Recommended Reads for March

March's theme is to read a book that celebrates the great outdoors.

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 jungle book:2016 Paperback
Author: Kipling, Rudyard
Year: 2016
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
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Large print:The call of the wild:2014 Large print
Author: London, Jack
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Book:Walden and Civil Disobedience:1983 Book
Author: Thoreau, Henri David
Year: 1983
Media class: Book
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
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Book:West with the Night. New Ed:1984 Book
Author: Markham, Beryl
Year: 1984
Media class: Book
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
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Large print:Born Free:2002 Large print
Author: Adamson, Joy
Year: 2002
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Windsor
Resource type: Physical
Note: This work includes the first book Born Free and the subsequent Living Free and Forever Free. All three books had a tremendous impact on wildlife conservation and attitudes to the environment
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Paperback:The monkey wrench gang:2004 Paperback
Author: Abbey, Edward
Year: 2004
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: The construction of the colossal Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River spurs an oddball quartet of eco-activists to join forces in a noble cause
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Audio book:Born Free, the Full Story:2000 Audio book
Author: Adamson, Joy
Year: 2000
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Chivers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Veronika Hyks. 12 compact discs
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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:Arctic dreams:2014 Paperback
Author: Lopez, Barry
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: To write this book, the author travelled widely in the Arctic, with Eskimos, biologists, archaeologists and landscape painters, among others, to create this multifaceted portrait of Arctic life. Originally published: New York: Scribner's, 1986
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Paperback:Lord of the flies:2022 Paperback
Author: Golding, William
Year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.
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Paperback:The dharma bums:2018 Paperback
Author: Kerouac, Jack
Year: 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Dharma Bums' is the story of a group of men engaged in a passionate search for dharma or truth. Their search takes them to the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude. In the end the wild life in San Francisco proves too attractive for them.
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Paperback:Green hills of Africa:2004 Paperback
Author: Hemingway, Ernest
Year: 2004
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hemingway captures the shape, colour and smell of Africa in this novel that was originally published in 1935. It does include hunting descriptions and the killing of lions that would be seen as criminal in 2000, but it is nevertheless a classic novel
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Paperback:The adventures of Tom Sawyer:2007 Paperback
Author: Twain, Mark
Year: 2007
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tom Sawyer and his friends play truant from school and set off for an island near their home town. Here they decide to play pirates but their game is interrupted when they witness a murder. Tom has to grow up very quickly and do the right thing.
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Paperback:Touching the void:2019 Paperback
Author: Simpson, Joe
Year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Joe Simpson and his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000 ft Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. In June 1985 they achieved the summit before disaster struck. In 'Touching the Void' they tell their story. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1988
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Paperback:Into the wild:1998 Paperback
Author: Krakauer, Jon
Year: 1998
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: In April 1992, Chris McCandless, a young man from a well-to-do family, hitch-hiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness. Four months later, he was found dead. This book uses McCandless's restless progress around Alaska to explore the call of the wild and the mentality of those who succumb to it. Originally published: 1998
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Paperback:Moby Dick:2011 Paperback
Author: Melville, Herman
Year: 2011
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: When the young Ishmael gets on board Captain Ahab's whaling ship, little does he suspect that the mission on which he is about to embark is the fulfilment of his master's obsessive desire for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale who has already claimed countless human victims and destroyed many fleets.
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Audio book:Wild, a journey from lost to found:2015 Audio book
Author: Strayed, Cheryl
Author: Lefkow, Laurel
Year: 2015
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by laurel Lefkow. 12 discs Summary: A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe ? and built her back up again
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Paperback:Into thin air. Updated ed, a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster:2011 Paperback
Author: Krakauer, Jon
Year: 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: During a 24 hour period 3 separate expeditions to Everest were caught in an atrocious storm that ended in the worst single season death toll in the peak's history. The author was there at the time and this book is his account of what happened. Previous ed.: London: Macmillan, 1997
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Recommended Reads for Children and Young People

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Talking book - MP3:Black Beauty:1998 Talking book - MP3
Author: Sewell, Anna
Author: Gibson, Flo
Year: 1998
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Narrated by Flo Gibson Follows the life and changing fortunes of the stallion, Black Beauty
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Audio book:Holes:2018 Audio book
Author: Sachar, Louis
Year: 2018
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Kerry Beyer. 4 discs
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Paperback:Little house in the big woods:2014 Paperback
Author: Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:The secret garden:2014 Paperback
Author: Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mary Lennox's life changes when she arrives at the gloomy old house on the moors
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