Tag Archives: fiction

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 […]

Grace’s table

 To commemorate becoming a septuagenarian Grace’s table bustles with the presence of twelve guests. As family and close friends share a birthday meal to celebrate Grace’s grand milestone, memories and recollections occupy Grace’s thoughts and a disturbing undercurrent of simmering angst begins to boil to the surface amongst the family. Her son is there with […]

Ocean Child by Tamara McKinley

Ocean Child is set in the 1920’s; its about Lulu Pearson, who, as a young girl, was taken from Tasmania back to England by her aging Aunt. However, there is a family secret – a scandal which is revealed through the current life of Lulu, and the reminiscences of her elderly Aunt Clarice. Lulu’s future […]

The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is a beguiling journey into magic realism. Those readers who identify what it is like to be different and a little exceptional will understand the magic of this novel. The Strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender is like a traditional fairytale, combined with myth, mixed with […]

Outback Aussie action at Cicada Springs

Cicada takes you to Cicada Springs a remote cattle station set amongst the wild, rugged, vast Kimberly region of Western Australia. Now add to that mental image, a white English heiress and her husband who arrived in the era of post WWI uncertainty. William and Emily are the heads of the station and masters of […]

Perfect

Perfect by Rachel Joyce In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was a leap year and two seconds were designed to bring the clock back into line with the natural movement of the earth.  One might argue that two seconds is nothing. Nothing really happens in two second except perhaps tiny arbitrary actions […]

The Love song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Author Rachel Joyce has the amazing knack of beautifully capturing humanity and making ordinary lives and simple ordinary moments into the extraordinary. Rachel Joyce so carefully presents normal folk with their fears, faults, foibles, and their “fragile realness” and makes them completely relatable to the reader. The talented Rachel Joyce is an author, playwright and […]

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.

You December 18

You by Caroline Kepnes

Boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy steals girl’s phone and proceeds to stalk girl, boy turns completely psychopathic in his pursuit of girl. That is essentially the storyline of You.

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry Book Club Discussion Questions

The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry is Rachel Joyce’s debut publication. It was Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2012. An extraordinary reflection […]

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