Here are some great book recommendations from librarians across the North West
Take a look and if you’ve read any of the books on our list, please join in the conversation and leave a review!
Part love letter to his adopted home city of Manchester, part critique of the arts and governing bodies (both specific and societal), Gerry’s eighth collection of autobiographical, domestic/fantastic theatre-verse is a socio-political, hard-hittin’ ‘n’ thought-provokin’ collection of poetry, prose and plays. Adhering to working-class and socialist principles, this polemic discourse on the rise and rise of The Bourgeois Zeitgeist challenges perceptions, misrepresentations and acceptance, and acts as a rallying call for those seeking to confront privilege and injustice.
Amelia Scott is a young woman trying to re-build her life in Southern England following a disastrous relationship. It was going to be an adventure, but when there's news of a young girl found dead and another goes missing, she quickly begins to learn there is more to...
Set in the present day in an unnamed city in the North of England the book tells the story of a café owner and ex-journalist Luke Greenwood whose life goes into freefall when Selena, his wife of 31 years, leaves him for a much younger man. It is – loosely – based on events and situations I have seen happen in the lives of people I know.
Shirley May’s She Wrote Her Own Eulogy takes the reader on a journey, the landscape of Kent and Manchester brought to vibrancy via Jamaica. It is a twisting road, the displaced lives making new communities on strange soil, the stories kept and told and shared. It is wisdom, it is memory, and it is future and hope.
Taking inspiration from Phaedra’s love of libraries, the book 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.
Phaedra said: “As a child, I used to visit Oldham library and dream that one day my own book would sit on the shelves.
Three women have been killed in Liverpool. The MO points to a stranger, and now DCI Eve Clay is on the trail of a vicious man who preys on lonely women on dating sites. He signs off the same way with each message: “Kiss kiss, night night.” His crimes are escalating – and Eve has to stop him before another girl dies. But first she needs to find him. And that means going undercover online, and posing as his perfect victim…