Monday, 24 September 2012

The Wife who ran away by Tess Stimson

Well I read this in a weekend. Could not put it down!

Kate Forrest is invisible… Ned, the husband she adores, doesn’t seem to know she’s alive, and her two charming children have grown into stroppy adolescents. Her boss is suddenly shunting her towards career Siberia, and her demanding mother is never off the phone. With her fortieth birthday fast approaching, all Kate wants to do is run away from the lot of them. And so she does. On impulse, Kate walks out of her job, her family and her life, and gets on a plane to Italy.

When I first looked at it I thought “another Shirley Valentine….!” However whilst similar it is also different. Stimson blends the experiences of all the characters with great skill as she develops the narrative and continues to build suspense right up to the last pages. It is easy to relate to all the personalities with their imperfections as well as attributes which are developed throughout.
A fabulous read for both females and males! No sexism here just great humanity.


Friday, 21 September 2012

The Premier’s 21: Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

The shortlist for the Premier’s 21 has been announced. There are five award categories: Fiction, Non Fiction, Drama, Poetry and Young Adult each with a prize of $25,000. The winners of each of these categories will also be in the running for the major prize, the 2012 Victorian Prize for Literature, the single most valuable literary award in the country.

The short listed titles for Fiction and Non-Fiction are as follows:

All that I am Anna Funder
The Cook Wayne Macauley
Foal’s bread Gillian Mears
Cold light Frank Moorhouse
A history of books Gerald Murname
Mateship with birds Carrie Tiffany

1835: The founding of Melbourne and the conquest of Australia James Boyce
The biggest estate on earth Bill Gammage
Adelaide Kerryn Goldsworthy
Hall of Uselessness Simon Leys
True North Brenda Niall
Her Father’s daughter Alice Pung

For a full list of all short listed titles in each category visit the Wheeler Centre website. You can also cast your vote for the People’s choice award.
Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on October 16, 2012.


Monday, 17 September 2012

The Hunter by Tom Wood

Recommended to me by a borrower, this first novel by Tom Wood is a fast paced, death-defying, bodies galore thriller concerning a lone assassin caught in a web of deceit with CIA factions, French police and other mercenaries. Set in Europe the book opens with the protagonist, Victor executing his victim as per orders. Following which Victor finds himself the target! You are almost led to sympathize with such a flawed and evil man in the situations that Victor finds himself, including the understated love theme. The book ends with a huge fight scene in Africa, which is reminiscent of the genre as portrayed by Matthew Reilly, James Bond and the Bourne series. A must read for all those interested in action thrillers.


Monday, 10 September 2012

New fiction titles for September

Once again our favourite authors have been busy writing and we have another long list of new titles for your reading pleasure. You can visit our catalogue to place a hold or come into the library and ask our friendly staff for assistance. Remember, all holds are free of charge.

One hundred names Cecelia Ahern
Finches of Mars Brian Aldiss
Hydrogen sonata Iain M Banks
Iron winter Stephen Baxter
Hiss and hers MC Beaton
Rush of blood Mark Billingham
Philida Andre Brink
Wards of faerie Terry Brooks
Tiger’s claw Dale Brown
Sneaky Pie for president Rita Mae Brown
Low pressure Sandra Brown
In the company of strangers Liz Byrski
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon
Wanted man Lee Child
Wrath of angels John Connolly
Bone bed Patricia Cornwell
Tombs Clive Cussler
Stranger in the moonlight Jude Deveraux
Possible life Sebastian Faulks
Dark Storm Christine Feehan
Winter of the world Ken Follett
Love Anthony Lisa Genova
Last to die Tess Gerritsen
Dear Mr Darcy Amanda Grange
Unnatural habits Kerry Greenwood
Cat, a hat, and a piece of string Joanne Harris
An apple for the creature edited by Charlaine Harris
Ash James Herbert
Elephant keepers’ children Peter Hoeg
Haven Kay Hooper
I’ll catch you Jesse Kellerman
Lost voices Christopher Koch
Prophet Michael Koryta
Lost night Jayne Ann Krentz
Lady risks all Stephanie Laurens
Jewels of paradise Donna Leon
And when she was good Laura Lipman
Shadow girls Henning Mankell
Uncommon appeal of clouds Alexander McCall Smith
Vanishing point Val McDermid
Assassin Tara Moss
Bat Jo Nesbo
Munster’s case Hakan Nesser
Fate of worlds Larry Niven
One wish for Christmas Lynda Page
NYPD Red James Patterson
Private Oz James Patterson
Zoo James Patterson
Beautiful mystery Louise Penny
Bones are forever Kathy Reichs
Last victim Karen Robards
Delusion in death JD Robb
Casual vacancy JK Rowling
Children of liberty Paullina Simons
Love for a soldier Mary Jane Staples
Summer breeze Nancy Thayer
Merivel Rose Tremain
Hostage Elie Wiesel
Return to Willow Lake Susan Wiggs
Dirty streets of heaven Tad Williams
Daylight gate Jeanette Winterson
Severe clear Stuart Woods


Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Casual Vacancy is coming...

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. Due for worldwide release on September 27, there is a lot of anticipation about this book. As usual her publishers are giving little away, with just small snippets of information being released over the past few months. What we can tell you is that the book is aimed at a grown-up audience, and is set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford.

On their website, Little, Brown Book Group described the plot: "When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?"

The publisher says that The Casual Vacancy will be "blackly comic, thought-provoking, and constantly surprising.

Will J.K. be able to replicate the phenomenal success she achieved with the Harry Potter series? Click here to place your hold on The Casual Vacancy and decide for yourself.


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The winners for the Ned Kelly awards 2012 are....

The winners of the 2012 Ned Kelly Awards were announced as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival on 29 August 2012.

The winners are:
Best Fiction: Pig Boy by J C Burke
Best First Fiction: The Cartographer by Peter Twohig
Best True Crime: Sins of the Father by Eamonn Duff

Gabrielle Lord received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the culture and development of Australian crime writing throughout her career.

The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best Australian crime writing. Congratulations to all the winning authors. You can read more about the awards here.