2017 Costa Novel, Biography and Poetry shortlist awards

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These are the titles nominated for the Novel shortlist.

Home Fire is the seventh novel by Kamila Shamsie, and is a contemporary re-working of Sophocles. The judges call it a “brave and important book that explores themes that feel both urgent and timeless”. Tin Man by Sarah Winman is about two boys and a girl caught up in a love triangle, described by the judges as “a tender and deeply moving exploration of love and grief written with deceptive simplicity”. Stef Penney’s third novel, Under a Pole Star, is set in the Arctic, where foul play and doomed love prevail. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is described by the Guardian as a chilling meditation on loss and time, and the judges say “an extraordinary novel – poetic, haunting and hypnotic”.

The Biography shortlist comprises these four titles.

In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott is a deeply personal family memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult. Fragile Lives by Professor Stephen Westaby tells the stories of the lives he fought to save as a heart surgeon. Once Upon a Time in the East: a Story of Growing Up by Xialou Guo details her tale of moving from East to West, and is described by the judges as “an eye-opening and compelling account of one woman’s search for art, love and freedom”. A Bold and Dangerous Family: the Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead examines a remarkable family and their ultimate sacrfice.

These are the books on the Poetry shortlist.

Useful Verses is Richard Osmond’s debut collection of poems about the intersection of the natural and human worlds. On Balance by Sinead Morrissey revisits some of the great feats of human engineering to reveal the states of balance and imbalance that have shaped our history. Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore focuses on the borderline between the living and the dead. The judges said “we were all stunned by these breathtaking poems”. Finally, Kayo Chingonyi’s debut Kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. His poems explore this passage: between the two worlds, contemporary and ancestral, and between the living and the dead.

All these titles are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries. To reserve a copy visit the online catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

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Book of the Month December 2017-Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Each month we recommend a book from our library stock for adults. Please let us know your thoughts about the book via Facebook or Twitter.

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This is a collection of seventeen short stories by two times Oscar winner Tom Hanks. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life.These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central. To many, typewriters represent a level of craftsmanship, beauty and individuality that is harder and harder to find in the modern world. This collection establishes him as a welcome  new voice in contemporary fiction, a voice that perceptively delves beneath the surface of friendships, families, love and normal, everyday behaviour.

You can borrow or reserve the book at your local Wokingham Borough Library http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

 

 

Spotlight on picture books

Picture books are stocked by all of our Wokingham Borough Libraries, and are extremely popular. We have received a lot of new picture books this week, which are all nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. This is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustrations for children and young people.

This is a selection of the titles that we have bought. The nominations were published earlier this month, and the longlist is announced on February 18th 2018.

Michael Rosen, the English children’s novelist and poet, and Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009, recently tweeted – “Parents who share hundreds of picture books with their under-5s enable their children to make cognitive leaps through trying to interpret the logic and meanings suggested by the unstated differences between the pictures and the text”.

Picture books are also great fun! Print

 

Christmas books are here at Woodley Library!

Our Christmas books are on display waiting to be borrowed! Curl up with a festive story, or get organised with a craft or cookery title.

There are also lots of Christmassy children’s picture books available.

Whilst you’re here, take time to view our Woodley winter wonderland mural in the children’s area…

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Focus on our new Crime and Thriller novels

Here at Wokingham Borough Libraries we stock lots of new Crime and Thriller novels because we know you love them! This week has been a particularly bumper week with these new titles arriving into libraries.

“End Game” by international number one bestselling author David Baldacci is the fifth book in the thrilling Will Robie series.

“Hardcore 24” is the latest novel in the Stephanie Plum crime series by Janet Evanovich.

“The Ultimatum” is the first thriller in The Guardian series by Karen Robards, perfect for fans of Karen Rose and Sandra Brown.

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick comes the gripping second installment in The Bone Field series featuring DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd, called “The Hanged Man”.

Finally, we have the spellbinding new Ben Hope thriller “The Bach Manuscript” by Scott Mariani.

Reserve your copy via the Wokingham Borough Libraries online catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

 

10th children’s novel released by David Walliams!

