Monthly Archives: July 2015

Man Booker Dozen

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The Man Booker Dozen, the list of 13 novels longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. As usual, the press coverage has been about a controversy rather than the quality of the writing: this time, the fact that more American than British writers have been nominated now the range of the prize has been altered to any book publshed in English. Her’s an article from The Telegraph ‘American dominance of Man Booker prize longlist confirms worst fears’ Some of the comments sound rather like sour grapes from people who think they have less chance of winning but there is perhaps a genuine problem that major American prizes are not open to writers from around the world. Do you think prizes are better when limited to certain groups or better open to all?
Meanwhile, what do you think of the list? Has it inspired you to try any of the books? We have 5 of the thirteen titles in stock at the moment and will happily buy any of the rest if requested.
The shortlist is announced on 15 September and the winner on 13 October.

The full list is
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life

The Gambit


Wakefield Library and Museum invites you to The Gambit, a play by Mark Reid. There will be two performances on Wednesday 27th July at 5pm and again at 6pm. Both performances are free and there is no need to book. The Gambit is about twenty-five years of betrayal played out on the chessboard – lies, deceit and anger erupting in an epic clash between the defining Grandmasters of the 20th Century. The play is touring venues in the north before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Don’t miss it!

Invitation to Wonderland


2015 marks 150 years since the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The White Rabbit, The Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat: who is your favourite Alice character? The strange world of Wonderland, the off-the-wall logic and the independent heroine are still fresh after 150 years. I love the original illustrations, many children will recognise the Disney version first and some may see the Mad Hatter as Johnny Depp. The best way to enjoy the story? ” ‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
To celebrate the anniversary, libraries are holding a series of Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties. All are free but please contact the library for more details and to book:
Castleford Forum Thursday 6 August 2pm
Featherstone Library Thursday 6 August 2.30pm
Hemsworth Library Monday 3 August 2pm
Horbury Library Friday 7 August 2.15pm
Pontefract Library Tuesday 28 July 10am
Ossett Library Friday 7 August 2.30pm
South ElmsallLibrary Monday 3 August 2pm
Wakefield Library Monday 3 August 2pm

Young Volunteers wanted


Aged 14-24? Keen to make a difference and develop your skills?

Libraries are looking for young volunteers to help out over the busy summer holiday period.

You could help staff with the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about the books they’ve been reading, help with summer activities and create in-library displays. Perhaps you’ve got some good ideas about how you could help children to have fun in the library this summer?

If you’d like to be one of the 8000+ young people who volunteer in libraries every summer, ask you local library for details now or email

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