Monday, 29 October 2012

New fiction titles for November

New fiction titles for November include:

Three brothers Peter Ackroyd
Sunlight on the mersey Lyn Andrews
Daughter of light VC Andrews
Blotto, Twinks and the bootlegger’s moll Simon Brett
Fox tracks Rita Mae Brown
Black box Michael Connelly
1356 Bernard Cornwell
Dunbar case Peter Corris
Poseidon’s arrow Clive Cussler & Dirk Cussler
Shadow creek Joy Fielding
Gold digger Frances Fyfield
Dolly Susan Hill
Goldberg variations Susan Isaacs
Hidden cottage Erica James
Sleep no more Iris Johansen
Redoubt Mercedes Lackey
Murder in the Rue Dumas M.L Longworth
Flame of sevenwaters Juliet Marillier
Marseille caper Peter Mayle
Scrivener’s tale Fiona McIntosh
Skeleton key Tara Moss
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross James Patterson
Trains and lovers Alexander McCall Smith

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Happy reading!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Softly, as I leave you by Chandani Lokuge

I found this a very poignant and powerful novel that captures the story of a woman's struggle to reconcile the many different aspects of her life. Pulled to her origins as well as her new life in Australia the story will resonate with many migrants here.

Late one spring morning, Uma, a Sri Lankan migrant married to an Australian living in Melbourne, awakens to a life in which her core relationships -to her lover, her husband, and her son seem unbearably tangled. Through the lyrical quality of the writing, the story transcends into a meditation on love and betrayal, grief and redemption.

A good example of a narrative that reflects our society and is a great read in itself.


Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Man Booker Prize Winner for 2012 is…..

Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker Prize for Bring up the bodies, becoming the first woman and first British author to win the $81,000 (£50,000) fiction award twice. She originally won in 2009 for Wolf Hall, the first installment in her planned trilogy about the life Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII. She is also the first author to win for two novels in a series.

Bring up the bodies picks up where Wolf Hall left off. In this book, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. It focuses on the nine months in which Cromwell did the dirty back-room work to allow Hentry VIII to have his sonless second wife Anne Boleyn beheaded for treason so he could marry the young Jane Seymour.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. For more information visit the Man Booker website.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

And the winner is.....

The winners for the Premier’s 21 literary awards were announced last night by Victorian Premier and Arts Minister, Ted Baillieu, at the Regent Theatre. Bill Gammage won the overall award for the Victorian Prize for Literature, taking home $100,000, for his book The biggest estate on earth. He also won the $25,000 award for non-fiction.

The other awards winners, all taking home $25,000 each, were:
Fiction: Foal’s Bread by Gillian Mears
Young Adult: The Shadow Girl by John Larkin
Poetry: Armour by John Kinsella
Drama: A Golem Story by Lally Katz(Play)
People’s Choice Award: National Interest by Aidan Fennessy(Play)


Monday, 15 October 2012

All the flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson

An outstanding book that kept me enthralled throughout. I’ve been generally aware of the traditions and history of China for sometime but this novel really brought home to me how powerful and overwhelming this culture has been. The role of the woman is both powerful but equally suppressed.

All the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson's stunning debut novel. Set in 1930s Shanghai, the Paris of the East, but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires, a young Chinese woman named Feng finds herself in an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. In the enclosed world of her new household-a place of public ceremony and private cruelty-she learns that, above all else, she must bear a male heir. Ruthless and embittered by the life that has been forced on her, Feng seeks revenge by doing the unthinkable. Years later, she must come to a reckoning with the decisions she has made to assure her place in family and society, before the entire country is caught up in the fast-flowing tide of revolution.

A sweeping, historical novel and an intimate portrait of one woman’s struggle against tradition. Duncan Jepson succeeds in bringing a woman’s perspective alive remarkably and marks the debut of a sensitive and revelatory writer


Monday, 8 October 2012

Come home by Lisa Scottoline

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, loves her job as a pediatrician and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.
But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.

Come home is a fast paced thriller which explores the definition of motherhood asking questions such as: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits of love and family? The novel is well written, albeit a little over the top, but full of twists and turns that kept me guessing right to the very end. It’s a very satisfying read.


Monday, 1 October 2012

New fiction titles for October

October brings another treasure trove of new fiction titles to choose from!

Everything changes but you Maggie Alderson
Queen’s promise Lyn Andrews
Voyage Murray Bail
Forgotten David Baldacci
Week in winter Maeve Binchy
Lola Bensky Lily Brett
Corpse on the court Simon Brett
Seconds away Harlan Coben
Life Martina Cole
Jack of diamonds Bryce Courtenay
Panther Nelson DeMille
Astray Emma Donoghue
Two brothers Ben Elton
Notorious nineteen Janet Evanovich
Last man Vince Flynn
Trail of fire Diana Gabaldon
Racketeer John Grisham
Question of identity Susan Hill
Flight behaviour Barbara Kingsolver
My lady deceiver Freda Lightfoot
Angels at the table Debbie Macomber
House of memories Monica McInerney
Laughing clowns William McInnes
Golden land Di Morrissey
Secret keeper Kate Morton
Dear life Alice Monro
Eclipse Hilary Norman
Christmas garland Anne Perry
Standing on another man’s grave Ian Rankin
Perfect hope Nora Roberts
Summer lies Bernhard Schlink
Village in jeopardy Rebecca Shaw
Sins of the mother Danielle Steel
Christmas spirits Whitley Strieber
Question of guilt Janet Tanner
Testament of Mary Colm Toibin
Cleaner of Chartres Salley Vickers
Midst toil and tribulation David Weber
Habits of the house Fay Weldon
Back to blood Tom Wolfe

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