We love these books!
Southwark library staff reveal some of their favourite reads
At Southwark libraries we are passionate about books and want to share some of our favourites with you. When you visit Southwark libraries you'll find a "We love these books!" collection which features a wonderfully diverse range of superb reads recommended by library staff.
The collection was originally launched by author Michael Rosen at Dulwich Library where he spoke passionately about the joys of reading. The collection is continually updated and to date over 200 superb titles have been recommended by library staff. The collections can be found at:
- Blue Anchor Library
- Camberwell Library
- Canada Water Library
- Dulwich Library
- East Street Library
- Grove Vale Library
- John Harvard Library
- Newington Library
- Nunhead Library
- Peckham Library
You can also pick up "We love these books!" booklets at any of these libraries, which feature a full list and reviews of the current collection. Here are just a few highlights:
A Star Called Henry
by Roddy Doyle
The book follows the fortunes of the irrepressible Henry Smart, from the shocking poverty of his childhood, growing up on the streets of early 20th century Dublin, to becoming the famed Fenian hero of the revolution, celebrated in story and song. Henry lives from day to day, relying on his wits to survive. Tales of Henry's bravery, the man who beats off the British Army armed only with his Daddy's wooden leg, reach those in charge and he becomes a sought after man. Funny, moving and thought provoking, this is a great read; a fast paced caper which is difficult to put down.
Reviewed by Lucy at John Harvard Library
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Space Captain Smith
by Toby Frost
It is the 25th Century, and the British Space Empire faces the evil ant-soldiers of Ghast. Enter Isambard Smith, square-jawed, full of derring-do and utterly fearless - apart from social situations involving girls - together with his crew, a skull collecting alien, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy, and a hamster called Gerald. Imagine a book jointly written by Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Philip K. Dick and George MacDonald Fraser which sends up everything British: from stiff upper lip to Tiffin and Tea. An excellent read and sure to raise a laugh!
Reviewed by Jenni at Camberwell Library
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The charm of this book is how it captures the feeling and people of the run down Cannery Row district during the Depression. The book features vignettes of Mack and his friends, various "bums", as they struggle to
by John Steinbeck
survive on the margins of society. Relationships are described with delicacy, poignancy and humour. The subplot revolves around Mack and co wishing to do something nice for their friend Doc - and the chaos
which ensues! This is a beautifully crafted novel and short enough to read in an afternoon. A small gem!
Reviewed by Sheila at Blue Anchor Library
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All My Friends are Superheroes
by Andrew Kaufman
This novella follows Tom, a regular guy, who falls in love with a superhero called The Perfectionist. In world full of superheroes, we meet Tom's friends (and enemies), discover their powers, learn about love and how to fix a broken heart. Original, funny, sweet, charming and witty - I can't recommend this book highly enough!
Bex at Canada Water library
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