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John Plimmer and Bob Long knew each other as kids, then went their separate ways till their paths crossed when DS Plimmer arrested Long at an armed robbery. Years later, both retired from their respective professions, they got together to write Inside Track, a crime thriller based on their experiences.


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Where is the life we have lost in living?
Where is wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

                                                                   T S Eliot

Not with


launched last month by THE WEST MIDLANDS READERS’ NETWORK with
Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire Libraries

click here for more details

click here for February's Poetry Book Of The Month:-
Billy Collins Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes including "On Turning Ten"
and now Billy's personal message

click here for The Arrival of Brighteye by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze
March Poetry Book Of The Month

click here for Billy's Rain by Hugo Williams
April Poetry Book Of The Month

click here for Hand in Hand edited by Carol Ann Duffy
May Poetry Book Of The Month

click here for Poems 1960-2000 by Fleur Adcock
June Poetry Book Of The Month

click here for Killing Time by Simon Armitage
July Poetry Book Of The Month

NEW  click here for Last Words edited by Don Paterson & Jo Shapcott
August Poetry Book Of The Month

and click here for Why Poetry On Loan? Philip Benjamin-Coker's answer to Eliot's quest
Click here for Poetry On Loan itself

Click here for Worcestershire's intriguing House of Air

Click here for A Poet's Pilgrimage by Phillip Higson- NOW 2 a copy

Click Literary Heritage - West Midlands for a century or more of West Midland's writing from Jerome K Jerome to Jim Crace - an excellent resource if you want to discover more about your and our literary past and present, heritage and future

Birmingham Millennium Book Choice

from Charles Bukowski to The Talented Mr Ripley, click here

Click here for review of A Crocus Selection - poetry in text and braille

Click here for review of "Like I'm running in a hurdle race"
  reflections on caring in Sandwell, in the words of carers themselves

Click here how to foster reader development in care homes

Click Discussion to hear about Literature and Disabilities

Click here for A Lone Walk by Gul Y Davis - Tindal Street's latest: life inside the asylum

Click here for "Books into Films"  - flick the page, watch the video

The First West Midlands E-book by Lexikon Publishing Now out in Paperback

A Poet's Pilgrimage: the Shaping of a Creative Life

"This is an unusual book about an unusual man. Philip Higson's poetry, ranging from the strictly formal to the absolutely free, records an astounding variety of experiences from idyllic country childhood to inner city Baudelairean spleen; from uplifting love to prostrating bereavement countered finally by the elating hope of spiritual reunion."

For more details click here. To purchase at 6.95 click here 

Enlarged and improved! "WIDDICOMBE CORNER" a quick guide to pharmalogically influenced work from Taylor Coleridge to Irving Welsh.
Eight new entries and quick availability rating. Click on

Laurel's Library Books
Our daughter is five. Despite all efforts on our part she does not do what she is told. So, what happens when Mrs Primrose feed their baby "Pussogrub?"
Find out in Dick King-Smith's Horace & Maurice. One of her choices from her local library in Bakewell, and click here for Laurel's Library Books

Click here for Old Reading Matter - archive material from the last century (1998 & 1999)

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