• "I love Sarah Waters' historical fiction and this chilling ghost story set in the late 1940s is full of the great period detail and tone of voice she excels at. Very readable, very well-written and a bit spooky!" Bob ISBN 9781844086061
  • "Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is orphaned at birth, and passed from pillar to post like an unwanted parcel, for he lacks any human odour and so any semblance of human sympathies. Yet he can literally sniff his way to his destiny, and the date with the gallows." Ann ISBN 9780141041155
  • "This powerful and haunting story centers on 3 characters, Stingo the narrator, Sophie a Polish emigrant, an Nathan her boyfriend. All is not as it seems as we discover Sophie's past through flashbacks and her relationship with the brilliant but unstable Nathan. It eventually leads us to the secret that Sophie has to carry...her choice." Sinead ISBN 9780099470441
  • "For some reason I thought Steinbeck would be grim and gritty and so I avoided his work, until a friend put a copy of Cannery Row into my hand. Yes there is grit, but there is life and laughter and great spirit too. A short gem!" Ann ISBN 9780141185088
  • "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
  • "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
  • 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.
  • "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
  • 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
  • "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
  • 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
  • Staff Pick: "I’m a fan of I’m A Fan! A short, sharp shock of a novel, getting into all the gory details of an affair gone stale. The unnamed narrator stalks the object of her desire – and all of the other women who desire him – on social media. Raw and poetic and positively feral." May.
  • Staff Pick: "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel based on the lives of the Brontes. Told through Emily's voice it traces the lives and untimely deaths of Emily, Charlotte, Anne, Branwell and their siblings and is beautifully evocative of Emily's beloved Haworth and the surrounding moors. Powell's accomplished writing and research is clearly evident and brings the individual characteristics of each sister vividly to life." Bob.
  • Staff Pick: "A short story collection now and again is good for the soul – and the attention span! This collection is McCann at his finest, with darkly sparkling stories that explore life in all its many colours; from the yellow-socked sister who is smuggled into the country, to the chatty beautician, to farmer Cathal and his unique lake. Whether you like to savour every word or devour them all in one sitting, don’t miss these glorious stories." Rebekah.
  • Staff Pick: "A simple, slow moving and serene novel, this one is about finding the will to go on when our main character becomes completely isolated with only animals for company, our relationship with nature and how we treat it in the pursuit of modern life, and appreciating the little joys in life in the face of loss. A very memorable book that stays close to your heart long afterwards." Sarah J.
  • Staff Pick: "What was life like for the ordinary person living in East Berlin? What happened to former Stasi after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989? Funder answers these questions for us by telling us the true experiences of GDR resistance life in a surveillance state via personal interviews of residents of East Berlin in a skilful and empathetic way." Sarah J.
  • Staff Pick: "Starting with an investigation into the unsolved murders/disappearances of three girls, this book delves into the dangers faced by women in Argentina from the men in their lives, and how the systems that were meant to protect them failed them utterly. Really well written, and perfect for fans of true crime." Sarah J.
  • Staff Pick: "The last thing Lilith remembers is the end of the world happening and all of her loved ones dying. And yet, she wakes up on a spaceship hundreds of years later and expected to carry on. It’s hard to say anything new about this one that hasn’t already been said, but be assured that this is an absolutely gripping novel that I read entirely in one sitting, and one of the finest sci-fi novels ever written." Sarah J.


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