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Waterstone’s Book of the Year – THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton

Miniaturist novel named Waterstones book of 2014

A debut novel inspired by a dollhouse in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has been named Waterstones Book of the Year.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is the story of a young bride in a wealthy quarter of 17th Century Amsterdam.

As a wedding gift she is given a miniature replica of her own house whose contents seem to mirror real life.

Actress turned writer Burton, 31, said her latest achievement was “a complete honour”.

“I’m so delighted that they picked me,” she told the BBC. “I feel I must have made some pact with the devil and he’s coming to get my soul at some point.”

Published in July 2014, The Miniaturist is the best-selling literary debut hardback of the decade so far.

Burton also won the new writer of the year prize at the National Book Awards last week.

Jessie BurtonBurton was named new writer of the year at the National Book Awards last month

The Oxford graduate wrote the book over four years while working as an actress and as a PA in a City firm. The idea for the novel was sparked by a holiday in Amsterdam in 2009.

In the Rijksmuseum she saw a dollhouse that belonged to Petronella Oortman, the wife of a 17th Century silk merchant. Commissioned in 1686, it was a exact copy of their real home

“I was very fascinated by this house and I stood in front of it for a lot longer than anybody else,” said Burton.

‘Vivid excitement’

“The thing that caught my attention was the fact that she spent as much money on it as her real house. I thought: ‘Why?'”

The book was the subject of a publishers’ bidding war in April 2013 at the London Book Fair.

Waterstones’ managing director James Daunt called the book “a first novel of vivid excitement” and said it “richly deserved its stunning success”.

Burton, who has appeared on stage at the National Theatre and had a role in BBC children’s series The Wild House, said it was “a thrill, a pleasure and a true honour” to be named this year’s winner.

“It’s all any writer could wish for,” she continued. “I will always be grateful for this incredible award.”

The eight-strong Waterstones shortlist included Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and Helen Macdonald’s Samuel Johnson Prize winner, H is for Hawk.

Last year’s winner was John Williams’ Stoner, a US novel first published in 1965 that became an unlikely bestseller in 2013.

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Crime novels and thrillers generally come in a series

Crime novelists tend to create a character that populates a series of novels.  Along with classics – think  Ian Fleming and Agatha Christie – the EBC tries to provide its readers with current sleuths and detectives.

New in the collection is the Hunter series by Chris Kuzneski.

Hunters  Book 1 – The hunters

Forbidden Tomb  Book 2 – The forbidden Tomb


Continuing with the D I Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge is

Pop goes the weasel  Pop goes the weasel


Omens Omens is a stand alone novel, but also the first in a new series by  Kelley Armstrong.  Watch for more on Cainsville.

The following are the crime novels and thrillers that have been added to the EBC since late 2010.  Come and view the shelves – – maybe find a new favourite?

ARLIDGE M J Eeny Meeny DI Helen Grace 1
ARLIDGE M J Pop goes the weasel DI Helen Grace 2
ARMSTRONG Kelley Omens Cainsville 1
ATKINSON Kate Started early, took my dog
BALDACCI David Innocent
BARCLAY Linwood Trust your eyes
BARR Emily Blackout Quick Read
BARR Emily Stranded
BARR Emily Sleeper
BARRY Kevin City of Bohane IMPAC Winner 2013
BARRY Max Lexicon
BAUER Belinda Rubbernecker
BINGHAM Harry Talking to the dead
BOYD William Waiting for sunrise
BRADLEY Alan Sweetness at the bottom of the pie Book 1Agatha Winner 2009 (1st novel)

Anthony Winner 2010 (1st novel)

BRADLEY Alan Weed that strings the hangman’s bag Book 2
BRADLEY Alan Red herring w/o mustard Book 3
CAREY M R Girl with all the gifts
CHILD Lee 61 Hours Theakston Winner 2011
CLARK Marcia Guilt by association 1 Rachel Knight series
CLARK Marcia Guilt by degrees 2 Rachel Knight series
CLEEVES Ann Raven black 1 of Shetland Quartet
CLEEVES Ann White nights 2 of Shetland Quartet
CLEEVES Ann Red bones 3 of Shetland Quartet
CLEEVES Ann Blue lightning 4 of Shetland Quartet
COTTERILL Colin Killed at the whim of a hat 1st in new series
CRAIS Robert Suspect
CUMMING Charles Foreign country Steel Dagger Winner 2012Theakston Finalist 2013
DOUGHTY Louise Apple tree yard
DUNN Carola To Davy Jones below
DUNN Carola Styx and stones
DUNN Carola Murder on the flying Scotsman
ECO Umberto Prague cemetary
EISLER Barry Detachment John Rain series
ELKINS Aaron Worst thing
ELLORY R J Anniversary man
ELLORY R J Simple act of violence Theakston Winner 2010
EWAN Chris Safe house Theakston Finalist 2013
EWAN Chris Good thief’s guide to Venice
FINDER Joseph Vanished Nick Heller 1
FINDER Joseph Buried secrets Nick Heller 2
FLANERY Patrick Absolution Spears 1st book Winner 2013Ondaatje Finalist 2013

