Staff Picks for July

Train Man

Andrew Mulligan

The cover shows a train track and an empty bench, and you might think this was aimed at railway enthusiasts, which would be a shame, because this is a touching story about someone whose life has gone off the rails, to the point where he is looking for a way to bring it to a close.  In the course of Michael’s journey around the middle of England aiming for a particular platform at Crewe we come to learn how his life has unravelled.  But is there still time for things to improve?  And who will be the unlikely means of restoring his spirits?

Andrew Mulligan, who wrote the highly-rated children’s novel, Trash, again displays all his sensitivity and clever pacing to deliver an affecting and inspiring piece of fiction.  If you enjoyed Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project or the novels of David Nicholls you will enjoy this one.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri

This is a touching and moving story about Nuri and Afra, a Syrian couple displaced during the Syrian war. It explores how they deal with their grief and their perilous journey to safety. Written with warmth and eloquence, this book will leave you questioning what people must endure to find a safe home.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Freedom Ride

Sue Lawson

This historical fiction is based on factual events in 1965 and the racial tensions between white Australians and Aboriginal people in a small Australian town.
This is not just about a Freedom Ride for the rights of Aboriginals but also about a 15 year old boy who was raised to think & feel by his oppressive family and his struggle to becomes a man by finding his own freedom in his thoughts and actions.
The dialogue is quite revealing and readers are able to empathise with the Aboriginal struggles for equality.

Highly recommend for young adults and adults. 


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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