April 18

The Captain Class – the hidden force that creates the world’s greatest teams

The Captain Class – Sam Walker I am not a sports lover but I still thought this was an interesting and enjoyable read.  Sam Walker set out to discover what the world’s greatest teams had in common.  The answer was surprisingly simple.  All the teams became exceptional under the guidance of a great leader/team captain. […]

April 13

Mr Robot – a real insight into hacking!

“What do normal people do when they get sad? They reach out to family and friends, but that’s not an option for me,” says they main character of this physiological thriller. Elliot is a computer programmer by day, vigilante hacker by night and he is so very good at both. Mr Robot follows Elliott as […]

April 11

The women in the window

The women in the window is Anna Fox, a women with agoraphobia who passes her days by gawking at her neighbours through her window. Her isolated existence ins’t portrayed as sad yet more intriguing as it becomes one of the many mysteries that the reader must solve throughout the novel. Anna has clearly had something […]

Solving Cryptic Crosswords for Dummies by Denise Sutherland

I have a confession to make.  I have always been deeply envious of those people who can do cryptic crosswords.  Tragic,  I know.  Over Easter I was determined to change from a quick crossworder to a cryptic.  Denise Sutherland’s book (available from City Libraries) guides you through the process of deciphering cryptics in a very […]

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Looking for a good book for book club?  This might just be the answer.  It’s a meaty volume in terms of content but not overly long at a very digestible 264 pages. It was longlisted for the Booker prize last year, shortlisted for the Costa and has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction […]

April 09

The Handmaids Tale, season one.

Women have been reduced into their most basic evolutionary capacity and forced into reproductive servitude. That is how life stands now for the handmaids, a group of young women in this new American theocratic regime that is called the Republic of Gilead. Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name has been superbly adapted into a compelling […]

March 30

Little Demons by Danny Elfman

In 1991 Danny Elfman wrote a screenplay for a black comedy about three circus orphans who become serial killers. He wasn’t able to develop it beyond demo tracks for most of the songs, but eventually used some of the material for Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. The material has since found its way to the web, […]


It’s a great feeling when you feel proud of where you work.  Late last year the City of Gold Coast Library service launched the LGBT+ collection.  You can find out all about it here. The timing was perfect.  The results of the Australian Marriage Law Survey had been announced a few weeks before; a resounding […]

The Last Thread by Michael Sala

  Go on a journey of sadness, frustration, anger and learn about the resilience of children and the stupidity of some adults who parent them. Does not sound like a good read? Well apart from the feelings this novel provokes it is a wonderful first novel by Michael Sala which is autobiographical in its story […]

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

E. M Forster’s novel published in 1910 portrays England at the turn of the 20th century. The story is told through the lens of three families and displays the life and attitudes of the middle class, showing the economic extremes of this particular group. Somewhere in the middle of this economic spectrum lies the Schlegel sisters […]