The Friday Five: Our Recommendations (5/8/2016)

It’s Friday! With the weekend coming up, why don’t you treat yourself? Kick back and relax with one of these great books.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This is it - Harry Potter’s next great journey is here, and we’ve got it in the library. In JK Rowling’s newest story, an older Harry Potter is trying to grapple with a past that refuses to go away and his strained relationship with his son.

The play has just come out, and audiences love it. So don’t miss out: take out a copy today.

Great for: Budding actors, Potter Fans

Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Our author of the month’s most famous book, Six Thinking Hats, is sure to change the way you think about the world. De Bono’s book is not a story, but a system designed to make people more productive and focused.

This could be what you need to get ahead in your career, and can be applied immediately. So what are you waiting for?

Great for: entrepreneurs, managers, and people that want an edge in business

Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin Abbott Abbott’s book is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. It’s about maths, dimensions and shapes - indeed, the original work’s author was credited only as “a square”.

Originally written as a satire of Victorian-era British society, Flatland’s more enduring contribution comes from its examination of geometry and its elegant and easy to understand explanations for complex mathematical phenomena. Abbott was considered prophetical, for he expressed some ideas in this novel before Einstein did. Reserve it today.

Great for: people interested in maths, students, or people who want to pretend to be smart 

Wolf Hall

In the market for something grounded in our dimension? Look no further than Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s historical epic. It’s a fictionalised biography of Thomas Cromwell, chief minister to Henry VIII, a talented man who deftly navigates the royal court and a rapidly-changing country.

Great for: people that want drama as well as an opportunity to learn about British history. 

The Luminaries

The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, was described by the author as a “kind of weird sci-fi thing”. But that’s a massive understatement: The Luminaries is a multi-award winning novel with more positive reviews than most authors achieve over their lifetime.

An extremely impressive work, the story is set in 1866 New Zealand. Walter Moody, an English lawyer, travels to the country to try his luck at being a gold digger. However, instead of striking gold, he stumbles into a mystery. 

Great for: people that love adventure, mystery and science fiction - or just want to read something a little different