If you’ve visited Rugby Library in the last week or so, you may have spotted a new pop-up exhibition of panels that explore the News and how it is reported. Inspired by the British Library’s upcoming Breaking the News exhibition (running from 22 April until 21 August 2022), displayed in partnership with The Living Knowledge Network and supported by Newsworks, the pop-up displays explore what makes an event news, press freedom and issues of trust through a selection of news stories spanning 500 years of news production in Britain.

The panels will be touring other Warwickshire Libraries over the coming months (sign up for our newsletter to receive updates for future locations) and there will be tie in events happening, in libraries and virtually. You can find more details about those on our library catalogue page and read the full Warwickshire County Council news release about the exhibition here.


We’ve also created a digital showcase that explores what’s made the news in Warwickshire through the years. From the time Hollywood visited Kenilworth to some of the photographs available on the Our Warwickshire website that reveal how the news was made, delivered and read in years gone by, you’ll find lots of fascinating insights.

You’ll also find links to other resources that you can access as a Warwickshire Libraries member, including our eMagazine and eNewspaper collections as well as resources to help you navigate the world of news from how to spot fake news to where to look for quality information.

You can also find a link to the Live Launch Debate for Breaking the News, which took place in February from Leeds Central Library and is available to watch at home, along with a number of archived events from The Living Knowledge Network.


On our Breaking the News page, you’ll also find suggested reading lists for adults and for young adults and children. There are titles available on our library shelves and in our BorrowBox collection (for the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting titles available as both eBooks and on eAudio). There are fiction titles as well as non-fiction and here are just a few highlights we recommend as you explore the huge topic of news and information.


Young Adult and Junior titles

Breaking News: How To Tell What’s Real From What’s Rubbish by Nick Sheridan (on library shelves, as an eBook)

Find out how to understand and navigate 24/7 news, how to spot the facts from the fake . . . and what to do if the news becomes overwhelming.

It’s never been easier to access the news; TV, radio, billboards, newspapers and endlessly buzzing on to the screens in our pockets. But with more and more news available, it’s hard to know what to trust.

Where do stories come from? What’s real news and what’s fake? And what role does social media play in all of this?

Good News: Why The World Is Not As Bad As You Think by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (on library shelves)

Pandemics, war, terror, natural disasters – the world seems to be full of bad news and it can all feel, well, a little bit scary. But this is just part of the story. There are in fact tons of great things happening, from robots improving health care and trees healing the planet, to everyday people helping their community with acts of kindness and the businesses fighting for good in the world.

In Good News, children will learn to become fake news detectives, sussing out what’s real and what isn’t. They’ll discover the good news – the amazing anecdotes, case studies and figures around the globe that are making a difference. And they’ll learn that if we all continue to work together, things can only keep getting better and better.

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping With Events in the News by Dawn Huebner and illustrated by Kara McHale (on library shelves)

Full of advice for children who may be worried about events in the news, this guide from best-selling author Dawn Huebner offers advice for having tough conversations with 6-12 year olds about world events such as natural disasters, terrorism and war. It addresses common questions and provides tools to calm fears.

When children learn about something big and bad – even when they hear only bits and pieces – their brains get busy trying to make sense of it. Where did it happen? Why did it happen? And especially, will it happen again?

‘Something Bad Happened’ guides children ages 6 to 12 and the adults who care about them through tough conversations about national and international tragedies. The non-specific term ‘bad thing’ is used throughout, keeping this a flexible tool, and so children are never inadvertently exposed to events their parents have chosen not to share. Fear, sadness and uncertainty about the ‘bad thing’ all are normalised, and immediately usable coping tools provided.

Off The Record by Camryn Garrett (on library shelves)

When seventeen-year-old Josie Wright wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for ‘Deep Focus’ magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared. Soon she is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet.

Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, and then the secrets keep coming, she realizes she’s in over her head. She wants to do the right thing, but is this her story to tell? What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead – but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?


Adult Non-Fiction

Panic As Man Burns Crumpets: The Vanishing World of the Local Journalist by Roger Lytollis (on library shelves)

Panic as Man Burns Crumpets is the inside story of local newspapers during the past twenty-five years.

A funny, poignant and revealing memoir which gives the inside story of UK newspaper journalism over the past twenty-five years, based on the author’s career in Cumbria and Edinburgh.

Going With The Boys: Six Extraordinary Women Writing From The Frontline by Judith Mackrell (on library shelves and on eAudio)

In ‘Going with the Boys’, Judith Mackrell tells the story of how six bold and resolute women became front-line war correspondents during the Second World War.

Each of them had different motives for choosing so dangerous a career: Martha Gellhorn came to war journalism to save the world; Virginia Cowles wanted to see the world; Lee Miller wanted, arguably, to save herself. Sigrid Schulz, Clare Hollingworth and Helen Kirkpatrick, reporting for daily newspapers, were required to write about the war in a more briskly factual style. But they were no less determined to uncover the truth.

Barred from official briefings, forced to dodge around the Public Relations Officers who controlled the media’s movements, all six set up their own informal contacts with soldiers, found pockets of war action and snapshots of human interest which gave a different colour and often a different heartbeat to their stories.

Bad News: Why We Fall For Fake News by Rob Brotherton (on library shelves)

Psychologist Rob Brotherton asks how can we all be smarter consumers of news? Today we carry the news with us, getting instant alerts about events around the globe. And yet despite this unprecedented abundance of information, it seems increasingly difficult to know what’s true and what’s not.

In ‘Bad News’, Rob Brotherton delves into the psychology of news, reviewing how psychological research can help navigate this post-truth world.

Pele, Bestie, Ali and Me by Mike Malyon (on library shelves)

From interviewing legendary sportsmen and rock music icons, to mixing with showbiz celebrities and political bigwigs; from reporting on soccer at the highest level, to getting behind the scenes at pop concerts; from having a string of front-page scoops, to witnessing historic events; from making personal pilgrimages, to being invited inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street… these are some of the highlights of Mike Malyon’s fascinating career.

For almost half a century he worked as a local newspaper journalist, seizing every opportunity to taste and write about as many interesting experiences as possible, while also meeting some of the most famous people in the world. Mike was able to closely follow his uncle’s rise to national TV stardom and admits to guiltily obtaining a Rolling Stones’ souvenir. He also recalls holding aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy after the World Cup Final in Mexico and having the FA Cup in his lap in a Wembley winners’ dressing room. But, through it all, Mike’s most treasured memory is the day he ventured onto The Somme, to make an emotional connection with someone he never had the chance to meet-a real unsung hero.


Adult Fiction

Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor (on library shelves, as an eBook and on eAudio)

Three cities, two sisters, one chance to correct the past . . .

New York, 1937: When estranged sisters Clara and Madeleine Sommers learn their grandmother is dying, they agree to fulfill her last wish: to travel across Europe—together. They are to deliver three letters, in which Violet will say goodbye to those she hasn’t seen since traveling to Europe forty years earlier; a journey inspired by famed reporter, Nellie Bly.

Clara, ever-dutiful, sees the trip as an inconvenient detour before her wedding to millionaire Charles Hancock, but it’s also a chance to embrace her love of art. Budding journalist Madeleine relishes the opportunity to develop her ambitions to report on the growing threat of Hitler’s Nazi party and Mussolini’s control in Italy.

Constantly at odds with each other as they explore the luxurious Queen Mary, the Orient Express, and the sights of Paris and  Venice,, Clara and Madeleine wonder if they can fulfil Violet’s wish, until a shocking truth about their family brings them closer together. But as they reach Vienna to deliver the final letter, old grudges threaten their reconciliation again. As political tensions rise, and Europe feels increasingly volatile, the pair are glad to head home on the Hindenburg, where fate will play its hand in the final stage of their journey.

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (on library shelves and as an eBook)

Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another.

Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh’s exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.

Evelyn Waugh’s tale of an innocent abroad is a hilarious satire on journalism, set amidst the powerful currents of the 1930’s, and contains a memorable collection of comic creations.

Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce (on library shelves, as an eBook and on eAudio)

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

The Truth by Terry Pratchett (on library shelves and as an eBook)

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. New printing technology means that words just won’t obediently stay nailed down like usual. There’s a very real threat of news getting out there.

Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.


We’ll be adding more titles to our reading suggestions lists over the coming weeks and when you visit the exhibition panels, keep an eye out for book displays showcasing other titles that might catch your eye about the topic of News and information.

We’ll also be adding to our digital showcase so do check back in future weeks for more about Breaking the News.