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Rhiannon, our busy Acquisitions Assistant, kicks off 2012 with an update on all the lovely new books crossing her desk on their way to the stacks.

I’m also spending what seems like a vast amount of time tracking and chasing un-received books, the majority of which have had their publication dates changed. Some of these are now due in 2013, though one I have come across has had its publication date changed from 2009 to 2021! We won’t be holding our breath for that one, then.

As we’ve just celebrated the 200th birthday of founding Library member Charles Dickens, we have purchased “Charles Dickens and the blacking factory” by Michael Allen, as well as a second copy of Claire Tomalin’s hugely popular biography, “Charles Dickens: a life.” The Tomalin currently has 12 members waiting to borrow it, so a second copy will help ensure their wait is a little bit shorter.

With Dickens in mind, I have kept an eye on the fiction that the Library has been ordering recently, of which there seems to be quite a bit. Those that have either arrived of late or are on order include:

“The Art of Fielding” Harbach, Chad (a debut novel)
“Landfall” Gordon, Helen
“In the Orchard, the Swallows” Hobbs, Peter
“An Honourable Man” Slavo, Gillian
“Parallel Stories” Nadas, Peter
“It’s Fine by Me” Petterson, Per
“Jack Holmes and his friend” White, Edmund
“The Afrika Reich” Saville, Guy
“Married Love” Hadley, Tessa
“The Third Reich” Bolano, Roberto
“Pure” Miller, Andrew (winner of the Costa Prize)
“Mountains of the Moon” Kay, I. J
“Pacazo” Kesey, Roy
“All is Song” Harvey, Samantha

Plenty of fresh and exciting reading to keep fiction fans occupied until my next update! And now, back to dealing with yet another parcel of wonderful new books…

Now that the Christmas and New Year break are firmly behind us, here in Acquisitions we have pretty much caught up with all of our book ordering. This means I’m drowning in piles of new books on an almost daily basis, all wanting to go out on the New Books shelves and be borrowed by keen Libary members.

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Acquisitions calling! Welcome to my second blog entry, which lists some of the more interesting and unusual titles that have been purchased by the Library in the last few weeks. I have recently placed on order a large selection of books from the Oxford University Press, October-December 2011, New Titles catalogue. These have all been selected by the Librarian and Head of Acquisitions, and should start arriving this week (which we will be catalogued by the Bibliographic Services team as swiftly as possible, ready for members to borrow!)

Some of the more bizarre titles that I have noticed recently include:

  • “Comparative Eskimo Dictionary” ed. Fortescue, Michael (University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010) – this is in the Reading Room
  • “The Economics of Beer” ed. Swinnen, Johan F. M. (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • “Creating Wine” Simpson, James (Princeton University Press, 2011)

Some recently purchased titles that have been heavily reviewed are:

  • “Virginia Woolf” Harris, Alexandra (Thames and Hudson, 2011)
  • “1Q84” Murakami, Haruki (Harvill Secker, 2011) –in 3 volumes
  • “Girl in a green gown: the history and mystery of the Arnolfini portrait” Hicks, Carola (Chatto & Windus, 2011)
  • “All Hell let loose: the world at war 1939-1945” Hastings, Max (HarperPress, 2011)
  • “Ben Jonson: a life” Donaldson, Ian (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • “Ian Fleming’s Commandos: the story of 30 assault unit in WW2” Rankin, Nicholas (Faber, 2011)

Over the last few weeks I have been keeping an eye on some new books on British history:

  • “Imprisoning Medieval women: the non-judicial confinement and abductions of women in England” Seabourne, Gwen (Ashgate, 2011)
  • “Flora’s Empire: British gardens in India” Herbert, Eugenia W. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
  • “Out of Empire: what ruling the world did to the British” Paxman, Jeremy (Viking, 2011)
  • “A Force to be reckoned with: the history of the Women’s Institute” Robinson, Jane (Virago, 2011)
  • “Novel Craft: Victorian domestic handicraft and nineteenth century fiction” Schaffer, Tali (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Also on order is, “Vanished Kingdoms: the history of half-forgotten Europe” Davis, Norman (Allen Lane, 2011), which due to many recent broadsheet reviews, already has 5 members waiting to read it, (it should hopefully arrive within the next few days). This, along with the other titles, make interesting additions to the Library’s ever expanding history collection.

Rhiannon, Acquisitions Assistant

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Hello from Acquisitions! This will be a regular blog post to let you know about some of the more interesting – as well as odd and obscure – titles being added to The London Library’s collection. If you’d like to see allthe new books we acquire each month, you can browse the relevant section of our online catalogue at any time.

The Library orders on average 100 new titles per week, which does not include Out of Print or Standing Order titles. These are chosen from a wide variety of places, such as member suggestions, publisher catalogues, newspaper reviews and the TLS. The majority of what is in the newspaper reviews will already be ‘on order’ or possibly already ‘possessed’ by the Library (depending upon the publication date). We always try to get new books on the shelves for members as swiftly as we can.

A title that I spotted in the Oxford University Press, April-June 2011 catalogue was Introducing Philosophy for Canadians, which unfortunately was deemed to be unsuitable for the library, though the Librarian did comment that the title was “worthy of the Diagram Prize.”

Some heavily reviewed titles that have been purchased by the Library recently are:

  • Nikolaus Pevsner  Harries, Susie (Chatto & Windus, 2011)
  • The Cat’s Table  Ondaatje, Michael (Jonathan Cape, 2011)
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear?  Bellos, David (Particular Books, 2011) –(This is about translation, and not hitchhiking or towels, though it is useful to know where your towel is)
  • Nemesis  Roth, Philip (Jonathan Cape, 2010)
  • Charles Dickens: a life  Tomalin, Claire (Viking, 2011)

Both Susie Harries and Claire Tomalin are London Library members, so it’s highly likely that these new books coming on to our shelves were written here, and/or researched using the Library’s existing collections. It’s always particularly thrilling to see a London Library member’s book come in, often with an acknowledgement to the Library and its staff.

Some of the more unusual titles purchased by the Library of late include:

  • Bittersweet: the story of Hartley’s Jam  Hartley, Nicholas (Amberley, 2011)
  • A Modern History of the Stomach  Miller, Ian (Harvey Miller, 2011)
  • Cattle: History, Myth, Art  Johns, Catherine (British Museum Press, Oct 2011)
  • Government Versus Markets  Tanzi, Vito (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Official History of North Sea Oil and Gas (in 2 volumes) Kemp, Alex (Routledge, 2012)
  • Degas and the Ballet  Devonyar, Jill & Kendall, Richard (Royal Academy if Arts 2011) – (this has been produced to accompany the new Royal Academy exhibition)
  • The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature  Mickenberg, Julia L. & Vallone, Lynne (Oxford University Press, 2011) – (although not a core collection there is still a great deal of interest in children’s literature)

Shortly to reach our shelves is The Archaeology of Late Antique Paganism which has been edited by a former member of staff, Michael Mulryan. He has requested that this title has its own shelf, spotlights and big arrow pointing it out. This idea has, unfortunately, been rejected.

Also due to be published in October is, Leonard Russell Squirrell RWS RE; an artist, and not an actual squirrel (an easy mistake to make).

I look forward to sharing more news of new books over the coming months. Happy reading!

Rhiannon, Acquisitions Assistant

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