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New eBook Fiction in December

In these troubled times, dear reader, you have two options: you can turn away from the horrors of the world and embrace the fantasy that literature provides. Or, you can face the disasters head-on, with books that magnify the precipice of doom we stand on. Then again, you could also just enjoy your summer with a range of insightful and surprising new titles – all available through Overdrive!

Overdrive cover Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
“After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Their lives are enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Both a poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Name on the Door is Not Mine, by C. K. Stead
“A striking new collection of accessible yet elegant stories from literary giant and master craftsman C.K. Stead. They are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead’s subtle sense of humour evident at every turn. The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including ‘Last Season’s Man’, which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Reykjavik Assignment, by Adam LeBor
“UN covert negotiator, Yael Azoulay, has been sent to Reykjavik to broker a secret meeting between US President Freshwater and the Iranian president. Both parties want the violence to stop, but Yael soon realises that powerful enemies are pulling the strings. Enemies for whom peace means an end to their lucrative profit streams. In this gripping thriller, Adam LeBor uses insights gained from twenty-five years of reporting to show us who really has the upper hand in international politics.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly
“Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared. Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Next, by Stephanie Gangi
“Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over her ex, watching him thrive in the spotlight while she wastes away. So she embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover City Woman, by Patricia Scanlan
“Devlin’s flair and ambition has made a success of the ‘City Girl’ health and leisure complex. But what of Luke Reilly, a man used to getting his own way? Caroline, still coming to terms with her husband’s revelations, has to do some serious thinking. Can she face the future on her own? Maggie, torn between motherhood and career, finds her marriage under threat. She must decide if it’s time to put herself first.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bitter Fruits, by Alice Clark-Platts
“The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite. As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Peacock and Vine, by A S Byatt
“This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
“On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting. Decades later, only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams. As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey
“22000 B.C. A beautiful angel stands on a mountaintop. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. The majestic angel utters a single word. “Crap.”” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New OverDrive eBooks site launched

New OD websiteOur eBook and eAudio eBook service OverDrive has been updated to include new features, simplified usage and a brand new design.

You’ll still access WCL’s OverDrive website from the same address on your desktop and mobile device at wcl.overdrive.com. We’ll still provide the same eBook and eAudio content in familiar formats and downloading and streaming options you’re used to.

However, you should notice positive changes:

  • – browsing, subject headings and links to our ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ pages are now at the very top of the website
  • – searches now auto complete with suggested options
  • – sign in with your library card and use a simplified account area
  • – availability of eBook and eAudio titles is now clearly labelled

In addition to these changes, there are improvements to renewals, holds and recommendations to the library.

For more information on our new OverDrive website, go to our Help page here, or to watch a video summary of our new OverDrive features click here.

If you need any help, please use our technical support form and we’ll email you a helpful response!

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New eBook Fiction in November

November on Overdrive sees the clash of literary giants, with the release of Michael Chabon’s recently-published Moonglow as well as Margaret Atwood’s Booker-nominated classic The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not just the big names, though: several new authors have shaken things up, including New Zealand’s Jonothan Cullinane and his novel Red Herring. Whatever your tastes, it should be an epic month of reading!

