Forgotten books


We thought that it  would be a good idea to include in our blog a regular post about a book or books that have been forgotten.

So a book that staff or students have read sometime, really loved and would highly recommend but that for some reason the book has never received the recognition it should have or it has been put on our shelves and not read as much as it deserves or was popular when first released but is now simply forgotten.

Worthy treasures that need to be discovered again. Please email us with your suggestions.

I, for one can think of quite a few, but for our first post I would like to reintroduce to everyone The book thief  by Marcus Zusak a young Australian author.


I do not carry a sickle or a scythe.

I only wear a hooded black robe when it’s cold.

And I don’t have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy

pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like?

I’ll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.” 

Death’s Diary: 1942, Page 307 The book thief

This is a well loved book by both adults and teens alike, winning a slew of awards, mostly in the Young Adult category, and selling at least a million copies. It has spent 247 weeks on the NY Times best sellers list for childrens paperback books.

Zusak, an Australian author, has said that writing the book was inspired by two real-life events related to him by his German parents: the bombing of Munich, and a teenage boy offering bread to an emaciated Jew being marched through the streets, ending with both boy and Jewish prisoner being whipped by a soldier. It is, however, the way in which Zusak combines such terrible events with such believable characters and the minutiae of everyday life in Nazi Germany that makes this book so special. A number one New York Times bestseller, The Book Thief has been marketed as an older children’s book in some countries and as an adult novel in others. It could and – dare I say? – should certainly be read by both. Unsettling, thought-provoking, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told. It is an important piece of work, but also a wonderful page-turner. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  Philip Ardagh The Guardian


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