Friday, 19 December 2014

Seasons Greetings!

The staff at Greater Dandenong Libraries would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

The libraries will be open over the Christmas-New Year break for the following hours:

Wednesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
Thursday 25 December: Closed
Friday 26 December: Closed
Saturday 27 December: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 28 December: 12pm - 5pm
Monday 29 December: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 30 December: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 31 December: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 1 January: Closed
Friday 2 January: Normal hours resume
*24 hour chute returns are available when the libraries are closed.

You can also access The Vault online 24/7 to discover new titles, renew and place items on hold, download eBooks and magazines, research our online resources and much, much more.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, 15 December 2014


The 2014 Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, Omar, tells the story of a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.

This is at once a coming-of-age drama, a romance and a thriller that combines multiple reversals and plot twists with chases and action sequences. There is also a documentary-like aspect to its portrayal of a divided and occupied Palestine in which the lines between everyday family life and political struggle have long since become vague.

This is a pretty excellent film, sharp personal focus, the title character really changes through the film. Omar has one of the most believable performances. The whole story is breathtaking, the cinematography, being able to catch with the hit and run scenes is terrific. Everything in this film is beautifully crafted, although it is not a perfect movie, it is near one, it is a charming love story, thus I highly recommend it.


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami ; translated by Philip Gabriel

The novel centers on an engineer called Tsukuru Tazaki who works on train stations. He is thirty six and still coming to terms with an event that happened many years ago.

When Tsukuru was in high school, he and a group of four friends were inseparable. Then one day he was dumped. No one returned his calls; he was eventually told to stay away. Why? "Think about it, and you'll figure it out," he was instructed.

Murakami writes: "The two boys' last names were Akamatsu — which means 'red pine' — and Oumi — 'blue sea'; the girls' family names were Shirane — 'white root' — and Kurono — 'black field.' Tazaki was the only last name that did not have a color in its meaning. From the very beginning this fact made him feel a little bit left out."

His incomprehension of his ostracism is preventing him from moving on. Belonging nowhere, he becomes nothing. Why Tsukuru's friends dropped him is the central mystery driving this story.

Years later he goes off on his pilgrimage to seek out each of the former friends and discover the truth of their rejection. Over the course of the pilgrimage, he comes to understand how people affect one another. “One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone ..... They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss.”

What will become of Tsukuru Tazaki? Will there be closure for Tsukuru? Will he understand? Can he forgive?


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Monday, 8 December 2014

New fiction titles for December

December is one of the busiest months of the year but make sure you carve out some reading time for one of these new titles:

Christopher’s diary: Echoes of Dollanger V.C. Andrews
Emergence John Birmingham
As chimney sweepers come to dust Alan Bradley
Tomb in Turkey Simon Brett
Dead girl walking Christopher Brookmyre
Master Kresley Cole
Viper game Christine Feehan
Crash and burn Lisa Gardner
Necessary end J.M. Gregson
Assassination option W.E.B. Griffin
Jason Laurell K Hamilton
Nightingale Kristin Hannah
AWOL Traci Harding
Star fall Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Rain on the dead Jack Higgins
Peppercorn Street Anna Jacobs
Breaking creed Alex Kava
Motive Jonathan Kellerman
Balmoral incident Alanna Knight
Saint odd Dean Koontz
Trust no one Jayne Ann Krentz
Curious case of Lady Latimer’s shoes Stephanie Laurens
Robert Ludlum’s the Geneva strategy Robert Ludlum
Figures of fear Graham Masterton
Two strangers Beryl Matthews
Gun street girl Adrian McKinty
Eyes only Fern Michaels
Return to Moondilla Tony Parsons
Season of secrets Margaret Pemberton
String of beads Thomas Perry
Deadlight hall Sarah Rayne
Obsession in death J.D. Robb
Silent kill Chris Ryan
Mime order Samantha Shannon
First wife Erica Spindler
Insatiable appetites Stuart Woods

To place free holds simply click on your chosen title. You will then be transported to our new library catalogue, The Vault. Once you’ve placed your hold, why not stay awhile and discover the other delights the Vault has to offer?


