• Staff Pick: "I promise that you’ve never read anything like Detransition, Baby. Simultaneously hilarious, biting, illuminating and heart-wrenching, Torrey Peters’ debut is a treasure and sure to be one of the most important LGBTQ+ novels of the decade." May.
  • Staff Pick: "This book was sadly and quietly lost in lockdown publications. It is O’Callaghan’s second foray into fiction and you do not want to miss it! It tells the story of Paddy & his stowaway daughter Kitty as they drive from England to France in his lorry. On the way, we learn about their family secrets, the tensions and rivalries, their aches and desires, taking us slowly but surely to the revealing end." Marta
  • "I loved this taut page-turning thriller by Margery Allingham which reads like Graham Greene meets Patricia Highsmith in 1950s London. Her regular sleuth Albert Campion does make an appearance but this isn’t a ‘whodunnit’ but more of an exploration of how far someone will go to protect someone that they love, even if it means lying to themself. A gripping read." Bob. ISBN 9780099506096
  • Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights.The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she's still here. Or is she? This New Year's Eve, Ash gets an invitation from the afterlife she can't decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city's dead to await their fate. But Ash can't forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again ... even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive ... Great for Teens and Young Adults. ISBN 9781444955958
  • Samuel has lived alone for a long time; one morning he finds the sea has brought someone to offer companionship and to threaten his solitude... A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. In this new man's presence he begins to consider, as he did in his youth, what is meant by land and to whom it should belong. To what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them? A novel about guilt and fear, friendship and rejection; about the meaning of home. ISBN 9781910688922
  • It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence. Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others. ISBN 9781783786961
  • "I’m a big lover of classic crime novels and this is my favourite of Josephine Tey’s. When celebrated photographer Leslie Searle apparently vanishes into thin air on a visit to to the quiet village Salcott St Mary, murder is suspected… but where is the body? Clever & brilliantly written, this is a classic of the murder mystery genre… or is it?" Bob. ISBN 9781529156430
  • Staff Pick: "A stunning collection of short fiction, filled with stories of obsessed characters, isolated adults, humans changing form – a delightful mix of gothic and the everyday with a pinch of dark humour. I still think about it three years on. It’s surprising and sometimes shocking, though not a shade of doubt in its realness crosses your mind when reading it." Marta.
  • Staff Pick: "(No, not the movie!) Historical fiction doesn’t usually capture my attention but Matrix had me hooked from the first sentence. We don’t know much about 12th century poet Marie de France but here she is brought vividly to life in a magical tale of passion, power and sisterhood. A superbly researched and sumptuously written feast of a book." May.
  • "I haven't read any fantasy fiction for years so it felt time to revisit this series that I loved in my teens. And I still love them! Yes, there are dragons and people with funny names but, as ever, it's really a story about us - anger, determination, courage, unfairness & ultimately - success through perserverance. Menolly and her fire lizards have a special place in my heart." Bob Shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. When, suddenly, she came upon a group of fire lizards, wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons, she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. Suddenly Menolly was no longer alone - she was Mistress of Music and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons. ISBN 9780552106610
  • "It’s like Daisy Jones & The Six on acid… literally! I always enjoy a new David Mitchell novel and he’s having great fun here. The tale of late 1960s rock band with all the associated great music, band member intrigue, and lots of booze, sex and drugs. But there’s also that little bit of complete strangeness we’ve come to expect from David Mitchell. Loved it!" Bob. ISBN 9781444799477
  • Staff Pick: "A beautiful coming-of-age story about love, friendship, and ultimately, what it means to be human. Set in Hailsham, a boarding school in the English countryside, three friends meet, and we watch their lives unfold in this seemingly blissful setting. This is a book I would recommend going into mostly blind. The less you know, the better. All you need to know is that Ishiguro is a phenomenal writer and this story, I would argue, is one of his most tender, yet most powerful." Amy.
  • "A phenomenal collection, Angelou's poetry is a joy to read. If you want poetry that pulls no punches then check out 'Family Affairs' - a dark, honest look at the difference skin colour makes for women - or 'Caged Bird'. If you're looking for a self-esteem boost then 'Phenomenal Woman' and 'Still I Rise' are a must read. Essential poetry for any time." Rebekah ISBN 9780860687573
  • "Regeneration is one of those books that stays with you for life. Incredibly well-written, it brings the horrors of World War One trenches to life but it is also a beautiful and compassionate examination of the psychological damage suffered by those who survived." Bob ISBN 9780141030937
  • "While this is a short book, it is very powerful and emotional. Helen offers her spare room to her friend Nicola, who is very ill. A meditation on friendship and a lesson about life, you will find yourself very glad you discovered Helen Garner." Sinead ISBN 9781786896087
  • "This novel transports you to the Deep South where a group of people are on the cusp of change and reminds the reader how one person can powerfully affect many lives. A meditation on growing up, isolation, loneliness, the fragility of dreams and the universal human need to be heard." Sinead "A tapestry of the human heart, this novel explores loneliness in all its forms. From an awkward young girl, to an embittered doctor, to a drunken worker - this small town is full of broken people. At their center is Singer, the deaf-mute who gives them hope. One of my all-time favorites, this is a novel to read and re-read." Rebekah ISBN 9780141185224
  • "If you have never read a novel by Tim Winton be prepared for a wild Australian landscape filled with raw and wounded characters. This is a novel written with beauty and complexity by a superb and epic storyteller." Carrie ISBN 9780857503916
  • "Whether a novice or accustomed graphic novel readers, Persepolis is the extraordinary story of a young woman and her account of revolutionary and war-time Iran, written with style and wit." Carrie ISBN 9780099523994

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