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Trafas min, Skoti!

ShatnerThe strength of a biography of the artist lies in the reader’s desperate willingness to explore and re-examine the fruits of the artist’s labour. On completing William Shatner’s autobiography Up Till Now, I studied the author’s revolutionary interpretation of Henry V (or Henry Five as the author refers to it); his Maoist deconstruction of the role in Michael Langham’s 1953 production led to a reconceptualisation of the art of acting - a counterpoint to Christopher Plummer’s more classical interpretation.

Summer Stars Tumble Books with Kids Who Rule

book titleCelebrate summer reading with Dublin City Libraries. There are a lot of books to enjoy from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen a non-fiction book called ‘Kids Who Rule: the remarkable lives of five child monarchs’, written by Charis Cotter. This book tells the fascinating true stories of five child monarchs;Tutankhamun, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Christina of Sweden, Puyi, Last Emperor of China and the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Jaws. Book versus Film

Jaws‘The book is better’ is a well rehearsed librarian’s film review. Well usually the book is better, but in this case, ‘Jaws’ is the original summer block busting film and a watershed (pardon the pun) in cinema history. You can’t turn on the television these days without ‘Jaws’ or the sequels being screened on one station or another. Everybody can quote the lines, wear the t-shirt, and play the theme tune on the piano. But what of the book from which it originated?

Summer Stars Tumble Books with Our Seasons

book titleCelebrate summer reading with Dublin City Libraries. There are a lot of books to enjoy from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen a non-fiction book called ‘Our Seasons’, written by Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally and illustrated by Grace Lin. This fascinating book looks at the differences between the seasons and explains things like what makes the wind, what makes the leaves change colour and why we tan.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

readingNow that you have seen almost every movie and TV show ever made you have probably realised that it is no coincidence that great books, in the right hands, often make great movies and television.

Summer Stars Tumble Books with Ben the Inventor

book titleCelebrate summer reading with Dublin City Libraries. There are a lot of books to enjoy from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen an e-book called ‘Ben the Inventor’, written by Robin Stevenson and illustrated by David Parkins. Ben is sad that his friend Jack’s family are planning to move to another city, so the boys decide to use their inventing skills to scare off potential buyers.

For the love of libraries: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

readingOn the morning of 29 April 1986 a fire broke out in Los Angeles Public Library. It became the biggest library fire in American history: it raged for more than seven hours, destroying more than 400,000 books and badly damaging the building. The people of Los Angeles were distraught because they loved their library.

Summer Stars Tumble Books with Addison Addley and the Things That Aren’t There

book titleCelebrate summer reading with Dublin City Libraries. There are a lot of books to enjoy from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen ‘Addison Addley and the Things That Aren’t There’, written by Melody DeFields McMillan. This is a fun story about Addison Addley who has to write and memorise a speech for school but he hates public speaking.

Hitler's Irish Nephew

HitlerWilliam Patrick Stuart-Houston (né Hitler; 12 March 1911 – 14 July 1987) was the half-nephew of Adolf Hitler. William Patrick was the son of Alois Hitler - Adolf Hitler's half brother, and his Irish wife Bridget Dowling and was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

His mother Bridget Dowling, met Alois when he was a waiter in the Shelbourne Hotel in 1909; in 1910 they eloped to London, where they married. William Patrick was born the following year.

Summer Stars Tumble Books with Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus

book titleCelebrate summer reading with Dublin City Libraries. There are a lot of books to enjoy from our TumbleBooks collection. Today, we have chosen a graphic novel called ‘Dalen and Gole: Scandal in Port Angus’, written and illustrated by Mike Deas. Friends Dalen and Gole live on the planet Budap and accidentally find themselves transported to Earth. There, they need to find a way home while also trying to foil an evil plot.

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