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.
On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks, an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer, is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host, and antagonist, is Alexander Pereira, a man whose time is running out, but who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. The search for sanity takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally – unforgettably – back into the trenches of the Western Front. This is a tragic account of love and war and the frailty of the human mind, it is a page turner and at the same time a story of great depth and emotion. Highly recommended.
The boy who sailed the ocean in an armchair by Lara Williamson
All Becket Rumsey wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in his way are two things: 1) his dad a fish delivery man “The Codfather” seems to have run away from home in the middle of the night and 2) Becket’s mum died before he got the chance to say goodbye to her.
Arming himself with an armchair of stories, a snail named Brian and 1000 paper cranes, Becket ploughs on, determined to make his wish come true. Lara Williamson writes books that are poignant and heart-warming but also humourous. Well worth a read.
To borrow these books, check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf