Tag Archives: Award winner

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]

Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.katemccaffrey.com This is a book that gets to the heart of cyber bullying. Like the screech of nails down a blackboard (an old school analogy I know) the feeling of alienation, abuse and anxiety Avalon felt was palpable. I was worried from the first sentence, and screamed early on, ‘tell someone’. Her parents are teachers, […]

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: Book Club Discussion Questions

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club Kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: In the summer of 1961, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson lies daydreaming in a tree-house on her family’s Suffolk farm. While her family continues their picnic at the […]

After the fire a still small voice January 02

January Online eBook Club: After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld

We’re returning to fiction in this month’s online ebook club with Evie Wyld’s After the Fire, a Still Small Voice. This novel tells the story of two different men. Frank moves from Canberra to a shack owned by his grandparents on the East Coast following the breakdown of a relationship. Forty years earlier Leon is living a somewhat innocent life working at this parent’s bakery and flirting with a local girl when he is conscripted to fight in Vietnam.

Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner 2014

                                       All the birds singing.    Evie Wyld. Elanora book club discussed this book at this months meeting and there were  very wide and differing opinions.  Almost as wide and varied as the bookcovers! Some people liked it, some people were undecided and some people hated it! So all in all it made a good […]

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The Fault in Our Stars : book club discussion questions

New York Times bestselling author John Green presents a star-crossed love story that begins when Hazel meets Augustus in a group for teen cancer survivors. The book’s beginning, a sweet romantic storyline, draws the reader into deeper reflection on what defines a well-lived life.

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The fault in our stars: why is it that the complex books are now written for teenagers?

The fault in our stars is not about cancer, although the lead characters meet in a cancer support group. It’s a book about dealing with the universe’s lack of empathy. It does have a sweet romance, and some tragic parts in it, because fate is conspiring against the lovers. I don’t consider that a spoiler […]

Swallow the Air

Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch  Review by Jennifer Gates, Southport Branch Library  As a debut novel, Tara Winch has captured her audience with a distinctive voice. Tara was born in Sydney with Aboriginal, Afghan and English heritage. In 2004, she won the David Unaipon Award for Indigenous Writers.  “Swallow the Air” follows May […]

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony

The Fortunes of Richard Mahony – Henry Handel Richardson Post by Susan Pritchard from Southport Library. Thunkk…thunkk…thunkk… The dull, thumping noise of the pile-driving machine monotonously working all night, all day, all weekend, as the Rapid Transit line is constructed through the Gold Coast, may seem an unusual prompt for a book. Living as I […]

Winner Orange Prize for Fiction 2012

Song of Achilles.  Madeline Miller. When I was a little girl I loved reading Greek myths and legends. So, I was thrilled when this book was named the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012 and was quite keen to start reading the novel. I did enjoy the story and the rather unusual style and method  that Miller employs to […]


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