific advances, its personalities and the rivalries it caused between the various arms of the US military…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMotocourse : the world’s leading Grand Prix & superbike annual [2015-2016] / [editor, Michael Scott].
The latest edition of the well-loved annual.

Syndetics book coverRailway depots, stations, & terminals / Brian Solomon.
“Using a blend of contemporary photography and historic images, this book examines some of the finest, most interesting, and most famous railway stations, as well as small-town country stations and architectural gems.” (Cover)

Syndetics book coverBeyond : our future in space / Chris Impey.
“A report on humanity’s imminent potential for living in space covers topics ranging from China’s 2020 space station and the colonization of Mars to space-elevator innovations and the mapping of Earth-like exo-planets.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe railways : nation, network and people / Simon Bradley.
Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015. BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Shortlisted for the Longman History Today Book of the Year 2016. Britain’s railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

New Classical CDs

Here are the highlights of our latest classical CD arrivals!

ClassicalrecentApr16b1Symphony no. 1, Mahler. Performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
“The music of Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer on the threshold of modernity, has been a firm part of the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ever since the early 1960s, when the orchestra’s Mahler tradition was established by its former chief conductor Rafael Kubelik… The young Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin is making his debut here on the BR-KLASSIK label with Mahler’s First Symphony. He is one of the most important representatives of a younger generation of conductors and, since his European debut in 2004, has already conducted such renowned orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic.” (amazon.com)
The programme notes include explanatory notes written by Mahler for performances in Hamburg and Weimar.

ClassicalrecentApr16b2Spectrum. Performed by Benjamin Beilman.
“Just 25 years old when recording this album, Benjamin Beilman presents a recital full of charm, energy, mystery and surprises. With his ‘handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence’ (The New York Times), the American violinist weaves a thread through the spectrum of moods and possibilities spanning a century of music for his instrument, from the Romantic outpourings of Schubert to glittering virtuoso Kreisler, to the lyrical intensity and vibrant energy of Janáček and Stravinsky.” (cover)

ClassicalrecentApr16b3Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel. Performed by Lucas Debargue.
“2015 Tchaikovsky Competition sensation Lucas Debargue gained worldwide attention for his remarkable background and ‘genius-like playing’ (Boris Berezovsky) at one of the world’s foremost piano competitions. He started formal piano training aged 20. Only four years later he won the competition’s fourth prize, was described as its ‘real winner’ and received the Music Critic’s Association award as the pianist ‘whose incredible gift, artistic vision and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience’.” (cover)
Live recording.

Many of our new additions are also available for streaming on Naxos Music Library (some of them before the CD is available), so don’t forget to check what’s new there too!

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