In Conversation with Graeme Simsion

City of Parramatta Library, in partnership with Text Publishing, is proud to present a very special author talk event to be held in Riverside Theatres Thursday 7th February 2019.

Hilarious and thought-provoking, with a brilliant cast of characters and an ending that will have readers cheering for joy, The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment of the internationally best-selling and beloved series that began with The Rosie Project.

Books will be available for purchase on the night and you will have the opportunity to meet Graeme to have it signed.

All attendees will have the chance to win lucky door prizes of the Rosie books on the night.
An Auslan interpreter will be signing the talk.

Book your ticket ($10) via Riverside Theatres, in person, by phone 8839 3399 or online.

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Pod Cast In Conversation with Grace De Morgan

New Pod Cast from Parra Pods – In Conversation with Grace De Morgan!

Listen to the recording of City of Parramatta Library’s Wine and Cheese night with Grace De Morgan author of ‘Everything Happens for a Riesling: Your not so Fancy-Pants Guide to Wine’.

 

 

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All About Books – Summer 2019

Our latest reading suggestions guide is out now  – packed full of wonderful books for all ages being published over these Summer months.

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Librarians Choice December and January

Welcome to the last Top 10 Librarians’ Choice reads for 2018! There is some great new books being published this month and next – a little something for everyone. Click on a title below to reserve a copy as your next Summer read.

Half Moon Lake by Kirsten Alexander
(Librarians’ Choice Favourite)

An engrossing mystery set in America’s deep south. It’s about a missing boy, and the two very different mothers who claim that he belongs to them. This is a work of fiction, but it was inspired by the true story of a boy named Bobby Dunbar who went to play in the woods with his brothers and never returned.

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence
The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll
Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
The Promised Land by Barry Maitland
The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandie Docker
The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner
How to be Second Best by Jessica Dettmann
I Can’t Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue by Elias Greig

 

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Book Review One Life My Mother’s Story by Kate Grenville

One Life: My Mother’s Story 

Kate Grenville

Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house: Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Comments

We enjoyed most of this story, but there was a lot of repetition about some aspects, such as her life as an apprentice at the shop, family issues, which boy to pursue and some of the politics.

We thought the writing style was a bit unsophisticated but think that Kate Grenville was trying to express things using her mother’s voice and expressions since it was her mother’s story.

The second half of the book dragged a bit and we couldn’t understand her reaction on finding out about her husband’s affair since she’d had one herself with their good friend.

It showed how hard it was for women in unhappy marriages to leave when they had children and no way of supporting themselves.

Overall, we thought it showed how far the role of women has come in the workforce. We had never considered the challenges faced around childcare in a time when there was nothing established outside family help. She certainly had courage setting up her businesses and helping to build the house. Nance was an impressive woman for her time.

Wishing readers happy summer reading, from the Dundas Readers.

Group Rating 7/10

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