Authors Live

There’s a TV programme we’ve discovered, that we thought you might like. It’s called ‘Authors Live’, and you’ll find it on BBC Scotland, which you can get through the BBC iPlayer.

Each episode features a childrens’ or young adult author, talking to a group of schoolchildren. There are over 30 episodes, which feature some top authors, like Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child, Patrick Ness and Kwame Alexander.

There are some fascinating talks on there, and you can find books by several of the featured authors on RB Digital (

Stephen Fry on RB Digital

If you are a fan of Stephen Fry, you probably already know that he has narrated all the Harry Potter novels for audio (all of which we have on RB Digital –

We also have a few of his own books in audio format – all of which he has also narrated – you will find ‘Stephen Fry in America’, ‘Mythos’ and ‘Heroes’ available to listen to.

And if you prefer reading to listening, you will also find ‘Stephen Fry in America’ and ‘Mythos’ as ebooks.


Children’s Books on RB Digital

We have collections of eBooks and eAudiobooks for children and young adults available on RB Digital (, featuring top authors like David Walliams, Jeff Kinney, Roald Dahl, Malorie Blackman, J K Rowling and many more.

To see a complete list of the available titles, go to the home page and look at the first two ‘bookshelves’ – one is for eBooks and one is for Audiobooks. Pick the one you want to search, and click on the ‘Explore’ button on the right. Next, click the ‘View All’ button on the white background in the top right. This brings up all the books in this format, so then click on the ‘Filter’ button, then ‘Audience’ and then select either ‘Children’ or ‘Young Adult’ from the drop-down list.

You can also look at the ‘National Shelf Service’ bookshelves on the home page – these are collections, in eBook and in Audio, of the books we hold which have been recommended by librarians as part of the National Shelf Service scheme which has been running during lockdown.


National Shelf Service – latest recommendations


The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people

It’s now been running for 7 weeks! Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

On Monday 18th May Joy Court from the East Midlands Youth Libraries Group recommended When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (available as an ebook)

9781408838365[1]Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. For Dylan, life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that escapes whenever he gets stressed. And, as a sixteen-year-old virgin and pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard. But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March. So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.


On Thursday 21st May Matilda by Roald Dahl was recommended by Emily Jacques of Hertfordshire Libraries (available as an ebook and eaudio).9780141322667[1]

Matilda‘s parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she’s a genius and they’re the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power.




On Friday 22nd May Charlotte Hernandez of Staffordshire Libraries chose A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison (available as an ebook and eaudio).

apinchofmagicThree sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?





For information on how to access eBooks and eAudio, visit the website

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Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May


Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020.

Kindness is the theme for this year, chosen in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “Now more than ever, we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives.

We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic.

Kindness unlocks our shared humanity and is central for our mental health. It has the potential to bring us together with benefits for everyone, particularly at times of great stress.

One thing we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Kindness is also a vital way we can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started.

The research clearly supports this – it shows that acts of kindness can help improve emotional wellbeing. This is true whether we are giving or receiving it.”

Wokingham Libraries support the Reading Agency intiatives (Mood-Boosting Books and Reading Well Programmes) to improve mental health.

Mood-Boosting Books

This is a list of uplifting books – fiction, non-fiction and poetry – which have been recommended by readers and reading groups. We have purchased a number of these as eBooks and eAudiobooks, which are now available on our RBDigital site. Go to and scroll down the page, they will be on the third and fourth “virtual bookshelves”. Click on the left or right arrows to scroll through the whole collection.

Reading Well Programme

This aims to help people manage their health and wellbeing through reading. Book lists have been prepared, based on recommendations from health professionals, and we have added a selection of these titles to our RBDigital eBooks collection.

The books are:

A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled – Ruby Wax
The Boy with the Topknot – Sathnam Sangera
Mindfulness – Mark Williams
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Elaine Iljon Foreman
Grief Works – Julia Samuel
The Sheldon Short Guide to Phobias and Panic – Kevin Gournay
Break Free From OCD – Fiona Challacombe
A Manual for Heartache – Cathy Rentzenbrink
House of Windows – Alexia Casule
Every Day – David Levithan
Blame My Brain – Nicola Morgan
Kite Spirit – Sita Brahmachari
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Face – Benjamin Zephaniah
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B – Teresa Toten
The Teenage Guide to Stress – Nicola Morgan
Ella on the Outside – Cath Howe
Clownfish – Alan Durant
Check Mates – Stewart Foster

The Reason I Jump – multiple authors (this is available as an eAudio book)

Find our RBDigital collection at


Romantic Novelist Association Awards 2020


These prestigious awards celebrate the best in romantic fiction. In early March the 2020 awards were announced at a ceremony in London by writer and performer Jenny Eclair. Titles that are available to download via the RBdigital app are marked with an asterisk.

The Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award

Lorna Cook, The Forgotten Village *eaudio and ebook

The Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award

Jenni Fletcher, Miss Amelia’s Mistletoe Marquess *ebook

The Romantic Saga Award

Tania Crosse, The Street of Broken Dreams

The Romantic Comedy Novel Award

Mary Jayne Baker, A Question of Us

The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award

Samantha Tonge, Knowing You

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

Ruth Hogan, Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel

The Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award

Sue Moorcroft, A Summer to Remember *eaudio and ebook

The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award

Natasha Lester, The French Photographer

The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award

Anstey Harris, The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton *ebook

Outstanding Achievement Award

Milly Johnson * eaudio latest book My One True North

RNA President Katie Fforde commented, “Milly Johnson is one of those writers who reliably produces wonderful books time after time. Warm, intelligent, they make you laugh and they make you cry.  She is a star.”


“Bookshelves” in RB Digital – how to search


You may have noticed the virtual ‘bookshelves’ on the Home page of our RB Digital site. The top two are for eAudio and eBooks, and the one at the bottom is for eComics, and highlight some of our recent additions. The shelves in between have been created by us to highlight particular areas of stock.

We currently have shelves highlighting ‘Mood Boosting Books’, a scheme promoting mental wellbeing organised by the Reading Agency, and ‘National Shelf Service’ – childrens’ books recommended by librarians, which is currently running daily on YouTube.

There are also one or two temporary shelves, which we will change frequently, and will be used to tie in with a national event – eg. last week’s shelves on World War 2 Fiction to tie in with VE Day, or to promote an area of stock, like this week’s shelves on biographies.

(Remember, if you are using a mobile device and don’t ever log out of the site, you’ll have to refresh the home page to see any updates.)

To search the full catalogue, choose the format you want (eBook or eAudio), and click on the ‘Explore’ button at the right of the bookshelf. This will give you several bookshelves to browse – Most Popular, Newly Added, Bestsellers and Recommended. You can also narrow your search by clicking on the ‘View by Genre’ button at the top of the page.


Book Chat

We’d like to recommend to you a number of titles that are available from our digital library to help you get through these days of lockdown. All books have been recommended by members of our library staff  and volunteers who are avid readers. They are available as ebooks or eaudio at

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichollsthings a bright girl can do

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2019, National Book Award, Books Are My Bag Readers’ Awards and the YA Book Prize.

Evelyn, May and Nell are three older teenagers growing up in the East End of London just before the First World War. Each girl has their own battles they want to win. Evelyn is expected to marry and become a wife but Evelyn dreams of going to university to broaden her knowledge. Nell lives with her family of eight in a small two bedroom flat. May has grown up as a Suffragists with her Mother. All three girls want more for themselves and for women and they are determined to join the movement and get equality for women.

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of facts about the suffragette movement, the First World War and the struggles women, and teenagers went through. I liked that there was a relationship between two of the three main characters. It had very brief elements of a Sarah Waters novel for young adults.

You can find this on RBDigital as both an Ebook and an Eaudiobook


We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieWe should all be feminists

This is an excellent introduction to feminism based on a TED talk by the author. The author draws on her own experiences as a woman in Nigeria, which reflects on every woman throughout the world. It is a short, intelligent, to the point and thoughtful essay on feminism.

This is available as an Eaudiobook and is narrated by the author herself.


The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Nessthe rest of us just live here

This story is about Mikey. Mikey leads an ordinary life, he is just about to graduate and he is working up the courage to ask someone out to the prom. Life is normal, ordinary. However, Mickey lives in a world where there are chosen ones and superheroes, extraordinary people who are out there fighting the good fight and saving the world. But what about the people like Mickey who are just trying to live their lives, despite the zombies, apocalypse and strange blue lights.

I really enjoyed this book, especially the whole idea about it being about the kids who are not super heroes. You always get to hear the story of the superhero and not about the ones who are left facing the aftermath of whatever apocalypse it might be this week. The main characters are all questioning ‘what do they want to do?’ after graduating high school. Themes of OCD, anorexia and homosexuality are explored in this story.

This book is available as an eBook.


The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins (audiobook)the night visitors

This novel tells the story of Olivia Sweetman, an academic who has worked hard to achieve a life she loves and public recognition for her work.  During a visit to a museum she stumbles across a rare exhibit and immediately sees the potential for a ground breaking study.  Olivia is fortunate enough to enlist the help of an unofficial research assistant, Vivian, and it seems as though Olivia’s career and reputation will continue to grow.

 However, all is not as it seems and both women have secrets that will have a devastating impact on both their lives.  This novel is about truth and lies examines in detail the relationship between the two women.  It was also interesting to read a thriller set in the world of academia and the associated pressures that this placed on Olivia, in a world where reputation is everything.  The two women are deeply flawed and it’s fascinating to watch this play out as the novel progresses.


Those People by Louise Candlish (audiobook)those people

 Lowland Way is a suburban paradise – smart houses, wealthy occupants and like-minded people.  The residents of the street feel very lucky indeed.  That is until Darren Booth moves in.  He love of cars and loud music, plus the building works at all hours, soon means that he is at war with the rest of the street.  It doesn’t take long for the cracks in this particular paradise to show and before long there are public rows.  Then the unthinkable happens and crime comes to Lowland Way.  To the residents it’s obvious that it’s Darren Booth’s fault, but the police do not agree.

 This novel is a real page turner and one that it’s hard to put down once you start!  The portrayal of Lowland Way and its occupants is all too believable, and the way the author describes their reaction to what they see as an interloper is fascinating.  The characters are all strong but interestingly not easy to like.  At its heart the novel asks the question…how far would you go to protect your home?


Force of Nature by Jane Harper (audiobook)force of nature

 A group of colleagues go into a remote area of the Australian bush for an overnight team building exercise…but one of them doesn’t come out.  What makes this particularly concerning for Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk is that the Company they work for is at the heart of his latest case…and the missing woman was his whistleblower.  As the investigation continues it becomes clear, however, that she wasn’t the only one with secrets to hide.

 This novel is a fascinating examination of work colleagues – who are not necessarily friends – and what happens when their corporate world and the niceties of polite society are stripped away.  How would any of us react when we’re faced with being alone in the wilderness, with no way to call for help, when we feel threatened?

The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams (audiobook) Written by a young reviewerthe beast of buckingham palace

 It’s gripping!  The book is set in the future when there are no forests and the sun is covered with smoke.  Prince Alfred is the person who can save the day by battling the King of the Beasts – the Griffin.  He is very courageous!  I would recommend this book to other children


Book to TV Adaptations


Enjoyed the TV series? Now read the book. This week’s new ‘bookshelf’ on our RB Digital homepage is a collection of ‘Book to TV Adaptations’. (Remember, you may have to refresh the homepage on your device to see recent changes). This is a collection of titles available on eBook, which have been the subject of recent or forthcoming TV adaptations.

There are some classic titles – for example, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been reimagined in both the UK (Sherlock) and the USA (Elementary), and some more modern, such as Sally Rooney’s Normal People.

There are a range of titles – there is crime (Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, Anne Cleeves’ Vera and Shetland titles), sci-fi and fantasy (The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones), and also titles that will appeal to teens (His Dark Materials and Noughts & Crosses).

Why not give them a go – and find out how they changed as they travelled from the page to the screen! Find them at


New National Shelf Service recommendations available on RBdigital

The recently launched National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from librarians for children and young people

Check it out on Monday to Friday at 11.00am. And check out the recommendations too via our free online RBdigital service. Where the ebook/eaudio is available, we stock it.

Titles added to our RBdigital “bookshelves” this week:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (eBook)

The Book of the Banshee by Anne Fine (eBook)

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie (eBook)

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher (eBook)

Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooklyn A. Allen (eComics)

Dodger by Terry Pratchett (eAudio)

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (eAudio)

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers (eAudio)

For information on how to access eBooks and eAudio, visit the website

Not a library member? You can now register online at