No "1984" and no "Animal Farm" but we still had an engaging discussion, online, on Tuesday April 21st when we considered "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" and "Homage to Catalonia" by George Orwell. More members were convinced of the classic status of "Homage to Catalonia" than "Keep the Aspiditra Flying", but a divergence of opinions is … Continue reading A night of Orwell without Big Brother
In his book "Why read the Classics" Italian writer Italo Calvino produced 14 definitions of a "classic" book. The classics are those books about which you usually hear people saying: 'I'm rereading…', never 'I'm reading….' The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they … Continue reading What is a Classic?
Having decided that the first book to be read and discussed by our new Classic Book Group would be a Dickens novel, and having specified that we wouldn't choose a book that was longer than 500 pages in a standard edition, we needed to work out how long Dickens' novels actually are. Fortunately most of … Continue reading How long are Dickens’ novels
As a library we thought we ought to have our own Book Group, but we wanted to try something a little different. So, we asked if people would be interested in joining a Book Group which concentrated on reading, and discussing, the classics of literature. You know, all those books you knew you ought to … Continue reading The Classic Book Group
Did you know that August 2019 is Romance Awareness Month? Check out the Warwickshire Libraries blog for recommendations if you're looking for a dash of romance during you summer holidays. You can also search our own Blue Label Collection for romance, including books by local author, and library volunteer, Ellie Darkins. If you have your … Continue reading Romance Awareness Month
Poldark is three episodes into its fifth and final season, but there's no need to panic. We have all 12 books in the Poldark series available to borrow from Harbury Village Library. The titles in the series are: The Angry Tide, Bella Poldark, The Black Moon Demelza, The Four Swans, Jeremy Poldark, The Loving Cup, The Miller's Dance, Ross Poldark, The Stranger From … Continue reading Poldark after the end of Series 5
Thanks to a generous donation our Blue Label Collection contains 38 novels by Dick Francis. Due to lack of space some of these books are stored offsite, but can be retrieved very quickly if you would like to read one or more. The titles in our collection are: Banker, Blood Sport, Bolt, Bonecrack, Break in, … Continue reading Off to the races with Dick Francis