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Get ready for the Great Big Read at Norfolk’s libraries

18 March 2019

Readers across Norfolk are being encouraged to rediscover their love of libraries and reading for the Great Big Read 2019 with the help of the World Book Night book list.

The reading promotion for adults launches on 18 March and will run until World Book Night on 23 April.  The 23 titles will be available at libraries across the county throughout the month and can be reserved online or at your local library, with some also available as e-books and e-audio.

The list includes crime thrillers, film tie-ins (Juliet Naked and War of the Worlds), some of the best new novels written for young people (The hate u give and Turtles all the way down) and even a book set in Norfolk by the popular crime writer Elly Griffiths (The Chalk Pit).

Readers can add a review or star rating by logging into their online library account once they have read a book.  They can also comment, share a selfie with their favourite read or recommend a book to others on the new Norfolk Borrowers Facebook group, or on the Norfolk Libraries Facebook and Twitter accounts, using the hashtags #NorfolkGBR and #WorldBookNight.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said:  “We’re hoping for this year’s Great Big Read to be the best and greatest yet, and the list of books is fantastic.  It also helps to remind people of the brilliant service delivered by our libraries, and all for free.”

The titles on this year’s list are:


  • Margaret Atwood - Handmaid's Tale
  • Nadine Dorries - Shadows in Heaven
  • Elly Griffiths - The Chalk Pit
  • Nick Hornby - Juliet Naked
  • Jess Kidd - Himself
  • Dorothy Koomson - The Ice-cream Girls
  • Ann Leary - The Children
  • Colleen Oakley - Close Enough to Touch
  • Tony Parsons - Die Last
  • Lucinda Riley - Seven Sisters
  • Graeme Simsion - Rosie Project 
  • Mahsuda Snaith - The Things We Thought We Knew
  • Andy Weir - Artemis
  • H G Wells - War of the Worlds


  • Marina Cantacuzino - The Forgiveness Project 
  • Rio Ferdinand - Thinking Out Loud
  • Bryony Gordon - Mad Girl

Teen fiction

  • Tomi Adeyemi - Children of Blood and Bone 
  • Mel Darbon - Rosie Loves Jack
  • Malcolm Duffy - Me Mam, Me Dad, Me
  • John Green - Turtles All the Way Down
  • Matt Killeen - Orphan Monster Spy 
  • Angie Thomas - The Hate u Give

It is free to join Norfolk Library and Information Service and free to borrow up to 15 books at a time.  There are also a range of regular events for all ages at libraries across the county along with free Wi-Fi, computer access and DVDs for hire.  The service also offers a range of e-books through its Libby App and e-magazines.

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