Henry Bloom Noble Library: helping discover great writing

The Henry Bloom Noble Library is helping support fiction writers deserving wider recognition after its readers’ group was selected to review one of eight titles for Fiction Uncovered, a Reading Agency initiative helping promote the work of lesser-known authors to a wider audience.

The group was allocated Disputed Land by Tim Pears to read and review, a novel set in the Welsh Marches over one Christmas that deals with the politics of family life and legacies for future generations as seen through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy.

Borough librarian Jan Macartney said: ‘We were delighted to have been chosen out of the many readers’ groups across the UK to take part in Fiction Uncovered, which we see as an inspired way to raise the profile of writers who, although they may not have won a major literary prize or gained widespread media attention, are producing tremendously high quality work. Tim Pears’ book sparked lively debate and in the group’s opinion, was a deserving title to be included in this exciting new promotion.’

Fiction Uncovered is supported by Arts Council England and funded by the National Lottery. A selection of reviews will be posted at Fiction Uncovered and may also be used on the Reading Groups for Everyone site.

  • The Fiction Uncovered titles for 2011 are:
  • The Water Theatre by Lindsay Clarke (Alma Books);
  • The London Satyr by Robert Edric (Doubleday, Transworld);
  • Proof of Love by Catherine Hall (Portobello);
  • Night Waking by Sarah Moss (Granta);
  • Nimrod’s Shadow by Chris Paling (Portobello);
  • Disputed Land by Tim Pears (William Heinemann, Random House);
  • Forgetting Zoë by Ray Robinson (William Heinemann, Random House);
  • The English German Girl by Jake Wallis Simons (Birlinn, Polygon).


Borough librarian Jan Macartney, second left, and readers' group members

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