Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

ITV STUDIOS PRESENTS
HOME FIRES SERIES 2


Pictured: FRANCESCA ANNIS as Joyce, CLARE CALBRAITH as Steph,RUTH GEMMELL as Sarah,FENELLA WOOLGAR as Alison, CLAIRE PRICE as Miriam, LEANNE BEST as Teresa.SAMANTHA BOND as Frances,FRANCES GREY as Erica and CLAIRE RUSBROOK as Pat.

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Home fires continues

The Women’s Institute shenanigans, wartime feminism, charming village life and emotive family dynamics continue in season 2 of this fine wartime drama series. Home fires season 2 further emphasises how life went on at home for the women while the menfolk were away fighting at war. The show delves deeper into the characters lives in this next season and […]

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Little Sister by David Hewson

Posted by Neen Little Sister by David Hewson If you like European Noir crime like Wallander and Stieg Larsson, then you will love the Pieter Vos series. Little Sister is number 3 and the latest one after The Wrong Girl and The House of Dolls. David Hewson has also written a series of bestselling novels based on the Danish TV […]

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Your Top 100 books of 2016

Gold Coasters have borrowed millions of books, ebooks and audiobooks from City Libraries over the past year. Based on what we’ve all read in 2016, the results are now in! Browse the Gold Coast’s Top 100 adult fiction books of the year and see what you’ve missed. As you’d expect, our favourites include bestsellers by big name […]

index-2 November 29

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Greg Tricky twenty-two by Janet Evanovich The latest in the hilarious adventures of Stephanie Plumb, the somewhat unorthodox but successful bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey.  Along with her sidekick Lula, the plus sized ex-ho who manages to squeeze herself in to sparkly outfits several sizes too small, Stephanie is on the trail of […]

index November 28

The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally

Posted by Neen The Soldier’s Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally The Soldier’s Curse is the first installment in a new series by iconic Australian author Thomas Keneally, writing in collaboration with his daughter Meg. It introduces a fascinating investigator in Hugh Monsarrat, and is also a beautifully written exploration of colonial-era Australia, and the conflicts between not only the convicts […]

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George This is a wonderful novel about a floating bookshop on the Seine and its unusual proprietor Monsieur Jean Perdu. Jean has a unique way of selling books, as he sees himself as a Literary Apothecary and prescribes books based on the customers emotional status at that time. Whether […]

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Questions of travel

The whole way through this long (oh by gosh it is especially, tediously long!) novel The Questions of Travel, I did not have questions of travel, I just had the one question “why am I reading this?” Firstly I LOVE to travel. I thought that this award winning book would be a delight. I was […]

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The Kitchen daughter

Ginny Selvaggio has always managed her quirks with strict parameters set out by her mother. She rationalises that she is “normal” by firmly reminding herself that normal does not in fact exist. Ginny does acknowledge that hiding in the walk in wardrobe with your hands shoved in your mum’s fluffy slippers is not quite standard […]

Meet an author at City Libraries

There are lots of opportunities to meet a visiting author at our libraries up and down the Gold Coast. Join us to meet one of the following authors at our free events coming soon: Kim Hodges: Girl on the Edge – Wed 28 to Fri 30 October at Elanora, Runaway Bay, Robina, Broadbeach and Helensvale […]

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Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway

REVIEW BY KAHLI Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure by Alex Milway I can’t remember how I stumbled across Pigsticks – I think I read a recommendation on some blog somewhere… but I’m glad I did. I chose to listen to Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure as it was available in eAudiobook […]