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

Author of the Month – Anne Tyler

Our September Author of the Month, is Anne Tyler - the quiet American who has published 20 novels over the last 50 years, that subtly chronicle the ‘stuff of family life’ – love, disappointments, estranged children, loss. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons (1988), a portrait of a marriage ageing and warping, while… Continue reading Author of the Month – Anne Tyler

Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Are you missing the drama of the Tokyo 2020 games? Here are ten books about athletes and sport to get you inspired. After more than two weeks of action-packed events we bet you’ll be missing your daily dose of athletic heroism. But don’t worry, we have plenty of stories full of tears and cheers to… Continue reading Ten Titles inspired by Tokyo 2020

Books and me: on my shelves

John Coughlan CBE, who retired as Hampshire County Council’s Chief Executive last month, talks about his reading loves and recommendations as well as his vision for Hampshire’s libraries.

The Power of Kindness

The past year has been strange and difficult for most of us. It has been a time of loneliness, isolation and feeling unsure and we had to find new ways of being ‘normal’. Throughout this time the theme of kindness has been constant, with people volunteering to support their communities, donating food or cooking for… Continue reading The Power of Kindness

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

About the book Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour… Continue reading All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr