The Friday Five: Our Recommendations (19/08/2016)


Eragon, a farm boy, finds a polished stone in the forest. At first he thinks that he might be able to sell it and buy food for his family - but then he discovers that what he holds is actually a dragon egg, and his life changes forever.

Perfect for younger readers, Christopher Paolini started writing Eragon when he was just 15. It was later adapted into a major hollywood movie, which you can find in our library.

Great for: young readers and writers, fantasy fans.

The Colour of Magic

The legendary Terry Pratchett wrote over 50 novels, and, while critics and audience alike praised him for his mastery of the English language, it’s hard to know where to start. 

The whimsical Colour of Magic is our recommendation - the first book in Sir Pratchett’s Discworld saga, it’s an excellent introduction to Pratchett’s world of imagination.

Great for: fantasy fans, adult readers with big imaginations, younger readers looking for a challenge

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Lynne Truss’ Eats, Shoots and Leaves is a major bestseller that seeks to explain the English language and dispel common problems people have with it.

Don’t know the difference between an oxford comma and comma splicing? This book is for you. Get an edge over other English speakers and have a good time doing it, because this book is not only educational - it is also renowned for being very funny.

Great for: people learning or wishing to improve their ability to write in English

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

John Le Carre’s spy epic takes readers into the dark heart on Cold War Britain. Protagonist George Smiley is a former spy, brought out of retirement in order to investigate senior British intelligence officers suspected of working with the Soviet Union.

Now a major film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a thrilling novel, full of suspense and intrigue. A must-read for people who want something more serious than James Bond.

Great for: adult readers and spy novel fans


Virginia Woolf described Middlemarch as “One of the few English novels written for grown-up people”. George Eliot’s novel is regarded as one of the greatest works in the English language, regularly topping lists of the best novels ever.

It is a realist work, setting out the lives of people in a small English town in the 1800s. It has a large cast of characters, setting out their lives in great detail; in doing so, it explores marriage, religion, and life as a woman in a different time.

Great for: People interested in classical literature, history, or the English language.