Each month we will choose two books that we would like to recommend for adults and young people. We would be interested to hear your views on the titles so please let us know your thoughts via Facebook or Twitter.
In the Edwardian Age, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are over-shadowed by the approach of war that will engulf them as they grow into adulthood. When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie faces the challenges of life for those left behind. Confused by her love for two young men – one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace – she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastation that follow the Great War? Louis de Bernieres’ new novel follows the lives the three families through the traumatic times of the Great War, the Spanish flu epidemic and all the social change that follows. This is an interesting and thought provoking read, if a little over long, and a perceptive comment on English society of the time.
How Harry Riddell got nearly almost famous by Simon Mayle, Illustrated by Nikalas Catlow
Hi there, My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad, my EVIL sister and my twin baby brothers in our house in Cornwall. But if my dad has his way we might not live here much longer. He’s got this crazy idea to take us all sailing round the world for like, two years! I’m not sure about it, I guess the swimming with dolphins, learning to scuba dive and climbing volcanoes would be pretty cool but how am I meant to win the school Battle of the Bands competition and get Jess to go out with me if I’m stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean? I’ve written to a load of famous people who might be able to help me sort out my problems who knows if they will write back. We’ll see. Good luck and have fun.
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