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Reviews and booklists

Staff in the Central Lending Library tell you what they've been reading inOur Choices

It takes five minutes . . . so does a story

The new 'It takes five minutes' reading promotion is all about books that Dads will enjoy sharing with their children as well as reading for themselves. Follow the link to find Storytelling Tips and booklists for children and their Dads.


South Asian Literature- fascinating reads by authors from the Asian sub-continent.

Celebrating Diversity - a booklist compiled by Kings Heath Library. A tantalising glimpse of the wide selection of lesbian and gay books that are available at Kings Heath Library and other libraries.

Loud and Proud - lesbian and gay books reviewed by Birmingham Libraries staff.

Astonishing Splashes of Colourby local author, Clare Morrall, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2003.

Local author Catherine O'Flynnwas longlisted for the Orange Prize and Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her novel What Was Lost.

Reviews from Reading Groups around the city

Northfield Reading Group

Erdington Bookwormers

Erdington Crime Fiction Reading Group

Sheldon Library Readers Group

Science Fiction and Fantasy reviews


Black women writers from Birmingham: Maeve Clarkeand Jasmine Johnson

Booklists for special occasions

Holocaust Memorial Day
A list of powerful fiction and non-fiction books.

Booklists for Adults - mainly Fiction and Poetry

Flashback - fiction and non-fiction with a historical theme

Future tense- recently published science fiction and fantasy books.

It's a man thing- titles specially chosen to appeal to men.

Black Xibit- a celebration of recent black writing

Writers Without Borders - poetry and fiction written by local writers who have come to Birmingham from many different countries.

Mental Health
- novels which help you understand issues of mental health.

openingthebook.com/whichbook - a completely new way of choosing what to read.

Mainly Non-fiction

Books from the City - books published by Birmingham Libraries


Black History Information Books

Books about running and athletics

Caribbean cookery books

Children's Booklists and Reviews

What can I read next ?

When a book might help

Sporty reads

Reading Carnival Reviews
. . and pictures

Reading Planet Reviews. . and pictures

Reviews about Mr Majeika from Spring Hill Library

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Books and Reading websites
Book Reviews

Reading Groups in Birmingham Libraries

Big City Read

Big City Read Form