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Are you looking for something new and different to read?

Then this is the place for you! This page is dedicated to the joy of reading for pleasure. We will be updating it regularly with new reads and virtual events, trying to make life just a little more interesting. 

Jane Brierley has highlighted her favourite book picks of the month, online events you might be interested in and invited to join her online book group.

Got kids or grandchildren? Visit our Reading and Learning for kids page, we have the Winter mini Challenge and the 'Everyone is a Hero' reading challenge, plus so much more!

Book Group - what are we reading this month?

We are very excited to be working with Fifth Word Theatre and local playwright Mufaro Makubika for our next group read.  Mufaro is currently adapting Booker Prize shortlisted novel We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo for Fifth Word.  A poignant, powerful and unflinching novel, it tells the story of Darling who lives in Zimbabwe but dreams of moving to America.  Later she moves to the US to live with her aunt and we accompany Darling on her journey to try understand this new environment and her place in it.

On Wednesday 24 February 7pm we will be having an online discussion about the book on our Nottingham Library Readers Facebook page, just search for the group and join if you are not already a member.  

There are a small number of digital copies available to loan on our Ebooks service on a first come, first served basis.  However, feel free to join if you have already read the book or can source your own copy if all our copies have gone out. 

Local playwright Mufaro Makubika moved to Nottingham from Zimbabwe at the age of 16 so adapting We Need New Names has a strong personal motivation and connection.  Working in partnership with the Nottingham Library Readers group and this book discussion, Mufaro will seek to gain insight into what people connect with and take away when reading the book and the discussions will feed into Mufaro’s thinking and writing when he completes his next draft.

Look out for our special online event coming up in March ‘In Conversation with Mufaro Makubika’ where he will talk about his journey, being a playwright and the process of adapting a novel for stage.

At Nottingham Libraries we love books and reading, and we really like chatting about books with other people.  We know there are a lot of people out there who share our passion so we have created our Nottingham Library Readers’ group.  This is a Facebook group for anyone who would like to talk about books, see what others are reading and share your thoughts about the books you are reading.  

The page is open to all readers aged 18 and over, whatever your taste in books, and we want to cover fiction and non-fiction.

You can share reading recommendations, let us know what you are reading, or even tell us if you get  to the end of a book and think “what on earth was that all about”.  We want the page to be fun, so we will be sharing some light-hearted features and discussions as well.  We have already discussed desert island books and book-to-film adaptations. If you have any book related questions, we’ll also do our best to help you.

One feature we are including is a monthly book club discussion for anyone who wants to join in. We will be choosing a book that is available for multi-access on our BorrowBox site, and where possible we will offer the choice of eBook or eAudio.  

If you haven’t belonged to a book group before, it is about sharing your own experience of reading the book, rather than having to give a detailed review.  If you really don’t like the book, don’t feel you have to read it to the end, just read enough to be able to tell us why you didn’t enjoy it. 

If you want to join the group -and we hope you do then you need to have a Facebook account. You then need to look for Nottingham Library Readers and ask to join.  We have a few rules which you will need to accept, basically keep the discussion about books, no self-promotion and above all treat everyone on the site with respect and courtesy. 

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Did you know that we have two collections available for you to borrow a great range of free eAudio books from the library?

In this edition of Stay Connected, we are highlighting some eAudio books available from our uLibrary site.  To find out to borrow these titles, visit


Some titles currently available on uLibrary

Rags to Riches, Maggie Ford

In the 1920s in London, Amy Harrington leads a privileged life. Her maid, Alice Jordan, lives in the poverty-ridden East End. But when a disgraced Amy is disowned by her parents and fiancé, Alice is the only person she can turn to... Lodging with Alice's friendly working-class family, Amy hatches a plan to get revenge on her former love who caused her downfall. Meanwhile, Alice finds herself swept into the glittering society her mistress has just lost. And when Amy meets Alice's handsome older brother Tom, both girls can only hope that love can conquer all...



The Copperettes at War, Sue Wilsher

Essex, 1918. Aggie has tasted freedom working at the local munitions factory. But the Great War is coming to an end, and the men are coming home. Aggie can't bear the idea of going back into service. She wants more from her life, and becoming a Copperette - a member of the Women's Police Service - might help her move up in the world. Mim just wants to do her bit for her country. She's prepared to work hard to help her fellow women and keep up morale. She even takes Aggie in to her house to help with her training. Mim and Aggie face shocking loss even in the last days of the war. But will they find a way to work together?


The Housekeeper’s Daughter, Rosie Meddon

 Kate Bratton dreams of more. It's 1914, and her life is mapped out ahead of her: continue working as a maid in the beautiful Woodicombe House, settle down with Luke the gardener and, of course, start a family. Desperate to run away in search of adventure, Kate's plans are curtailed by the arrival of the Russell family at Woodicombe House. Tasked with becoming a lady's maid for their daughter, Naomi, Kate gets a glimpse of the other side of life. Will she return to the safety of her life before, or will the handsome Ned Russell turn her head? 



