Friday, 29 March 2019

Inspired by Mother's Day

We have put together a list of books inspired by Mother's Day. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction books and as well as physical copies we have also included some eBooks and eAudiobooks available via Bolinda and Rbdigital.  If you haven't accessed our eResources before please see the library homepage for details. 
 A Mother's Love by Deborah Ziegler

Every muscle in my body ached. I told myself to grieve, get it out of my system, so that I could be the mother my daughter needed me to be. The agony of knowing what was coming...endless.

Just married, vivacious and thrill-seeking, Brittany Maynard was in the prime of her life at the age of twenty nine. Then she was delivered devastating news. She had unknowingly been living with a terminal brain tumour for the past ten years that would slowly and painfully kill her. Desperate to take control of the situation, she asked her mother to help her die with dignity.

In this heart-breaking and powerful book, Brittany's mum opens up about her experiences, offering hope and inspiration to anyone facing the loss of a loved one.

 Adult Non-Fiction. Available as an eBook on Bolinda.

Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims

After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning…

After being dragged to join the school’s PTA in the new term by an annoyingly kind-spirited neighbour, Mummy is stuck with organising the Christmas Fayre and pleasing all the overly disapproving parents. In combination with getting to know her father’s surprise new glamorous (and much younger) wife, and being forced to spend more time with her narcissistic mother, life isn’t cutting her much of a break. What more could possibly happen?

Adult Fiction. Available as an eBook on Bolinda and copies are available at Haddington and Prestonpans libraries.

The era of the yummy mummy has finally gone and in order to celebrate this, Shari Low has taken a baby wipe to the glossy veneer of the school of perfect parenting and written 'Because Mummy Said So' to show us the truth about motherhood in all of its sleep-deprived, frazzled glory. This is a book that every experienced, new or soon-to-be parent will relate to - well, hallelujah and praise be those who worship at the temple of Febreze.
Adult Non-Fiction. Copy Available at Haddington Library.

Against All Odds by Danielle Steele

Kate Madison's stylish second-hand clothing shop has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her 4 kids since her husband's untimely death. Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. They all choose to play against the odds - much to their mother's dismay.
Adult Fiction. eAudiobook available at Rbdigital, copies available at Dunbar, East Linton, Longniddry, Musselburgh and Prestonpans libraries and an Audiobook available at Prestonpans library.

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers

Beautifully told through notes left on their kitchen fridge, this is an intimate portrait of the relationship between a hard-working mother and her teenage daughter.
Teenage. Copy available at Headquarters

The Mothers of Lovely Lane by Nadine Dorries
Noleen Delaney is one of an army of night cleaners at St Angelus hospital in Liverpool. Since her husband was injured in the war, she has supported her five children and the family; she just about gets by. When Finn, her youngest, passes the eleven plus exam, Noleen feels faint. Allowing Finn to attend the grammar will stretch her purse too far. As the nurses of Lovely Lane near their final exams, Noleen will find herself tested and her heart broken. Just how far can a mother’s love stretch?
Adult Fiction. Available as an eAudiobook on Rbdigital, copies are available in Dunbar, Gullane, Haddington, Musselburgh, Wallyford and North Berwick  libraries and also an Audiobook is available at Dunbar library.

The Mothers: a Novel by Brit Bennett

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, 17-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance - and the subsequent cover-up - will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth
Adult Fiction. Copy available at Haddington  library

Something to tell you by Lucy Diamond

When Frankie stumbles upon an unopened letter from her late mother, she's delighted to have one last message from her - until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth. Brimming with questions, she travels to York to seek further answers from the Mortimer family, but her appearance sends shockwaves through them all.
This is available as an eBook and eAudiobook on Bolinda and copies are available at Gullane, North Berwick Haddington and Ormiston libraries.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, it was not a good time to be born black, or woman, in America'. So begins this stunning portrait of Vivian Baxter Johnson: the first black woman officer in the Merchant Marines, purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, and mother to one of our most cherished literary treasures.
Adult Non-Fiction. Available at Dunbar library

Recipes from my mother by Rachel Allen

Full of warmth and nostalgia, Rachel shares culinary inspiration passed down through the generations.
Adult Non-Fiction available at Prestonpans library.

The Unmumsy Mum by Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum' writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no 'one size fits all' approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing.
Adult Non-Fiction
Copies are available at Wallyford ( from 1st April) and Gullane libraries.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

eAudiobooks added to Rbdigital

We have just added over 200 eAudiobook titles onto Rbdigital making over 600 eAudiobook titles currently available on this platform.  Included are authors such as Val McDermid, C.J Box, Nadine Dorries, Chris Brookmyre, Rosie Goodwin, Jo Jo Moyes, Sarra Manning and many more.

This means that we have an extensive range of eAudiobooks for you to choose from covering a range of genres from Crime, Thriller, Modern Fiction, Family Sagas, Historical Fiction and Romance so there is something for everyone’s tastes.

Below are just some of the eAudiobooks that have been added. Why not search for yourself and see what you might find!

These are all free to East Lothian library members so if you haven’t already signed up to Rbdigital find out how to here.

Jo Jo Moyes- Foreign Fruit

Merham is a well ordered 50s seaside town - the kind of town where everyone knows their place (and those who don't are promptly put in it). Lottie Swift is an evacuee who has grown up with the respectable Holden family and loves Merham. The Holden's daughter Celia, however, chafes against the constraints on the town and longs to escape...

David Mitchell - Ghostwritten 

An apocalyptic cult member, a jazz buff in Tokyo, a woman on a holy mountain, a burnt-out lawyer, a Mongolian gangster, a redundant spy, a despondent 'zookeeper', a nuclear scientist, a ghostwriter, a ghost, and a New York DJ are all tenuously connected. All of them have tales to tell, and all must play their part as they are caught up in the inescapable forces of cause and effect.

