Book in some library time

The Vale’s library shelves are starting to fill up nicely with the latest acquisitions offering the chance to add to your knowledge or plan an enticing trip away in the near future. One could easily spend a good couple of hours reading and dreaming of foreign climes.

Among the new titles are:

Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country (Lonely Planet)

Rare Watches: Explore the World’s Most Exquisite Timepieces (Paul Miquel)

NYT. 36 Hours. World. 150 Cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich (Barbara Ireland)

Prettycitylondon: Discovering London’s Beautiful Places (Siobhan Ferguson)

100 Contemporary Houses (Philip Jodidio).

One of The Vale’s residents has also put forward her own recommendations for a good read:

The Dressmaker’s Gift (Fiona Valpy)  – a tale of three young seamstresses in Nazi-occupied Paris

Cazalet Chronicles (Elizabeth Jane Howard) – also set in wartime, a series of five novels following an upper middle-class British family

The Parisian (Isabella Hammad) – part love story, part social drama that plots its way from Palestine to Paris between the end of the Ottoman Empire and the outbreak of WWII

The Girl with the Louding Voice (Abi Dare) – inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in rural Nigeria

Beneath a Scarlet Sky (Mark Sullivan) – another wartime tale – a young Italian joins an underground railway helping Jews escape across the Alps.