7 July 12

Reading diary: May and June

More graphic novels than you could sensibly shake a mallet at

revenge cold river July 11

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry

  Posted by Neen I find that Anne Perry’s books are a bit like a box of good chocolates – you just can’t stop at one, which is why I had to read Revenge in a Cold River. It’s no. 22 in the William Monk series, and I’ve read all the others. Her meticulous research, complex plots, and […]

The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding.  This is a beautiful tale of love and family centred around the events of a mother and daughter in the city of Nagasaki before and after the atomic bomb exploded and decimated the city in 1944. Jackie Copleton has perfectly captured the quiet humility and restrained nature of her characters as […]

maggie July 08

Maggie O’Farrell is spot on.

I picked up Maggie O’Farrell’s latest book from the Hot Read stand on recommendation from a colleague and then realised I had read and loved one of her previous books “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox”.  Reading a Maggie O’Farrell book isn’t going to change your life but it is an absorbing and enjoyable experience.  […]

7 July 08

The Invisibles by Grant Morrision

Literature is meant to allow you access to the life experience of others. That’s a big claim, but if the only think you can say about a book is that it was amusing, then it wasn’t really about anything, and you could have read a better book, which both amused and attempted something deeper. The Invisibles […]

Pciture of The Uncommon Reader July 04

The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett The Uncommon Reader has been written by the Tony Award winning playwright and author Alan Bennett. Bennett has been brought into the spotlight more recently by the movie “The Lady in the Van”. The Uncommon Reader takes us on a literary journey with the Queen of England. The Queen […]

steph1 June 30

Winter Prey By John Sandford

Written in 1993, Winter Prey is one of the earliest of the John Sandford thrillers. A riveting story featuring the character of Lucan Davenport, it is set in North Wisconsin in icy, blizzard conditions that set the scene for the extremely dark plot which ensues. The villain is a particularly nasty character called the Ice […]

Dress 1 June 29

The dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain

The dressmaker of Dachau is an intriguing story, a real page turner. A historical fiction novel about a talented English dressmaker who gets caught up in Germany during World War 2.   Her naivety leads her to an ill fated romance with Stanilaus an Austrian aristocrat who takes her to Paris and abandons her when war […]

DIANE1 June 27

Elianne by Judy Nunn

Elianne, is a story about wealth, power and lies, set on a large and imposing sugar cane plantation in Bundaberg, Queensland. It’s 1881  and ‘Big Jim’ Durham creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the sugar mills in Southern Queensland, and names it in her honour. The massive estate becomes home to hundreds of workers, […]

BLR-FB-graphic June 23

Big Library Read: A Murder in Time

The school holidays are here again, but we’re making sure they’re not just about the kids! When you do manage to get some you time, we have unlimited free ebook downloads of A Murder In Time by Julie McElwain. From 23 June to 7 July, you’re guaranteed a copy of this new historical mystery as part […]


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