Librarians Choice Top 10 February 2018

The Top 10 New Reads for February 2018 as voted for by Australian Library Staff – why not reserve your copy now?

The secrets of ocean’s edge – Kali  Napier
“Every family has secrets that bind them together.” A heart-rending story of a guesthouse keeper and his wife who attempt to start over.

Dustfall – Michelle Johnston
A tale of the crashing consequences of medical error, the suffering caused by asbestos mining and the power of storytelling.

The ruin – Dervla McTiernan
A crime novel that draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist, Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov, and the woman he loved. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with Lale.

Between us – Clare Atkins
A stunning new novel about two teenagers separated by cultural differences, their parents’ expectations and twenty kilometres of barbed-wire fence.

Spinifex & Sunflowers – Avan Judd Stallard
Nick Harris has been drifting for years – until the day he finds himself amid red dirt and razor wire, a refugee-prison guard in a detention centre.

The cage – Lloyd Jones
A powerful allegorical tale about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we can justify brutality.

The girl in the tower – Katherine Arden
For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic…

Look for me – Lisa Gardner
Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl’s life – or bring her to justice.

The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden can identify her killer. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different person. And some hosts are most helpful than others…

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What’s New – Talking About Fiction

This time we’re talking about new fiction titles

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What’s Happened in the World of Literature

Firstly we’ve heard a bad news regarding the departure of yet another literature figure Ursula K. Le Guin, age 88. I’ve just got her latest book No time to spare: thinking about what matters on my desk.

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What’s new?

So many new arrivals and we book lovers are so excited. What to read next? See what our avid reader and librarian Katherine has to recommend

You can reserve all those titles and many more here City of Parramatta Library.

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What’s New? – ANF

Do you feel you’d like to read some serious stuff now? It’s 2018! There are so many interesting books there, better hurry.


Trapped in a closed world: Catholic culture and sexual abuse by Kevin Peoples – well the title says all.

Laugh it up: embrace freedom and experience defiant joy by Candace Payne – ‘the author shares her story of extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth-an how she fought to choose joy in spite of it all. It’s a journey of hope, humor, faith and fresh chances for anyone who longs to live in wonder yet fears they never will. ‘

The uncollected  David Rakoff by David Rakoff – the author ‘was one of the most original, delightfully acerbic voices of his generation.’ Continue reading

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