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Into the water by Paula Hawkins

Everything revolves around the drowning pool, a place where over the centuries women have been drowned, some as witches, some suicides and maybe some murders.

This novel begins with the aftermath of the death of Nell Abbott. Her sister Jules returns to the town for the first time in years, she has not communicated with her sister or her niece in all that time.

Memories begin to haunt her as soon as she arrives and steps into the house on the river. What is the truth of what happened in the past and what is the truth now. The police have decided Nell’s death was suicide.

The story is well written, each person has their own chapters. It flows well builds up to a fitting climax. The characters are brought to life and develop all the time.

There are lies, violence, heartbreak, regrets and much more.

Not as good as The girl on the train but still well worth reading.

Eileen

Reserve Into the Water

Storytelling that adds up with Liam Carroll

How will the Troll under the bridge cope with the goats who keep multiplying in number? If the smartest giant in town buys 12 new items of clothing and then gives half of them away, how many will he have left?  These and other important questions will all be answered in a fun and participatory way in the Count on Norfolk storytelling for numeracy event.

The stories, aimed at 4 – 7 year olds, will be told in a fun and interactive way with performance storyteller Liam Carroll. The session should leave children multiplying their demands for stories, being twice as impressed with learning and adding to their understanding of maths!

Tuesday 8 August             

Stalham  10:30-11:30

North Walsham 12:30-1

Mundesley  2.30-3.15

Wednesday 9 August

Hunstanton 11-11:45

Kings Lynn 2:30-3:15

Thursday 10 August

Hellesdon 11-12

Mobile Library Queens Hill (at Primary School) 2:30-3:15

Monday 14 August

Hingham 11-11:45

Wymondham 2-2:45

Wednesday 16 August

Costessey 10:30-11:15

Dereham 2:30-3:15

Thursday 17 August

Millennium Library  11-11:45

Earlham Library 2:30-3:30

Friday 18 August

Plumstead Road 10:30-11:15

Sprowston 2:30-3:15

Monday 21 August

Poringland 11-11:45

Loddon 2:30-3:15

Tuesday 22 August

Acle 10:30-11:15

Brundall  3-3.45

Wednesday 23 August

Diss 11-11:45

Harleston 2:30-3:15

Thursday 24 August

Attleborough 11-12

Long Stratton 2:30-3:30

Friday 25 August

Gorleston 11-12

Caister 2:30-3:15

Wednesday 30 August

Wroxham 10:30-11:15

Aylsham 1:30-2:15

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

What a story – slow start but it built up and up to a fantastic thrilling crescendo.

A very popular parent at Plummer Prep, Brighton, Yvonne is left for dead in the school playground. The police think they know who did it but have no evidence. The local Inspector asks Cece an ex police officer for help as she has just started taking her children to the same school as the suspects.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Cece, Maxie, Anaya, and Hazel. It covers a lot of back history of each of them, hidden because it is shameful or even illegal. All the parts are integrated brilliantly to produce a cracking story.

A must read book from a master storyteller.

Eileen

Reserve The Friend

Summer Reading Challenge – Animal Agents

At your local Norfolk Library and Mobile library this summer – from Saturday 15 July.

Meet the awesome Animal Agents you’ll find sleuthing their way into libraries this summer for your children:

Bart the bloodhound has a nose for trouble. He may not be the fastest creature on four paws, but he can sniff out clues in super quick time.

Daisy the rabbit is dotty and dynamic, darting hither and thither on every mission in her super speedy wheelchair. She’s the perfect furry friend to keep tabs on a suspect.

Slip and Slide AKA the Snake Twins are a charming duo. They can stun a suspect into submission with their hypnotic stares!

Bernice heads up the Animal Agency. A super-smart brown bear, she’s no walkover, but Bernice always finds time for a honey break in her busy schedule.

 

Reading Well for Long Term Conditions

We’ve launched a new scheme called Reading Well for Long Term Conditions – a book list for people with long term health conditions and their relatives and carers. The books provide information and advice to support living well with a long term condition.

The list covers conditions such as diabetes and stroke, as well as common symptoms such as pain and fatigue.

