HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby

GENRE: fiction, contemporary, humour

London GP Katie Carr always thought she was  a good person. With her husband David making a living as 'The Angriest Man in Holloway', she figured she could put up with anything. Until, that is, David meets DJ Goodnews and becomes a good person too. A far-too-good person who starts committing crimes of charity like taking in the homeless and giving their kids' toys away. Suddenly Katie's feeling very bad about herself, and thinking that if charity begins at home, then maybe it's time to move...


TIGER BAY BLUES by Catrin Colley

GENRE: romance, women's fiction

Pontypridd 1930. At 18 Edyth is the plain, intelligent one of Harry and Sali Evans's five daughters, until a chance meeting with handsome curate Peter Slater throws her life into turmoil. Head over heels in love, she sacrifices her own ambitions of a college education and career, and defies her parents' opposition so she can help Peter realize his dream of running his own parish. The church sends Peter to Butetown, a dockland area of Cardiff, commonly known as Tiger Bay. There Edyth and Peter encounter rich cultures from all corners of the world, cultures that flourish despite desperate poverty and depression. It is a society where creed, language, and the color of a family's skin doesn't matter—as long as the borders that separate Tiger Bay from the city aren't crossed. Then Edyth discovers exactly why her parents were so opposed to her marriage—Peter has a dark secret that has not only blighted his life but also hers. It is a secret that threatens to destroy her love and their marriage.


HUNTED by Carla Norton

GENRE: thriller, crime

From the acclaimed author of The Edge of Normal, a riveting new thriller.

‘You live nearby? You need a ride?’
She stopped and looked at him: a chubby guy with a beard, younger than her father, but older than a teenager. She could never guess the ages of adults.
‘You need some help?’ the man asked again. ‘I can’t fix your bike, but I can give you a lift. It’s no trouble.’
‘Uh, no thanks. I better not.’ 
He looked nice enough, and in all her twelve years she’d never met anyone dangerous or crazy, but she’d been warned many times about strangers... 

Reeve LeClaire is not a victim. Not any more.
It’s been seven years since she escaped from evil psychopath Daryl Wayne Flint. He held her for four of her precious teenage years, and now she’s finally getting her life back.
But Flint, imprisoned in a top psychiatric hospital, has been watching and waiting … meticulously planning his getaway. Now his chance has finally come.
His escape is Reeve’s worst nightmare. And as he evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail through the forests of Washington State, Reeve is hit by a fearful realization: She will have to face her kidnapper one last time. 
His perfect victim. His little cricket. 


CLEAN BREAK by Val McDermid

GENRE: mystery, crime

Kate, a Manchester-based private investigator, is definitely not amused when thieves steal a Monet painting from a stately home where she has arranged the security. The theft is clearly the work of professionals: they penetrate alarm systems, enter quickly, grab only what they have come for, and disappear into the night. Kate feels responsible. And, according to her contract, she owes Henry Naismith, owner of Birchfield Place, thirty hours of her time to try to find his Monet. The police will search, too, but Kate has sources that the authorities could never touch. And if finding a missing Monet isn't difficult enough, Kate must also confront a deadly case of industrial sabotage. Someone may be intent on putting the Kerrchem company out of business. What seems at first to be a simple instance of blackmail soon turns into a shocking case of murder.


RANDOM by Craig Robertson

GENRE: thriller, fiction

Glasgow is being terrorised by a serial killer the media have nicknamed The Cutter. The murders have left the police baffled. There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason behind the killings; no kind of pattern or motive; an entirely different method of murder each time, and nothing that connects the victims except for the fact that the little fingers of their right hands have been severed. 
If DS Rachel Narey could only work out the key to the seemingly random murders, how and why the killer selects his victims, she would be well on her way to catching him. But as the police, the press and a threatening figure from Glasgow's underworld begin to close in on The Cutter, his carefully-laid plans threaten to unravel - with horrifying consequences.


WHO WANTS TO BE A STAR by Julia Allen and Margaret Iggulden


Tina Daniels is thirteen years old and a star. She sings beautifully, and everyone loves her. Her mother has big ideas about Hollywood, but Tina is not happy. One day she goes away on a train. Who does she meet? What does she see? Read about Tina’s new life.




