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75th D-Day anniversary

To mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we’ve put together a booklist featuring books for adults and children about the Second World War. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using #DDay75 and @readingagency.

The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, and Neil Reed
Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson, and Nick Sharratt
Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank
Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

Pride 2019

Happy Pride from The Reading Agency! We’ve put together some of our favourite books for children and adults to celebrate all month long. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #Pride

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
We Are Family by Ryan Wheatcroft, and Patricia Hegarty
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie
Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale
To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg-Sloan, and Meg Wolitzer
Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist by Katy Derbyshire, and Angela Steidele
Pride by Matthew Todd
Birthday by Meredith Russo
Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

Changemaker Reads

To celebrate National Reading Group Day on 15 June, we asked reading groups which books inspire them to change the world. Tackling themes of identity, discrimination and equality, these are some of the books that make you want to make a difference. See the full list. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using @readingagency and #nationalreadinggroupday

Life And Times Of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
Your Silence Will Not Protect You: Essays and Poems by Audre Lorde
Speeches of Note by Shaun Usher
Parts per Million by Julia Stoops
Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man by Thomas Page McBee
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize has been announced, featuring six books in contention for the prize. Find out more about the shortlist. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram using #AdventureWriting and @readingagency.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
Firefly: The must-read thriller ripped from today's headlines by Henry Porter
Sleeper: The Red Storm by J. D. Fennell
To The Lions by Holly Watt
Preservation by Jock Serong

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.

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