Staff picks

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Epic Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings is a timeless epic fantasy trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien that has captivated readers for generations. Set in the richly crafted world of Middle-earth, it weaves a tale of heroism, friendship, and the battle between good and evil. The characters are unforgettable, the landscapes vividly described, and the plot intricately layered. Tolkien's mastery of language and world-building is evident throughout, making this trilogy a must-read for anyone seeking a truly immersive and enchanting literary experience.

An emotional read

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I was not prepared for this book. I did not expect it to be such an emotional read!
Death, as the narrator, is very effective. I liked the bulletins and summaries and the unusual use of language which works brilliantly to evoke meaning through quirky use of vocabulary and imagery.

A fresh perspective 

Circe by Madeline Miller

This powerful book is an adaptation of some of the Greek myths including the Odysssey, but with the standpoint of Circe giving us a fresh perspective on stories which are usually told from the male point of view.

It tells the tale of a girl who is born a goddess and what happens when she is exiled to a deserted island for witchcraft. You don’t have to be familiar with the Greek myths to enjoy this vivid story of family, power, love and loss. Her character burns off the page and keeps you reading to find out how she can survive a life torn between gods and mortals.

A campaign of resistance
Alone in Berlin by Hans Falada

If you have ever wondered what it might have been like to be a German citizen during the second world war, this compelling novel explores what happens when ordinary people are forced to face the tyranny of the Nazi regime.

Based on a true story, Alone in Berlin tells of a quiet couple who begin a campaign of resistance after the death of their son in the war. Running in parallel to this almost thriller-like plot, the novel explores the lives of other ordinary people who are simply trying to survive.