Welcome to THE GALLERY where we invite you to browse some of the beautiful literature we have in stock here in the Plymouth Proprietary Library.
All of these books are available to borrow and you will be pleased to know we don't specify a date for their return, hence our policy of not issuing library fines.
Complimentary coffee, cake and a tour of the Library will be available at all of our Coffee Mornings on the second Saturday of each month for anyone interested in joining. Annual membership is £60 - payable by cheque or cash - with a reduced rate of £30 for under 25's or students.
The GREAT WESTERN Beach
by Emma Smith
The Great Western Beach is Emma Smith's wonderfully atmospheric memoir of a 1920s childhood in Newquay, Cornwall. She recalls the rocks, the sea, the beaches, the picnics, the teas and pasties, the bracing walks, the tennis tournaments and bathing parties, the curious residents and fascinating holiday-makers - relishing every glorious, salty detail. But above all this is a portrait of a family from the astonishingly clear-eyed perspective of a nine-year-old girl: her furious, frustrated father, perpetually on his way to becoming a world famous artist but suffering the indignity of being a lowly bank clerk; her beautiful, unperceptive mother, made for better things perhaps but at least, with three fiancés killed in the Great War, married with children at last; the twins, fearless, defiant Pam and sickly, bewildered Jim, for whom life is always an uphill climb, and baby Harvey, brought on the same winds of change that mean that life, with all its complication and wonder, cannot stay still and the Cornish playground of Emma's childhood will one day be lost forever.
A regular monthly feature by Elaine Henderson featuring noteworthy authors born in this month.
Who? [Dame] Agatha [Mary Clarissa] Christie, Lady Mallowan (née Miller), English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright
When? 15 September 1890
Where? Torquay, Devon
Why should I read his (or her) work? The ‘Queen of Crime’, Christie introduced many of the now classic motifs of the detective story genre and wove them together into a satisfying ‘puzzle’.
Try: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), The Murder at the Vicarage (1930)
Interesting fact: Christie was suspected of being a spy during the Second World War; she had named one of her characters Major Bletchley and it was feared that she had a contact at the top secret code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park!
During the year the PPL holds a series of Lunchtime Talks on the second Thursday of the month that are open to both Members & Non Members. The talks start at 12 noon and last about an hour admission is £4.00 per person and includes light refreshments afterwards.
2017 Lecture Programme:-
The Spring season has now finished details of the new season to be announced shortly.
Regular Coffee mornings are held on the Second Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 12.00pm and are open to all. So why not join us for good coffee, good cakes (home made) and good company you will be made welcome. See events guide for upcoming dates.
On the first Monday of the month the Book Club meets between 2.00pm and 3.00pm when members get a chance to read and discuss last month's set book.
In September we shall be tackling THE FIRE CHILD by S.K. TREMAYNE
The chilling new psychological thriller by S. K. Tremayne, author of the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller, THE ICE TWINS.
When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.
But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?
As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:
‘You will be dead by Christmas.’
Our enjoy poetry group meets at the PPL on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2.00pm for an hour or so. Tea and coffee will be available at 50p per cup. Initially the group will be looking at the poetry in the library including the Simon Curtis collection. All are welcome including non-members.
Please note that during September and October we shall be meeting on the 4th Monday of the month and not the 3rd
For three sessions now a group of about eight to ten people have met on the third Monday of the month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm upstairs near the main collection of poetry books.....
Every month the book selection group meets to choose new books to add to our collection.
Fiction - The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride. Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys. The Boy In The Dark by K. McKechnie. War And Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans and The Knives by Richard Kelly.
Non- Fiction - The Durrells Of Corfu by Michael Haag. Admissions by Henry Marsh. Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard. Bee Quest by Dave Goulson. Speaking Out by Ed Balls
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Roscoff. The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott. City Of Friends by Joanne Trollope. Marie by Madelaine Boirdouxhe. The Riviera Express by T.P.Felden. Date With Death by Julia Chapman and Miss Treadway And The Field Of Stars by Miranda Emmerson.
Non- Fiction - Lenin On The Train by Catherine Merridale. How The Hell Did This Happen by P.J.O'Rourke. The Raqqa Diaries by Christina Lamb and Wonderland by Christopher Hart.
Plymouth Proprietary Library has been given the poetry collection of the late Dr Simon Curtis. The collection, which is housed in the Travel Room is wide-ranging, including volumes of Simon Curtis' own work, signed and dedicated work of contemporary poets, poetry collections and journals.
The catalogue, compiled by Alan Munton, is available on the library's computer, our website and in a hard copy. Currently the books are for reference only.
We are delighted to have received this gift and hope that it will give great pleasure to all our members, amongst whom we were proud to have included Simon Curtis. Our thanks go to his friends and family who have facilitated this gift in memory of Simon.
The autumn series of Proofreading courses has now finished. Thank you to everyone who came along and tackled the exercises with such enthusiasm. And, of course, thank you to the ladies who made the delicious cakes we all consumed with such delight at the coffee break!
No further courses are scheduled for the moment but, if you are interested in coming on one of our workshops, then please leave your contact details with John or Chloe at the PPL, and stating whether you are interested in a Basic, Intermediate or Advanced course.
Elaine Henderson BA MPhil
The PPL and the Plymouth Athenaeum share a reciprocal arrangement so PPL Members can visit the Athenaeum during opening hours on production of their PPL Membership card. The Athenaeum host a regular and varied range of talks and activities that PPL Members may be interested in attending and the most up to date information can always be found on their website http://www.plymouthathenaeum.co.uk in the Members section.