Desmond Elliott Finalist 2012

FLINT Shamini Deadly Cambodian crime spree Inspector Singh 4
FLINT Shamini Curious Indian cadaver Inspector Singh 5
FLYNN Gillian Gone girl Edgar Finalist 2013Shirley Jackson finalist 2013

Women’s Prize for Fiction Finalist 2013

FRANKLIN Tom Crooked letter, crooked letter Gold Dagger Winner 2011
FREVELETTI Jamie Running from the devil
GALBRAITH Robert Cuckoo’s calling
GARDINER M G Shadow tracer
GARDNER Lisa Love you more D D Warren series
GARDNER Lisa Catch me D D Warren series
GARDNER Lisa Touch & go
GIMENEZ Mark Con law 1st John Boolman
GODDARD Robert Fault line
GRINDLE Lucretia Lost daughter
GRINDLE Lucretia Villa triste
GUDENKAUF Heather One breath away
HAMILTON Steve Lock artist Edgar Winner 2011Steel Dagger Winner 2011
HARRIS Robert Officer and a spy
HAYES Terry I am Pilgrim
HAYNES Elizabeth Into the darkest corner
HAYNES Elizabeth Revenge of the tide
HENRY Sara Learning to swim 1st in Troy Chance seriesAgatha Winner 2011 (1st novel)

Anthony winner 2012 (1st novel)

HEWSON David Blue Demon Nic Costa 8
HEWSON David Fallen angel Nic Costa 9
HEWSON David Carnival for the dead Nic Costa 10
HIAASEN, CARL Star island
HIGASHINO Keigo Devotion of suspect X
IGGULDEN Conn Quantum of tweed Quick Reads
ILES Greg Quiet game 1st Pen Cage
KENT Hannah Burial rites 2014 Finalist Bailey Prize
KEPLER Lars Hypnotist
KERRIGAN Gene Rage CWA Crime Winner 2012Gold Dagger Winner 2012
KOCH Herman Dinner
KUZNESKI Chris Hunters Hunters 1
KUZNESKI Chris Forbidden tomb Hunters 2
LAPLANTE Alice Turn of the mind
LEHANE Dennis Live by night Edgar Winner 2013
LOCKE Attica Cutting season
MAITLAND Karen The owl killers Shirley Jackson Finalist 2009
MARWOOD Alex Wicked girls
MAWER Simon Girl who fell from the sky
MAY Peter Blackhouse Bk 1 Lewis Trilogy
MAY Peter Lewis man Bk 2 Lewis TrilogyTheakston Finalist 2013
McEWAN Ian Sweet tooth
McKENZIE Sophie Close my eyes
MILLER Derek B Norwegian by night
MINA Denise Midnight Alex Morrow #1
MINA Denise End of wasp season Alex Morrow #2Theakston Winner 2012
MINA Denise Gods and beasts Alex Morrow 3Theakston Winner 2013
MORIARITY Liane Husband’s secret
MORIARITY Liane Little lies
MOSBY Steve Black flowers Theakston Finalist 2012
NESBO Jo Bat 1st Harry Hole series
NESBO Jo Headhunters
NUNN Malla A beautiful place to die
PARETSKY Sara Hardball
PATTERSON James Guily wives
PAVONNE Chris Expats Anthony Winner 2013 (1st novel)Edgar Winner 2013 (1st novel)
PENNY Louise Beautiful mystery 8th in seriesAgatha Winner 2012

Anthony Winner 2013

PENNY Louise Trick of the light 7th in seriesAnthony Winner 2012
PENNY Louise Bury your dead 6th in seriesAgatha Winner 2010