The books are free to reserve and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Browse and reserve the books for free here  or check them out on Pinterest

The books are also available as eBooks, visit the Overdrive website to borrow them.  https://norfolk.overdrive.com/

Animal Agents: Summer Reading Challenge

For Summer 2017, there’s something peculiar happening at the local library – and that’s where the Animal Agents come in! It’s a detective agency manned by all kinds of clever animals – furry, scaly and slippery – and these guys are out to crack the case with a little help from their friends.

From solving the case of the graffiti writing to the strange case of a missing lunch, children will join in the fun with the Animal Agents by reading along. As children read library books on the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive a host of stickers, some with mysterious smells. By collecting the stickers on their collector folder, young readers will help the Animal Agents find out what’s really been going on behind the scenes and who is to blame!

Visit any Norfolk Library or mobile library during the summer to start the adventure. Animal Agents is a must for all eagle-eyed kids and will test their skills and ingenuity along the way.

But with the Agents on their side, solving these mysteries comes with a large helping of fun!

There is something for all the family at your library this summer ………..

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017 starts from Sat 15 July.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 20th Anniversary

26th June 2017 marks the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK.

Whether you’re discovering the Harry Potter books for the first time, or would like to re-visit the magical books – you can browse and reserve all of the books in the Harry Potter series on the library catalogue you’ll also find DVDs of the Harry Potter films, audio books and eBooks.

To celebrate the anniversary, from the 26 June to the 9 July, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ will be freely available for everyone to borrow in #eBook format from our eLibrary.
Get involved on social media too using the hashtag #HarryPotter20.
Let us know what you think of the Harry Potter books by sending in a review to tweetlibraries@norfolk.gov.uk
You can also rate and review the Harry Potter books and films on the library catalogue. Log in to your account, find book to review, click on Add your review.

Notes from the 2017 Bailey’s Prize Ambassador: The Dark Circle – Linda Grant

My final #BaileysPrize book and interestingly the one I might have picked first if I hadn’t gone for random selection. Grant is an author I’ve read and liked before and the book with a just post-war setting and family saga to boot really ticks all my reading boxes!

I enjoyed this book and raced through it but apart from being a good read I don’t have a lot more to say. The characters were all fine and the bulk of the plot interesting but after the five other books on the shortlist this just felt a little flat.

It was interesting to read about the change in medical approaches at the very birth of the NHS, and also the, sadly still relevant, battle over the need for new drugs but their expense. I was also a little shocked at the post war antisemitism portrayed – in my naiveté I did think that after the shocking images from Germany at the end of WW2 that this wasn’t an issue in Britain but I am always pleased to learn things and have my assumptions challenged!

The ending of the book did seem out of kilter with the majority of the book but reading an online Twitter q&a with Grant I can now see the point of this so I am more accepting.  I suppose that as I am still thinking about this book a week after finishing it that it was a good book and a worthy contender for the Bailey’s Prize but it did feel like any other historical fiction book in many ways and certainly not as stand out as the other 5 on the short list.

I’m now weighing up my thoughts on all 6 books and trying to decide which one I really want to win the 2017 Bailey’s Prize. I’m also tempted to go back and read all of the longlist to see why it was these 6 that made the cut!

Sarah

Notes from the 2017 Bailey’s Prize Ambassador: Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

As none of the books that arrived in by #BaileysPrize shadowing box were books that had currently featured on my “to be read” pile I have approached them all with some level of caution – I might be reading well out of my comfort zone after all!

This level of trepidation rose when the fifth book I read was Adebayo’s Stay With Me but this time because of the Nigerian setting – one of my favourite books of all time is Half a Yellow Sun by Chimomanda Ngozi Adichie and could any other Nigerian set book live up to the standard of that one?

In brief the answer is yes – this was a wonderful book that for the most part managed to capture both the wide scope of Nigeria and the intimate setting of one couple’s marriage.  Yejide is desperate for a child – as it seems are her whole extended family and from this starting point an intricate tale that keeps you on your toes unfolds.

I’m not going to say more for the twists and turns, which are all believable and well written, are what make this book and I do think that coming at it with no ideas makes the best reading experience.

My only wish for this book is that perhaps sometimes there was more of the background story – I’d love to have known more about the politics driving the plot in so many ways, however with this would have come the loss of the intimate tale…

I loved this book and I hope it does well at the Bailey’s Prize on the 7th June – it is stunningly well written, thoroughly readable and has some great discussion points for book groups. Need more convincing? Ayobami Adebayo is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing Programme so there is a local link!

Sarah

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