Recommended in March 2018 by Alex, Library Officer at Nicholls:
"The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy started as a radio play then became a book, a film, a TV series and a stage play. Often described as a trilogy in five parts, it is available as five separate volumes. I have read the books five or six times and never tire of the comic pseudo-science and improbable situations the characters find themselves in. Douglas Adams, the author, has an incredible imagination and a way with words that seems logical in his universe but are improbable in the real world. For example his description of some huge spaceships, 'The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't', and 'A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely fool proof is to underestimate the ingenuity of fools'. Read the books and meet Marvin the Paranoid Android and find the question if the answer is 42."
Recommended in February 2018 by Sue, Library Officer at Fielden:
"Written during the 1930s but unpublished in the USSR until 1966, it is an amazing work of fantasy, a love story, a satire on Soviet life under Stalin and much, much more. The main plot deals with the arrival of the Devil in atheist Moscow and the mayhem he and his accompanying demons unleash together. My favourite is undoubtedly the loudmouthed, gun-toting large black tomcat, Behemoth. The other main characters are the Master, a writer, and his lover, Margarita. The Master is writing a novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate so there is a sub-plot of excerpts from this book which cast a fascinating light on the conversations that may have occurred between the two men. Margarita’s love and fidelity towards the Master demonstrate the good and redemptive side of human nature. This is a novel that warrants reading and re-reading and is on my list of all-time favourite books. It’s not always an easy read - sometimes brutal, sad and menacing but often very funny. I can’t recommend it highly enough!"
Recommended in January 2018 by Marie, Library Officer at Harpurhey:
"Lee Child is one of my favourite authors. In this book Jack Reacher is back with his charm and wit and a bit more empathy in this case, while giving us the pleasure of his eventual confrontation with the bad guys. As usual, Child gives us intrigue, a hint of titillation and in this novel, a tongue-in-cheek dig at the US pharmaceutical industry as the biggest drug pushers. Well worth the read!"
Recommended in December 2017 by Lisa O'Loughlin, TMC Principal:
"A biography of the acclaimed fine artist and ceramicist Grayson Perry, in which he tells his own story, his voice beautifully caught by his friend, the writer Wendy Jones. The book sees Grayson reflecting on his childhood, emerging transvestitism and how this shaped his emerging art practice. In 2003, Grayson accepted the Turner Prize as his alter-ego Clare, wearing his best dress, with a bow in his hair."