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Grand Hotel Abyss -A member’s thoughts


Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries (new addition)

This is a splendid read : the history of the Frankfurt School presented as a series of biographies of the leaders (particularly Theodor Adorno) since it came into being in 1922 in response to the failed German revolution. These Jewish/Marxist thinkers were the presiding spirits behind Weimar, attempting to transform the lives of workers through “critical thinking”, without violence, but through modernist culture as exemplified by jazz ,cinema, multiculturalism and the art that Hitler was soon to describe as “entartete” ie. degenerate.

Inevitably they had to flee, most of them to The States, but a new generation exists in Germany at the present day,having involved themselves in the student riots of 1968 though the book does not take us into the current rise of European nationalism. Their goals remain: how to respond to consumerist capitalism and its destructive power over humanity.

This book is pleasure to read- certainly filling in gaps of my knowledge of Germany beyond the horrors of Naziism and Ausschwitz and where it may have to use philosophical jargon, explaining it to the reader without treating her as a half-wit.

Pamela Priske

A.N. Wilson’s Resolution

We’re excited about this recent addition to our shelves, gifted by our fantastic library president -a signed copy of his latest work.


From one of our leading novelists and historians comes a breathtakingly vivid novel that recalls the three voyages Captain Cook made to the southern hemisphere, culminating in the last, fateful expedition on which he was brutally murdered.

Click here to read an interview with A.N Wilson about the book and the chance discovery which spurred his research and sparked it’s creation.

“Wilson is a great biographer and a fine novelist, and his book is as much a factual account of Forster’s life as a piece of historical fiction. He acknowledges that readers of Forster’s Voyage “will know that I have not invented very much in this novel”. Yet this is one of those astonishing lives that requires little in the way of embellishment. Wilson’s achievement is to impart a restrained imaginative power that makes its extremes seem credible.”  Alfred Hickling, The Guardian 


The book is available to borrow now &if any members who read the book would like to contribute their thoughts or comments please do message us at as we would love to share them here on our blog.


Russia: Culture & History

Our most recent display, created by brilliant volunteer Sheila Bradley, is inspired by Russia and consists of books from the library collection -all of which are available to loan. Here are just some of the titles on display, reviews about them, and a couple of photographs taken in the library.

You can find the display in the glass cabinet in the main reception room. We create a new display with a different topic every month or so -it’s always worth a look in case something that was hidden when it was on the shelves catches your eye.


Click on title for full reviews – Odessa, Letters to Véra, Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People, The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry

Free Library Tours

Join Dawn or Linda on Friday afternoons at 2pm for a free tour of the Morrab Library.

Explore the nooks and crannies of Morrab House and learn a little of the history of our wonderful Library.

Upstairs, looking towards the stairs

The Wallcreeper -Nell Zink

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A short review by Pamela Priske, Morrab Library and book selection committee member-

The Wallcreeper is a novel about bird-watching, adultery, drugs, philosophy, conservation and rivers.

Nell is a fifty year old American writer who lives in Berlin and has a wry sense of humour.

My favourite part of the book is liberating the River Elbe.

Christmas hours


The Library will close for the festive period at 4pm on Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and re-open at 10am on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

With very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas – look forward to seeing you in 2016.



Good news!

The Morrab Library has been awarded £9334 by the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ fund.

This sum will buy new lights and heaters throughout, enable the re-decoration of the stairwell and principal rooms, buy new stacking chairs, buy new books and shelves, provide a new lap-top computer for Annabelle, help us to provide disabled ramps and a handrail on the from steps, refurbish the kitchen and much more!!

Do you have any ideas how the Library, your Library, can be improved? Please let us know!

See the good news in the recent Cornishman article



Applications are invited for a 2 day a week (12 hours) Library Assistant to support the Librarian and part-time Librarian at the Morrab Library.

Details are available from the Library on request by writing or phoning to the address below.

Closing date for applications is 30th September, 2015 – to include a recent C.V., letter of application and the names and addresses of two referees addressed to:

The Chairman, Mrs Mary Ellery
Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
TR18 4DA

Tel: 01736 364474