Overdrive cover How I Became a North Korean, by Krys Lee
“Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea’s most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood. Danny is a Chinese-American teenager whose parents left China when he was nine; his precocious intelligence has long marked him as an outcast. These three disparate lives converge when each of them travels to the region where China borders North Korea – one of the most threatening environments in the world.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Innocent, by David Szalay
“It is 1948 and Aleksandr, a major in the MGB (the forerunner of the KGB) is sent to an isolated psychiatric clinic to investigate one of the patients there. The patient is a man long presumed dead – a veteran of the Second World War, who seems unable to remember any of his past. Twenty-four years later, Aleksandr is haunted by the case. With his Stalinist faith under threat, he interrogates his memories and the effect the case had on himself and on those he loved most.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Singles Game, by Lauren Weisberger
“When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. Celebrity mags go wild, but as the warrior princess’s star rises, it comes at a price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside? From the author of The Devil Wears Prada.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Beautiful Young Wife, by Tommy Wieringa
“Edward Landauer, a brilliant microbiologist in his forties, meets a beautiful young woman. She is the love of his life, and when the two marry in France, Edward is the happiest man in the world. At first, Ruth Walta appears to represent a victory over time, but even she cannot stop him growing older. After the birth of their long-awaited son, the happiness turns into something new, and Edward no longer recognises his great romance nor the woman who induced it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Skylarking, by Kate Mildenhall
“Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Trees, by Ali Shaw
“The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming 44-year-old Adrien Thomas’ home (and perhaps all of Britain) into shadowy forest. Adrien ventures out into this unrecognisable world, meeting green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife – and to discover just how deep the forest goes.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Shortlisted for the 1986 Man Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Red Herring, by Jonothan Cullinane
“In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation on the waterfront. Into the secret world of rival union politics, dark political agendas and worldwide anti-communist hysteria steps Johnny Molloy, a private detective with secrets of his own. Caitlin Corrigan, a feisty young reporter, is following her own leads. Together they begin to uncover a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the Establishment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Without Mercy, by Jefferson Bass
“Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders – but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: a ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. But the shocking revelation is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: the deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Moonglow, by Michael Chabon
“In 1989, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections the younger man had never heard before. Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession: a tale of madness, of war, of sex and desire and, above all, the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Big Library Read with Overdrive ebooks now on!

biglibraryreadEvery three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the #1 New York Times bestselling book This Is Where It Ends from debut author Marieke Nijkamp —  from October 13th through the 27th.

This is Where it Ends is a fictional account of a school shooting, told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes. Marieke provides a unique and poignant look into what it’s like to experience a school shooting through the eyes of students who are living through it in real time. This title brings to light the subject of school shootings realistically, but without graphic depictions of the violence the students experience.

Once you finish this moving book, join our discussion board to share your thoughts. Join the Big Library Read and start reading This Is Where It Ends today!

The Big Library Read runs from October 13th, to October 27th.

Overdrive cover This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp (eBook)
“A New York Times Bestseller! Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun. 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 Someone starts shooting. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. #1 Young Adult Debut of 2016 Winter ’15 Kids Indie Next List Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month Buzzfeed 5 YA Books You Should Be Reading This January Bustle.com 18 of 2016’s Most-Anticipated YA Novels BookRiot 15 Books out in 2016 You Should Mark Down Now” (Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in October

This month’s additions to Overdrive showcase the changing role of the hero. For traditionalists, we have T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, while those with a taste for grittier protagonists can browse several new detective series, including the award-winning A Rising Man. And if you don’t like heroes at all? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, too – the events in the Booker-nominated His Bloody Project are described by an entire community. To start a quest of your own, just sign in here.

