Roddy Doyle

Author of the Month Irish writer Roddy Doyle made his mark with the publication of the ‘Barrytown trilogy’ - The Commitments (1988), The Snapper (1990), and The Van (1991) – which presented difficult issues through his highly accessible writing. His work, which is characterized by rich humour and highly relatable references to popular culture -… Continue reading Roddy Doyle

Winter Reads

There’s nothing better than shutting the door against a bitter winter’s evening and curling up in the warm. All you need is a good book to settle down by the fire with, but don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are 10 books perfect for getting you through the long cold nights.

Earth Matters

The Earth’s climate is changing, and the role of human influence on the climate system is undisputed, yet the report also identifies the role of climate change in intensifying specific weather and climate events such as extreme heat waves and heavy rainfall events for the first time. In preparation for the climate conference, we have created the ‘Earth Matters’ collection of fiction and non-fiction books, eBooks and eAudiobooks, to compliment our existing collections for younger readers.

Barbara Kingsolver

Through her novels, essay collections and poems, Barbara Kingsolver an ecologist and biologist by training, writer and political activist by inclination, combines grand and sometimes controversial themes with the gift of a true storyteller. Her best-known novels concern the endurance of people living in often inhospitable environments and the beauty to be found even in… Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver

Being a refugee

Books to share with children The UN defines a refugee as someone who: ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to… Continue reading Being a refugee

James Baldwin

James Baldwin was a black writer before the Civil Rights movement; a gay writer in homophobic mid-century America; a passionate maverick stylist who was swept into the destructive arena of politics. In fiction, he drew heavily on his own self and was prepared to explore difficult truths about his life. He understood guilt and rage… Continue reading James Baldwin