Our librarians’ picks

Recommendations for all ages

Our expert librarians recommend their top 10 books and audiobooks.

New books for adults

  1. At the wolf's table – Rosella Postorino
  2. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman (eBook)
  3. This is going to hurt: secret diaries of a junior doctor  – Adam Kay (eBook)
  4. Finding my place – Anne Aly (eBook)
  5. The silence of the girls – Pat Barker
  6. The black ascot – Charles Todd
  7. Diary of a madman, The government inspector and selected stories – Nikolay Gogol
  8. No friend but the mountains : writing from Manus prison – Behrouz Boochani
  9. Rules of the road – Ciara Geraghty
  10. Hush Hush – James Patterson and Candice Fox

Audiobooks for adults

  1. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck : a counterintuitive approach to living a good life – Mark Manson, read by Roger Wayne (CD)
  2. Mallawindy – Joy Dettman,  read by Deidre Rubenstein (CD)
  3. Educated: A memoir – Tara Westover, read by Julia Whelan
  4. Daisy Jones & the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid, read by a full cast
  5. Until the day I die – Emily Carpenter, read by performed by Jess Nahikian, Kate Orsini and Patrick Lawlor
  6. The moon and sixpence – William Somerset Maugham, read by Robert Hardy
  7. Big little lies – Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee (CD)
  8. Here on earth – Tim Flannery, read by Tim Flannery
  9. The party – Robyn Harding, read by Cassandra Campbell
  10. Any ordinary day – Leigh Sales, read by Leigh Sales

Books for kids 0 to 6 years

  1. We are the gardeners – Joanna Gaines and kids
  2. Magic beach – Alison Lester
  3. Feminist baby finds her voice – Loryn Brantz
  4. Quantum information for babies – Chris Ferrie
  5. Lift-the-flap questions and answers about weather – Katie Daynes
  6. Barry – Colin Thompson
  7. Piranhas don't eat bananas – Aaron Blabey
  8. Busting! – Aaron Blabey
  9. Saying Goodbye to Barkley – Devon Sillett and Nicky Johnston
  10. Captain Crabclaw's crew – Frances Watts and David Legge

Books for kids 7 to 12 years

  1. Secrets of a schoolyard millionaire – Nat Amoore
  2. Wombat & fox: The whole story – Terry Denton
  3. The school for good and evil – Soman Chainani (eBook)
  4. The world's worst children 3 – David Walliams (eBook)
  5. Messy weird! – Anh Do
  6. Swallows and amazons – Arthur Ransome
  7. Nanberry: Black brother white – Jackie French
  8. Anne Frank – Stephen Krensky
  9. The upside-down history of down under – Alison Lloyd
  10. Radio boy and the revenge of grandad – Christian O'Connell

Books for teens

  1. Meat market – Juno Dawson
  2. Miss Lily's lovely ladies – Jackie French
  3. Front lines – Michael Grant 
  4. Geek girl – Holly Smale (eBook)
  5. The beauty that remains – Ashley Woodfolk
  6. The ring of Solomon – Jonathan Stroud
  7. An ember in the ashes – Sabaa Tahir
  8. Falling leaves return to their roots : the true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter – Adeline Yen Mah (eBook)
  9. The hate U give – Angie Thomas
  10. Stone girl – Eleni Hale

Audiobooks for kids (all ages)

  1. The midnight gang – David Walliams, read by David Walliams, Morwenna Banks and Peter Serafinowicz
  2. When friendship followed me home – Paul Griffin, read by Paul Griffin
  3. 13-storey treehouse – Andy Griffiths, read by Stig Wemyss
  4. 104-storey treehouse – Andy Griffiths, read by Stig Wemyss
  5. The brer rabbit book – Enid Blyton, read by Alan Davies (CD)
  6. The knife of never letting go – Patrick Ness, read by Humphrey Bower (CD)
  7. The enchanted wood – Enid Blyton, read by Kate Winslet (CD)
  8. The children of the king – Sonya Hartnett, read by Jennifer Vuletic (CD)
  9. Hello, my sunshine – Various authors (CD)
  10. Boy: Tales of childhood – Roald Dahl, read by Dan Stevens

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