To celebrate World Book Day we asked staff from Nottingham book stores to recommend a favourite from their selection…
Written by Ali Hazelwood
The Love Hypothesis is the fantastic newly released internet sensation from the author Ali Hazelwood. A third-year PhD candidate - Olive Smith - doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships. When she gets close to the young hotshot professor - Adam Carlsen - Olive soon discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope. There is not a dull moment in this book and it is almost impossible to place down. It has been described as 'funny, sexy, smart and fun' - and I couldn't agree more! A brilliant romance novel with a slowburn between two complete polar opposites.
Chosen by Shannon of WH Smith
Written by Ram V
Illustrated by Filipe Andrade
BOOM! Studios, £10-99
A deftly comical yet profoundly moving tale from the streets of Mumbai where we meet a boy who will grow up to discover the secret to immortality - after which poor Death will be out of a job. Over the decades Death makes multiple attempts to trace and eliminate him; she fails – spectacularly so. But it’s the quiet, tender moments which make the book so successfully resonant, as when the young boy mourns the family gardener whom he hero-worshipped as a long-limbed god, but who too was so casually sacked when the family went up in the world.
Chosen by Stephen L Holland of Page 45
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated by Steve Pugh
DC Ink, £14.99
The DC Ink range produces young adult suitable stories, a perfect way to introduce comics to teen audiences--with this being one of the best stories in an amazing selection. Seeing Harley Quinn as a teenager, before her doctorate and notorious relationship issues, is like hearing stories about your parents before you existed. She's undoubtedly Harley but not as you know her, tackling issues in social justice with her friend Ivy, strong-willed and independent but making the poor decisions that lead to her life as one of Gotham's most famed criminals.
Chosen by Becca of Forbidden Planet
Written by Sita Brahmachari
Illustrated by Jane Ray
Jane Ray is one of my favourite illustrators of children's books. Her paintings of the Orkney landscape, seascape and townscape would make me love this book anyway, but the story of Isla, her African father and Orcadian-born mother can be read again and again. The family move to Orkney in the wake of the death of Isla's brother, Corey, and Isla gets wrapped up in the Scottish legend of the selkies, the seals who take human form as she leans to accept that her Corey is not coming back and that life has to continue in this new place so far from her home.
Chosen by Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves Bookshop
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