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.

Found in the Arts and Social Sciences LibraryEducation Library and Wills Memorial Library, these collections are all available to browse and borrow. 

Selections from Bristol Reads

Book cover of the Memory Police on a graphic background. Cover features a woman's face in dark blue, with various sections covered over by rough sketches.

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. 

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Illustrated cover of Bloom on a graphic background. Book cover depicts two young men looking at each other. One is walking up some stairs, the other is leaning on a wooden fence. Two birds fly overhead.


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.

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Cover of Like A Tree, Walking on a graphic background. Book cover is of a Scarlet Ibis bird.

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.

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Navy sign reading 'Bristol Reads' in bright pink

Bristol Reads area at the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Light wooden bookcases with books, next to a modern wooden lamp and Scandinavian-style armchair, also made from light wood.

A rack of books next to a plant in the University of Bristol Education Library. The books are a mix of contemporary publications.

Cover of The Falconer on a graphic background. Cover is a photo of a young woman staring out of a window in black and white.

The Falconer

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.

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Cover of Things I Have Withheld on a graphic background. Cover features a silhouette of a man walking.

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. 

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