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READFLIX: The Book was Better

January's "Readflix" book display at Mount Albert Branch

Some stories sprawl across our imaginations so widely, they're impossible to fold down neatly into a film. (And sometimes, movies just flop.) This month's display at the Mount Albert Branch celebrates the books that deserve a read if you've only seen the movie. Want to hear more about some of these titles? Read on about a few of these great reads, and find a link to each one in the online catalogue so you can place a hold.

Read the seminal bestselling novel that changed the face of British fiction and inspired Danny Boyle's film.

Set in the late 1980s, the novel follows the “Skag Boys,” who are involved in Edinburgh’s heroin scene. Separated into seven parts, the chapters are from different character’s perspectives, and some are in third person, making for a disjointed and fascinating narrative.

Big Sky is the fifth book in the Jackson Brodie series, and the basis for the 2015 film of the same name.

Jackson Brodie has moved to North Yorkshire. His latest job is gathering evidence of adultery for a suspicious housewife, which leads to a random encounter with a desperate man who's wife has just been murdered with a golf club.

This book is part of the Shetland series, which the Neflix series Shetland is based on.

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died. Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

Add these books to your personal shelves or save them for later in your account on the new online catalogue at

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