Looking for a good book to read during lockdown? Or have you read a book that energised you, entertained you, or just passed a few enjoyable hours in its company?

If so, send us a few words via Contact Us on why you’d recommend your lockdown read of choice, fiction or non-fiction, and we’ll publish it here on the Friends of Pontesbury Library website to share with others. Better still, include your photo holding the book itself. If you’re not on the Internet simply post your hard copy through the Pavilion postbox marked FOPL Bookshelf.  Thank you. We hope that the Lockdown Bookshelf will grow in time to provide a rewarding reading list both now, while the library’s doors are closed, and beyond.

Many classic books are freely available to download to your favourite device at Project Gutenberg.

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BooksRecommended By 
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

This is an unusual choice for me in the summer. I usually read seasonally appropriate books. In fact I should be on holiday now - on the beach in Cornwall! The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley is set at New Year in a snow-bound Scotland. It’s a gripping thriller with twists and turns to the end - Agatha Christie meets Nicci French.
Beverley Link
Doughnut Economics by Kate RaworthMike Fletcher
Motherwell by Deborah Orr

This a memoir of Orr’s life in Motherwell, how much she loved it and how much she needed to get away. It also describes her ambivalent relationship with her mother throughout her life. I found it fascinating and although she was a littler younger than me it brought back the fifties and sixties very evocatively. Sadly Deborah Orr died last year before her book was published.
Jackie Williams
Maigret by Georges Simenon

I had not read any of the Maigret stories for over 50 years and came back to them about two years ago since when I have read or listened to over 20 of them. They are remarkably consistent in quality and Simenon is widely recognised as a major novelist. Try any of them - I singled this one out almost at random. Maigret is wonderfully convincing as a character and has a tremendous capacity to see how the most ordinary of people can commit the most terrible crimes given the wrong combination of motive and situation. They are a compulsive read!
Peter Traves
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I love this book because it is full of magic (real) and romance with a touch of gothic and is brilliantly imagined and beautifully written.
Sue Jones
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by AJ Mackinnon
Bob Boden
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

“One walks if one must walk, in the very centre of the roadway to avoid the contagion seeping from the dwellings...
Susie Osborne