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Good Reads Choice Awards Finalists Announced

3 January 2017

The Good Reads Choice Awards finalists were announced yesterday (17/11/2016) with a number of Ulverscroft titles being amongst them.

Lily And The Octopus by Steven Rowley - Finalist For Best Fiction 2016
It's Thursday the first time I see it. I know that it's Thursday because Thursday nights are the nights my dog, Lily, and I set aside to talk about boys we think are cute... Ted Flask's best friend and only companion is Lily: a twelve-year-old, bedclothes-burrowing, ice-cream-eating, shrewd and sassy dachshund. Sure, she's ageing, but the two of them have great times together - until that Thursday night, when Ted learns that there is something very wrong with Lily, and is forced to confront the possibility of life without his treasured dog. What follows is a story about loving fiercely, learning to let go, and how the fight for those we cherish is the greatest fight of all.

Lily And The Octopus will be available to order in large print from March 2017.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - Finalist For Best Mystery And Thriller 2016
Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Surete Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force. But when a former colleague and professor of the Surete Academy is found murdered, with a mysterious map of Three Pines in his possession, Gamache has an even tougher task ahead of him. When suspicion turns to Gamache himself, and his possible involvement in the crime, the frantic search for answers takes the investigation to the village of Three Pines, where a series of shattering secrets are poised to be revealed.

A Great Reckoning is available to order as a CD and MP3CD.

Brotherhood In Death by J.D. Robb - Finalist For Best Mystery And Thriller 2016
Just as Dennis Mira is about to confront his cousin Edward about selling the West Village brownstone that belonged to their grandfather, he gets a shock: Edward is in front of him, bruised and bloody...and then everything goes black. When Dennis comes to, Edward is gone. Luckily Dennis s wife is a top profiler for the NYPSD and a close colleague of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. Now Eve is determined to uncover the secrets of Edward Mira and learn what enemies he may have made in his long career as a lawyer, judge, and senator. A badge and a billionaire husband can get you access to places others can t go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate...and a new case that no one saw coming.

Brotherhood In Death is available to order in large print from June.

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - Finalist For Best Mystery And Thriller 2016
The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in. Except things don't go as planned... At first, Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties sparkling, the guests elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, grey skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. Yet all passengers remain accounted for, and records show that no one ever checked into that compartment. So the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

The Woman In Cabin 10 is available to order in large print, CD, MP3CD and as a download for the uLIBRARY app.

Trespasser by Tana French - Finalist For Best Mystery And Thriller 2016
Antoinette Conway is still on the Murder squad, but only just. She's partnered up with Stephen Moran now, and that's going well - but the rest of her working life isn't. Antoinette doesn't play well with others, and there's a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers' tiff, but gradually they realise there's more going on: someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions. They have to work out whether this is just an escalation in the drive to get rid of her - or whether there's something deeper and darker going on.

Trespasser is available to order as a CD, MP3CD and as a download for the uLIBRARY app from March.

The Obsession by Nora Roberts - Finalist For Best Romance 2016
Naomi Carson is a survivor. As a child, her family was torn apart by a shocking crime. It could have destroyed her, but Naomi has grown up strong, with a passion for photography that has taken her all around the world. Now, at last, she has decided to put down roots. The beautiful old house on Point Bluff needs work, but Naomi has new friends in town willing to help, including Xander Keaton - gorgeous, infuriating and determined to win her heart. But as Naomi plans for the future, her past is catching up with her. Someone in town knows her terrifying secret - and won't let her forget it.

The Obsession is available to order in large print from January.

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter - Finalist For Best Science Fiction 2016
2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valiente, it is time to take one last solo journey: an adventure that turns into a disaster. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. Its message is simple: JOIN US. The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help. Bit by bit, they assemble a computer the size of a continent - a device that will alter the Long Earth's place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message.

The Long Cosmos is available to order as a CD, MP3CD and as a download for the uLIBRARY app.

A Time Of Torment by John Connolly - Finalist For Best Horror 2016
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death, but was saved; of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.

A Time Of Torment is available to order as a CD, MP3CD and as a download for the uLIBRARY app.

Fellside by M.R. Carey - Finalist For Best Horror 2016
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life. It's a place where even the walls whisper. And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess. Will she listen?

Fellside is available to order as a CD and MP3CD.

The Genius Of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman - Finalist For Best Science And Technology 2016
In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about. Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools. This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science.

The Genius Of Birds is available to order as a CD, MP3CD and audio download for the uLIBRARY app.