Explore the library’s reading lists, recommendations and latest reviews.



DHSA Short Story Competition 2022

This year's annual Downe House Seniors' Association Short Story Competition Queen was inspired by Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee with each school section writing on a theme take from one of Her Majesty's personal qualities.

Discover 10/06/22

2022 Literary Seniors

Meet our new Literary Seniors for 2022, Fife and Vivi.

Discover 07/06/22

Festival of Literature

The Downe House Murray Centre and English Department brought the Festival of Literature to School in March. Celebrating the joys of reading and writing with guest speakers, workshops and so much more!

Discover 19/03/22

Best Festive Reads 2021

The Murray Centre Library team put together an in depth list for the best books to read this festive season. From Christmas classics to 'must reads' for any time of the year. 

Discover 23/12/21

Our 10 favourite books on equality, diversity and inclusion

Downe House Library share their favourite fiction and non-fiction books that help us to explore our own and other cultures.

Discover 17/11/20
Inside Downe

10 recent fiction releases you need to read

The Downe House library bring you their favourite recent fiction books for teens from the last year.

Discover 27/10/20

11+ reading recommendations

The Downe House Library brings you an eclectic range of reading recommendations tailored for age 11 upwards.

Discover 09/10/20
Inside Downe

4 must-read books for eco-friendly living

From tips on reducing plastic to celebrating endangered animals, these books will inspire your eco-friendly living.

Discover 04/06/20
Expert Voices
Pupil reading for pleasure in the Library

Why we should take time to read for pleasure

Mrs Jenny Hill, Learning Resources Manager celebrates the very real benefits of reading for pleasure.

Discover 16/10/19
Inside Downe

10 Reasons Why You Should Read More

We think reading for pleasure is really valuable. Here are ten good reasons why you should always have a book on the go.

Discover 27/08/19

Tours & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.