Book of the week – ‘Festivals: a survival guide’ by Jo Hoare


Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favor of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you’re planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, raving through the night at one of Croatia’s beachside parties, or seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but it can all be a bit daunting. No doubt you will have heard stories of monsoon rain reducing the festival site to a giant mud bath, or stumbling home after 24-hours non-stop raving and finding an inebriated stranger sleeping in your tent, but how do you cope with these situations?

Whether it’s getting a ticket (often considerably harder than it sounds) or picking the perfect spot to pitch a tent, Festivals: A Survival Guide will talk you through everything you need to know about a weekend of music, mates, and mayhem.

Book of the week – Animal Music

Ever since the accidental discovery of whale song in 1967, the idea of complex animal sentience has been gaining strength within the scientific community.  Do animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings?

animal music

Hack into the sonic world of shrimps, travel back in time to the point where animal and human songs diverged, and decode the latest neuroscientific findings about animal music and communication.

  “A collection of essays…the best ones are totally brilliant!  Imagine turning up to a Natural Sciences interview and talking about this!”   Suggested for the library by SLN

Book of the week – Circe


Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look or voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

Suggested for the library by Mrs Ellis

Book of the week – ‘The Big Trip: your ultimate guide to gap years and overseas adventures’ by Lonely Planet

the big trip

So you know you want to experience that ultimate overseas adventure – but where do you start?

‘The Big Trip’ is a one-stop guide to planning the trip of a lifetime. Try these ideas on for size:

  • Swim with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand
  • Learn Spanish in Guatemala
  • Teach children English in Ghana
  • Tend orphan elephants in Sri Lanka
  • Get soaking at Thailand’s Songkran water festival

This book is your ticket to all this and more:

  • Essential pre-trip planning: health, safety, kit, costs, tickets
  • Volunteering and working abroad: from fruit picking to teaching yacht crewing and au pairing
  • Regional overviews, maps and a diverse range of road tested itineraries

Book of the week – Too fat, too slutty, too loud

An accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an ‘acceptable’ woman.

 Too fat

“As society is reacting to and still grappling with the ever changing understanding of feminism, Petersen’s book holds a mirror up and shows us how we view women and ourselves.  It’s equal parts rallying cry and heady examination…”  -Phoebe Robinson


book of the week – Driving over lemons by chris stewart

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Chris moves with his wife to a mountain farm in Las Alpujarras, an oddball region in the south of Spain. Misadventures gleefully unfold as the couple discovers that the owner has no intention of leaving and meets their neighbours, an engaging mix of peasant farmers and shepherds, New Age travellers and ex-pats. Their daughter Chloë is born, linking them irrevocably to their new life. The hero of the piece, however, is the farm itself – a patch of mountain studded with olive, almond and lemon groves, sited on the wrong side of a river, with no access road, water supply or electricity.

Could life offer much better than that?