Recommended Reads for February

February's theme is to read a book that has been recommended to you

If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?

Many of these titles will also be available via our eLibrary.

Recommended Reads for Adults

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Large print:Conversations with friends:2019:Large print ed. Large print
Author: Rooney, Sally
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
348p ; 24 cm
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Large print:On the other side:2017 Large print
Author: Fletcher, Carrie Hope
Year: 2017
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Talking book - MP3:Girl, Woman, Other:2020 Talking book - MP3
Author: Evaristo, Bernardine
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Bolinda
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Read by Anns -Maria Nabirye
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Audio book:Here come the girls:2011 Audio book
Author: Johnson, Milly
Year: 2011
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Colleen Prendergast. 13 discs
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Audio book:Good omens:2006 Audio book
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Author: Gaiman, Neil
Year: 2006
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Stephen Briggs. 10 discs
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Paperback:The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks:2019 Paperback
Author: Skloot, Rebecca
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
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Large print:Perfume:1998 Large print
Author: Suskind, Patrick
Year: 1998
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Chivers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, The Fishmonger's Bastard, Was to be the Greatest Perfumier of all time because he had the Power to Distil the very Esssence of Love
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Large print:Catch-22:1984 Large print
Author: Heller, Joseph
Year: 1984
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is the tale of Captain Yossarian who spends his time plotting to survive.
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Audio book:Girl on the train:2015 Audio book
Author: Hawkins, Paula
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Magna
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Claire Corbett, Louise Briely and India Fisher. 10 CDs
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Paperback:Vile Bodies:2000 Paperback
Author: Waugh, Evelyn
Year: 2000
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Following the First World War a new generation of pleasure seekers emerges, searching for ever greater sensations and fulfilment of unconscious desires
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Paperback:Silk:2019 Paperback
Author: Baricco, Alessandro
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: The French silk trade is threatened by an epidemic and Herve Joncour travels to 1860s Japan to attempt to obtain clean eggs. He falls in love with a non-Japanese concubine but the affair is carried out secretively and provides a most delicate ending.
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Paperback:84 Charing Cross Road:2002 Paperback
Author: Hanff, Helene
Year: 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
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Audio book:A gentleman in Moscow:2019 Audio book
Author: Towles, Amor
Year: 2019
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Nicholas Guy Smith. 15 discs
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Paperback:Staying Alive, Real Poems for Unreal Times:2002 Paperback
Author: Astley, Neil
Year: 2002
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloodaxe
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:The shining:2011 Paperback
Author: King, Stephen
Year: 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Danny is only five years old but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grow frighteningly out of control.
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Large print:Oryx and Crake:2004 Large print
Author: Atwood, Margaret
Year: 2004
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Snowman may be the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in isolation and loneliness, trawling through the past - the disappearance of his mother and the arrival of his mysterious childhood companions Oryx and Crake
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Paperback:Tales of the City:1989 Paperback
Author: Maupin, Armistead
Year: 1989
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: A young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, and outrageous
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Hardback:The Interestings:2013 Hardback
Author: Wolitzer, Meg
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a warm July night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. The friendships they make this summer will be the most important of their lives. But decades later not everyone can sustain in adulthood what had seemed so special in adolescence. As their fortunes tilt precipitously over the years, some of them dealing with great struggle, others enjo
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Paperback:You:2018 Paperback
You
Author: Kepnes, Caroline
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart. Joe needs to know everything about her, to have her only for himself. And he'll stop at nothing to do so. Originally published: 2014
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Paperback:The house between tides:2014 Paperback
Author: Maine, Sarah
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Using the author's professional knowledge of archaeology, this is an Edwardian historical mystery set on a remote Hebridean island, where the present day protagonist becomes obsessed with uncovering a century-old love triangle. Originally published: Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young Adults

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Paperback:A monster calls:2016 Paperback
Author: Ness, Patrick
Author: Dowd, Siobhan
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books and Subsidiaries
Resource type: Physical
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Audio book:The time of green magic:2019 Audio book
Author: McKay, Hilary
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Saffron Coomber. 5 discs
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Paperback:After the fire:2017 Paperback
Author: Hill, Will
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Powerful, gripping, and beautifully told, bestselling author Will Hill's 'After the Fire' is a novel about love, loss, hope, and ultimately, courage.
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Paperback:Skellig:2013 Paperback
Author: Almond, David
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: The story of two young people who find a strange man/birdlike creature. They nurse him back to health and his life is somehow intertwined with the life of the boy's very sick baby sister
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Hardback:The invention of Hugo Cabret, a novel in words and pictures:2007 Hardback
Author: Selznick, Brian
Year: 2007
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: A young orphan searches for the truth behind the automaton he has found
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Paperback:One:2016 Paperback
One
Author: Crossan, Sarah
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Grace and Tippi are twins - conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world - a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. But can they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? Just as Tippi and Grace have begun to live like normal teenagers
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Paperback:After the war:2021 Paperback
Author: Palmer, Tom
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Conkers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Ben and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they've finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover.
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Paperback:Seed:2015 Paperback
Author: Heathfield, Lisa
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Resource type: Physical
Note: Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. 15-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of the seed.
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Hardback:Pages & Co., Tilly and the Bookwanderers:2018 Hardback
Author: James, Anna
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleven-year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents' bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.
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Audio book:Wonder:2012 Audio book
Author: Palacio, R. J
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Chivers Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl and Kate Rudd. 8 compact discs Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie Pullman is a shy, bright ten-year-old who has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world.
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Paperback:The fountains of silence:2019 Paperback
Author: Sepetys, Ruta
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Madrid, 1957. Tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine while Spanish citizens are gripped by a dark secret. Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, hopes to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera.
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Paperback:The black flamingo:2019 Paperback
Author: Atta, Dean
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold colour.
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Paperback:Things a bright girl can do:2018 Paperback
Author: Nicholls, Sally
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is 17, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university.
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Paperback:Throne of glass:2012 Paperback
Author: Maas, Sarah J
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year's hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Endovier, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition - she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian's champion in a contest sponsored by the king.
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Paperback:The girl who speaks bear:2019 Paperback
Author: Anderson, Sophie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins - from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.
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