Books for Advent December 18

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield9781447257103

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a space station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. In this book, he takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

 

Poppy by Mary Hooperpoppy mary hooper

Poppy is young, beautiful and clever and working as a parlourmaid in the de Vere family’s country house. Society, it seems, has already carved out her destiny.  But Poppy’s life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war.  As the lists of the dead and wounded grow longer, Poppy must do whatever she can to help the injured soldiers, knowing all the while that her own soldier may never return home.  Mary Hooper has written another fantastic piece of historical fiction. It’s beautifully researched and you come away with a real understanding of the many ways in which the Great War changed life in Britain. Hooper examines the class system, the growing emancipation of women, the horrors of shell shock and even the early beginnings of plastic surgery. Poppy begins the book serving tea to the gentry and ends it making truly significant decisions about her own life. And readers can feel the change as if they were also a girl living a century ago.  Well worth a read.

Our advent calendar will offer you an adult and children’s book every day, one that we’ve read, loved and want to share with you.You can let us know what you think of our choices at https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com

These books can be borrowed or reserved at your local Wokingham Borough Library

 

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