Upbeat-long February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

    The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time – Mark Haddon    Many people face challenges and with no outward sign or symptom, the bravery and ingenuity they exercise every day to overcome fearful obstacles often remains unknown.  British writer Mark Haddon’s novel concerns Christopher Boone – a young man who is different […]

poppies April 24

ANZAC Day, reading and the duty of memory

On ANZAC Day, we are reminded by Kipling that we are not to forget. There are different types of forgetting, though. One of the most insidious is to wrap history in mythology and ceremony, and then remember that, in place of events and people. Soon after the War this habit in Australians, to celebrate the […]

“Every hour, someone for whom the war was a memory falls out of this world”

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr “A diamond is only a piece of carbon compressed in the bowels of the earth for eons and driven to the surface in a volcanic pipe” (Page 109)  however can you imagine a 133 carat diamond? A giant blue diamond dubbed the Sea of Flames. A […]

Are You experienced?

  “Are you experienced?’ by  William Sutcliffe  An hilarious novel about finding oneself whilst travelling in India… which also includes the ups, downs and lots of other angles when travelling with members of the opposite sex! Quirky, loads of fun and laughs, which sent me straight back to my travelling days – Review submitted by […]

The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney

Winner of the 2006 Costa First Novel Award, Stef Penney’s, The Tenderness of Wolves is a beautifully written debut novel about Canada, 1867. Winter takes a grip on the Canadian, Hudson Bay Company settlement; Dove River.  A fur trapper is found murdered in his isolated hut by Mrs Ross, wife of a local farmer. Her […]

Disturbing jester April 17

Something Wicked This Way Comes – Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder: all of our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis The week before Halloween, a carnival train arrives in a small American village. The freakish performers of Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show offer the residents of Greentown their secret desires. Only two teenaged boys, and a man weighed down with age, understand […]

Under the Skin – movie

  Jonathan Glazer’s 2014 film Under the Skin is an arty and edgy adaptation of the novel of the same name by Michel Faber. Glazer intentionally “stripped back” the story to concentrate on the predatory side of the novel’s main character. Scarlett Johannson is the alien Isserley who lures well-built men into her van with […]

indexCAZB1K20 April 15

Under the Skin – The Future of Mankind is at Steak

Under the Skin is a 2000 sci-fi novel by Michel Faber[1][2] set in northern Scotland. The novel, which was Faber’s debut, was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Award. It was later adapted into a feature film by Jonathan Glazer.[3]  Isserley is an alien disguised as an atractive woman who  cruises the remote highways of northern Scotland […]

Sour: My Story

‘Sour: My Story’, a biography by Tracey Miller.   Sour, aka Tracey Miller, a disadvantaged girl of Jamaican descent, tells her story about growing up in a South London housing estate with her dysfunctional, mentally ill mother, and convicted rapist father.  Sour transitions from petty crime into gangland. Sour soon becomes a “name” within the […]

What the staff are reading at our library this month

Below is a list of what the staff are reading in our branch library this month – a very eclectic mix.   “The Martian” by Andy Weir.   Thriller set on Mars.  Witty dialogue.  Great characters and a fast pace.  Added extra is the science explained (believe it or not!)   “Hello” magazine. English gossip magazine Light […]


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