The Skylark’s War, by Hilary McKay ( paperback)

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Winner of the Costa Book Award 2018 - Children's category.

The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay. Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But as they grow older, and the War encroaches ever more on their lives, how will Clarry cope? 

I loved this book, it's warm, funny and touching - suits everyone from 8 to 80 I think! 

 

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Normal People, by Sally Rooney ( hardback)

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The second novel from young Irish writer Sally Rooney and already with a Booker Longlist nomination to its credit. This is a thoughtful and intimate coming of age story of Connell and Marianne, the novel moves between menace and tenderness with a truly original voice. 

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It’s Not Ok to Feel Blue ( and other Lies) Hardback

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*The Sunday Times bestseller*'

This is the freshest, most honest collection of writings about mental health that I've read... searing wit, blinding passion, bleeding emotion and a fantastic, heroic, glorious refusal to lie down and take it' - Stephen Fry' Everyone has a mental health. So we asked:What does yours mean to you? THE RESULT IS EXTRAORDINARY. Over 70 well known people have shared their stories.

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The Space We're In, by Katya Balen ( hardback September 2019)

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Frank is ten. He likes cottage pie and football and cracking codes.

Max is five. He eats only Quavers and some colours are too bright for him and if he has to wear a new T-shirt he melts down down down. Sometimes Frank wishes Mum could still do huge paintings of stars and asteroids like she used to, but since Max was born she just doesn't have time. When tragedy hits Frank and Max's lives like a comet, can Frank piece together a universe in which he and Max aren't light years apart? 

If you liked Wonder, or Marley and Me, this debut author will move and inspire you. 

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Coventry by Rachel Cusk ( hardback)

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After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work. Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and writers such as D. H.Lawrence, Olivia Manning and Natalia Ginzburg, this collection is essential reading for our age: fearless, unrepentantly erudite, both startling and rewarding to behold. The result is a cumulative sense of how the frank, deeply intelligent sensibility - so evident in her stories and novels - reverberates in the wider context of Cusk's literary process. Coventry grants its readers a rare opportunity to see a mind at work that will influence literature for time to come.
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The Time of Green Magic, by Hilary McKay (hardback, Sept 2019)

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From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about family, magic, an old house and a mysterious visitor . . .

Abi and her two step-brothers, Max and Louis, find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house. Abi, reading alone, finds herself tumbling deep into books, while Louis summons a startling guest through his bedroom window. Even Max has started to see shapes in the shadows .

. . Their busy parents see none of it - but Louis' secret visitor is growing too alarming to keep secret, and he finds he cannot manage without Max and Abi's help. Can they find out where the mysterious creature has come from - and how to get it back there?

One of my favourite authors for aged 8+ readers.

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The Fire Starters, Jan Carson ( hardback April 2019)

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**WINNER of the EU Prize for Literature**'One of the most exciting and original Northern Irish writers of her generation' SUNDAY TIMES'

At once grittily real, wildly magical and insanely alluring - a siren-song of a novel (Donal Ryan)

Dr Jonathan Murray fears his new-born daughter is not as harmless as she seems. Sammy Agnew is wrestling with his dark past, and fears the violence in his blood lurks in his son, too.

The city is in flames and the authorities are losing control. As matters fall into frenzy, and as the lines between fantasy and truth, right and wrong, begin to blur, who will these two fathers choose to protect?Dark, propulsive and thrillingly original, this tale of fierce familial love and sacrifice fizzes with magic and wonder.

Jan Carson's distinctive voice brings Belfast alive in this original novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. - Linda 

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Love is Blind, by William Boyd (paperback May 2019)

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A real treat for the many fans of William Boyd. A rich story of the talented piano tuner Brodie Moncur, who escapes a suffocating family life in the Scottish Borders and heads off to Paris for adventure in the late 19th century. 

A perfect mix of historical context, immersive narrative and engaging prose. William Boyd is a master !

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Echoes of Open Glory

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Tales from Portrush  and the 1951 Open Championship ….

