Finding everyone’s favourite reads

Book with pages folded to form a heart shapeThank you for sharing all your favourite reads!  You can find almost everything that other people recommended somewhere in the University Library or local public libraries.  The links below take you to the catalogue record for each book so you can see if it is in stock and/or reserve it.  Other than those few marked with an asterisk (*), these books are all available from Portsmouth public libraries.  Joining the public library is free and can be done online.

Getting a public library card is a great idea because it gives you up to 20% off everything from hover travel to pizzas and tickets for the Historic Dockyard.

Search the public library catalogue to find the nearest branch library stocking any particular book or ask in your local branch for a book to be sent over for you.

 Available from the University Library

Voice Studies* – Thomaidis & MacPherson
Earthsea* – Le Guin

Available from the University Library and Portsmouth public libraries

How to be a Woman – Moran
Tales of the City – Maupin
Fight Club – Palahnuik
War of the Worlds – Wells
End of Faith – Harris
The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Larsson (we also have the DVD of the feature film)
Eagle of the Ninth – Sutcliffe
Heart of Darkness – Conrad
Room: a novel – Donoghue

Available from Portsmouth public libraries

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Harari
What a Carve Up! – Coe
The Trial of Henry Kissinger – Hitchens
All I Know Now – Fletcher
Perfume – Suskind
On the Beach – Shute
Notes from a Small Island – Bryson
From a Crooked Rib – Farah
The Girl with all the Gifts – Carey
Before they are Hanged – Abercrombie
Mapp and Lucia – Benson
Anger is an Energy – Lydon
Name of the Wind – Rothfuss
Paris – Rutherfurd
The Geneva Trap – Rimington
The Railway Children – Nesbit
Sharp Objects – Flynn
The Alchemist – Coelho
Sarum – Rutherfurd
Norwegian Wood – Murakami
Once and Future King – White
Year of Wonders – Brooks
I Capture the Castle – Smith
You – Kepnes
Less than Zero – Ellis
Fifty Shades of Grey – James
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Hosseini
The Ghost Orchid – Goodman
Me Before You – Moyes
Skulduggery Pleasant – Landy

Available elsewhere

The Sleeping Voice* – Chacón
Nutuk*  – Ataturk
Curious* – Wright
The Path of Abai* – Auezov
Human Landscapes* – Hikmet
The Z Murders* – Farjeon



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