Travels in Time

be transported back and forth to the blood thirsty hallways of the Elizabethan court, to the primitive Neolithic age, or perhaps even the bomb-strewn streets of London.

In the Heart of the Sea – By Nathaniel Philbrick

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary How small and hopeless one would feel, to be wrecked by an 80 foot whale and cast adrift in the Pacific. Short of looking back at Earth from space, I can’t imagine a more vivid impression of humankind’s insignificance in the face of nature and the universe. Nathaniel Philbrick’s In […]

Whicker’s War – by Alan Whicker

Posted by Andrew:  Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary There is something about war that brings into focus the extremes of the human capacity for experience. Perhaps it’s the immediacy of mortality, the unfamiliarity of foreign things, or the camaraderie. I suspect it’s a little of each and more besides. In Whicker’s War Alan Whicker recounts how he […]

The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1) – Conn Iggulden

Posted by Bartley: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary As the fifth instalment of Conn Iggulden’s EMPEROR series publishes to great success and popular acclaim, this reviewer decided that even though Gates of Rome was published in hardback back in 2003, in true NEL style, it was better late than never to join the series. Two young companions, […]

Girl with A Pearl Earring – by Tracy Chevalier

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This is a story of romance and longing; of a communion of spirit that life’s unfortunate circumstances may be able to stop, but can’t bury. Johannes Vermeer has remained one of the great enigmas of 17th-century Dutch art – little is known of his personal life. The portrait of […]

Little Brother – By Cory Doctorow

Posted by Lawrence: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Little Brother is the story of a group of teenagers living in San Francisco who, after being caught in the middle of a devastating terrorist attack on their city, are arrested and brutally interrogated by their own government. Though they are eventually released, they soon realise that the basic […]

Wuthering Heights – By Emily Brontë

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Have you ever had a love/hate relationship with a book? You could be reading a horrifically sad story, where everything goes wrong and gets worse the more you read; but there’s something that keeps you going? That’s how I felt when reading Wuthering Heights. It’s one of those classics […]

Letters From Father Christmas – By J.R.R. Tolkien

 Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Charming doesn’t quite cover it for me on this one.  I first listened to Derek Jacobi reading this on ‘my first sony’, (I still have the cassette tapes) and what a magnificent actor to give voice to Tolkien’s living, breathing, letter-writing and present-giving Father Christmas. His voice shifts from wilful […]

Robinson Crusoe – By Daniel Defoe

Posted by Bartley: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Robinson Crusoe is in every sense of the word, a classic. As a tale, it has inspired and influenced western culture to the point of cliché: the survivor on the tropical island has been played out in dozens of formats from Lost to Gilligan’s Island; it echoes in the […]

The Hobbit – By J R R Tolkein

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This book needs no introduction. It is quite simply one of the most wonderfully enchanting, touching and exhilarating fantasy novels of all time. It is very much a case of curiosity (nearly) killed the cat for the inquisitive Bilbo Baggins, as he, at first somewhat reluctantly, embarks on a […]

Pinocchio – By Carlo Collidi

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Oh Pinocchio you poor thing! Not a thing at all, sorry Pinocchio, poor quasi-human marionette who’s wrestling with existential and Kantian morality issues. Make no mistake – bad things happen to Pinocchio … Like Grimm, this is a darker-saturated incarnation of magic than the fairytales we’re so familiar with, […]

Gallows Thief – By Bernard Cornwell

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary The saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’; OK then, I’ll judge it by its title: The Gallows Thief: literally – a person who robs the gallows of victims to hang.  Sold! This was another audiobook I was lucky enough to proofread (or proof-listen to, as Emma […]

Shards of A Broken Crown – By Raymond E. Feist

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary To all the die-hard fantasy readers out there, if you haven’t already read this book, or this series, you must do so immediately. Right now. Go! Raymond Feist has been on my ‘to read’ list forever, but I never actually got round to reading any of them.  When Shards […]

The Birth House – By Ami McKay

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Calling all fans of ‘Call the Midwife’, you’re going to want to know about this book! Ami McKay takes us to the wilds of Nova Scotia, Canada, where the mysterious and elderly midwife, Miss Babineau, takes young Dora Rare in and teaches her the secretive early practices of childbirth. […]

Death Comes AsThe End – By Agatha Christie

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Before I can talk about this book I have to make a confession … I had never read an Agatha Christie book before. The shame of it! Her books have always been on my ‘to read’ list but I’ve never gotten round to actually reading one.  So you can imagine […]

The Phantom of The Opera – By Gaston Leroux

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary A hidden face, a blighted love, possession, intrigue and a tortuous obsession. Having been literally obsessed with the musical my whole life (I have a PowerPoint presentation on why it’s the only and best musical ever written) it was my utter delight to read the original story by French […]

Larry’s Party – By Carol Shields

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary This is a deceptively simple book. Just one guy’s life. When you meet Larry he is luxuriating in a rather new ‘find’, a Harris Tweed jacket to end all Harris Tweed jackets. Larry does own one, but not this one. That means someone else will no doubt notice upon […]

Socrates – Philosophy In An Hour

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary While reading this (what seems to be) scholarly ebook about one of the most famous Philosophers in history, I was immediately transported into the pioneering world of Ancient Greece. Socrates was the first of the three great Athenian philosophers and is quite deservedly branded as one of the founders […]

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – By Judith Kerr

Posted by Charlotte: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Eleven year old Anna is about to ruin everything, if only her mother can stop her in time. She’s travelling aboard the milk train over the frontier to Switzerland, away from her homeland Germany, which that night is on the cusp of coming under Nazi power. Anna’s life is […]

The Constant Princess – By Philippa Gregory

Posted by Parastou: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary We all think of Katherine of Aragon as the barren wife of the legendary King Henry VIII but behind this Tudor legacy lies a fascinating story of women warriors, hidden promises, and an unspeakable love that could change the fate of a nation. I’ve read a lot of historical […]

Bombs on Aunt Dainty – By Judith Kerr

Posted by Fliss: Tweet Back #neverendinglibrary Bombs on Aunt Dainty is a magnificent novel succinctly describing the frustration and isolation of being a German teenager while living in London during the Blitz. Best described as a coming-of-age novel, Bombs on Aunt Dainty vividly depicts how hard it must have been surviving the war, extreme poverty […]