Our librarians’ picks

Recommendations for all ages

Our expert librarians recommend their top 10 books and audiobooks.

New books for adults

  1. The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
  2. Calypso – David Sedaris
  3. King of Ashes: Firemane Saga Book 1 – Raymond E Feist
  4. Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak
  5. Convenience store woman – Sayaka Murata
  6. Dead man's gifts and other stories – Simon Kernick
  7. Why we sleep: the new science of sleep and dreams – Matthew Walker
  8. Milkman – Anna Burns
  9. Greeks bearing gifts – Philip Kerr
  10. Past tense – Lee Child

Audiobooks for adults

  1. Australia Day – Melanie Cheng, read by Katherine Tonkin
  2. We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates, read by John O'May
  3. Neuromancer – Wiliam Gibson, read by Jeff Harding
  4. How to be Famous – Caitlin Moran, read by Louise Brealey
  5. Love with a chance of drowning – Torre DeRoche, read by Candice Moll
  6. The Snowman – Jo Nesbo, read by Sean Barrett
  7. In pieces – Sally Field, read by Sally Field
  8. Burial rites – Hannah Kent, read by Morven Christie
  9. The Fix – David Baldacci, read by Orlagh Cassidy and Kyf Brewer
  10. Less – Andrew Sean Greer, read by Robert Petkoff

Books for kids 0 to 6 years

  1. Pigeon needs a bath – Mo Willems
  2. When Grandad was a Penguin – Morag Hood
  3. Summer Rain – Ros Moriarty
  4. Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise – David Ezra Stein
  5. The great white man-eating shark – Margaret Mahy
  6. Rosie's walk – Pat Hutchins
  7. The Nutcracker and the four realms : the dance of the realms – Calliope Glass
  8. Pig the grub – Aaron Blabey
  9. Peppa Pig loves Australia – Mandy Archer
  10. The day the crayons quit – Drew Daywalt

Books for kids 7 to 12 years

  1. Bad Dad – David Walliams
  2. Winterhouse – Ben Guterson
  3. Matilda – Roald Dahl
  4. Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald - the original screenplay – J.K. Rowling
  5. Asterix and the magic carpet – Uderzo
  6. Magic faraway tree collection – Enid Blyton
  7. A boy called Christmas – Matt Haig
  8. Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley's journal – Jeff Kinney
  9. Diary of a wimpy kid: The Meltdown – Jeff Kinney
  10. Illegal – Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin, art by Giovanni Rigano

Books for teens

  1. The Graveyard Book– Neil Gaiman
  2. Dumplin'– Julie Murphy
  3. The Giver (Quartet)– Lois Lowry
  4. The Hate U Give– Angie Thomas
  5. The dark is rising– Susan Cooper
  6. Came back to show you I could fly– Robin Klein
  7. Let it snow : three holiday romances– John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  8. The hunger games– Suzanne Collins
  9. Northern Lights– Philip Pullman
  10. Amelia Westlake– Erin Gough

Audiobooks for kids (all ages)

  1. Wonder – R.J. Palacio, read by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl & Kate Rudd.
  2. Fortunately the Milk– Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman
  3. Play school dinosaur stories– Read by Leah Vandenberg, Rhys Muldoon, Justine Clarke, Andrew McFarlane
  4. The 78-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths, read by Stig Wemyss
  5. James and the giant peach – Roald Dahl, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt
  6. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Rob Inglis
  7. Enid Blyton's holiday stories – Enid Blyton, read by Jilly Bond
  8. A monster calls – Patrick Ness, read by Jason Isaacs
  9. How to train your dragon – Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant
  10. Tales from Watership Down – Richard Adams, read by Clive Mantle

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Last updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2018