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Reading for Pleasure: Book Recommendations

Reading for Pleasure:
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Fiction Recommendations from TMC and UCEN Staff

NonFiction Recommendations from TMC and UCEN Staff

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Classic Reads

Graphic Novels and Anime Picks

As You Like It

As You Like It is perhaps Shakepeare's sunniest comedy, but there are patches of shade amidst the love-drenched brightness. In this manga, the Arcadian beauty of the forest of Arden is transposed to modern-day China, where rural and urban worlds collide.
Find a copy of this book at Shena Simon campus library



Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour - raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.
Find copies of this book at Harpurhey, Nicholls, Northenden and Shena Simon campus libraries

The Complete MAUS

An astonishing retelling of the twentieth-century's grisliest news, Maus studies the bloody paw-prints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.
Find copies of this book at Nicholls and Northenden campus libraries

Who Is Wonder Woman?

Find copies of this book at Northenden library

Non-Fiction Reads

Bad Feminst

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown).
Find copies at: Harpurhey, Openshaw and Shena Simon campus libraries


Everyday Sexism Project founder Laura Bates mocks the ludicrous pressures and stereotypes faced by young women today.
Find copies at: Harpurhey, Openshaw and Shena Simon Libraries

How to Be a Woman

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.
Find copies at: Harpurhey, Openshaw, Shena Simon and Wythenshawe Libraries

Fat is a Feminist Issue


Ben Stokes is not cast in the same mould as the vast majority of English cricketers. Fiery, combative, gladiatorial - he plays the game hard and with great gusto. Whether it's thrashing the fastest ever Test century at Lord's or the quickest ever Test double-hundred by an Englishman (against South Africa at Cape Town, in January) or destroying the Australian batting at Trent Bridge, Stokes plays the game he loves with his heart on his sleeve and with 100% effort and commitment. Cricket fans adore him for it. His very first book focuses on the pivotal moments in his life and career so far. From being forged as a young boy in New Zealand, to moving to Cumbria at the age of 11, to playing county cricket for Durham and then onto the England team, this book provides a riveting insight into one of the most exhilarating figures in sport today.
Find this book at Nicholls FE library

Part Reptile

Taking the key fights from his career, Hardy explores the sport with the unparalleled insight that has made him the best analyst working today. From training in China with Shaolin monks, to how MMA helped him channel his rage, to psychedelics and the ceremony in Peru that changed his life, to tapping into his 'reptilian brain' and the psychological warfare of UFC, to his epic title fight with Georges St-Pierre. Hardy also speaks eloquently of the heart condition that forced him to stop fighting, the road to recovery, and the evolution of a sport that flies in the face of mainstream disapproval to entertain and thrill millions of obsessives around the globe.
Find this book at Harpurhey library

Jamie's Ministry of Food

Lean in 15

Joe Wicks, better know as The Body Coach on instagram, reveals the secret to shifting body fat by eating more and exercising less!
Find this book at Harpurhey and Openshaw FE library

A Year in 120 Recipes

Jack Monroe's tasty and resourceful recipes from her well-loved blog, Cooking on a Bootstrap, have propelled her into the spotlight during the past year. In A Year in 120 Recipes, Jack gives us a full year of inspiring new recipes. Making the most of seasonal produce, yet with her trademark budget approach.
Find this book at Openshaw FE Library

The Fat-Loss Plan