Amy July 01

June Online ebook club – Amy by Peggy Savage

This month we’re looking at a lesser-known novel for our online ebook club, Amy by Peggy Savage. Dr Amy Richmond, after being falsely accused and struck off the medical register travels to France to work as an orderly during World War I. She is hoping to rebuild her reputation and regain her medical licence. It is amongst the suffering of the first world war that Amy discovers the meaning of sacrifice, hope and love.

Upbeat-long February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

Keeper June 30

June Online ebooks Club Wrap-up – Keeper

This month we read “Keeper” by Andrea Gillies, a memoir about caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s not an easy book to read. It is quite depressing and does not end on a happy note.. It is, however an important book as it raises awareness of the reality of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember By Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Jun15 Title: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Author: Karen Tyrrell     Illustrator: Aaron Pocock  Harry Hope lives on a farm. His grandparents live nearby and Harry just loves it when Grandpa plays hide and seek with him. He starts to notice Grandpa getting slower, then one day, Grandpa doesn’t want to play with […]

teen June 26

Teen Read Week

Gold Coast teens are in for a treat with nine days of events at nine branch libraries in July. Check out the program…

There’ll Be Blue Skies by Ellie Dean

There’ll Be Blue Skies is a delightful read set in war time England with vivid details of that period. The characters are endearing and interesting, there is 16 year old Sally and her younger brother Ernie who has been struck down with Polio from an early age.  With dad being away at war and mum […]

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – Anthony Doerr

Hitler is in power and Germany is on the brink of another war.  In Paris, near the Museum of Natural History, live a blind child Marie-Laurie and her father who works at the museum as a master of locks.  The Nazis are invading Paris and Marie-Laurie and her father escape to Saint-Malo where father’s reclusive […]

Sins Of The Brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy

Sins of the brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy is the second book I have read about Ivan Milat this year. The first, Milat: inside Australia’s biggest manhunt by former detective and assistant commissioner of the NSW Police Clive Small, provided a personal account of how he led the investigation into the Belanglo State Forest murders and convicted Milat. […]

The Ruins of Detroit June 18

The Ruins of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

I read The Ruins of Detroit last year and meant to write a review about it at the time but never got around to doing it. I saw it on the shelves recently and found that I was just as impressed on my second viewing as I was on my first. The book is what is usually […]

The Dalai Lama’s cat – David Michie

The Dalai Lama’s Cat – David Michie An abandoned and injured Himalayan kitten is rescued from the streets of Delhi by the Dalai Lama and taken to his home at Dharamsala. I admit I picked this book from the shelves as I loved the picture of the cat on the front cover.  As I started […]

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