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Norfolk residents who find reading difficult are invited to join The Norfolk Reading Pathway, a new library service project helping people become better and more confident readers. Maybe you know someone who can’t read, or who lacks confidence in reading?
The free reading support is one to one and delivered in local libraries by volunteer reading coaches. Learner readers work in a fun and engaging way to help boost their reading skills, building confidence and self-esteem as they progress.
The project uses the reading programme ‘Yes We Can Read’ and those taking part are asked to spare an hour a week to work through the programme with their reading coach.
Learners will also receive a certificate of achievement as well as support to access other reading or learning opportunities if they wish to do so.
The project is open to anyone in Norfolk aged 8 or above (no upper age limit!) and is taking place in libraries across the county.
If you’d like to know more about the Norfolk Reading Pathway or want to talk to us about getting involved please get in touch by email to email@example.com or call Angela on 07825 930654 or Christian on 07920 831358.
Like all 20-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in theattention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life… @GailHoneyman’s bestselling debut novel is out now in paperback.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Reserve your copy here.
Lou Clark is back in the ALL NEW Jojo Moyes novel Still Me, follow-up to the Number One international bestsellers Me Before You and After You. Lou Clark knows too many things . . .She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London.She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to meet someone who’s going to turn her whole life upside down.Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it’ll hurt. Lou won’t know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.
Out soon: join the waiting list.
“This deliciously gripping novel casts the familiar setting of Norwich and its surroundings in a grim and haunting new light.” – Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
‘The Binding Song‘ takes you on a trip to Halvergate Prison. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to leave. Dr Janet Palmer has just been appointed as lead psychologist at HMP Halvergate in a remote, bleak area of Norfolk. It is a promotion, but not a comfortable one: there have been a string of suicides, and her predecessor seems to have disappeared – along with his notes. The staff are hostile, the threat of violence is ever-present, and there are rumours of a ‘woman in white’ stalking the corridors, punishing the inmates for their sins. Janet is determined to find out what is really going on. But the longer she stays and the deeper she digs, the more uncertain she feels. Halvergate is haunted by something. But it may be a terror worse than ghosts…
Today Alison shares her favourites:
Andy Weir – Artemis (new thriller from the author of ‘The Martian’)
Adam Kay – This is going to hurt (Non-fiction – memoir of a Junior Doctor)
Tom Hanks – Uncommon type (Short story debut)
George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo (Booker winner 2017)
Sam Bourne – to kill the president (a thriller that pits the USA against North Korea)
Rachel Joyce – The music shop (Heartwarming tale from the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry)
Nick Littlehales – Sleep (a sleep expert shares the secret of better rest)
Nicci French – Sunday morning, coming down (part 7 of a brilliant thriller series)
Fredrik Backman – The Scandal (newest book from a much-loved Scandinavian author)
Adam Hamdy – Pendulum (Nail-biting thriller, book 2 out in hardback now)
Kerry Drewery – Cell 7 (Teen dystopia with a whole new approach to justice, sequel now out)
Marc Elsberg – Black out (What happens when the power goes out)
Ruth Ware – The woman in cabin 10 (Fiendish mystery)
Matt Haig – How to stop time (New from the author of Reasons to stay alive)
Monica Wood – The one-in-a-million boy (Bittersweet & beautiful story of friendship and loss)
J P Delaney – The girl before (Psychological thriller)
Jane Harper – The dry (Australian murder mystery)
Harry Potter and the cursed child (Playscript – but, most importantly, a new Harry Potter story!)
Haylen Beck – Here and gone (Suspenseful and page-turning thriller)
Enjoy! – Alison
DO you keep a list of your favourite reads of the year? If you’ve got a top ten, or a shortlist or even a really long list – why not share it? We’d love to see your lists. Just comment below – and we’ll publish them.
We’ll have a series of books of the year posts between Christmas and New Year- lets see yours among them.