Book Suggestions

Book Suggestions Introduction

Below is a list of some of our favourite reads.  If any of our suggestions take your fancy, then you can click on the link "Reserve this book" that appears under each review.  To reserve a book you will need your reader code that should be on the back of your Trust ID (e.g. RP123567) and a PIN.  If you do not have a PIN then apply for one here.

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The perfect holiday

The perfect holiday
by Cathy Kelly

The cover of the book the perfect holiday A warm, feel good holiday quick read! Definitely recommend for a good summer read.

Summer Reading Journey 2018

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A summer at sea

A summer at sea
by Katie Fforde

The cover of the book a summer at sea A pleasant summer read, perfect for a beach book! Warm, humorous and will give you a giggle :) 

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The island

The island
by Victoria Hislop  

A book cover of the island I enjoyed reading this book as not only was it an easy beach read, but it was also very informative. 

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All the light we cannot see

All the light we cannot see
by Anthony Doerr 

Cover of All the light we cannot see The poignant story of a German boy and a blind French girl living in the midst of the events of World War II.  Despite the tragedy of war, this book is very life affirming and full of light!  Highly recommended 5/5.  Karen Hithersay

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How to stop time

How to stop time
by Matt Haig

The cover of how to stop time An interesting, enjoyable and easy read! The story centres on Tom and his journey through history;people he met, loved and lost. I was gripped from the beginning and read the whole thing in one afternoon. Sinead English

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Wild: A journey from lost to found

Wild: A journey from lost to found
by Cheryl Strayed 

Wild: A journey from lost to found I really enjoyed reading this book, the author takes you on a physical and emotional journey of self- discovery and dealing with grief.  I enjoyed reading about how she finds solace in her isolation. Louisa Halton

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Talking to the Dead

Talking to the dead 
by Harry Bingham

Cover for Talking to the dead by Harry Bingham I didn’t think I liked crime fiction until I read this. It’s really well written and I ended up racing through it – a proper page turner! Set in modern day South Wales, the main character has lots of shadows in her own past that she has to deal with as well as murder cases while she’s at work. It’s a fast-paced thriller without being too gory -  If you enjoy it there’s another 5 in the series to read. Emily Hurt

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The Architect’s Apprentice

The architect’s apprentice
by Elif Shafak  

The cover of Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak This was such a magical book set in Istanbul in the 16th century. It tells the story of a young boy named Jahan who starts out as a naïve elephant tamer in the Sultan’s palace and over the years grows in to a wise man and rises in the ranks at the palace as the architect’s apprentice. I loved this book as there were so many twists in the story and like many other Shafak’s novels very descriptive and fabulously written. Zareena Mulla

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The secret place

The secret place
by Tana French

The secret place coverA psychological murder mystery set in an exclusive girls' boarding school in Ireland. This book is all about relationships, and as you get drawn into the teenagers' friendships and feuds, as well as the investigating  detectives' personal lives and professional ambitions, you will find yourself hooked - impossible to put down. Eva Thackeray

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In One Pot

In one pot: fresh recipes for every occasion
by Blanche Vaughan

The cove of In one pot This book gave me some great new ideas for family meals. There are lots of different styles of cooking, from traditional pot roasts to quick and easy veggie teas, even posh stuff for when you want to impress! I especially recommend the recipe for Moroccan New Year Chicken with Couscous. Emily Hurt

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Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors
by B. A. Paris

Behind closed doors This book is one that even though you think you know where the plot is going, you still get sucked into the story.  I found myself keeping wanting to read a bit more to see what else was going to happen and how or if Grace was going to break away from her “perfect marriage”. Ann Green

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The Lie Tree

The lie tree
by Frances Hardinge​

the lie tree An intriguing idea about a tree that swallows lies and reveals truths, set during the late 1800s when ideas of Darwinism were taking hold.  In addition, a murder mystery and coming of age story all rolled into one! A fast paced read 4/5.  Karen Hithersay

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South of the Border West of the Sun

South of the border west of the sun
by Haruki Murakami 

Cover for South of the border west of the sun This is a typical Murakami read where you don’t know where it will lead and you don’t care because it’s so exquisitely well written. Jane Corrigan


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