The URTU Learning project has created an online book club, this book club is available to everyone and we would love you to become a part of it.

Within this section you will find a list of recommend reads plus the book of the month, these have been recommended by the URTU Learning Project Team and fellow book club members.  If you want to recommend a book to be included in the book of the month, or have it added to the recommended reads, all you need to do is e-mail the title and author with a quick review to and we will add your book to the list.

Reading a book is a great way to unwind or discover new things, you can immerse yourself into a story by letting the authors take you to far away places or on different adventures.  Reading is also proven to help deal with stress, as well as giving you something to talk to your fellow colleagues or friends about.

If you have not read a book in years and find the idea a daunting one, or that reading is boring and not for you.  the Reading Agency have created Quick Reads , these are a selection of short stories written by top authors such as Linda La Plant and Andy McNab, they have been written especially for the Reading Agency to help get people back into reading and they cost as little as £1 to buy.

Start Up your own Book Club or Book Swap!

The URTU Learning project can help you set up your own book club or book swap, as well as helping individuals get back into reading.

Book Club – We will supply you with a pack of books to get you starter, plus a poster to inform people of the date of your book club meeting.

Book Swap – We will supply you with a pack of books and a poster to help promote your book swap.

Loan Reader – We will supply you with a quick read and novel of your choice plus a reading diary to track your progress.

For full details of how to apply please e-mail,  

Book of the month!

The Shadow Sister,

By Lucinda Riley


Following on from the bestselling The Seven Sisters and The Storm Sister, The Shadow Sister is the third book in Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series, loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters star cluster. Star D’Apliese is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father – the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star – the most enigmatic of the sisters – is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world …A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in the Lake District, living close to her idol, Beatrix Potter, when machinations outside of her control lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious players, Alice Keppel. Flora is pulled between passionate love and duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a game – the rules of which are only known to others, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life …As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

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Recommended Reads!

Dead Mans Grip, by Peter James

Holes, by Louis Sachar

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchet

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce

Ultimatum, by Simon Kernick

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