Overdrive cover Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières
“Set against the backdrop of the collapsing Ottoman Empire, Birds Without Wings traces the fortunes of one small community in south-west Anatolia, a town in which Christian and Muslim traditions have co-existed peacefully for centuries – until war is declared and the peaceful fabric of life is threatened with destruction. Epic in sweep, intoxicating in sensual detail, it is an enchanting masterpiece.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler
“22-year-old Tess has come to New York to take on her destiny. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the punishing, privileged life of a backwaiter, on and off duty. She’s pulled into the thrall of two other servers—a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman whose connection to both young lovers is murky, sensual and overpowering. These two will prove to be Tess’s hardest lesson of all.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Portable Veblen, by Elizabeth Mckenzie
“A laugh-out-loud love story with big ideas – and squirrels. Can squirrels speak? Do snails scream? Will a young couple, newly engaged, make it to their wedding day? Will their dysfunctional families ruin everything? Will they be undone by the advances of a very sexy, very unscrupulous heiress to a pharmaceuticals corporation? Is getting married even a remotely reasonable idea in the twenty-first century? And what in the world is a ‘Veblen’ anyway?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dirt Road, by James Kelman
“Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and is terrified of losing control of what remains of his family. Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South. As they travel they encounter a new world and we discover whether the hopes of youth can conquer the fears of age.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover His Bloody Project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet
“A brutal triple murder in a remote northwestern crofting community in 1869 leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. There’s no question that Macrae is guilty, but the police and courts must uncover what drove him to murder. A story ingeniously recounted through the accused’s memoir, trial transcripts and newspaper reports, His Bloody Project is a riveting literary thriller, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Rising Man, by Abir Mukherjee
“Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise, he is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj. The start of an atmospheric and enticing new historical crime series.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore
“New York, 1888. A young lawyer named Paul Cravath takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country? The task facing Cravath is daunting, and the stakes are immense: the winner of the case will illuminate America.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
“T.H. White’s masterful retelling of the Arthurian legend is an abiding classic. The Once and Future King contains all five books about the early life of King Arthur (The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn). White brings to life the major British epic with brilliance, grandeur, warmth and charm.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Jake’s Long Shadow, by Alan Duff
“The third volume in the hard-hitting, best-selling Once Were Warriors trilogy. The millennium has changed but have the Hekes? Where are they now? Son Abe who has rejected violence but violence finds him; Polly, as beautiful as her sister Grace, who committed suicide; the gang leader, Apeman, who killed Tania, what’s prison like, does it change a man? And then there’s Jake Heke, casting his long shadow over everyone.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description)

New computing books for September – eBooks special edition

You might not be so familiar with our ever growing collection of eBooks, especially on computing and technology. This month I’m bringing you a special edition on new computing eBooks, enjoy!

Overdrive cover Drupal for Education and Elearning, by James Gordon Robertson (eBook)
“With clear instructions and plenty of screenshots, this book provides all the support and guidance you will need as you begin to create your classroom website. Step-by-step tutorials show you how to use Drupal in the most efficient and effective ways possible. No experience with programming languages, HTML, or CSS is needed to understand the examples in this book.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Learning Drupal 8, by Nick Abbott (eBook)
“Create complex websites quickly and easily using the building blocks of Drupal 8, the most powerful version of Drupal yet. Start with the basics, such as setting up a local “stack” development environment and installing your first Drupal 8 site, then move on to image and media handling, and extending Drupal modules. This is an absolute beginners’ guide, providing step-by-step instructions to help you learn Drupal 8 from scratch.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Disrupted, by Dan Lyons (eBook)
“Dan Lyons was Technology Editor at Newsweek Magazine for years, a magazine writer at the top of his profession. One Friday morning he received a phone call: his job no longer existed. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the nebulous role of “marketing fellow”. What follows is a hilarious and excoriating account of Dan’s time at the start-up and a revealing window onto the dysfunctional culture that prevails in a world flush with cash and devoid of experience.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Third Wave, by Steve Case (eBook)
“One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology. Steve Case’s career began when he cofounded America Online (AOL) in 1985. In The Third Wave, which pays homage to the work of the futurist Alvin Toffler, Case takes us behind the scenes of some of the most consequential and riveting business decisions of our time while offering illuminating insights from decades of working as an entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist, and an advocate for sensible bipartisan policies.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Evernote For Dummies, by David E. Y. Sarna (eBook)
“Organize your life the simple, painless way with Evernote! Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small using your computer, smartphone, or the web. You can type a text note, clip a web page, snap a photo, or grab a screenshot and Evernote will keep it all. Evernote For Dummies, is the ideal reference to help you take control of your life and get organized with Evernote. This handy guide makes it a breeze use Evernote to store, organize, and access practically anything, everywhere.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation, by David J. Parker (eBook)
Microsoft Visio 2013 Business Process Diagramming and Validation provides a comprehensive and practical tutorial including example code and demonstrations for creating validation rules, writing ShapeSheet formulae, and much more.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets, by Tero Karvinen (eBook)
“Want to build your own robots, turn your ideas into prototypes, control devices with a computer, or make your own cell phone applications? It’s a snap with this book and the Arduino open source electronic prototyping platform. Get started with six fun projects and achieve impressive results quickly. Gain the know-how and experience to invent your own cool gadgets. With Arduino, building your own embedded gadgets is easy, even for beginners.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover grep Pocket Reference, by John Bambenek (eBook)
grep Pocket Reference is the first guide devoted to grep, the powerful Unix content-location utility. This handy book is ideal for system administrators, security professionals, developers, and others who want to learn more about grep and take new approaches with it — for everything from mail filtering and system log management to malware analysis. If you’re new to grep, this book is the best way to get started.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Introducing Regular Expressions, by Michael Fitzgerald (eBook)
“If you’re a programmer new to regular expressions, this easy-to-follow guide is a great place to start. You’ll learn the fundamentals step-by-step with the help of numerous examples, discovering first-hand how to match, extract, and transform text by matching specific words, characters, and patterns.Regular expressions are an essential part of a programmer’s toolkit, available in various Unix utlilities as well as programming languages such as Perl, Java, JavaScript, and C#.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover sed and awk Pocket Reference, by Arnold Robbins (eBook)
“For people who create and modify text files, sed and awk are power tools for editing. sed, awk, and regular expressions allow programmers and system administrators to automate editing tasks that need to be performed on one or more files, to simplify the task of performing the same edits on multiple files, and to write conversion programs.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in September

This month’s titles from Overdrive are set across the globe, from the sand hills of Nebraska to a Swedish caravan park. And we haven’t forgotten the Pacific: Breaking Connections by Albert Wendt takes place in both New Zealand and Hawaii. So have your map, compass and e-reader at the ready, and enjoy!

Overdrive cover Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, by Barney Norris
“One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard and a widower. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
“Single mother Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a call to say her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from school. Torn between her head and her heart, Kate eventually arrives at St Grace’s, only to find her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame. A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: Amelia would never leave her alone like this. So begins an investigation into Amelia’s troubled world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Work Like Any Other, by Virginia Reeves
“Roscoe T. Martin sets his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. But when his wife inherits her father’s farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride, marriage and family. Realising he might lose it all, he decides to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Then a young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and must now carve out a place in a violent new world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Water, by Louise Doughty
“Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him. Then he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragedies, and begins a passionate affair. Their relationship makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms – but can Rita and Harper save each other while also putting themselves at risk? Black Water turns around the 1965 Indonesian massacres, one of the great untold tragedies of the 20th century.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am Behind You, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Four families wake up one morning in their caravans on an ordinary campsite in southern Sweden. However, during the night something strange has happened: everything else has disappeared. The sky is blue, but there is no sign of the sun; there are no trees, no flowers, no birds. As the holiday-makers try to come to terms with what has happened, they are forced to confront their deepest fears. Can any of them find a way back to reality?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh
“The Bright Young Things of 1920s Mayfair, including struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the aristocratic Nina Blount exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade, whether it is promiscuity, dancing or sports cars. But in the distance, war looms again… Evelyn Waugh’s 1930 satire shows a new generation emerging in the years after the First World War, revealing the darkness and vulnerability beneath the glittering surface of the high life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Breaking Connections, by Albert Wendt
“A dynamic group has emerged in Auckland whose members refer to themselves as the Tribe. Mainly Polynesian, they grow up together and become successful professionals, bound by the self-destructive Aaron. But when Daniel receives a call in Hawaii telling him Aaron has been killed, he must return to New Zealand and step into the most dangerous crisis he has ever faced. What has the Tribe become?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bones of Paradise, by Jonis Agee
“Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee, J.B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered on J.B.’s land. The deaths bring together the Bennett family: J.B.’s cunning father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the secrets of the dysfunctional Bennetts are revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction for August

This month has seen some amazing quality fiction added to Overdrive. We have a great mix of genres with modern classics as well as brand new releases. There’s plenty to enjoy for all different reading tastes.

