Monday, 27 April 2015

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

On a cold winter's day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways...

Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realises the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?

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Still Travelling: My Life as a Leyland Brother and Beyond by Mal Leyland

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the making of the Leyland Brothers' ground-breaking documentary, 'Down the Darling', which records Mike and Mal Leyland travelling down the Darling. Their film was sold to Channel 9 and later to the BBC. It was shown in 65 countries and selected by the Australian Government to be shown at Expo 67 in Canada.

Unless you were alive and watching Australian TV in the mid-60s through to 1980, when they were at the peak of their popularity, it is hard to convey the impact of these two pioneer outback adventurers and film-makers. In an obituary written when Mike Leyland died, in 2009, their numerous TV programs were described as a 'quirky travel show', watched by more than 2.5 million people at its peak. It featured the brothers in unusual or far-flung places around Australia, which viewers had asked them to visit.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

And the winner of the Stella Award for 2015 is…

Emily Britto for The Strays.

Set in Melbourne during the 1930s, The Strays follows the life of only child Lily as she befriends Eva, who is the daughter of artists and old money at her school.

On her first day at a new school, Lily meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it.

Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

This is the first time a debut novel has won the Stella Prize. Emily receives $50,000 in prize money for her win.

Congratulations Emily!


Monday, 20 April 2015

Robert Goddard’s The Ways of the world Trilogy

If you want a compelling read that is full of suspense, intrigue, espionage with good language by an author who is the master of the triple double cross and the ability to weave twists and turns everywhere, then this trilogy is for you.

The second part of the trilogy, The Corners of the Globe, has just recently been released and takes the storyline from The Ways of the world into even more intrigue.
Set in Paris at the end of the Great War, The Ways of the World opens with the mysterious death of a senior British diplomat that is passed off as a bizarre accident by the local authorities. It initiates a trilogy of novels about the quest of James ‘Max’ Maxted, former First World War flying ace, to discover the strange and beguiling truth that lies behind the death of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, in Paris with the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference an international meeting that took place in January 1919 at Versailles, with its purpose to establish and agree the terms of the peace after the Great War.

For me the complexity made these two parts of the trilogy not only another enjoyable and well-written Robert Goddard adventure but one of his best, and for that I am on tenterhooks waiting for the final instalment.

Robert Goddard has been labelled ‘one of Britain’s finest thriller authors'.


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist

The BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most respected, most celebrated and most successful literary awards in the world. An annual award, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world.

The six shortlisted titles are as follows:

Outline by Rachel Cusk
The Bees by Laline Paull
A god in every stone by Kamila Shamsie
How to be both by Ali Smith
A spool of blue thread by Anne Tyler
The paying guests by Sarah Waters

The winner will be announced on 3rd June and will receive $58,000 (£30,000) and a limited edition bronze statue known as a Bessie. You can read more about the Baileys women’s prize for fiction here.

Baileys and women writers, what more can you ask for?


Monday, 13 April 2015

Cold cold heart by Tami Hoag

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she survived the ordeal, but the physical, psychological and emotional scars run deep.

Plagued by nightmares, haunting flashbacks, and memory loss she struggles to recognize old hometown friends and somehow piece together her fragmented life again. She suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as a traumatic brain injury and her thoughts keep returning again and again to the disappearance long ago of her best friend, Casey, the unsolved case that first provoked her to become a journalist.

Terrified truths long-buried, Dana reluctantly begins to look back at her past and to question everything she knows. Before long, old friends and loved ones become suspects and enemies.

Hoag is a master of suspense and Cold cold heart is a chilling psychological thriller of the highest order. Her prose is precise and as she takes us on a journey into the depths of her character’s minds, Hoag reminds us, the readers, that we never truly know anyone, and sometimes, what we think of as good is really evil in disguise.

Hoag has always been a good writer but this book, with its unexpected but believable conclusion, elevates her to a new level.


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

New fiction titles for April

The clocks have wound back and the daylight hours are getting shorter. Autumn is here and it’s a great time to catch up on all the reading you missed over summer. Here are some new and upcoming titles to tempt you into reading hibernation.

Secret brother Virginia Andrews
Show Tilly Bagshaw
Memory man David Baldacci
Time of death Mark Billingham
Ascendance John Birmingham
Darkling child Terry Brooks
Six degrees Honey Brown
Killing Monica Candace Bushnell
Once lost Ber Carroll
Forever young Steven Carroll
Tracker C.J Cherryh
Death wears a beauty mask and other stories Mary Higgins Clark
Santangelos Jackie Collins
Piranha: Oregon files Clive Cussler
Blueprints Barbara Delinsky
Quiet end Nelson Demille
Wicked charms Janet Evanovich
Colossus Colin Falconer
Cats lair Christine Feehan
Burning mind M.G Gardiner
Poisonous plot Susanna Gregory
Dead ice Laurell K Hamilton
Day shift Charlaine Harris
Wrong girl David Hewson
Jimfish Christopher Hope
Last resort Quintin Jardine
Your next breath Iris Johansen
Born of defiance Sherrilyn Kenyon
Finders keepers Stephen King
Villa America Liza Klaussmann
Match for Marcus Cynster Marcus Cynster
Georgia Claire Lorrimer
Robert Ludlum’s the Janson equation Robert Ludlum
Enemy inside Steve Martini
Turning point Freya North
Jack of spades Joyce Carol Oates
If you go away Adele Parks
Without a trace Lesley Pearce
Garden of lies Amanda Quick
Gathering prey John Sandford
Every fifteen minutes Lisa Scottoline
Quicksand Steve Toltz
Joe Steele Harry Turtledove
Hot pursuit Stuart Woods

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train.

The girl on the train is the popular debut novel by author Paula Hawkins. There is currently a lot of buzz about this book, (Dreamworks Studios has already optioned the film rights) so is it worthy of such hype? In my opinion, yes. While I'll admit that it's not a great piece of literature, it is an extremely addictive thriller and I can see why it has people clamouring to read it.

Narrated through the voices of the lead three female characters, the plot is well written and keeps you guessing to the end. The storyline does jump back and forward in time, depending on whose story you’re currently reading, but once I fell into the flow of the writing it was fine. All of the characters are deeply flawed and unlikeable but the story is so compelling you want to keep reading to find out their fate. And that to me is proof of a very good thriller.


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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The very cranky bear by Nick Bland

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day four little friends find a perfect place to play, but wait, what’s that? The very cranky bear!!!

Lion, Moose and Zebra try to cheer up the very cranky bear by giving him things that he doesn’t have, maybe bear would like a golden mane like lion, how about some antlers like moose or even some stripes like zebra, will the friends be able to cheer up bear so they can share his cave? Maybe a plain but thoughtful sheep will come to the rescue.

This delightful children’s tale is fun to read, with a beautiful ending. This story gives lots of opportunity to put on some animated voices.

With beautiful illustrations throughout, Nick Bland does an amazing job bringing the characters to life.

Why not check out some of bears other adventures too by Australian author Nick Bland including:The very itchy bear, The very brave bear or The very hungry bear.


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