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The premier edition features the first-ever annotated edition of Black Elk's story, done byrenowned Lakota scholar Raymond Demallie, the original Standing Bear illustrations and new commentary on them, new maps of the world of Black Elk Speaks, and a revised index.

It is the early s, Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client is shown in: Only Benjamin Black, a modern master of the genre, could write a new Philip Marlowe novel that has all the panache and charm of the originals while delivering a story that is as sharp and fresh as today's best crime fiction.

Blood is Thicker Bluford High Series 8. Hakeem has a hard time adjusting when, due to his father's sickness, Hakeem and his family must move in with his uncle in distant Detroit, especially when he has to share his room with his moody cousin Savon.

To the dismay of her high society mother Cissy, Dallas heiress Andy Kendricks wants no part of the Junior League life -- opting instead for a job as a website designer and a passel of unpedigreed pals. Now her good friend Molly O'Brien is in bad trouble, accused of killing her boss at the local restaurant "Jugs. But Andy's undercover lark is soon bringing her into too-close contact with all manner of dangerous adversaries -- including a shady TV preacher, a fanatical Mothers Against Porn activist A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder--four men who know exactly who William and Annie are.

And where their mother lives. Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide Until they meet Jess Rawlins. Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it.

He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie Mattie Ryder is a marvelously funny, well-intentioned, religious, sarcastic, tender, angry, and broke recently divorced mother of two young children.

Then she finds a small rubber blue shoe-the kind you might get from a gumball machine-and a few other trifles that were left years ago in her deceased father's car. They seem to hold the secrets to her messy upbringing, and as she and her brother follow these clues to uncover the mystery of their past, she begins to open her heart to her difficult, brittle mother and the father she thought she knew.

And with that acceptance comes an opening up to the possibilities of romantic love. Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. The Body in the Library: A Miss Marple Mystery.

The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry? The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery. Now there's a tr ;s bigger story in Pelican, Louisiana: When everyone else refuses the job of being Vanessa's Maid of Honor, Maggie reluctantly takes up the title and finds herself tasked with a long list of duties--the most important of which is entertaining Vanessa's cousin, Ginger Fleer-Starke.

But just days before the wedding, Ginger's lifeless body is found on the bayou and the Pelican PD, as well as the Crozats, have another murder mystery on their hands. There's a gumbo-potful of suspects, including an ex-Marine with PTSD, an annoying local newspaper reporter, and Vanessa's own sparkplug of a mother.

But when it looks like the investigation is zeroing in on Vanessa as the prime suspect, Maggie reluctantly adds keeping the bride-to-be out of jail to her list of Maid of Honor responsibilities inBody on the Bayou, Ellen Byron's funny and engaging follow up to her critically acclaimed novelPlantation Shudders.

Helga Estby's forgotten walk across Victorian America. Their route would pass through 14 states, but they were not allowed to carry more than five dollars each. As they visited Indian reservations, Western boomtowns, remote ranches and local civic leaders, they confronted snowstorms, hunger, thieves and mountain lions with equal aplomb.

Their treacherous and inspirational journey to New York challenged contemporary notions of femininity and captured the public imagination. But their trip had such devastating consequences that the Estby women's achievement was blanketed in silence until, nearly a century later, Linda Lawrence Hunt encountered their extraordinary story. Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, J. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J.

The deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett family: As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the history of the dysfunctional Bennetts and their damning secrets is revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future.

At the center of The Bones of Paradise are two remarkable women. Dulcinea, returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers.

Rose, scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister, Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged. Intimate and epic, The Bones of Paradise is a remarkable achievement: Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age--and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens. The missing person in question is Philippa Crosby, a twenty-two year old from Boston who has been living in Paris, modeling and acting.

Her family became alarmed when she stopped all communications, and Stuyvesant agreed to track her down. He wholly expects to find her in the arms of some up-and-coming artist, perhaps experimenting with the decadent lifestyle that is suddenly available on every rue and boulevard.

At the Grand-Guignol, murder, insanity, and sexual perversion are all staged to shocking, brutal effect: And Stuyvesant will have to descend into the darkest depths of perversion to find a killer.

Praise for The Bones of Paris nbsp; "Haunting. King perfectly captures [the Jazz Age] as she explores the City of Light's avenues and alleys. Readers who enjoy Laurie R. While visiting her grandparents in Port Harbor, New Jersey, thirteen-year-old Theodora lists one hundred truths that she discovers while babysitting her younger cousins. This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after you've turned the final page.

Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she'll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: It's also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel's core.

Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart. Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality.

Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them.

Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood--one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava's story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man.

Ava's mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

Z - Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered.

The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books.

But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Deborah Knott was expected to be a conventional little girl and eventually a conventional woman, worshipped on a pedestal by a conventional husband. Instead, she became an attorney, infiltrating the old boy network that still rules the tobacco country of Colleton County, North Carolina.

As a teen, Deborah used to babysit little Gayle Whitehead for her mother, Janie. One rainy spring day eighteen years ago, both mother and daughter disappeared. When they were found three days later Gayle was dehydrated, dirty, and hungry The unsolved murder became a local legend and an enigma that continues to haunt Gayle, who now begs Deborah to investigate. Berlin When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do.

A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet.

Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: Is the boy a victim of child trafficking?

Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.

The 1 New York Times' bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times; the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.

The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.

Drawing on the boys' own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

At the center of the tale is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, whose personal quest captures the spirit of his generation--the generation that would prove in the coming years that the Nazis could not prevail over American determination and optimism.

This deeply emotional yet easily accessible young readers adaptation of the award-winning 1 New York Times bestseller features never-before-seen photographs, highly visual back matter, and an exclusive new introduction. In this tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerism's, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life. When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger--and amuse himself--he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world--and more important, his life--through someone else's eyes.

Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place.

Monica Ali's gorgeous first novel is the deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observer as "one of the most significant British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider's quest to find her voice. What could not be changed must be borne.

And since nothing could be changed, everything had to be borne. This principle ruled her life. It was mantra, fettle, and challenge. Nazneen's inauspicious entry into the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu, a man old enough to be her father.

Nazneen moves to London and, for years, keeps house, cares for her husband, and bears children, just as a girl from the village is supposed to do.

But gradually she is transformed by her experience, and begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny.

Motherhood is a catalyst -- Nazneen's daughters chafe against their father's traditions and pride -- and to her own amazement, Nazneen falls in love with a young man in the community. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters, and her new world. While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, her sister, Hasina, rushes headlong at her life, first making a "love marriage," then fleeing her violent husband.

Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity. Shaped, yet not bound, by their landscapes and memories, both sisters struggle to dream -- and live -- beyond the rules prescribed for them. Vivid, profoundly humane, and beautifully rendered, Brick Lane captures a world at once unimaginable and achingly familiar. And it establishes Monica Ali as a thrilling new voice in fiction.

As Kirkus Reviews said, "She is one of those dangerous writers who see everything. T - The story starts out simply enough: Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade--he wants it so bad he can taste it.

He's been practicing all summer, running in the fields around his farmhouse until he collapses in a sweat. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and changes his life forever. Not only does Leslie not look or act like any girls Jess knows, but she also turns out to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. After getting over the shock and humiliation of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay. Despite their superficial differences, it's clear that Jess and Leslie are soul mates.

