You cannot judge a book by its cover, so the saying goes. But if that cover happens to mention that the book has won a major prize then perhaps you may look upon it a little more favourably. 

There are many literary awards made each year but arguably the most prestigious is the Booker Prize. The 2019 winners were announced just last week, Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood sharing the top prize. Both of the winning books, and some of the other long- and short-listed books, are available to borrow from the Library.


Sadly we can’t stock books by the winners of all the many other awards. However if you know of a book that you think would be a good addition to the Library’s stock, whether shortlisted for a prize or not, then please do let us know. Our book buying committee are always happy to receive recommendations.


If a particular book inspires (or disappoints) please consider writing a review for us to share with other readers.

Jesmond Creative Writing Competition 

And while we’re on the subject of prizes to recognise excellence in writing, don’t forget our own Creative Writing Competition. Entry forms are currently available from the Library reception, the entry fee is £3 to help keep the library open, and the closing date is 11th January 2020.