The Promise, 2021 Booker Prize Winner

There really is nothing like holding a new book in your hands. The picture on the cover captures your attention. The blurb inside the fly leaf teases you with a hint of what lies within. You open to the first page and breath in that delicious scent. With a shiver of anticipation you read the first paragraph, then with a sigh of satisfaction you settle down to enjoy a good read.

Jesmond Library is proud of its regular supply of new books ensuring there will always be something new to capture your attention. The book buying committee work throughout the year to satisfy our members’ thirst for new reading matter. As well as scouring newspapers and magazines to identify the next bestseller, they read through multiple book reviews, check the top-seller lists, acquire competition winning stories such as the Booker Prize long lists, and check through the book requests and recommendations made by our library users.

We have just taken delivery of another batch of 90 new books which are currently being processed, covered and put out on display. Some barely touch the shelf before they are picked up and checked out by eager readers.

We have some fabulous new books for our younger readers, including local writer Chris Callaghan’s hilarious tale of The Great Chocoplot while for older readers we have Stephenie Meyer’s latest tale in the Twilight vampire series, Midnight Sun.

In adult fiction we have stories by Pat Barker, Paula Hawkins, Sally Rooney and Sebastian Faulks, crime tales from regular favourites Anne Cleeves, Mari Hannah and Richard Osman as well as science fiction by master storyteller Stephen King.

The non-fiction acquisitions include cookery (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall), humour (Jackie Weaver), science (Brian Cox), climate regeneration (Paul Hawken) as well as books on poetry, history, politics, biographies and true crime. 

A special shout-out to Michael Chaplin for his new book, the subject of which will resonate with many of our readers – Newcastle United Stole My Heart: Sixty Years in Black and White.

Come and visit us to see for yourself what is new to the shelves – we can promise you’ll find a good read waiting!