Resources

21 April 2017

A Horse Walks into a Bar - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title A Horse Walks into a Bar by...

21 April 2017

Judas - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Judas by Amos Oz (Israel), translated by...

21 April 2017

The Unseen - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway), translated...

21 April 2017

Compass - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Compass by Mathias Enard (France), translated by...

21 April 2017

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark),...

21 April 2017

Fever Dream - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), translated...

21 April 2017

Children's University

Find out how children can earn Children’s University hours by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and Chatterbooks groups.

12 April 2017

War and Turpentine - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans...

12 April 2017

The Traitor's Niche - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title The Traitor’s Niche by Ismail Kadare...

12 April 2017

The Explosion Chronicles - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke...

12 April 2017

Swallowing Mercury - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Poland),...

12 April 2017

Fish Have No Feet - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Fish Have No Feet by Jon...

12 April 2017

Bricks and Mortar - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer...

12 April 2017

Black Moses - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou (France),...

31 March 2017

The Kingdom of Women by Choo Waihong - an extract

Choo Waihong was a corporate lawyer with top law firms in Singapore and California before she took early retirement in 2006 to travel and write. She lived for six years with the Mosuo tribe and now spends half the year...

24 March 2017

Greenpeace Captain by Peter Willcox - an extract

Peter Willcox has been a Captain with Greenpeace for over 30 years, making him the most experienced captain in the organization. An activist for nearly his entire life, beginning by marching in Selma behind Martin Luther King Jr. with his...

24 March 2017

The Dry by Jane Harper - an extract

Jane Harper has worked as a print journalist for thirteen years both in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and currently writes for the Herald Sun. Jane is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2008....

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - discussion questions

Vic James is a current affairs TV director who loves stories in all their forms, and Gilded Cage is her debut novel. She as twice judged the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, has made films for BBC1, BBC2, and Channel...

23 March 2017

Gilded Cage by Dr. Vic James - a prologue

A thrilling Orwellian vision of Britain, with a rebellious Hunger Games heart. Gilded Cage is the astonishing debut novel from Vic James, and the first title in her electrifying The Dark Gifts Trilogy. Britain’s magically-skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them...

23 March 2017

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos - an introduction

The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d’état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the...

14 March 2017

How to run a reading circle

Adapted from article by Angie Simms- NATECLA News, Autumn 2010 and inspired by Oxford Bookworms. With thanks to Jenny Roden. Looking to experiment with your reading group? The reading circle is an exciting new approach which could enhance your reading group...

10 March 2017

Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell - an extract

As a boy growing up on the south coast of England, Howard Cunnell’s sense of self was dominated by his father’s absence. Now, years later, he is a father, and his daughter is becoming his son. Starting with his own...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - discussion questions

Elan Mastai was born in Vancouver and lives in Toronto with his wife and children. He writes movies and his credits include the award-winning script for What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver. He is currently developing...

10 March 2017

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai - an extract

You know the future that people in the ‘50s imagined? Flying cars, teleportation, jetpacks and moon bases? Well, it happened. And it was just as great as we hoped it would be. It’s 2016 and in Tom’s world, technology has solved...

17 February 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - an extract

War and Peace meets Grand Budapest Hotel In 1922 Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in The Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel, which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of eight crime novels, five featuring Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin and three in the DS Lucy Black series. In addition to being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Chris Ewan

Born in Taunton in 1976, Chris Ewan now lives in Somerset with his wife, Jo, and their daughter. Safe House, his first stand-alone thriller, was a number one bestseller in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime...

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - C.J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he completed a BA and then a PhD in History. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer....

07 February 2017

CWA 2017 Longlist - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. Kate has...