A mountain climber, high in the Andes, falls into a strange valley. In London, a man is looking for a green door. A third man tries to help an unhappy ghost. Each of these exciting stories shows us two very different worlds. But which is better? And can we really be happier in another world?


SECRET CODES by Ken Beatty


For thousands of years people have used codes and ciphers to keep secrets from people who will do anything to learn them. How did secret messages cause a queen to lose her head? How have lost languages finally been understood? How did one little-known language help a country win a war? Read this book to find out.



GENRE: children's, funny, fiction

Horrid Henry is a horrid boy who loves doing unimaginable horrible things. He throws food, he snatches things, he pushes, shoves and pinches. He has a younger brother called Perfect Peter. He is an extremely perfect boy who does uncountable good deeds.



GENRE: children's, funny, fiction

Horrid Henry is a horrid boy who loves doing horrible things. The most words spelled backwords is 14. How many can Henry spell forwards? Find out in Horrid Henry’s amazing book of WORLD RECORDS.


A STRANGE PAIR by Kevin Hadley

LEVEL: A2 wersja uproszczona

Duet złodziei dokonuje serii nietypowych napadów w Warszawie. Na trop szajki wpadają detektywi Nowak i Pawluk, próbujący przewidzieć kolejne kradzieże i zrozumieć motywy postępowania przestępców. Historia, którą odkrywają, wstrząśnie prasą i podzieli społeczeństwo.



LEVEL: B1 wersja uproszczona

A train journey from Turkey to France is delayed by thick snow. So when a passenger on the train is found murdered in his bed, it is the perfect opportunity for Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot to prove his ability and solve the crime using the power of his brain.


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

Genre: Comedy

Escaping the Athenian court to marry, Hermia and Lysander tak refuge in a nearby wood. There, too, are Helena and Demetrius and the King and Queen of the fairies, Oberon and Titania. Oberon orchestrates a series of mischievous and magical tricks by which love is transformed, misplaced, deceived, revealed and, finally, restored.


SPIES by Michael Frayn

Genre: fiction, historical, war

In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for. 

MOONE BOY: THE FISH DETECTIVE by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy

GENRE: children's, humour

Martin Moone loves Christmas. But this year family Moone is on a budget, and Martin's gift list is being downsized. If he wants a Game Boy, he's going to have to work for it. So his imaginary friend, Sean, suggests he get a job...


MURDERABILIA by Craig Robertson

GENRE: crime, thriller

The first commuter train of the morning slowly rumbles away from platform seven of Queen St station. And then, as the train emerges from a tunnel, the screaming starts. Hanging from the bridge ahead of them is a body. Placed neatly on the ground below him are the victim's clothes. Why?


KNOW ME NOW by CJ Carver

GENRE: crime, thriller

A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide.
A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack.
Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 agent, is connected to them both. 
And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers.
But as the pair investigate, they unravel a dark and violent mystery stretching decades into the past and uncover a terrible secret.


THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

GENRE: classic, historical fiction, romance

The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


AMAZON RALLY by Eduardo Amos and Elisabeth Prescher

LEVEL: A1 wersja uproszczona

Brian and David are on a motorcycle rally in the Amazon jungle. It is a difficult race. The roads are not very good and there is a lot of rain. But those are not the only problems in the jungle...



LEVEL: A1 wersja uproszczona

In the first of these stories, Rip Van Winkle sleeps for over twenty years, and then wakes up to a world that he no longer understands. In the other story, Ichabod Crane, the school teacher, meets a headless rider in the middle of a dark night. These two classic tales of the supernatural by Washington Irving have been popular for nearly two hundred years.



LEVEL: A2 wersja uproszczona

There, on top of the mushroom, was a large caterpillar, smoking a pipe. After a while the caterpillar took the pipe out of its mouth and said to Alice in a slow, sleepy voice, 'Who are you?'

What strange things happen when Alice falls down the rabbithole into Wonderland! She has conversations with the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat, goes to the Mad Hatter's tea party, plays croquet with the King and Queen of Hearts...



