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.

If you need further assistance with creating an account, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff for additional help.


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

To download these e-Audiobooks for FREE simply click onto their cover image. You will then be taken to directly to our OneClickdigital page.


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.


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Read an eBook day - September 18th

Get ready for a celebration of eBooks on an international scale. On Thursday, September 18, you can take part in the largest digital reading event to show appreciation and raise awareness for eBooks.

Throughout September 18, OverDrive will participate by giving away tablets and devices every hour through social media to readers who tell their eBook story on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #eBookDay. You can also comment directly on Read an eBook day.

Click here to download your e-book today!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen

Spring has sprung and Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen has come to town!

The City of Greater Dandenong will be hosting Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen for 10 weeks. Jamie’s Ministry of Food aims to educate, empower and inspire people to love and enjoy good food, through learning how to cook.

The mobile kitchen is located in the Palm Plaza, McCrae Street, Dandenong and will be there from the 6 August - 14 October.

To compliment the Mobile Kitchen's visit there will be lots of exciting activities promoting health and wellbeing happening in the local area. Click here for all the news and latest updates on the council Facebook page.

For extra inspiration you can also visit the library to borrow any of Jamie's cookbooks and DVDs.

Happy, healthy cooking!