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Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is a specialist collection of self-help books endorsed by health professionals.

Recommended reads for April

Titles from the Books on Prescription collection offer valuable advice and support on a number of common health and wellbeing issues including relationships and titles specifically aimed at children and families.

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 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a common mental health condition which can affect people of all ages.

Breaking free from OCD: a CBT guide for young people and their families by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson and Cynthia Turner

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder, is a potentially life-long debilitating disorder, which often emerges during teenage years. This step-by-step guide uses the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and is written for adolescents with OCD and their families, to be used in home treatment or as a self-help book.

Understanding obsessions and compulsions: a self-help manual by Frank Tallis

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Obsessions and compulsive behaviour are gradually being recognized as a problem for many thousands of people. Many sufferers feel reluctant to seek help from their doctor, but this book offers them a self-help guide.


Top Reads

No middle name by Lee Child
Paperback, Book. English. Published London: Bantam Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Jack 'No Middle Name' Reacher, lone wolf, knight errant, ex-military cop, lover of women, scourge of the wicked and righter of wrongs, is the most iconic hero for our age.

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.

Camino Island by John Grisham
Paperback, Book. English. Thriller. Suspense fiction. Published London: Hodder, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watchlist. A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller and his interesting collection of manuscripts.

Need you dead by Peter James
Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories. Published London: Pan Books, 2017

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.

The seagull by Ann Cleeves
Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime. Published London: Pan Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two.


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