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.
QUARTET IN AUTUMN
by Barbara Pym
One did not drink sherry before the evening, just as one did not read a novel in the morning.
In 1970s London Edwin, Norman, Letty and Marcia work in the same office and suffer the same problem - loneliness. Lovingly and with delightful humour, Pym conducts us through their day-to-day existence: their preoccupations, their irritations, their judgements, and - perhaps most keenly felt - their worries about having somehow missed out on life as post-war Britain shifted around them.
Deliciously, blackly funny and full of obstinate optimism, Quartet in Autumn shows Barbara Pym's sensitive artistry at its most sparkling. A classic from one of Britain's most loved and highly acclaimed novelists, its world is both extraordinary and familiar, revealing the eccentricities of everyday life.
A regular monthly feature by Elaine Henderson featuring noteworthy authors born in this month.
Who? Anne Rice (née Howard Allen Frances O’Brien), American author of Gothic fiction.
When? 4 October 1941
Where? New Orleans
Why should I read her work? : Rice’s compelling and influential vampire stories have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and she has created an entirely new, richly complex and seductive version of the conventional, simplistic ‘Hammer horror film’ vampire image.
Try: Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Queen of the Damned (1988), Prince Lestat (2014)
Interesting fact: Always self-conscious about her given Christian name, Rice told teachers on her first day at school that her name was Anne, and she has been addressed as Anne ever since.
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 October we shall be tackling 'A Good Man In Africa' by William Boyd
Escapee from suburbia, overweight, oversexed ... Morgan Leafy isn't overburdened with worldly success. Actually, he is refreshingly free from it. But then, as a representative of Her Britannic Majesty in tropical Kinjanja, it was not very constructive of him to get involved in wholesale bribery. Nor was it exactly oiling his way up the ladder to hunt down the improbably pointed breasts of his boss's daughter when officially banned from horizontal delights by a nasty dose ...
Falling back on his deep-laid reserves of misanthropy and guile, Morgan has to fight off the sea of humiliation, betrayal and ju-ju that threatens to wash over him.
A Good Man in Africa is one of the greatest comic novels of recent times and will be loved by fansof Any Human Heart, as well as readers of Ben Macintyre, SebastianFaulks, Nick Hornby and Hilary Mantel
Winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize
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 - Swing Time by Zadie Smith, After The Crash by Michel Bussi, At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison, Tell Tale by Mark Sennen, Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Melody, Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin, My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry and The Vets At Hope Green by Sheila Norton. Best Wishes John.
Non- Fiction - Angel Dorothy by Jane Brown, The Last Wolf by Robert Winder and Jo Cox by Brendan Cox.
OTHER RECENT ADDITIONS
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.
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.