The Return of our Book Advent!

Since 2013, we’ve been counting down the four weeks to Christmas using our area of expertise; not libraries or schools, but BOOKS!

Five years ago, we shared our very first advent book wreath, followed in 2014 and 2015 by our advent book doors. In 2016,  thanks to our graphic designer friend Liam Drane, we had a very stylish makeover which was gift tag-tastic indeed; we loved this redesign so much, that we used it again for last year’s countdown and it’s back again for our 2018 blog posts!

This year, as the weeks go by, members of our team will be sharing four books they’d each love to receive for Christmas. Some you may recognise, others could be completely new to you but hopefully by the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have sixteen books to explore, either at your local bookshop or- most importantly by visiting your local library (Norfolk residents: check the catalogue here!)

Below is the first installment from our library assistant, Zoë, and remember; if any of the books take your fancy, they might be available for loan from us along with thousands of other books- just get in touch!


  • Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens

I love the Murder Most Unladylike series so I’m really looking forward to reading about the latest adventure for Daisy and Hazel. The title implies it’s set in a theatre and I recall Robin Stevens asking for title suggestions on twitter earlier in the year. Sadly, mine weren’t chosen – but she liked them!

(Puffin, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780141373829, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • The Clue is in the Poo by Andy Seed, illustrated by Claire Almon

This looks a fascinating book! It’s one I know would be popular if I was still teaching – children love the grosser aspects of bodily functions. You can tell so much about animals from their poo. Tracking and other skills also feature which makes it a great book for the budding naturalist and those who love the outdoors.

(QED, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781784935733, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz

This adventure for James Bond is the prequel to Casino Royale, which I am sure will be as exciting as Trigger Mortis (also written by AH). I am torn between a paper copy or the audio book though.

(Vintage, £18.99, ISBN 9781911214779, find it at a Norfolk Library)

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – audio book

This book needs no introducing. I love Stephen Fry’s narration and I need to replace my worn-out tape which tells you all you need to know!

(Bloomsbury, £28 CD, 9781408882221, find it at a Norfolk Library)


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