quiet power September 27

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Quiet:  the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain Post by Caroline Podd. This book is a must read for anybody who has been told “speak up”, “come out of your shell” and “you’re too quiet”.  Susan Cain celebrates the characteristics that introverts bring to society.  She discusses how […]

Tales about gardens for children

Tales About Gardens by Dr Richard Whitlow. Dr Richard Whitlow is a gardener from the Gold Coast in Australia who has written a lovely new series of books designed to answer the questions which kid’s ask about the things around them and how they work, such as ‘why is the sky blue’, and, ‘what makes […]

10 September 23

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

A quick note to say: if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, and you’re a bit impatient for the new series, then you could do a lot worse than read Lauren Graham’s book. I took a while to read it, because it’s a first novel, it’s semi-autobiographical, and I knew I was going into it looking […]

index-1 September 22

Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway

REVIEW BY KAHLI Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway I can’t remember how I stumbled across Pigsticks – I think I read a recommendation on some blog somewhere… but I’m glad I did. I chose to listen to Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure as it was available in eAudiobook […]

index September 21

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings The naked body of a young girl is found in a backstreet of Toronto in the middle of the winter in 1895, and Detective William Murdoch is on the case.  Murdoch’s enthusiasm for unconventional methods bring him into conflict with his superior officer, Inspector Brackenreid, but his perseverance and […]

index-1 September 20

Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet

  Wicked Autumn by G. M. Malliet Max Tudor is a former MI5 agent turned newly appointed Vicar of St Edwold’s in the perfect English village of Nether Monkslip. When the serene peace of village life is shattered by the seemingly accidental death of Wanda Batton-Smythe, a terrifyingly outspoken member of the local Women’s Institute, Max must re-connect with the dangers of […]

index September 19

The ways of the world by Robert Goddard

  The ways of the world by Robert Goddard This is book one of a trilogy, and I found it intelligent and well-written, with a great sense of place. I think that the trilogy format has enabled Robert Goddard to construct a detailed and intricate plot, and include the period details and characterizations which create […]

Download an eBook today

Friday 16 September is international Read an eBook Day – it’s the perfect time to remind you that we have some fantastic (and free) resources so that you can download eBooks to your preferred device. Head straight to our eBooks and eAudiobooks page on the City Libraries website to explore our eBook resources including OverDrive, BorrowBox […]

book cover September 13

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Post by Voula Red Notice by Bill Browder This is definitely a book I never would have contemplated reading was it not for the persistence of a customer who could not praise it enough. His constant rave about Red Notice finally appealed to my sense of curiosity and I reluctantly placed a reservation on it. […]

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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler The Bookstore is a wonderfully witty book set in the heart of Manhattan. It is the story of an English art history student Esme who finds herself finds herself pregnant and single all in the same week. Determined to finish her PHD and proceed with the pregnancy, Esme starts work […]