Marian Keyes- The Other Side of the Story

Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. Used to be..

Lucinda Riley- The Midnight Rose

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

Michael Robotham- The Other Wife 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.

Ian Rankin - In a House of Lies

A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

Santa Montefiore - Songs of Love and War

West Cork, Ireland, 1900. The year marks the start of a new century, and the birth of three very different women: Kitty Deverill, the flame-haired Anglo-Irish daughter of the castle, Bridie Doyle, the daughter of the Irish cook and Celia Deverill, Kitty's flamboyant English cousin. Together they grow up in the dreamy grounds of the family's grand estate, Castle Deverill. Yet their peaceful way of life will soon be threatened by Ireland's struggle for independence.

Ian Fleming -Casino Royale

Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In Casino Royale, the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.

Chris Brookmyre- All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in her punk phase she got herself pregnant and now she’s forty-six. She's a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet. Then her son Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer, is forced to disappear and to part with the secrets of his research. Jane will finally get the adventure she’s always wanted, but at a price.

Browse our webpage and find out about the range of eResources available to East Lothian Library members. You might be surprised by what you find!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

World Book Day 2019

This year World Book Day is being held on Thursday 7th March 2019. World Book Day is a registered charity which aims to give every child a book of their own. It also celebrates reading, authors, illustrators and books and is currently celebrated in over 100 countries around the world!  

To celebrate World Book Day, and to encourage children of all ages to explore and enjoy reading and to discover new authors and books, we've put together a list of some of the eBooks that we have recently added to our eBook platform, Borrowbox. These eBooks can be downloaded onto mobile devices via the Borrowbox app. Find out more about accessing Borrowbox

These books could also be read as part of the First Ministers Reading Challenge, which aims to help children and young people, between the ages of 5 and 18, to develop a love of reading. 

Children's Fiction

The Adventures of Alfie the Onion by Vivian French

Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure … but only to carry his brother’s luggage. It’s his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who’s destined to win their family a Happily Ever After. But when it turns out Magnifico isn’t half the hero he’s cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day – with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse and a couple of meddling magpies

This is also available as an eAudiobook.

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

Mr Mingin by David Walliams

Chloe steys in a hoose. Mr Mingin bides on a bench ootside in the cauld. Chloe's lanely because she's got nae freends. Mr Mingin's got nae freends because he's mingin - totally honkin! When Chloe invites Mr Mingin tae come and live in the gairden shed, her life is turnt upside doon. Will Chloe's mither go aff her heid? Is her faither really a rock star? Will Chloe's sister still be a bampot? Will Mr Mingin become Prime Meenister? Read David Walliams' funny and heart-warming story about Chloe Ploom and her reekin new best friend, the mysterious Mr Mingin - now in Scots for the very first time.
  • Translated by Matthew Fitt

  • Wonder by R. J Palacio

    My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'

    Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go.

    Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

    Now featuring a brand-new chapter told by bully Julian, WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

    Also available as an eAudiobook.

    Cloud Busting by Marjorie Blackman

    Despite his Mum's insistence, Sam doesn't want to be friends with Davey, he thinks Davey's a first class, grade A, top of the dung heap moron. But one day Davey saves Sam's life and a bond is formed between them. Sam is still embarrassed to be seen with Davey, but little by little he has to admit, when it's just the two of them, Davey is a lot of fun. But then something terrible happens to Davey. . . Told in verse, in first person, this is the touching story of an extraordinary friendship, that changes two boys lives for ever. An uplifting tale that truly sings out.

    Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

    Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

    Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

    The Train to Impossible Places by P.G Bell

    Join the journey to Impossible Places, where there’s magic at every stop…

    Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house – especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway! This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins.

    Welcome to the Impossible Places… Where there’s fuzzics not physics, where adventure meets magic and where the journey will never, ever take you where you expect it to.

    Young Adult Fiction

    Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

    Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears.

    As she hurtles towards danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, the biggest battle imaginable.

    Also available as an eAudiobook.

    Apple and Rain by Sarah Cossain

    When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It's only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.
    Like a brilliant hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan entices you into her world, then tells a moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry.

    The Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher

    This is the electrifying dystopian love story, the first in the trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.

    Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .
    Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.
    She's the first girl born in fifty years.
    She's the answer to their prayers.
    She's the final hope.
    Which means she has one function alone . . .
    At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.
    She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.
    But what about Bram?
    The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.
    Will she?


    Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

    'It's quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.'

    Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.

    Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

    In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

    Friday, 1 March 2019

    Healthy Reading for Young People and Carers

    Life can be challenging and confusing for all of us and this is especially true for children and young people. Books are a great way to explore feelings, experiences or help us understand more in an accessible way.

    We have a range of books available to help in circumstances such as bereavement, bullying, health conditions, physical and mental wellbeing as well as practical titles helping with milestones such as siblings or potty training.

    Titles such as The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup or Grandad's Island by Benji Davies can be a gentle way to help reflect and remember a much missed friend or relative.
 The Black Book of Colours by Memena Cottin and Rosana Faria is a beautiful way to help children consider how those with sight loss might perceive the world.

    Marley and the Monkey by Holly Duhig is a lovely way to explore ADHD both with children living with the condition and their friends.

    My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia by Lynda Moore is a very simple explanation of the disease.

    Books on gender identity and sexuality not only help young people explore themselves but can help friends develop empathy.

    Whether you're looking for a non-fiction title to explore a subject in more depth with an older child or a story to share, books can start a conversation and help young minds process their emotions.

    You can find out more about our coping with life section and about healthy reading for young people, parents and carers on our website.

    Please ask staff in your local library for assistance in finding relevant titles or contact us as we're always happy to help.