Category Archives: Non Fiction

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solint

Check out this review on the 2AD blog.

By Danielle Prostrollo Solnit is perhaps most famous for her book Men Explain Things to Me which birthed the phrase “mansplaining” to describe a man that speaks condescendingly to someone (usually a woman) about a topic he does not necessarily know a great deal about (see: Merriam-Webster’s history of mansplaining). And because of this, I […]

via Book review: Hope in the Dark — 2nd Air Division Memorial Library


Reading Well for Long Term Conditions

We’ve launched a new scheme called Reading Well for Long Term Conditions – a book list for people with long term health conditions and their relatives and carers. The books provide information and advice to support living well with a long term condition.

The list covers conditions such as diabetes and stroke, as well as common symptoms such as pain and fatigue.

The books are free to reserve and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Browse and reserve the books for free here  or check them out on Pinterest

The books are also available as eBooks, visit the Overdrive website to borrow them.

Dementia Awareness Week – Book Collections in Libraries

Dementia Awareness Week takes place between the 14th and 20th May and is an Alzheimer’s Society Initiative. 

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia recommends
books you might find useful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

The books are free to reserve and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Browse and reserve the books for free here

Check them out on Pinterest here

Reminiscence kits and packs are available to borrow from the library for free, just like a book. The Reminiscence Kits contain
books and objects linked to a theme and are designed for working with individuals at various stages of memory loss.

Browse and reserve the Reminiscence Kits on the library
catalogue here

Find out more about Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia on the Reading Well website here

Check out our Healthy Libraries catalogue here

Norfolk’s Most Wanted

Great Big Read is our annual reading promotion for adults and runs in all Norfolk Libraries from 20th March – 22nd April. Pick up a leaflet in any library.

This year’s theme is Norfolk’s Most Wanted, our top 20 most popular and in demand books asked for by library customers. Norfolk’s Most Wanted features Crime, Thrillers and Romance, including bestselling books such as ‘The Girl on The Train’ by Paula Hawkins and ‘The Night Manager’ by John Le Carre’.

Browse and reserve our Most Wanted books on the library catalogue  and on Pinterest

Some of the Great Big Read – Norfolk’s Most Wanted titles are available as eBooks. To download an eBook visit the OverDrive eBook catalogue here

Some libraries will be holding events and activities to tie in with Norfolk’s Most Wanted. These include launch events, coffee mornings, book chats and quizzes. For details of these please visit

If you’ve read one of Norfolk’s Most Wanted titles, please write a review and send it to

Did you know that you can rate and review Norfolk’s Most Wanted Books? All you have to do is visit the library catalogue  Log in to your library account. Select your chosen Most Wanted book by clicking on the title and select Add your review. Write a short review and give the book a star rating.

Reviewed: Tomboy by Liz Prince

tombWhat a beautiful memoir! I loved this graphic novel which told the coming-of-age tale of a young girl who doesn’t identify with anything ‘girly’ she sees around her and can’t help but feel there must be something wrong with her. Several moments in the book were truly heart-breaking, as we see her struggle to come to terms with who she is. The ending was one of the most feel-good things I’ve recently read. Perfect.


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Reviewed: Gulp by Mary Roach

roachA fascinating account of the human digestive system that follows every twist and turn of the alimentary canal, revealing along the way the secrets of taste, digestion and what Elvis really died of. I very much enjoyed reading this book. Whether my partner so much enjoyed me enthusiastically reading parts of it out loud at meal times, I can’t be sure.


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Out next week: one of 2017 most anticipated cookbooks #OnePoundMeals

Miguel Barclay made his name on Instagram, creating and photographing beautiful budget meals – all under £1 per person. His first book is out next week! Reserve a copy.

one-pound“So much more than cheap dinner ideas – here are recipes for meals that cost under a pound but look and taste a million dollars! Instagram chef sensation Miguel Barclay is taking the world by storm with his delicious meals that cost less than £1 per person. ‘I’ve always loved cooking but I’m not a fan of needlessly over-complicated recipes that waste time and money. So I’ve created my own style of cooking: simple ingredients, straightforward recipes and mouthwatering meals, all on a budget. Now you can eat the food you love – from meatball marinara to chicken katsu curry, lamb moussaka to aubergine dal – all for under 1 per person.’ Miguel’s easy-to-follow, ready-in-minutes recipes are for a single serving – just multiply them up for more servings. “

“Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option…Unmissable” – New York Times

breath“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.”

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Costa Book Awards

Just in case you missed out seeing which books won the category prizes here is a roundup.

Details from Costa about the Award Winners

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The Bombs That Brought Us Together COSTA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD WINNERbombs

Hygge: cosiness and cake.

Our Hygge books are going like hot cakes… here’s a sample:

9780718185336“Hygge isn’t a cliche about knitted jumpers and sitting around a fire. It’s much more than that, and it has the power to change your life. Find out what hygge really means and how you can bring it into every aspect of your life. Fully illustrated throughout, the book will reveal how you can be more hygge through delicious recipes, easy tweaks to your home interiors, and by making time for ‘hygge moments’ in a busy life.” Reserve it here.


sock“Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-ga’) is a Danish word that describes the feeling of being cosy, comfortable and at peace with the world. It’s almost impossible to translate into English, but this concept might explain why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. The Art of Hygge is packed with delicious recipes to share with friends, craft ideas for decorating your home, and inspirational suggestions for enjoying the magic of everyday pleasures. Whether it’s a soothing mug of hot chocolate, a tasty butternut squash soup or a snuggly pair of felt slippers, you’ll find that a little hygge brings a lot of happiness!” Reserve a copy.

fika“Fika is a Swedish word meaning to meet up for a cup of coffee or tea over something delicious. It is also the word for the delicious treats themselves. Swedes traditionally stop twice a day for fika: taking a much-needed break from the daily grind. People fika with family, colleagues, friends, children and even go on fika dates. This new book from Bront Aurell features over 60 recipes for cakes, bakes and treats from all over Scandinavia… from indulgent cream confections to homely and comforting fruit cakes and traditional breads, sweet buns and pastries.” Reserve a copy.


9781509834860“In How To Hygge, renowned Scandinavian cook and writer Signe Johansen explores the culture of hygge, shares the secrets of Nordic living and shows you how to adopt these elements into your everyday life, wherever you are in the world. Hygge is central to the Nordic sense of well-being. Roughly translated as ‘cosiness’, it implies warmth, conviviality and community. For those who have long admired the region’s stylish design heritage, she reveals how to achieve Scandi-Cool in your own home, without breaking the bank. Explore the culture of hygge, and learn how to live your life to the fullest, Nordic-style.!” Reserve a copy.


hyg“Hygge is a word that has been sifted to the surface in recent years but it’s not a new concept. The Danes have enjoyed hygge for hundreds of years. They are measured as one of the happiest nations in the world. But at the heart of Danish life is a quality that is less easy to quantify – contentment. In Denmark, hygge is a significant presence in the backdrop of everyday life – something habitual and ritualistic. Hygge is a quality of presence, a feeling of togetherness, an experience of shelter and wellbeing. It’s a practical, easy antidote to consumerism, a way of belonging to the moment and to each other…” Reserve a copy.

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