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Zinio Magazine of the Month: Super Food Ideas

Australia’s top-selling food magazine, Super Food Ideas provides busy mothers and families with easy recipes and meal solutions, using readily available ingredients and simple techniques. With hundreds of recipes and tips every issue, you’ll never lack inspiration or ideas with Super Food Ideas.

Get prepared for the Christmas food festivities with December's edition of Super Food Ideas. Get Christmas feast ideas that include traditional to meat free recipes, plus 15 great ideas for Christmas salads and starters! Discover recipes for modern recipes, including a delicious coconut and raspberry ice cream cake, as well as recipes for allergy-friendly cakes and cookies. This month's edition of Super Food Ideas will make sure your prepared for the celebrations ahead!

To download this magazine FREE from Zinio, simply click on the magazine cover. Click on this link to view our entire Zinio collection.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr's 'All the Light We Cannot See' was recommended to me by a friend who knew I had enjoyed Markus Zusak's 'The Book Thief'. I therefore had pretty high expectations of what Doerr's novel would be like, and I was not disappointed. After a start to the novel that can occasionally feel a bit too heavy with characters and locations (persevere, it evens out and is worth the effort), the story takes off.

Marie-Laure is blind, and lives in Paris with her devoted father. They are forced to leave their home as the Nazis approach and travel down to Saint-Malo on the coast, to stay with their agoraphobic relative.

Werner is a German orphan living in a children's home with his younger sister. Werner is obsessed with radios, a skill that will take him from the poverty and safety of his childhood to the opportunity and brutality of war.

Meanwhile, a Sergeant Major combs the continent in search of a valuable diamond, one he believes has the power to heal him of disease and affect the destinies of all who possess it.

The narrative jumps between the siege of Saint-Malo and the years leading up to it. I resisted the urge to race through the chapters to find out what happened because the real strength of this story lies in the language - it is is beautiful, evocative, and to be savoured.


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Monday, 24 November 2014

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup an educated musician living a good life in pre-Civil War New York with his wife and two children, after a drunken sortie with two white men, Solomon wakes to find himself manacled to the floor of a dungeon; pleas of mistaken identity fall on deaf ears and, beaten into submission, Solomon is shipped to Louisiana where he is sold into slavery to first the liberal Ford and then the maniacal Epps.

It is a film that stimulates at both an emotional level and an intellectual one.

To watch 12 Years a Slave is to experience a level of despair and misery that can become overwhelming.

The acting is easily the best, the story is effectively gut & heart-wrenching, and Steve McQueen brings just the right amount of visual elegance and rough realism to do the story justice. It may be hard to stomach at times; it’s the unhappiest happy ending I’ve ever seen, a moment that makes you weep not just for this one man who found his way back to freedom, but for all those men and women who never knew it in the first place.

I did cry at the end of the movie. I hope you will borrow it and see what I’m talking about.


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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy – one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.”

Tender is Fitzgerald’s writing, however, seldom the night in this purportedly autobiographical account of love, lust, marriage and yearning.

In a savvy show of technique, Fitzgerald begins his novel smack, bang in the middle of the story – though this remains unbeknownst to readers until “Part 2″ when they are taken back in time to learn of the characters’ histories. This works well for the novel, baiting readers into a false sense of ownership over the narrative and leading them to believe that the book is about one thing when, really, it’s about a whole other (what these ‘things’ are you’ll have to find out for yourself when you read it).

The novel centres around three characters, all present at the French Riviera in the 1920s: young film star Rosemary Hoyt, psychiatrist Dick Diver and his wife Nicole Diver. Although each of them have their own story to tell, Fitzgerald’s narrative arc relies on how and why these three characters end up in each others’ lives… All are extremely well written and convincing; so much so that I found myself drinking, dining, crying and laughing with them.

The plot of this novel is laden with action. Although I can’t compare it to any of Fitzgerald’s earlier works (The Great Gatsby in particular) as this was my first time reading him, I struggle to imagine a more well written, poetic and lyrical exploration of the ‘stuff’ of relationships and what it means to be an individual in the throes of an era that is making the transition from the ‘Old World’ to modernity; an idea that is embodied beautifully by Dick’s work in the emerging field of psychiatry and Fitzgerald’s choosing to play out his narrative throughout Europe.

