Old Peculier 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year 

Now in its 16th year, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from May 2019 to April 2020.

The winner of the 2020 prize was The Chain by Adam McKinty. 



 The Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

The joint winners of the 2019 prize are: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood  and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

List of previous winners.



The Women's Prize for fiction is an annual award, it celebrates the very best fiction written by women throughtout the world. The 2020 winner will be announced in September.

The winner of the 2019 prize was: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.



Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

These books provide helpful information and step-by-step self-help techniques for managing a variety of common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in all our libraries.

A list of available titles can be found here


Mood-boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups.



Quick Reads are a series of short books by bestselling authors and celebrities. With no more than 128 pages, they are designed to encourage adults who do not read often, or find reading tough, to discover the joy of books .

Browse our Quick Reads via our catalogue today


Awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The winner for 2020 is: Lark by Anthony McGowan. 




Established in 1955 this prize is awarded annually for distinguished illustration in a book for children.  The winner for 2020 is: Tales From The Inner City by Shaun Tan.