The Baileys women’s Prize, previously known as Orange Prize for fiction, is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world to celebrateng  excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. It has launched a twitter campaign #ThisBook in May.  The aim was simple: to find out which books, written by women, have had the biggest impact on readers.

Now voted by readers through twitter, top 20 titles, written by women, have been selected as the most impacted, shaped or changed their lives. Continue reading

The National Reading Hour & Paint Parra REaD

PrintPaint Parra Read logoThis year, The National Reading Hour will be held on the 19th August at 6pm-7pm. Parramatta City Library strongly supports the message behind The Reading Hour and hope you manage to pick up a book to read to a child at this time and also every day, from birth. Just ten minutes a day, or an hour a week will help to share a love of reading with your child (or any child for that matter!) and will help them be ready for school and be more successful while they are there. Continue reading

Man Booker Longlist 2014

I know I often look for a good book to read from one list to another, and wonder what will be the next amazing one I’d love. Of course I wouldn’t dismiss any books listed by the Man Booker. In fact it has produced some very good books. Now the longlist for this year, 2014, has been announced. Richard Flanagan, the famours Aussie writer, is one of 13, longlisted for his The narrow road to the deep north.

If you’re not sure which one you’d like to read, why not try and borrow one or two from your local library, Parramatta Library?

I know you can’t judge a book by its cover. But you’d be glad to see some very good book covers. Here we are – all the book covers and all the titles. I just have to mention that all blurbs are from http://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2014/jul/23/man-booker-prize-2014-longlist-in-pictures Continue reading

The Kings Curse


The Kings Curse (The Counsin’s War #6) by Philippa Gregory

Out September 2014

Book Summary

The final novel in the Cousins’ War series, the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries, The White Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author and “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, cousin to the “White Princess,” Elizabeth of York, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. Continue reading

Dragon’s tail – review

dragon's tailIt was lovely weather on the weekend,  I could’ve gone out and had fun which I did a little bit, but I was more intrigued to stay in and read by this issue of Quarterly Essay and its main feature article ‘Dragon’s tail: the lucky country after the China boom‘ by Andrew Charlton. I spent my weekend reading his 70 pages long essay because I am not only interested in his view of what has happened to Australia’s economy – (mining boom economy) but I also anxious of what might happen next. Continue reading