Inspire Online Book Club

Each month we hope to bring you a recommendation of a title we have in our large collection of eResources, both as an eBook and an eAudiobook that we can all read together. This will be followed up by a discussion with a group of reviewers at the end of the month. Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter @NottsLibraries, and follow #InspireOnlineBookClub. 

We're looking for readers to take part in future Book Club Zoom chats. If you're interested in getting involved,  then get in touch and let us know by email at reading@inspireculture.org.uk  

January 2020 Book Club read is Traces by Patricia Wiltshire

Dear Book Club Friends! We're taking a Christmas break and will restart in January 2021 with 'Traces' by Patricia Wiltshire. 

Everybody leaves a mark. In Traces, Professor Patricia Wiltshire will take you on a journey through the fascinating edgeland where nature and crime are intertwined. She'll take you searching for bodies of loved ones - through woodlands and plantations, along hedgerows and field-edges, from ditches to living rooms - solving time since death and how remains were disposed of. She will show you how pollen from a jacket led to a confession and how two pairs of trainers, a car and a garden fork led to the location of a murdered girl. She will give you glimpses of her own history: her loves, her losses, and the narrow little valley in Wales where she first woke up to the wonders of the natural world.

From flowers, fungi, tree trunks to walking boots, carpets and corpses' hair, Traces is a fascinating and unique book on life, death, and one's indelible link with nature.

'Traces is proof that real-life can be more startling than fiction. The insights into the natural world are every bit as absorbing as the behind-the-scenes details of forensic investigation, while Patricia Wiltshire's own story is as remarkable as any of the cases she's worked on. Poignant, frank and utterly fascinating.' - Simon Beckett

Available to loan digitally on ebook or audiobook

November 2020 Book Club read is 'The Catch' by T. M. Logan

In November we read The Catch by Nottingham based author T.M. Logan whose suspenseful thrillers have picked up millions of readers worldwide and received high praise from critics and fellow crime-writers alike.

Sunday Times bestseller The Catch is about a father who becomes convinced his daughter is about to marry a man with terrible secrets. Terrified that his cherished only child may be in danger, Ed sets out to uncover the truth - before it’s too late…

“T.M. Logan's best yet. Unsettling and so, so entertaining. The perfect thriller.” Caz Frear 

"Action-packed and full of tension . . . Logan keeps the twists going up to the dramatic ending.” Independent

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the video below:

We also had an exclusive interview with T.M. Logan as part of our Book Talks. Watch the interview here.

October 2020 - Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

Longlisted for the Booker Prize - Irish Times number one bestseller - shortlisted for novel of the year at the Irish Book Awards, the Dalkey Literary Awards and the Kerry Group Awards - a book of the year in the New York Times, New Statesman, Times Literary supplement, Big Issue, i, the Atlantic and Literary Hub.

It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again? Night Boat to Tangier is a tragicomic masterwork from a multi-award-winning writer, Night Boat to Tangier is both mordant and hilarious, lyrical yet laden with menace.

‘Barry is a clairvoyant narrator of the male psyche and a consistent lyrical visionary. But what distinguishes this book beyond its humour, terror and beauty of description is its moral perception.’ - The Guardian

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the video below:

September 2020 - A Thousand Ships By Natalie Haynes.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

An all-female retelling of the Trojan War by comedian and classicist author Natalie Haynes. A Thousand Ships shows why Homeric classics are such rich source material for 21st-century authors. With piercing wit and crystalline prose Haynes draws compelling parallels between the inner lives of women caught in the conflict and modern attitudes to sex and gender.

'The forgotten women are vividly brought to life in this moving, intelligent and witty book. Natalie Haynes' knowledge of Greek mythology shines through her skillful story telling. Epic is the word' - Martha Kearney, BBC Radio 4

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the video below :

August 2020 - My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay.

This is Lemn's story; a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Sissay reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home.

'Sissay has given us a blistering condemnation of the 'care' system- and his powerful voice asking 'why?' on behalf of all children who have been it's victims.' - The Mail

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the video below :

July 2020 - The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox by Claire Gradidge

Everyone has secrets - some are just more deadly than others . . .

The perfect read for fans of Sunday night drama. Agatha Christie meets The Mitford Murders in this deliciously dark golden age mystery of wartime family secrets and lies in small town England.

Winner of The Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

Watch our Book Cub Zoom Chat below:


June 2020 - The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Our chosen book for June was The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. 

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

Watch our Zoom Chat about the book below!


May 2020 - The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason

The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason was our chosen Book Club read for May 2020. 


Find out what our panel of reviewers thought of the book in the video below: