Sour: My Story

‘Sour: My Story’, a biography by Tracey Miller.   Sour, aka Tracey Miller, a disadvantaged girl of Jamaican descent, tells her story about growing up in a South London housing estate with her dysfunctional, mentally ill mother, and convicted rapist father.  Sour transitions from petty crime into gangland. Sour soon becomes a “name” within the […]

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 […]

“The Hidden Child”- Camilla Lackberg

Camilla Lackberg…The Hidden Child Have you ever taken a book home from the library only to find you have read it before?  I did that with Swedish novelist,  Camilla Lackberg’s The Hidden Child.  A fan of Lackberg’s writing, I enjoyed this novel as much as I did the first time. Set in a town in […]

The Shipping News – Stormy, with a chance of redemption…

The Shipping News – E Annie Proulx       Stormy, with a chance of redemption …   Timid, put-upon Quoyle has grown up and lived in upstate New York since his family emigrated from Newfoundland but, after a series of disruptive events, he is persuaded to return to his ancestral home in Canada.   The story […]

Red Rising April 09

Revenge of the Reds

I read Red Rising which is the first book in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy a few months ago and have just finished devouring the second book Golden Son.  Red Rising was published in 2014 and Golden Son in 2015. I’m hoping that Pierce is putting in some extra long writing days as I’d really […]

The Girl on the train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is yet another psychological thriller likened to Gone Girl. The comparison is really only accurate insofar as they are both psychological thrillers, and both excellent novels. Rachel – the titular girl on the train – is somewhat of a train wreck: divorced, alcoholic and on a downward […]

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Vikings and the Origin of the Musical

Much as evolutionary biologists are shocked and gratified when they discover the teeth of an unknown primate, I was amazed yesterday to discover that the Vikings liked musicals.  I was listening to the Librivox version of The Saga of Gunnlaug the Worm-Tongue and Raven the Skald, and noticed that there were clear signs of it […]

The Happiest Refugee April 01

April online ebook club – The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

This month we’re reading The Happiest Refugee, Comedian Anh Do’s very memoir about growing up in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. Anh Do and his family fled war-torn Vietnam on an overcrowded boat when he was 2 years old. On arrival in Australia the family worked hard to make ends meet while adjusting to their new life. When Anh was 13, his father left his mother and this loss was felt deeply. Despite this the family maintained their sense of humour and Anh went onto graduate university with a law degree and become one of Australia’s most popular Comedians.

March online ebook club wrap-up – Hypocrites’ Isle

This month we read a medical thriller for our online ebook club. Hypocrites’ Isle by Ken McClure is the very depressing story about the corporate side of medical research. The novel centres around intelligent but socially awkward PhD student Gavin Donnelly. Gavin has uncovered a potential cure for cancer but, along with his supervisor Dr […]

Rome, twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world

Four seasons in Rome: on twins, insomnia and the biggest funeral in the history of the world by Anthony Doerr is part traveller’s tale and part personal memoir. Author, Anthony Doerr was notified by letter that he was being awarded a fellowship in literature at the American Academy in Rome, merely twelve hours after his […]

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