Paper Chains – Book Review

 

PAPER CHAINS

Nicola Moriarty

About the Book

A heart-warming story of family, friendship and forgiveness – and the crazy twists of fate that shape our lives…

Hannah and India are new best friends. Although true friendship means always telling each other the truth, doesn’t it…?

Hannah, you see, is running from her life back in Sydney. Now in London, she’s trying to put the past behind her, and finding this amazing new friend is a positive step forward. If only she could stop punishing herself for what she did.

India knows Hannah is hiding something big, and she’s determined to figure it out. Fast.

Because India has a secret of her own… One that is currently sealed in a love letter that’s making its journey across Europe in the most unconventional way.

Before it reaches its destination, can India help Hannah learn to forgive herself? And will Hannah wake up and realise that India needs rescuing too …?

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/paper-chains-9781742752624

Comments

As the rating (4/10) indicates, Paper Chains is ok. A vanilla romance about two young Australian women, India and Hannah who meet by chance in London. Both are running away from a traumatic event in their lives which they don’t wish to reveal.

Paper Chains is a competently written, perfectly adequate book. Would prefer a more challenging read for a book club title. Will be interested in reading the comments of other book clubs.

An enjoyable ‘light’ read.

4/10

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Stella Prize Longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Stella Prize has been announced and City of Parramatta Libraries have all 12 titles for loan.

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Librarians Choice -February 2019

The top 10 new reads as chosen by Library Staff around Australia for February 2019 are a mixed bag of adult fiction from various genres – something for everyone. Why not reserve one now!

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne -Librarians’ Choice Favourite

Darcy is a bartender who never keeps an address – or a boyfriend – for long. She’s secretly in love with her brother’s best friend Tom. Tom is a sweet, shy, solid-gold human with abs that remind Darcy of squares of chocolate.They are stuck together while they renovate a house for sale, and for the first time ever Darcy can’t run away.
Sparks are flying, but will Tom choose Darcy over his loyalty to her brother and can Darcy convince herself that she deserves someone like Tom?

The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers
Into The Fire by Sonia Orchard
Small Blessings by Emily Brewin
The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
The House Of Second Chances by Esther Campion
After The Party by Cassie Hamer
Fusion by Kate Richards
Heart Of The Grass by Molly Murn
Home Fires by Fiona Lowe

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No friend but the mountains

One particular news item that caught my attention was The Victorian Prize for literature, Non-Fiction award and the winner, Behrouz Boochani for his No friend but the mountains: writing from Manus Prison (Picador Australia).

A Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker and currently held on Manus Island, Boochani has been recognised as an Australian writer to win the $100,000 prize, the richest of its kind in Australia. Ironically the author has not been allowed to set foot in Australia by the system, yet.

One says ‘Boochani was arguably the most important literary phenomenon in Australian literature in 2018. In part, this is because of the distinctive qualities of No Friend But the Mountains, an epic work that moves between verse and prose, reportage and fantasy, the mundane and the historical. The fact that Boochani’s political memoir of what he calls Manus Prison was ever published in book form defies the odds. ‘ (The conversation http://theconversation.com/behrouz-boochanis-literary-prize-cements-his-status-as-an-australian-writer-110986 )

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The 2019 Edgar Shortlists

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (the Edgars) honour ‘the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television’ published or produced in the US in the previous year. 2019 shortlists are

Best Novel

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