The Great North West Read is one massive, interactive book club running throughout November 2019 and this year's chosen read is Phaedra Patrick’s charming novel, The Library of Lost and Found. 

Our goal is to be the North West’s largest community read and the Great North West Read is supported by public libraries from Cheshire to Cumbria...and you! Read  a copy of The Library of Lost and Found and get together to talk about the book with other readers through online and in-person book discussions. Get involved on social media using the hashtag #GNWR and join two online book chats running on Twitter. Online book chats are the perfect way to keep reading, talk about what you're reading, and make friends with other readers. And you don't even have to leave your house to join in.

In November Phaedra will also be visiting libraries in the region to read from her book, sign copies, answer questions and share stories about her journey to becoming a best-selling author. Phaedra said: “As a child, I used to visit my local library in Oldham and dream that one day my own book would sit on the shelves. The Library of Lost and Found celebrates the power of stories and I’m delighted it’s been selected as the 2019 Great North West Read.”

Taking inspiration from Phaedra’s own love of libraries, the story tells of volunteer librarian Martha Storm, who finds a mysterious book of fairy tales. Within its pages lies a surprising dedication that stirs up family secrets and sparks her own emotional journey of discovery.

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible. All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

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The Library of Lost and Found is published by HQ/HarperCollins and will be available to borrow from all public libraries in the North West. It's also available to buy as a book, audiobook and ebook from independent bookstores, Waterstones, Amazon, Kobo, Apple, WHSmith. Get your copy and join the biggest book club in the North West! Visit Phaedra's website to discover more of her novels, read her latest news and find writing tips.

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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