The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castle is by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here they reign as king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and the walking dead, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against the schoolmates who tease them.

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In a style that is both plain and powerful, Katherine Paterson's characters will stir your heart and put a lump in your throat. In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions: What do you do when your girlfriend's sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend's thirtieth?

Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you're so wrinkly? Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating? Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

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Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere--and risk it all--in the name of love. Brothers in Arms Bluford High Series 9. Welcome to Bluford High. This widely acclaimed teen series set in an urban high school features engaging, accessible writing and appealing, contemporary storylines.

Martin Luna is in deep trouble. Just months ago, a horrible tragedy took his little brother, and now it threatens to take him too. On one side are his desperate mother, a friendly teacher at Bluford High School, and a pretty girl named Vicky. On the other are his old neighborhood and his hunger for revenge. Torn between the two, Martin stands at a crossroad, with his life hanging in the balance. Which way will he go? Grades Guided Reading Level: Don't get me started on the Bruiser.

He's the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. One of these days she's going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it's not going to end well. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen.

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Also contains a teachers' literature guide and readers' guide. Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H. Calloway of Grand Rapids. In eight incantatory sections,The Buddha in the Attictraces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown l?

In language that has the force and the fury of poetry, Julie Otsuka has written a singularly spellbinding novel about the American dream. Darrell Mercer, a 9th grader at Bluford, is at the center of this story. Darrell and his mother move to the Bluford area in the middle of the school year. Physically smaller than his peers, Darrell quickly becomes a target for Tyray Hobbs, the freshman class bully.

The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout's "magnificent gift for humanizing characters. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan--the Burgess sibling who stayed behind--urgently calls them home.

Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout's newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art. But The Burgess Boys, her most recent novel, is her best yet.

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Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society--where an obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder.

Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly four hundred years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it? Meanwhile, Gamache is receiving disquieting letters from the village of Three Pines, where beloved Bistro owner Olivier was recently convicted of murder. Sergeant Mark Langan relives his front-row seat working the seamier side of crime during his decorated twenty-six-year career from youngest rookie in to narcotics sergeant on the Omaha Police force.

Langan arrested unlikely suspects having sex in public and bold burglars silently entering homes and touching sleeping victims. He hit bookie joints in smoke-filled bars, squeezed snitches for information, snatched a bank robber red handed, and arrested prostitutes and the guy-next-door types who paid them to perform in dangerous downtown alleys. Langan worked his way up the ranks to command undercover narcotics operations in the s when sinister LA gangbangers invaded Omaha and claimed neighborhoods to sell crack.

As the first in the door, Langan directed officers under his command to bust down doors while serving hundreds of no-knock search warrants and taking illegal guns and drugs--and bad guys--off the street. Yet in his celebrated career, Langan felt the gut-wrenching pain of innocent children caught inside the wicked world of drugs and crime, their "safe" worlds shattered when the battering ram knocked down their doors--their cries haunt him every day. And two players from his past reemerge in startling ways.

Busting Bad Guys delivers a graphic and authentic one-two punch of solid policing on the streets of America's heartland and takes readers inside the high-adrenaline, top-secret investigations to develop innovative tactics to outsmart the criminals. A bestseller in France and winner of the Prix Renaudot, By a Slow River is a mesmerizing and atmospheric tale of three mysterious deaths in an oddly isolated French village during World War I. The placid daily life of a small town near the front seems impervious to the nearby pounding of artillery fire and the parade of wounded strangers passing through its streets.

Twenty years later, the policeman still struggles to make sense of these tragedies, a struggle that both torments and sustains him. But excavating the town's secret history will bring neither peace to him nor justice to the wicked.

Caddie Woodlawn, which has been captivating young readers since , was awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Now it is in a brand-new edition with lively illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman.

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It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle's guarded past, she agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

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Cam Jansen and the Millionaire Mystery. Not available; Guided Reading Level: Cam and Eric are at a benefit with their mothers to raise money for local firefighters. When the host's pearl necklace goes missing, the luncheon turns into a whodunit, and all the guests are suspects. Can Cam use her photographic memory to identify the culprit before the thief gets away? Fiona Sweeney wants to do something that matters, and she chooses to make her mark in the arid bush of northeastern Kenya.

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Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather? Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies-an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades-the themes are universal: An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, and his parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester, who is old, blind, very sick, and very rich, to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner. But Alton's parents aren't the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp's good graces. There is Trapp's longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family.

Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda, as he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.

Carl offers to watch her puppies. Will he be able to keep three playful puppies out of trouble? The novel is not your typical crime genre fare. Atkinson delineates each character with great empathy and depth, revealing his or her motivations, flaws, and healing. O Enter the world of Geronimo Stilton, where another funny adventure is always right around the corner. Each book is a fast-paced adventure with lively art and a unique format kids will love. Who Is Geronimo Stilton?

I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! You've never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that's a promise!

Until I stumbled upon Curlypaw Cannycat's Castle. The castle was completely empty, or so I thought. But I quickly discovered that it was haunted - by cats! Let me tell you, this was one case where curiosity almost killed the mouse!

In recent years it has been named to "best novels" lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

But his real problem is not the enemy-it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he's assigned, he'll be in violation of Catch, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller's masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller's personal archive; and much more.

Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature. Anyone who has read J. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There are many voices in this novel: Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself.

The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

The Catcher in the Rye is set around the s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is not specific about his location while he's telling the story, but he makes it clear that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital or sanatorium. By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

In the early s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the cat's table" as far from the Captains Table as can be-with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

But there are other diversions as well: And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. One by one, they each call to inform the family that they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm.

Suddenly, their grandmother appears with a group of elder friends who have nowhere to have dinner, and the celebration becomes really special. Contains an informative section on Thanksgiving Day.

Z - If an entire nation could seek its freedom, "why not a girl? Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion.

She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual. The debut mystery in the internationally bestselling Commissaire Adamsberg series-now available for the first time in the United States Fred Vargas 's Commissaire Adamsberg mysteries are a sensation in France, consistently praised for their intelligence, wit, and macabre imagination.

This first novel in the series introduces the unorthodox detective Commissaire Adamsberg-one of the most engaging characters in contemporary crime fiction.

When blue chalk circles begin to appear on the pavement in neighborhoods around Paris, Adamsberg is alone in thinking that they are far from amusing. As he studies each new circle and the increasingly bizarre objects they contain-empty beer cans, four trombones, a pigeon's foot, a doll's head-he senses the cruelty that lies within whoever is responsible. And when a circle is discovered with decidedly less banal contents-a woman with her throat slashed-Adamsberg knows that this is just the beginning.

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

One of the most popular titles in juvenile literature, this selection was also listed as an ALA Notable Book. Set in England and France during the darkest days of World War II, Charlotte Gray, like Birdsong, depicts a complex love affair that is both shaped and thwarted by war. This is the story of a little girl named Fern, who loves a little pig named Wilbur-and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider who lives with Wilbur in the barn.

With the help of some friendly farm animals, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who is Some Pig. A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and truth. In this raucous, bloody, red-light district, where two thousand scarlet women ply their trade in grand mansions and filthy dime-a-trick cribs, where cocaine and opium are sold over the counter, and where rye whiskey flows like an amber river, there's a killer loose.

