Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey reviewed by Jill Smith

My Grand-daughter picked it out of literally hundreds of books on offer at her school library for Book Week on Grandparents day. This is a beautiful picture book with illustrations that show the story simply, while the words in big print make it easy to follow. James and his Dad are visiting Alec Campbell in […]

Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 notes part one

These are the first part of the notes I jotted down at the workshop, more to be posted shortly- Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 Louise the librarian and organiser of the event introduced the first speaker. Dave Burton Brisbane based play writer, with a soon to be released memoir. www.daveburton.com.au Yes, he had […]

Leaving Time

This novel by Jodi Picoult keeps you turning the pages, as each character helps you piece together the puzzle of the disappearance of Alice, an elephant researcher and mother. It is her daughter, Jenna, who years later reignites the investigation with the help of Serenity, a clairvoyant, and Virgil, a retired policeman who first investigated Alice’s disappearance. […]

Writers'_block_blog May 08

Block out a day for writing

Are you a writer? Can you make it to the Robina Branch Library tomorrow between 9am and 3:15pm?
Join us for Writers’ block – a day of writing talks and workshops led by three inspirational authors: Dave Burton, Isobelle Carmody and Martin ‘Ed’ Chatterton.

quests May 01

Bring on the best quests

Come on a quest this May – a quest to find the best quests in fiction or non-fiction.
Be inspired by heroic struggles and share your favourites with us.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova reviewed by Jill Smith

Alice Howland is a very busy Harvard University Professor. She travels often giving lectures around the world. She and her husband John have written a book. He loves her because of her sharp mind and wit. Two of her children have forged academic careers and are successful, her other daughter is a struggling actress whom […]

Mission Flats – William Landay

Mission Flats  won the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel. Police Chief Ben Truman is a twenty-four year old living in a small town (Versailles) in western Maine.  On a routine police check of the holiday cabins by the local lake Chief Truman discovers the body of the District Attorney […]

poppies April 24

ANZAC Day, reading and the duty of memory

On ANZAC Day, we are reminded by Kipling that we are not to forget. There are different types of forgetting, though. One of the most insidious is to wrap history in mythology and ceremony, and then remember that, in place of events and people. Soon after the War this habit in Australians, to celebrate the […]

The Tenderness of Wolves – Stef Penney

Winner of the 2006 Costa First Novel Award, Stef Penney’s, The Tenderness of Wolves is a beautifully written debut novel about Canada, 1867. Winter takes a grip on the Canadian, Hudson Bay Company settlement; Dove River.  A fur trapper is found murdered in his isolated hut by Mrs Ross, wife of a local farmer. Her […]

What the staff are reading at our library this month

Below is a list of what the staff are reading in our branch library this month – a very eclectic mix. “The Martian” by Andy Weir.   Thriller set on Mars. Witty dialogue.  Great characters and a fast pace.  Added extra is the science explained (believe it or not!)  “Hello” magazine. English gossip magazine Light entertainment and […]

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