Inspire Online Book Club

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Each month we 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  

November 2021 - Shed No Tears

November 2021 - Read with us Shed No Tears by Caz Frear.

The brilliant new thriller from the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition winner and #1 bestseller.

Who killed Holly Kemp? Christopher Masters, known as 'The Roommate Killer', strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found. Until now. Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the Major Investigation Team are called in for what should be an open-and-shut case. But immediately Cat has questions and with Masters dead and few new leads, she has little to go on except her gut instinct, which is telling her that the real killer is still out there. But if you'd got away with murder, how far would you go to keep the past where it belongs? 

'If you haven't discovered Caz Frear yet, you are in for a treat. She's fast becoming one of my favourite writers. Shed No Tears is magnificent.' ―Fiona Cummins

Available from 1 November 2021. Borrow this title here.


October 2021 - The Humans

Members Rating - 4.35

October 2021 - Read with us The Humans by Matt Haig.

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. OR IS THERE? 

After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst an alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog.

Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race . . . ?

'The Humans is tremendous; a kind of Curious Incident meets The Man Who Fell to Earth. It's funny, touching and written in a highly appealing voice' - Joanne Harris

IOBC member Col Robinson wrote a review about "The Humans" - Read the review here.

IOBC member T.K wrote a review about "The Humans" - Read the review here.

We took our discussion to Zoom. Watch the video here:


September 2021 - Come Again

Our members' rating: 1.75 out of 5

September 2021 - We read Come Again by Robert Webb.

You can't fall in love for the first time twice...

Kate's husband Luke - the man she loved from the moment she met him twenty-eight years ago - died suddenly. Since then she has pushed away her friends, lost her job and everything is starting to fall apart. One day, she wakes up in the wrong room and in the wrong body. She is eighteen again but remembers everything. . . 

‘Time-slip novels and plots revisiting the 1990s student experience are both things at the moment. This debut by the well-known comedian and Peep Show actor ingeniously combines both.’ - The Mail

Our IOBC member T.K. wrote a review about "Come Again" - Read the review here.

We took our discussion to Zoom. Watch the video here:

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August 2021 - Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Our members' rating: 3.5 out of 5

August 2021 - We read Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen. Amanda Owen loves her traditional life on her hill farm alongside her nine children and husband Clive. And, as readers of her previous bestsellers will know, every day at Ravenseat brings surprises. In Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda takes us from her family’s desperate race to save a missing calf to finding her bra has been repurposed as a house martin’s nest, and from wild swimming to the brutal winter of 2018 that almost brought her to her knees. As busy as she is with her family and flock though, an exciting new project soon catches her eye . . .

"Awash with anecdote and incident, The Adventures of a Yorkshire Shepherdess is an uplifting memoir of a remarkable woman living the kind of life that is rapidly vanishing from view" - Waterstones

Our IOBC member T.K. wrote a review about "Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess" Read the review here.

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the chat here: 

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July 2021 - The Familiars

July 2021 - We read The Familiars by Stacey Halls. Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Book of the Year 2020. Stacey Halls’ accomplished debut is a haunting novel of two women struggling to fight against the expectation and superstition of their age.

"Assured and alluring, this beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power was a delight from start to finish." - Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist

Our IOBC member T.K. wrote a review about "The Familiars" Read the review here.

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the chat here:

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June 2021 - The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

June 2021 - We read The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste. The Shadow King casts light on the women soldiers written out of African and European history. It is a captivating exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.  

"The Shadow King is a beautiful and devastating work; of women holding together a world ripping itself apart. They will slip into your dreams and overtake your memories." - Marlon James

Our IOBC member T.K. wrote a review about "The Shadow King", Read the review here.

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the chat here:


May 2021 - The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal


May 2021 - We read The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal.

Set in Victorian London against the vibrant backdrop of pre-Raphaelite art and the stifling social limitations on women’s lives, aspiring artist Iris agrees to model in return for painting lessons. As creativity and love blossom, she is unaware that a fleeting encounter with sinister collector Silas has sparked a dark obsession which threatens to destroy her world.

'…a remarkably strong debut; clever and readable with flashes of wonderful, descriptive prose.' - The Times

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the discussion here:


April 2021 - Children of Blood and Bone

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April 2021 - We read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Already snapped up for development into a major new film by the producers of The Fault in Our StarsChildren of Blood and Bone is a fierce and unflinching saga of divided love, belief and legacy. 

'This highly anticipated fantasy novel earned its 23-year-old Nigerian-American author a seven-figure deal. The first instalment of a three-part young adult trilogy, it draws on African myth and folklore and was reportedly inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement. The film rights were snapped up before the book was even published.' - The Irish Independent

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the discussion here:


March 2021 - The Moment of Lift

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March 2021 - We celebrated International Women's Day by reading The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates.

Sunday Times bestselling debut from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.

"Melinda Gates has spent many years working with women around the world. This book charts her own evolution as a feminist and celebrates the stories of others who inspired her on her journey. It is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. Most of all, it is a call for unity, inclusion and connection. We need this message more than ever." - Malala Yousafzai

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the discussion here:


February 2021 - The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

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February 2021 - Club friends, this month we celebrated LGBT+ History Month 2021 by reading The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst.   

"Perhaps Hollinghurst's most beautiful novel yet--a book full of glorious sentences by the greatest prose stylist writing in English today. 'The Sparsholt Affair' is about gay life, about art, about family, but most of all it's about the remorseless passage of time. An unashamedly readable novel, undoubtedly the work of a master." -Alex Preston, The Observer

We took our book discussion to Zoom. Watch the discussion here:


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January 2020 - Traces by Patricia Wiltshire

We started 20201 by reading 'Traces' by Patricia Wiltshire. 

'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

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


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November 2020 - 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.

"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.

‘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:


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