Book of the Month October 2017- House of Fiction: from Pemberley to Brideshead, great British Houses in Literature and Life by Phyllis Richardson

Each month we choose a book  that we would like to recommend for adults. if you have any views on the title please let us know via our Facebook or Twitter sites.

Discover how authors’ personal experiences in their homes shaped the iconic imaginative dwellings of English literature: Virginia Woolf’s love of Talland House is palpable in To the Lighthouse, just as London’s Bloomsbury is ever-present in Mrs. Dalloway. E.M. Forster’s childhood home at Rook’s Nest mirrors the idyllic charm of Howards End. And Horace Walpole’s “little Gothic castle” in Twickenham inspired him to write the first English Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. The English country house is also viewed through a modern lens-Kazuo Ishiguro’s Darlington Hall, Ian McEwan’s Tallis House, and Alan Hollinghurst’s Two Acres. Using historic sources, biographies, letters, and the novels themselves, this book presents some of the most influential houses in Britain through the stories they inspired.

The book can be borrowed or reserved from your Wokingham Borough Library

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Book of the Month August 2017- Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

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Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.

Fans of Laura Barnett’s debut novel “The Versions of Us” will  welcome her second novel which is a very enjoyable read. However I did feel there are too many characters  in the book which leads to the narrative feeling a bit muddled in places, particularly as it hops backwards and forward in time.

An audio book read by Imogen Church will also be available shortly and this features  extracts from the album Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits by Kathryn Williams. Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits is available from One Little Indian Records.











Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteering at Wokingham Borough Libraries

_DSC4957Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

  • Aged 16 to 24?
  • Do you enjoy reading?
  • Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer?

Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you.

We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Animal Agents and help out with children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community.

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 31 July to Friday 1 September, 2017.

For more information contact or 0118 974 6263