May Reads

Last Stories | William Trevor

The final collection from one of the great masters of the short story is all about relationships conducted from a distance. Tales that veer toward the macabre are instead filled with wit and surprise, and the book showcases, at the height of his powers, an author whose legacy will be seen in the work of generations of writers still to come.

 

The Language of Kindness | Christie Watson

A nurse for twenty years, Christie Watson crafts a searingly powerful response to questions such as: What value do we place on compassion and kindness? We come to understand that often it’s only when we’re at our most vulnerable and fragile that we truly realise the value of a kind word or a gentle touch.

 

No. More. Plastic by Martin Dorey

 

With smart, surprising and simple solutions, North Devon environmentalist Martin Dorey shows how we can all make a genuine difference. “The notion is simple; we all have the power to change the world, small actions add up and every change we make matters.”

 

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken | The Secret Barrister

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

 

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor | Adam Kay

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, this is a no-holds-barred account of time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking.

 

The Librarian | Sally Vickers

Sylvia Blackwell moves to a quaint market town in England to start a job as a children's librarian. The town is not as quaint as it first seemed. Sylvia's life is changed when she falls in love and her connections put them, and the library, under threat. A charming and beautifully produced book.

 

Station Zero | Philip Reeve

This month sees the publication of the much awaited last book in the RAILHEAD trilogy. The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are . . .

 

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 | Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

The second book in the Rebel Girls series that remains a great favourite. From activists and lawyers to pirates and inventors, 100 stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present. These books are a must read.

 

Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Different | Ben Brooks

An inspiring collection of stories about boys who changed the world without killing a single dragon or saving a single princess. Challenging gender stereotypes this is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things.

 

In the Mouth of the Wolf | Michael Morpurgo & Barroux

In Morpurgo's wonderful style, In the Mouth of the Wolf is the story of his two uncles during World War Two. Francis, a fierce pacifist, and Pieter, who signs up to fight, have to face the consequences of their decisions. A fast-moving and exciting book telling a remarkable story.

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