Author Archives: shirl

TC Tom Carroll – pro surfer

TC : Tom Carroll  by Nick Carroll. Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library. Tom Carroll has been an amazing surfer since his teens. He has won numerous surfing titles including twice being World Champion. He was the first pro surfer to earn a million dollars. This book  written mainly from Tom’s viewpoint, but with regular accounts […]

Under Fire – 100 years since the first World War began

Under Fire  by Henri Barbusse (2003 English translation was originally published in French as “Le Feu” in 1916) Post by Janette from Southport Library. Henri Barbusse, born in 1893 in France, was a volunteer in the First World War. In 1914, he had no doubt that the French cause was that of humanity. By early […]

Balancing Act

Balancing Act  by Joanna Trollope. Post by Julie from Southport Branch Library. I haven’t read Joanna Trollope for a long time. I loved her early books but was disappointed by Friday Nights. In Balancing Act, Trollope manages to recreate the magic of her early novels. Trollope writes about close relationships, in this case family ties more than friendships, […]

Just the ticket February 25

Just the ticket

Just the ticket by Lynnie Saint James. Post by Robyn55. When Lynnie heads to India with her Indian partner (now her husband) Kuldip, she is like Dorothy landing in the magical land of Oz. Like Dorothy, Lynnie soon embraces her new and bewildering (at times) circumstances. With the help of some enthusiastic and kind Indian […]

Eyrie February 24


Eyrie by Tim Winton. Post by Robyne55. It’s rare that this reader is lost for words – but where to begin? Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’ is a treasure trove of a book. Did I like it? No. This is a raw brute of a novel. No likable puppy love here. Do I respect this book? I […]

Stoker : the story of an Australian soldier who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau

Stoker : the story of an Australian soldier who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau by Donald Watt. I read this book about 17 years ago when it was first published, and the story has stayed with me so strongly that I wanted to add it to our 28 Days of Australian Stories. This is not a definitive account of […]

Tomorrow, when the war began

Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden.   I loved reading this series, by one of Australia’s great writers. It is about a group of seven teenagers who decide to camp out, or ‘go bush’ for a few days over the Christmas holidays. One night while they are away, they hear the roar of engines […]

Summer Knight

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. Summer Knight is the third in the Dresden Files series, and is set a little over two years after Storm Front, the first novel in this series. The plots of these novels tend to be involved and are easier to follow if you have read the earlier works in the […]


Pompeii by Robert Harris. Pompeii is historical fiction spaning the four days just before and during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius on August 24-25  AD 79. The well known events of this time are brought to life with a mystery adventure involving the aquarius (the engineer responsible for the aqueduct) named Marcus Attilius Primus, a corrupt ‘millionaire’ […]


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