In a holiday guide from the 1950s Portrush is described as "a place where golfers foregather" and that "foregathering" has been happening for well over a century now. Less well known, perhaps, is the story of Portrush and its many and varied associations with the Open Championship. It is a remarkable story told here by retired journalist Maurice McAleese, himself a Portrush man, who admits that he is "just old enough" to remember seeing some of the top players of the day in action on the Dunluce fairways in 1951.


As well as having a focus on what happened on and off the course during that celebrated Championship, he touches on some of the not so well known aspects of the game in this small corner of the world and along the way gives a glimpse of life in Portrush and North Antrim in that mid-twentieth century period.

A perfect gift for golf fans of Northern Ireland this summer! 

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The Book Without A Story by Carolina Rabei (Paperback)

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A celebration of libraries, books and the joy of sharing stories, perfect for sharing before bedtime. When the library closes, and the last librarian has gone home to bed . . the books come alive and tell stories of their adventures, and their readers. But Dusty the book has never been borrowed and dreams of finding someone to share his story with ….Carolina Rabei's gorgeous artwork brings this magical story to life for children aged 3 years and up.

This is a lovely concept, in 'Toy Story' tradition of the books coming to life and talking about us instead. 

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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree, by Paola Peretti

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A simply told, bitter-sweet story, with a powerful poetic message' 

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story. For fans of Wonder, or The Little Prince.  Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely.

Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old. It's uplifting and not depressing! 

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Notes to Self, by Emilie Pine

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The extraordinary #1 bestseller - a word-of-mouth literary phenomenon'

Do not read this book in public: it will make you cry' Anne Enright'

I am afraid of being the disruptive woman. And of not being disruptive enough. I am afraid.But I am doing it anyway. In this dazzling debut, Emilie Pine speaks to the business of living as a woman in the 21st century - its extraordinary pain and its extraordinary joy. Courageous, humane and uncompromising, she writes with radical honesty on birth and death, on the grief of infertility, on caring for her alcoholic father, on taboos around female bodies and female pain, on sexual violence and violence against the self. Devastatingly poignant and profoundly wise - and joyful against the odds - Notes to Self offers a portrait not just of its author but of a whole generation.

Winner of the Bord Gais Non Fiction Irish Book Award in 2018.

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The Librarian, by Salley Vickers ( paperback)

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Recently into paperback this is a warm and energising story of a young girl bringing life to a library and a community.

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Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love, by Feargal Keane ( paperback )

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Feargal covers the story of his own family history and prompts reflections on what it means to kill for a cause, and how to reconcile history and war with moving forward. A thoughtful and powerful read. 

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Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes, by Greg James and Chris Smith

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This is the second funny adventure starring Murph Cooper and the Super Zeroes.... a fast paced, humorous adventure with likeable heroes and a suitably ridiculous evil villain. 

From the Radio 1 and podcast duo ... expect number 3 in early 2019.

Suitable for boys and girls 7-9. Surprising good range of vocabulary in this one!

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The Watch House by Bernie McGill

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One of our bestselling novels this year. Local writer Bernie McGill has written about Rathlin Island at the end of the nineteenth century- imagining a love story between a temporary visitors and a local girl. Vividly imagined and with a page turning suspense. A great read. 

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Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

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Previous BPS Book Club choice

An emotional read, a story of one woman in Nigeria and her extended family, where personal tragedy unfolds against the backdrop of turbulent 1980’s Nigeria.

Very readable, her prose is a pleasure but packs a tremendous punch.

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Wonder, by RJ Palaccio

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Already made into a movie, this is a superb book. Funny and yet moving, it tells the story of August, a boy who is never going to ‘look normal’.

Recommended for boys and girls 9-12

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From a Low and Quiet Sea, by Donal Ryan (paperback April 2019)

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From war torn Syria to small town Ireland, three men, all scarred by what they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. 

Powerful and moving. Donal Ryan’s writing has the ability to take you straight to the heart of the character - and he makes it look easy !

publ 2018 by Doubleday

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