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Hogwarts, mysterious turret rooms and creepy dolls

Hogwarts, mysterious turret rooms and creepy dolls


On 7th May we were delighted to welcome Frances Hardinge to come and talk to some Year 8 and 9 classes in the Girls’ Division. She told us about her Carnegie nominated book Cuckoo Song and newly published book (on the day of the event) The Lie Tree.  We were also joined by students from Turton School, Smithills School and Bolton Muslim Girls School.

The event was kindly organised by Ebb & Flo books in Chorley and Macmillan Publishers. Unfortunately we weren’t able to offer the event to all students due to exam timetabling. We’re sorry if you missed out but it is still possible to borrow the books, please ask in the Library for more information. A full write up of the event can be found here.

Whilst she was here I showed Frances around the School, she later tweeted that it was ‘Hogwarts.’ I told her about the Turret Library and the mysterious unknown room with a window above the Library. Since Frances gets her ideas from ‘everywhere’ I suggest we watch this space to see if the School appears in a parallel universe next time!

If you haven’t yet read the books I’d like to encourage you to do so. The Lie Tree is a creepy murder mystery set in 19th Century England where the main character, Faith, is a feisty girl challenges the constraints of Victorian femininity. The idea of the Lie Tree is particularly interesting as unlike in other stories, lies are not ‘punished’ or seen as necessarily ‘wrong’ and instead are used to unmask the killer.

I’m part-way through Cuckoo Song and have already decided it’s not a good book to read just as I go to sleep. If you’re a fan of Dr Who, you’ll enjoy Frances Hardinge- she uses the same malevolent twisting of reality, with porcelain, speaking dolls and doppelgangers. Earlier books feature glass-like faces where characters can only speak the truth and vindictive fairies that demand that children who use the coins from a magic well grant everyone’s wishes…

New books in the Girls’ Main Library

New books in the Girls’ Main Library

Second Life




Watson recently launched his second book, his first being the acclaimed Before I go to Sleep, at Bolton Library. Read more about the visit here.







Girl on the Train




Paula Hawkins’ novel is a runaway best seller and comes with a recommendation from S.J. Watson: “Gripping” and “enthralling”.

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Awards

The winners of this year’s Costa Book Awards have been announced.


Costa Novel Award Winner: Ali Smith, How to be Both

Costa First Novel Award Winner: Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing

Costa Biography Award Winner: Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk

Costa Poetry Award Winner: Jonathan Edwards, My Family and Other Superheroes

Costa Children’s Book Award Winner: Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front


Elizabeth is Missing


was described by the judges as showing “incredible flair and unusual skill”. (First Novel)



Five Children on the Western Front


was described by the judges as “a modern masterpiece that captures the spirit of a much-loved classic”. (Children’s Book)


Both are available to borrow from the libraries now.


The overall winner will be announced on 27th January 2015.


To find out more about this year’s winners, along with a list of past winners of the Costa Book Awards, go to their website.