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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.


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.


A busy week of events at Troon Library with Book Week Scotland and Wintertainment

November 30, 2016

Troon Library had a full programme of events last week, as they celebrated Book Week Scotland and Wintertainment.

On Sunday afternoon Troon Library opened its doors for Wintertainment. With stalls to browse, DVD and book sale, face painting and drop in family Christmas Crafts, the library was buzzing with around 600 customers coming through the doors!

On Monday Troon author, Martin Stewart gave a fabulous presentation of his new novel Riverkeep to Marr College S3 pupils. He also gave the pupils lots of brilliant tips for research and writing.

On Wednesday night it was another full house for author Lesley Sehli who joined us to speak¬†about her new book ‘He said die. I say no!’. Lesley’s talks have been very well received at the library and we‚Äôre hoping she‚Äôll come back to visit us again in the New Year.


As our monthly Chatterbook group fell in Scottish Book Week we celebrated by inviting local author, Lyn Donogue, to read from her forthcoming book The Highland Princess. Lyn then described the personality of one of the fairies in her book and the children had to draw what they thought the fairy would look like. Lyn is going to pass on their magical drawings to her illustrator for inspiration!


To round off this busy week we were lucky enough to have Scottish children’s author, Elizabeth McKay, who read her books Wee Granny and the Magic Bag and Wee Granny and the Ceilidh to a captivated audience. The children loved the¬†books and playing the games Elizabeth had created for her stories, she even had her very own mannequin challenge!


There’s Been a Murder…Book Week Scotland Event with Author Douglas Skelton

October 24, 2014

DOUGLAS SKELTON is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter. He has appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow crime, most recently in the Glasgow programme of Gangs of Britain with Martin and Gary Kemp. His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland radio documentary which he presented. His book Frightener, co-written with Lisa Brownlie, was instrumental in cleaning the names of two men wrongly imprisoned for mass murder and is currently being developed as a feature film. Blood City is his first foray into fiction.

Wednesday 26 November 2014,  7pm Р8pm, Carnegie Library, Ayr

This is a free event event, but places must be booked.  Please contact: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB  Tel: 01292 286385

Find Douglas Skelton titles on our library catalogue.

This event is part of our Book Week Scotland Celebrations, Follow our blog for details of more events coming up.


Scottish Inventors and Engineers

September 4, 2014

This seems to be a week for celebrating the achievements of Scottish inventors and engineers. Earlier this week, a statue dedicated to Sir Robert Watson-Watt was unveiled in Brechin. He pioneered the use of radar and his work made a huge contribution to the Battle of Britain during WWII.

Today, the Forth Road Bridge is marking 50 years since it was opened by the Queen, on 4th Sept 1964.  It took 6 years to build and replaced a ferry service that had operated for centuries. The new road bridge linked Edinburgh with Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen. Have a look at the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, and discover some lesser-known Scots who made great contributions to their field .

Books that will make you smile

August 21, 2014

They say laughter is the best medicine, and we agree it’s important that you regularly give your chuckle muscles a workout. Our adviser Dr. Belle E. Laffs advises 3 titter sessions a day. Before meals, obviously. (Chortling during meals will just create such a mess, especially if you’re having soup).  So, ever helpful, we’ve put together a selection of titles to make you smile, or maybe even laugh out loud. We have everything from one-liners, to cartoons, to humourous fiction and poetry.

And we will sign off with the winner of this year’s Dave award for funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe. Congrats to Tim Vine!

‘I‚Äôve decided to sell my Hoover‚Ķ well, it was just collecting dust.’

Some great titles for sport fans to check out

July 21, 2014

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Summer of Sport

Are you enjoying the summer of sport? We‚Äôve already had the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon, the Open at Royal Liverpool, and the Commonwealth Games have started¬†in Glasgow. And there‚Äôs more to come ‚Äď Grand Prix racing, Glorious Goodwood, and the Women‚Äôs Rugby World Cup in France, to name just a few. Here‚Äôs a selection of titles for sports fans available from your local library

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If you find a title you¬†would like to borrow and it’s not available at your local library, simply¬†sign in¬†to your library account and place a request free of charge.¬† If you are unsure how to do this,¬†visit our¬†sign in help¬†or our¬†request help¬†section. Or contact your¬†local library¬†and have them place the request for you.

Computer books for seniors

May 6, 2014

Find out how to get the most out of your smart phone, tablet and computer.  Check out the new computer books for seniors at your local library.


Author visit at Troon Library is a great success

May 1, 2014

The evening with Uuganna Ramsay, author of Mongol at Troon Library was a huge success. Uuganna talked about why she wrote the book and gave everyone a wonderful account of her childhood in outer Mongolia. She also read a couple of excerpts from her debut novel which prompted lots of questions from the audience. 

If you missed¬†this event, there will be another opportunity to see Uuganna when she joins¬†us for our Readers’ Day at Ayr’s Carnegie Library later in the year. Watch the¬†blog for details.

Author Uuganna Ramsay visits Troon Library to talk about her powerful memoir Mongol

March 26, 2014

Wednesday 23 April, 2014 at 7pm

mongolbookjacketUuganaa skilfully interweaves the extraordinary story of her own childhood in Mongolia with the sadly short life of Billy, who becomes a symbol of union and disunion, cultures and complexity, stigma and superstition ‚Äď and inspires Uuganaa to challenge prejudice and campaign to change attitudes.

Mongol is the touching story of one woman’s transformation from outsider to fearless champion of love, respect and tolerance. It’s a moving tribute by a remarkable woman to her beloved baby son, testifying to his lasting impact on a sometimes imperfect world.

Mongol won the Janetta Bowie Chalice Non-Fiction Book Award from the Scottish Association of Writers. Mongol is Uuganna’s¬†first book.

She was named as Woman of The Year for Mongolians in Europe in 2012 by the Association for the Development of Mongolian Women in Europe.

2014_WBN_Logo_mediumWorld Book Night 2014

This event is part of World Book Night celebrations and is a free ticketed event.

Tickets are available from Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF Tel: 01292 315352  Email:

Visit Uuganna’s blog ¬†