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Reading Allowed

(2017)
A non fiction book by

 
 
Chris works as a librarian in a small-town library in the south of England. This is the story of the library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who use the library on a regular basis. We'll meet characters like the street sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer, who are always the first through the doors. The Mad Hatter, an elderly man who scurries around manically, searching for books. Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young Down's syndrome man addicted to the American TV drama series. Startled Stewart, a gay man with a spray-on tan who pops in most days for a nice chat, sharking for good-looking foreign language students. And Trish, who is relentlessly cheerful and always dressed in pink - she has never married, but the marital status of everybody she meets is of huge interest to her.

Some of the characters' stories are tragic, some are amusing, some are genuinely surreal, but together they will paint a bigger picture of the world we live in today and of a library's hugely important place within it. Yes, of course, people come in to borrow books, but the library is also the equivalent of the village pump. It's one of the few places left where anyone, regardless of age or income or background, can wander in and find somebody to listen to their concerns, to share the time of day. Reading Allowed will provide us with a fascinating portrait of a place that we all value and cherish but which few of us truly know very much about.



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Hardback Editions

November 2017 : UK Hardback

Title: Reading Allowed
Author(s): Chris Paling
ISBN: 1-4448-3467-3 / 978-1-4448-3467-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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January 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
ISBN: 1-4721-2471-5 / 978-1-4721-2471-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
ISBN: 1-4721-2472-3 / 978-1-4721-2472-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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October 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: Reading Allowed
Author(s): Chris Paling
ISBN: 1-78706-368-2 / 978-1-78706-368-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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October 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: Reading Allowed
Author(s): Chris Paling
ISBN: 1-78706-404-2 / 978-1-78706-404-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

February 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library
Author(s): Chris Paling
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK