Pick of the month
Each month we make our selection from new releases on DVD and CD and highlight the best new books or may select books on a theme.
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When the elderly Madame Preau returns to her own house after several years spent in a convalescent home, she immediately notices that the neighbourhood has changed. A new family has moved in next door and, from her window, she watches their three children playing in the garden after school. Two of the children seem perfectly healthy, but Madame Preau is struck by the third child, who seems listless and stands apart from the others. When she reports this to social services, they refuse to believe her. Cut off some years ago from her own grandson, she begins a mission to help this boy, even when those around her start to fear for her sanity.
A young man with Down's Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn't do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?
The first victim is a horse: its headless body hangs suspended from the edge of a frozen cliff. On the same day as the gruesome discovery, a young psychiatrist starts her first job at a secure asylum for the criminally insane, just a few miles away. Commandant Servaz, a Toulouse city cop, can't believe he has been called out over the death of an animal. But there is something disturbing about this crime that he cannot ignore. Then DNA from one of the most notorious inmates of the asylum is found on the corpse - and a few days later the first murder takes place
One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight. She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes.
Sisters Tiao and Fan grew up in the shadow of the Cultural Revolution where they witnessed ritual humiliation and suffering. They also witnessed the death of their baby sister in a tragic accident. It was an accident they could have prevented; an accident that will stay with them forever.
Dori's father has gone travelling in South America and, suffering from some kind of breakdown, following the death of his wife, he goes missing. Dori sets out to find him, leaving his wife and young son at home in Israel. Inbar is escaping from her life - from the grief that she can't shake after her brother's death, from the boyfriend she doesn't love - and impulsively sets out for South America. While she's there she meets a man who is searching for his father.
Paris, May 1940. Nazi troops storm the city and at Le Bourget airport, on the last flight out, sits Dr Alexandre Yersin, his gaze politely turned away from his fellow passengers with their jewels sewn into their luggage. He is too old for the combat ahead, and besides he has already saved millions of lives. When he was the brilliant young proteìgeì of Louis Pasteur, he focused his exceptional mind on a great medical conundrum: in 1894, on a Hong Kong hospital forecourt, he identified and vaccinated against bubonic plague, later named in his honour Yersinia pestis. Swiss by birth and trained in Germany and France, he is the son of a European tradition of endeavour; but he has a romantic hunger for adventure, fuelled by tales of Livingstone and Conrad, and sets sail for South-East Asia.
Living a quiet life in the suburbs, Sophie Brinkmann is captivated by the handsome and sophisticated Hector Guzman. She has no idea that beneath Hector's charm lies something far more dangerous. Hector is the head of an international crime syndicate. He is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants now is the total annihilation of his rivals. Before she can fully grasp the extent of Hector's world, Sophie is trapped within it. Her house is under surveillance, her family is at risk. Hector is at war - with Russian hit men, South American drug traffickers, German gangsters - and now Sophie is too.
People are fleeing to the far north where conditions are still tolerable. Social order is crumbling. Tapani Lehtinen, a struggling poet, is among the few still willing and able to live in the city. When Tapani's wife Johanna, a journalist, goes missing, he embarks on a frantic hunt for her.
A 16-year-old boy is missing in Tel Aviv. His mother is worried. Inspector Avraham is not. It is unheard of for children to vanish in this city. But there's a first time for everything. And, as time begins to pass, and the boy is still nowhere to be found, Avraham finds himself facing the horrible truth.
eBook of the month
Stefan Zweig - The Collected stories of Stefan Zweig
Translated by Anthea Bell, this collection brings together 23 of Stefan Zweig's best-loved short stories, three of them translated here by Bell for the first time. Written in Zweig's typically flowing and readable style, these tales are characterized by their pacing, their psychological insightfulness, and above all, their pervading humanity.
March 2014 : Book into Film
The relationship between books and films is complicated. Film-makers love to adapt popular books with an assured audience. However often seeing and loving the film can encourage children and adults to read the book.
Here are some books for children and teens whose film adaptations will appear in 2014. Why not read the book first!
For younger children:
Film-makers are going for the nostalgia market this year. Look out for :
Postman Pat: the Movie due in May
Paddington: the Movie due out later in the year.
Cressida Cowell’s Dragon series have proved popular as both books and films. How to Train your Dragon 2 is due out in July and the book is already available to borrow.
An example of a series of books which have increased in popularity because of the films is Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters came out on film last year…and we still have children asking for the books as a result.
Markus Zusak The Book Thief This Second World War novel appealed to teenagers and adults alike. The film, due in Feb, should have similar crossover appeal.
John Green The Fault in Our Stars This novel of teenage love and loss has been one of the surprise successes of recent years. The film , due in June, will only increase that popularity.
The Maze Runner James Dashner This story is the first of a series about teenage survival in an apocalyptic world .The film is due in the autumn to rival the release of Mockingjay Part 1 , the next in the Hunger Games series.
March Music Picks
One of the finest singers of our time and the world’s leading tenor, Jonas Kaufmann presents his personal tribute to one of opera’s most beloved composers, Giuseppe Verdi.
To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the great masters birth, this new album features a collection of his most popular arias recorded in the composer’s home city of Parma.
Debut studio album by the British rock band. Recorded in just four days, the album features tracks including 'Pride', 'Midnight Black' and 'Smouldering'. The album entered into the UK Albums Chart at #12.
Taylor's first album of new music in four years, following his critically acclaimed 2008 release The Legend Of Kung Folk - Part 1 (the Killing Bite). Ben's latest effort, merges the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country/western, running the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to multi-layered vocals and fresh beats.
March Film Choice
Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in the second instalment of the sci-fi adventure trilogy based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into space.
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger's (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.