Friday, 29 July 2016

Award-winning author Peter Kerr launches his new book in Haddington

The Clyde Valley Stompers became, in the 1950s, Scotland’s premier jazz band. They were the focus of “Stompermania” and enjoyed huge commercial success. And then in 1963 they disappeared mysteriously from the scene. In “Don’t Call me Clyde!” clarinettist Peter Kerr tells the story of what actually happened. How, at just 20 years of age he inherited Leadership of the “Clydes, how they achieved chart success, were produced by George Martin, soon to sign the Beatles, and were launched into the glitzy world of mainstream popular music.

This fondly recounted, entertaining and humorous memoir by the award-winning author of the Snowball Oranges series, chronicles the highlights, hardships, backstabbing, generosity and greed that marked the rise and fall of such an iconic band. But Peter also skilfully portrays an affectionate recollection of family life during the austerity gripped years following the Second World War.

 Peter will be appearing in the Star Room, John Gray Centre, Haddington on Tuesday 16th August at 11.00am.

All welcome to this free event. Peter will also be signing copies of his books.

Don’t miss the BIG BOOK SALE on Saturday, 6th August

Corn exchange, Haddington, 10.00am-4.00pm

 East Lothian Library Service is selling off loads of withdrawn stock – adult and junior, fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, Music CDs, Audio books.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up some fantastic bargains. Also look out for our brand new book tombola, colouring-ins for the youngsters and a visit from Lennox the Library Lion!


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Top eAudiobooks for July

The House by the Sea 

Written by Santa Montefiore

Narrated by Juanita McMahon

"Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart." 

Ten-year-old Floriana is captivated by the magnificent Tuscan villa near her village. When the owner’s son invites her inside, Floriana knows that her destiny is there, with him. But as they grow up, things begin to change. Miles away on the Devon coastline, Marina’s hotel has fallen on hard times. The arrival of Rafael Santoro, artist-in-residence, seems to bring peace in Marina’s family. But Rafa is not who he seems…

"A superb storyteller of love and death in romantic places in fascinating times." VOGUE

This Charming Man 

Written by Marian Keyes

Narrated by Caroline Lennon
"The laughs come fast and furious..."

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

"The story will stay with you long after you've read the last page." HEAT

Stolen Souls 

Written by Stuart Neville

Narrated by Frank Grimes
 "Stuart Neville is already a crime-writing star." 

It is snowing, she’s barefoot, but Galya runs. Tricked into coming to Belfast with the offer of a good job, all she wants now is to go home. Her only hope is a man who gave her a cross on a fine chain and a phone number, telling her to call if she escapes. Now she puts herself at his mercy, knowing she has nowhere else to turn.

"Stolen Souls is a nightmare story in the most noir place on earth, told by an exceptional talent." LEE CHILD

Fever City 

Written by Tim Baker

Narrated by  Dan Russell

"An inventive take on the great American conspiracy theory." THE TIMES

Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America's richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman in search of redemption, is also on the trail. Decades later in Dallas, Alston's son stumbles across evidence from JFK conspiracy buffs that just might link his father to the shot heard round the world.

"Baker's scene-painting and dialogue are accomplished, and the conspiracy theory that emerges is ingenious." SUNDAY TIMES

A Night In With Marilyn Monroe

Written by Lucy Holliday

Narrated by Anna Parker-Naples
"Fresh, witty and thoroughly enjoyable."

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Libby Lomax, not only is she dating the hottest man on the planet, but there now seems to be a decent career alternative than her current one of failed actress. But her optimism seems short-lived. When another uninvited guest, in the form of Marilyn Monroe, turns up on her ancient sofa, Libby finds she would willingly bite her own arm off for a return to normality.

"One of the best books we’ve read in ages…the perfect girlie read." REVEAL
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