Someone is murdering Storyville prostitutes and marking each killing with a black rose. As Creole detective Valentin St. Cyr begins to unravel the murder against this extraordinary backdrop, he encounters a cast of characters drawn from history: Tom Anderson, the political boss who runs Storyville like a private kingdom; Lulu White, the district's most notorious madam; a young piano player who would come to be known as Jelly Roll Morton; and finally, Buddy Bolden, the man who all but invented jazz and is now losing his mind.

No ordinary mystery,Chasing the Devil's Tailis a chilling portrait of musical genius and self-destruction, set at the very moment when jazz was born. When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

In the autumn of a band of Cheyenne Indians set out from Indian Territory, where they had been sent by the U. A child called it: A true story by the author who survived horrific abuse at the hands of an alcoholic parent. They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Children of the Dust Bowl: Grades 6 - 8; Grade Level Equivalent: Y - Illustrated with photographs from the Dust Bowl era.

This true story took place at the emergency farm-labor camp immortalized in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Ostracized as "dumb Okies," the children of Dust Bowl migrant laborers went without school--until Superintendent Leo Hart and 50 Okie kids built their own school in a nearby field. Now comes Lisa See's highly anticipated new novel, China Dolls. It's in San Francisco: Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub.

Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade. The stunning Ruby Tom challenges the boundaries of convention at every turn with her defiant attitude and no-holds-barred ambition. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes.

When their dark secrets are exposed and the invisible thread of fate binds them even tighter, they find the strength and resilience to reach for their dreams.

But after the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything. Praise for China Dolls "Superb. This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity.

The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss. Colorful and fascinating historical touches tie the story together perfectly and form an exquisite backdrop. Lisa See gets so much just right here. You'll want to dive right in. Here's a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs.

Chocolate lovers will identify with Henry Green who eats chocolate wherever and however he wants. What a shock when he breaks out in a rash of brown spots that smell like chocolate! After running away from the doctor at the hospital, Henry stands up to a gang of boys, hitches a ride with a truck driverand is hijacked along with him. Some of the character voices are exaggerated stereotypes emphasizing the humor of the book.

Embedded in this tale are lessons in courage, caring, moderation, and prejudice. These tapes are good for individual and small groups to enhance reading skills especially in the middle elementary grades. Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster in his locker: But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all out war. Now, the only question is: The hero of Christine Falls, Quirke, is a surly pathologist living in s Dublin.

He discovers a plot that spans two continents, implicates the Catholic Church, and may just involve members of his own family. He is warned--first subtly, then with violence--to lay off, but Quirke is a stubborn man. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, 'Paul Revere's Ride,' was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind.

Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed. In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings.

At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss. Christmas Bellsachronicles the events of , when the peace and contentment ofaLongfellow'safamily circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime.

Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. ReadingaChristmas Bellsaevokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song. Praise foraChristmas Bells'Chiaverini stitches together a series of lightly interlocking contemporary vignettes in an intriguing way and manages to tuck away all the ragged edges in the emotionally satisfying conclusion.

A gentle exploration of tragedy, hope, the power of Christmas, and the possibility of miracles. Lincoln's Dressmaker'Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Lady's most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante. Lincoln's Dressmakera ' A must read book. Chiaverini has a knack for finding fascinating, if unheralded, women in history: The novella shares the story of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge, freed from slavery to his own petty greed.

Z - Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men Which of your characters is most like you? I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book.

I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it. Where do you write? I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you? She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms which are similar to e-mails.

We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book? She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature.

I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate.

Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules.

But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain's powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

Praise for Circling the Sun "Paula McLain cements herself as the writer of historical fictional memoir with Circling the Sun, giving vivid voice to Beryl Markham, a singular, extraordinary woman. In McLain's confident hands, Markham crackles to life. A worthy heir to Dinesen, McLain will keep you from eating, sleeping, or checking your e-mail--though you might put these pages down just long enough to order airplane tickets to Nairobi.

Like Africa as it's so gorgeously depicted here, this novel will never let you go. The water was also used for an ornamental fountain and to irrigate vineyards. A separate spring feeds into Sherborne Pond and is much more reliable than the one the Silent Pool depends upon. The Old English name for the spring here was Shirburn, 'shirburn' meaning 'bright spring', and from whence Sherborne came. In more recent times the man-made dam between the two ponds has been reinforced with 15 ft 4.

The ponds have always been renowned for the clarity of their water but this had diminished considerably during the s particularly in the lower pond so in Sherborne Pond was extensively dredged to remove large quantities of silt, and repair work was made to both dams to seal leaks that had developed. The clearness of the water returned, the clarity due to the close proximity of the ponds to the spring source.

A boathouse was first built by the Silent Pool in Victorian times although this was demolished. The Silent Pool itself has however been severely affected by the low rainfall of the last two years and at one point in the Spring of had completely dried up. Additional demands had been made on the watertable feeding the springs here by water extraction at Clandon to meet growing domestic water needs. Much of this replenishment appears to be coming from sub-surface sources rather than the spring itself.

Although the pond has suffered from low levels previously, especially in the droughts of and , the last time it completely dried up for a long period was in Locals claim that a film scene was shot here featuring Sienna Miller who was filmed swimming naked in the pool. The film was released in In the s the renowned Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni was commissioned to design a grand Palladian mansion for the influential Onslow family , and he included the magnificent two storey Marble Hall as its focus.

The hall was modeled by Italo-Swiss stuccoists with marble chimneypieces by Michael Rysbrack, a leading 18th century sculptor, and provides a stark colour contrast to the red brick of the exterior and rich colours of the state rooms beyond.

TQ has a collection of 18th century furniture , porcelain, textiles and carpets collected by Mrs Grubbay who owned the house in the s. The property was bought by Sir Richard Onslow in and has been the home of the Onslow family ever since. Although the family no longer live in the existing great house, which was rebuilt in the s by the 2nd Baron Onslow, the 7th Earl and his family live in a house in the park.

The house and seven acres were donated to the National Trust in The 6th Earl had lost the fight to combat the rapidly escalating upkeep such a large property needed and sold the house to his aunt, the Countess of Iveagh who as a daughter of the 4th Earl had spent much of her childhood at Clandon Park. It was the Countess who eventually gifted the house to the Trust. National Trust staff were asked to nominate their favourite object housed in the building in which they worked.

The following is the choice of an employee at Clandon Park:. Looking at this painting for me is like peering into a rock pool, into another miniature world below. There is so much detail and activity, as people go about their day, whether the landowner, employee, visitor or guest, unaware of onlookers, years later. In the grounds are a parterre 1 , grotto and a sunken Dutch garden.

The outgoing governor of New Zealand, William Hillier the 4th Earl of Onslow, imported a traditional Maori meeting house in that he installed in the grounds here. The building was one of only a few left intact after Mount Tarawere erupted in destroying the settlement and of its inhabitants. If you have a close look you can see the walls have names on them. It is our family tree.

From Hinemihi we can relay our history to our children. When you go through the door you enter the realm of your ancestors. Schuster is a heritage advisor to New Zealand's Historic Places Trust and joined the conservation efforts of the University College of London's Institute of Archaeology in the restoration.

The restoration committee set up to oversee the project includes descendants of the house's original carvers, the UK-based Maori community and conservation experts from the National Trust and University College London. Plans being considered include extending the length of Hinemihi by one third to return it to its original size, using materials from New Zealand to replace the thatch roof and also refurbishing the 20 large carvings.