Anthony Award Winner 2011

Arthur Ellis Winner 2011

PENNY Louise Brutal telling 5th in seriesAgatha Winner 2009

Anthony Winner 2010

PENNY Louise Murder stone 4th in series
PENNY Louise Cruelest month 3rd   in seriesAgatha Winner 2008
REICHS Kathy Flash and bones Temperance Brennan
REICHS Kathy Bones are forever Temperance Brennan
REICHS Kathy Bones of the lost Temperance Brennan
RIGGS Ransom Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children
ROBB JD Fantasy in death In Death series 30
ROBB JD Indulgence in death In Death series 31
ROBB JD Treachery in death In Death series 32
ROBB JD New York to Dallas In Death series 33
RUSSELL Leigh Road closed
RUSSELL Leigh Cut short
SEPETYS Ruta Out of the easy
SILVA Daniel Defector 1 Gabriel Allon
SILVA Daniel Rembrandt affair 2 Gabriel Allon
SILVA Daniel Portrait of a spy 3 Gabriel Allon
STOTT Rebecca Coral thief
SUAREZ Daniel Daemon
TITMARSH Alan Haunting
WALTERS Minette Dreadful murder Quick read
WATERS Sarah Little stranger Shirley Jackson Finalist 2009IMPAC Dublin Finalist 2011
WATSON S J Before I go to sleep Theakston Finalist 2012Desmond Elliott Finalist 2012
WEAVER Tim Never coming back
WOLFE Tom Back to blood
ZADOFF Allen Boy nobody


Categories: Crime, English

The very latest GB Fiction Additions

How about a look at the latest fiction to hit the shelves of the EBC?

Claire of the sea light  Claire of the sea light by Edwidge Danticat. “An enchanted girl goes missing by moonlight on the shores of a poor fishing town. As family, friends and even strangers join the search for her, each remembers a loved one they too have lost. And the threads of memory bind them: together, apart; the secrets they hold close and the stories they share, are like stars reflected in a dark sea leading her home.” (from the back cover)

End of the point  The end of the point by Elizabeth Graver. “. . . one family’s journey . . . artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. . . exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, and what we preserve, cast off, or willingly free.” (from the book jacket)

Taking Hollywood  Taking Hollywood by Shari King. Three young film-makers from a rough housing estate in Glasgow take Hollywood by storm and accept an Oscar in 1993. Twenty years later they are all successful – – but a resourceful and ambitious journalist uncovers a story that will expose the scandal that lead to their success.

No country  No country by Kalyan Ray. A novel that begins in Ireland in 1843, passes to India, and arrives in America. “Rising along on the relentless tide of history . . . building toward the terrible intimacy of a murder in a sleepy New York town . . . epic, ambitious. . . love and its betrayals, hardship, family, and belonging, and how all of history is, deeply personal. (from the book jacket)

Oyster catcher  The oyster catcher by Jo Thomas. A romantic adventure about a woman who learns about oyster farming and Irish wisdom.

Lies you wanted to hear  Lies you wanted to hear by James Whitfield Thomson. “What happens when believing our own lies spirals into disaster? (from the back cover)

Paying guests  The paying guests by Sarah Waters. 1922 – Ex-servicemen – the out-of-work – the hungry – change is demanded. And in South London . . . life is about to be altered as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances begin to house lodgers. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life – secrets confessed – a crime story that is also a love story – nail-biting tension – a compelling read.

Interestings  The interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Forty years after a group of six teenagers promised each other that they would always be interesting, they are now middle aged and maybe not so interesting. Going from the past to the present; the lives and friendships of the group are tested. “A sprawling and inventive novel . . . ambitious and enormously entertaining.” (Washington Post)


Categories: English, Fiction

Did you know the EBC has picture books?

The EBC is also a good place to visit when looking for picture books.  The GB collection contains many classics as well as more recent stories.

The latest to be added are:

