Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Earth Bound: A Rough Guide to The World in Pictures

As a lover of both travel and photography I was drawn to this gorgeous book - filled with beautiful images from around the world. It will bring back memories of places you have been and also inspire you to go to new places!

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Wow what a read - all 600 pages almost. Don't let this book slip by you - persevere when it falls off a little a few chapters in. A young Edgar and his parents train dogs in a very special way, as Edgar is mute he communicates with humans and dogs alike. This tale is a ghost story, a love story and a journey, mostly a journey of discovery in every sense of the word. Thoroughly enjoyable and will move you to the odd tear. A beautiful first novel by this author and can only hope for more magic.

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Monday, 7 December 2009

100 Best Books of the decade

As we are approaching the close of not only another year but the end of a whole decade it is a great opportunity for people to look back and reflect upon what has been. And in this spirit The Times newspaper recently compiled a list of the 100 best books of the decade - and it contained some surprises. Amongst this list is sure to be some books you loved, some you hated and some you have never even heard of!

Some of my favourite books to appear in the list include Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (number 32) , The Accidental by Ali Smith (number 29), The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (number 19), Atonement by Ian McEwan (number 9) and Life of Pi by Yann Martel (number 7).

To view the full list click here


Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Deception by Eric Lustbader

Eric Lustbader once again enthrals followers of the Jason Bourne thrillers in the style of the late Robert Ludlum. The Bourne Deception continues the intrigue set out in The Bourne Sanction. The mysterious Arkadin is still hot on Jason Bourne's trail and the two continue their struggle, reversing role of hunter and hunted. When Bourne is ambushed and badly wounded, he fakes his death and goes into hiding. In safety, he takes on a new identity, and begins a mission to find out who tried to assassinate him. Meanwhile, an American passenger airliner is shot down over Egypt by what seems to be an Iranian missile. A global investigative team is assembled to get to the truth of the situation before it escalates into an international scandal. Bourne's search for the man who shot him intersects with the search for the group that brought down the airliner. Now, with the threat of a new world war brewing, Bourne must race against time to uncover the truth...all the while being stalked by an unknown nemesis.

Yet again Lustbader weaves an intricate set of scenarios through gripping suspense overlaying deception in typical Bourne style. A must read for those that relish fast moving and action packed intrigue.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Marley and me is a must read especially for dog lovers. It is a book that has a bit of everything in it. Joy, laughter and tears. Marley is a very large boisterous dog who drives his family to their wits end by his antics. But through all the good times and bad times that the family go through Marley is always there as loyal as ever. The book shows humans can discover such happiness through a naughty dog.

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Find out what is new in the library

You can now easily find out what new items are in the library through our library catalogue. Just click the New Titles button near the top left of the catalogue page for a list of new items. New Title lists available include Adult fiction, Non fiction and DVDs as well as Junior ficition, non fiction and DVDs, Young Adult fiction and also new titles in Chinese, Vietnamese and Sinhalese.

This is a quick and easy way to find out what is new in the library. And if you find items you would like to borrow you can place a hold on them for free too.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson M.D.

This is another succinct and easy to read gem from the author who bought us Who Moved My Cheese. For anyone who read Who Moved My Cheese you will know that Jonhson is able to encapsulate fundamental human truths in a narrative form relatable to the general population.

In this valuable writing you will discover how to get out of a valley (the bad times) sooner, stay on a peak (the good times) longer and have more peaks and fewer valleys as you apply the principles so well presented.

Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Initially, the young man does not realize he is talking with one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. However, through a series of conversations and experiences that occur up on peaks and down in valleys, the young man comes to make some startling discoveries. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

This book was a must for me to read. Having bought my own copy it has been passed along and appreciated for the simple concepts in an easy to understand and integrated fashion.


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Sunday, 11 October 2009

Prizes awarded

On the 6th of October the winner of the 2009 Booker Prize was announced. The winner was Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, an historical novel set in Tudor England. For more information about Wolf Hall go to Booker Website.

And on the 8th of October the Nobel prize for literature was awarded to the German poet Herta Mueller. For more information about Mueller and her writing go to Nobel Prize website.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca is a beautiful and haunting story - part romance, part suspense. It is the story of a young, nameless heroine who, whilst on holiday in the South of France, meets Max, a wealthy, handsome widower. After they marry and return to his home in England she finds him changed completely and the presence of his dead wife overshadows their home.

This is a gripping novel with a dark subtext, featuring a classic heroine in the tradition of Jane Eyre. Her story will captivate you.

