Thursday, 13 September 2012

Time for Books

It's the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness....and reading. As the nights draw in we begin to think of cosy nights by the fire with a good book.
Share with us your favourite books, especially any that you have read this year, as we will soon be looking for recommendations for our Book of the Year.
I really enjoyed a previous contender, The Crimson Rooms by Katherine McMahon. Like many of those who recommended it, I would have loved there to have been a sequel and the good news is that Katherine McMahon has begun working on one.
We wish you a happy autumn of reading and look forward to hearing from you about your favourite books.

Monday, 23 July 2012

A world of stories

With the school summer holidays comes the Summer Reading Challenge and  libraries all over the country are buzzing with children keen to read books to complete their storylab card and
gain a medal.
Read all about it on our front page!
These books are modern favourites and we thought it would be fun to talk about books which take us back to our childhood.
Share with us books you have loved - old or new. There are many excellent new books for children, many of which can be enjoyed by adults.
So remember the lazy hazy days of your youth, maybe try some new titles, and tell us what you would recommend to our young book lovers.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A Summer of Sports

The UEFA European Football Championship.....Wimbledon.......the Olympics.....Formula One................... 
there will be sports galore this summer.
There are many novels with sporting themes, as well as non-fiction titles, so we thought we'd look at books about any kind of sport.
Try our link to The British Sports Book Awards website on the Read and Relax page to find the best non-fiction sports books of 2012.
Nick Hornby's novel, High Fidelity, became a bestseller for its view of men and their interests, including football.
The Boys Rule! series are adventure books,  many of which have a sport theme.
The Complete Book of the Olympics covers it's history and quirky facts.
What is your favourite sport?
What will you be watching? and have you read any type of book with a sporting theme?
Join in and tell us of any that you can recommend.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A Right Royal Read

As we are approaching the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, our thoughts turned to royals in fiction.
 There are many historical novels which explore the lives of past kings and queens - do you enjoy reading these? Share your favourites with us.
The present Queen Elizabeth features in the books above.
She is 'the Uncommon Reader' in Alan Bennett's story.
In 'Springtime at Burracombe' it is 1953 and approaching the Queen's Coronation and in 'Remembering the Bones' there is to be an 80th birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace for ninety-nine Commonwealth subjects born on the same day as the Queen - but one of them has an accident on the way.
Have you read any other novels which include the Queen?

Thursday, 26 April 2012

To be or not to be

This week includes William Shakespeare's birthday - 23rd April- and we thought we should give the bard a mention after so much publicity for Charles Dickens.
You may have noticed that Shakespeare is being featured in many ways by the BBC as part of the promotion of our cultural heritage as the Olympics draw closer. Have you watched or listened to any of the programmes?
Did you study Shakespeare at school? Have you tried any since? Does the presence of someone like Lenny Henry or David Tennant in the cast encourage you to watch one of his plays?
If reading the original plays seems off-putting, there are many other ways of trying Shakespeare - abridged versions of the story, visual and audio productions and even graphic novels.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Please Sir, can I have some more?

We return to our old friend Charles Dickens as this month there are many special events celebrating his work.
Many people will be joining in reading Oliver Twist during April and there are versions available in all our libraries for children and teens as well as the original full length novel.

To celebrate the great man’s 200th birthday, we’ve got some great talks lined up for you in April.

Novelist Ian Porter will be taking you on a “Walk through Dickens’ London”; a talk on Dickens’ life and times in London and Kent.
Erith Library Tuesday 24th April 2.30pm
Sidcup Library Wednesday 25th April at 2.30pm
Historian and author Adam Roberts will be giving a talk called “Dickens with a Twist”; a sideways look at the book, and the man
“Why has the novel proved so enduring?...How does it map London?...And why is Twist called Twist?”
Central Library, Wednesday 25th April 7.30 pm
Tickets for all the talks cost £2.50 and are available from the libraries concerned, or telephone 020 8303 7777

Monday, 27 February 2012

From Hobbits to Adrian Mole

Can it really be 30 years since Adrian Mole wrote his secret diary?
Indeed it is and his publishers are celebrating with a new anniversary edition which includes more details of his life and world.  
His creator, Sue Townsend, became one of the UK's most popular comic writers.

 Celebrating its 75th birthday this year is The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - the prequel to the cult classic
Lord of the Rings.
Did you love or hate Lord of the Rings? and did you read The Hobbit ?

Tell us what you thought of these books - and have you read any other diaries or journeys through life which you have enjoyed?