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Recommended Reads for August

August’s theme is to read a novel based on a real person or event.


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


Adult Fiction

Juliet West – Before the Fall

Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day

Isabel Allende – A Long Petal of the Sea

Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express

Edward Carey – Little

Rosella Postorino – The Women at Hitler’s Table

Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Michael Punke – The Revenant

Marlon James – A Brief History of Seven Killings

Emma Cline – The Girls

Maggie Brookes – The Prisoner’s Wife

Emma Donoghue – Room

Andrea Levy – Small Island

Homer Hickam – Carrying Albert Home

Melvyn Bragg – Now is the Time

Paulo Coelho – The Spy

Hannah Kent – The Good People or Burial Rites

Ambrose Parry – The Art of Dying

Kate Grenville – A Room Made of Leaves

Emily Elgar – Grace is Gone

Stella Duffy – The Purple Shroud

Helen Dunmore – The Siege

Dave Boling – Guernica

Ben Elton – Two Brothers

Victoria Hislop – The Island or The Return

Barbara Erskine – Lady of Hay

Minette Walters – Last Hours

Jo Baker – A Country Road, A Tree

Julien Barnes – Arthur & George

Sue Monk Kidd – The Invention of Wings

Pat Barker – Regeneration

William Boyd – Any Human Heart

Jeanette Winterson – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Conn Iggulden – Ravenspur

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Teen & Young Adult Novels

Angie Thomas – On the Come Up, Concrete Rose or The Hate U Give

John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Marcus Sedgwick – Blood Red Snow White


Children’s Books

Roald Dahl – Boy

Michael Morpurgo – Private Peaceful

Ben Brooks – Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Elena Favili – Goodnight Tales for Rebel Girls

Adeline Yen Mah – Chinese Cinderella

Geraldine McCaughrean – The Kite Rider


Reserve your books to collect from your local library by visiting our library catalogue, or use our free Staff Select service if you’d like us to pick out some books for you!


Can you think of any books we’ve missed from our list? Get in touch by email or on Facebook!

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