Love and sanity are lost and found in this book, relationships built and broken, families created and destroyed. However, the strength – by far – of Fitzgerald’s novel is the flawless style with which he executes his artistic vision.
This book was a delight to experience.


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Monday, 17 November 2014


Jason Statham plays the unfortunate Phil Broker, a DEA agent who goes into hiding after running afoul of a bikie gang leader. With him is his 9 year old daughter, Maddy, who relocates with him to a small southern town in Louisiana. When Broker’s daughter is involved in a fight with a local boy, a minor incident escalates into bloody revenge, inadvertently drawing the attention of the local meth dealer, played by James Franco. Statham is overly familiar in his role as good-guy-trying-to-protect-his-own, but he does so with vigour.

While the movie has not received glowing reviews and the story treads well-worn ground, it is still worth watching, if only for the glow that comes of good triumphing over evil. Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth have minor parts but their understated influence gives credit to an average storyline.


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Jason Statham plays the unfortunate Phil Broker, a DEA agent who goes into hiding after running afoul of a bikie gang leader. With him is his 9 year old daughter, Maddy, who relocates with him to a small southern town in Louisiana. When Broker’s daughter is involved in a fight with a local boy, a minor incident escalates into bloody revenge, inadvertently drawing the attention of the local meth dealer, played by James Franco. Statham is overly familiar in his role as good-guy-trying-to-protect-his-own, but he does so with vigour.

While the movie has not received glowing reviews and the story treads well-worn ground, it is still worth watching, if only for the glow that comes of good triumphing over evil. Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth have minor parts but their understated influence gives credit to an average storyline.


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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

“Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. Just as Don is about to announce that Gene, his philandering best friend from Australia, is coming to stay, Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.
In true Tillman style, Don instantly becomes an expert on all things obstetric. But in between immersing himself in a new research study on parenting and implementing the Standardised Meal System (pregnancy version), Don’s old weaknesses resurface. And while he strives to get the technicalities right, he gets the emotions all wrong, and risks losing Rosie when she needs him most.”

The Rosie Effect is the sequel to The Rosie Project. The first book I read on a recommendation and I have to say I was glad I did. While I don’t think it’s exactly a great literary piece, it is definitely worth reading and it’s definitely worth following the rest of the story in The Rosie Effect.

Don’s eccentricities get better of him from time to time, but I think that just adds to the story as you’re agitated with him and frustrated for him when he doesn’t seem to be doing what he should be doing and when his plans just go terribly wrong. Don’s Aspergers, and more so his denial and total oblivion of his condition, creates for some quite awkward and amusing conversations and interactions. It’s written from a first person point of view so at all times you know what’s going through his mind and how he goes about solving problems in his own unique way. I got into the story so much, and couldn’t wait to see how it unfolded that I stayed up until 5am just to finish it.


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Monday, 10 November 2014

New fiction titles for November

Can you believe that it’s already November? Where did October go? May I offer a suggestion before the craziness of Christmas begins? Turn off your mobile, step away from the internet and slow time down by immersing yourself in one of these fantastic new fiction titles.

Actually, step away from the internet after you’ve visited our new online catalogue and reserved your chosen title.

Done? O.K, now you can step away from the internet.

Wartime girls Anne Baker
Perfect sins Jo Bannister
Go and bury your dead Bill Brooks
Let sleeping dogs lie Rita Mae Brown
Brewer of Preston Andrea Camilleri
Scorched eggs Laura Childs
Change of heart Jude Deveraux
Die again Tess Gerritsen
Cheapside corpse Susanna Gregory
Time to remember Anna Jacobs
Dandelion years Erica James
Map of betrayal Ha Jin
Collision Mercedes Lackey
Missing and the dead Stuart MacBride
Three amazing things about you Jill Mansell
Woman with a gun Phillip Margolin
Rogues George R.R. Martin
Cake shop in the garden Carole Matthews
Runaway Peter May
Whispering swarm Michael Moorcock
Land of the blind Barbara Nadel
Private Vegas James Patterson
Martini shot and other stories George Pelecanos
Beneath the lake Christopher Ransom
Firefight Brandon Sanderson
Betrayed Lisa Scottoline
Oddfellows Nicholas Shakespeare
Heist Daniel Silva
Nantucket sisters Nancy Thayer
Devil’s seal Peter Tremayne

To place free holds simply click on your chosen title. You will then be transported to our new library catalogue, The Vault. Here you can place holds, browse our extensive new book and AV collections, download eBooks and eAudio, magazines and much, much more. Better yet, it’s all free.


