Posts Tagged ‘fiction’

The Wellcome Book Prize Longlist 2018 ūüďö

March 5, 2018

The Wellcome Prize is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and celebrates the best new fiction and non-fiction on the themes of health, illness, and medicine. This year’s longlisted titles cover subjects such as infertility; human behaviour; Alzheimer’s; a bestselling author’s memoir of her brushes with death, and the story of how Joseph Lister changed medicine forever.

We have the following titles from the long list available to borrow from your local library…

Stay with me by Ayobami Adebayo

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me is a story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the power of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about the desperate attempts we make to save ourselves, and those we love, from heartbreak.

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris

In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.

Victorian operating theatres were known as ‘gateways of death’, Fitzharris reminds us, since half of those who underwent surgery didn’t survive the experience.

In Pursuit of Memory by Joseph Jebelli

In Pursuit of Memory zooms inside the human brain to see how Alzheimer’s works and out again to show, entwined with the history and science, a thrilling hunt for answers.

Jebelli’s compelling insider’s account shows vividly why he feels so hopeful about a cure but also why our best defence in the meantime is to understand the disease. In Pursuit of Memory is the definitive book on Alzheimer’s: its past, present and future.

With the End in Mind by Kathryn  Mannix

In this unprecedented book, palliative medicine pioneer Dr Kathryn Mannix explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, her book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity.

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

A retired couple, Gerry and Stella Gilmore, fly to Amsterdam for a midwinter break. A holiday to refresh the senses, to see the sights and to generally take stock of what remains of their lives. But amongst the wintry streets and icy canals, we see their relationship fracturing beneath the surface. And when memories re-emerge of a troubled time in their native Ireland things begin to fall apart.

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

The unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count. A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster.

Behave by Robert M. Sapolsky

Behave is at once a dazzling tour and a majestic synthesis of the whole science of human behaviour. Brought to life through simple language, engaging stories and irreverent wit, it offers the fullest picture yet of the origins of tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, war and peace.

The Vaccine Race by Meredith Wadman

Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant. There was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated foetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia produced the first safe, clean cells that made possible the mass-production of vaccines against many common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day effectively wipe out rubella for good.


Popular local author Lesley Sehli is coming to Troon Library

March 1, 2017


An Inspiring Story of Self Help and Empowerment

Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7pm

Popular local author Lesley Sehli will be joining us again at Troon Library to talk about her book ‚ÄėHe said die, I say no!‚Äô.¬† Lesley was the first British woman to hold a uniquely privileged position behind the veil in Saudi Arabia and her work reveals an underworld of prostitution, pain and imprisonment and in her capacity, she helps those she can.¬† Married in to an elite, powerful family , where money and riches were no object and then left destitute, fighting for survival against a deadly disease; her experience proves that things that can be presumed might hold you back will actually push you forward, and the truth can set you free!

To book your free place visit Troon Library, South Beach, Troon or Tel: 01292 315 352

Fall in love with reading with these short, sharp shots of entertainment

February 6, 2017

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If you‚Äôre too busy for long books; want a quick read for the train, tube or bus; or think reading is difficult or dull, give Quick Reads a try….

A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan ‚Äď Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan takes us to the gorgeous island of Mure, where a new doctor is about to wake up a sleepy seaside village in this story written specially for Quick Reads. Wanted: doctor for small island. Must like boats, the seaside and having no hope of keeping a secret…Lorna lives on the tiny Scottish island of Mure, a peaceful place where everyone helps their neighbour. But the local GP is retiring, and nobody wants his job. Mure is too small and too remote. Far away, in a crowded camp, Saif is treating a little boy with a badly-cut hand. Saif is a refugee, but he’s also a doctor: exactly what Mure needs. Saif is welcome in Mure, but can he forget his past? Over one summer, Saif will find a place to call home, and Lorna’s life will change forever.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers ‚ÄďIs there something holding you back from becoming the person you want to be? Fear is all around us, from having a tricky talk with your boss to facing up to a problem at home. Everyone has worries and fears that can stop them progressing and reaching for the things that they really want in life. The simple, life-changing exercises in Feel the Fear & do it anyway will teach you how to turn anger into love and uncertainty into action.

Dead Simple edited by Harry Bingham ‚ÄďEight killer reads from eight bestselling authors – A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results; The grieving widow who finds that she’s about to lose more than just her husband; When a man attempts the perfect murder, it’s not quite as easy as he thinks; Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble; A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for; Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can’t explain. A murderer about to be hanged finds that’s not the worst thing that can happen. You never know who’s going to turn up at your door. Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor.

One false move by¬†Dreda Say Mitchell –¬†A thrilling story from the author of BLOOD SISTER about a young woman’s race against time to save her family. Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around. But living on the Devil’s Estate doesn’t make that easy. She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can’t get loans any other way. But someone has just robbed her. And she has twenty-four hours to get the money back, or her boss will come for her. Her criminal ex-boyfriend says he can help. Hayley wants nothing to do with him. But time is running out, and she has to choose – save herself, or save her soul? If she makes one false move, her life will be over…

Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman ‚ÄďLisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip? Four strangers, united by their shared love of POLDARK, come together on a trip to Cornwall in search of their hero…Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she’s been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall, in search of where their favourite show is being filmed. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip south?

