Big Library Read

Big Library Read

An unforgettable historical fiction novel about one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world believed in her.

Big Library Read - the world’s largest digital book club is back from 13 to 27 July. Booklovers can join over 100,000 others around the world and read the featured title - or listen to the eAudiobook - The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake with no waitlists or holds. Readers can then discuss online.

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading programme that connects readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time - no wait lists or holds. It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free and all you need to get started reading is a library card and password/PIN.

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake


The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft's private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

The next Big Library Read for 2022 is on from 2 to 16 November.


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