Starting at the beginning of this week (July 17th)  Warwickshire Libraries’ Summer promotion will begin at our  8 biggest libraries – ie  Rugby, Nuneaton, Leamington, Atherstone, Bedworth, Kenilworth, Stratford and Warwick.

It is called Take Away Tales & Other Stories follow the link to see the full list of titles. An eclectic mix of contemporary titles which will appeal to both men and women and are sure to inspire you to read something you might not normally choose. So look out for the summery books, yellow posters and bookmarks in your library – as modelled by our resident summer flamingos Frankie and Floyd!



New reading group book reviews are in ,so here you are – I hope you find them useful and inspiring –all have great reviews :

Hastings Book Group in Warwick have reviewed A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby. They found it an excellent read, despite the rather grim storyline and setting. The author brought the privations and dislocation of the post-war period absolutely to life, including the characters. The group liked the structure of the tale, following the police investigation step by step, with flashbacks to the victim’s activities the day she died.  They would recommend it.

Another “excellent” review for the non-fiction book, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh from Bookends at Dunchurch Community Library.

The book is written by a brain surgeon, and the group was naturally unsure if it would be to everyone’s taste , as there is a lot of medical information. However, the fact that it was all linked to individual patients, made it more readable to the layman, It showed the author in a caring, humble light, with self-doubt and dissatisfaction, with even the minimum number of failures.  The book generated lots of discussion, and the group would definitely recommend it. It is well written and showed a very clever man in a human light, with doubts like us all.


This book was short listed for many awards including the Costa  Biography , the Duff Cooper and the Guardian First Book Award.


Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham was enjoyed by Towpath Readers in Nuneaton. It had another “ excellent” rating, and they all enjoyed the time and setting, and got involved in the character’s lives. The last chapter was very revealing….

Sounds a perfect August read…. 


Lastly for now, Radford Readers in Wellesbourne, loved Our Souls at Night  by Kent Haruf.

It is a short book, with depth, emotion and relevance, promoting a good discussion on love later in age, and the gossipy mentality of a small town. The all enjoyed it.


I have just read The Lake House by Kate Morton, which I would recommend as a good summer read, ( though not a short one! ) The story leapt along at a pace, with twists and turns, which kept me interested until the end. Very immersive but not demanding for the summer.  Unfortunately, not on the reading group list at present.

If you didn’t read The House at Riverton by the same author 10 years ago ( along with the rest of the world) then look out for it now as it has been re-issued for it’s anniversary.

 So happy holidays and happy reading. Don’t forget to drop me a line about your reads – it doesn’t have to be on a form!!

 Jan   ( )


For more reading group inspiration visit our dedicated reading group page.