Visitors to Clandon Park from all over the world are fascinated by Hinemihi and the new information on the trust's website will go a long way to sharing her fascinating story.

The Countess of Iveagh of the Onslow family presented the house and seven-acre gardens to the National Trust in The 7th Earl of Onslow lives in a house in the Park. The magnificent marble hall doubled as a dining room and another scene was filmed in the saloon featuring a group of musicians playing. The Duchess tells the tale of an 18th century socialite and political campaigner Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire who was an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The scenes took four days to film. The manor of West Clandon, which also was variously referred to as Clandon Regis, has a long and distinguished history with it recorded in the Domesday Survey as being held by Edward of Salisbury but eventually was awarded to the Onslow family in The modern name of Clandon originates from the ancient English 'Clene Dune' which referred to the nature of the land this being downland clear of shrub.

Apart from an upmarket pub, the Onslow Arms named in honour of the Onslow family and complete with a helicopter landing pad, the village's most notable building is the church of St Peter and St Paul GR: The original building recorded in , which was probably built by the Anglo Saxons in wood, was replaced during the Normans' ambitious 12th century campaign to replace and enlargen churches.

Records exist at the church from showing that Richard de Boclynton was the priest presiding at the time. It is thought that significant changes to the church starting with the chancel were funded by the Knights Templar circa , the connection cemented by the fact that the local headquarters were at Temple Court, the current home of the Earl of Onslow within the parish.

The unusual Purbeck marble font dates from and drains directly into the earth beneath the floor. A replica of an original wooden medieval carving which was stolen in modern times hangs over the North Door. This tells the story of local legend relating to a dragon that lived beyond the cottages opposite the church along Back Lane. One version of the legend tells of an army deserter who had been condemned to death, but having escaped was passing through the village when he heard about the dragon terrorising its inhabitants.

In return for a promise of a pardon he slew the dragon with the help of his dog as depicted on the carving and accordingly was granted his freedom.

On the North Wall are bread shelves believed to be unique beneath a benefaction board on which were placed sixpenny loaves for the poor and that were paid out of the estate of local businessman John Bone. This simple generosity came during a time of severe agricultural depression in the early 19th century.

The current pulpit stands by a 12th century piscina of which there are very few of this style in Surrey. The pulpit as pictured above is of French stone and was installed in replacing the original Jacobean wooden pulpit.

The original pews were provided with doors to keep out draughts but were replaced when gas heating was installed in There is a scratch dial high up on the outside of the South Wall. The dial consists of several concentric circles and when it had its gnomon the sundial arm in place was used as a crude way of indicating time and the times of services. The distinctive wooden clad spire was destroyed by fire in and had to be replaced.

The heat was so intense that the six bells hanging in the belfry melted and had to be recast. Two more bells were added in to provide a peal of eight bells, unusual for such a small parish. Luckily the tower clock escaped damage from the fire which came as a relief to horologists as it has a rare mechanism. The clock, made by Thwaites and Reed of Clerkenwell in , has a double three legged gravity escapement designed by a Mr Denison for the clock which strikes Big Ben in Westminster Tower.

The mechanism separates the clockwork from the pendulum which is nine feet 2. This makes for extreme accuracy. The original three three-quarter ton weights that had to be cranked to the top of the tower each week were replaced in with smaller weights wound automatically by electric motors. Situated 4 miles 6. TQ is an 18th century mansion set in acres of parkland. The house has Adam interiors and claims the world's largest collection of keyboard instruments. Fine English, Italian, Flemish and Dutch paintings adorn the walls.

The first reference to an estate at Hatchlands was made in the Domesday book of when it was owned by the Abbey of Chertsey. He stood in at Henry VIII's proxy marriage to Anne of Cleves in and during the king's final illness it was Sir Anthony that broke the news to the king of his terminal condition. The interior designed by Robert Adams - is the earliest documented work he undertook of an English country house.

Hatchlands Park was built by Admiral The Hon. Edward Boscawen , the third son of the 1st Viscount Falmouth. Boscawen was a naval hero of 18th century Britain and is remembered especially for the victory at the Battle of Louisburg in , and for his destruction of a fleet off Lagos Bay, Portugal, in A nautical theme runs through the house which replaced the old house that stood nearby.

The admiral bought the estate circa and had Adams utilise designs incorporating anchors, cannon, dolphins and sea-nymphs. The admiral did not have long to enjoy the new house dying as he did at the age of 49 in In the following century new owners including William Sumner of the East India Company undertook further changes to the interior which included gilding Adams' ceilings.

The formal garden was designed by Gertrude Jekyll , and is set alongside the house and surrounded by a acre park. Parkland of this size so close to London is remarkable and iillustrates the social and economic importance of the estate at the time.

An icehouse sits discreetly near to the house. Icehouses were used before the luxury of refrigerators and freezers removed the need for ice to be gathered from nearby ponds and lakes and stored for use during the summer months. The Hatchlands' icehouse consists of a narrow passageway which was once sealed by a heavy door at each end.

Beyond the inner door lay an eight foot 2. The chalk bank into which Hatchlands' icehouse was cut allowed for ease of draining of meltwater. The estate and house was gifted the The National Trust in and is currently privately leased. The house and gardens are open to the public at restricted times. Hatchlands Park launched April a new 'trampers' service at the house and estate. The service, which is limited to certain periods during the spring months, is making use of four-wheel-drive cross-country mobility vehicles that seat one person and which are on loan from the Disabled Ramblers Association.

The initiative provides funding for a shortlist of projects voted in by the public. If Hatchlands is selected Unilever will provide funding for reinstating historic walks around the acre Park taking in Bluebell woods, pastures and ponds. Winning projects will be announced in January A few miles to the south of Guildford lies Shalford, a village straddling the busy A Horsham Road with a population of 5, The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as having three watermills, and over the ensuing centuries there was much milling activity along both the rivers Wey and the Tilling Bourne which joins the Wey here GR: SU at a point along the southern edge of Shalford Park.

TQ which takes its power from the Tilling Bourne. A mile or so further upstream GR: Historically Shalford is significant for its renowned medieval fair that operated on Shalford Common from the time of King John - The 'Great Fayre of Shalford' was granted a royal charter and grew to such popularity that at its peak it was recorded as covering acres ,m2 and attracted merchants from much of the country.

There is an unsubstantiated claim that the author John Bunyan stayed for a time in the village and drew his inspiration for The Pilgrim's Progress from the fair. The fair was eventually eclipsed by St Catherine's fair on the other side of the river and died out. In a cricket match was played on the common when one side fielded 11 Mitchells, all related, against 11 Heaths all from the same family.

The imposing parish church of St Mary's GR: SU was built in on the site of older churches dating from at least the Domesday Survey. A Tudor brass has been preserved here. There are a number of historic buildings in the village including Shalford House which dates back to the Tudor period and has as a central feature of the dining room a carved stone fireplace that was installed in The house belonged to the Usten family for years.

Eight mature lime trees which were protected by a preservation order in are to be felled February The trees, which are sited between St Mary's church and the Shalford Water Treatment Works, have been of concern to the parish council for some time as their size has resulted in damage to the church wall. A bat survey will be conducted before felling starts and the parish council has been charged with replacing the trees with younger specimens.

