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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 October

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

To highlight World Mental Health Day on 10th October we've highlighted books that support all age groups dealing with mental health issues. For more information on the books available via the Books on Prescription and Shelf Help ranges visit our Books on prescription information page

Can I catch it like a cold? coping with a parent's depression by Joe Weissmann , 1947 - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

In partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Tundra is proud to launch an important series of books for children who have to cope with adult-sized problems. Young Alex’s father had been a policeman until he began to suffer from depression, perhaps the most common mental health issue we face. Alex’s questions are those that are often asked by the children of parents who have depression: is the parent simply lazy? Does he no longer care? And is it something I can catch, like a cold? In simple, straightforward language, the book explains what depression is and how it is treated. It also prepares a child for working with a helping professional. And perhaps most important, it reassures a child that he or she is not alone. Written by Canada’s foremost experts in the field, this is an important book to spur discussion and allay fears of those affected by depression.

Defeating depression - How to use the people in your life to open the door to recovery by Roslyn Law

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

This ground-breaking new self-help book is based on interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), a therapeutic approach being adopted by the government's nationwide Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, alongside cognitive behavioural therapy.


Top Reads

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?

I'll keep you safe by Peter May (1951 author)
Paperback, Book. English. Crime. mystery stories. Published London: riverrun, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Husband and wife Ruairidh and Niamh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis, bereft. The Paris police have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder - making Niamh the prime suspect, along with Irina's missing husband, Georgy. And so French Detective Sylvie Braque is sent to the island to look into Niamh's past, unaware of the dangers that await her. As Braque digs deeper into the couple's history, Niamh herself replays her life with Ruiairidh, searching her memory for those whose grievances might have led to murder.

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.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
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.

Origin by Dan Brown (1964 author)
Paperback, Book. English. Suspense fiction. Thriller. Published London: Corgi Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that 'will change the face of science forever'. The evening's host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a 40-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence. But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch's precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum's director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch's secret.


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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
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    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