The Last Library

Freya Sampson

June Jones lives in Chalcot, the sleepy village she’s never left. Her childhood was spent with her head buried in a book alongside her mum, Chalcot’s beloved local librarian and June’s best friend.

When her mother became ill, June put her own life on hold to care for her. Now, years since her mum’s death, June has retreated into herself and her memories; working in the same library, surviving on Chinese takeaways for one and rereading her favourite books alone at home.

When the council announces plans to close the library, June’s whole world is threatened. A ragtag group of eccentric library patrons set up the Friends of Chalcot Library to campaign for it, but June’s employers ban her from joining. Instead, she must find a way to fight for the library in secret. The only person she can confide in is Alex, an old classmate who is back in Chalcot for a few months.

June can’t risk losing her job and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mum, so it’s time for her to finally step out from behind the shelves and take ownership of her life. Because maybe, in fighting to save the library for her community, the community, and Alex, can save June, too.


Women's Fiction / Bookclub

UK Publication

Bonnier Zaffre, October 2021

US Publication

PRH / Berkley, October 2021

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: Bonnier Zaffre
North American: PRH / Berkley
Arabic: Dar Altanweer
Czech:German: DuMont
Greek: Minoas
Hebrew: Tchelet
Hungarian: General Press
Italian: Mondadori