Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

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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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: […]

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Literary award winners of the year

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a round-up of some of this year’s literary prize winners. Which have you read? (and did you agree with the judges?!):      Australian Miles Franklin Literary Award – A.S. Patrić Black Rock White City Stella Prize – Charlotte Wood The Natural Way of Things (also won Indie Book Awards) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards […]

The Rook

My two favourite reads of 2016 were science fiction. This is surprised me. It is not a genre I usually pick up to read, but maybe I should. The first was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which I reviewed earlier. The second was The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. The Rook starts […]

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 […]

index November 30

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 […]

Your Top 100 books!

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 […]