Shepard stayed with his family at the vicarage before eventually moving to Shamley Green. He is said to have got the inspiration for his famous illustration of Christopher Robin peering down into the water from visits to nearby Shalford Mill. In the late 19th century the government, concerned at the threat of invasion, implemented a plan to build a line of entrenched defences to be dug along the North Downs to protect London.

These were to be manned by local volunteers gunners and riflemen and would serve as mobilisation centres stocked with ammunition and trenching tools. The forts were built in and had large earth banks and ditches excavated to protect the magazines and storerooms.

Pewley Hill was the larger of the two, but with the entrenched defences line plan abandoned almost as soon as it had been implemented the properties were sold off in Part of this included huge anti-tank ditches and large concrete pill boxes which can still be seen across the area today especially along the banks of the Wey and the Tilling Bourne.

Guildford was never targeted by the Luftwaffe for attack although air-raid alerts and 31 bombs were recorded here during the war, all considered to be the act of stray aircraft ditching their bomb loads having become lost. Eight Guildford residents lost their lives as a result.

Guildford was however targeted by V1 flying bombs in an airborne campaign during the summer of and five landed on the town. When he was woken my brother thought he had been called to get ready for school!

Following the increasing success of the German navy's submarine activity in disrupting supply convoys across the Atlantic food rationing had to be imposed in Books of vouchers were issued which gave weekly allowances for foods including meat, butter, tea, sugar and jam.

The successful 'Dig for Victory' campaign saw virtually every piece of open ground dug up for vegetable plots and allotments were established for people without suitable gardens, with many of these still surviving today. In butter, bacon and sugar were rationed. Meals would have mainly consisted of vegetables, with a small amount of meat. Pies based on potatoes and carrots were fairly common.

The range of rationed foods increased during the war, and people relied to a great extent on home-grown vegetables. A meal could be bought cheaply in British Restaurants, like the one in the Upper High Street, serving good but simple food.

People were encouraged to eat in such restaurants to save fuel, lighting and time. The population of Guildford was swollen by 8, during the Second World War when children were evacuated from London and vulnerable towns along the south coast. The allocation of evacuees receiving families was a lottery with many children experiencing unhappy stays. Many pupils at the town's Royal Grammar School joined the Royal Air Force when they left school as they had a good reputation for science, and consequently the school saw more pupils lost during the Second Wa r than the First.

Largest losses were the aircrews in Bomber Command. The younger boys however delighted in aircraft spotting and were fascinated by dogfights between British and German aircraft.

Local historian Frank Phillipson, who has undertaken considerable research into Guildford during the war years, followed the last days of a young New Zealander who joined the RNZAF to serve Britain and the Commonwealth. In his last letter home the pilot spoke of his excitement at flying the air force's most powerful machine. I couldn't see the ground and it seemed just as if I were in space. You ought to see me sitting in my Spitfire. You get a wonderful thrill flying these machines.

The lives of Guildford men and women who gave their lives during the war are recorded on the war memorial in the castle grounds. The nearest watch tower was only a few yards away from the clubhouse door. By it housed close on Italian prisoners sleeping 40 to a hut and absorbed from over 22, who had been captured in North Africa and who were regarded as low-risk.

The Italian prisoners worked on local farms and forestry. It transpires that the camp was never to be upgraded during the war to a high-risk camp to house German prisoners due to its proximity to sensitive secret training camps. As the war progressed the camp became pivotal to government plans to contain ever increasing numbers of POWs. Merrow Camp was a regional HQ administering another 14 POW camps and hostels across three counties responsible for 2, prisoners.

It also acted as a debriefing and clearing centre for German POWs who had jumped sides, endearingly referred to as 'Bonzos', and who had just returned from SOE missions abroad for the Allies. The house had been requisitioned in by the Special Operations Executive and was designated as Special Training School 28 where agents assigned for covert operations in enemy territory were appraised. Later it was used for processing agents returning from operations and was where they were accommodated until they could be returned to normal life once it was deemed that they no longer presented a threat to those agents still in the field.

Tyting House was converted into council flats after the war, but having later fallen into disrepair was demolished in Tyting Farm, originally part of the estate, remains today and is currently leased to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. The Merrow Camp however did at the close of the war take in German prisoners after the Italian inmates were released for repatriation or despatch to open hostels.

Among the first were a small group of German prisoners who were to act in administration and liaison roles with responsibility for 15 satellite camps and hostels in West Surrey scattered between Shamley Green, Ewhurst and Shackleford. The camp commander had a difficult time quelling deep unrest as the prisoners from across the Atlantic had been told prior to departure that they were being repatriated straight to Germany, and the Guildford facilities were inferior to those they had become accustomed to.

Gradually restrictions on prisoners were relaxed and it was not uncommon to encounter them roaming unescorted about the town. The local community also softened their hostility and many were welcomed into local homes and attended the church in Merrow for services. Groups of prisoners as part of their rehabilitation were also invited to the Houses of Parliament and some took up studies at Guildford Technical College. One German prisoner of war who was held at Merrow in decided to make Britain his home when he was finally released and was granted British citizenship.

Gerhard Breitenfeld was assigned work on the local sewerage system whilst at the camp and found the post-war regime for Germans awaiting repatriation very relaxed. I was billeted with five other Germans. I got the job as I didn't mind working weekends. I ended up getting paid about 36 shillings a week. Breitenfeld, having heard that his family farm in Germany had become absorbed into Poland and seized, decided to pursue the chance of settling in England. I went to Godalming where I obtained a pass to remain in this country, but had to report to Ripley police station every six months.

Once the camp finally closed as a POW centre in it provided emergency housing with weekly rent of 12s 60p for a partioned half-hut. The camp was permanently closed in with some of the remaining residents being housed in the newly-completed Bushy Hill estate in Guildford.

All that remains today are some of the camp terraces and hut footings on the golf club's practice driving grounds. The tarmac road remaining there was the approach road to the prison compound, and alongside was where the guard huts, administration buildings and stores had been located.

Surrey Advertiser 16th February Military historian John Glanfield continues to research the Merrow camp and with input from readers of local paper the Surrey Advertiser has unearthed more fascinating facts. The story of an encounter with an Italian POW by a local jobbing gardener highlights how Major Yates, the camp commander, treated his prisoners, especially those with rank. Cycling home Harry Woods almost came off his bike in shock when confronted with the sight of the enemy officer in full uniform standing at the side of the road chatting nonchantly to a woman.

Enquiries by the police revealed that the major was regularly letting the Italian medical officer out on parole on the understanding that he would not travel further than a mile from the camp, nor attempt to escape, visit local shops and houses, or post mail.

The police also discovered that the War Office had authorised parole for italian medical officers and chaplains, but had forgotten to advise the local police. Prisoners lived in concrete-floored huts that slept 40 in two-tier bunks. The huts' wooden walls were loosely insulated with bitumenised felt and prisoners were issued with straw mattresses and three blankets, with a fourth available in winter months.

Each hut had a solid-fuel iron stove and electric light, with latrines and ablutions provided in communal blocks. The prisoners' senior officer, Secondo-Capo a naval rank of Second Chief Luigi Angelini had responsibility for his men's discipline and welfare.

Reveille was at 6. They were then transported to the farms and sawmills to fulfil an eight-hour day, six days each week, where they would break for a typical meal of bread, cheese, potato puree and coffee. The men's early evening meal usually included meat, bread, vegetable soup or fruit, with a dessert and glass of beer on Sundays.

