New Additions to Our Bristol Reads Collection
With the assessment period coming to an end, now’s the time to enjoy some of our non-academic texts. And with extended loans for the vacation, you can keep these books through the summer.
Looking for something to read? Our Bristol Reads collection includes books that may not be on any course reading lists, but that we think our community of readers will love.
Inside our libraries, we wanted to make space outside of your curriculum with a diverse collection of graphic novels, international fiction, and contemporary poetry.
Selections from Bristol Reads
The Memory Police
By Yoko Ogawa
International fiction. A recent English translation of a cult 1994 Japanese dystopian novel. For fans of classic texts by Orwell and Kafka, The Memory Police depicts a totalitarian culture that enforces what its citizens are allowed to remember.
By Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
Graphic novel. A heart-filled American graphic novel. Ari wants to move to the city and pursue success with his band – but his family ask him to stay at home and help run the family bakery. The appearance of Hector as a new baker complicates things further. Found in the Education Library, read Bloom for your own reading or to think about how texts can support school students to understand their place in the world.
Like a Tree, Walking
By Vahni Capildeo
Contemporary poetry. Often viewed as part of a new wave of eco poetry, Trinidadian-British poet Capildeo approaches nature often with a political perspective. These aren't old-styled Romantic nature poems: in the opening work, Capildeo appreciates a seagull that is crossing the road according to the highway code's logic and uses a box junction.
By Dana Czapnik
Contemporary fiction. This dazzling 1990s New York City novel depicts a seventeen-year-old basketballer called Lucy Adler. A coming-of-age debut about womanhood, heartache, success and inequality – while featuring some of the most fluid prose on basketball you’ll ever read. Praised by the likes of Claire Messud and Salman Rushdie.
Things I Have Withheld
By Kei Miller
Essay collection. Winner of the 2022 non-fiction OCM Bonas Prize for Caribbean literature. Writer Kei Miller disrupts the oppressive silence in which discrimination, prejudice and racism is found. Essays move between the lived experience of Kingston's queer communities and imagined letters sent to James Baldwin.