Learn about the Creakle Library
View and find all books
Track Creakle books on the map
How to borrow a book
Simply enter the book ID Number
It's easy, free and fun
Prestigious award follows the restoration of his citizenship last year after decades of exile in Paris
Milan Kundera, whose Czech citizenship was restored last year after he had spent more than 40 years in exile, has won one of the Czech Republic’s most prestigious literary awards, the Franz Kafka prize.
The $10,000 (£7,800) award, organised by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague, is chosen by an international jury. Franz Kafka Society chairman Vladimír Železný said Kundera won for his “extraordinary contribution to Czech culture”, and for an “unmissable response” in European and world culture.Continue reading...
The Northern Irish author was best known for his story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, which sold more than 50m copies
Sam McBratney, the author of the bestselling picture book Guess How Much I Love You, has died at the age of 77.
The Northern Irish author died on 18 September, his publisher Walker Books announced on Monday. A former teacher, McBratney was the author of more than 50 books and scripts, but was best known for Guess How Much I Love You, the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare and their efforts to express their love for each other. First published in 1994, illustrated with Anita Jeram’s watercolours, the children’s classic has sold more than 50m copies worldwide, and been translated into 57 languages.Continue reading...
Former national security adviser said he and others told Trump he was denying Russian meddling in 2016 ‘when we know it’s incontrovertible’
HR McMaster was not trying to save the world from Donald Trump when he became his second national security adviser, the retired general said in his first interview to promote his new book – if his second since leaving the White House.
“It was my duty to help the president come to his own decisions,” McMaster told CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday night, setting himself apart from other White House aides and a string of senior military figures, including former defense secretary James Mattis, who have publicly criticised the president.Continue reading...
Booker prize winner recalls angry decade as part of ‘counter-cultural, black womanist’ community
Bernadine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the Booker prize and a co-founder of Britain’s first black theatre company, has spoken of an angry, lesbian period she went through in the 1980s and of a decade spent living in a “black womanist” community.
Although she looks back on it now as “fun”, at the time she was “very angry as a woman”, she says.
The onus is always put on us, the people who have been shut out, to find a way inContinue reading...
My Family and Other Animals author’s Dulwich home is a long way from the Corfu of his books but was shared with a ferocious dog
Gerald Durrell is being memorialised with a blue plaque – but not amid the olive groves and sandy beaches of Corfu. Instead, a marker from English Heritage is being installed at the My Family and Other Animals author’s former family home in south London.
The plaque will mark Durrell’s first permanent home in England: 43 Alleyn Park in Dulwich. Durrell, who was born in India in 1925, moved to England in 1928 with his mother after his father’s death. The family lived in Dulwich for two years, “sheltering behind a grim, dropping, choking laurel hedge”, as Durrell put it, according to Michael Haag’s book The Durrells of Corfu.Continue reading...
Event organisers think outside the box to hold drive-in literary event in North Devon field
The book lovers of Appledore, a picturesque fishing village on the north Devon coast, are a resourceful, determined lot.
When their library faced closure 14 years ago, they helped save it by launching a literary festival, which grew and developed year by year into one of the most popular cultural events in the south-west of England.Continue reading...
Recovery, including Newton and Galileo first editions, follows three-year search after Mission Impossible-style raid
Rare books worth more than £2.5m that were stolen from a warehouse in west London in a daring Mission Impossible-style heist have been found buried under the floor of a house in rural Romania.
The recovery of the 200 books, which include first editions of significant works by Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton, is the culmination of a three-year police operation that involved raids on 45 addresses across three countries and led to charges against 13 people.Continue reading...
The Philosopher Queens highlights thinkers from Hypatia to Hannah Arendt who the authors say are missing in most accounts of the subject
Two philosophy graduates are bringing out a book celebrating history’s unsung female philosophers, after realising that most textbooks and guides they found on the subject didn’t include a single woman.
Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting came up with the idea for The Philosopher Queens while searching for a book about history’s greatest female thinkers.Continue reading...
The author’s new Robert Galbraith novel, Troubled Blood, has faced accusations of transphobia
JK Rowling has said that the character of Dennis Creed, the serial killer in her new novel who has provoked accusations of transphobia because he dresses up in a woman’s coat and wig, is loosely based on two real-life murderers.
Troubled Blood, in which private detectives Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott investigate the case of a female GP who disappeared decades earlier, was published earlier this week by Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith. A review in the Telegraph prompted widespread attacks on the author, including a Twitter hashtag #RIPJKRowling, after it described one of the possible suspects in the disappearance of the GP, Dennis Creed, as a “transvestite serial killer”, asking “what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress”. Others hit back, with Nick Cohen suggesting the Telegraph review misrepresented a novel in which “transvestism barely features”.Continue reading...