The POWs were subject to the same rationing restrictions as the local populace, but were allowed a monthly issue of 2lbs 0. The prisoners were paid three farthings 15p at values per hour for unskilled labour, and a penny ha'penny 90p for skilled work, all paid in tokens redeemable in the camp's canteen. There they could buy smoking accessories, basic toiletries, aspirin and liver pills, stationery, Oxo, Bovril, lemonade powder, and a variety of local produce to supplement their diets.

Profits from the canteen were donated to a prisoner's welfare fund. Although it was strictly against the camp's regulations, inmates with woodworking and metalworking skills would craft souvenirs, often using materials salvaged from downed aircraft, and sell them locally for hard currency.

The prisoners had use of musical instruments and held regular concerts. There was no official restriction on what songs were sung with the exception of Giovinezza , the unofficial national anthem of Italy at the time. There were few recorded escapes from Merrow, and those that did were recaptured. The Merrow Camp was deemed to be in too sensitive a location to house high-risk German prisoners, especially with the Special Operations Executive's Tyting House and Wanborough Manor being nearby.

The authorities in were desperate to move German prisoners from France to England and had earmarked 24 camps in Britain, including Merrow, to be emptied. In the event Merrow Camp itself was to wait until the war was over. Locally went to The Hallams 1 GR: TQ near Blackheath and a further to huts in Shackleford near Godalming. By this time The Hallams was holding over prisoners.

Towards the end of the year regulations were relaxed for prisoners not deemed to be a threat and a third of the Germans held in Merrow Camp were released to billets on local farms.

By Christmas, from across the satellite hostels had been repatriated. These include prisoners attending courses at Guildford Technical College, Woolworths' 3d and 6d store in town becoming a popular destination, and a young German soldier whispering a translation of the service in Merrow's St John Church to his compatriots huddled in the pews.

The German's own pastor gave a heartfelt address at the church on Boxing Day to thank the people of Merrow for inviting prisoners to join them in their homes for Christmas. One German, who was to remain in England after the war to rebuild his life recounted how, as a 19 year old prisoner, he found Merrow lightly guarded with the pisoners virtually running the camp themselves.

The watch towers had all but been abandoned and holes had been cut in the barbed wire, not for escape but to make getting in and out easier. The last truckload of Germans left Merrow in April This letter, written by the departing Camp Leader 28 year old Feldwebel sergeant Willi Helmdach, was published in the Surrey Advertiser. Before we go we want to say thank you as well as goodbye to the people of Guildford, who have given us the entry to their homes, offered us their friendship, and shown us that here in England the spirit of goodwill still lives.

This is the recollection we shall take back with us, the message we shall bring to our people in Germany. Thank you - auf wiedersehen! Today the only evidence remaining of the camp at Merrow are the large tree-fringed terrace cut into the hillside by the prisoners and used as a football pitch, the short tarmac road that led to the wire-fenced compound, and the concrete bases of three of the four corner watch towers. Some hut footings are still also clearly visible.

In May the 60th anniversary of the closure of Merrow Camp 57 was marked with a ceremony to unveil two information panels on the site. The prominence today of the historical importance of the camp is largely down to extensive research by John Glanfield, the military historian and author. The Surrey Advertiser publishes a weekly archive on local history edited by David Rose. TQ on Merrow Downs had their 40 Acre Field which proved to be a useful aviation facility for pilot training and touring air displays.

During the s a flying circus used the field as a base for local displays, with one recorded in the area in A particular activity favoured here was the practising of forced landings. Between and the field was used as a temporary base for three RAF Taylorcraft Auster aircraft, light single-engined monoplanes used for artillery spotting. As there were no permanent facilities at Merrow any personnel based there for a time had to resort to tented accommodation. In a radio tender was positioned at nearby Newlands Corner to boost the high-frequency radio signals passing between fighter aircraft and their Fighter Command Sector Stations.

A number of flying incidents related to the field were recorded during the war, perhaps not surprising given the function the field served.

In a Bristol Blenheim made a forced landing due to bad weather and on the following day the relief crew were brought in by light aircraft to recover the plane. Unfortunately the pilot of the relief aircraft, an Avro Anson, was unable to gain sufficient height when attempting take-off and crashed the aircraft into the outbuildings of a house on the perimeter of the field.

Thankfully there were no casualties, although the plane was written off. The crew of the Blenheim having witnessed the accident reportedly decided against attempting to fly the bomber out and it was later dismantled and transported by road. In the same year a Tiger Moth of No. The aircraft was recovered. In an Australian trainee pilot crashed his Tiger Moth into the trees at the edge of the Merrow field having overshot on landing. No serious injuries were sustained by either the pilot or his instructor, although the plane overturned and was written off.

Surrey Advertiser 13th April Guildford Pre-war Air Displays. Stoke Park in Guildford provided the landing strip for airshows demonstrating the latest in aviation technology in the s and 30s. The Cornwall Aviation Company in the summer of offered members of the public with joyrides in aircraft including the Avro K for five shillings 25p equivalent today.

Braver souls could for 15 shillings 75p experience aerobatics including a loop-the-loop as the following account written by a Surrey Advertiser reporter at the time testified. Sheppard, who enjoyed a flight over the town in an Imperial Airways Armstrong Whitworth Argosy airliner, with an opportunity to air his eagerness to establish an airport at Guildford.

The show raised funds for the local Queens Nursing Association. The display included formation flights as well as aerobatic displays, an air race, parachute jumps and joyrides to be enjoyed by the public. A daring attempt to demonstrate the manoeuvrability of an autogyro was aborted when the machine collided on takeoff with a corrugated iron dummy fort that was to be used as a bombing target.

The autogyro's rotor blades were knocked off and its undercarriage was damaged. No mention was made of the welfare of the pilot. The second-ever recorded attempt to broadcast a commentary to the ground from an aircraft during an aerobatic display was also conducted at the show, although this was noted to be only moderately successful. The same pilot, one Flight Lt Tyson, also flew a Tiger Moth upside down right over the crowd at a height of 20 feet according to the magazine - a stunt that would certainly be disallowed today!

These public displays were not without tragedy. A Miles Hawk two-seater monoplane that had been undertaking practice flights prior to the start of the Coronation Air Display Carnival in the summer of collided with an elderly man when it was coming in to land at Stoke Park. Charles Puttock, an year-old Guildford resident who had for many years worked as a blacksmith operating a forge by the Anchor and Horseshoes pub in London Road, tragically died of his injuries. A report in the Surrey Advertiser noted that Puttock was cutting across the park whilst walking to the pub when he was struck by the aircraft which had landed without authority.

Surrey Advertiser 17th September Contributors Frank Phillipson and Stan Newman. During the Second World War the Ministry of Food issued a directive for the establishment of communal kitchens where every citizen could go to obtain at least one wholesome cooked meal per day. Britain had relied on the importation of 55 million tons of food from abroad immediately prior to the outbreak of hostilities and with these supplies being severely disrupted harsh food rationing was introduced.

The government strategic food policy at the time determined that an adult could live healthily on a diet of twelve ounces of bread, six ounces of vegetables, a pound of potatoes, two ounces of oatmeal, an ounce of fat, and six-tenths of a pint of milk per day, supplemented either by small amounts of cheese, pulses, meat, fish, sugar, eggs and dried fruit. Food prices were fixed by the government to prevent racketeering.

