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Lockdown reads

With many bookshops re-opening their doors, we’re highlighting some of our favourite books that have been published during lockdown. If you’re looking for something new to read, this is the perfect place to start.

Rainbow Milk: an Observer 2020 Top 10 Debut by Paul Mendez
Exciting Times: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER by Naoise Dolan
The Switch by Beth O'Leary
Hashim & Family by Shahnaz Ahsan
Love After Love: The most electrifying novel you will read all year by Ingrid Persaud
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Catch: The perfect summer thriller from the author of The Holiday, Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy pick by T.M. Logan
Death of a Mermaid by Lesley Thomson
Miss Iceland by Brian Fitzgibbon, and Audur Ava Olafsdottir
The Blind Light by Stuart Evers
Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
A Luminous Republic by Andres Barba
You People by Nikita Lalwani

Women's Prize for Fiction 2020 shortlist

The Women’s Prize for Fiction, the UK’s most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring fiction by women, has announced six books that have made its 2020 shortlist. You can download e-books through apps such as Libby from OverDrive and BorrowBox. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #WomensPrize.

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Hamnet: 'Dazzling. Devastating'  Kamila Shamsie by Maggie O'Farrell
Weather by Jenny Offill
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Domenicana by Angie Cruz
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

International Booker Prize 2020 shortlist

The International Booker Prize 2020 shortlist has been announced, featuring six books in translation in contention for the 2020 Prize. You can download e-books through apps such as Libby from OverDrive and BorrowBox. There are also various other ways to download e-books through your local library website along with lots of resources and activities. Let us know what you think of the books on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #InternationalBooker2020.

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, and Stephen Snyder
The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezon Camara
Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, and Ross Benjamin
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, and Anonymous
Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, and Sophie Hughes

Themed booklists

We’ve collected together some of our previous booklists on a variety of themes and topics. Take a look to find your next read.

Climate Change
Books of the Year
Non-fiction November 2019
NaNoWriMo – Debuts of 2019
Food, Glorious Food
Space Chase
Changemaker Reads
Side-splitting Stories
Dementia friendly booklist from Wendy Mitchell
All The World’s a Stage
International Women’s Day
Lasting Letters
Tall Tales
International Migrants Day
Books of the Year 2018
Inspiration for NaNoWriMo: Debuts of 2018
Non-fiction November
Spooky Reads
Summer 2018
Book to film adaptations
Inspirational Women
Pride 2018
Books of the Year 2017
Debuts of 2017
STEM Non-Fiction
A splash of colour for a grey day
Science fiction from the last twenty years
Women in translation
Hot, hot, hot!
Books to make you laugh and cry
Travel books
Romance reads without the cheese
Marmite reads
Back to school
City vs. Country