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 our next Coffee Morning 10am to 12pm on Saturday 8th April for anyone interested in joining. Annual Membership is £60 - payable by cheque or cash - with a reduced rate of £30 for students.
Days from a Different World: A Memoir of Childhood Kindle Edition
by John Simpson
‘I have already touched on my childhood in Strange Places, Questionable People. But the further through life I get the more I want to revisit it. I want to look at the whole of my childhood, the England I grew up in and my family.’
This is not a mere exercise in nostalgia, rather it is a journey through the England of the late 1940s in all its shabby wonder, which also tells the somewhat strange and often deeply painful story of John Simpson’s family. Here we meet his father and his grandmother, still living in the small and rather depressing south London suburb which his family built, dominated and, finally, declined with. We meet the grandfather who drank the family money away and abandoned his wife and children, and the grandfather who toured the country with a Wild West show. We learn, too, of the broken marriages and the unfulfilled lives, of the people who died, and the lives which were just beginning. Candid, beautifully written and touching, Days from a Different World will enchant all those who read it.
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 April we shall be tackling 'A commonplace Killing' - by Sian Busby
On a damp July morning in 1946, two schoolboys find a woman's body in a bomb site in north London. The woman is identified as Lillian Frobisher, a wife and mother who lived in a war-damaged terrace a few streets away. The police assume that Lil must have been the victim of a vicious sexual assault; but the autopsy finds no evidence of rape, and Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper turns his attention to her private life. How did Lil come to be in the bomb site - a well-known lovers' haunt? If she had consensual sex, why was she strangled? Why was her husband seemingly unaware that she had failed to come home on the night she was killed? In this gripping murder story, Si?n Busby gradually peels away the veneer of stoicism and respectability to reveal the dark truths at the heart of postwar austerity Britain.
New readers who'd like to join the group are welcome and can borrow a copy of the selected book by visiting the Library.
Please Note: Due to the Bank holiday in April we shall be meeting on the 4th Monday that is the 24th April, next month we return to the normal format of meeting on the 3rd Monday in the month.
From the 20th June 2016 Pat Newman will be starting a new poetry reading group that will meet 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.
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 - Snow Rose by Lulu Taylor, Swimming Lessons by Clare Fuller, Summer On The River by Marcia Willett, Montpellier Parade by Karl Geary, Good Me Bad Me by Michael Joseph, The Bone Field by Simon Kernick and Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves.
Non- Fiction - Border by Kapka Kassabova, Night Trains by Andrew Martin and Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby.
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
Fiction - The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford. Miss Peregine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The Mistletoe Murder by P.D.James and The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier.
Non-fiction - Dashing For The Post by Patrick Leigh-Fermor. The Zoo by Isobel Charman. The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre and Finding Tipperary Mary by Phyllis Whitsell.
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.
The Proteus project, funded by the Heritage lottery Fund, has reached the end of its funding period. The project originally set up by Ruth Muttlebury had a number of objectives, so how have we done?
Dr John Day, formerly of Exeter University and Father Gregory Carpenter of the Greek Orthodox church have been commissioned to write dissertations on the 18th century collection of naval papers by Commodore Windham and Essex M.P. and the prayer manual authorised by James III better known as "The Old Pretender." We have contracted a print run of 200 for each of these academic papers and these will be distributed to naval establishments, selected parishes in Devon and Cornwall, to other independent libraries, and the City library. PPL Members will receive a copy on request and they will be available to the general public to view also on request.