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Zinio Magazine of the Month: Australian Vogue

Vogue Australia epitomises the finest in fashion, design and journalism. It enlightens, entertains and inspires by focusing on its position as the authoritative voice in Australian fashion. Vogue Australia combines a modern mix of glamour, style and intelligence presenting the ultimate in fashion, beauty, health, and the arts.

Discover the latest news on Vogue’s cover model this month, Blake Lively, as she discusses her career going from Gossip Girl star to leading business entrepreneur.

Also, don’t miss out on other fashionable features, including Lady Amanda Harlech’s passion for Chanel Couture, an insight into the Saddle Club – Australia’s racing royalty, as well as delving into Nicholas Ghesquiere’s take ‘street’ take on Louis Vuitton. Plus, all of the regular features, including which books are hot to new make-up trends, the latest news in art and luxury holiday destinations.

To download this magazine FREE from Zinio, simply click on the magazine cover. Click on this link to view our entire Zinio collection.

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Wine trails of....

I happened to accidentally stumble across this series of DVDs and I’m so glad that I did! Each DVD takes you through the major wine producing regions of Italy, France and Australia in entertaining and informative thirty minute episodes. Every episode contains a short interview with a wine maker from the selected region and draws on their methods and experience to explore current wine styles and the wine industry, in general.

Unlike other documentaries and DVDs on the wine industry, these DVDs are extremely accessible – even to those who don’t drink / enjoy wine. Discovering the history behind popular ‘drops’ such as Shiraz and Chardonnay makes this series fascinating, and the tips on pairing wine and food had me thinking about my next dinner party (I couldn’t help but salivate at the dishes in each episode’s cooking demonstrations!).

Although this series of DVDs is essential viewing for any lover of wine, I think most people will find it hard to resist this series’ picturesque landscapes, delectable food and first hand insight into the amazing industry that is wine.


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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New Adult Graphic Novel collection at Dandenong!

Did you know that graphic novels have become one of the fastest growing collections in libraries in the past 5-10 years? Traditionally considered a genre just for kids and teens, today’s graphic novels are much more sophisticated and varied in content than the comics that preceded them. They now cover every conceivable genre, including fiction, biography, history, crime, horror, fantasy, romance, adventure, humor, politics, and much more. For the uninitiated, graphic novels are simply defined as book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous story from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips.

The following titles are just a tiny taste of the numerous titles we have on offer in the new adult graphic novel collection at Dandenong Library. So if you haven’t read a graphic novel in the past, what are you waiting for?

Browse our graphic novel collection here. Remember all holds are FREE!


Monday, 27 October 2014

#Girlboss by Sophie Amoruso

The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school--a job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she's the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

I hadn’t heard of Sophie Amoruso before reading this book and I have to admit I only picked it up because I liked the front cover (I know, I know, that’s such a cliché). Anyway, I did a quick google search to see if it was worth reading and discovered it had received fantastic reviews. That definitely got my attention so I decided to give it a go.

Sophie's story is fascinating and inspiring. She has achieved amazing success in such a short amount of time and it wasn’t just handed to her on a silver platter. She had to work very hard for it. She ate, slept, and breathed her company with a passion and it has paid off in spades.

The book is part memoir, part business/career advice and part self help, with lots of inspirational quotes and stories. While I would would have preferred if it was all memoir, I can see its appeal and why it rates so highly with people. If you’re looking for an inspirational book, with some business advice as well as a great story, then this is the book for you.


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Weight Watchers magazine

Weight Watchers magazine is not only for readers who want to lose weight but also for readers who want to cook healthy food, improve their eating habits and there are even some recommendations for the latest kitchenware, clothes, accessories, and make up.

