World Book Night – 23rd April 2013

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There are a total of twenty titles being released for WBN and we will be gifting three of them (listed below). We thought it would add to the experience if we wrapped the books in newspaper so that everyone would get a surprise! Part of the fun of WBN is reading something you never thought you would. We will be gifting the books from the 2nd floor of the library and hopefully if the weather is nice we’ll be handing them out to passersby in Victoria Street.


This year the library will be gifting twenty copies of three WBN titles. The titles are Little Face by Sophie Hannah, The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde who was on the island last year taking part in the Manx LitFest.

Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture


Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.

Amazon review: I have just finished this book and found it a brilliant read. As an ordinary reader, I sometimes find Booker prize winners heavy going but this one gripped me from the start. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a work of fiction and not a true story. However, it is true in the sense that this kind of thing used to happen in Ireland and not that long ago. Roseanne's story would break your heart for all those poor people who ended up in asylums because nobody wanted them or they were an embarrassment to their family. Would recommend this excellent book to anyone.

 Sophie Hannah - Little Face


She's only been gone two hours. Her husband David was meant to be looking after their two-week-old daughter. But when Alice Fancourt walks into the nursery, her terrifying ordeal begins, for Alice insists the baby in the cot is a stranger she's never seen before. With an increasingly hostile and menacing David swearing she must either be mad or lying, how can Alice make the police believe her before its too late?

Amazon review: I read a lot of crime and thrillers, and I have to say this one blew me away. The writing is as clear, beautiful and compelling as the plot is complex, and the ending, when the truth is revealed, literally made the hairs on my arms stand up, it was so exciting. I then thought back over everything I'd read and realised how expertly the end of the novel was woven into the very beginning, though of course I hadn't spotted it at the time. Though very different to Daphne Du Maurier's 'Rebecca', this book reminded me of 'Rebecca' and is certainly as good. I would say 'Little Face' is destined to become a classic of the spine-tingling thriller genre.

 Jasper Fforde - The Eyre Affair


There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a feisty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

Amazon review: This isn’t the kind of book I would normally read, I’m not really into fantasy, adventure, culty books - all of which have been used to describe this book. I decided to read it on a whim, being a fan of Jane Eyre, I though Why not? I am so glad that I did, a literary adventure of the highest class. I loved it, it’s funny, clever, intelligent, well written and damn it a stonking good read! Can’t wait to get my hands on Lost in a Good Book and Well of Lost Plots! 

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