The British Restaurant system allowed citizens to eat there without having to give up precious rationing coupons. Meal tickets were issued that took the form of coloured cellulose acetate tokens in the shape of large coins and these were presented in exchange for a subsidised meal. Typically a meal would consist of soup, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, potatoes and cabbage, with apple pie and custard and a cup of tea which would cost one shilling 5p equivalent today.

The tokens were issued in the restaurant in return for cash with individual colours denoting the meal courses and beverages the diner had chosen.

The restaurants run by the council and supported by organisations including the WRVS 1 were large enough to seat from Mission Hall, Guildford to Upper High Street, Guildford diners for lunchtime sittings. As the intensity of German air raids in WWII started to increase so did the need for shelter provision for the local population. A perfect site for a mass shelter was identified by the Borough Council's Emergency Committee at a disused chalk quarry GR: SU close to the town centre.

The deep shelter, which could accommodate 1, people, was dug into the upper strata of the chalk and consisted of a series of interconnecting tunnels equipped with bunks, ventilation, sanitation and first aid stations.

The tunneling and construction took a year to complete. I lived in Avenue Terrace nearby and the blast blew out our windows and removed most of the slates from the roof. I was in bed at the time, but I was cut by flying glass and all my balsa wood aeroplanes were destroyed. We were allocated two of the bunk beds and spent the rest of the night there. Subsequently we trekked up to the quarry shelter every evening carrying our bedding and slept there overnight.

Surrey Advertiser 5th October The shelter was closed down in and in the ensuing decades was used by the local council for storage. The tunnels were cleared in the s when restorative work had to be undertaken to prevent deterioration and collapse. The complex was completely sealed a decade ago when a child fell into a tunnel having managed to climb through an emergency hatch. The child tragically suffered fatal injuries.

Sealed from public view for 60 years the shelter has survived pretty much intact and has only recently been opened to limited visits. Many of the original features including signs and toilets have been preserved.

The only dominant feature missing are the bunks which were removed after the war. The shelter, which is accessed through a secure entrance at York Road car park, is now opened to the public once a year to celebrate UK Heritage Days in September. A total of 18 public shelters were created in Guildford which included those beneath the Playhouse off the High Street, the Angel Hotel's crypt, the public baths in Castle Street and one located at Guildford Glass Works in Portsmouth Road.

The result of research conducted by Guildford Museum alongside an oral history project has revealed the extent that Guildford played in the war in providing a safe haven for evacuees from London. Matthew Alexander, who recently retired from the museum, wrote a feature on the subject for the Surrey Advertiser 24th July The Guildford area was regarded as an unlikely target for German bombers and so plans were drawn up to evacuate up to 10, London children here as early as , with some evacuations under Operation Pied Piper taking place two days before the outbreak of war.

The evacuation of children was voluntary and was organised by their London schools. Once the children had arrived by train they were transported in buses to distributing centres which were managed by a registration officer, a headteacher and an assistant. The Women's Voluntary Service WVS assisted by teachers and girl guides provided refreshments prior to the children being sent out in batches for billeting at local homes.

The billeting officers tried wherever possible to accommodate the children in pairs. To deal with difficulties connected with the billeting, a number of headmasters of the elementary schools have assisted the town clerk's department. Numerous complaints have been investigated. Stoke Hill house was quickly organised as a reception place for difficult cases, including persons with large families.

The Women's Voluntary Service assisted in the task. In the event the first evacuation proved relatively short lived as by January many of the children had returned to London. The main reasons were that none of the predicted air raids on London had occurred, many of the children were complaining of homesickness, and the cost for many London parents of travelling to visit their children was becoming prohibitive.

After the fall of France in May many new evacuees were received in the Guildford area travelling from Portsmouth, Shoreham and Brighton because of the threat of German invasion. The start of the London Blitz on September 7th saw even more children evacuated. Guildford's population increased by nearly 8, during the first three years of the war, with much of this increase due to the influx of evacuees. The remaining numbers were made up by adult employees of companies moving out of London to avoid the bombing.

The coast was considered unsafe though, so we were relocated to Guildford. As I was a second year student I came with my school to Guildford but my sister went to Hertfordshire. We were treated very well. It was a bit cramped because Mrs Payne's sister was living with us as her husband was away in the army.

I met my future husband as a teenager. He worked at Billings, the printers. They dropped a bomb on the new building at Billings and my husband was in their fire brigade. I think they were after the Dennis factory. Initially there were considerable problems due to the fact that all of Guildford's schools were closed until air raid shelters could be built. Once the schools were reopened the teaching staff had to contend with dramatically increased class sizes and the pressure of having to cope with extra work due to younger teachers leaving to join the armed forces.

Not all evacuees were well received and records show that refusal to receive the children who were regarded as troublemakers was responded to by official threats of prosecution.

The evacuation was not officially ended until March , although by the summer of many evacuees had elected to return home. By the end of the war records show that at least 4, London children were given safe haven in the Guildford area. Matthew Alexander, Surrey Advertiser 24th July Six of the original evacuees who were accommodated in Shamley Green at the outbreak of the Second World War joined in a re-enactment of the evacuation September along with children from two of the london schools that were involved.

The children carried gas mask cases and wore labels with their names on, and along with their teachers wore period clothing. They were met by youngsters from local infant schools to enjoy afternoon of activities and games. A re-enactment group, On Parade, added to the atmosphere providing military personnel, a village policeman, ARP warden and Micky the Fish played the part of the ubiquitous spiv. The visitors toured old billet houses, the village school, and the old chapel and Arbuthnot Hall which were both used as schoolrooms during the war.

Two of the former evacuees, Frank Witham and Pam Jones who were nine and eight years old respectively at the time, found that the visit brought back a lot of memories. We just had fun and went for long walks in the hills - it was an idyllic childhood really. Jones remembers taking turns with her brother to pump the church organ for services for Canadian soldiers.

Another evacuee James McEntee moved from Worcester with his mother to live with his grandparents in Shamley Green after his father went after the war. He now lives in Bramley. A campaign to save the hospital has been launched by an eminent surgeon with the backing of two Surrey MPs. Another option being considered is the merging of the two trusts. The more noise we can make the more that people centrally will get worried.

They might change their minds about closing the Royal Surrey before they go out to consultation with options. The first consultations concerning the issue are being held by the NHS in December which has instilled a mood of urgency over getting public reaction out into the open. Anne Milton, MP for Guildford added: A local paramedic with over two decades of service in saving lives in the county had already started issuing petition forms of his own volition fearful that closure of the accident and emergency facilities could lead to loss of life.

More information and details on how you can get involved are available at the Royal Surrey Action Group. The leader of the opposition David Cameron during a visit to the Royal Surrey February took the opportunity to lambast the government over their planned cuts to the health service in Surrey.

There has been mismanagement and that has created the deficit. The proposed changes are not about better health care they are about financial imperative.

The Good Life star Penelope Keith has joined the fight to save the hospital and highlighted the longer travel times closure would impose by traveling by bus February to make the point. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the campaign, including all the local political parties who have come together to fight for such an important cause.

There is no doubt that without the unwavering support of the residents of Surrey we could never have achieved such a fantastic result. The Surrey Morphology Group , who are based at Surrey University in Guildford, is a team of linguists who have set themselves the task of recording and analysing the world's rarest and most rapidly disappearing languages for posterity. Founded in the group have an unenviable task given that there are 6, native languages in the countries of the world with many of these in danger of losing their hold in the face of increasing globalisation.