Overdrive cover Naked Empire, by Terry Goodkind (eBook)
“The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young woodsman intent on tracking down his father’s murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence. Time is running out. The Imperial Order has D’Hara under siege, Wizard’s Keep is threatened, and Richard Rahl has been poisoned. There is an antidote, but it comes at a high price.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Book of Dave, by Will Self (eBook)
“What if a demented London cabbie called Dave Rudman wrote a book to his estranged son to give him some fatherly advice? What if that book was buried in Hampstead and hundreds of years later, when rising sea levels have put London underwater, spawned a religion? What if one man decided to question life according to Dave? And what if Dave had indeed made a mistake?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Strange Shores, by Arnaldur Indridason (eBook)
“A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets, but Erlendur realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bricks that Built the Houses, by Kate Tempest (eBook) “Kate Tempest’s electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging. It gets into your bones. You don’t even realise it, until you’re driving through it, watching all the things you’ve always known and leaving them behind. In The Bricks that Built The Houses Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives, and showing us how the best intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (eBook) “One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith (eBook)
“Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his dog for company. He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders. But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. The Road to Winter is an unforgettable novel about survival, honour, friendship and love.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Long War, by Stephen Baxter (eBook)
“A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…
But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Weeping Woman, by Zoe Valdes (eBook)
“A writer resembling Zoé Valdés—a Cuban exile living in Paris with her husband and young daughter—is preparing a novel on the life of Dora Maar, one of the most promising artists in the Surrealist movement until she met Pablo Picasso. Dora became his lover, muse, and ultimately, his victim. She became The Weeping Woman captured in his famous portrait, the mistress he betrayed with other mistress-muses, and their affair ended with her commitment to an asylum at the hands of Picasso’s friends.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Invoice, by Jonas Karlsson (eBook)
“Karlsson’s new novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won’t soon forget. A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store and a daily routine that more often than not ends with pizza and a movie. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera (eBook)
“Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of. She’s interning with the author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in July

The Big Library Read is on right now, so join in this global book club with A Murder in Time. If that’s not your cup of tea there are plenty of other great reads new to Overdrive this month. There’s the brand new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, as well as the highly praised debut novel from Garth Greenwell and several excellent pieces of New Zealand fiction. Never tried eBooks before? Check out how to get started here.

Overdrive cover A Murder in Time, by Julie McElwain (eBook)
“When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Earth White Bones, by Chris Else (eBook)
“From one of New Zealand’s most thoughtful writers, not just a finely crafted novel but a whole country, complete with dark undertones. In this, his fifth novel, Chris Else has created an utterly convincing Polynesian setting with its own brilliantly realised language, culture, flora and fauna. His humour and wisdom are at once merciless and forgiving as he uses language to explore man’s – and woman’s – deep-seated need to be both an individual and to belong.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell (eBook)
“On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, by Tom Mendicino (eBook)
“S. Gagliano & Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades. Frankie and Michael presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they’re big enough to wield a broom. On their mother’s deathbed, eight-year-old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other. After their father’s death, Frankie takes over the shop and Michael becomes a successful prosecutor. Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Naturalist, by Thom Conroy (eBook)
“Based on the real life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who arrived in New Zealand in 1839 as a naturalist. What he discovered was fascinating, but what his records didn’t reveal was his own intriguing story. As a young idealist, he plotted a revolution in the name of equality. Imprisoned and then exiled, he fled to London. He hoped to redeem his reputation by joining the expedition to New Zealand. But as he was to discover, the complexities of freedom, exile and equality could not be left behind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Barkskins, by Annie Proulx (eBook)
“An epic, dazzling, violent, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over 300 years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson (eBook)
“A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out. Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati (eBook)
“A magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York. The year is 1883, and in New York City it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie – both graduates of the Women’s Medical School – treat the city’s most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they’ve worked for in jeopardy…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa (eBook)
“Palestine, 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction from New Zealand