Mr tiger    Mr Tiger goes wild by Peter Brown

Day the crayons quie  The day the crayons quit by Oliver Jeffers

313436  Sam’s sandwich by David Pelham

– The complete list of picture books, added since 2011 –

ADAMS Pam There was an old lady who swallowed a fly Cut out pages
BERENSTAIN Stan & Jan B Bears and the bad dream
BRETT Jan Three snow bears Board book
BRETT Jan Town mouse, country mouse
BROWN Peter Mr Tiger goes wild
BUTTERWORTH Nick One snowy night
CARLE Eric Mister seahorse See through pages
CHILD Lauren That pesky rat
DONALDSON Julia Gruffalo Board book
DONALDSON Julia Superworm
DOYEN Denise Once upon a twice
GREENWELL, Jessica Wipe clean dot-to-dot
GREENWELL, Jessica Wipe clean mazes
HILL Eric Where’s Spot? Lift the flap book
HUGHES Shirley Dogger
INKPEN Mick Is it bedtime Wibbly Pig?
JEFFERS Oliver This moose belongs to me
JEFFERS Oliver Day the crayons quit
KERR Judith Mog the forgetful cat
KERR Judith Tiger who came to tea
MAYER Mercer I was so mad
MUNSCH Robert Love you forever
MURRAY Marjorie Don’t wake up the bear
OTTOLENGHI Carol Puss in boots English/Spanish
OTTOLENGHI Carol Three billy goats gruff English/Spanish
OTTOLENGHI Carol Velveteen rabbit English/Spanish
PELHAM David Sam’s sandwich
PUNTER Russel There was a crooked man
REY Margret Curious George visits the library English/Spanish
ROSEN Michael We’re going on a bear hunt Board book
SENDAK Maurice In the night kitchen
SEUSS Dr. Cat in the hat English/French
STINSON Kathy Red is best
UMANSKY Kaye Dodo doo-doo
VARLEY Susan Badger’s parting gifts
WADDELL Martin Sleep tight little bear
WATT Fiona That’s not my duck Board book
WELLESLEY Rosie Very helpful hedgehog


Categories: Children's Books, English

The complete list of GB books purchased in 2014

The complete list of English language books purchased in 2014:


ALLENDE Isabel Maya’s notebook
ATKINSON Kate Life after life 2013 Costa Winner
BAKER KLINE Christina Orphan train
CAIN Matt Shot through the heart
COPLIN Amanda Orchardist
DANTICAT Edwidge Claire of the sea light
DIAMOND Lucy One night in Italy
DILLON Lucy Hundred pieces of me
FINCH Tim House of Journalists
FOWLER Karen Joy We are all completely beside ourselves 2014 WINNER Pen/Faulkner Award
GIFFORD Elisabeth Secrets of the sea house
GILBERT Elizabeth Signature of all things 2014 Finalist Bailey’s Prize for fiction
GRAVER Elizabeth End of the point
HANNAH Kristen Fly away
HENRY Veronica Sea change Quick Read
INGELMAN-SUNDBERG Catharina Little old lade who broke all the rules
KING Shari Taking Hollywood
LEY Rosana Return to Mandalay
MCBRIDE Eimer A girl is a half-formed thing 2014 WINNER Bailey Prize2014 WINNER Goldsmith Prize
MENDELSON Charlotte Almost English 2014 Finalist Bailey Prize2013 Finalist Booker Prize
MORIARTY Liane What Alice forgot
PICOULT Jodi Storyteller
RAY Kalyan No country
REDDING Heather Stealing Venice
REES Joanna Key to it all
SHREVE Anita Lives of Stella Bain
SIMSION Graeme Rosie project
SITTENFELD Curtis Sisterland
STROUT Elizabeth Burgess boys 2014 Finalist Bailey Prize
THOMAS Jo Oyster catcher
THOMSON James Whitfield Lies you wanted to hear
THOMSON Rupert Secrecy
TOWNSEND Sue Woman who went to bed for a year
WATERS Sarah Paying guests
WATSON Mark Knot
WILLIAMS John Stoner
WOLITZER Meg Interestings



BEAR Greg Cryptum 1 Forerunner Saga
BEAR Greg Primordium 2 Forerunner Saga
GAIMAN Neil Ocean at the end of the lane
SHANNON Samantha Bone Season
SLOAN Robin Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore
WEIR Andy Martian



COELHO Paulo Manuscript found in Accra
KIDD Sue Monk Invention of wings
TAN Amy Valley of amazement



ARLIDGE M J Eeny Meeny DI Helen Grace 1
ARLIDGE M J Pop goes the weasel DI Helen Grace 2
ARMSTRONG Kelley Omens Cainsville 1
BARR Emily Blackout Quick Read
BARRY Max Lexicon
BAUER Belinda Rubbernecker
CAREY M R Girl with all the gifts
CLARK Marcia Guilt by degrees Rachel Knight series
DOUGHTY Louise Apple tree yard
GALBRAITH Robert Cuckoo’s calling
GARDINER M G Shadow tracer
GARDNER Lisa Touch & go
GIMENEZ Mark Con law 1st John Boolman
HARRIS Robert Officer and a spy
HAYES Terry I am Pilgrim
ILES Greg Quiet game 1st Pen Cage
KENT Hannah Burial rites 2014 Finalist Bailey Prize
KUZNESKI Chris Hunters Hunters 1
KUZNESKI Chris Forbidden tomb Hunters 2
MILLER Derek B Norwegian by night
MORIARITY Liane Little lies
REICHS Kathy Bones of the lost Temperance Brennan
WALTERS Minette Dreadful murder Quick read



