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The Hundred Lies Of Lizzie Lovett is the next Big Library Read

October 10, 2017

On October 12, the Big Library Read will return to connect millions of library users around the globe as the world’s largest digital book club once again takes place. This time around, we’ll be reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, a YA mystery surrounding a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a missing person’s investigation. Join us as we see the world through Hawthorne’s sarcastic view point as she both can’t understand why Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is a such a big deal while also becoming obsessed with Lizzie herself. Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.

We’re excited to announce that not only will the eBook of this title be available from October 12-26 without any wait lists or holds, but readers will also be able to borrow the audiobook as well. During the event, you’ll also find a Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Chelsea as well as a live discussion board so readers can interact with each other and the author herself!

Visit our eBook website to find out what other fantastic books and audiobooks you can borrow – for free!



Fiction at its Finest: Man Booker Prize Winner and Shortlist 2014

October 21, 2014

Richard Flanagan was announced last Tuesday as the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is the sixth novel from Richard, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway.

AC Grayling, Chair of judges comments: ‘The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism

Man Booker Shortlisted titles 2014

Neil Gaiman Reading Agency lecture 2013

November 7, 2013

On the 14 October at the Barbican Centre, London Neil Gaiman delivered an impassioned lecture in support of the future of reading and libraries.

Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. “If you want your children to be intelligent,” he said, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

He understood the value of reading, and of imagining. I hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, and imagine, and understand.
Neil Gaiman

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We pay tribute to horror writer James Herbert

March 21, 2013
Author James Herbert. (Picture: William Conram/PA)

Author James Herbert. (Picture: William Conram/PA)

Book industry figures around the world have expressed their sadness at the death of bestselling horror writer, James Herbert, at home in Sussex yesterday (21 March). Herbert was 69. He was a bestselling author of horror fiction and had outsold Stephen King in the UK.

On Twitter, fellow writer Peter James said: “Deeply saddened to hear today that my dear friend, writer James Herbert, died last night. Will miss you lots, Jim, you were a diamond. RIP.” Crime writer Mark Billingham said: “Sad to hear about James Herbert. The Rats was one of first novels I read outside school. Enjoyed watching my son read it. RIP.” Crime writer Ian Rankin tweeted: “ Sad news about James Herbert – as a teen, I scared myself silly reading him. He led me to King, Barker, others. RIP …”

The BBC recently dramatised Herbert’s ‘The Secret of Crickley Hall’. His most recent publication was ‘Ash