Books of the month

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Have a look at our previous 'books of the month' to find your next read.

November 2022

For adults

On the money: take control of your finances to build a life you love by Charlotte Burns

A simple, practical book for managing your finances including tips on saving, budgeting, investing and dealing with debt. A fantastic book for helping your money go further. 

For children

 Margaret's unicorn by Briony May Smith

Margaret's whole world changes when her family moves to a cottage by the sea. One evening, Margaret spots a mist over the water. No, that's not mist. Clouds maybe? No, they're unicorns descending onto the shore! They vanish as quickly as they'd appeared, but accidentally leave behind a baby, tangled in the weeds. 

October 2022

For adults

Cover of book- All my lies are true by Dorothy Koomson

 All my lies are true by Dorothy Koomson

A gripping and intense novel about love, obsession and secrets.

Perfect to mark Black History Month and to celebrate stories of black people and books by black authors.

For children

cover of book - Black in time by Alison Hammond

Black in time by Alison Hammond

How many Black people can you name from our history? 

From sportspeople to scientists, activists to musicians, politicians to writers, meet awesome people who have helped shape the world we live in. 

Get ready for a journey Black in time.

September 2022

For adults

City on fire by Don Winslow

 A new gritty thriller exploring themes of loyalty, betrayal, honour and corruption. 29 year old Danny Ryan yearns to escape the Irish crime syndicate that oversees much of the city, but when a modern-day Helen of Troy triggers a war between rival mob factions, he is forced to step into the breach to protect his family, friends and home.

For children

Kay's Marvellous Medicine: a gross and gruesome history of the human body by Adam Kay

 The olden days were pretty fun if you liked wearing chainmail or chopping people's heads off but there was one tiny little problem back then - doctors didn't have the slightest clue about how our bodies worked. Children will love this gross and gruesome history of the human body.

August 2022

For adults

Us Three by Ruth Jones

Can 3 girls who swore on a Curly Wurly wrapper as children really always be there for each other no matter what? A heart-warming, funny and uplifting novel about female friendship by the co-creator of Gavin & Stacey. 

For children

The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen

When puzzle-loving Kip Bramley receives a cryptic invitation, delivered by a beetle-shaped drone that appears to be breathing, he has no idea that his world is about to change forever. Very soon he finds himself at Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, hunting for riddles set 400 years earlier by a mysterious genius. 

July 2022

For adults

Great Britain Travel Guide

Get more from your holiday!

Whether you want to go wild swimming in the Fairy Pools of Skye or take a windswept walk along the Jurassic Coast, this updated illustrated travel guide makes sure you experience all that Great Britain has to offer. 

One of the many new travel guides that have recently arrived in our libraries.

For children

Once upon a big idea by James Carter

Telescopes and clocks and trains - all big ideas from human brains!

From bridges and boats to medicines and mobile phones, this book takes readers on a journey of discovery through all the amazing inventions human beings have come up with.

Learn how rocks and stones helped create the pyramids and how modern materials such as concrete and nylon have changed our lives

June 2022

For adults

Elizabeth & Margaret: the intimate world of the Windsor sisters by Andrew Morton

Once their uncle Edward VIII decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered.

From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden wartime lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years.

For children

There once is a queen by Michael Morpurgo

A poetic, beautifully illustrated book telling the story of the Queen's life.

Starting with planting an oak tree with her father and then her 70 years' reign.

May 2022

For adults

Trust me by TM Logan

This gripping and fast-paced thriller tells the story of Ellen Devlin who is entrusted with a baby on a train to Waterloo.

She’s left a note warning her to tell and trust no one.


For children

The Secret Sunshine Project by Benjamin Dean

Bea's world is turned upside down when her dad passes away.

With no choice, Bea and her family move to the countryside to live with Gran. With Bea's big sister, Riley, taking the news hard, Bea will do anything to cheer her up.

So with the help of new friends, The Secret Sunshine Project is formed.

April 2022

For adults

Summerwater by Sarah Moss

An intriguing story told over 24 hours about visitors to the Scottish Highlands trapped in a chalet park because of the rain.

Each chapter follows a different guest building to a tense conclusion and exploring people's capacity for kinship and cruelty.

For children

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy move to Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside. Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks and riotous rabbits!

Ted quickly falls in love with his wacky new neighbours while Nancy thinks they're all bonkers. But she soon discovers that, as kooky they are, the animals of Grimwood always look out for each other. 

March 2022

For adults

Mrs England by Stacey Halls

West Yorkshire, 1904.

When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs.

But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there's something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England.

Simmering with slow-burning menace, 'Mrs England' is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, weaving an enthralling story of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception.

For children

The green planet by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe

Earth is dominated by plants, which outweigh all other life - from tiny duckweed floating in our ponds to giant sequoia trees towering above us.

It's easy to take plants for granted, but we depend on these light-eaters, oxygen-generators, and rain-makers for every breath of air and mouthful of food we take.

Let's explore our Green Planet: a secret world of plants that might change how you see plants forever

February 2022

For adults

The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale

A gripping true story of a 1930s ghost hunt and the woman who confounded the world.

The perfect read for winter nights!

For children

The house at the edge of magic by Amy Sparkes

Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures.

When she steals a house-shaped ornament from a mysterious woman's purse, she knocks on its tiny door and watches it grow into a huge, higgledy-piggeldy house. Inside she finds a host of magical and brilliantly funny characters.

January 2022

For adults

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

Did you know that Her Majesty The Queen has a brilliant knack for solving crimes?

When the police begin to suspect one of her loyal servants has murdered a guest at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place.

A funny, clever murder mystery.


For children

The Great Dream Robbery by Amy Nguyen 

Unlike most 12-year-olds, Maya Clayton is desperate to go to bed early. Falling asleep is the only chance she has to save her dad - the brilliant but slightly odd Professor Dexter.

The Professor invented a device that allows you to visit other people's dreams. But the devious Lilith Delamere has trapped him inside a nightmare and Maya and the mysterious Dream Bandits must find a way to rescue him before it's too late!

Maya will face a dangerous journey and some difficult choices. But sometimes all you need is a dream - and a bit of courage.

December 2021

For adults

19th Christmas by James Patterson

Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club.

Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes.

The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal.

As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget?

For children

The Christmasaurus and the naughty list by Tom Fletcher

You know about the Naughty and Nice List, right?

Santa's top-secret tracker that he ALWAYS checks twice?

Well, this year, the Christmasaurus is on a mission to track down children who have found themselves on the Naughty List to help them put wrongs to rights, naughty to nice!

November 2021

For adults

Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah

After Beth drives her son to his under-14s away match she can’t resist driving past the house of her former best friend, even if it dredges up painful memories. She watches from across the road as Flora and her children, Thomas and Emily, step out of the car.

Except...there's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older - it's the children that are the problem. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were 5 and 3 years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown?

A psychological thriller with lots of twists.

For children

Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer - her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark.

But when her mother's obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope

October 2021

For adults

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel to it from miles around.

Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi, a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss.

What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking. For when you've lost everything - what can you find?

For children

Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman

Long John has a whole crew of wild pirates in tow, and - for one boy and his sister - he's about to transform a perfectly ordinary evening into a riotous adventure beneath a pirate moon.

It's time to make some PIRATE STEW.

Marvellously silly and gloriously entertaining, this tale of pirates, flying ships, doughnut feasts and some rather magical stew is perfect for all pirates, both young and old readers.

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