Liverpool Daughter, Katie Flynn 

Liverpool, 1940. As the Luftwaffe turns its attention to Liverpool, Shane Quinn decides to move his family back to the safety of Ireland. But his only child, Dana, refuses. Determined to make it on her own, she heads to the city. Lonely and exhausted, she finally reaches a lodging house on Staple Row. A young girl named Patty answers the door and much to Dana’s relief, she is invited in. They quickly become firm friends and together they join the WAAF. So begins a journey through the hardships of war where both girls will need their friendship more than ever. And when Dana discovers a terrible secret about her past, she will realise just how important family is too?... 


A Tale of Two Sisters, Merryn Allingham 

When Alice Verinder's beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. Lydia was governess to the Sultan's young children and though her letters spoke of exotic delights and welcoming hosts, the reception Alice receives is freezing and answers unforthcoming. Now, as Alice digs deeper into the secrets of a land foreign to her, she has only Englishman Harry Frome to help her. But as their search uncovers unforeseen dangers and exposes an unexpected ardour, is Alice ready for the truths they'll uncover?


Murder and the Glovemaker’s Son, Lesley Cookman 

The Oast Theatre in Steeple Martin is hosting a touring production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which is attracting a lot of attention. But very soon it begins to attract attention of an entirely different kind when a document goes missing along with its owner. When a body turns up, Libby Sarjeant and Fran Wolfe become involved with the investigation with the help, naturally, of their friends and relatives.

 A High Mortality of Doves, Kate Ellis

1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still coming to terms with the loss of so many of its sons, when the brutal murder of a young girl shatters its hard-won tranquillity. Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove. During the war Myrtle volunteered as a nurse, working at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court. When two more women are found murdered, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London. Albert begins to investigate and the Cartwright family of Tarnhey Court and their staff fall under suspicion. With rumours of a ghostly soldier, the village is thrown into a state of panic - and with the killer still on the loose, who will be next?


Death in Focus, Anne Perry 

1933. Europe is a place of increasing fear and violence. Young British photographer Elena Standish is on assignment in Amalfi when she meets Ian Newton, a charming Englishman with whom she falls in love. But what does she really know about him? Accompanying him on a train across Italy to Paris, she finds him critically stabbed and dying. He tells her he is a member of Britain's Secret Service, on his way to Berlin to warn MI6 so that they can foil a plot to assassinate one of Hitler's vilest henchmen and blame Britain for it, thus causing a devastating diplomatic crisis. Elena promises to deliver the message. But she is too late, and finds herself fleeing for her life.


Excellent Intentions, Richard Hull 

Great Barwick's least popular man is murdered on a train. Twelve jurors sit in court. Four suspects are identified but which of them is on trial? This novel has all the makings of a classic murder mystery, but with a twist: as Attorney-General Anstruther Blayton leads the court through prosecution and defence, Inspector Fenby carries out his investigation. All this occurs while the identity of figure in the dock is kept tantalisingly out of reach. Excellent Intentions is a classic crime novel laced with irreverent wit, first published in 1939.


Unseen Hand, Edward Marston 

1917. The Lotus Hotel offers sanctuary for its exclusively female clientele, attracting the cream of London's society. But a dead body found in one of its rooms is hardly good for business, and when it is discovered that the woman was neither a guest nor a member of staff, the Lotus's reputation as a safe haven is cast in doubt. Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are dispatched to look into the events at the hotel and soon suspect foul play. Tangling with a forgetful widower, a wily competitor and the haughty hotel owner, the pair will have to delve into the past to solve this crime in the present.


Personal, Lee Child

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president. Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him. This new heartstopping, nailbiting book takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris - and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal.


The Life of Death, Lucy Booth

Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake when a strange man visits her. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality. What he offers is not a normal life. To survive, Elizabeth must become Death. Elizabeth must ease the passing of all those who die, using her compassion to guide them. She accepts and, for 500 years, whirls from one death to the next. Until one day, everything changes. She - Death - falls in love. Desperate to escape from her deal, she summons the man who saved her. He agrees to release her on the condition that she gives him five lives. These five lives she must take herself.

New eBooks and eAudio titles available from 1 November on BorrowBox

These titles are available for multiple access until 30 December. To borrow these and more click here. 

The Christmas Train, David Baldacci  (eBook & eAudio)

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to LA in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight 'misunderstanding' at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. In equal parts hilarious, poignant, suspenseful and thrilling this is a delightful journey filled with memorable characters.



Moonlight Over Mayfair,  Anton du Beke  (eBook & eAudio)

London, 1937. With a new king in place, tensions are rising in London and across Europe. Shaken by the Great Depression and with talk of another war coming, the Buckingham Hotel is trying to regain some stability.

Upstairs, Vivienne Edgerton is desperate to do something worthwhile with her time and her stepfather's money, rather than spending it on frivolity and debauchery

Downstairs, chambermaid Nancy Nettleton is finally starting to feel more settled at the Buckingham, and hopes her brother will soon also call London home.  However, she misses the man she loves, dancer Raymond de Guise, who is noticeably absent from the Grand Ballroom dance floor.