The July issue has a story about four successful women Lee, Rosemary, Georgina and Donna-Marie who all lost more than 50 kilos in 12 to 18 months. They each share their weight loss story, talking about the kilograms they lost, their feelings, their new lifestyle as well as before and after photos. The story encourages the readers to think about losing weight slowly, living a healthy lifestyle and how you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off. The magazine also has some easy, effective exercises for the abdominal muscles, and yoga for relaxation.

At the end of the magazine there is a recipe index for sweets, as well as some light savoury meals, which are cooked and tested in both conventional and fan-forced ovens. Also, there are some suggestions for inexpensive places to shop for clothes and make-up. The magazine is entertaining, factual and fun to read.


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Dallas Buyers Club

One of the best films I've seen this year! A raw, gritty, and incredible true story about a HIV diagnosed man who went to extraordinary lengths to survive, at a time when the AIDS epidemic was at its worst.

It contains all the elements of a great movie. It has a strong script, excellent acting, compelling themes and terrific cinematography. This movie is probably Matthew McConaughey's best role yet. He carries the movie. He is in just about every scene. The movie deals with several themes - AIDS, terminal illness, government regulations, response to crisis, change of life issues, homosexuality, promiscuity, personal responsibility, and capitalism. Although the movie touches on themes that have political implications, it is first and foremost a drama.

If you are fan of movies that are based on true stories this one is definitely for you. Add it to your watch list today.


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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize is....

Prominent Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker prize for his wartime novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Richard is the 3rd Australian to win the award, following in the footsteps of Thomas Keneally (in 1982) and Peter Carey (1988 and 2001). As well as receiving £50,000 in prize money, Richard also receives a designer bound edition of his book, and a further £2,500 for being shortlisted. He can also expect international recognition and a dramatic increase in book sales, which previous winners have all enjoyed in the past.

Synopsis: The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a novel about the cruelty of war, the tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.
This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.



Monday, 13 October 2014

Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan

The 1950s had rock 'n' roll and the 60s had the Beats. In the 70s and 80s, it was punk rock and modern art. But for the 1990s, it was all about fashion and Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen were the trio of rebel geniuses who made it great. Each had an amazing talent and each had demons that would jeopardize that same talent and ultimately destroy one of them. Champagne Supernovas gives you front-row tickets to a gloriously debauched soap opera about the losers and freaks who became It Girls and Boys, and changed the world in spite of themselves.

This book is a fascinating read into the lives of three people who effectively changed the fashion industry in the 90’s. The debauched partying, the mental illnesses and crazy amounts of sex, drugs and alcohol all make for fascinating reading. The amount of cocaine they all went through is unbelievable and I’m surprised they were even able to function enough to have any input into this era, let alone change it. It also makes me wonder if their creativity was driven by drugs or genius and would they have had such an impact if they had been sober and sane. Admittedly the book does get a little repetitive towards the end and I found myself completely skipping over the Marc Jacobs chapters, but all in all, it was fun reading about and remembering the major fashion scandals of that era.


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

New fiction titles for October

It's new fiction time again! Just click on your chosen title and place your hold via our library catalogue.

Year I met you Cecilia Ahern
Great Plains Nicole Alexander
From Liverpool with love Lyn Andrews
Ultima Stephen Baxter
Gossamer ghost Laura Childs
Captivated by you Sylvia Day
Time and time again Ben Elton
Funny girl Nick Hornby
Mathew’s tale Quintin Jardine
January window Philip Kerr
Closer to home Mercedes Lackey
By winter’s light Stephanie Laurens
Peculiar case of Lord Finsbury’s diamonds Stephanie Laurens
Eight curious cases of Inspector Zhang Stephen Leather
Murder Ile Sordou M.L. Longworth
Mr. Miracle Debbie Macomber
World of ice and ice George R.R. Martin
Meant to be Fiona McCallum
Gardener’s son Cormac McCarthy
Eyes only Fern Michaels
Strange library Haruki Murakami
Wyoming strong Diana Palmer
Murder man Tony Parsons
Hope to die James Patterson
Prince Lestat Anne Rice
Hush Karen Robards
Summer days Nora Roberts
Architect’s apprentice Elif Shafak
Pegasus Danielle Steel
American lover Rose Tremain
And fire falls Peter Watt
Call to duty David Weber & Timothy Zahn
Paris match Stuart Woods

Happy reading!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

“They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional.
When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world’s top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he’s sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fuelled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.”