The overall aim is to investigate why the global population speaks so many different languages and dialects and what it says about cultures, histories and human psychology. I am interested in exploring the world's intellectual heritage, and seeing what it is we all have in common, and the differing characteristics of humanity.

As an example a member of the group went to Bougainville in the South Pacific and recorded a language that would otherwise have died without being heard by western ears.

Torau is spoken by only 1, people where locally there are at least 25 other languages many related in some way to western languages such as English, German and Russian. The group have worked on languages with just 30 to 40 speakers, and one that had only one surviving speaker. Surrey Advertiser 20th October The 13 acres of Chitty's Common GR: SU , wedged between the housing estates of Stoughton and Rydes Hill close to the Worplesdon Road A , are to be restored thanks to a prize award from a savings bank.

The Surrey Wildlife Trust beat off competition in a public ballot November to nominate an area that needed restoration for The Sanctuary Awards. General clearance including felling of trees will open the common up to more light, and with the construction of a pathway around the main pond will make the common much more accessible to local residents. The project, which is scheduled to start in January , is expected to take to the end of the year to complete. Surrey Advertiser 24th November Defra gave the thumbs up for the Trust to dredge 2, cm of silt from the pond and to create a new inlet pond to act as a silt catchment which could be cleared regularly.

They also intend to establish reed beds to benefit wildlife and stabilise the pond's banks. The pond forms part of the natural drainage system in the area and is an integral part of flood control for Jacobswell downstream. The pond is popular with fisherman who will benefit from the improved conditions for the pond's fish stocks.

The common itself benefited from a community clean-up in September led by two local police community support officers. The volunteers removed a lorry load of rubbish including old bicycles and motorcycles, chairs, garden tools, lawn mowers, toys, mattresses and assorted car parts that had all been dumped illegally.

Since then the trust and its volunteers have improved flood defences at Britten's Pond and have provided easier access for disabled people who are now not only able to move around the area with ease but can also fish at the pond. The Guildford Angling Society with support from the Environment Agency have been improving conditions at the pond to improve it as a fishery. Sixty volunteers from the trust's corporate partner Eli Lilly took to the pond May to improve the wildlife habitat.

Protective netting was installed over new plant growth to deter geese, coir netting was installed along sections of the bank to encourage the spread of plant growth, and niches were carved along the banks to attract insects such as wasps, mason bees and bumble bees. Stringer's Common attracted national media attention in when campaigners set up several anti-road protest camps to object to the widening of the A Woking Road which needed to encroach upon the common.

The council's plans were eventually shelved. Historian Frank Phillipson successfully launched a fund June with Surrey Advertiser archives editor David Rose to erect a plaque near the site of a wartime aircraft accident in Jacobswell on the northern outskirts of Guildford. The pilot sensing danger as the Lilly Bell II approached the hills spotted a gap in the clouds and put the aircraft into a steep climb.

Unfortunately the aircraft either stalled, or its precious cargo of signalling equipment destined for northern France suddenly shifted to the rear of the fuselage, and the plane came down in a field alongside Clay Lane in Jacobswell with the loss of all four crew members.

The stone mounted aluminium plaque is to be sited at the junction of Clay Lane and Queenhythe Road. Some of the metallic items since found at the crash scene are to be melted down and included within the plaque.

After donations from members of the public and organisations including BAe Systems, Chambers and Worplesdon Parish Council the plaque is to be unveiled on the site in October Plans are afoot to explore the possibility of storing natural gas in a gas field 2, feet m beneath Albury near Guildford. The Albury gas field is a natural seven-mile 11 km wide reservoir contained within a sand strata that provides a perfect storage basin and would be reached by drilling from an existing gas facility in Albury Park.

The Hampshire-based energy company, Star Energy, says that there are very few onshore porous gas reservoir sites in the UK, the others being two located in Lincolnshire and another in Bletchingley in Surrey. Currently the facility at Albury Park covers four acres, although it is estimated that drilling and servicing the new gas storage reservoir will need a land area of 10 acres for access and equipment.

A pipeline would need to be dug across the countryside to connect the gas storage facilities to the main grid in East Horsley. The gas field stretches seven miles from Albury west to Shalford.

Albury Parish Council are objecting to the proposal on grounds of unacceptable noise pollution during drilling and access problems to the site by road. It looks likely May that Star Energy, the company behind the proposed reservoir, is now actively considering a site near Ripley as an alternative to the Albury location. The new site is located about m east of Send Prison, and will connect to the existing Albury facilities which are estimated to need to increase by a further 0.

Surrey Advertiser 25th May Park Rangers are Unsung Heroes. Working in shifts Guildford's park rangers undertake invaluable work in ensuring that the 83 parks under the care of Guildford Borough Council are maintained both for the park's visitors and their resident and visiting wildlife. With their watching brief covering all of the borough's green spaces, from the pocket-sized Quakers Acre by Guildford Library and the castle grounds, to the large open spaces of Millmead, Riverside, Shalford Park and Stoke Park, the team of rangers don't just concentrate on park upkeep.

Regular rough sleepers use the town's open spaces and the rangers will keep an eye open for them to check on their welfare, liaising with outreach workers, the police and community safety wardens. The shift system allows the parks to be patrolled from early morning to late at night helping to ensure that visitors are safe in the knowledge that their welfare and that of these invaluable open spaces is ensured. Surrey Advertiser 1st December The close of the Guildford International Music Festival , which was held at various venues across the town for two weeks in March, was marked by the performance of a specially commissioned song entitled Guildford Gospel immortalising a collection of oral histories associated with the town.

Guildford a renowned market town Farmers came from places all around Sheep and cattle scattering crowds over on North Street We bought fish from Swan Lane Things always change in our town.

The festival was established in to bring international artists, young artists and new music across all genres to a local stage, and provide some prominence also for local music organisations. The next festival in will mark the event's 10th anniversary. Surrey Advertiser 30th March An Uncertain Future for Tyting Farm.

Local groups celebrated the news having successfully campaigned to persuade the local council from selling the farm fearing that it may fall into the hands of property developers. The Trust is working in conjunction with the HALOW Project , which works to provide young adults with learning difficulties to create a better quality of life and for which the farm will provide an ideal focus.

SWT has exciting plans to regenerate the fields and woodland and graze cattle there again. Combining this expertise with HALOW's plans for the buildings is a fantastic way of safeguarding Tyting's future and preserving this beautiful area of Guildford.

The farm had been unworked since June and had had an uncertain future. The Trust has since been working hard to bring the farm back into production, with the introduction May of a strong herd of cows and calves in conjunction with a local cattle farmer marking the first step in the farm's recovery.

The Trust has secured much of the farm's field boundaries and is undertaking conservation work. The Halow Project will utilise funds raised through OilAid 1 to build an accommodation and training facility for young people with special needs who will work on the farm.

The work is farm from over in making Tyting Farm into a real asset for the trust, the council and the community. The cattle bring the farm to life again, restoring the traditional working role. The grazing allows us to begin the next stages in the conservation work, improving field boundaries and other areas of the farm. Launched in the charity raises funds to help improve people's lives by fund-raising seven-a-side football tournaments.

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