Strange Matters in the Library!

Strange Matters in the Library!

I’m rather chuffed to see my work on the shelves of an actual library!


When a teenager I was, I spent many an hour in the school library. I’m not going to wax lyrical about how libraries are magical places of dreams and wonder (though they are), but it did me a lot of good. I have fond memories of reading and learning, which all kids should do, to whatever degree.

There were many excellent books on those shelves, from a Sandman graphic novel to Pratchetts to reference books on the ancient world. I particularly remember reading Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin, about a dyslexic boy and a dark curse.

Now, as an adult, I get the mighty honour of seeing one of my own printed books on a library shelf. It’s a simple little thing but it’s given me great pride! Stoke-on-Trent libraries (where I live, see) kindly agreed to stock a copy of Strange Matters in each of the city’s four libraries. They were actually very helpful and keen to lend a hand to a local writer, so Go Them! Thanks in particular should go to my point of contact, Charlotte Yard.

I absolutely could not resist going to see my own book on a library shelf- but when I went first to the city centre library, then my local one, I found the copies had been taken out! I know I should be used to the idea of strangers reading my book by now, but that was oddly ‘real’. Hope you enjoyed it, anonymous Stokies!

However, today I managed to catch a copy. I took a picture because I’m sad like that.

Thanks once again to all who have supported my writing and bought or read my book in whatever format. Those locally grown people who don’t have the gold coins can now borrow the book from Stoke library, too! You can check the current stock here.

Until next time, stay strange!

by Bret

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