We have some excellent novels this month from New Zealand authors you might not have heard of, and all are available as eBooks through Overdrive. New Zealand authors cover a range of genres so no matter what you enjoy, you’re bound to find something great. This month we have romance, thrillers and plenty of drama.

Overdrive cover Novel About My Wife, by Emily Perkins (eBook)
“Tom Stone is madly in love with his wife Ann. Pushing forty and expecting their first child, they buy a derelict house in Hackney. Despite their spiralling money troubles, they believe this is their settled future. But Ann becomes convinced she’s being shadowed by a homeless man. As their child grows, Ann’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, feverish and disturbed. On the verge of losing everything, Tom makes a decision that he hopes will save their lives.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trifecta, by Ian Wedde (eBook)
“Trifecta looks at the odds in the lives of the three children of Martin and Agnes Klepka. Martin was one of the refugees of Nazism who famously brought Modernist architecture and ‘real coffee’ to New Zealand. Many years after his early death from a heart attack, Klepka’s children are struggling in their different ways with the difficult legacy of their charismatic, overbearing father.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover White Lies, by Witi Ihimaera (eBook)
“A medicine woman – a giver of life – is asked to hide a secret that may protect a position in society, but could have fatal consequences. When she is approached by the servant of a wealthy woman, three very different women become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Paint Your Wife, by Lloyd Jones (eBook)
“Long ago, when the men were away at the war, Alma began painting the women of the town. They sat for him in lieu of payment for his work. Alice returned his attentions, and when her husband, George, came home from the war, he set out to prove his love and reclaim his wife by moving a hill—wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow—for her. Now, Alma’s ‘in lieu of’ payment is revived, and the townspeople, looking to escape various corners of despair, turn to drawing classes.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trust No One, by Paul Cleave (eBook)
“Jerry is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 49, Jerry’s crime writing days are over. His books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the characters, Jerry confesses: The stories are real. He committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are people dying?” (Adapted from Google Books)

Overdrive cover New Beginnings at Lilyfields, by Lottie Bloom (eBook)
“Lilyfields cottage has been lying empty, until Orla Nolan moves in. She’s there to recuperate after an accident has dashed her dreams of acting. Orla is feeling lonely and dejected, but before long she is confronted by two handsome suitors. She’s spoilt for choice. But they are father and son, and while one is a touch too old and too settled for her liking, might the other be too young and too wild? As Orla struggles to find a new role for herself at Lilyfields, will its magic deliver true love?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover After Z-Hour, by Elizabeth Knox (eBook)
“Stranded by a South Island storm, six people usurp the stillness of an old house. As they tell the fragments of their story, a seventh voice responds: a young New Zealand serviceman who died in 1920, soon after his return from France. As the storm deepens, the hauntings of the mind and the hauntings of the house become one. First published on Armistice Day 1987, After Z-Hour won the PEN Award for Best First Book of Prose.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rock Redemption, by Nalini Singh (eBook)
“Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart. Noah knows he destroyed something precious. All he has left is his music. When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Party Line, by Sue Orr (eBook)
“The Baxters do not know their place. On the first of June sharemilkers load their trucks and crawl along the highways towards new farms, new lives. They’re inching towards that ultimate dream – buying their own land. Fenward’s always been lucky with its sharemilkers: grateful, grafting folk who understand what’s expected of them. Until now. This is a coming-of-age story for two young girls who hold a mirror up to the place and people they love. It’s a coming-of-age story, too, for a community forced to stare back at the image of a damaged soul.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)


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