The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards saw some goodies winning prizes
You can read the full list of winners here.
Congratulations to Adam Kay, OA, on winning 2 categories with his memoir This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor which you can find here in the Wodehouse Library.
The Wodehouse Library got out and about last week, popping up in different parts of the school.
With the aim of encouraging boys and staff to #readmore we gathered up a small part of the Wodehouse Library collection (based on recommendations from tutors, reading lists and popular loans) and took it into 4 different locations around the school campus.
Books could be borrowed, renewed, reserved and returned and it was heartening that so many browsers and borrowers stopped by. We had some good chats about what people are currently reading and what they’re looking forward to reading too. A lot of smiles as well (sometimes after an initial ‘huh?!’ moment to see us in unexpected places!), which was great.
Many thanks to everyone who supported us last week, to all the pupil librarians who helped out and happy reading to all our borrowers!
It’s half-time in our #popuplibrary week and James Walsh sends us this report from the PE Department Book Club:
The PE crew average one book per month and then meet over dinner to discuss our thoughts and opinions on that book. The club is led by [Mr] Davies and the flavour of the book choice is often sport oriented. In recent times we have read No Hunger in Paradise by Michael Calvin and Das Reboot by Raphael Honigstein. This concept creates a great discussion amongst colleagues in the faculty and ensures that we maintain close links with the College Library who always help us out with the book we are searching for.
The Wodehouse Library is hitting the road this week!
With a carefully chosen selection of titles from the collection, you will find us in pop-up form at morning breaks and lunchtimes in various locations around campus:
- Tuesday = PE Centre
- Wednesday = Lord George Building
- Thursday = The Laboratory
- Friday = Christison Hall.
You will be able to borrow, renew, return and reserve items as normal. The pop-ups will have a member of library staff and some volunteers helping out so do come and take a look, say hello and choose a book.
Dr Hulls reviews 4 additions to the Wodehouse Library’s collection:
Four new books have been added to the collection on Latin language and literature. Three have an obvious function as accessible and comprehensive studies of authors regularly examined at GCSE and A-level. Victoria Pagán’s monumental Blackwell Companion to Tacitus will act as a comprehensive introduction to Rome’s greatest historian for students with chapter-length readings on the transmission of text, Tacitus’ historical method and interpretation and influence of his writing.
Laurel Fulkerson’s new book on Ovid, provocatively subtitled A Poet on the Margins, fulfils similar function, but, rather than being a weighty tome to dip into, students can probably polish the 104 lucid pages in an afternoon. Ovid is now the classical poet most widely read by school pupils, albeit most often as an unseen author; Fulkerson’s book takes us through his exile, his interaction with the regime of Augustus, the wit, style, and prolific ability of an author who can delight and madden, often at the same moment.
Anne Rogerson’s book, Virgil’s Ascanius: imagining the future in the Aeneid, is a long-awaited conversion of her PhD thesis on Aeneas’ son Ascanius in Virgil’s Aeneid. It’s a piece of research which goes against the current obsession with memory. The book is a comprehensive treatment which should interest all students of Latin at A-level. In particular, her description of Ascanius’ peculiar, often disturbing relationship to his grandmother Venus (goddesses of erotic love make for dodgy grandparents it seems) is especially brilliant.
Finally, the second edition of O’Hara’s work on etymology in Virgil perhaps seems the driest addition. Yet this reference work succinctly reveals a rich seam of literary interest in Virgil’s work, particularly the way in which Virgil is not only a poet of Latin, but of Greek and other classical languages as well. Two examples should suffice: Aeneid 1.12-13, urbs antiqua fuit Karthago, ‘Carthage was an ancient city’, plays on the Carthaginian meaning of Karthago, ‘New City’. The simile in this year’s GCSE Latin set book, Aeneid 4.300-303, which describes Dido as a Thyiad (an ecstatic worshipper of Bacchus) plays on the Greek, thuo, ‘I sacrifice’, but also thuo meaning ‘I run’. Plays on Greek language become a neat way of encoding the text with a greater density of meaning, meaning which O’Hara ably unpacks for the diligent reader.