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Category: 5 Star

5 Star, Fantasy, Young Adult

The Subtle Knife

D’you know how embarrassing it is to mention good and evil in a scientific laboratory? One of the reasons I became a scientist was not to have to think about that kind of thing. This instalment of His Dark Materials partly takes place in this…

5 Star, Young Adult

Northern Lights

It was a very long time ago when I first read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and with The Book of Dust on the horizon, I thought it was about time I refreshed my memory. I enjoyed Northern Lights even more the second time round…

5 Star, Fantasy

Strange the Dreamer

Inside a dream. Within a lost city. In the shadow of an angel. At the brink of calamity. Strange the Dreamer introduces a new, richly imagined fantasy world from Laini Taylor, something a lot of us have been waiting for since the end of her…

5 Star, Fantasy


In a land where the three suns keep darkness at bay, there’s a girl with a shadow darker than it should be. After her father is executed and her mother thrown into the deepest, darkest jail cell, Mia Corvere finds herself, not quite, alone and…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Fragile Lives

Fragile Lives is the memoir of an eminent heart surgeon. Professor Stephen Westaby charts cases from his 50 years of work, in the NHS and abroad, pioneering techniques, including artificial hearts and taking chances where others feared to tread. Another day at the office for…

5 Star, Fantasy

An Ember in the Ashes

Elias has been at Blackcliff Academy since he was a small boy, taken from his tribal home and sent to train to become one of the Empire’s elite servants, a Mask. He is about to graduate but what he’d much rather do is desert, if…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

You Will Not Have My Hate

Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his 17-month-old son when his wife, Hélène, went to the theatre. The date was 13th November 2015. He would never see her alive again. She was one of the 89 people murdered by terrorists at the Bataclan Theatre…