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Recommended Reads

At the foot of this page are some reading lists covering a variety of interests.  They are based on current popular fiction plus a few classics! These have either been read by library staff, recommended by students, recommended by the English department, winners of book awards or all of these!  We aim to have a copy of each title in the library or on our e-book platform to borrow.

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Climate change/environment themed novels - current and future issues

Climate change & environmental issues are real – read the fiction inspired by them: floods, drought, danger and hope.

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Exodus by Julie Bertagna

  • a future flooded world  shaped by global warming,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

  • Desperation and a determination to survive

POP! By Mitch Johnson

  • Corporate greed and pollution


Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith

  • Exciting adventure, and coral conservation

Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis

-Set in the Congo forest, where gorillas are threatened and precious minerals sourced.

Where the World turns Wild by Nicola Penfold

  • a thrilling journey and a reflection of what humans are doing to the planet.

Flood World by Tom Huddleston

  • A dystopian world after rising seas drown civilisation,204,203,200_.jpg

Moon Bear by Gill Lewis

  • Deforestation, profit and destroying habitat,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg

The Last Wild by Piers Torday

  • the interdependence of man and nature in this future world,204,203,200_.jpg

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

  • A world without trees struggles for oxygen in this fast paced dystopian thriller,204,203,200_.jpg

Water’s Edge by Rachel Meehan

  • A society at breaking point because of the extremes of weather

Empty by Suzanne Weyn

  • What happens to a town in America when all the fossil fuels have run out

Melt by Ele Fountain

  • Gripping adventure, corrupt oil corporations, lost planes, and a threatened Arctic.

Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

  • Dramatic rescue, adventure, danger, secrets,  loyalty.

Stories about Refugees

Stories help us understand each other better and they are a way of making sense of the world. If you have enjoyed a book, make sure you recommend it to a friend!

  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
  • No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton
  • Boy Everywhere by A.M. Dassu
  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Crossing by Manjeet Mann
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Boy 87 by Ele Fountain
  • In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
  • The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon
stories of refugees