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Puzzling Detectives @ Country House Library

Detective Fiction at Country House Library - 8 Puzzling Detectives

For decades now, the thrill of a murder and the restlessness of an unsolved crime have captured the minds of inquisitive readers...
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Vintage Ladybird Science Books at Country House Library

Ladybird Books for the Budding Scientist

Ladybird dominated publishing for children in the post-war and baby-boom years. Here we take a closer look at a small selection of their titles for the budding scientist.
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8 Classic Children's Novels Every Adult Should Read

8 Classic Children's Novels Every Adult Should Read

A return to the classics of children's literature, with a selection of 8 key titles from the Country House Library.
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Shop vintage & collectible Regency literature at Country House Library

If you like Bridgerton, you should read this!

With Season 2 of Bridgerton debuting on March 25th, our bibliophiles reflect on all things Regency with a curated selection of vintage collectable books.
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5 Irish Writers to Read Today at Country House Library

5 Irish Writers to Read Today at Country House Library

In the world of literature, the island of Ireland has punched well above its weight for centuries. EXPLORE IRISH WRITERS AT COUNTRY HOUSE LIBRARY NOW ☘️
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The Irish Literary Revival

The Irish Literary Revival

The Literary Revival, also known as the Celtic Twilight and the Irish Literary Renaissance, was part of a greater national movement in Ireland to preserve and develop Celtic Culture. The campaign focused on bringing Irish heritage back into public consciousness on intellectual, linguistic and political levels. 
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Author of the month – Paul Gallico

Author of the month – Paul Gallico

One critic said, “I defy anyone from getting a lump in the throat on the first reading.” Gallico moved from his native New York to the idyllic English seaside village of Salcombe in Devon, where he used to dictate his writing to his assistant, who would type into manuscript that same evening.

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The James Bond novels by Ian Flemming. Ian Flemming portrait. Country House Library.

The James Bond novels by Ian Fleming

Bond is used by his boss ‘M’ in the novels as a wrecking ball against the enemies of Britain. He doesn't solve crimes. He blows up, sometimes literally, the apparatus of the enemies. In addition, the novels have a dark tone thatnoir fiction is known for.
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Reconnecting with the countryside: nature and Thomas Hardy

Reconnecting with the countryside: nature and Thomas Hardy

The last year has been a tricky time for millions of people across the country. From strict lockdown measures to restrictions put on our social lives, the challenges of the pandemic have been difficult to overcome.

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The power of women's words by Celine DePoitiers

The power of women's words by Celine DePoitiers

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: an ironic, deep and sometimes cynical portrait of an appearance-centered and profoundly patriarchal society.

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Charlotte Bronte’s Message of Empowerment by Shelbi Adams

Charlotte Bronte’s Message of Empowerment by Shelbi Adams

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re not only a book lover, but one who is familiar with classic literature. And if you’re familiar with the classics, then you have heard of - if not read many times - the works of Charlotte Bronte.
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Classic Comfort Reads For Autumn

Charlie's Five Classic Comfort Reads for this Autumn

On a cold, wet, rainy autumn day, there’s no better feeling than hibernating indoors and curling up with a good book. So we've asked our brand ambassador, Charlie Edwards-Freshwater of @thebookboy, to recommend his top five classic comfort reads for autumn. Grab a blanket, a hot cup of tea and put your feet up with one of Charlie's favourite cosy and comforting novels...

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This book is so beautifully written and has lasted through time; some books you read and enjoy, but Alice is a work of art that is timeless. It is a gift that keeps on giving...
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Pygmalion in the 21st Century

Pygmalion in the 21st Century

The copy of Pygmalion I chose, was the 1946 reprint that included over a hundred drawings by Feliks Topolski, specially published to commemorate Bernard Shaw’s ninetieth birthday...
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John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England

John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England

Thomas Miller’s “John’s Adventures - A Tale of Old England”, written in 1897, follows young John’s adventures in a rural setting. He loses his way through woodlands, meets very suspicious people, and finds himself living in the wild, hoping to be reunited with his family.

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ROOM AT THE TOP BOOK REVIEW

ROOM AT THE TOP BOOK REVIEW

Joe Lampton seeks desperately to rise from poverty into the oh-so-attractive world of wealth and privilege. Handsome and intelligent, he believes he has found a way to get everything he ever wanted as he pursues Susan, the beautiful young daughter of a wealthy factory owner. However, he is presented with a dilemma after he falls in love with Alice, an older married woman.

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Observer's Books - Publisher of the Month

Observer's Books - Publisher of the Month

These delightful, pocket-sized volumes are fascinating to read but also highly collectible
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Amazing Antique Books for Under £100

Amazing Antique Books for Under £100

A selection of amazing antique books for under £100!
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The First 10 Penguin Books

The First 10 Penguin Books

What were the first books published by Penguin Books? Read this article to find out...
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What do the colours of Penguin books mean?

What do the colours of Penguin books mean?

An exploration of the colour-coding of vintage Penguin Books, with examples of each.
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