Recommended Reads for February

February's theme is to read a book that has been adapted for the screen.

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:Luckiest girl alive:2022 Paperback
Author: Knoll, Jessica
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate. The woman who has it all. But behind the meticulously crafted facade lies the darkest and most violent of pasts. When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she's turned her life around since then.
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Paperback:Hidden figures, the untold story of the African American women who helped win the space race:2022 Paperback
Author: Shetterly, Margot Lee
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space programme. Originally published: 2016
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Paperback:Room:2022 Paperback
Author: Donoghue, Emma
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's Jack's birthday and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside. Originally published: 2010
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Paperback:The lovely bones:2015 Paperback
Author: Sebold, Alice
Year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Olga is an orphan raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village around the turn of the 20th century. Smart and precocious, she fights against the prejudices of the time to find her place in a world that sees her as second-best. When she falls in love with Herbert, a local aristocrat obsessed with the era's dreams of power, glory and greatness, her life is irremediably changed. Theirs is a love against all odds, entwined with the twisting paths of German history, leading us from the late 19th to the early 21st century, from Germany to Africa and the Arctic, from the Baltic Sea to the German south-west.
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Paperback:The English Patient:2018 Paperback
Author: Ondaatje, Michael
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: The final curtain is closing on the Second World War and in an abandoned Italian village, Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged beyond recognition and haunted by painful memories. The only clue Hana has to unlocking his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire
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Paperback:The Duke and I:2020 Paperback
Author: Quinn, Julia
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: The irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. But Daphne is now in danger of falling for a man who has no intention of making their charade a reality. Originally published: New York: Avon, 2000
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Paperback:Us:2020 Paperback
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Author: Nicholls, David
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: David Nicholls brings to bear all the wit and intelligence that graced 'One Day' in this bittersweet book, which will delight his fans and bring him many new readers. It is a novel about love and family, husbands and wives, and parents and children.
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Paperback:IT:2017 Paperback
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Author: King, Stephen
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of
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Audio book:Life Of Pi:2020 Audio book
Author: Martel, Yann
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Canongate audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Sanjeev Bhaskar. 10 Audio CDs Summary: One boy, one boat, one tiger
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Paperback:The silence of the lambs:2009 Paperback
Author: Harris, Thomas
Year: 2009
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: The serial killer nicknamed 'Buffalo Bill' has been capturing and starving women, then murdering and skinning them. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is assigned to solicit help from imprisoned psychopath Dr Hannibal 'the Cannibal' Lecter, whose insight into the depraved minds of serial killers is second to none. But in exchange for inviting her into the darkest chambers of his mind, Hannibal begins to probe at hers, demanding knowledge of her childhood demons as the price of understanding Buffalo Bill's. Clarice knows how dangerous this man is, and the terrible things he can do with this information. But women are still disappearing, and time is running out...
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Paperback:Normal people:2019 Paperback
Author: Rooney, Sally
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 Longlist Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life.
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Paperback:Big little lies:2015 Paperback
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Also published as "Little Lies" Jane hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs.
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Paperback:This is going to hurt, secret diaries of a junior doctor:2018 Paperback
Author: Kay, Adam
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and 'This Is Going to Hurt' intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor
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Hardback:Our house:2018 Hardback
Author: Candlish, Louise
Year: 2018
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought in Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn't sell it.
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Paperback:Little fires everywhere:2018 Paperback
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
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Paperback:Call me by your name:2009 Paperback
Author: Aciman, Andre
Year: 2009
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blooms between 17-year-old Elio and his father's house guest, Oliver, during a restless summer on the Italian Riviera. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks' duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime.
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Paperback:Bridget Jones's diary:2016 Paperback
Author: Fielding, Helen
Year: 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: This tale concerns the trials and tribulations of a single, girl-about-town on an optimistic but doomed quest for self-improvement. If she could just get down to 8st 7lb, stop smoking and develop inner poise, all would be resolved.
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Paperback:Ross Poldark:2015 Paperback
Author: Graham, Winston
Year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set in Cornwall, 1783-87. Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he had anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin
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Paperback:Fight club:1997 Paperback
Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
Year: 1997
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Fight Club - a place where young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers can fight each other barehanded - is the invention of Tyler Durden, a dark, anarchic genius who plans revenge on the world, in this apocalyptic, bleakly funny novel
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Paperback:The notebook:2014 Paperback
Author: Sparks, Nicholas
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: This heartrending story of two star-crossed lovers is narrated through the voice of an old man reading aloud to an aging woman who no longer remembers that the story is in fact their own past. Originally published: New York: Warner, 1996
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young People

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Talking book - MP3:Hunger Games:2014 Talking book - MP3
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Author: McCormick, Carolyn
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Read by Tatiana Maslany
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Paperback:Bear Called Paddington:2001 Paperback
Author: Bond, Michael
Year: 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: A bear arrives on Paddington station and is taken in by the Brown family.
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Audio book:The Hobbit:2017 Audio book
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R
Year: 2017
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Howes
Resource type: Physical
Note: Narrated by Rob Inglis. 10 discs The Hobbit' is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit.
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Paperback:The witches:2016 Paperback
Author: Dahl, Roald
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: You could be sitting next to a witch and never know it. They look like ordinary women but are extremely dangerous to children. Luckily for the boy in this story, his grandmother knows what signs to look for, but things don't go as planned. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1983
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Paperback:Bad Guys. Episode1 & 2:2018 Paperback
Author: Blabey, Aaron
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that - whether you want them to or not!
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Paperback:Stick man:2016 Paperback
Author: Donaldson, Julia
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three'. But it's dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Join Stick Man on his troublesome journey back to the family tree. Originally published: 2008
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Paperback:To all the boys I've loved before:2014 Paperback
Author: Han, Jenny
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
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Paperback:Matilda:2016 Paperback
Author: Dahl, Roald
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1988
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Paperback:Noughts & crosses:2017 Paperback
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 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. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2001
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Paperback:Heartstopper. Vol. 1:2022 Paperback
Author: Oseman, Alice
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Charlie and Nick are at the same school, but they've never met - until one day when they're made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn't think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them realised.
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Audio book:Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:2010 Audio book
Author: Rowling, J. K
Author: Fry, Stephen
Year: 2010
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: HNP
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Stephen Fry. 7 discs Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house after the death of his parents in a car crash. Then Harry is rescued into a world where nothing is as it seems and he discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft
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Hardback:White bird, a wonder story:2019 Hardback
Author: Palacio, R. J
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: To the millions of readers who fell in love with R.J. Palacio's 'Wonder', Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman's classroom bully. 'White Bird' reveals a new side to Julian's story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden from the Nazis as a young Jewish girl in occupied France during the Second World Wa
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Paperback:The School for Good and Evil:2013 Paperback
Author: Chainani, Soman
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains. Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed...
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