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Booker Prize 2020 shortlist

The Booker Prize has announced its 2020 shortlist, featuring the six books in contention for the prestigious literary prize. 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 #2020BookerPrize.

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
Real Life by Brandon Taylor
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

National Poetry Day - 1 October

This list of ten books is perfect for reading groups thinking of dipping into poetry, often edited or written by great names who love poetry so much that they want to share it – Clive James, John Carey, Kate Clanchy, Cerys Matthews and Carol Rumens. Discover more about each book and find questions for your reading group using this resource. 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 #NationalPoetryDay.

Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson
Tell Me the Truth About Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology by National Poetry Day, and Cerys Matthews
Life Support: 100 Poems to Reach for on Dark Nights by Julia Copus
Smart Devices: 52 Poems from The Guardian 'Poem of the Week' by Carol Rumens
Dancing By The Light of The Moon: Over 250 poems to read, relish and recite by Gyles Brandreth
A Little History of Poetry by John Carey
Staying Human: new poems for Staying Alive by Neil Astley
The Forward Book of Poetry 2021 by Various Poets
How to Grow Your Own Poem by Kate Clanchy
The Fire of Joy: Roughly 80 Poems to Get by Heart and Say Aloud by Clive James

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