Resources

10 Apr 2019

Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life by Rose Tremain, Reader's Guide

Here is a reading group guide for Rose Tremain’s Memoir, Rosie: Scenes from a Vanished Life. About the book Rose Tremain (or Rosie as she was then) grew up in post-war London – a city still partly in ruins, where both food and affection were fiercely rationed. But when she is ten years old, everything changes. She loses her father, her house, her school, her friends and is dispatched to a freezing boarding-school in Hertfordshire. Slowly though, the teenage Rosie escapes from the cold...

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10 Apr 2019

The Remainder - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Remainder by Alia Trabucco Zerán, translated by Sophie Hughes by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Shape Of The Ruins - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Pine Islands - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

The Years - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Years by Annie Ernaux, translated by Alison L. Stayer by clicking below.

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10 Apr 2019

Celestial Bodies - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 9 April the Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Man Booker Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth by clicking below.

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19 Mar 2019

Amateur - Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Amateur by Thomas Page McBee by clicking below.

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18 Mar 2019

The Trauma Cleaner Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 18 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein by clicking below.

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18 Mar 2019

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh by clicking below.

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18 Mar 2019

Murmur Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Murmur by Will Eaves by clicking below.

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18 Mar 2019

Mind on Fire Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Mind on Fire by Arnold Thomas Fanning by clicking below.

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18 Mar 2019

Heart: A History Readers' Guide

On Tuesday 19 March the Wellcome Book Prize announced the shortlist of six books for the 2019 prize. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prize rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Discover the excellent books that have been chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar by clicking below.

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15 Mar 2019

All The World's a Stage - booklist

Some of the most loved stories have been adapted for the stage—either as plays or musicals. Some you may know, but others might surprise you! We’ve collected some of our favourite books that have been adapted for the stage.

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08 Mar 2019

International Women's Day 2019

This International Women’s Day we have come up with a list of twelve books that we hope express a small section of the enormous range of challenges faced by women across the world in the 21st century. Let us know your recommendations on social media.

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27 Feb 2019

Book to Film Adaptions

In the spirit of the Oscars, here are some of our favourite books that have been made into movies. From from sci-fi to thrillers, and weepy dramas to clever true stories – can the film ever be better than the book?

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15 Feb 2019

Lasting Letters

Valentine’s Day got us thinking about love letters, and how many incredible books there are that feature letters. We’ve put together a selection of books about letters, featuring letters, and even written as one long letter.

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28 Jan 2019

Girl With a Pearl Earring Book Club Questions

Johannes Vermeer can spot exceptional beauty. When servant girl Griet catches his eye, she soon becomes both student and muse. But then he gives her his wife’s pearl earrings to wear for a portrait, and a scandal erupts that could threaten Griet’s future. Twenty years on Girl With a Pearl Earring remains as vivid and captivating as ever. A timeless modern classic and an international bestseller, with over 5 million copies sold around the world; Harper Collins are publishing a special...

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07 Jan 2019

The Language of Kindness Reading Group Guide

Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astounding account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. This is a reading group guide including questions, discussion points and further reading.

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06 Dec 2018

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Discover a love of reading with these top tips from Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the popular How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once books.

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06 Dec 2018

Cressida Cowell's top tips for parents

Help your child discover the magic of reading with this handy one-page guide from the award-winning children’s author.

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06 Dec 2018

ROGO 2018 Best practice guide

The Read On. Get On. (ROGO) coalition has created this best practice guide to help primary schools address the gender gap in children’s reading enjoyment. The guide has been developed in response to the findings of the ROGO Index 2018.

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06 Dec 2018

ROGO Index 2018

The ROGO Index 2018 provides a holistic view of how well 11-year-olds in England are reading. Download this document for a comprehensive breakdown of children’s cognitive reading skills, affective processes and reading behaviours

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16 Nov 2018

Debuts of 2018

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If you need a bit of writing inspiration to get your big debut out, take a look at our favourite debuts of 2018: Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave by Richard Williams Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar Vox by Christina Dalcher Never Greener by Ruth Jones Only Child by Rhiannon Navin Suicide Club by Rachel Heng In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi...

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02 Nov 2018

A Society of Readers - executive summary

A new report that we commissioned from leading independent think tank Demos lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the executive summary and share your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram using #PowerOfReading

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02 Nov 2018

A Society of Readers

A new report lays out the central role reading must play in helping to address many of the most pressing challenges British society will face over the next decade. Read the full report and share your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram using #PowerOfReading

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01 Nov 2018

Non-fiction November

It’s Non-fiction November and we’re celebrating with some of our favourite non-fiction books. Do you know why we sleep? Or about how Nike was built up by one man? Find out in some of our top picks, and let us know something interesting that you’ve learnt from a non-fiction book on Twitter and Instagram using #NonFictionNovember

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19 Oct 2018

Spooky Reads

The days are getting longer so here are some of our suggestions of books to read throughout October. With ghosts, crime and mystery, you won’t be able to sleep at night…

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18 Oct 2018

Roar by Cecelia Ahern - sample chapter

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very...

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18 Oct 2018

Roar by Cecelia Ahern - a Readers' Guide

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar? The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very...

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