The Somerset Big Read 2016

Following the success of the first ‘Somerset Big Read’, Somerset Library Services are running the countywide initiative again this year.

Adults are invited to share their love of books by reading, reviewing and discussing the new Somerset Big Read “Dark Tides” by local author Chris Ewan.

From the start of April, copies of the book will be available for people to borrow, as the Somerset Big Read book promotion visits libraries around the county throughout the year.

Borrow a copy and share your thoughts by writing a review. Forms will be available in your library or you can tweet your reviews using #SomBigRead2016 #DarkTides @SomersetLib and post reviews on the Somerset Big Read Facebook page.

If you are part of a reading group, there are also special reading group book sets available for loan. Author Chris Ewan will be visiting some libraries to take part in discussions about his novel. Check the Somerset Big Read Facebook page to find out if Chris is visiting a library near you.

Cllr David Hall said “Somerset County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with publishers Faber & Faber, who have kindly donated 200 copies of the book to make the Somerset Big Read possible. Reading is an essential skill that lets you escape from the real world and enables you to live a fuller life. Libraries are the perfect place to help develop this skill by encouraging reading for pleasure.”

The Somerset Big Read starts in Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil libraries, before travelling to other libraries across the county. We hope you will join us in reading and sharing this book and enjoy the new Somerset Big Read event.

Synopsis of the book:

From the number one bestselling author of SAFE HOUSE comes a story about friendship, family, secrets, lies, and the things we do for love.

When Claire Cooper was eight, her mother disappeared during Hop-tu-naa, the Manx Halloween.

When Claire was eighteen, she and her friends took part in a Hop-tu-naa dare that went terribly wrong.

Now in her early twenties and a police officer, what happened that Hop-tu-naa night has come back to haunt them all, and Claire must confront her deepest fears in order to stop a killer from striking again.