An English Library Journey is a unique book by writer John Bevis, who decides to (over 10 years) obtain a membership card from every library authority in England. He enrols at libraries of all shapes and sizes, and engages us at every step with anecdotes about the role of public libraries in national life, while rueing their decline in the age of austerity. As interested in the people he finds as he is in the buildings, this is a humane and witty guide on the treasures to be found, by anyone who has ever used a library.
A hymn of praise to the library. Read it and fall back in love with those palaces of delight that should grace every street corner and village centre again. Let those who dares to close libraries read this love letter, and hang their heads in shame. Ian McMillan
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. Neil Gaiman
about the author
John Bevis has spend most of his working life with books: designing, printing and publishing, typeseting, proof-reading, retailing and buying for a library agency. He lives in Shropshire and London.
You can usually request books you’d like to read at your local library, so don’t be limited by what it has in stock. You can usually also return books in different towns, within the same authority. You can donate unwanted books to libraries or to prison reading groups, where people incarcerated can do something useful for their release.