Book recommendations from Library Staff

Helen from Cumbria recommends

The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall girl in field. Face not shown

1976 and Spencer Little, a Cambridge mathematician, decides to spend his summer working on a Cumbrian farm. He soon learns that it's impossible to be anonymous in a small, remote village in the Lake District, and he finds himself involved in other people's lives.

It soon becomes apparent that Spencer is running away from something, and eventually circumstances force him to make difficult choices and decisions.

An extremely well written and engaging novel, which hooks in the reader from the very start, told in a quiet and almost understated way. The portrayal of Spencer and Alice’s relationship is beautifully handled and there are times when you can feel the heat suffusing the landscape, so vividly and convincingly drawn are the descriptions and people.

Clancy from Blackpool recommends

The Martian by Andy Weir

Robinson-Crusoe-in-a-spacesuit sums up thisbook on towel on beach book in a nutshell. This a completely plausible story of a man stranded on Mars and his ingenious methods of survival… and keeping his hope alive of returning to earth. It’s funny in places and the science is accessible and believable, The Martian is a great read even if you don’t really like science fiction. I’ve bullied at least eight friends into reading this incredible book.’

Ian from Cheshire West and Chester recommends

The Jim Butcher “Dresden Files” series. Shadowy figure behind text

They’re set in the modern world but where magic exists. We follow the story of the only private investigator on the west US coast who also happens to be a wizard. They’re fun, action packed, with a real whodunit feel but also take us on a journey with the lead character, who grows and develops over the series. Basically, this is the male equivalent of all those vampire novels, but without all that romance nonsense

Vicky from Tameside recommends

Stoner by John Williams

It is a brilliant read. Best book I've read in ages! It is so well written, the writing is pure art and I went back over sections just to re-read how well crafted they were.

Its a "quiet" story about an American University Literature professor, who manages to find contentment in his life despite disappointments in his personal relationships

Jan from Warrington recommends

Bone Season by Samantha ShannonRed pictogram  with

It’s a really pacey fantasy, grown from an alternative history, with a range of interesting characters and a feisty heroine. It would  make a good cross-over title for 14+.

A Hunger Games vibe and a few Shades of Grey (Vanity Fair)

The Bone Season plots out a criminal underworld in a future where clairvoyancy exists; part fantasy, part dystopia, all intrigue. It's a world of impressive scope, accompanied by Tolkienesque appendices, glossaries, maps and all (Vogue)

Carole from Wigan recommends a brand new title

The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon 2 girls holding hands running through grass

Sarah is a local author (to Manchester)  and this is her debut novel. It is a coming of age story about a young girl who spends a summer with a bohemian family who have rented a cottage by the nearby canal. It includes ‘flashes forward’ to the woman who now lives in Manchester, over a bookstore in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. It is an assured and compelling debut and I thoroughly recommend it.

Joyce from Knowsley recommendshouse in a field

The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb

It’s a gothic tale, of romance, madness, missing wards, and a little debauchery! The cover though, whilst attractive, does not give a good feel for the story.


Danny from Manchester recommends

Robert William's Luke and Jon

A beautiful first novel exploring loss and friendship through the eyes of a young boy   

The shocking first chapter will entice you to know more, but there is a warmth and kindness throughout the novel.   A book you don't want to end

Joanne from Rochdale recommends

My recommendation is My Dear I Wanted to Tell You  by Louisa Young. Brown background with text

This is such an engrossing, moving, satisfying read and the characters so vivid and well-drawn, that their world stays with you long after you’ve finished the book. I’ve recommended this novel to my daughter (who rang me specially to tell me how much she was enjoying it) and am looking forward to reading the sequel “The Heroes’ Welcome”. Can it possibly be as good as the original?

Lesley from Southport says

My recommendation is Girl on a Train by A J Waines. DArk brown with rail lines

Really fabulous fast- paced book. Hard to put down with twists and turns right to the end. I would never have guessed who the culprit was!

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