Tag Archives: fiction

The Girl from Venice

The setting for Martin Cruz Smith’s new novel The Girl from Venice is the inspiring beauty and uniqueness of Venice which fortuitously was saved from the bombing raids of World War II.  It remains intact in all its glory – maybe until nature decides otherwise – and provides the background scenery for this wartime love story. […]

The Oracle of Stamboul

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas is the most exquisite fairy tale of a novel. It is magical, atmospheric and divinely beautiful.  According to an ancient prophecy, dictated by a King on his deathbed, a child would be born who would be the Oracle of Stamboul and according to the midwife, who brought […]

The Things we keep

In The Things we keep by Sally Hepworth, the story is not always revealed in a linear presentation and sometimes the story can be momentarily confusing however this simply helps the reader to experience the general feeling of befuddlement, a sensation that dementia sufferers are only too familiar with. Anna finds herself adjust from being […]

January 24

Taking the Titanic by James Patterson with Scott Slaven

The world of decreasing attention spans and limited time has made its way to publishing. Marketed with taglines including “What if someone wrote novels… without any of the boring parts?” and “All killer, no filler.” – James Patterson’s Bookshots series entered the market in June last year and already has more than 30 titles available. As an avid James […]

December 23

The Sandalwood Tree

The Sandalwood tree by Elle Newmark tells dual tales of Evie & Martin and Felicity & Adela. Set in 1947, Americans Evie and Martin Mitchell and their five year old son are living in an Indian village whilst historian Martin documents a country on the verge of partition. Rewind ninety three years to 1854 when […]

December 21

The Light Between Oceans

The plan was conceived by despair, and birthed in remote isolation and anonymity. The lighthouse keeper and his wife live a Spartan life. Their wants and needs are relatively simple. That is until a small boat washes up on the remote Janus Island’s treacherous rocks. The occupants of the small vessel are a young baby, and […]

Your Top 100 books!

Gold Coasters have borrowed millions of books, ebooks and audiobooks from City Libraries over the past year. Based on what we’ve all read in 2016, the results are now in! Browse the Gold Coast’s Top 100 adult fiction books of the year and see what you’ve missed. As you’d expect, our favourites include bestsellers by big name […]

October 17

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George This is a wonderful novel about a floating bookshop on the Seine and its unusual proprietor Monsieur Jean Perdu. Jean has a unique way of selling books, as he sees himself as a Literary Apothecary and prescribes books based on the customers emotional status at that time. Whether […]

October 14

Questions of travel

The whole way through this long (oh by gosh it is especially, tediously long!) novel The Questions of Travel, I did not have questions of travel, I just had the one question “why am I reading this?” Firstly I LOVE to travel. I thought that this award winning book would be a delight. I was […]

October 12

The Kitchen Daughter

Ginny Selvaggio has always managed her quirks with strict parameters set out by her mother. She rationalises that she is “normal” by firmly reminding herself that normal does not in fact exist. Ginny does acknowledge that hiding in the walk in wardrobe with your hands shoved in your mum’s fluffy slippers is not quite standard […]