Tag Archives: fiction

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 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne earnestly opens with the tone of a thriller but quickly evolves into something more beautiful and poetic. Poet, Ria Robinson lives in self-exile on the Suffolk Coast. Influenced by her isolation, retreating from reality, she pays little attention to the happenings within her community, she chooses to turn a deaf […]

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November online ebook club – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

After a couple of months of non-fiction, this month we are going to read a work of fiction. The Book Thief is Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel about Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Germany during World War II. Liesel is sent to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her father is presumably taken away for being a communist and her mother cannot care for her and her brother. Her brother dies on the journey to their new home and Liesel is left alone. At her brother’s funeral, Liesel steals her first book and continues the thievery in her new town. Helped by her foster father, Hans, who teaches her to read Leisel develops a love of books and words.


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