Coffee and a good book…

The Costa Book Awards launched 45 years ago (previously known as Whitbread Book Awards 1971-2006) to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

Today’s awards don’t require you to be British but you do have to reside in the UK or Ireland for at least 6 months a year, of each of the previous three years, and your book submission must have been published initially in the UK.

Uniquely, the Costa Book Awards celebrate five different categories independently: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Books. From these category awards an overall annual winner is selected to receive an additional £25,000 prize and the coveted title of Costa Book of the Year!

Over the past decade we have seen winners in the form of novels, poetry and biographies and this year a children’s book has been crown the Costa Book of the Year 2015.

Costa Book of the Year Winner – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
The Lie Tree - Costa 2015 Winner

This gripping dark tale of murder, lies and secrets can be borrowed from the University Library.

Be sure to check out our Costa Book Awards display in the University Library foyer (next to the returns machine) for other Costa shortlisted titles.

Category Winners

 First Novel Award Winner – The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

Novel Award Winner – A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Biography Award Winner – The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

Poetry Winner – 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

Children’s Book Winner – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Man Booker Prize Winner 2015

On Tuesday 13th October an author, who only 10 years earlier considered giving up writing all together, was awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction – congratulation Marlon James!

The Jamaican born winner endured almost 80 rejections of his first novel, John Crow’s Devil, before it was published in 2005. Three novels later and A Brief History of Seven Killings has won Marlon £50,000, a designer bound copy of his book and a phenomenal increase in readership!

So it just goes to show if you have passion inside you – never give up!

A Brief History of Seven Killings is not for the faint hearted, indeed it comes with a warning to his own mother – “maybe my mother should stay away from part four of the book” – but the detail and imagination set him worlds apart from your standard murder mystery!

The story is a fictional version of events that take place over three decades (70s, 80s and 90s) around Reggae superstar Bob Marley. Set initially in Jamaica the story travels across time, and continents, during a treacherous and unstable period of history delving into the darkest depths of drugs, guns and the changing history of his hometown.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is on order and will be available to pick up from Ormskirk University Library shortly…

Marlon James-A Brief History of Seven Killings

The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and has been awarding annually ever since. If you are interested in finding out more, or even entering your own work for submission, the criteria is as follows…

“Any novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize, regardless of the nationality of their author. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.”

The runners up in the 2015 awards were:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

The Fishermen by Chigozie John Obioma

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Using our new look library catalogue

Visit our new look library catalogue and you will notice a few changes so we thought you might like a mini guided tour of the new features.

Accessing the library catalogue…

You can access the library catalogue direct
catalogue homepage NEWcatalogue log in boxesOr via Learning Edge using My Library Account Summary
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Renewing your loans…

We have introduced a new rolling loan system so you may never need to renew your books again!

Unless someone else places a reservation on a book you have on loan you can keep it as long as you need it. Your books will be automatically renewed 2 days before their due date and you will be sent an email informing you of all the successful renewals (including their new due date) and details of any items that are reserved and will need returning within 2 days.

Top tip: If you do need to return any items it is always worth logging into your library account before bringing them back to see if you can renew them manually. If you are able to renew them manually it means the reservation has been satisfied by another copy of the book and you can keep your copy a bit longer.

Placing a reservation…

It couldn’t be simpler to place a reservation in our new library catalogue!

Search for the book you want and once you have found it:-

  • If you are not logged in select Reserve and you will be prompted to log in.
  • If you are logged in select your collection location and then select Reserve.

Top tip: If you cannot see your home site library in the drop down list of locations it means your item is available on the library shelves right now! This means you can come in, locate the item and take it home with you today!
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If you would like further assistance accessing or using the library catalogue and its many features please get in touch via Ask Us or 01695 650800.


Are you graduating in 2010?

Please be aware all items must be returned to Learning Services and all charges cleared from your library record before you leave.
You must pay all outstanding debts by 5pm on Friday 25th June 2010.
Failure to do so may prevent you from graduating.
For more information please ask at any help desk, by email to or phone 01695 584286