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05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Tana French

Tana French is the author of In the Woods, The Likeness, Faithful Place, Broken Harbour, The Secret Place and The Trespasser. Her books have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller,...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis was born in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. Kate has twice been nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Dagger and has also been nominated for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. Kate has...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - James Oswald

James Oswald is the Sunday Times Bestselling author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first six, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman’s Song, Dead Man’s Bones, Prayer for the Dead and The Damage Done are...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel, which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood...

05 May 2017

CWA 2017 shortlist - C.J. Sansom

C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he completed a BA and then a PhD in History. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer....

04 May 2017

Coding Skills Chatterbooks Activity Pack

This Chatterbooks activity pack highlights four great titles including a series package of four books about coding from our Children’s Reading Partners publisher partner QED Publishing, written by computer expert Max Wainewright.

03 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 - local press release

Local press release for libraries to use to raise awareness of events and activity around Dementia Awareness Week 2017.

02 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week toolkit 2017

A collection of ideas for events, displays and social media activity for libraries to use around Dementia Awareness Day 2017.

02 May 2017

Reading Well for long term conditions book selection framework

The book selection framework for the new Reading Well for long-term conditions list, launching in July 2017.

28 April 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Reading Guide and discussion questions

The Hate U Give is a powerful first novel by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is...

28 April 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - an extract

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she recently won a Walter Dean Myers Grant, awarded by the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The Hate U Give is her first novel. The Radio...

27 April 2017

Judas by Amos Oz: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Judas by Amos Oz (Israel) and translated by Nicholas de Lange is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Judas. You can...

27 April 2017

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Fever Dream by Samantha Schwebin (Argentina) and translated by Megan McDowell is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Fever Dream. You...

27 April 2017

The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway) and translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings...

27 April 2017

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark) and translated by Misha Hoekstra is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Mirror,...

27 April 2017

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (Israel) and translated by Jessica Cohen is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or...

27 April 2017

Compass by Mathias Enard: A supporting booklist

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Compass by Mathias Enard (France) and translated by Charlotte Mandell is one of the six shortlisted titles. All of the suggested books follow similar themes or settings as Compass. You...

21 April 2017

A Horse Walks into a Bar - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title A Horse Walks into a Bar by...

21 April 2017

Judas - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for longlisted title Judas by Amos Oz (Israel), translated by...

21 April 2017

The Unseen - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen (Norway), translated...

21 April 2017

Compass - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Compass by Mathias Enard (France), translated by...

21 April 2017

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors (Denmark),...

21 April 2017

Fever Dream - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. Discover the six brilliant novels that have been chosen for the 2017 shortlist. You can download a Readers’ Guide for shortlisted title Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), translated...

13 April 2017

Developing volunteering roles for young people

A guide to creating volunteer roles with young people, plus role descriptions to adapt for summer volunteers; year-round volunteers; older or more experienced volunteers and volunteers who can’t get to the library easily.

12 April 2017

War and Turpentine - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans...

12 April 2017

The Traitor's Niche - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title The Traitor’s Niche by Ismail Kadare...

12 April 2017

The Explosion Chronicles - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke...

12 April 2017

Swallowing Mercury - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Swallowing Mercury by Wioletta Greg (Poland),...

12 April 2017

Fish Have No Feet - Readers' Guide

The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest fiction in translation. This year, 13 brilliant novels have been chosen for the Man Booker Dozen longlist. You can download a Reader’s Guide for longlisted title Fish Have No Feet by Jon...