LEVEL: B1 wersja uproszczona

For 50 years after Dr Watson's death, a packet of papers, written by the doctor himself, lay hidden in a locked box. The papers contained an extraordinary report of the case of Jack the Ripper and the horrible murders in the East End of London in 1888. The detective, of course, was the great Sherlock Holmes - but why was the report kept hidden for so long? This is the story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote. It is a strange and frightening tale...


TEARS OF THE GIRAFFE by Alexander McCall Smith

LEVEL: B1+ wersja uproszczona

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's first female private detective, has a difficult case to solve. At the same time, she is looking forward to a new life with Mr JLB Matekoni. She has known him for a long time, and she understands him. Or does she? She learns that he can still surprise her.

BLEAK HOUSE by Charles Dickens

LEVEL: B1+ wersja uproszczona

The legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has become a joke to some. People are born, marry and die, and still the case continues. But will the lives of Ada and Richard be ruined, like the lives of others before them, by the expectation of money? And how will their friend Esther be affected by secrets from her past?



GENRE: historical fiction

The Red Badge of Courage is one of the greatest war novels of all time. It reports on the American Civil War through the eyes of Henry Fleming, an ordinary farm boy turned soldier. It evokes the chaos and the dull clatter of war: the acrid smoke, the incessant rumours of coming battles, the filth and cold, the numbing monotony, the unworldly wail of the dying. Like an impressionist painter, Crane also captures the strange beauty of war: the brilliant red flags against a blue sky, steel bayonets flashing in the morning sun as soldiers step off into battle. In the midst of this chaotic outer world, he creates an intricate inner world as he takes us inside the head of Henry Fleming.



GENRE: romance, adult

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. 



GENRE: chick lit

Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes!



GENRE: chick lit

The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic.... 
With her shopping excesses in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky's biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he's moving to New York for business--and he asks Becky to go with him! 
Surely it's only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky's bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan--but will she have to return it?



GENRE: chick lit

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership. 

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake. 

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?


FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

GENRE: gothic horror, romance

Frankenstein is a young, idealistic student of natural philosophy who, finding the secret of giving life to matter, creates a living being. The monstrous creation, though tender-hearted and gentle in nature, inspires fear in those who meet him and must hide away from society.


THE DIARY OF A NOBODY by George and Weedon Grossmith

GENRE: classic, fiction, humour

Weedon Grossmith's 1892 book presents the details of English suburban life through the anxious and accident-prone character of Charles Pooter. Pooter's diary chronicles his daily routine, which includes small parties, minor embarrassments, home improvements, and his relationship with a troublesome son.


THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare

GENRE: classic, drama

Antonio, the merchant of Venice, and Shylock the money-lender have struck a bargain whereby Shylock will lend Antonio some money provided that if Antonio cannot repay him, Shylock can claim a pound of Antonio's flesh. Antonio's ships are lost and Shylock seeks to enforce the contract. As Jew conflicts with Christian, the ancient argument for justice tempered by mercy is pleaded by Portia.



GENRE: adventure

Nobody gets why Casey's upset. She's just been informed that she's spending the ENTIRE summer on some deserted tropical island with her father, his new wife, and her two brothers. Her father will study the endangered sea turtle, her brothers will drive her crazy, and Casey's sure she will die of boredom while dreaming of all the fun she could have been having with her friends back home.


RAIN MAN by Leonore Fleischer

GENRE: drama

Charlie Babbitt thinks he will get a lot of money when his father dies. However the money goes to someone he doesn't know - a man who lives in hospital and is the brother Charlie never knew he had. The two meet and so starts a surprising new life for both of them. A deeply emotional story and also a major film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.


NO MEAN CITY by A. McArthur and H. Kingsley Long

GENRE: historical fiction

No book is more associated with the city of Glasgow than No Mean City. First published in 1935, it is the story of Johnnie Stark, son of a violent father and a downtrodden mother, the 'Razor King' of Glasgow's pre-war slum underworld, the Gorbals. The savage, near-truth descriptions, the raw character portrayals, bring to life a story that is fascinating, authentic and convincing.

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