Newby & Scalby Library

450 Scalby Road, Scarborough, YO12 6EE

Phone: 01609 534059



Best Yorkshire Books to Read During Lockdown

We were contacted by Raven Hall Hotel and asked to recommend some of the best books set in Yorkshire that people could read during lockdown.  Here’s the published article

The books we recommended were

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (The story begins near Whitby and she hails from York)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall –  Anne Bronte is buried in Scarborough.

DCI Banks novel by Peter Robinson

The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble 

God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin

The Woman in Black from Scarborough born Susan Hill

 Dracula – Bram Stoker

Last Train to Scarborough – Andrew Martin

Death at the Seaside – Frances Brody

Yorkshire Vet – James Herriott

Our Chairman, Isobel, added, “I would also recommend a non-fiction book The Floating Egg: Episodes in the making of Geology by Roger Osborne.  This is ideal for anyone staying at Raven Hall as so much is based in the area. Who would have thought that the whole history of geology as a science was born between Whitby and Scarborough!  It sounds dry but it’s full of interesting anecdotes and fascinating explanations written in a very compelling way”.

Most of these are available on the NYCC digital Overdrive:-

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