July 29, 2015, by Dan Flatt

Summer reads

Going away on holiday and need something to read? We asked some of our staff members about their favourite summer reads available in our libraries.



Philip Bellamy, Senior Learning Adviser, George Green Library


To Kill a Mockingbird’, by Harper Lee (PS3562.E4)

“Some books are called classics, but really aren’t; this one genuinely is.  Written in magical and emotive prose, its themes of childhood, civil rights, kinship, justice and friendship, not only perfectly capture small town life in 1930s Alabama, but also make reading fiction an inspiring and joyous experience.”







Hayley Cotterill, Senior Archivist, Manuscripts and Special Collections

The Priory, by Dorothy Whipple

“The Priory is in the KMC East Midlands Collection Not 1.W8 WHI. Whipple is a local author whose work is experiencing a resurgence at the moment. The Priory is partly based on Newstead Abbey. It is an engaging and interesting read about a decaying Priory in the Midlands and the lives of the cash-strapped family who inhabit it. One of those books that you can’t wait to read but that you don’t want to end.”


Susanne Cullen, Senior Library Advisor, King’s Meadow Campus



The Namesake (PS3562.A414)  and Interpreter of Maladies, (PS3562.A414) both by Jhumpa Lahiri.

“Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories, and Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with it. I recommend both books because Lahiri’s style of writing is so beautiful.”





Nicola Darlington, Collections Librarian, King’s Meadow Campus



Dominion, by C J Sansom (PR6119.A57.D6)

“This thought-provoking, highly atmospheric  thriller  paints a vivid picture of what life would  have been like  in 1950’s London if  Britain had surrendered to Nazi Germany in 1940.”





 Jeanette Eldridge, Senior Faculty Librarian, Greenfield Medical Library



Sapiens : a brief history of humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari (CB25.H2)

“I saw an impressive TV interview with the author just a few weeks ago, and had to go out to buy the book, and so far it has not disappointed!

Although an historian, he comments very knowledgeably and intelligibly on a diverse range of topics, anthropology, genetics, belief systems.

There’s also a podcast available. http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2014/sep/15/sapiens-brief-history-humankind-yuval-noah-harari-podcast


Keep an eye out for more of our staff summer reads, coming soon!

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