Find the answers to your problems in a book?

In an article entitled “Books prescribed to help children” Madeleine Brindley reports that

PARENTS of children with emotional and behavioural problems will be prescribed books in a bid to help their families.

The NHS and local libraries in North Wales are working together to provide a new service to support parents and their children.

What an excellent idea.  You can read the whole story here.

It seems rather strange to me … something you would assume any parent would do – turn to books.  But maybe not everyone does what I do when I need an answer – go to a book.

A unique history of Australia’s people

Australians Volume 1: Origins to Eureka
australians1by Thomas Keneally
In this first volume of a unique history of Australia ‘people’ are always centre stage, as bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story. Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers, it is from their lives and their stories that he has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colourful nature of our unique national character.
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What to Read Now. And Why

They know it’s insane. I’m not sure. Newsweek has chosen books that they think are relevant to today”s needs. What do you think ?

We know it’s insane. We know people will ask why on earth we think that an 1875 British satirical novel is the book you need to read right now—or, for that matter, why it even made the cut. The fact is, no one needs another best-of list telling you how great The Great Gatsby is. What we do need, in a world with precious little time to read (and think), is to know which books—new or old, fiction or nonfiction—open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways. Which is why we’d like you to sit down with Anthony Trollope, and these 49 other remarkably trenchant voices.

Amazing stories of courage and determination

finish_strongA collection of amazing stories of personal courage and inspiration. Each engaging chapter is a quick hit of energy guaranteed to brighten your day. A great gift for sales teams, students, athletes, and anyone else that appreciates a shot of inspiration

From the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court – Wolf Hall, Mann Booker winner

Wolf Hall: A Novel
wolf_hallby Hilary Mantel
Winner of the Mann Booker Prize 2009
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political power … more

dazzling inventivenes from Peter Carey in Parrot and Olivier in America

parrotParrot and Olivier in America

by Peter Carey 

From the two-time Booker Prize–winning author: an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early-nineteenth-century America.

Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness, and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, story, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer. >>> more here

Comic Book Literacy – The Movie


Filmmaker Todd Kent has recently completed Comic Book Literacy, a documentary film exploring the positive potential of comic books in community and education. The film features interviews with a broad number of comic book creators, publishers and fans, many of whom attribute their own love of reading to comics. We spoke to Kent about the making of this film and his thoughts on comics and literacy.(full story)

Are You Ready? Sherlock Holmes Opens Christmas Day

Guy Ritchie’s film of Sherlock Holmes opens on Christmas Day.

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Want to rekindle your acquaintance with the master detective?  Find a list of books here.

Auction of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book

tamerlaneAntiquity experts are eagerly anticipating Friday’s auction of an original copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems — a much-sought after text whose sale could set a new record for American literature.

the work is estimated to fetch between $500,000 US to $700,000

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