50 Great Reads This Summer; LIBRARIANS LIST FAVOURITE NOVELS

The Evening Standard (London, England), August 3, 2004 | Go to article overview

50 Great Reads This Summer; LIBRARIANS LIST FAVOURITE NOVELS


Byline: ANDR PAINE

THE holiday season is in full swing, and many of us will be searching for the perfect book for lazy days in the sun.

While bookshops offer a bewildering choice of titles, holidaymakers could be better off listening to the expert advice of staff at their local library.

The capital's librarians have compiled their own list of the 50 great holiday reads, and they have thrown off their prim image with a healthy dose of sex, drugs, grisly murders, political intrigue and psychological thrills.

The list has been put together by the London Libraries Development Agency (LLDA), which is responsible for creating a citywide strategy for them.

While visits to London's 395 libraries have increased, there are fewer books being issued.

Recent reports say that the 4,700 highstreetlibraries could cease to exist within 20 years if the decline continues.

Across Britain, active library borrowers fell by 700,000 last year, while issues per head of population went down from 6.41 to 6.09.

This latest initiative in London is an effort to boost book-lending by employing the marketing methods of highstreet book chains.

Fiona O'Brien, the LLDA's development manager, said: "The list is made up of books that librarians think people will enjoy. It is emulating bookshops' recommendations - we learned from them and are using their marketing strategies."

HOLIDAY PAGE-TURNERS

I'm Not Scared, Niccolo Ammaniti The Bride Stripped Bare, Anon A Twist In The Tale, Jeffrey Archer Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson Oryx And Crake, Margaret Atwood Cocaine Nights, JG Ballard The Body On The Beach, Simon Brett Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier Persuader, Lee Child The Last Girl, Stephan Collishaw Course Of Honour, Lindsey Davis The Crimson Petal And The White, Michel Faber Diary Of An Ordinary Woman, Margaret Forster The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory Haweswater, Sarah Hall Altered Land, Jules Hardy Holy Fools, Joanne Harris Notes On A Scandal, Zoe Heller The Black Rubber Dress, Lauren Henderson Platform, Michel Houellebecq What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving Half Broken Things, Morag Joss Why Don't You Stop Talking, Jackie Kay The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver The Song Of Names, Norman Lebrecht Uniform Justice, Donna Leon Fruit Of The Lemon, Andrea Levy The Kiss, Joan Lingard The House Sitter, Peter Lovesey Carnevale, MR Lovric Life Of Pi, Yann Martel If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things, Jon McGregor Cereus Blooms At Night, Shani Mootoo Reading Lolita In Tehran, Azar Nafisi The Reading Group, Elizabeth Noble The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brien After You'd Gone, Maggie O'Farrell The Jester, James Patterson Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce Naked In Death, JD Robb Key Of Knowledge, Nora Roberts Mr Golightly's Holiday, Salley Vickers The Reader, Bernhard Schlink The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields The Death Of Mr Love, Indra Sinha Dracula, Bram Stoker Music And Silence, Rose Tremain The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger

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