Monday, 31 March 2014

eAudiobook Title of the month: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a superb debut novel which explores the case of the last woman to be publicly beheaded in Iceland in 1829.
Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who,charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

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Monday, 24 March 2014


Reclusive. Subversive. Mysterious. Enigmatic. Cult author JD Salinger is one of the towering figures of 20th century literature and his controversial novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ is perhaps the most infamous book of the era. This documentary features frank and honest interviews with 150 of Salinger’s friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before; as well as film footage, photographs and material that has never been seen.

Mesmerising and revelatory, this is the first work to get beyond the author’s meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010.

I didn’t know anything about the life of J.D Salinger, except that he was the author of Catcher in the Rye. I found this documentary an interesting insight into the reclusive author and was fascinated by the cult status he has received from his fans. Salinger wanted to be left alone but his fans refused to do so. One fan interviewed expressed his dismay at meeting Salinger (after stalking him relentlessly), saying that JD was rude, abrupt and refused to give him the time of day. Surely a true fan would respect his wishes and leave him alone? I was also unaware that Catcher in the Rye was associated with various famous murders, including the murder of John Lennon, the assignation attempt on Ronald Reagan and the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

I can recommend this DVD to anyone interested in the reclusive author, even if you haven’t read Catcher in the Rye.


Monday, 17 March 2014

New fiction titles for March

Can we tempt you with any of these new titles to kick start your Autumn reading?

Sapphire skies Belinda Alexandra
Target David Baldacci
From a distance Raffaella Barker
Destroyer angel Nevada Barr
Temporary gentleman Sebastian Barry
Facts of life and death Belinda Bauer
Death of a policeman M.C Beaton
Glow Ned Beauman
Chestnut Street Maeve Binchy
Dark and twisted tide Sharon Bolton
Transhuman Ben Bova
Stone cold C.J Box
Through the cracks Honey Brown
Hunting season Andrea Camilleri
Peacemaker C.J Cherryh
Steeped in evil Laura Childs
Wolf in winter John Connolly
Snow queen Michael Cunningham
Blood always tells Hilary Davidson
Skin collector Jeffrey Deaver
Saree Su Dharmapala
Frog music Emma Donoghue
Gallowglass Gordon Ferris
Thursday’s children Nicci French
Everything to lose Andrew Gross
Midnight crossroad Charlaine Harris
House of dolls David Hewson
Truth and fear Peter Higgins
Abduction Jonathan Holt
Claimant Janette Turner Hospital
Natchez burning Greg Iles
Hour of darkness Quintin Jardine
Live to see tomorrow Iris Johansen
Blue mile Kim Kelly
Buried angels Camilla Lackberg
Masterful Mr Montague Stephanie Laurens
By its cover Donna Leon
Night diver Elizabeth Lowell
Spellman six Lisa Lutz
Code zero Jonathan Maberry
Blossom street brides Debbie Macomber
Time will tell Fiona McCallum
Northanger abbey Val McDermid
Crimson dawn Fleur McDonald
Tapestry Fiona McIntosh
Kiss and tell Fern Michaels
Son Jo Nesbo
Eden in winter Richard Patterson North
Way back home Freya North
High crime area Joyce Carol Oates
Murder bag Tony Parsons
NYPD red 2 James Patterson
Otherwise engaged Amanda Quick
Thornlost Melanie Rawn
Field of prey John Sandford
Keep quiet Lisa Scottoline
Illusionist Rosie Thomas
Cauldron of ghosts David Weber & Eric Flint
Empire of time David Wingrove
Carnal curiosity Stuart Woods

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sum of all fears by Julia Quinn

Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless...

Romance novels often get a bad rap which I sometimes feel is unjustified, especially since they are the best selling genre in the literary world. True, they aren’t literary masterpieces but they are enormously popular and there are some very good authors out there. Julia Quinn is one of my favourite romance authors and I always look forward to her next book. Yes, they are very quick reads (I read this one in 2 hours) but they are always funny and offer a few hours of escapism from the real world. Julia has a lovely writing style which draws in you immediately and holds you until the last page. Sum of all kisses is the 3rd book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series. Just in case I have piqued your interest, the other two titles in the series are Just like heaven and A night like this.

Now, will you allow yourself to be swept away into the world of romance novels?


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Monday, 3 March 2014

BorrowBox eAudiobooks

With Schapelle Corby and Bali being such a hot topic right now, we thought we'd highlight a selection of eBooks that may be of interest:

Seven years after first publication of her number-one bestelling memoir, Schapelle Corby remains in jail, and her book remains her only direct communication with the Australian public. It was meant to be a two-week break to a tropical paradise. But for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. She was arrested at Denpasar airport after 4.2 kilograms of marijuana were found in her bag. Schapelle had become the real-life victim of every traveller's darkest fear - drugs had been placed in her bag after she checked it in. Though innocent, she was forced to face the consequences of another's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world.

Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, the ironic name given to Bali's most notorious jail by its inmates. It's a bizarre nether world where murderers sleep alongside petty thieves, drug and alcohol addiction is rife, guards are corrupt and money talks. Into this hellhole have passed a procession of the infamous and the tragic: the Bali bombers, Gold Coast beautician Schapelle Corby, the Bali Nine and Chris Packer, among many others. Kathryn Bonella spent a year in Bali, entering the jail every day to co-write Schapelle Corby's bestselling 2006 autobiography. Now she's telling the incredible story of the jail itself.

Among Bali's drug dealers it's the code for a huge cocaine shipment having just landed. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard. It's snowing in Bali. Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. With its central location to the Asia Pacific market, its thriving tourist industry to act as cover for importation, and a culture of corruption that can easily help law enforcement turn a blind eye, Bali has long been a paradise for traffickers as well as for holiday-makers. Kathryn Bonella, bestselling author of Hotel Kerobokan, has been given extraordinary access into the lives of some of the biggest players in Bali's drug world, both past and present. She charts their rise to incredible wealth and power, and their drug-fuelled lifestyles, filled with orgies, outrageous extravagance and surfing. But running international drug empires in Bali can also be a highly risky business, with terrible consequences for those caught and convicted. From the highs of multi-million dollar deals to the desperate lows of death row in an Indonesian high security jail, Snowing in Bali is a unique, uncensored insight into a hidden world.

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