Beneath the surface, the hotel is full of secrets.


Charlotte, Helen Moffett  (eBook & eAudio)

Everybody believes that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is unmarried, plain, poor and reaching a dangerous age. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is horrified by her decision, but this is the only way Charlotte knows how to provide for her future. Her married life will propel her into a new world: not only of duty and longed-for children, but secrets, grief, unexpected love and friendship, and a kind of freedom.


Cilka's Journey, Heather Morris  (eBook & eAudio)

The sequel to The Tattooist of Auschwitz. In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia, inside the Arctic Circle.

Innocent and imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, with each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the sick in the camp, struggling to care for them in terrible conditions. When she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her heart for love.


The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae, Stephanie Butland   (eBook & eAudio)

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's a few months past the heart transplant that saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure, but her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she needs to find her father.   She’s missed so  much that her friends have left her behind. She barely knows where to start on her own. Then there's Lennox, her friend and one time lover. He was sick too but he didn’t make it and now she's supposed to face all of this without him. But her new heart is a bold heart, she just needs to learn to listen to it.

River God, Wilbur Smith (eBook & eAudio)

The first novel in the Egyptian series.

Taita is a humble slave; an expert in art, poetry, medicine and engineering, as well as keeping important secrets. He is the most treasured possession of Lord Intef. Yet when Intef's beautiful daughter Lostris is married to the Pharaoh, Taita is commanded to follow her, and swiftly finds himself deeper than he ever could have imagined in a world of deception and treachery.

Outside the palace, the great kingdom of Egypt is divided, and in great danger. Enemies threaten on all sides, and only Taita holds the power to save them all . . . 

Christmas in the Snow, Karen Swan  (eBook only)

No secret stays buried forever.  In London, the snow is falling and Christmas is just around the corner - but Allegra Fisher barely has time to notice, she's pitching for the biggest deal of her career and can't afford to fail. When she meets an attractive stranger, Sam Kemp, on the plane to the meeting, she can't afford to lose her focus. And when she finds herself up against Sam in business, their passion quickly turns sour.

In the Swiss Alps, when a long-lost mountain hut is discovered in the snow after sixty years, the last person expecting to become involved is Allegra - she hasn't even heard of the woman they found inside. However, it soon it becomes clear that the two women are linked and, as she, Allegra, travels out to make sense of the mystery, dark secrets are uncovered, long buried by the snow.

The perfect glamourous and romantic read for Christmas.


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Useful Websites for Book Groups

If you belong to a reading group, there is no reason why you shouldn’t still meet together, and these websites give ideas on how you can join together with reading friends in the virtual world.

BBC: The BBC has set up a page suggesting ways to meet virtually-whether you already exist as a book group or want to set up a new group.

Reading Groups for Everyone: A great site run by the Reading Agency to support reading groups, with suggestions, recommendations and book news.  Currently featuring ways to keep your group going digitally and offering opportunities to win physical and digital copies books for your reading group. 

Nottingham Libraries: Every month we have a selection of eBooks and eAudio titles on our BorrowBox site which are available for simultaneous borrowing and could be used for a book group discussion.

If you want to join the group -and we hope you do then you need to have a Facebook account. You then need to look for Nottingham Library Readers and ask to join.  We have a few rules which you will need to accept, basically keep the discussion about books, no self-promotion and above all treat everyone on the site with respect and courtesy. 



Reading Websites

Good Reads:
Be part of the world's largest community of book lovers on Goodreads. Find and read books you'll love, and keep track of the books you want to read.  Sign up required to interact which is free, though you can browse the site and look at their reading lists without joining if you prefer.

Fantastic Fiction: A great site to find out about new authors and new releases.  Not only does it provide information about new releases, it also has great pages on individual authors, so you can check the order of their books, find out if they are about to release a new novel, and see what their reading recommendations are.

LoveReading: One of Jane’s (our head of library stock) favourite sites which features reviews, staff picks, features on audio books, new releases, features on genres and authors etc.  Jane says ‘I can’t visit without coming away with a long list of books that I would like to read!’  You can access some content without signing up, but if you sign up (for free) you will get access to all content including competitions

The site also features books and activities for children

Women’s Prize for Fiction Reading Room: A great page for full of recommendations, author blogs, podcast etc.

Facebook:  A great place to chat about reading, whatever type of books you enjoy you will find a group for you.  Just look under groups in the menu, search for “books” and see if there is a group you would like to join.  You can comment and post if you want to, or just look to see what other people are reading and discussing.  

The BBC: The BBC have selected 100 novels written in the English language from the last 300 years that shaped our world. Here you can explore the 10 themes, each with 10 books, which reflect the ways books help shape and influence our thinking. Everyone is encouraged to share their own stories of the novels that have had the biggest impact on them, using the hashtag #mybooklife.