Recommended Reads for August

August's theme is to read a book set by the sea.

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:Zig zag girl:2015 Paperback
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns.
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Paperback:The guest book:2020 Paperback
Author: Blake, Sarah
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Miltons are a powerful old New York family - the kind of family that used to run the world. And in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton seem to have it all: an elegant apartment on the Upper East Side, two beautiful little boys, a love everyone envies. When a tragedy befalls them, Ogden comforts Kitty the only way he knows how - they go
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Paperback:The last house guest:2020 Paperback
Author: Miranda, Megan
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corvus
Resource type: Physical
Note: One year ago, Avery's best friend Sadie was found dead, dashed on the rocks the night of the infamous end-of-summer party. To Avery's disbelief, the police quickly rule Sadie's death as suicide.
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Paperback:Conviction:2020 Paperback
Author: Mina, Denise
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's just a normal morning for Anna McDonald. Gym kits, packed lunches, getting everyone up and ready. Until she opens the front door to her best friend, Estelle. Anna turns to see her own husband at the top of the stairs, suitcase in hand. They're leaving together and they're taking Anna's two daughters with them. Left alone in the big, dark house
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Paperback:Beach cafe:2016 Paperback
Author: Diamond, Lucy
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend.
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Paperback:The au pair:2019 Paperback
Author: Rous, Emma
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Seraphine Mayes and her brother Danny are known as the summer-born Summerbournes: the first set of summer twins to be born at Summerbourne House. But on the day they were born their mother threw herself to her death, their au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark-cloaked figures and a stolen baby. Now 25, and mourning the recent death of her father, Seraphine uncovers a family photograph taken on the day the twins were born featuring her parents posing with just one baby. Seraphine soon become fixated with the notion that she and Danny may not be twins.
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Paperback:The Brighton Mermaid:2019 Paperback
Author: Koomson, Dorothy
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Brighton Beach, 1993: Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. 25 years on, Nell quits her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer?
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Paperback:The lido:2019 Paperback
Author: Page, Libby
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing - the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone. Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her.
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Paperback:The secret keeper:2019 Paperback
Author: Lewis, Susan
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: You never forget your first love. 18 years ago, Olivia learned to live without Sean Kenyon.She moved on, building a life with her husband Richmond and their two children in the picturesque town Kesterley-on-Sea. But when Sean unexpectedly appears on Olivia's doorstep, her world is turned upside down once more.
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Paperback:Salt path:2018 Paperback
Author: Winn, Raynor
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Costa Biography Award 2018 Shortlist In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis took away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of ever
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Paperback:Old man and the Sea:1999 Paperback
Author: Hemingway, Ernest
Year: 1999
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published in 1952 The Nobel Prize-winning novel set off the coast of Havana, telling of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish
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Paperback:The faithful:2018 Paperback
Author: West, Juliet
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, 16-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother Francine for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover Charles, Oswald Mosley's blackshirts arrive in Aldwick and Hazel's summer suddenly becomes more interesting.
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Paperback:Seven days in summer:2018 Paperback
Author: Willett, Marcia
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Busy mum of twins Liv is looking forward to summer at the Beach Hut in Devon, even if she feels that she and Matt left things on a strange note. She's sure it's just that he's too busy at work to join them on holiday, not that he wants time alone.
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Paperback:Her mother's secret:2018 Paperback
Author: Ley, Rosanna
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: For many years Colette has avoided returning to her homeland - the magical island of Belle-Ile-en-Mer in Southern Brittany - afraid to confront the painful memories she left behind. She is living on the Cornish coast when she hears about her mother Thea's failing health and realises that the time has come for her to go home.
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Paperback:Daisy's vintage Cornish camper van:2018 Paperback
Author: McNamara, Ali
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van.
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Paperback:Confetti at the Cornish cafe:2018 Paperback
Author: Ashley, Phillipa
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort as a wedding venue. Cakes are baking, Cornish flowers are blooming, and fairy lights are twinkling. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical marriage ceremony. But their first clients are no ordinary couple.
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Paperback:The endless beach:2018 Paperback
Author: Colgan, Jenny
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel.
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Paperback:On Chesil Beach:2008 Paperback
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year: 2008
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is June, 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come
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Paperback:Brighton rock:2004 Paperback
Author: Greene, Graham
Year: 2004
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: A gang war is raging in Brighton. Pinkie is 17 and fighting for leadership. He has already proved his ruthlessness by killing Hale, a journalist. But he isn't prepared for the courageous Ida Arnold who is determined to avenge Hale's death.
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Paperback:Murder on the Brighton Express:2009 Paperback
Author: Marston, Edward
Author: Marston, A. E
Year: 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Resource type: Physical
Note: October 1854. As an autumnal evening draws to a close, crowds of passengers rush onto the soon to depart London to Brighton Express. A man watches from shadows nearby, grimly satisfied when the train pulls out of the station.
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young People

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Paperback:The summer I turned pretty:2022 Paperback
Author: Han, Jenny
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends' house. There's the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach - and the two boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad - who she's been in love with forever - and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who's ever really paid her any attention.
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Hardback:The Little Mermaid:2019 Hardback
Author: McCaughrean, Geraldine
Author: Andersen, Hans Christian
Author: Barrett, Laura
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orchard Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Based on Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" Hans Christian Andersen's entrancing tale of love, set between land and sea, is retold by renowned storyteller Geraldine McCaughrean and brought to life in magical silhouette artwork by illustrator Laura Barrett. When she falls in love with a prince, the little mermaid persuades a sea witch to replace her tail with legs so she can live on land.
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Paperback:The snail and the whale:2018 Paperback
Author: Donaldson, Julia
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Bad mermaids:2017 Paperback
Author: Pounder, Sibeal
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a strange CRABAGRAM ordering them to return home at once. Some seriously BAD MERMAIDS are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they're going to save the day, they'll need answers. And a clam car. Definitely piranha-print nail polish. Possibly not the talking seahorse. CAN THEY DO IT? Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids. If you enjoyed The Little Mermaid, you'll love this too!
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Paperback:Oliver and the seawigs:2014 Paperback
Author: Reeve, Philip
Author: McIntyre, Sarah
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at. Originally published: 2013
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Hardback:Flush:2005 Hardback
Author: Hiaasen, Carl
Year: 2005
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Children in Florida try to expose an illegal pollution operation, and clear their father who has been jailed for previous attempts to stop the polluter
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Paperback:Deep Water:2015 Paperback
Author: Hersey, Lu
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: Danni never knew about her family's strange legacy until her mum disappeared. And now the only way to save those she loves from a living hell is to embrace her incredible new gift, however impossible it seems
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Paperback:Not as we know it:2015 Paperback
Author: Avery, Tom
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek. But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind. When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage.
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Paperback:Ingo:2012 Paperback
Author: Dunmore, Helen
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
Resource type: Physical
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