Recommended Reads for May

May's theme is to read a book that celebrates diversity.

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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Paperback:The color purple:1983 Paperback
Author: Walker, Alice
Year: 1983
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
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Hardback:Assembly:2021 Hardback
Author: Brown, Natasha
Year: 2021
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Blistering and unignorable, exhilarating and fearless, 'Assembly' is a debut literary novel from Natasha Brown.
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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:Love after love:2019 Audio book
Author: Hourston, Alex
Year: 2019
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Oakhill
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Helen Keeley. 8 discs
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Paperback:White teeth:2001 Paperback
Author: Smith, Zadie
Year: 2001
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: White Teeth is a comic epic which tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years.
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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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Paperback:Who am I, again?:2021 Paperback
Author: Henry, Lenny
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
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Audio book:Making it:2021 Audio book
Author: Blades, Jay
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Damian Lynch. 7 discs Making It is an inspirational memoir about beating the odds and turning things around even when it all seems hopeless
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Paperback:Another country:2001 Paperback
Author: Baldwin, James
Year: 2001
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way.
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Large print:On beauty:2006 Large print
Author: Smith, Zadie
Year: 2006
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Howard Belsey's oldest son Jerome falls for Victoria, the stunning daughter of the right-wing Monty Kipps, both families find themselves thrown together, enacting a cultural and personal war against each other.
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Paperback:The prophets:2022 Paperback
Author: Jones, Robert
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Halifax plantation is known as Empty by the slaves who work it under the pitiless gaze of its overseers and its owner, Massa Paul. Two young enslaved men, Samuel and Isaiah dwell among the animals they keep in the barn, helping out in the fields when their day is done.
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Paperback:Real life:2020 Paperback
Author: Taylor, Brandon
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Daunt Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Booker Prize 2020 Longlist Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist Almost everything about Wallace is at odds with the Midwestern university town where he is working uneasily toward a biochem degree.
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Paperback:Invisible man:2014 Paperback
Author: Ellison, Ralph
Year: 2014
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: The invisible man is the unnamed narrator of this impassioned novel of black lives in 1940s America. Embittered by a country which treats him as a non-being he retreats to an underground cell. Originally published: New York: Random House, 1952
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Paperback:Black Buck:2021 Paperback
Author: Askaripour, Mateo
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: John Murray
Resource type: Physical
Note: An unambitious 22-year-old, Darren lives in a Brooklyn brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential. But Darren is content working at Starbucks, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother's home-cooked meals.
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Paperback:My name is why (Quick Reads) (Abridged), a memoir:2022 Paperback
Author: Sissay, Lemn
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
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Large print:To Kill a Mockingbird:1992 Large print
Author: Lee, Harper
Year: 1992
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Chivers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'. This is a lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of the story - a black man charged with raping a white girl in the 30s.
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Audio book:Queenie:2021 Audio book
Author: Carty-Williams, Candice
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Shvorne Marks. 9 Audio CDs Summary: A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family, Queenie will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way.
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Paperback:If I don't have you:2020 Paperback
Author: Domingo, Sareeta
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ren is an Afro-Brazilian filmmaker recovering from an affair of betrayals, while Kayla is a Black British artist and journalist. Thrown together during an interview for Ren's latest film, they are struck by an irrevocable force.
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Paperback:A book of secrets:2019 Paperback
Author: Morrison, Kate
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'A Book of Secrets' is the story of a woman named Susan Charlewood living in Elizabethan England. Born in what is now Ghana, Susan is enslaved by the Portuguese but later rescued by British sailors, who bring her to England. Once in England, she is raised and educated in an English Catholic household.
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Paperback:Beloved:2022 Paperback
Author: Morrison, Toni
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sethe is now miles away from Sweet Home - the farm where she was kept as a slave for many years. Unable to forget the unspeakable horrors that took place there, Sethe is haunted by the violent spectre of her dead child, the daughter who died nameless and whose tombstone is etched with a single word, 'Beloved'.
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young Adults

