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And you thought that the Swedes wrote only brooding psychological crime thrillers!

Well there is crime in this best selling novel by Jonas Jonasson but there the comparison ends. The Hundred -Year -Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared is the story of Allan, about to have an wanted centenary celebration imposed on him in the care home where he lives.

Shortly before the party starts he vacates his room and thus starts a wonderful journey both  for the reader as well as for  the chief protagonist of this novel. There seemed to be little pre-meditation in his plan to decamp and even less in Allan’s decision to steal a suitcase full of money from a member of a criminal gang,  at his first port of call, the local bus station.

The loss of the suitcase is the catalyst for the adventure which follows; Allan needs to keep on the move to avoid the criminals who are in hot pursuit of their ill-gotten gains.

What makes this more than a routine chase is the chronicling of Allan’s earlier life via flashbacks where we learn about his childhood, his brief incarceration in an institution (no, it’s not all grim!) and later his involvement in some of the historical milestones  of the twentieth century. To some extent he is a Forrest Gump character whose influence has been vital to the shaping of many of the century’s events.

One hundred Year Old Man

Request your copy now at Meath County Library Service

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Brock watch backA 99 year old watch has found its way back to Navan. It was discovered at a jumble sale near Farnham in England and returned to Navan History Society by the person who bought it.
It was presented it to Navan Library, where it can be seen in the Local Studies Room.
‘Presented by the Magistrates attending Navan P.S. to Constable Brock RIC on the occasion of his volunteering for active service December 1914’


Constable Brock watch

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Check out new Irish writer Irene Lawlor who visited Ashbourne & Duleek libraries recently her new book Discovering Ireland is available in all branches http://ow.ly/kmSA9 http://ow.ly/i/1XxuO

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Check us out #meath libraries are now on #pinterest http://ow.ly/kmOmy

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Following appeals on yesterday’s Six One News and in the National Newspapers the identity of the Good Samaritan who returned the book ‘The Eucharistic Congress 1932 a Pictorial Record’ to Navan Library 80 years after it was borrowed remains a mystery. Despite assurances from County Librarian Ciaran Mangan that the library would not levy the €4160 fine, to date nobody has come forward to explain the mystery of where the book has been all this time. However we have had many people coming into Navan Library to see the book which is currently on display and we very kindly received this photograph from Sean Reilly, Kells that his father brought home following his attendance of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932.

 Eucharistic Congress 1932

If you happen to have any other photographs, mementos or stories from the Congress, Navan Library would be very interested in hearing from you, it goes without saying that we would also love to hear from the Good Samaritan that returned it to the library for others to enjoy.

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It’s official, crafts are trendy!

Whether it is because of the urge to recycle, the economic climate or the presence of craft advocates like Kirstie Allsop on our television screens there is no denying that there are a growing number of women and men discovering and falling in love with the world of crafts. No longer the domain of hippies and old ladies, crafts are cool. 

Sewing, crochet, patchwork, decoupage and jewellery making are all making a comeback. A few hours spent working with a favourite material can result in a unique item of clothing, a new accessory or something for the home that won’t be seen in anyone elses house .

Anyone who enjoys to craft and who has a love of what they do are more than willing to share their knowledge and ideas with others. To celebrate this resurgence in crafts Navan Library will be running an adult craft group called ‘Needles & Pins’ starting every Tuesday from 5th of June 6.30~8.30. So bring along your chosen craft and share it with the group.

No booking is required & everyone is welcome contact Susanne on 046~9021134 for more details


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The Third Pig Detective AgencyHarry Pigg, the only surviving brother from the Big Bad Wolf attacks, has set up business as a private detective in Grimmtown, only things aren’t going too well. Down on his luck, with bills to pay and no clients in sight, the outlook is poor. But then in walks local businessman Aladdin who needs someone to help him track down an old lamp. What follows is far from an open-and-shut case. Funny, thrilling, and always entertaining, Harry Pigg is an old breed of hero for a new generation. Although written for older children, Harry Pigg will appeal to grown ups as well with plenty of in-jokes for all ages.

Here is what some of the children from the Navan Book Club Thought of it.

‘I thought the book was brilliant and very funny. I would recommend it to other readers, I love the way Bob Burke brought in characters from other stories.’ Ciara (12)

‘I really liked the book because it involved lots of fairytale characters, I really enjoyed it.’ Molly (11)

‘I thought this was a great and funny fantasy. I would recommend this to anybody, it was brilliant.’ Jennifer (12)

‘I think it was the funniest book I’ve ever read.’ Eadaoin (11)

‘I thought the book was hilarious, with lots of jokes only adults would get. I loved the stlye of the writing it reminded me of old black and white detective movies.’ Susanne (40)

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