12 January 20

The Hamilton Libretto

I’ve had some time over the festive break to really dig into the Hamilton libretto, and it’s a wonderful piece of work, easy to recommend on many levels. Physically it’s a beautiful book. It would be a magazine if it didn’t weigh over a kilogram. It has full page photographs under lyric text, with marginalia […]

mothering-sunday January 17

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. This new offering from Booker Award winner  Graham Swift was very well received by the Elanora Library First Thursday Bookclub members this month. The novel is set on mothering Sunday  in 1924 in rural England and narrated by twenty-two year old Jane Fairchild who was  orphaned at birth and “in service” […]

black-widow January 16

Black Widow – Christopher Brookmyre

A clever thriller with all the twists and surprises you would expect from someone like Harlan Coben.  Christopher Brookmyre’s Black Widow is set in England and revolves around a newly married woman suspected of the murder of her husband.  The plot twists and turns as each character is revealed to have acted suspiciously leading up […]

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A new series of unfortunate events

The Lemony Snicket classic children’s book series, A series of unfortunate events, is headed for the small screen. Today Netflix releases an eight-episode season that follows the tumultuous lives of the Baudelaire orphans as they try to escape the clutches of their contemptuous relative Count Olaf. The first book of the series was published in […]

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The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist is a “sort of memoir” written by Carrie Fisher about her life as a 19-year-old, finding stardom, and love in a galaxy far far away. The book focuses heavily on an affair she had with a co-star during the filming of ‘Star Wars: A new Hope’ and entries from recently found diaries […]

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14th Colony – Steve Berry – A Cotton Malone Adventure

Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet-mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States. This is the 11 th story in the Cotton […]

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An autobiography from Bryan Cranston, an actor who has been in the iconic show of each of the last three decades

A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston’s Autobiography Well perhaps Malcolm in the Middle wasn’t the biggest show of the Zero Decade, but it was still a pretty successful and massively viewed show that went for seven seasons, won a heap of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards, many of which saw Bryan Cranston nominated for best […]

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Jasper Jones: coming soon to the big screen

Often described as Australia’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones will soon hit our cinema screens. Set in the mid 1960s, it’s a coming of age tale set in a fictional mining town in Western Australia. The book quickly became a bestseller when it was published in 2009, progressing to the stage and now to the big […]

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What will you be reading in 2017?

Which new books will have you jumping for joy in 2017? Here’s a round-up of 2017’s most anticipated books as picked by some of the major media outlets: BBC The Guardian Australia The Irish Times The New York Times The Sydney Morning Herald The Telegraph (UK) Time For month-by-month emails of the latest new titles, sign up for […]

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Ready for Christmas?

You may have the tree decorated, the presents wrapped, the table planned, the gas bottle filled, the pool cleaned, the fridge piled high and the drinks on ice – but have you got your Christmas reading sorted (everyone needs some me time) and some festive music ready? If not, let’s make this as easy as possible: […]