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Audio book:Boy, everywhere:2021 Audio book
Author: Dassu, A.M
Author: Star, Felix
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Felix Star. 7 discs A story of survival, family and bravery. In a world where we are told to see refugees as 'other', this story reminds listeners that 'they' are also 'us'
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Paperback:Truth be told:2022 Paperback
Author: Divin, Sue
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two teens from very different backgrounds - Tara, the Catholic daughter of a two generation single parent family, and Faith, the daughter of strict Evangelical Protestants from Armagh, come face to face at a residential and discover they look almost identical.
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Paperback:Wonderland:2020 Paperback
Author: Dawson, Juno
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury - but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her.
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Paperback:Crossfire:2019 Paperback
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 34 years have passed since Sephy Hadley - a Cross - first met Callum McGregor - a nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful - and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for noughts and Crosses - including for Sephy and Callum's families.
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Paperback:Hideous beauty:2020 Paperback
Author: Hussey, William
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dylan is forced to come out after his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, but to his surprise, everyone is really supportive - or appears to be. But Dylan's and El's happiness is short-lived, and following a tragic accident, Dylan begins to realize how little he knows about the boy he loves - or those closest to him.
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Paperback:Tin Boy:2021 Paperback
Author: Cole, Steve
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mining for tin in deep, dangerous trenches is the only life that Tono has ever known. Worked to the brink of exhaustion each day, his only escape is in the precious moments when he reads his dad's old comics. In a world of heroes and superpowers, he can forget the terrifying mining pits.
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Paperback:Oh my Gods:2019 Paperback
Author: Sheppard, Alexandra
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Helen Thomas has just moved in with her dad's family - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London! Between keeping her family's true identities secret, and dealing with school drama (i.e., boys), is Helen fated for an epic embarrassment?
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Paperback:Windrush child:2020 Paperback
Author: Zephaniah, Benjamin
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Windrush generation are named after one of the first ships that arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1948. In this heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like being a child of the Windrush generation, an important and intriguing time in Britain that's sure to fascinate young readers.
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Paperback:Cane warriors:2021 Paperback
Author: Wheatle, Alex
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is toiling on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky. Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations.
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Paperback:Chinglish:2019 Paperback
Author: Cheung, Sue
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jo Kwan is a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents' Chinese takeaway. And things can be tough..
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Paperback:The boxer:2019 Paperback
Author: Shukla, Nikesh
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Told over the course of the ten rounds of his first fight, this is the story of amateur boxer Sunny. A 17 year old feeling isolated and disconnected in the city he's just moved to, Sunny joins a boxing club to learn to protect himself after a racist attack. He finds the community he's been desperately seeking at the club, and a mentor in trainer Sh
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Paperback:Love Frankie:2021 Paperback
Author: Wilson, Jacqueline
Author: Sharratt, Nick
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school. When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together
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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:Eight pieces of silva:2020 Paperback
Author: Lawrence, Patrice
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Becks is into girls but didn't come out because she was never in. She lives with her mum, stepdad and 18-year-old Silva, her stepdad's daughter. Becks and Silva are opposites, but bond over their mutual obsession with K-pop. When Becks' mum and stepdad go on honeymoon to Japan, Becks and Silva are left alone. Except, Silva disappears.
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Paperback:Run, rebel:2020 Paperback
Author: Mann, Manjeet
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Amber runs, it's the only time she feels completely free - far away from her claustrophobic home life. Her father wants her to be a dutiful daughter, waiting for an arranged marriage like her sister Ruby. Running is a quiet rebellion. But Amber wants so much more - and she's ready to fight for it. It's time for a revolution.
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Paperback:The hate U give:2018 Paperback
Author: Thomas, Angie
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books and Subsidiaries
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community.
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Paperback:Becoming Dinah:2019 Paperback
Author: De Waal, Kit
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 17-year-old Dinah needs to leave her home, the weird commune where she grew up. She needs a whole new identity, starting with how she looks, starting with shaving off her hair, her 'crowning glory'. She has to do it quickly, because she has to go now. Dinah was going to go alone and hitch a ride down south.
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Paperback:And the stars were burning brightly:2020 Paperback
Author: Jawando, Danielle
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 15-year-old Nathan discovers that his older brother Al, has taken his own life, his whole world is torn apart. Al was special. Al was talented. Al was full of passion and light - so why did he do it? Convinced that his brother was in trouble, Nathan decides to retrace Al's footsteps.
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Audio book:Do you know me?:2021 Audio book
Author: Scott, Libby
Author: Westcott, Rebecca
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Bailey Carr. 7 discs Tally is autistic and proud. She used to feel that she had to hide her autism, but now Tally is determined to make sure people see who she really is. Except for one thing - Tally's school trip, which means new places, new people and new challenges.
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Audio book:Noughts and Crosses:2005 Audio book
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Author: Blake, Syan
Author: Chequer, Paul
Year: 2005
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Syan Blake and Paul Chequer. 8 discs Sephy is a Cross, a member of the ruling class. Callum is a Nought - a colourless member of the underclass. Against a background of prejudice, highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance blossoms between Sephy and Callum.
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