Staff Recommendations

Anne, Chris & the team give your their favourites & recommended must-reads.

Name of the Wind(web)The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.’ So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeeper – from his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.(Recommended by Aston)

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Birdcage Walk(web)Birdcage Walk

by Helen Dunmore

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. She has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol’s housing boom. He has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the two-hundred-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie’s independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him, law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants.(Recommended by Gabi)

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Sapiens(web)Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we’re going.(Recommended by Sam)

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Shadow Land(web)Shadow Land

by Elizabeth Kostova

Alexandra Boyd has travelled to Bulgaria hoping to salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. But a luggage mix-up soon after she arrives finds her holding an urn filled with human ashes.As Alexandra sets out to return the precious item to its owners she finds ever more obstacles in her path, even as her determination grows greater – and the mystery behind the significance of the urn deepens. Soon she will realise that this object is tied to the very darkest moments in the nation’s history, and that the stakes behind seeing it safely returned are higher than she could ever have imagined.(Recommended by Justine)

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Rogue male(web)Rogue Male

by Geoffrey Household

An Englishman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country. But he is foiled at the last moment and falls into the hands of ruthless and inventive torturers. They devise for him an ingenious and diplomatic death but, for once, they bungle the job and he escapes.However, England provides no safety from his pursuers – and the Rogue Male must strip away all the trappings of status and civilization as the hunter becomes a hunted animal.(Recommended by Kita)

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North Water(web)North Water

by Ian McGuire

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2016
A ship sets sail with a killer on-board . . . 1859. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the services, his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship’s surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself becoming a reluctant detective. Soon he will face an evil even greater than that he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: An the true purpose of the ship’s expedition becomes clear and despair descends upon the crew, the confrontation between Sumner and Drax will play out in the terrible darkness of the Arctic winter . . . (Recommended by Chris)

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Our Souls At Night Book CoverOur Souls At Night

by Kent Haruf

Early one evening in the small town of Holt, widow Addie Moore leaves her house, walks down the road and knocks on the door of Louis Waters. She has a proposition for him. She’s lonely, and she thinks he might be too. She senses Louis, a widower, is a good man and wonders if he would like to spend the nights with her. It’s not a sexual proposition she explains, she just wants to have someone lie next to her, someone she could talk to, maybe confide in. Addie has decided she’s done with living her life by other peoples’ rules and she thinks Louis might feel the same. What unfolds is a tender story of the growing relationship between Addie and Louis. Marriages, parenthood, tragedy and death are all revealed in the nighttime, and during the day, the people of Holt begin to talk. This small elegant novel is one to treasure. (Recommended by Anne)

 

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