Author Archives: luvviealex

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Dry earlier this year but for, some reason, I was reluctant to pick up Force of Nature.  There was probably a bit of me that thought I couldn’t enjoy it as much as the first one or that the author couldn’t possibly reach the same level of suspense. I was […]

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 […]


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 […]