MUNRO Alice Dear life 2013 Nobel prize



ADICHIE Chimamanda Ngozi Americannah
HOSSEINI Khaled And the mountains echoed



BERGER Jonah Contagious: how to build word of mouth
DOBELLI Rolf Art of thinking clearly
DUHIGG Charles Power of habit
GLADWELL Malcolm David & Goliath: underdogs, misfits & the art of battling giants
KAMENETZKY Lizzie Great British bake-off Christmas
PERLMUTTER, David Grain brain



GAIMAN NEIL Graveyard book 1 Graveyard book 1
GAIMAN NEIL Graveyard book 2 Graveyard book 2
KAWAHARA Reki Fairy dance vol 1 Sword art online
REMENDER Rick Black science Vol 1: How to fall forever
WARE Chris Building stories



BROWN Peter Mr Tiger goes wild
GREENWELL, Jessica Wipe clean dot-to-dot
GREENWELL, Jessica Wipe clean mazes
JEFFERS Oliver Day the crayons quit
PELHAM David Sam’s sandwich


91 Books purchased for the English Collection       1 January – 31 December 2014


Categories: Children's Books, Crime, English, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Multicultural

2014 Nobel Prize in Literature won by Patrick Modiano

Modiano, who lives in Paris, frequently writes about the occupation of France during the war and its affect on the citizens of France.

The Swedish Academy said it gave the 8 million-kronor ($1.1 million Cdn) prize to him for evoking “the most ungraspable human destinies” and uncovering the world of life behind the Nazi occupation.

Jewishness, the Nazi occupation and loss of identity are recurrent themes in his novels, which include 1968’s La Place de l’Etoile — later hailed in Germany as a key post-Holocaust work.

His novel Missing Person won the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1978 and he has published more than 40 works in French. Some have been translated into English, including Ring of Roads: A Novel, Villa Triste​, A Trace of Malice, and Honeymoon.

Dervila Cooke of Dublin City University, author of a book about Modiano, said his works dealt with the traumas of France’s past but have a “darkly humorous touch.”

“His prose is crystal clear and resonant,” she said. “A common description of his work is of its ‘petite musique’ — it’s haunting little music.” (CBC. Karl Ritter and Malin Rising; Oct 09, 2014)

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August update for new GB FICTION


BAKER KLINE, Christina – Orphan train

GILBERT, Elizabeth – Signature of all things – 2014 Finalist Bailey’s Prize for fiction –

HENRY, Veronica – Sea change – Quick read

LEY, Rosana – Road to Mandalay – 

MORIARTY, Liane – What Alice forgot – 

PICOULT, Jodi – Storyteller – 

TOWNSEND, Sue – Woman who went to bed for a year – 

WATSON, Mark – Knot – 

Categories: English, Fiction

August update for GB HISTORICAL books


TAN, Amy – Valley of Amazement “. . .story of three women bound by blood and betrayal.  But it is Violet’s determination to forge her own destiny that propels this bittersweet tale of family secrets, changing identities and lost love.” from the back cover

Categories: English

August update for GB CRIME books


BARR, Emily – Blackout – Quick read – “You wake up in a strange room, with no idea how you got there.  You are abroad, in ac ity you have never visited before…” from the back cover

CLARK, Marcia – Guilt by degrees – Book 2 in the Rachel Knight series

DOUGHTY, Louise – Apple tree yard – Psychological thriller – “Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.  But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. . . But she can’t control what happens next.” from the back cover

HARRIS, Robert – Officer and a spy – “Seriously riveting“, The Times; “Effortlessly brilliant“, Mail on Sunday; “Taut and exciting“, Guardian

REICHS, Kathy – Bones of the lost – The latest in the Temperance Brennan series

WALTERS,  Minette – Dreadful murder – Quick read – “Based on the true story of the shocking murder of Mrs Caroline Luard, which took place in Kent in August 1908.” from the back cover

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