Recommended Reads for May

May's theme is to read a book set in another country

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 blind assassin:2019 Paperback
Author: Atwood, Margaret
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Even now, at the age of 82, Iris lives in the shadow cast by her younger sister Laura. Now poor and trying to cope with a failing body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death
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Paperback:Exit west:2018 Paperback
Author: Hamid, Mohsin
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: All over the world, doors are appearing. They lead to other cities, other countries, other lives. And in a city gripped by war, Nadia and Saeed are newly in love. Hardly more than strangers, desperate to survive, they open a door and step through. But the doors only go one way. Once you leave, there is no going back.
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Talking book - MP3:All the light we cannot see:2014 Talking book - MP3
Author: Doerr, Anthony
Year: 2014
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Lamplight
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Read by Julie Teal Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life.
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Paperback:Tales from the cafe:2020 Paperback
Author: Kawaguchi, Toshikazu
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
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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:Winter in Madrid:2016 Paperback
Author: Sansom, C. J
Year: 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1940: The Spanish Civil War is over, and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war.
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Audio book:The tattooist of Auschwitz:2018 Audio book
Author: Morris, Heather
Year: 2018
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Richard Armitage. 6 discs
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Audio book:A gentleman in Moscow:2019 Audio book
Author: Towles, Amor
Year: 2019
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Nicholas Guy Smith. 15 discs
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Large print:Conversations with friends:2019:Large print ed. Large print
Author: Rooney, Sally
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
348p ; 24 cm
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Large print:In the midst of winter:2018 Large print
Author: Allende, Isabel
Author: Caistor, Nick
Author: Hopkinson, Amanda
Year: 2018
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Americanah:2014 Paperback
Author: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Longlist 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for fiction Shortlist 2014 From the award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun', a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and lo
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Paperback:The book thief:2016 Paperback
Author: Zusak, Markus
Year: 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set in 1939 Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger's life changes when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow at brother graveside, left there by accident , its her first book of thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words.
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Paperback:The kite runner:2011 Paperback
Author: Hosseini, Khaled
Year: 2011
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:All the light we cannot see, a novel:2015 Paperback
Author: Doerr, Anthony
Year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father's life.
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Paperback:My brilliant friend:2012 Paperback
Author: Ferrante, Elena
Year: 2012
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Europa
Resource type: Physical
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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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Paperback:Alchemist:1995 Paperback
Author: Coelho, Paulo
Year: 1995
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Thorsons
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of travelling the world in search of a worldly treasure. From his home in Spain, he journeys to Tangiers, and from there into the Eygptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young People

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Paperback:The last paper crane:2020 Paperback
Author: Drewery, Kerry
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A Japanese teenager, Mizuki, is worried about her grandfather who is clearly desperately upset about something. He says that he has never got over something that happened in his past and gently Mizuki persuades him to tell her what it is. We are taken to 1945, Hiroshima, and Mizuki's grandfather as a teenage boy chatting at home with his friend Hir
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Paperback:When life gives you mangoes:2020 Paperback
Author: Getten, Kereen
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives. She loves eating ripe mangoes fallen from trees, running outside in the rainy season and escaping to her secret hideout with her best friend Gaynah. There's only one problem - she can't remember anything that happened last summer.
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Paperback:The invisible boy:2020 Paperback
Author: Hollingsworth, Alyssa
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Twelve-year-old Nadia has discovered a new and dangerous secret: she is lonely. Then two things happen that change everything. She meets Eli, who she suspects may be a superhero, and she finds a strange letter under the dried juniper branches.
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Paperback:The girl who stole an elephant:2020 Paperback
Author: Farook, Nizrana
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen's jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?
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Paperback:The boy in the striped pyjamas, a fable:2014 Paperback
Author: Boyne, John
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Definitions
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the 'Fury'? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to 'Out-With' ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won't explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it - he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can't they ever play together?
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Audio book:The Explorer:2019 Audio book
Author: Rundell, Katherine
Author: Noble, Peter
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Peter Noble. 5 discs
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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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Audio book:A place called perfect:2018 Audio book
Author: Duggan, Helena
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Nudged Children's Audiobooks
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Rachael Beresford. 7 discs Violet hates living in Perfect. Why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird? Then Dad disappears and Violet is determined to uncover the truth with the help of the mysterious Boy. But returning normality to Perfect is a battle they never imagined.
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Paperback:Running on the roof of the world:2017 Paperback
Author: Butterworth, Jess
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Join 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam in a story of adventure, survival and hope, set in the vivid Himalayan landscape of Tibet and India. Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl's thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12.
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Paperback:Harriet the spy:2009 Paperback
Author: Fitzhugh, Louise
Year: 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Dear Olly,:2001 Paperback
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Year: 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: A boy rejects a possible career as a vet and travels to Rwanda to be a clown in an orphanage
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Audio book:Boy in the striped pyjamas:2006 Audio book
Author: Boyne, John
Year: 2006
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Random House
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Michael Maloney. 4 discs Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year 2009 The reader will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno, and sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence....
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