Podcast Episode 33 The Stella Prize Shortlist

Named after a giant in the Australian literary landscape, The Stella Prize celebrates both fiction and non-fiction writing by Australian female writers.

Join Nisa and Sandra as they celebrate the prize’s eighth year.

Books discussed include:

The weekend / Charlotte Wood. Allen & Unwin, Oct 2019

Here until August: stories / Josephine Rowe. Black Inc, Sep 2019

See what you made me do / Jess Hill. Black Inc, Jun 2019

There was still love / Favel Parrett

 Also mentioned:

 The yield / Tara June Winch. Penguin, July 2019

Diving into glass: a memoir / Caro Llewellyn. Penguin, Mar 2019

Book Review – The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper’s books continue to be popular among our City of Parramatta Libraries book clubs. With all three titles out each month. In February Cultcha Club book club read ‘The Lost Man’, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Which is great because they have waited very patiently for their turn.

Happy Reading!

A twisted tale that kept us guessing all the way through. Lots of twists and turns with a few red herrings that kept the pages turning. We absolutely loved it! Now the third book of Jane Harper’s that we have read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Harper knows how to sell the scene. A wonderful turns of phrase that makes the reader feel the environment as if they were living it. In ‘Force of Nature’, we could feel the closeness and density of the forest, and in ‘The Lost Man’, we could feel the heat and remoteness of the Queensland outback. The unrelenting heat and neighbours that are three hours way.

We loved the relationships between all the characters, and the way their secrets unfolded. How our opinions of each of them changed as they changed and grew throughout the book. In particular, we loved the story lines and relationship between Nathan and his son, Xander.

We loved this book! Highly recommended!

8.5/10

Cultcha Club

Available as eBook from our BorrowBox Library

Available as eAudiobook from our rbDigital Library

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Library closed? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

City of Parramatta Libraries online library allows you to access a huge collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from home in a way that works for you!

Accessible using smartphones & tablets, computers or eReaders.

For a full guide on how to access and download material. Check out our Online Library Guide

In the meantime take a look at some of our listening & eBook favourites!

Click on the heading for a link to our Online Library.

AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM BORROW BOX

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, (eAudiobook)

Land of Golden Wattle by J.H. Fletcher, (eAudiobook)

The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham, (eAudiobook)

The Yield by Tara June Winch, (eAudiobook)

The Pacific In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill by Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios, (eAudiobook)

AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM WHEELERS ePLATFORM

9 Classic Quilt Blocks by Lynne Edwards, (eBook)

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey, (eBook)

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence, (eBook)

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean, (eBook)

Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific by Christina Thompson, (eBook)

AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD FROM RBDIGITAL

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, (eAudiobook)

Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty, (eAudiobook)

Face It by Debra Harry, (eAudiobook)

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey, (eAudiobook)

The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon, (eAudiobook)

Have fun exploring all the eBooks and eAudiobooks we have available!

All About Books Autumn 2020

The new All About Books for Autumn 2020 can be downloaded above. 

The new reading suggestions guide has been revamped after survey results from readers in our last Summer edition, there is more short descriptions of books, more young adult and more pages. There are so many amazing books coming out this March, April and May for adults and young adults in a diverse range of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone.

There are two books in particular that I want to mention as they were left out of the guide when our author talk program was suspended recently.

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham (March 3) is a moving debut by a talented new storyteller.

Growing up can feel like a death sentence.
Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know.
Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a glance.
Everything changes with the return of Vince, a boy who became a legend after he was hauled away in handcuffs at fourteen.
Sonny and Vince used to be childhood friends. But with all that happened in-between, childhood seems so long ago. It will take two years of juvie, an inebriated grandmother and a porn stash for them to meet again.

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox (March 31) is her new thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of ‘detectives’.

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop.
Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line.
Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. 
It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.
What comes instead is a plea for help.

Podcast – Episode 32 – From All the Lands on Earth

Episode 32: From all the lands on earth

Belonging, respect and inclusiveness are core messages of Harmony Week – a time that highlights multicultural Australia, celebrating the fact that while there are so many of us with vastly different stories, there is so much more that brings us together.

Join Katherine, Nisa and Antonia as they discuss books they have recently read:

Brave not perfect / Reshma Saujani. Harper Collins, Feb 2019

New kings of the world: dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-pop / Fatima Bhutto. Columbia Global Reports, Oct 2019

Born a crime / Trevor Noah. Spiegel & Grau, Nov 2016

Arab of the future: a childhood in the Middle East: 1984-1992 / Riad Sattouf. Metropolitan Books, Nov 2019