Morecambe librarian’s 10 favourite reads

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle was made into a film
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle was made into a film

Andrew Till from Morecambe Library looks at 10 of his favourite books.

1 The Commitments – Roddy Doyle

The first book in the Barrytown trilogy follows the formation of a soul band and their battles to make it big with a fantastic cast of characters, from manager Jimmy Rabitte to Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan.

2 Holes – Louis Sachar

A wonderful story centred around Stanley Yelnats who has been sent to a Juvenile Detention Centre. Both funny and moving, and definitely worth a look whatever your age.

3 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

Harold sets off to post a letter but ends up walking from Devon to Berwick- Upon-Tweed.

4 About A Boy – Nick Hornby

Will is a 30-something single man on the lookout for his perfect partner.

5 Mr Stink – David Walliams

Roald Dahl lives on through the books of David Walliams! The story of Chloe and her friendship with the local tramp, Mr Stink. A wonderfully well-written story that will have you gripped and wanting to read the rest of Walliams’ excellent books.

6 The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

A fantastic rhyming story that is a favourite of many.

7 Status Quo: Just Doin’ It! – Compiled by Bob Young, edited by Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi

Originally released to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, this photo filled volume will have you reaching for the denims in no time.

8 Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce

When two brothers come upon a bag containing a large sum of money they suddenly face a dilemma – what to do with it? An easy read and a great story.

9 The World Of Karl 
Pilkington – Karl Pilkington with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Before an ‘Idiot Abroad’ and ‘The Moaning Of Life’ Karl appeared on podcasts with Ricky Gervais and this is a collection of some of the best bits. With conversations and scribblings from Karl this will have you laughing out loud.

10 First Drop – Zoe Sharp

This has to be in my top 10 books as I am in it! It’s book four in the Charlie Fox series and sees Charlie being a bodyguard in America. A thrilling book that will have you on the edge of your seat and watch out for special agents named after librarians.

*All of these books are available at your local Lancashire library, or visit or to reserve your copy now.