This week's list of recently published titles comes from Jill Male at The Bookshelf, 58 Fore Street, Saltash. 01752 845804.
1 Charmers and Rogues ed Anne Cuthbertson
This first collection of pet tales includes a talking dog and a surfboarding cat. Readers will adore the quirky characters. Constable and Robinson, £12.99.
2 You Made Me Late Again Pam Ayres
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With more than 50 poems, this is an essential addition to Pam's collection of works. Ebury Press, £16.99.
3 Philomena Martin Sixsmith
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent and the Church took the baby and sold him to America for adoption. Film adaptation now in the cinemas, starring Judi Dench. Pan Macmillan, £7.99.
4 Am I Missing Something? ed Iain Hollingshead
A fifth volume of wise, waggish and downright outrageous readers' letters for which there wasn't enough space – or editorial stomach. An hilarious alternative review of the year. Aurum Press, £9.99.
5 A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki
Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the shore containing a diary that expresses the hopes a young girl. Every page sucks her into an enchanting mystery. Canongate Books, £8.99.
6 F In Exams Richard Benson
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty? A: He says goodbye to childhood and enters adultery. One of the more creative approach to answering exam questions. Summersdale Publishers, £5.99.
7 Postcards from the Past Marcia Willett
The uncomplicated lives of siblings Billa and Ed, who share their grand old childhood home in Cornwall, are disrupted when postcards arrive from a sinister figure from their past. Transworld, £16.99.
8 The Sky at Night – How to read the Solar System Chris North and Paul Abel
Join these expert astronomers and co-presenters of The Sky at Night on a tour of the solar system. BBC Books, £12.99.
9 The Fir Tree Hans Christian Andersen
Beautifully illustrated and a book to treasure. Cornerstone, £8.99.
10 The Lifeboat Nigel Millard
A photographic celebration of the RNLI's everyday bravery, compassion and commitment in the toughest of conditions. Anova Books, £25.
A Murmuration of Starlings
by Steve Palin
I was delighted to hear an Autumnwatch presenter use the expression. My vocabulary will expand thanks to this book. Merlin Unwin, £7.99.