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#DearMrsBird The Sunday Times Bestseller is out now. We have a paperback and a spokenword copy in the library for you to loan now, with a huge thanks to Picador books for their book donation and display materials! The Reading Agency ... See MoreSee Less

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we're inviting readers to post book reviews and recommendations on line. You can also write them out and post them in the library with a photo of the cover and even yourself.

here's the first review by willing volunteer reader and reviewer Gareth Huw Davies

East West Street by Philippe Sands is the best book I read in 2018, and it's on the shelves of the Beacon Villages Library in Ivinghoe.

You might initially mistake it for a wartime thriller, with a Shakespearean twist. A mysterious woman from Norfolk travels to Vienna in the summer of 1939 to pick up a one year old child and deposit her in Paris.

Two eminent lawyers study in the law faculty in an obscure town in Poland, then the Ukraine, with a bit of an indentity crisis. It has four different names (the last is Lviv) in the course of half a century.

25 years later the two men came together at the Nuremberg trials, prosecuting the Nazi commandant who ruled over that piece of Poland where they studied, murdering thousands of their countrymen and women.

In the course of the trial one of the prosecutors unveiled a concept he personally developed, that of crimes against humanity; the other outlined the theory he, quite independently, had been developing, the crime of genocide. So two near neighbours and former students from the same university had come up with two of the foundation stones of international law.

And the little girl from Vienna? She was only the mother of the author, Philippe Sands, who had kept a silence worthy of the Sicilian mafia until he persuaded her to reluctantly give him just enough detail to send him fact-finding around Europe. The result is this wonderfully-researched, gripping and very readable book, the very opposite of the dry, legal treatise the subject matter might suggest.

It's a book about coincidence, dogged determination and the triumph of human will and decency in the face of inhumanity and evil.
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The library will be closing this evening at 5.30pm re-opening again tomorrow morning at 10.00am as normal - Apologies for any inconvenience caused. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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As promised here is the delicious menu for our Italian pop up restaurant night..... Who wants to book? please share for friends and family to see too.... ... See MoreSee Less

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A very Merry Christmas to all our friends 🎄❤️🎄 ... See MoreSee Less

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The winner of the Christmas Book Raffle is Klaus Ginda with ticket number 196 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Beacon Villages Community Library

Do you like home cooked food but haven’t always got the time to do it or means to get it? Do you have elderly family/neighbours that could benefit from a friendly face delivering freshly cooked meals? If the answer is yes this could be of interest to you.....

From January we will be offering a home delivery service of freshly cooked meals, sandwiches, soups, drinks etc from our new home delivery menu. For more details or to register interest please contact us...
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Please note that the library will be closing early on Friday 7th December at 5pm - opening again as usual on Saturday morning at 10am. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less

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To take part in the Mini challenge, children simply need to read 3 books of their choice, then rate and review online. Young readers can participate in the fun offline as well by coming in to the library for a record card - Runs from 01/12/18 - 11/01/19. Nosy Crow The Reading Agency ... See MoreSee Less

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The library will be closing this evening at 5.30pm re-opening again tomorrow morning at 10.00am as normal - Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Happy New Year to all our followers and Library users. We're open as usual on Wednesday morning.

The winner of the Christmas Book Raffle is Klaus Ginda with ticket number 196

Season's Greetings to all our users. There's still time to cone and choose your festive reading.

Please note that the library will be closing early on Friday 7th December at 5pm - opening again as usual on Saturday morning at 10am. Thank you.

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