Where Do All the Birds Go?
Brittany Vonow, £6.99
IT’S raining and, as usual, all the birds have disappeared. But where are they?
If you look closely, you might happen upon an old tree. Inside it, birds from near and far come to party.
They feast on tasty treats, dance, sing and are very merry.
And birds being such welcoming creatures, anyone can join the fun – even squirrels.
A gorgeous, lyrical tale – and the vibrant, modern illustrations from Sarah Schwab make it a treat to read to younger children.
By William Shaw, £16.99
SHAW goes from strength to strength in this subtle and original series about clever but uneasy copper Alex Cupidi, whose beat is the wild, weird world of Dungeness.
In this fourth book – the best so far – Cupidi is on sick leave with PTSD but can’t stop nosing around in two cases – a popular couple bloodily murdered after losing their money in a scam and a fisherman who disappeared years ago at sea.
Authentic plots and an atmospheric setting, combined with some fine writing and believable dialogue, make this another Shaw-fire winner.
A Tattoo On My Brain
Daniel Gibbs, £18.99
AS a neurologist, the author cared for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease for more than 25 years – and, ironically, he is now one of the 50million globally living with the condition.
He realised he had it before the tests confirmed the diagnosis.
Part memoir and part self-help guide, this books sees Gibbs reveal the importance of building your cognitive reserve with preventative measures early in life.
He suggests exercise, mentally stimulating activities, sufficient sleep, eating well and socialising regularly – in the hope you can mitigate and prevent the cruel disease.
The Girls From Alexandria
Carol Cooper, £8.99
NADIA is in hospital, but not sure why – though she thinks it’s something to do with a fall.
She needs to get out to find her older sister Simone, who she hasn’t seen for 50 years. As children growing up in Egypt, the sisters were incredibly close – but that changed.
Spanning more than five decades, this third novel is set against the glamour of the 20th century Alexandria. An evocative read about family, choices and how life often doesn’t go to plan.
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