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Book groups, book news and healthy reading programme

Book Groups

If you enjoy reading and talking about books, then why not join one of our library book groups? There are groups in almost every library and they meet once a month to discuss their chosen book. 

Find a pdf icon Book Group [70kb] near you. 

pdf icon Book Group Leaflet [471kb]

New Titles

We produce a list of pdf icon new titles [2Mb] which will be added to library stock next month, so why not have a look? You can then request your choices through our online catalogue.

For more reading, material, check out what's available digitally:

Scottish Collection and Classics Collection

A Scottish Collection and a Classics Collection is available now at Linlithgow Library.

If you can't make it along to Linlithgow Library, you can visit the online catalogue to see what's available. 

Remember you can request up to 20 items at a time to be delivered to your local library - and there's no charge. 

pdf icon Scottish Collection and Classics Collection [1Mb]

Radio 4 Bookclub 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary of Radio 4's Bookclub, the original BBC Bookclub, takes place in early summer 2018. 

Presented by James Naughtie on the first Sunday and following Thursday of every month, there are over 200 episodes.

Every single programme is available to download and keep.

Radio 4 Bookclub

Book Awards

Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018

The winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018 is Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith.

The other shortlisted titles for the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2018 were:

  • Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
  • The Haunting of Jessop Rise by Danny Westo

For more details, please visit Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

Man Booker Prize 2017

The winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2017 is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Visit the online catalogue to request a copy.

The 2018 Longlist for the Man Booker Prize, released July 2018:

  • Snap - Belinda Bauer
  • Milkman - Anna Burns
  • Sabrina - Nick Drnaso
  • Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
  • In Our Mad and Furious City  - Guy Gunaratne
  • Everything Under - Daisy Johnson
  • The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
  • The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh
  • Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
  • The Overstory - Richard Powers
  • The Long Take - Robin Robertson
  • Normal People - Sally Rooney
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea - Donal Ryan

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

The winner of the 2018 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is Kamila Shamsie with her seventh novel Home Fire.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2017

The Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library Award is awarded not for an individual book but for an author's entire body of work and is one of nine highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955. in 2017, the dagger was awarded to Mari Hannah, author of the popular DCI Kate Daniels books which are set in the North East.

To discover which Mari Hannah novels are available and to make requests, visit the West Lothian - Online Catalogue.

Below is the 2018 Shortlist for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, released July 2018:

  • Martin Edwards
  • Nicci French
  • Edward Marston
  • Peter May
  • Rebecca Tope
  • Simon Kernick

Healthy Reading Programme

The Healthy Reading Programme has been developed to make it easier to access mental health and well-being books and web-based support. The resources have been recommended by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Lothian for use with or by children and young people to help promote positive mental well-being and support those children and young people experiencing emotional distress.

The books included in the young person's Healthy Reading scheme include books to support a range of life situations/circumstances, including anxiety/stress, low mood, bereavement, bullying and eating disorders.

The collection also includes resources for parents and or staff to help tackle problems which can arise at many different stages of general childhood development, such as challenging behaviour, sleep problems and relationship difficulties with peers.

Many of the books contain self-help exercises based on a cognitive-behaviour therapy approach. Some of the books are written by those who have experienced difficulties themselves and some are written by experienced mental health professionals. 

There is also a similar collection of books to support adult wellbeing which can be requested through your nearest library.

All of the resources on the list are located in Carmondean Connected and Whitburn Library and can be requested to borrow from any West Lothian Library.

See the full Healthy Reading list on the online catalogue.