Recommended Reads for July

July's theme is to read a book you've judged by its cover.

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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Hardback:Cat lady:2022 Hardback
Author: O'Porter, Dawn
Year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: We've all known a cat lady - and we've probably all judged her too. But behind the label - the one that only sticks to women - what if there's a story worth nine lives?
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Hardback:Isaac and the egg:2022 Hardback
Author: Palmer, Bobby
Year: 2022
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Powerful, hopeful, and utterly extraordinary, this is a truly original tale of love and loss, told with warmth and imaginative humour, from an unforgettable new voice in fiction. Isaac stands alone on a bridge and screams into the river below. And then, an answer. A cry of despair perhaps even greater than his own. The sound draws Isaac into the wood.
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Hardback:Lessons in chemistry:2022 Hardback
Author: Garmus, Bonnie
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality.
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Paperback:Klara and the sun:2022 Paperback
Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo
Year: 2022
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: This novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.
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Paperback:The psychopath test, a journey through the madness industry:2012 Paperback
Author: Ronson, Jon
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. Originally published: 2011
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Paperback:Jaws:2012 Paperback
Author: Benchley, Peter
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: It was just another day in the life of a small Atlantic resort until the terror from the deep came to prey on holiday makers. The first sign of trouble - a warning of what was to come - took the form of a young woman's body washed up on the beach.
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Paperback:Nineteen eighty-four:2008:New pbk. ed. Paperback
Author: Orwell, George
Year: 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.
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Paperback:To Kill a Mockingbird. 50th Anniversary Ed:2010 Paperback
Author: Lee, Harper
Year: 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
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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Hardback:Goldfinch:2013 Hardback
Author: Tartt, Donna
Year: 2013
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Longlist 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Shortlist 2014
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young People

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Paperback:Twilight:2007 Paperback
Author: Meyer, Stephenie
Year: 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Atom
Resource type: Physical
Note: A seventeen year old girl falls in love with a vampire.
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Hardback:The fate of Fausto, a painted fable:2019 Hardback
Author: Jeffers, Oliver
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. 'You are mine', Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea.
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Paperback:The boy at the back of the class:2018 Paperback
Author: Rauf, Onjali Q.
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's eight years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But the truth is, Ahmet really isn't very strange at all.
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Paperback:Wonder:2013 Paperback
Author: Palacio, R. J
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Wonder' is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old 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. Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 2012
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Paperback:The Little Prince:2015 Paperback
Author: Saint-Exupery, Antoine De
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Alma Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Having crash-landed in the Sahara Desert, a pilot comes across a young boy who introduces himself as the "Little prince" and tells him the story of how he grew up on a tiny asteroid before travelling from planet to planet and coming to Earth.
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