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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 May

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 Dementia Awareness Week (15th – 21st May) we've highlighted books that offer support and guidance to those dealing with the condition. For more information on the books available via the Books on Prescription and Shelf Help ranges visit our Books on prescription information page

ABC of dementia - Authors: Coope, Bernie, 1964- editor; Richards, Felicity A. (Felicity Ann), 1979- editor

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

'ABC of Dementia' is a practical guide to help healthcare professionals develop knowledge, skills, confidence and an understanding of dementia, in order to support those with dementia to live well.

Dementia: support for family and friends - Authors: Pulsford, Dave; Thompson, Rachel

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

For friends and family members of people with dementia, understanding the condition and coping with the impact it has on their lives can be extremely challenging. This book explores each stage of the journey with dementia and explains not only how it will affect the person with the condition, but also those around them and how best to get professional and informal help.


Top Reads

Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty
Paperback, Book. English. General. Published UK: Penguin Books, 2019

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

One luxury retreat. Nine perfect strangers. Ten days. What could possibly go wrong? Luxury health and wellness retreat Tranquilium House promises rest and relaxation - exactly what these nine strangers are looking for. Miles from anywhere, they have no way to reach the outside world. Just time to think about themselves, and get to know each other. But the resort director has something else in mind. A very different, and very dark, agenda. These nine strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

Wild fire by Ann Cleeves (author)
Paperback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories. Published London: Pan Books, 2019

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?

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
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.

Juror no. 3 by James Patterson, 1947- author and Nancy Allen (Lawyer), author
Paperback, Book. English. Thriller. Suspense fiction. Published London: Arrow Books, 2019

Available in Book, Audio and eBook format.

Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar - and to the docket of Circuit Judge Baylor, who taps Ruby as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town's oldest families has Rosedale's upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby's inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby's client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby's ex-fiancé, Lee Greene, shows up on her doorstep - a Southern gentleman in need of a saviour. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the biggest secret of all.


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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
  • 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