The 2015 Inky Award Shortlist is out!
On the list are some great titles. For more information checkout the Inside a Dog website where you can vote for the winner.
We have most of the titles and the others are on order, so why not work your way through the list and have your pick before the winner is announced.
Gold Inky award (Australian Titles)
Silver Inky Award (International Titles)
The 2015 Ned Kelly winners have been announced.
On the list are some great titles. For more information checkout the Australian Crime Writers Association website.
We have two of the titles and one on order.
Australia’s Best True Crime: The House of Grief: the story of a murder trial, by, Helen Garner
Australia’s Best Crime Fiction: Eden, by, Candice Fox
Australia’s Best Crime First Fiction: Quota, by, Jock Serong
The universe versus Alex Woods – Gavin Extence
A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero and an improbable journey. This is the story of Alex Woods – born to a clairvoyant mother and a phantom father, victim of an improbable childhood accident – who is stopped at Dover customs in possession of 113g of marijuana and the ashes of his best friend, Vietnam veteran Isaac Peterson.
A heart warming story of an unlikely friendship between a teenage boy who suffers from epilepsy and an elderly war veteran. The author manages to cleverly give warmth, humour and complexity to the characters allowing the reader to empathise with the young boy Alex and follow the book with ease as the story unfolds. When Alex is bullied at school, an uncanny series of events unfurl, which start with Alex having to do chores for Mr Peterson, the old war veteran. The dry grumpy wit of Mr Peterson mixed with Alex’s lack of a ‘filter’ and his innocence will make you laugh out loud.
The writing does start to drag a little bit after the first half and some of the tangents that Alex goes off on can be a little tedious and lengthy. The plot is quite humorous during the first half but then does become rather heavy during the second. A thoroughly heart-warming read for readers of all ages that makes you realise the importance of the friends we make in life, regardless of our differences. This book could also maybe help teenagers who are having difficulties at school to speak up about bullying and illness and could be a useful book for parents to encourage their older children to read (Note – there are a few swear words along the way).
Rating – 6/10
Read By – Cultcha Club Book Club
To celebrate both Parra Reads Recipe Club and ‘Cooking for Copyright’ day (31 July 2015, for more information click here), some Library staff cooked up a storm of family recipes.
One of the most popular recipes was for a Maltese Spinach and Ricotta pie which is easy to make and very tasty, click here for the recipe. Hope you enjoy making it and more importantly eating it!