Inky Awards Longlist 2015

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)

Laurinda, by, Alice Pung

Razorhurst, by, Justine Larbalestier

The Protected, by, Claire Zorn

The Intern, by, Gabrielle Tozer

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, by, Melissa Keil

Silver Inky Award (International Titles)

Since You’ve Been Gone, by, Morgan Matson

Bird, by, Crystal Chan

Fangirl, by, Rainbow Rowell

We Were Liars, by, E. Lockhart

Spark, by, Rachael Craw

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2015 Ned Kelly Award Winners

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.

This House of Grief : The Story of a Murder Trial - Helen GarnerAustralia’s Best True Crime: The House of Grief: the story of a murder trial, by, Helen Garner

 

 

 

 

Eden : Winner of 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Crime Novel of the Year - Candice FoxAustralia’s Best Crime Fiction: Eden, by, Candice Fox

 

 

 

 

 

Quota - Jock SerongAustralia’s Best Crime First Fiction: Quota, by, Jock Serong

 

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The universe versus Alex Woods

9781444764611The universe versus Alex Woods – Gavin Extence

Summary

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.

Comments

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

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2015

 

 

The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist is out!

On the list are some great titles. For more information checkout the Man Booker Prize Website

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.

 

 

Longlist 2015

A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James

The year of the runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

The chimes by Anna Smaili

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

Did you ever have a family by Bill Clegg

The Moor’s account by Laila Lalami

The fisherman by Chigozie Obioma

The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan

The Green Road by Anne Enright

A spool of Blue thread by Anne Tyler

A little life by Hanya Yanagihara

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

 

 

 

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Spinach and Ricotta Pie

ricotta pie compressedTo 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!

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