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19 October 2021

RISE by Maliha Abidi: competition resources

This pack contains an PDF sampler of the book RISE by Maliha Abidi and a promotional poster for a competition inspired by the book. RISE celebrates the inspirational stories of 100 remarkable women of colour. From the entrepreneur with a homemade...

11 October 2021

Dementia Specific Evaluation Tool

This specific evaluation tool resource can be used with people who are living with dementia. It’s a useful tool for people who cannot fill in surveys or for whom surveys aren’t appropriate. It can help capture ‘in the moment’ thoughts,...

07 October 2021

Adult October Booklist: Perfect Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October 2021 – and every day! – with this fantastic selection of poetry collections, anthologies and song lyrics.

27 September 2021

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - Reading Guide

Faber have created a reading guide to one of the BBC’s ’100 novels that shaped our world’, and the Guardian called ‘a modern classic’. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s only novel, is partially based on Plath’s own life. It has...

16 September 2021

100 Poets by John Carey Reading Group Questions

John Carey has compiled a short, uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their very best poems. Here are some book club questions to...

15 September 2021

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Reading Group Questions

Readers questions for the award winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. WINNER OF THE 2015 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR FICTION A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about...

16 August 2021

Adult September Booklist: The Power of Reading

To celebrate National Literacy Day on 8th September 2021, we have created a list of books perfect for less confident readers, people developing their literacy skills, and those looking for something short and sweet! There is a mix of fantastic...

10 August 2021

National Reading Group Day - library toolkit

This toolkit will help librarians to plan for National Reading Group Day on 14 September. Activity packs for Reading Friends and Chatterbooks groups will be available soon. Contact readinggroups@readingagency.org.uk with any questions.

28 July 2021

Adult August Booklist: For the Love of Books

To celebrate Book Lovers’ Day on 9 August, we have compiled a list of books all about the joy of reading, bookshops and libraries! The list also includes titles which think are perfect for inspiring a love of reading.

20 July 2021

BOTH Books

Books On The Hill is an independent bookshop and now a publishing that produces dyslexic friendly books for adults. Set up by Alistair Sims, they had huge success in April after launching their kickstarter campaign and smashed original targets to...

20 July 2021

Crime and Thriller

Struggling to get into reading? Can’t find a book to keep you hooked? Why not take your pick from this selection of these gripping Crime and Thriller titles…

19 July 2021

Choose Songbirds for your next Reading Group

We are pleased to be able to offer downloadable Reading Group questions for Songbirds, the powerful follow-up to The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Nisha has crossed oceans to give her child a future. By day she cares for Petra’s daughter; at night...

15 July 2021

Radio 2 Book Club titles April-June 2021

Here are all the titles recommended by the Radio 2 Book Club on the Steve Wright in the Afternoon Show from April to June 2021. These books were chosen in collaboration with librarians in the UK. You can find out more...

09 July 2021

National Poetry Day Discussion Notes

Join in the National Poetry Day celebration on 7 October by choosing a book from the list of recommended books for reading groups. There’s no right or wrong way to approach poetry, or to appreciate and discuss it. This guide...

30 June 2021

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara - Reading Guide Booklet

Discover the heart-rending, unforgettable novel longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2020 with Vintage’s Reading Group Booklet. We would love to see how you use the reading guide on social media using #DjinnPatrol and @VintageBooks. ‘A dazzling, wonderful book’ ELIF SHAFAK ‘The arrival of a...

23 June 2021

The Courage to Care Reading Guide

The Courage to Care is a vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of Kindness. Written by Christie Watson and published by Vintage.

23 June 2021

The Courage to Care Downloadable Poster

The Courage to Care is a vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families, from the bestselling author of The Language of Kindness. Written by Christie Watson and published by Vintage.

18 June 2021

THE FATHER film discussion guide

In THE FATHER, Hopkins plays the eponymous role of a mischievous and highly independent man who, as he ages, refuses all assistance from his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman). Yet, such help has become essential following Anne’s decision to move to...

18 June 2021

Teachers' Reading Challenge promotional assets

School and library staff, as well as our partner organisations, can use these assets to promote the 2021 Teachers’ Reading Challenge on social media and in newsletters.

07 June 2021

Wild World Heroes "Ask Me About" Badges

Download these badges for library staff and volunteers. They can be printed on to self-adhesive paper or added to blanks and badge holders. Please note: this is a locked resource for library authorities participating in the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. Libraries...

04 June 2021

Refugee Week Booklist

Refugee Week is 14-20 June 2021. We have worked with our publisher partners to create a booklist to help children, young people and adults understand the realities refugees around the world face, and sympathise with their experiences. The list contains...

17 May 2021

Adult July Booklist: Nature and Wildlife

Nature and wildlife have been a respite for many over the past year. This booklist includes a mixture of fiction, memoir, poetry and non-fiction, covering the restorative powers of swimming and gardening, the history of our relationship with sheep, animals...

17 May 2021

Adult June Booklist: Around the World

This month we’re celebrating books from around the world – those which immerse us into a different landscape, culture or community. There are books that take us from Burma to Alabama, Trinidad to Italy, translated from Hebrew, Russian, Japanese and...

06 May 2021

When We Cease to Understand the World – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

The War of the Poor – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The War of the Poor by Éric Vuillard, translated by Mark Polizzotti, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

The Employees – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The Employees by Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

In Memory of Memory – International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

At Night All Blood Is Black - International Booker Prize 2021 Discussion Guide

Download this discussion guide for At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021. See the full International Booker Prize shortlist.

06 May 2021

Reading Well Wales: Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit

This toolkit has been created by The Reading Agency to support workplace wellbeing in Wales through the power of reading.