Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 162 Winter 2020

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar

Books for Christmas ...for fun, for wellbeing, for anytime

Which books are on your Christmas wish list? Do you want a few ideas?

Let’s face it, many of us have managed to ‘escape’ these unprecedented but increasingly depressing times with a good book, thank goodness!

Sharing ideas for new authors and genres is a great way to extend your reading experiences. Library volunteers and members of the Book Lovers’ Club share their favourites for you to explore as Christmas gifts.

Buying locally will really help our local economy. Our nearest bookshop is Waterstones in Loughborough. You can browse, order and buy. However, Barrow Library does have some amazing book bargains – books for 10p! These are pre-loved books given as donations. Pop in, you may find just the book you’re looking for as a gift (or for yourself) or just browse through all the excellent books that you can borrow.
If you can’t get into the library or you are not able to linger there, you can use the home delivery service (for the elderly and housebound) or their Click and Collect service (see the phone number at the end of this article).
We are also looking for new members to join our friendly and lively team.
Are you enthusiastic about keeping the library open?
Can you bring some new skills to the team?
We are a very friendly and committed team and would love to hear from you. Volunteering can be an excellent distraction, a chance to make new friends and feel really useful.
All of us at the Barrow Community Library wish everyone a very happy, safe and hopeful Christmas 2020.

Here are a few for you to try:

True stories:

The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
The true story of triumph over despair and the sequel to the Salt Path
The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse
The true story of a mother and son and their battle with depression
Quite by Claudia Winkleman
Her autobiography
John Lennon in the Little People Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Children’s biography
My Garden World by Monty Don
A year at home in the country with Monty


Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Historical fiction
Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory
Historical fiction
A Silent Death by Peter May
Crime fiction
What Lies Beneath by Adam Croft
Crime Fiction


Talking Heads Monologues by Alan Bennett
The text version of the monologues seen on BBC TV
Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain
A baking cookbook

To have an informal chat about the things you could do, please contact Angeline Kazianis or Brian Tetley at the library on 01509 416 356 or email
Opening times:
At the current time the library is only open for click & collect or deliveries.


Barrow Voice is published by Barrow upon Soar Community Association.(BUSCA)
Opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the editorial committee or the Community Association.

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