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Friday, 4 September 2009

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

A delightfully gentle story. I wanted to read it in one go start to finish. Simply written its strength lay in the relationship of the characters. What I took away from this book was a better understanding and respect for math, and a greater awareness of the moment. Will definitely look for more by this author. Enjoy.

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My next read will be David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.


Monday, 31 August 2009

Books Alive

Running througout September is Books Alive, an Australian Government initiative developed through the Australia Council for the Arts. Books Alive promotes the love of reading and features a guide 50 books you can't put down. The guide features a wide range of great books, for adults and children. This years guide ranges from Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury's Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes to Melina Marchetta's Finnikin of the Rock (for Young Adults) and for Adults Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap, Michael Connelly's The Scarecrow, Dawn French's Dear Fatty and many more great reads. The guide is sure to have something for everyone. To view the complete guide go to the Books Alive website.

Monday, 24 August 2009

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks has given us an intricate, gripping novel that traces the journey of a rare illuminated Hebrew manuscript from Convivencia Spain to the ruins of Sarajevo, from the Silver Age of Venice to the sunburned rock faces of northern Australia. Inspired by the true story of a mysterious codex known as the Sarajevo Haggadah, People of the Book reveals a tapestry of linguistic pleasure mixed with a well researched platform for this sweeping adventure through five centuries of history. From its creation in Muslim-ruled, medieval Spain, the illuminated manuscript makes a series of perilous journeys: through Inquisition-era Venice, fin-de-siecle Vienna, and the Nazi sacking of Sarajevo. In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed manuscript, which has been rescued once again from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with figurative paintings. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she becomes determined to unlock the book’s mysteries. As she seeks the counsel of scientists and specialists, the reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its creation to its salvation. In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of Vienna in 1894, the book becomes a pawn in an emerging contest between the city’s cultured cosmopolitanism and its rising anti-Semitism. In Venice in 1609, a Catholic priest saves it from Inquisition book burnings. In Tarragona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text has his family destroyed amid the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed.

Geraldine Brooks has demonstrated an uncanny ability to embrace the unforgettable voices from cultures of the past, but it is Hanna’s voice—edgy, contemporary—that makes People of the Book a compulsively readable adventure that will have the reader spellbound throughout as they experience love, war art and survival.
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Friday, 21 August 2009

Melbourne Writers Festival

The Melbourne Writers Festival commenced today and runs from 21st - 30th August. The festival features interviews and discussions with a large range of authors - from Australia and around the world - as well as workshops for writers and aspiring writers.

For more information about the festival go to the festival website.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Shortlist Announced

Over the last few weeks the shortlists for two literary prizes have been annouced. Last weekend the shortlist for the Age Book of the Year Award, and on 28th July the shortlist for the Booker Prize.

First the Booker - the shortlist includes two previous winner's, J.M.Coetzee's Summertime (he previously won the prize for Life and Times of Michael K in 1983 and Disgrace in 1999) and A.S.Byatt's The Children's Book (she previously won for Possession in 1990).

The full list of books on the shortlist is as follows
Sarah Waters The Little Stranger
William Trevor Love & Summer
Colm Toibin Brooklyn
James Scudamore Heliopolis
Ed O'Loughlin Not Untrue & Not Unkind
Simon Mawer The Glass Room
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
James Lever Me Cheeta
Samantha Harvey The Wilderness
Sarah Hall How to Paint a Dead man
Adam Foulds The Quickening Maze

For more information go to Booker Website

And the shortlist for the Age Book of the Year Awards includes

Tom Cho Look Who's Morphing
Sonya Hartnett Butterfly
Steven Amsterdam Things We Didn't See Coming
Vivienne Kelly Cooee
David Malouf Ransom

The full shortlist is available at Readings Website including non fiction and poetry.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Eat Prey Love. One woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s personal journey has become a phenomenon and book club favourite. Interviewed on Oprah. Elizabeth’s book embraces her life and travels to Rome, India and Bali. She goes through a process self discovery, personal fulfilment and analysis of self while she deals along the way with her divorce and life challenges. She offers readers a way to rediscover life - eat, prey and love.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009


Welcome to our new web page Read and Relax. This is a page devoted to the love of reading!

On this page you can find out what Library staff are reading, read book reviews, find out about upcoming author events in the library and more.

Each month a different staff member will post a review of a book they have recently read, or they may write about one of their old favorites. And best of all you can also make comments – tell us what you think about the books we review – have you also read them? Did you also enjoy them? Or even tell us if you didn’t enjoy them!