Our Librarians recommend the following eBooks
Recommended eBook reviews from our Librarians
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Read
The novel tells the story of a rock band falling apart just as they reach the peak of their career. The book is written from multiple perspectives in interview format, giving you multiple perspectives of what unfolded in the past. Taylor Jenkins Reid can write devastating, heartbreaking prose about relationships and opportunities missed, looking forward to reading more of her books.Available here
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
I am a fan of Moyes’s novels especially when she is writing about women’s overlooked history. This one does not disappoint! The story is about friendship, the power of books and female spirit inspired by the real life WPA Horseback Librarians programme created in the 1930s Depression . Alice arrives in East Kentucky thinking her marriage has saved her from a life of boredom in England only to find herself in another prison until she meets Margery O’Hare. They and a small group undertake the delivery of reading material across the area making friends and enemies as they go. Available here
Gone by Michael Grant
First in an unforgettable series. The characters may be children and young people but this is a very dark and sometimes genuinely scary story of survival. Magic powers, intense relationships, no adults. Available here
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Perfect – This is the third time I have read this book and is the only book I have ever read more than twice and will probably read it again at some point in the future. It is the ultimate feel good book, I needed lift during COVID 19 and this book gave me it. It is the first in the series and although all the books are brilliant, this to me is the best. Characters are introduced that will continue through all the books but it is during this book that first come alive. Available here
The Way Of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
Set in Edinburgh, in 1847, where a number of young women have been found dead in gruesome circumstances, medical student Will Raven, apprentice to the renowned obstetrician Dr Simpson, and housemaid Sarah Fisher team up to uncover the truth, risking their lives in the process.
It’s brilliantly atmospheric, the contrast between the poverty, squalor and desperation of the inhabitants of the Old Town and the genteel comfort of those in the New Town is stark. It’s pacy, witty, and keeps you guessing until the end. Borrow it. Available here
Red Riding Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace
The first part of David Peace’s incredible Red Riding Quartet, if your idea of fun is 70s noir set to the backdrop of the Yorkshire ripper murders, this is the one. Everyone is corrupt and you know there isn’t a soul here that isn’t in some way or another doomed. Available here
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Beautifully written and atmospheric, the story drew me in and gripped me to the very finish. Set in Iceland in 1829 and based on true events, the reader follows Agnes as she awaits her death sentence. An absolute sucker punch of a novel. Available here
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mantel
Set 19 years after a flu pandemic, the reader follows a band of musicians and actors who make up the Travelling Symphony. The author weaves undercurrents of past devastation and current threat with optimism and hope. A novel that is timely and unexpectedly comforting. Available here
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Korede spends her life clearing up her younger sister Ayoola’s messes - even when the mess in question is the body of an unfortunately dispatched boyfriend. This is the third time it’s happened which technically makes Ayoola a serial killer, although she just can’t see what all the fuss is about.
I loved this book. It’s short, sharp and darkly witty, making observations on the role of social media in our lives and asking questions about guilt and responsibility versus familial obligations. Is blood thicker than water? What would you do for love? All these questions and more. Available here
Our Librarians recommend the following eMagazines
Our Librarians have chosen their favourite magazines from our online collection.
BBC Good Food magazine is fool proof, easy to use and the wide selection of recipes are great for all to follow. Every month its packed full of recipes, meal planning ideas and seasonal tips. Style at Home magazine is the home decoration magazine for those who are looking for inspiration on a DIY budget. It is full of home decorating ideas, smart shopping tricks and the home images give you plenty of ideas for your own home.
The National Geographic magazine takes you on a journey around the world and back again. I’ve been reading for years, the infographics, photography and articles are informative and fascinating. New Scientist magazine is the one for you if you’re looking for science and technology articles written in layman’s terms – they also give a good breakdown on the cultural and social aspects of the latest science and tech discoveries.
Empire magazine is full of news and reviews from the world of cinema. It crams in movie reviews, director and actor interviews, behind the scenes articles and photographs. The Radio Times magazine is the TV and radio listings guide you must download. Every week it’s your guide to what’s coming up on your telly box and radio – from listing guides, reviews and interviews it’ll keep you informed.
Mollie Maker magazine is full of inspiration for crafters of all types - from sewing to knitting to pottery - it inspires me to try new things. Like Instagram for crafters but in a magazine! The Week magazine is great for those of us want a condensed look at the week’s news, it provides an opportunity to stay up to date with UK and World news and events.
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Recommended eAudiobook reviews from our Librarians
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Grady Hendrix is my new favourite horror author. He plays with the conventions and tropes and history of the genre - the results are pulpy, funny horror novels that somehow feel retro and modern at the same time. Available here
The Five by Hallie Reubenhold
A very thoroughly researched non-fiction work on the five victims of Jack the Ripper. I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys true crime or reading about social history. As good as all the reviews say it is! Available here
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Based on the true story of a young Irish immigrant sentenced to 30 years in jail for the murder of her employer and his housekeeper this fictionalised account is told by three narrators in Margaret Atwood’s unique style. Hugely enjoyable and calling historical sources as well as the author’s imagination do we really know what happened? Is Grace innocent or guilty? Grace introduced me to my favourite housekeeping term….”slut’s wool” I have lots in my hous. Available here
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
A huge tale to lose yourself in! A must read for any lover of fairy tales and myths. Influenced by stories and storytelling this book takes the reader into a labyrinth world of adventure as Zachary Rawlin’s tries to solve his own personal mystery Available here
Dead Beat by Doug Johnstone
Not your average first day as a newspaper intern… Journalism student Martha takes a call from a former employee who appears to be committing suicide while on the phone. A mad dash to his house, seeing his brains splattered against the wall and a trip to A&E were definitely not what she anticipated. But there was more to this, and together with colleague Billy, Martha ends up in a race against time to find out the truth, which turns out to be directly related to her own family’s mysterious past.
Set in modern day Edinburgh with atmospheric flashbacks to her parents’ courtship against a background of indie gigs in the 90s, this is an engrossing thriller that keeps you entertained and guessing until the end.
All in all, highly recommended! Billy featured in Johnstone’s earlier thriller, Hit and Run (also available on Borrow Box) but this works well as a standalone novel. I’m off to catch up! Available here
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The novel tells the story of a rock band falling apart just as they reach the peak of their career. The book is written from multiple perspectives in interview format, giving you multiple perspectives of what unfolded in the past. Taylor Jenkins Reid can write devastating, heartbreaking prose about relationships and opportunities missed, looking forward to reading more of her books. Available here
Beyond Words Coping with Coronavirus
Wordless Stories supporting those with learning disabilities and autism
As lockdown measures ease, testing is more important than ever for controlling the spread of coronavirus. Books Beyond Words have produced books to support people with learning disabilities and autism to understand what testing involves, how it feels and subsequently to prepare and give informed consent.
The Having a Test for Coronavirus story illustrates both a drive through testing centre and a home test, so that a person can decide which option is right for them and prepare. They have also published a shorter version of the story which shows just the home test option, as well as an A4 picture sheet illustrating just the drive through testing process. On the reverse of the picture sheet there is information for health professionals/ testers on how to make the test accessible. As with all our coronavirus support resources, these are all completely free to download from the Beyond Words website.
Coronavirus A book for Children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
You can download a copy of the book here