New year, new books! Hooray.


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

IT’S A NEW YEAR! WHAT BETTER TIME TO PICK UP A NEW BOOK?

READ ON FOR THE BOOKS WE RECOMMEND* THIS MONTH.


A CAUTIONARY TALE…

Non-fiction gets overlooked on the reading lists very often and it’s usually because we hear people frustrated at a lack of ‘story’. We’ve got a pick this month that has appeared on the radar as a Best Book for both the Financial Times and Fortune with a story so big it’s hard to believe!

Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, recommended for older students (GCSE and A Level) who are interested in the gritty world of business and what happens when it goes awry!


FROM A ‘REAL-LIFE GATSBY’ TO THE REAL (FICTIONAL) DEAL. WE LOVE…



The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald recommended for 14+

With pages oozing glamour and extravagance, The Great Gatsby follows the life of party-thrower extraordinaire, Jay Gatsby and his mysteriously wealthy world. An American classic to tick off your list if you’ve not already read it.


THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES MIGHT JUST STEAL YOUR HEART!


This tale of two brothers, one with autism and the other desperate to support their survival, is heart-warming and brilliant. Recommended for our readers between 11-14.



The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews


A GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO MURDER…


Like all hard-working students, Pippa Fitz Amobi is the kind of girl that asks questions – and wants the right answer! But the questions she ends up finding answers to in this brilliant tale are somewhat different from your usual school-work texts!



A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson


FROM A ‘GOOD GIRL’ TO A WHOLE BRILLIANT SET OF LITTLE WOMEN!


This just had to be on our list! With a renewed popularity owed in no small part to the recent movie version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, this is a fantastic story and another classic. We think readers of all ages should have this one on their bookshelf!



Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


OH TO BE A SOMEBODY…


This is our hands-down recommended read of the year (a bold statement, it being only January)! Brian Bilston manages to blend poetry, prose, humour and a story-line that works in his wonderful wonderful book Diary of a Somebody whilst also referencing some GCSE poems that our students are all-too-familiar with! We’re still trying to decide on our favourite poem… Anthem For Doomed Christmas Trees or Do Not Go, Lentil, Into That Good Pie? Hmmm… let us know what you think!





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* Ps, we always encourage browsing titles online to make sure you’re happy that the book you’re about to buy is suitable for you or your child.