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My name is Emma and I have recently taken on the role of Head of Literature and Audio Book Production at Calibre. Christmas dinner with my family...

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Advent Calendar - Day 3

Welcome to the Calibre Audio Library Advent Calendar where each day you will find out about the volunteers, members, staff, Calibre dogs, trustees,...

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Read the book that inspired A United Kingdom film

Amma Asante's new film A United Kingdom opens across cinemas today. Based on Susan William's Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and his...

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November's Novels

The Martian

58 new books have been added to Calibre’s library in November.

Here are Janet’s top 10 picks

  1. The Cruel Sea (11349) – World War 2 classic by Nicholas Montserrat about Royal Navy sailors in the Battle of the Atlantic
  2. The Gustav Sonata (11427) also set in WW2, this time in Switzerland and a tale of how tiny flaws of temperament can lead to tragedy
  3. Cometh the Hour(11436) by Jeffrey Archer – this time set in the 1920’s and following events in the Clifton and Barrington families
  4. Dead Simple (11426) by Peter James introduces Detective Superintendent Grace, based in Brighton
  5. Nutshell (11434) by Ian McEwan – a tale of murder and deceit
  6. On a lighter note we have popular author Fern Britton’s Hidden Treasures (11421)
  7. Julia Rochester’s The House at the Edge of the World (11408) is another entertaining family drama
  8. Sci-fi lovers may enjoy Andy Weir’s The Martian (11452)
  9. The Outrun (11454) by Amy Liptrot is set in the windy wilderness of Orkney
  10. Finally The Emperor of All Maladies (11417) is Siddhartha Mukherjee’s profoundly humane “biography” of cancer. 

Quite a selection there! For the full list of this month’s new books checkout our New Books page.

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Calibre Dogs Blog - Chapter 5 Louis

Loius Dog

Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Louis and I’m a Bichon Frise. Strictly speaking I’m a dog but my owners say I’m more like a hairy human toddler, but without the tantrums. I love humans but find them hard to understand which is why I enjoyed The Humans(10102) by Matt Haig  so much, as well as The Incredible Human Journey(9230) by Alice Roberts. When I’m not eating and tormenting the people around me I love to relax. Some of you might not find it as easy to switch off as I do, so I recommend you have a look at Purely Relaxation(9328), and Rest and Sleep(617115), both by Linda Hudson.

My ancestors were especially popular with French nobility in the 16thcentury but over the years the breed fell from favour and became street dogs accompanying organ grinders, and performing in circuses and fairs. My talent for performing is still there and I sometimes have a yen to pack up my knapsack and join the circus. But that would mean leaving my comfy home so I have to content myself with reading books like Mr Nobody’s Eyes(616575) by Michael Morpurgo.

King Henry III of France loved his bichon so much that he allegedly carried him around in a papoose! Pop star Robbie Williams has been photographed with his in a backpack too. Then there’s Gracie, another Calibre Bichon who comes to work in a backpack on a bike. No, honestly! Just read Ten Poems About Dogs (9113) to get an idea of how potty humans can be about dogs.

My favourite book of all time is, of course, The Incredible Journey(1919), also a Disney film, though how come the two dogs and the cat managed to lose their owners is beyond me, I don’t let mine go further than the end of the garden without making a BIG fuss…

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