I loved this book. There is something about Jon Ronson’s storytelling that makes the whole thing seem so beautifully absurd that you can hardly believe that his story is true. Throughout the whole book I had to keep reminding myself that this has actually happened and that the people he interviewed and spoke to are actually real (I did Google quite a few of them to see if they really exist). All this made the book all the more exciting to read.

You are pulled into a world of mystery as you travel form one place to another and sometimes even fear for the author as he deals with psychopaths and all kinds of fanatics and shady characters. What’s more, you sometimes even feel for the “poor” psychopath as he manipulates the author into a sense of empathy.

I am keen to read more of his stuff and even enjoyed the movie they made based on his other book The Men Who Stare at Goats. I have recommended this book to my mum, and she loved it too. Definitely worth checking out.


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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn

I actually read this book back in 2012 when it was first published but I neglected to write a review on it. Now with the movie being released in cinemas today I thought it was a fitting time to rectify that error and draw your attention to this well crafted thiller.

Gone girl is the psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. The story is told in two voices, the missing wife, Amy, and the accused husband, Nick. Amy is the vivacious golden girl who everyone loves, and Nick is a guy from Missouri who worked as a magazine journalist in New York. Now they have moved back to his home town and things have been going bad. On the morning of their 5th wedding anniversary Amy disappears and the police immediately suspect Nick. Nick obviously has something to hide but is Amy really as perfect as she seems?

This story takes you on multiple twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out, the story veers again and you realise you were on the wrong path. I really enjoyed the highs and lows this book took me on and after I finished reading it I immediately reserved her 2 previous books Sharp objects and Dark places.

Gillian Flynn has also written the screenplay for the movie adaption and, according to early reviews, the story has lost none of it's magic moving from page to screen. I can't wait to see it!


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Monday, 29 September 2014

You can’t read this book: censorship in an age of freedom by Nick Cohen

As the title implies, this is a book that tackles the controversial subject of censorship in the western world. Originating in England and writing from a primarily British framework, Cohen goes through three broad topics: God, Money and the State. In God, Cohen looks at how religion has posed grave restrictions on the freedom to criticise and question in a public forum. From Salman Rushdie to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, he questions the right of religion to sanction free speech. In Money, Cohen looks at the super-injunction and libel laws in regard to the ability of the rich to manipulate the legal system to suppress information. In the State, the role of the internet and social media is examined as it applies to freedom of speech, the passage of information and surveillance.

While many of the criticisms are based in the British system, it nevertheless remains a relevant text for all. Often, the restrictions on speech in nations like China, Iran and Russia are obvious to the western eye, but the subtle and steady erosion of freedom of speech within our own press goes unremarked. Cohen’s book is a wake-up call to all who value the right of the individual to question and critique, without fear of litigation or financial ruin.


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Friday, 26 September 2014

Zinio magazine of the month : Australian Homespun

Australian Homespun magazine is a place of inspiration; it combines creative techniques with a vast array of styles and themes taken from a team of leading craftspeople throughout Australia and the world. Homespun is a publication that is at the forefront of the industry, made by people who are passionate about craft. Each issue of the magazine features step-by-step easy-to-follow project ideas and accompanying patterns sheets, a variety of crafts including quilts to bags to dolls, inspirational photographs of fantastic finished products plus interesting reads to engage and entertain.

This month’s edition ensures you will ‘accelerate into spring!’ with craft projects inspired by the beautiful weather, including beach-bound embroidery and fabric flowers just to name a few! Plus, find out which fabrics are the most popular right now, along with spring-inspired designs and patterns.

To download this magazine FREE from Zinio, simply click on the magazine cover. Click on this link to view our entire Zinio collection.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

OneClickdigital September highlights

A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir, narrated by Maggie Mash

Weaving together a dark mystery of thwarted love and ruthless ambition, acclaimed historian Alison Weir has written the most suspenseful, large-scale novel of her career.

