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10 May 2019

Side-splitting Stories

This month we’re bringing you chapters to make you chortle and sentences that will have you in stitches. Including novels, essays and poetry, these books will have you laughing all day long.

08 May 2019

The Handmaid's Tale Reading Guide

A reading guide to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against him; and the 2017 release of...

08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - logo

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable logo that you can use on your materials. Just click on the link below to download.

08 May 2019

National Reading Group Day 2019 - poster

This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on Saturday 15 June, the start of Independent Book Week. We have a downloadable poster that you can use in your library. Just click on the link below to download.

07 May 2019

The Silence of the Girls Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Ordinary People Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Ordinary People by Diana Evans, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

The Sister, the Serial Killer Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Milkman Readers' Guide - Women's Prize for Fiction

Download a free readers’ guide for Milkman by Anna Burns, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

Circe Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for Circe by Madeline Miller, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

07 May 2019

An American Marriage Readers' Guide

Download a free readers’ guide for An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, one of the shortlisted books for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019.

02 May 2019

Dementia friendly booklist

After being diagnosed with Young-onset dementia in July 2014 Wendy Mitchell set about finding other ways to keep reading. She shares some of her favourite books with us here.

10 April 2019

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain, Reader's Guide

Here is a reading group guide for Rose Tremain’s Memoir, Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life. About the book Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London – a city still partly in ruins, where both...

10 April 2019

The Remainder - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

10 April 2019

The Shape Of The Ruins - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

10 April 2019

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

10 April 2019

The Pine Islands - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

10 April 2019

The Years - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

10 April 2019

Celestial Bodies - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted...

19 March 2019

Amateur - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

18 March 2019

The Trauma Cleaner Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 18 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

18 March 2019

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

18 March 2019

Murmur Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

18 March 2019

Mind on Fire Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

18 March 2019

Heart: A History Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness...

15 March 2019

All The World's a Stage - booklist

Some of the most loved stories have been adapted for the stage—either as plays or musicals. Some you may know, but others might surprise you! We’ve collected some of our favourite books that have been adapted for the stage.

08 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019

This International Women’s Day we have come up with a list of twelve books that we hope express a small section of the enormous range of challenges faced by women across the world in the 21st century. Let us know...

27 February 2019

Book to Film Adaptions

In the spirit of the Oscars, here are some of our favourite books that have been made into movies. From from sci-fi to thrillers, and weepy dramas to clever true stories – can the film ever be better than the...

15 February 2019

Lasting Letters

Valentine’s Day got us thinking about love letters, and how many incredible books there are that feature letters. We’ve put together a selection of books about letters, featuring letters, and even written as one long letter.

28 January 2019

Girl With a Pearl Earring Book Club Questions

Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife’s pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could...

07 January 2019

Tall Tales

This month, we’re bringing you myths, fairy tales and legends, but not as you know them. These retellings and adaptations of familiar stories will transport you to worlds near and far.