The Great North West Read encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book during the month of November.
22 library services throughout the North West, from Cumbria to Chester, including all of Greater Manchester and Merseyside are involved.
This year, we are delighted to have the atmospheric, page-turning and utterly brilliant "The Craftsman" as the book to discuss.
Sharon Bolton herself will be coming to the North West to talk about the book during the month so check out this list of events to make sure you get the chance to see her.
"Libraries in the north west played a huge part in my love of stories as I was growing up, and I couldn't be more pleased that The Craftsman has been selected as the first Great North West Read." Sharon Bolton
If this has got you thinking about what other books there may be out there with a northwest link then, excellent, we have just the books for you. Have a look at our Great North West reads webpage for suggestions (download it here). And if all the talk of witchcraft in the book has got you thinking then try these Great Magical Reads (or download it).
"The Craftsman" would be great book to discuss in groups. Your local library service may be able to assist with a special "The Craftsman" reading group collection, or in reserving books, or you can obtain your copies. Either way, this reading group guide will help with background information, trivia, suggested questions and pictures.