Book Zone

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We have a room packed full of books – a rich and colourful display of titles and topics you cannot help but be tempted to explore further. For details of where we are see CONTACT US and for details about joining the library see JOIN US.

Most of the books have be donated by individuals and combine to provide an exciting range that certainly includes the unusual as well as familiar favourites.

This page gives you an idea of the range of books we have which is continually being  added to. The page will change regularly to reflect this, and future pages will look in more detail at different themes and topics.

Fantastic Fiction

Be tempted by our fantastic range of fiction – an amazing A-Z of authors which includes Jo Brand, Dan Brown, Martina Cole, Stephen Fry, Susan Hill, Nick Hornby, Sophie Kinsella, Ian McEwan, Deborah Moggach, Terry Pratchett, Ian Rankin, Sidney Sheldon, and Zadie Smith.

01_HGCL_Copyright DANNYWorld Authors are also represented, for example: Chinua Achebe’s African trilogy Things Fall Apart, books by Japanese author Haruki Murakami such as the award winning Kafka on the Shore, Isabel Allende’s City Beasts, and more.

Are historical novels more your thing? If you watched The White Queen on BBC you might like to read the novels by Philipa Gregory on which it was based.  Or if you saw any of the programmes in the series on the Tudor Court you might enjoy reading Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall based on the life of Thomas Cronwell in the reign of Henry VIII.

10_HGCL_Copyright DANNYIf you are a crime novel reader you will love the extensive collection we have and if you haven’t tried crime fiction yet there are loads to choose from, which may turn you into a life of crime novel reading! The Collection includes Agatha Christie, John Grisham, Arthur Conan Doyle, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Ruth Rendell and so many more …

All ages are catered for with a collection for children where you can find out how Tilly Beany Saves the World, enjoy Helen Cooper’s Pumpkin Soup, follow the eventful journey in Julia Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale, and meet Hippy the Happy Hippopotamus, courtesy of copies kindly donated by illustrator Jeanette Cole and author Chris Rhodes. Discover perennial favourites such as Peter Rabbit, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and of course no collection is complete without a selection of Roald Dahl.

06_HGCL_Copyright DANNYAnd there’s plenty of Teen Fiction to tempt you including the multi-award winning The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and books by the ever popular Jacqueline Wilson.

Catch up on a few classics that you haven’t read at all or you would like to revisit with authors such as Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, George Eliot and J.R.R Tolkein.

Poetry is not forgotten – a small collection so far but with some big poetry from the likes of T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Sylvia Plath, and Alice Walker, collections from different eras and from East End Poets.

We may have mentioned names above that you don’t know – so please come and find out more by visiting the library, or have a look at our online book catalogue.

Not forgetting Non Fiction

Help yourself with our growing self help collection  – books to help you cope with some of life’s difficulties and to improve mental health and wellbeing.

And growing collections on different interest areas and pastimes.

  • Discover your creative streak with books on sewing and knitting, art and painting, gardening and flower arranging
  • Enjoy travelling with Michael Palin, Charley Boorman and Bill Bryson
  • Extend your cooking skills with Gordon Ramsay, Ken Hom and Nigella Lawson
  • Increase your fitness and wellbeing with books on yoga, swimming, weight-training and a range of sports
  • Find out about London in City of Sin and other delightful reads

There’s non-fiction for children and teens as well including The Horrible History of the World!

08-A_HGCL_Copyright DANNYYou can choose from a brilliant collection of biographies and autobiographies which includes celebrities past and present from music, television, film, sport and politics. And those written by not so well known people who are sharing often very difficult experiences through life stories.

There are loads of good books that would love to be read and enjoyed – we welcome you to Harrow Green Community Library.

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All photos on this page were taken by Daniel Amoah, volunteer at HGCL.

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