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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 August

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

New stock now available as part of the collection include titles on Postnatal Depression and Domestic Violence. For more information on the books available via the Books on Prescription and Shelf Help ranges visit our Books on prescription information page

The compassionate mind approach to Postnatal Depression by Michelle Cree

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

It is well-known that having a baby can be a time of joy but also one of anxiety and even depression for new mothers. Indeed it is very common for new mothers to experience a short period of distress following childbirth, often referred to as 'baby blues'. Usually this passes quite quickly, however for more than 1 in 10 women, this distressing experience can be more prolonged. This practical self-help book helps women to recognise some of the symptoms and, where appropriate, to normalise them, thereby alleviating their distress.

Why does he do that?: inside the minds of angry and controlling men by Lundy Bancroft

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

This volume offers women guidelines on how to improve and survive an abusive relationship, discussing various types of abusive men, analysing societal myths surrounding abuse, and answering questions about the warning signs of abuse.


Top Reads

Sleeping in the ground by Peter Robinson
Paperback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.Published London: Hodder, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.

Coming home to Island House by Erica James
Paperback, Book. English. General. Published London: Orion Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

It's the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together. With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

The midnight line by Lee Child
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?

Into the water by Paula Hawkins
Paperback, Book. English. Suspense fiction. Thriller. Published London: Black Swan, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.

Night school by Lee Child
Book. English. Thriller. Suspense fiction. Published London: Bantam Books, 2017

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. 'Night School' takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.


Worcestershire eLibrary

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With the eLibrary, you can access library resources anywhere, anytime. There are never any late fees, and the items return themselves.

Visit the Worcestershire eLibrary for more information



'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