Staff top reads

Staff top reads 2016

See a selection of staff top reads in 2015. Think of it as our personal recommendations!

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Anne

  • Reckoning: a memoir by Magda Szubanski

  • Us by David Nicholls

  • The inheritance of loss by Kieran Desai

  • The Bertie project by Alexander McCall Smith

  • Beautiful ruins by Jess Walter 

Silvana

  • The light between oceans by M.L. Stedman

  • By Grand Central Station I sat down and wept by Elizabeth Smart

  • Salt creek by LucyTreloar

  • Time and time again by Ben Elton

  • The Strays by Emily Bitto

Jeff

  • The road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

  • The Strays by Emily Bitto

  • Burning down George Orwell’s house by Andrew Ervin

  • The hate race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

  • Grant and I : inside and outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster

Brooke

  • A little life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • Our souls at night by Kent Haruf

  • Tell the truth, shame the devil by Melina Marchetta

Michael

  • A little life by Hanya Yanagihara

  • Submission by Michel Houellebecq

  • My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

  • The blue guitar by John Banville

  • The green road by Anne Enright

Teishan

  • The end of San Francisco by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

  • Jandamarra & the Bunuba Resistance by Howard Pedersen and Banjo Worrunmurra

  • Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore # 1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Voices (Annals of the Western Shore # 2) by Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Powers (Annals of the Western Shore # 3)  by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ellie

  • Disclaimer by Renee Knight

  • The carrier by Sophie Hannah

  • The eye of the sheep by Sofie Laguna

  • Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • The last painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

Janine 

  • Disclaimer by Renee Knight

  • Tell the truth, shame the devil by Melina Marchetta

  • Reckoning: a memoir  by Magda Szubanksi

  • Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • The road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Clare

  • To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Everything tastes better crumbed : and other big statements by Dave O’Neill

  • Prick with a fork by Larissa Dubecki

Jude

  • The Cuckoo's calling (Cormoran Strike series) by Robert Galbraith

  • Silkworm (Cormoran Strike series) by Robert Galbraith

  • Career of evil (Cormoran Strike series) by Robert Galbraith

  • Casual vacancy by J.K. Rowling

  • Bright lights dark shadows : the real story of ABBA by Carl Magnus Palm

Mike

  • Just kids by Patti Smith

  • Stoner by John Williams

  • I, Partridge; we need to talk about Alan by Alan Partridge

  • Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • The minotaur takes a cigarette break by Steven Sherril

Justin

  • St Kilda blues by Geoff McGeachin

  • The heat by Garry Disher

  • Ravenspur by Conn Iggulden

  • The big short by Michael Lewis

  • The keeper by John Lescroart

Ruby

  • Love and terror in the howling plains of nowhere by Poe Ballantine

  • Our souls at night by Kent Haruf

  • The lonely city by Olivia Laing

  • Blue nights by Joan Didion

Haylee

  • The Paris architect by Charles Belfoure

  • The light on the water by Olga Lorenzo

  • Scattered pearls by Sohila Zanjani

  • Love in the first flight by Tess Woods

  • Darkest secret by Alex Marwood

Lachlan

  • All that man is by David Szalay

  • The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

  • A Murder Without Motive: The Killing of Rebecca Ryle by Martin McKenzie-Murray

  • Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

  • Magic Beach by Alison Lester

Anne

  • Come in Spinner by Florence James and Dympna Cusack

  • Noonday by Pat Barker

  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet 

Sue

  • The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Translated by Alison Anderson)

  • The most good you can do : How effective altruism is changing ideas about living ethically by Peter Singer

  • The course of love by Alain De Botton

  • Sushi and beyond: What the Japanese know about cooking by Michael Booth

  • Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

Nicola 

  • The year of the runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

  • Skellig by David Almond

  • Our souls at night by Kent Haruf

  • The rise, the fall, and the rise by Brix Start Smith

  • Grant and I, inside & outside the Go-Betweens by Robert Forster

Andrea

  • A proper family holiday by Chrissie Manby

  • Where is bear? by Jonathan Bentley

Zoe

  • I'm supposed to protect you from all this by Nadja Spiegelman

  • The wicked & the divine (Book one) by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

  • A climate of fear by Fred Vargas

  • Reckoning: a memoir by Magda Szubanski

  • When breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi

Gayle

  • The guest cat byTakashi Hiraide

  • The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

  • Still in the bush by Len Beadell

  • Valour confederation series by Tanya Huff

  • The amazing tale of Ali Pasha by Michael Foreman

Maryanne

  • White gardenia by Belinda Alexandra

  • Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • The shining girls by Lauren Beukes

  • Next to die by Neil White

  • Jack Reacher series by Lee Child