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Books and Reading

Find a list of useful websites to help you with your reading choices, find who writes like your favourite author or find whats next in your favourite series and for new genres, authors, some great book choices, book chats and book news:

  • Amazon - check out book details and book reviews from readers and publishers.
  • Fantastic Fiction to help find other books by similar authors and details of popular book series 
  • Literature Matters - a site from the British Council featuring up-to-date profiles of important living writers from the UK and the Commonwealth
  • Literature Works - the literature development agency for the South West - what's going on in our region.
  • Love Reading - book recommendations made by people with a passion for reading
  • Shiny New Books 
  • - still need ideas? Another great site offering a totally new way of choosing books. You select the criteria and it selects the books. Definitely worth a visit.
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Who writes like...

Find out who else writes like your favourite author. Every library has a copy of 'Who Writes Like' and other similar author guides. Ask us!

  • Bloodaxe Books - video clips of poets published by Bloodaxe Books
  • The Poetry Archive - Listen to contemporary and past poets read their own work or read them online for free.

Some libraries hold regular monthly poetry meetings. Check your local library for details.

We have a selection of books for adults and children in most European languages and Chinese. Bi-lingual books for children include Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu. You can check availability at your local library or login to our online catalogue to reserve your chosen titles.

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