Posts Tagged ‘author’

Exciting new crime writer Pat Young talks about her debut thriller ‘Till the Dust Settles’ at Troon Library

February 21, 2018

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“An enthralling narrative of shifting identity juxtaposed with New York in crisis, Till the Dust Settles is a wickedly unnerving thriller from a writer who demands attention.” Critically acclaimed author Caro Ramsay

Troon Library, Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 7pm

Two women will never meet, but their lives are about to collide.

As Lucie leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre, the unthinkable happens.

On a street in New York, choking on the dust in the aftermath, Lucie stumbles upon an unexpected opportunity. But starting again is rarely that simple. Sometimes, what lies ahead is far more deadly…

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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

We pay tribute to Maeve Binchy who died today 31st July 2012

July 31, 2012

We were sad to hear that the multi-award-winning Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72.

Maeve Binchy was a journalist, but is perhaps best known for her short stories and novels. Her two most popular books, Circle of Friends, and Tara Road were adapted into films, yet she remained modest about her success, once commenting, “I was very pleased, obviously, to have outsold great writers. But I’m not insane – I do realise that I am a popular writer who people buy to take on vacation.”  In fact, she sold over 40 million books, and her work has been translated into more than 30 different languages. Her last novel, Minding Frankie (Orion), which was published in September 2010, sold over 370,000 copies.

Check our catalogue for Maeve Binchy titles.

For a full article on Maeve Binchy please check out the following


Scots language author Matthew Fitt visits Girvan library

June 15, 2011

Primary 3 kids from Sacred Heart and the Primary 6s from Girvan Primary loved meeting Matthew

Matthew Fitt, Scots language author visited Girvan Library recently as part of the Burns an’ a’ that Festival.

Here’s Matthew with the Primary 3 kids from Sacred Heart and the Primary 6s from Girvan Primary. You can see that everyone loved his visit.


Author Ross MacKenzie visits South Ayrshire Libraries

June 14, 2011

Local author Ross Mackenzie visits South Ayrshire Libraries.
Author Ross Mackenzie speaking to the children about his new book.

Zac and the dream pirates by Ross MackenzieAs part of the recent Burns and a’ that Festival, newly published author, Ross MacKenzie visited Troon Library and had a brilliant time with St Patrick’s Primary 6 and 7 classes. He then headed to Dundonald Library and met the Primary 7s. All were enthralled to hear about the authors that have influenced Ross as well as learning more about the background to his book ‘Zac and the dream Pirates‘, available to borrow from South Ayrshire Libraries.

Crime Fiction Week: Author Talk with Alex Gray

June 7, 2011

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Thursday 16th June,

Troon Library
at 3.00pm

Carnegie Library
at 7.00pm

Alex Gray is a Scottish crime writer who has just published her eagerly awaited new book ‘Sleep like the dead’.

Author Alex GrayThere’s a hitman in Glasgow: unpaid and angry, he’s decided to settle his own debts. . . 

Elsewhere in the city, Marianne Brogan can’t sleep. She’s plagued by a nightmare: someone in the shadows, whispering threats, stalking her every move. To make matters worse, Marianne can’t get hold of her brother, Billy. Despite knowing some shady characters from Glasgow’s underworld, Billy’s always been there for her – until now.

Tickets £4 available from Carnegie and Troon libraries.
Refreshments provided.

Telephone (01292) 286385 for more information

Find Alex Gray books on our library catalogue. Visit Alex Gray’s official website.

National Crime Writing Week

June 1, 2011

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National Crime Writing Week 13th-19th June 2011, and all this week we are going to be posting on our blog the wide variety of events that will be taking place in South Ayrshire Libraries.  There is something for everyone to enjoy; book groups, author talks, an old Ayr crime walk, and murder mystery nights.  We really hope you can join us for a week of crime related thrills.

Book Group Social Evening

Read any book in the series by Scottish Crime writer Alex Gray and join in our evening discussion.

Alex Gray is often hailed as Glasgow’s answer to Ian Rankin.  With eight crime novels already published and her two main characters, Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and psychologist Solomon Brightman proving so popular, her books are rapidly gaining a huge fan base.

Monday 13th June 2011
at 7.30pm
Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Tickets £3 (Refereshments provided)

For more information about this event please telephone (01292) 286385 or speak to your book group co-ordinator.

Find Alex Gray books on our library catalogue