Library Staff Recommendations

Who doesn’t like a good book recommended to them? Especially if it’s from someone who works at a library! Here are some recommendations from the lovely staff at Uxbridge Library –



Where’d you go Bernadette By Maria Semple

This book was so quirky and fast paced. The reason I loved it was that the 15 year old daughter, Bee, tells the story in a series of emails, memos and documents.


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The Secret of Crickley Hall By James Herbert

A book full of suspense, with a number of smaller storylines which link the plot throughout.  The main characters are trying to escape the trauma and guilt the mother feels, having lost her son.

The old country house the family moves into also has a tragic past. It was used as a home for evacuees during WW2.

The descriptions of the mother’s anguish and the small child’s isolation make for traumatic reading. If you like your stories creepy, this is the perfect read!


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The extraordinary life of Frank Derrick Age 81 By J.B. Morrison

This was a charming story and the beginning is brilliantly described by Frank after he is knocked down by a milk float.

I loved his frequent visits to the charity shop.



The Sandman (Series) By Neil Gaiman

This New York Times Best Seller is the story of Morpheus, the personification of dreaming. We follow his adventures in a series that combines horror, science fiction and fantasy, featuring starring roles and cameos from Orpheus, William Shakespeare, Batman, Clark Kent, John Constantine and Dream’s little sister Death.

It’s dark, it’s surreal and it’s majestic.


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A Walk Across the Sun By Corban Addison

This is the moving story of two orphans caught up in the international sex trade. It’s a vital novel that highlights contemporary global issues but it’s also a pacy thriller that is difficult to put down (I read it in just three days)!


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The Psychopath Test By Jon Ronson

A very readable and often entertaining exploration of the dark side of the human mind. Jon Ronson meets murderers, scammers, and also successful businessmen, politicians and bankers all of whom meet the definition of Psychopath.



The Secret History By Donna Tartt

My favourite book. I have read this many times and enjoyed it just as much every time. Interesting characters and very well written.



Hellboy by Mike Mignola

Looking for a graphic novel series that packs in occult Nazis, giant Lovecraftian monstrosities, mad monk Rasputin and characters from Irish to Siberian mythology, held together by a kick-ass demonic hero with real attitude and breathtakingly beautiful illustrations? Then look no further!


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Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

Hillingdon’s many am-dram fans could well love this novel. Shakespeare and theatre both play big roles in Emily St. John Mandel’s slightly sci-fi tale, which is set both before and after a massive, world-changing pandemic.  



Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary By Anita Anand

The gripping read was enthralling from start to finish. Learn more and more about the fascinating life of Princess Sophia Alexandra Duleep Singh, granddaughter of the exiled Maharaja of the Punjab.




The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Watch your step.” This is an engrossing, ambitious post-modern take on the Victorian novel.

Our heroine is Sugar, a prostitute determined to rise from the gutter on her own terms. This novel won’t spare your blushes, and will keep you company for a long time.



Moby-Dick by Herman Melville   

Of all the classics with a daunting reputation, this one is perhaps the maddest of the lot! ‘Call me Ishmael’, it begins, although we’re never sure if that’s really his name or half the time if he’s really the narrator. Meditations on religion, life and death, fate and the sea are side by side with chapters about whaling and an ageless tale of one man’s obsession.  


Take your pick and go check one out at a Hillingdon Library near you!


By Lara (Harefield Library)




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