The year is 1562. Lady Catherine Grey, cousin of Elizabeth I, has just been arrested along with her husband Edward. Their crime is to have secretly married and produced a child who might threaten the Queen's title. Alone in her chamber at the Tower of London, Catherine hears ghostly voices; echoes, she thinks, of a crime committed in the same room where she is imprisoned...

'Weir provides immense satisfaction. She writes in a pacy, vivid style, engaging the heart as well as the mind' THE INDEPENDENT

'Weir's knowledge of the background is immaculate, and she revels in the freedom of fiction without sacrificing historical fact' THE TIMES

The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole 1999-2001 by Sue Townsend, narrated by Daniel Coonan

Adrian Mole has entered early middle age and is now 'the same age as Jesus was when he died' (33). Father to the grammatically challenged Glenn, and William, who takes a 'Big Boy Arouser' condom to nursery school as his innocent contribution to a hot air balloon project, Adrian is a single parent who has an on/off relationship with his housing officer, Pamela Pigg. Will she help him to move from the notorious Gaitskell estate before William joins the Mad Frankie Fraser fan club?

In the meantime, Adrian continues to be scandalised by his irresponsible parents who are conducting a matrimonial square-dance with the Braithwaites - the parents of the beautiful but unobtainable Pandora, who is ruthlessly pursuing her ambition to be New Labour's first woman PM - and to confide in his diary.

His current worries include: indestructible head-lice; his raging jealousy when his accomplished half-brother Brett arrives on his doorstep; moral decline in The Archers; his desperate attachment to two therapists; his mild addiction to Starburst (formerly Opal Fruits); a small earthquake in Leicester; and, perhaps most significantly, the dawn of a new millennium.

'One of the great fictional creations of our time.' THE SCOTSMAN

Bloodline by Mark Billingham, narrated by Paul Thornley

When a dead body is found in a North London flat, it seems like a straightforward domestic murder until a bloodstained sliver of X-ray is found clutched in the dead woman's fist - and it quickly becomes clear that this case is anything but ordinary.

DI Thorne discovers that the victim's mother had herself been murdered fifteen years before by infamous serial killer Raymond Garvey. The hunt to catch Garvey was one of the biggest in the history of the Met, and ended with seven women dead. When more bodies and more fragments of X-ray are discovered, Thorne has a macabre jigsaw to piece together until the horrifying picture finally emerges.

A killer is targeting the children of Raymond Garvey's victims. Thorne must move quickly to protect those still on the murderer's list, but nothing and nobody are what they seem. Not when Thorne is dealing with one of the most twisted killers he has ever hunted...

'A cunning variation on the serial-murder theme.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Assured and shocking thriller.' THE GUARDIAN

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Words without letters.
Standing in the shadows of the door…
The drowning girl’s fingers
Search for the entrance stone …
Outside the window there are soldiers,
Steeling themselves to die …

And so plays out the symphony of Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore. His language beautifully bare; his story, however, labyrinthine in meaning. This novel takes its reader on multiple journeys through time and space, music and philosophy, history and literature. Each page sounds beautifully with Murakami’s wisdom and skill in this tale of love found and lost that spans timeless decades, punctuated by memories alone.
When we meet the young Kakfa he’s on the run. Abandoned by his mother and sister, and at odds with his father, he decides that he has had enough of his present life and so packs his backpack and sets off to find something new; whatever that is; wherever it is. Little does he know what the universe has in store for him…

In a not so distant vacant lot, on perhaps even the same evening, we also meet Nakata – an elderly man with few abilities other than being able to speak to cats. On the hunt for a local family’s lost feline Nakata embarks on a similar journey into a world of magic stones, raining fish and murder.

In a mesmerising display of magical realism at its finest, Murakami blurs the boundaries between waking and dreaming; illusion and reality. Will Nakata find the missing cat he’s on the prowl for and can Kafka satisfy the insatiable desire that he has to know the truth about his family?

