‘Libraries used to be about books, now they’re about people.’ That’s the battle cry as Grimley Library attempts to move with the times. Ancient collections donated by... More > bibliophile benefactors must go. Can traditional reference librarian Adam stand in the way. In particular can he save the Bannister Bequest, an unique collection of books on spider lore built up by a local Victorian naturalist?
And can Adam’s love for a Muslim woman prevail in a town divided by race and religion?
The intervention of the impossibly ancient Betsy Bannister seems to assist Adam’s cause, but isn’t there something oddly spider-like about Betsy herself?< Less
What's a girl from the 1980s doing in a photograph taken in 1914? And how can Jack, viewing it 100 years later, get to her? What have Toad, Mole and Ratty got to do with it, to say nothing of Long... More > John Silver and Sherlock Holmes.
A library's at the heart of it, a library created by the sinister Sybilla Devine. Can Jack frustrate her ambitions? Can he get the girl?< Less