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Books we love…

The Novel ‘The Evening and the Morning’ has been nominated for British Book of the Year 2021, one of our customers has kindly provided a review of the book. Check out our blog to read Ben’s review… ‘Ken Follett is once again on fine form in this prequel to “Pillars of the Earth” part of… More

Reading Well Books 2021

Reading Well Book Display at Paddington Library The Reading Agency has provided Westminster Libraries and Archives with 2021 Reading well books for adults, teens (Young Adults), and children. Many thanks to the team at Paddington Library for the creating a wonderful display and sending us some pictures to share with our readers.  Some books we have available are for borrowing… More

Books we love…

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo reviewed by Anton from Victoria Library! Pedro Páramo is a short book (less than 150 pages), but it is a very important book.   Published in 1955 it is a precursor of the “magic realism” movement so important in latin-american literature and is cited as an important influence by authors such… More

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Book Awards Announced Recently

With award season in full swing the longlist for the Women’s Fiction prize has been announced. *Copies of the books are available for Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea Libraries. To search the Westminster Libraries catalogue, click on the link below: https://trib.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/wcc/ You can select and collect the book or alternatively many are available to download… More

Books we love…

To celebrate Shakespeare Week, we are reviewing a play we love…HAMLET – the best ever written who-done-it tragedy! This week’s blog post is written by Zvezdana, revealing some interesting facts and background about classic Shakespearean mystery story.  He is young, handsome, clever, eloquent, honest, well-educated; he is rich, and he is a prince. What could possibly go wrong in… More

Theatre blog: Shakespeare at the Aldwych Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is one of the world’s best known and largest theatre companies in the world. For over twenty years, under the directorship of Peter Hall, the Aldwych Theatre was the company’s London base. London/ Stratford operations begun when the company took on the lease of the theatre in 1958. Their tenure… More

Books we love…

…Playwrights we love! In preparation for Shakespeare Week, Zvezdana from Chelsea Library has given us the context, history and importance of Shakespeare in today’s world, as well as her experience of using Shakespeare’s works to engage with our communities.  We’ve also got an intriguing activity too!  Over to Zvezdana to tell us more…  If you were not aware, Shakespeare Week is almost upon us (15-21 March… More

Books we love…

This week Michaela from Church Street Library is reviewing The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.   Over to Michaela…  The Pulitzer prize winning novel of 2020 set in the 1960’s tells the story of Elwood living in Florida with his grandmother.  Elwood’s parent had up and left one night leaving her to raise him on her own. Elwood was a very… More

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 1-7 March 2021

From Monday 1st to Sunday 7th March, join Beating Eating Disorders UK, to create a future where people experiencing binge eating disorder are met with understanding and compassion. Binge eating disorder will affect one in fifty of us in our lifetime, it is the most common but least understood. It isn’t about being greedy or… More