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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 December

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 focuses on depression and offers support to anyone struggling with such issues at this time. 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 tell you about depression?: a guide for friends, family and professionals by Christopher Dowrick and Susan Martin, illustrated by Mike Medaglia

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Meet Julie - a woman who suffers from periods of depression. Julie and her family help readers to understand what depression is, what it is like to feel depressed and how it can affect their family life. She explains how coping with depression can sometimes be very difficult but there is support and help available that can relieve the feelings of depression.

The mindful way through depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zin

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Drawing on the collective wisdom of four mindfulness experts, this volume offers effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder: clinical depression.


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?

An unsuitable match by Joanna Trollope (author)
Paperback, Book. English. General. Published London: Pan Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them. And when you marry later in life there are a lot more people to consider. Like Rose's daughter, Laura, who remembers her mom's first marriage and doesn't want her to get hurt again. Or the twins, Emmy and Nat, who are used to their mom being there for them whenever and for whatever they need. And then there's Tyler's children: Mallory, a young actress who craves her father's attention; and Seth, whose San Francisco bakery is just taking off and needs all the money he can get. Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?

Dead if you don't by Peter James (1948 author)
Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories. Crime. Published London: Pan Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He's beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club's Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it's at the stadium where his nightmare begins. Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay. Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate.

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

Uncommon type: some stories by Tom Hanks (author) Kevin Twomey photographer (expression)
Paperback, Book. English. Published London: Arrow Books, 2018

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father's secret life. These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.


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