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November 17

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is a book that provokes strong and varying opinions from the reader. Awarded the Booker Prize winner for 2017 it is at once an annoying, frustrating, silly read, and at the same time totally provocative and intelligent, and a literary experience like no other. Set in 1862  it tells the story […]

September 15

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

Just what exactly happened on the SS Californian during the midnight watch the night the Titanic sank? This debut novel by David Dyer explores the motives of  the Californian‘s Captain, Stanley Lord, who did not respond to the distress rockets of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, despite being the closest ship in the area. Survivors […]

September 13

Beyond the Wall [electronic resource] : Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. by James Lowder (editor).

Beyond the Wall [electronic resource] : Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. Winter has come. A Game of Thrones – you’ve read the books, you’ve seen the series, and you don’t want the experience to end. Stay in the conversation with […]

September 12

Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

  Don’t Let Go a new mystery by Frenchman Michel Bussi grabbed me from the first page.  Refreshingly there is no “investigator character” as in most traditional mysteries as this mystery is told from at least four different perspectives –  the police investigators and the characters involved all have a turn telling the story.  The […]

September 11

Alias Grace by Margaret Attwood

Everyone’s talking about the serialised version of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – everyone but me actually, as we had trouble streaming from SBS on demand, so I’ll just have to patiently wait for my hold on the library copy to arrive. We also have the 1990 film adaptation on the catalogue, starring Natasha […]

July 12

My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

I’m not sure why, but lately I seem to have developed a passion for all things written about, or filmed in, Cornwall. Much to my great joy the new series of “Poldark” has started airing on the ABC, and now My Cousin Rachel , also set in Cornwall, has just been released in cinemas in Australia. […]

May 09

Goodwood by Holly Throsby

Goodwood is the debut novel from Australian author Holly Throsby, who is also a noted singer-songwriter. Reading a mystery novel really takes me out of my comfort zone – I’m just not that way inclined – I need to know why, and I need to know NOW – not at the end of the book. The temptation […]

March 27

The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

The birdman’s wife / Melissa Ashley. (Submitted on behalf of another library staff member). As a child in primary school I used to belong to the “Gould League” and every month we would receive a card with a coloured plate of a bird and descriptive notes by Neville Cayley. I was fascinated with these and […]

March 14

Poldark

Did you watch the new Poldark Series on the ABC? The series is set and filmed in Cornwall and it’s worth watching for the breathtaking  scenery of the Cornish Coast alone. It is beautifully filmed, and has some truly spectacular cinematographic moments. I’m told that when in Cornwall you can actually do a Poldark tour, and […]

March 09

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie Elanora library staff pick – submitted by staff member. If you like a quirky story then this novel may be for you. The modern day protagonist Veblen, named after the Norwegian economist and sharing his sentiment of anti- consumerism, is a delightful character. I’ve very much enjoyed being inside […]