From the complex workings of a master’s mind comes this part mystery, part adventure, part love story about what it means to be alive in a world where meaning is elusive.

A moving, magical masterpiece.


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Monday, 15 September 2014

Paris letters by Janice Macleod

Californian copy writer Janice McLeod plans to quit her high flying career with its middle management perks and go and live in Europe for a year. Inspired by reading ‘The Artists Way’, Janice decides to save $100 a day for a year to fund a year of travel in Europe. In the first couple of chapters, Janice details her thrifty ways of saving money, from decluttering her life and cleaning out her underwear closet to turning vegan to save money on groceries.

Once in Paris, her veganism goes out the window as Janice falls in lust at first sight with Christophe, a Daniel Craig look-a-like Polish butcher. At first she can only admire him from afar, lacking the language skills to have a proper conversation with him. When Janice finally plucks up the courage to speak to Christophe, she finds out that he doesn’t speak much English while her French is still basic. The two embark on an intense but grammatically challenged love affair as they communicate mainly through body language and Google Translate.

Janice parts ways with her butcher temporarily to travel through the UK and while staying in Yorkshire, discovers a pile of illustrated letters by the English artist Percy Kelly. These long forgotten letters awaken her artistic streak and inspire her to put paint to paper and sketch the English countryside with a view of becoming an artist through Parisian illustrated letters.

Back in Paris, Janice puts her plan into action and sets up a subscription service to sell these letters to people who want a snippet of Paris life wherever they might be. Her subscription service is successful, enabling her to earn some extra income to fund her travels and stay in Paris with Christophe. Janice incorporates her lovely watercolour illustrated letters of monuments and Parisian street scenes throughout her book.

‘Paris Letters’ is an easy read and while it lacks the punch of some of the other books in this genre, she tends not to delve on the challenges and daily frustrations of living and finding love in a new country with basic French language skills. Like her illustrations, this reads like a gentle meander through the streets of Paris chatting to a good friend.


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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced!

The following titles have been shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker prize:
How to be both Ali Smith
J Howard Jacobson
Lives of others Neel Mukherjee
Narrow road to the deep north Richard Flanagan
We are completely beside ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
To rise again at a decent hour Joshua Ferris

Since 1969 the prize has been awarded to the best original novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. This is the first year writers from outside the Commonwealth are eligible for the prize, provided they write in English and have been published in Britain. Australian author Richard Flanagan has made the shortlist with his novel The narrow road to the deep north, along with 3 British authors and 2 Americans. The winner will receive $90,000 (AUD) in prize money.

The winner will be announced on the 14th of October so stay tuned. If you would like more information on the Man Booker Prize click here.


Monday, 8 September 2014

New fiction titles for September

Spring is here and that means you can now take your reading outside. Why not borrower one of these new titles to get your spring reading started?

Bittersweet dreams Virginia Andrews
Escape David Baldacci
War dogs Greg Bear
Cinderella murder Mary Higgins Clark
Three stories J.M. Coetzee
Burning room Michael Connelly
Empty throne Bernard Cornwell
Havana storm Clive Cussler
Lion rampant Blanche D’Alpuget
Alexandria connection Adrian d’Hage
Job Janet Evanovich
Let me be frank with you Richard Ford
Wife on the run Fiona Higgins
Printer’s devil court Susan Hill
Twist of the knife Peter James
Woman who stole my life Marian Keyes
Revival Stephen King
South of darkness John Marsden
Nightingale Fiona McIntosh
Savannah winds Tamara McKinley
Heritage of Cyador L.E. Modesitt Jr
Road back Di Morrissey
Poisoned ground Barbara Nadel
Age of magic Ben Okri
New York Christmas Anne Perry
Beat goes on: the complete Rebus stories Ian Rankin
Great zoo of China Matthew Reilly
Night after night Phil Rickman
Blood magick Nora Roberts
Closer than you think Karen Rose
Slow regard of silent things Patrick Rothfuss
Emma Alexander McCall Smith
City stained red Sam Sykes
Merciless gods Christos Tsiolkas
Frog Mo Yan

Click on each title to place your hold or come into the library for some staff suggestions. We are always happy to talk about books with you.