Recommended Reading

 

CAPTAIN TOM: TOMORROW WILL BE A GOOD DAY by Captain Tom Moore
A beacon of light during the lockdown was the sight of 99-year-old World War II veteran, Captain Tom Moore, walking laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS. His selfless efforts helped raise a sum of £38 million in just 26 days. In his official biography he tells us of his long and dramatic life. How his spirit was forged on the battlefields of Burma, how he fearlessly raced motorbikes and how in the 90s he took off for the Himalayas. He reminds us that anything is possible. 
Autobiography, September 2020

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN POEM by Kate Clanchy
This book invites you to join Kate Clanchy in writing poetry. A teacher of poetry for more than 20 years, this is the perfect guide if you've never written a poem before. If you have, it will equip you with the skills to write more fluently, confidently and most importantly, as yourself!
Poetry, September 2020

 

US THREE by Ruth Jones
Meet Luna, Judith and Catrin. After the journey of a lifetime the girls are closer than ever. But after a turn of events, their future is left in doubt. An innocent childhood promise once made, now seems impossible to keep. Us Three is an uplifting read about life's complications and the power of friendship. 
Fiction, September 2020

GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernadine Evaristo
From Newcastle to Cornwall, this is Britain as it's never been told. This book follows a cast of twelve characters on their personal journeys through this country and the last 100 years. They are all looking for something, an unexpected future, a lover, even a touch of hope... A unification of poetry, social history, women's voices and beyond.
Fiction, May 2019

A LIFE ON OUR PLANET: MY WITNESS STATEMENT AND A VISION FOR THE FUTURE by David Attenborough
Take a dive into the extraordinary life of Sir David Attenborough, learning about the natural world. A life on our planet provides his firsthand witness to the untouched natural world, and the barley noticeable day to day loss of our planet's wild places. It's the story of how we came to this point as well as providing hopeful solutions for the future.
Biography, October 2019

ENTANGLED LIFE: HOW FUNGI MAKE OUR WORLDS, CHANGE OUR MINDS & SHAPE OUR FUTURES by Merlin Sheldrake
The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. Neither plant, nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, the air and our bodies. They enabled the first life on land and in giving us bread, alcohol and lifesaving medicines - fungi has shaped human history. Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into a spectacular and neglected world. Fungi is key to understanding our planet.
Science, October 2019

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig
Between life and death is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived had you made a different choice at any point in your life. When Nora find herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right, but she must make a choice.
Fiction, August 2019

V2 by Robert Harris
'The bestselling author of Munich delivers another gripping intelligence novel. Haunted and disillusioned, Grad, who understand the deadly V1 machine better than anyone, is tasked with firing these lethal weapons at London from occupied Holland. Former actress turned British spy, Kay Conolly, is sent out to locate the launch site and neautralize the threat. But it's hard to know who, if anyone, you can trust. 
Thriller, September 2020