In libraries now…the 10th children’s novel by David Walliams!

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“Bad Dad” is his biggest book yet, and is all about a father and son who take on the villainous Mr Big. It’s a rag to riches story that will have you on the edge of your seat and roaring with laughter.

Here is a little flavour of the new book, in David Walliams’ own words.

“Bad Dad is about a boy named Frank whose Dad is thrown into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery. Frank hatches a daring plan to break his father out of prison for the night so they can put the stolen money back. But will the evil crime boss Mr Big stop them?”

To reserve your copy, pop into your local Wokingham Borough library, or visit the online library catalogue via http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 Reviews Cogheart by Peter Bunzl and Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

Nominations have been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people.

121 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 116 for the Kate Greenaway medal. In total 237 books have been nominated for 2018.

Over the next few months, Wokingham Borough Library staff will be reviewing and highlighting some of the nominated list.

Full nomination lists can be found here:

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles 2018

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles 2018

Our first selections of nominations for the Carnegie Medal are:

Cogheart by Peter Bunzlcogheart

When 13-year-old Lily’s inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily’s determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker’s son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin. But shadowy figures are closing in and treachery lurks among the smoky spires of London – along with a life-changing secret.

An action packed steampunk fantasy adventure that had us all gripped with its brilliantly woven characters and world-building and cast of mechanical wonders. An amazing read!

Our first selections of nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal are:

Grumpy Frog by Ed Veregrumpy frog

Grumpy Frog is not grumpy. He loves green, and he loves to hop, and he loves winning. But what happens when Grumpy Frog doesn’t win, or encounters – horror of horrors – a Pink Rabbit? Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry.

A hilarious book with a twist in the tail about getting – and getting rid of – the grumps, Grumpy Frog subtly teaches the importance of being kind to all.

These books are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries, visit our catalogue.

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 Reviews A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard and Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018

Nominations have been published for two of the country’s oldest children’s book awards for writing and illustration for children. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people.

121 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 116 for the Kate Greenaway medal. In total 237 books have been nominated for 2018.

Over the next few months, Wokingham Borough Library staff will be reviewing and highlighting some of the nominated list.

Full nomination lists can be found here:

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles 2018

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles 2018

Our first selections of nominations for the Carnegie Medal are:

a quiet kind of thunderA Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

Very easy to read, cute book about two characters, one who is deaf and one who deals with severe anxiety and selective mutism.  The book was cute and fun, maybe a bit predictable but an enjoyable read.

Our first selections of nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal are:

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvinrapunsel

Golden-haired princess Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. Can Rapunzel ever figure out a way to escape?

This is a visually captivating and refreshing retelling of a much-loved fairy tale. With her bright yellow hair, Rapunzel stands out against the black, white and grey background. With punchy short text and minimal illustrations, Woollvin knows just how to tell a story.

These books are available to borrow from Wokingham Borough Libraries, visit our catalogue.

 

More new Christmas children’s books in libraries

Take a look at our fantastic Christmas children’s books that have arrived in libraries this week.

“The Christmasaurus” is a magical tale by bestselling author Tom Fletcher.  Featuring a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur (called The Christmasurus!), this story is about friendship and families, sleighbells and santa, and singing elves and flying reindeer.

For children wanting a giggle choose from “Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book!” by Jim Smith, or “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder – can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?” by Jo Nesbo.

Celebrate a truly horrid Christmas with “Horrid Henry’s Jolly Holidays” by Francesca Simon. Younger readers will enjoy “Flat Stanley – Stanley’s Christmas Adventure” by Jeff Brown.

Books are available to reserve on the library catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

Focus on Large Print books

If you have a visual impairment, find reading conventional print books difficult or perhaps prefer to read a larger typeface then our large print selection is ideal.

We offer an extensive range of large print titles in each library, ranging from romance to crime, and historical fiction to non-fiction.

We are continually adding newly published books to our collection – here is a selection of our newest titles.

To reserve any titles visit the online library catalogue or ask a member of staff.