The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig ‚ÄďA Quick Read from the author of Hearts and Minds and A Vicious Circle. Will must run, or die. He’s seen a murder, and the gang on his estate are after him. Hurt, hungry and afraid, he comes to an abandoned house in a different part of the city. Behind its high fences is a place of safety. Here, he can hide like a wounded beast. He can find food, and healing – and learn how to do more than survive. But when Will meets Padma, he must choose between his good side and his bad one. For the gang he left behind is still there. How can he live without becoming a killer? How can he love without being a thief? Exciting, fast-paced and different, this is a story that keeps you reading until the last line.


Bestselling author Clare Mackintosh joins us to celebrate Book Week Scotland

November 17, 2016


Wednesday 23 November, 2pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Join us a we celebrate Book Week Scotland with a visit from bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‚ÄėI Let You Go‚Äô & ‚ÄėI See You‚Äô Clare Mackintosh. Clare‚Äôs debut novel, I Let You Go, is a Sunday Times Bestseller and was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It won the ‘Reader’s Pick’ in the Richard and Judy Book Club and featured on ITV‚Äôs Loose Women‚Äôs ‚ÄėLoose Books‚Äô. It has also been shortlisted in the Debut Fiction Category at The British Book Industry Awards 2016. Clare‚Äôs second book, I See You, was published in July 2016 and in its first week of sales it charted at number three in the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list.

Tickets are going fast for this event, to book your FREE place
Tel: 01292 286385

Crime Winning Fiction

August 13, 2015

Are you cuckoo for Cormoran? Ga-ga about Agatha? Or are you an Elvis¬†fan? We know that Crime fiction is a big hit with our readers, so we thought we‚Äôd tell you about the plethora (or should that be ‚Äėmurder‚Äô?) of crime awards announced recently. Have you discovered these authors yet?

At the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival:

Crime Novel of the Year 2015 ‚Äď Someone else‚Äôs skin by Sarah Hilary

The festival also hosted the inaugural Dead Good Reader Awards:

Most Recommended Book ‚Äď The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective

Vera Stanhope, as created by Ann Cleeves

Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics

Time of death by Mark Billingham

The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending ‚Äď

Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

Dr Lechter Award for Scariest Villain

You are dead by Peter James

And the Crime Writers Association recently announced winners of some of this year’s Daggers. A further 3 Daggers will be awarded this autumn.

CWA International Dagger ‚Äď Camille by Pierre Lemaitre

CWA Non-Fiction Dagger ‚Äď ¬†In plain sight: the life and lies of Jimmy Savile by¬†Dan Davies

CWA Dagger in the Library ‚Äď awarded to Christopher Fowler for his body of work

CWA Diamond Dagger ‚Äď Catherine Aird

Read the best saga books this summer

June 17, 2015

Discover heart-warming wartime stories of love and loss from bestselling authors…

Ellie Dean

The Beach View Boarding House series is set in the seaside town of Cliffehaven during the tumultuous years of the Second World War. Find Ellie Dean titles on our library catalogue.

Donna Douglas

If you like Call the Midwife, you’ll love the lives and loves of the nurses at the Nightingale Hospital in the East End. Find Donna Douglas titles on our¬†library catalogue.

Katie Flynn

Heart-warming and nostalgic tales set in Liverpool, Norwich and Wales. Find Katie Flynn titles on our library catalogue.

Mary Fitzgerald

Unforgettable and moving stories that will stay with you forever. Find Mary Fitzgerald titles on our library catalogue.

Margaret Graham

Wonderful stories of love and hardship set during the World Wars. Find Margaret Graham titles on our library catalogue.

Debbie Macomber

Heart-warming and uplifting stories set in America, perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy. Find Debbie Macomber titles on our library catalogue.

Book Group Social Evening at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

June 8, 2015


Monday 29 June, 2015 at 7pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Enjoy a glass of wine and an evening of crime related thrills at our annual book group social evening.

This event is open to anyone who is passionate about reading, you don’t have to be a member of one of our book groups to come along.

Tickets £2, booking is essential.

Tel: 01292 286385 or drop-in to Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

Our Top 10 Adult Fiction Titles

April 11, 2015

Here’s our top ten adult fiction titles for the past year…how many have you read?

  1. Harlan, Coben – Missing You
  2. Jack Higgins – The Death Trade
  3. James Patterson¬†–¬†Invisible
  4. Lee Child -Personal
  5. David Baldacci -The Target
  6. Quintin Jardine –¬†Hour of Darkness
  7. James Patterson¬†–¬†NYPD Red 2
  8. Robert Galbraith¬†–¬†The Silkworm
  9. Karin Slaughter¬†–¬†Cop Town
  10. Jeffery Deaver –¬†The Skin Collector

Love isn‚Äôt always flowers and long walks‚Ķ

February 13, 2015
Love hurts. Have you never heard the song? So while some folks are all loved up this Valentine’s Day, we want to spare a thought for anyone whose love story perhaps didn’t run so smoothly….

Author James Oswald at Carnegie Library

February 2, 2015


James Oswald talks about his new Inspector McLean novel
‚ÄėPrayer¬†for the Dead‚Äô

Carnegie Library, Thursday 26th February, 2015 at 7pm

The fifth novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times bestselling author James Oswald.

The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.

Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can‚Äôt shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief…

Tickets are available from Carnegie Library,
12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB 

Tel: 01292 286385