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Books on Prescription and Shelf Help for young people

Books on Prescription and Shelf Help for young people is a specialist collection of self-help books endorsed by health professionals.

Recommended reads for March

Titles from the Books on Prescription collection and Shelf Help offer valuable advice and support on a number of common health and wellbeing issues.

Remember, Worcestershire County Council Libraries support the 5 steps to wellbeing. Please visit Your Life, Your Choice for more information

This month's focus is on grief and bereavement. For more information on the books available via the Books on Prescription and Shelf Help ranges visit our Books on prescription information page

Helping children cope with grief: facing a death in the family by Rosemary Wells (1927 - author)

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

This volume is for anyone who wants to help a child who is coping with grief - parents, teachers, nurses, doctors and friends. Rosemary Wells uses her insight and experience to give practical help and sympathetic advice.

The essential guide to life after bereavement: beyond tomorrow by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan (1951- authors)

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

The period following the death of a loved one can be a time of great turmoil. This book acts as a helpful and supportive road map through the initial period of loss, and through the weeks and months that follow.


Top Reads

The Midnight Line by Lee Child (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Suspense fiction. Thriller. Published London: Bantam Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Bigfoot coming out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. But if she's not?

The fallen by David Baldacci (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime. Published London: Pan Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly-tuned antennae of agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country. But even the duo's skills and Amos Decker's infallible memory may not be enough to save this town, or them, from becoming the next victims.

Watching you by Lisa Jewell (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Thriller. Psychological fiction. Published London: Arrow Books, 2019

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Everyone in the leafy suburb of Melville loves Tom Fitzwilliam. The charismatic head teacher has saved the local school from ruin and brought the community together as a result. His wife adores him, his students moon over him - and his next-door neighbour Joey Mullen is obsessed by him. And she believes he feels the same about her - he's been giving her signs recently that she simply can't ignore. Joey thinks her crush on Tom Fitzwilliam is a secret. But she doesn't realise that Tom's teenage son, Freddie, is also watching her. And then there's Jenna who is only just holding her own life together because her mother is having delusions- she is convinced that she is being followed, and that her stalker is none other than Tom Fitzwilliam.

Texas Ranger by James Patterson (1947- author) and Andrew Bourelle (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime. Published London: Arrow Books, 2019

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Officer Rory Yates comes home - to a murder charge. Rory Yates's skill and commitment to the badge have seen him rise to the rank of Texas Ranger. He decides to take time off to recharge with his family in their small-town hometown, Redbud. He arrives and finds a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act ever was deciding to end her marriage to a Ranger. At Anne's funeral, Yates has questions for her new husband, Calvin Richards, that no one else seems to be asking. The investigation is out of his jurisdiction, and he's a chief suspect, but Rory's need to learn what happened - for himself, for Anne - breaks all boundaries. He risks his badge, his pride, his reputation among everyone he loves to pursue the only thing that matters.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Legal stories. Thriller. Published London: Hodder, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these 3 disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in the Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specialising in student loans, the three realise they have been caught up in the Great Law School Scam. So they begin plotting a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they have to leave law school, pretend they are qualified and go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI.


Worcestershire eLibrary

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'Who Else Writes Like' and 'Who Next' Online Resources

Please note: these online subscriptions will no longer be available from 1 April 2017

As part of Worcestershire County Council's commitment to delivering value for money, the Libraries and Learning Service regularly reviews the services and subscriptions on offer through the county's libraries. Taking into account the significant fall in the number of people using Who Else Writes Like and Who Next, a decision has been taken to cease the subscription to these two online resources from 1 April 2017.

If you would like to discuss ideas for extending your reading choices, please speak to a member of staff in any of our libraries.


Online Reference Books and Newspapers

Some of these services can be accessed from your own home computer. Where home access is available please click on the appropriate link and type a capital R before typing in your borrower number unless otherwise instructed.

  • Credo Literati
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    Credo Literati online reference

    Welcome to Literati - on one-stop reference source for all of your course-related and everyday-life research needs. Literati provides simple access to full-text reference books from the world's best publishers as well as a seamless connection to your library resources. A range of helpful tools and support simplifies access to a wealth of information and knowledge, for all levels of learners, whether at school, college, University or everyday life.

  • Oxford University Press
    Oxford University Press

    Oxford University Press

    Online Reference books from Oxford University Press. Titles include:
    » Oxford English Dictionary
    » Dictionary of National Biography
    » Oxford Art
    » Oxford Music
    » Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection
    » Who's Who
  • Ancestry
    Ancestry

    Ancestry.com - Library Edition

    Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more.

    We now offer free access from within all our libraries to Ancestry.com, one of the leading resources for family history.

  • Archaeological Bibliography
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    BIAB Archaeological Bibliography

    BIAB: The British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography Interactive gateway to archaeological research.

    BIAB exists to help you find out about archaeology via the published sources. The biab online database contains datasets covering publications from AD 1695 to the present day on archaeology and the historic environment, historic buildings, maritime and industrial archaeology, environmental history, and the conservation of material culture - with a geographical focus on Britain and Ireland.

  • EBSCO Resources
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    EBSCO Resources

    A comprehensive range of online resources from EBSCO Host

    » Green FILE (Environment & Conservation)
    » LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™)
    » Teacher Reference Center (Education).
  • H&W Chamber of Commerce
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    Chamber of Commerce Herefordshire and Worcestershire

    Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce offers a comprehensive and unique collection of company, industry, financial, product and country information, research and data extending across every major marketplace and industry.

  • COBRA

    COBRA – The Complete Business Reference Adviser

    COBRA contains around 4000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, and sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 different types of business. Access the database for free from the Business Centre at The Hive, Worcester.

  • Times Digital Archive

    The Times Digital Archive covering the years 1785 - 1985.

    When accessing the site please remember to type a capital R before your library card number.

  • Driving Theory Test

    Take a practice theory test - GOV.UK

    You can practise the multiple-choice part of the driving theory test. Take free mock tests for:
    - cars
    - motorcycles
    - lorries
    - buses and coaches