Library Lines: The magic of reading and books

The library’s theme for the month is The Magic of Reading and Books, so it’s fitting that we have just received a selection of the master of writing - Daphne du Maurier’s – books. Published early in the 20th century, these books are classics of suspense, horror, time travel, and mystery.

Titles include, The Loving Spirit, which sweeps across generations of ship builders; The House on the Strand, a tale of time travel; and Jamaica Inn, a novel of mystery and murder. 

For those readers who don’t have much spare time, there are three books of “suspenseful tales” just right for a cuppa and cake. The titles are: The Doll, The Breaking Point, and The Birds and Other Stories. The Birds, of course, was the basis of the Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror film. 

In keeping with the theme, the library has been decorated: Professor Dumbledore has come to visit, there’s an enchanted clock, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar has been turned into a bat. In the children’s section, a haunted house is reaching for the sky. There are also cute pine cone and paper cup owls flying around, as well as other magical motifs.

Learn about various festivals in the book of World Festivals, which has details of festivals from around the world, and cook up a Halloween-themed cupcake storm using Lily Vanilli in A Zombie ate my Cupcake: 25 delicious weird cupcake recipes. The book has simple directions and photos to decorate the cupcakes as hands, ghouls, bones, slime bleeding hearts and other motifs.

Other new books added to the shelves include the latest thriller by Val McDermid -  Insidious Intent, and Hello, Goodbye by Australian author Emily Brewin. For the non-fiction readers, Shackled: How a Scientific Expedition to Antarctica became a fight for survival by Chris Turney, “as the ghosts of explorers such as Shackleton and Mawson look on, we see the day-to-day tribulations of a ship facing danger and uncertainty”.