Recommended Reads for October

October's theme is to read a book about books.

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 Fiction

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Talking book - MP3:The bookshop:2017 Talking book - MP3
Author: Fitzgerald, Penelope
Author: Karpf, Eve
Year: 2017
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Clipper Audiobooks
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Narrated by Eve Karpf Florence Green opens a bookshop in a small coastal town in East Anglia. She does so in spite of polite but ruthless opposition. Eventually she has to battle against supernatural as well as natural forces to achieve her ends.
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Audio book:The book of form and emptiness:2021 Audio book
Author: Ozeki, Ruth
Author: Shale, Kerry
Year: 2021
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Canongate audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Kerry Shale and Ruth Ozeki. 16 discs Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 Longlist A brilliantly inventive new story about loss, growing up and our relationship with things, by the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of A Tale for the Time Being.
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Paperback:Inkspell:2020 Paperback
Author: Funke, Cornelia
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Chicken House
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meggie and her family and friends continue their adventures in the literary Inkworld
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Audio book:Editor's Wife:2008 Audio book
Author: Chambers, Clare
Author: Farley, Rupert
Year: 2008
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Rupert Farley. 9 discs
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Paperback:The Midnight Library:2020 Paperback
Author: Haig, Matt
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently.
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Hardback:The invisible life of Addie Larue:2020 Hardback
Author: Schwab, V. E
Year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Titan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there's always a price - the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.
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Paperback:On earth we're briefly gorgeous:2019 Paperback
Author: Vuong, Ocean
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous' is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born - a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of
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Large print:The binding:2019 Large print
Author: Collins, Bridget
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:You:2018 Paperback
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Author: Kepnes, Caroline
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart. Joe needs to know everything about her, to have her only for himself. And he'll stop at nothing to do so. Originally published: 2014
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Paperback:The shadow of the wind:2005 Paperback
Author: Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
Year: 2005
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Phoenix
Resource type: Physical
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Audio book:Fahrenheit 451:2015 Audio book
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Tim Robbins. 4 discs
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Paperback:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:2010 Paperback
Author: Shaffer, Mary Ann
Author: Barrows, Annie
Year: 2010
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's January, 1946, and writer Juliet Ashton sits at her desk, vainly seeking a subject for her next book. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a secondhand book that once belonged to Juliet - and, spurred on by their mutual love of Charles Lamb, they begin a correspondence.
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Audio book:The reader:2009 Audio book
Author: Schlink, Bernhard
Year: 2009
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Peter Wickham. 4 discs
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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:Matilda:2016 Paperback
Author: Dahl, Roald
Author: Blake, Quentin
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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Audio book:Instructions for a heatwave:2013 Audio book
Author: O'Farrell, Maggie
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Isis
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Patricia Leventon. 9 discs
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Paperback:Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore:2014 Paperback
Author: Sloan, Robin
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone and has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything; instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes from strange corne
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Paperback:Judgement in Stone:1994 Paperback
Author: Rendell, Ruth
Year: 1994
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write
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Paperback:The thirteenth tale:2013 Paperback
Author: Setterfield, Diane
Year: 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Thirteenth Tale' is an emotional mystery in the vein of Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca', about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling. Margaret Lea is investigating Angelfield House. As she digs deeper, Margaret discovers tragedy and secrets about her own past. Originally published: 2006
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Recommended Non-fiction

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Paperback:Dear reader, the comfort and joy of books:2020 Paperback
Author: Rentzenbrink, Cathy
Year: 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer.
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Audio book:Dear Reader:2020 Audio book
Author: Rentzenbrink, Cathy
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by the author. 4 discs Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another
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Paperback:Malala, my story of standing up for girls' rights:2018 Paperback
Author: Yousafzai, Malala
Author: McCormick, Patricia
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Wren & Rook
Resource type: Physical
Note: This illustrated adaptation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's bestselling memoir, 'I Am Malala', introduces readers of 7+ to the remarkable story of a teenage girl who risked her life for the right to go to school.
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Hardback:The library book:2019 Hardback
Author: Orlean, Susan
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why?
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Large print:I am Malala, the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban:2014 Large print
Author: Yousafzai, Malala
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'I am Malala' tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists, and faced the Taliban with immense courage. Malala speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl's right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school.
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Hardback:Weird things customers say in bookshops:2012 Hardback
Author: Campbell, Jen
Year: 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: A John Cleese Twitter question first sparked the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller's collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.
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