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We love these books!

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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 diverse range of superb reads recommended by library staff.

The collection is continually updated and to date over 250 titles have been recommended by library staff. The collections can be found at:

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:

The New York Trilogy coverThe New York trilogy
by Paul Auster

Come and explore the furthest reaches of existence in Paul Auster's seminal New York Trilogy.  Delve into a dark disturbing world of hard boiled detectives, mysterious femme fatales, unsolved mysteries and post modern philosphical discourse. Haunting, challenging and darkly humourous, having your perception of reality challenged has never been so much fun.

Recommended by Mark at Camberwell Library

Check availability of The New York Trilogy at your local library.

Ready player oneReady player one cover
by Ernest Cline

The year is 2044, and humanity isn't doing too well. The world is crumbling with famine, disease and poverty. The climate is destroyed and oil long gone. But don't worry - avoid it all by joining the rest of humanity in the virtual world called the OASIS.  Follow Wade Watts on his strangely '80s quest for the hidden 'easter egg' inside the OASIS. Can he crack the code, save the world and get the girl? If you love to play Pacman while listening to Billy Idol then this is the book for you! A must for every geek and gamer.

Recommended by Bex at Canada Water Library 

Check availability of Ready Player One at your local library.


The Easter parade coverThe Easter parade
by Richard Yates

Written in 1976 by the author of Revolutionary Road  this is a bleakly observed, sensitive portrait of a dysfunctional family in post-War America, as relevant to modern life as any contemporary novel.  The two main characters' lives follow very different trajectories. Sarah opts for a conventional early, apparently sensible marriage to a well-bred Englishman who turns out to be a wife abuser. Emily, jealous of her sister, takes a more risky path through life, and has a career and a succession of affairs, each of which ultimately leaves her lonely and wanting.  Both have been deeply harmed by the departure of their father and the inadequacy of their pretentious, self - obsessed alcoholic mother. The book explores how their lives pan out, their loss of innocence, and the quiet tragedy of ordinary people's lives.

Recommended by Sheila at Blue Anchor Library

Check availability of The Easter Parade at your local library. 

Soulless cover

by Gail Carriger

Read Twilight? Engrossed by Vampire Diaries? Forget it all and only concern yourself with Soulless! A rip rollicking read through a steam punkish Victorian England with a helping of vampires, werewolves and treacle tart! Alexia Tarabotti is a feisty, sarcastic and witty heroine who more often than not gets herself involved in situations where she ends up solving crimes of a supernatural nature. Not only does she have to do some work for Queen Victoria and consume numerous pastries and cakes, she has to deal with some strange rules of romance , a rather annoying and superficial family, keeping the peace between different supernatural beings, and working out the intricate and rather deadly possibilities of her parasol.  A must read!

Recommended by Karen at Canada Water Library

Check availability of Soulless at your local library.

Complete booklists

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