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From the Library With Love

Kate Thompson

Welcome to my library of interviews...

Librarians, bestselling authors and our wartime generation sharing their love of books, reading and some extraordinary stories .

 #Hidden History #Forgotten women #Bibliotherapy #Libraries

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to From the Library With Love. A podcast for anyone whose life has been changed by reading. I’m Kate Thompson. 

Wonderful, transformative things happen when you set foot in a library. In 2019 I uncovered the true story of a forgotten Underground library, built along the tracks of a Tube tunnel during the Blitz. As stories go, it was irresistible and the result was, The Little Wartime Library, my seventh novel.

Bethnal Green Public Library, where the novel is set was 100 years old in October 2022, and to celebrate the centenary of this grand old lady, funded by library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, I set myself the challenge of interviewing 100 library workers. Speaking with one library worker for every year this library has been serving its community seemed a good way to mark this auspicious occasion. Because who better to explain the worth of a hundred-year-old library, than librarians themselves!

I wanted to explore the enduring value of libraries and reading. I quickly realised that librarians have the best stories. 

My research led me to librarians with over fifty years of experience and MBEs, to the impressive women who manage libraries in prisons and schools, to those in remote Scottish islands. From poetry libraries overlooking the wide sweep of the Thames, to the 16th century Shakespeare’s Library in Stratford, via the small but mighty Leadhills Miners’ Library. 

This podcast was born out of those eye-opening conversations, because as Denise from Tower Hamlets Library told me: 'If you want to see the world, don't join the Army, become a librarian!'

I’ll also be talking to international bestselling authors and some remarkable wartime women about their favourite libraries, stories, the craft of writing and the book that helped them to view the world differently. Come and join me as I delve into the secrets behind the stacks.


Podcasts edited by Ben Veasey at media-crews.co.uk 
Image by Julie Price


Episodes
Meet the fur coat gangsters: Notorious Victorian girl gang who hid stolen jewellery in knickerbockers, carried razors wrapped in lace handkerchiefs and used a hatpin to blind anyone who crossed themJune 15, 2024
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On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, veteran Mervyn Kersh shares his extraordinary experience of the Normandy landings and his role in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.June 06, 2024
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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe: Reader, Bibliophile and Library LoverJune 01, 2024
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The Women Who Ruled the East End: Remarkable Tales of Wartime LondonMay 18, 2024
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85 years on from the end of the Spanish Civil War, author Maggie Brookes uncovers its hidden heroes. Plus the extraordinary war story she found in a lift!May 11, 2024
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99-year-old Holocaust survivor and US Army veteran George Leitmann on the emotional search for his father, the day he discovered a concentration camp and how he kept his cool interrogating Nazi war criminals. May 04, 2024
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Sent away by sea: the forgotten history of WWII’s ‘seaevacuees'. Meet the heroine at the heart of an astonishing survival story. April 27, 2024
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Meet the Sugar Girls of Love Lane. New social history book set in Tate & Lyle's Liverpool factory in the sixties offers a glimpse of a long vanished era.April 25, 2024
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Meet the wartime librarians of Occupied Paris. Bestselling author of The Paris Library, Janet Skeslien Charles, on how reading gives us a privacy of the mindApril 20, 2024
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112 years ago today, RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. Historian Claes-Göran Wetterholm reveals some heartbreaking, untold personal stories…April 14, 2024
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Meet the French librarian who trained as a Board Game Librarian and revolutionised her library in lockdown!April 11, 2024
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Meet the librarians who rescued the books the Nazis burnt and plunderedMarch 23, 2024
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Rounding up randy runaway sheep and delivering twin lambs whilst making gravy. Welcome to the multitasking world of the Devon Shepherdess. March 16, 2024
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Travel back to Victorian Brighton and discover a shadowy world of erotic tableaux, gangsters and music-hall artistes in Jacquie Bloese's atmospheric new novel March 09, 2024
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Channel Islands under Occupation. From the library to the post office, Jersey is an island simmering with stories and secretsFebruary 17, 2024
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Famine. Revolution. Rebellion. A history of Paris, seen through the windows of a tiny Montmartre bakeryFebruary 10, 2024
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School librarian by day, novelist by night. Meet the author who threw herself from an aeroplane in the name of research.February 03, 2024
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The French resistance heroine who stole my heart. An exclusive glimpse into the research and writing of best-selling historical fiction author Natasha Lester.January 30, 2024
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'I married the soldier who helped liberate me from Bergen-Belsen' On Holocaust Memorial Day, survivor Renee Salt shares her astonishing story.January 27, 2024
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Spies, espionage and secrets in an antiquarian bookshop. Author Louise Fein shares the true story behind her propulsive new novel, The London Bookshop Affair, January 20, 2024
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What happened to the children stolen by the Nazis? USA Today bestselling author Andie Newton shares a heartbreaking wartime story.January 13, 2024
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Britain's best-loved saga writer Nancy Revell on how Gone with the Wind changed her life and the secrets to writing books that readers take to their hearts. January 01, 2024
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Come inside one of London’s dreamiest churches, the famous St Bride's on Fleet Street and hear how a Blitz raid revealed a secret charnel house and the ruins of Roman pavement, plus it’s surprising link to Jack the Ripper.December 23, 2023
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Could you be living over a plague pit? Meet the cemetery and death historian who uncovered a plague pit under Argos. Sam Perrin hunts out London's forgotten graves and shares what the dead can teach us.December 16, 2023
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On National Letter Writing Day, meet the woman who collects forgotten letters. " In attics, drawers and shoe boxes under beds there are hundreds of stories waiting to be told."December 07, 2023
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