Haunting Reads for Halloween

Our librarian delves into the origins of Halloween and recommends a few of her favourite haunting reads. To reserve books shown in the video for yourself click the links below:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Poe: Stories and Poems by Gareth Hinds

Ring by Koji Suzuki

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Exorcist by William Blatty

Silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris

Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Turn of the screw by Henry James


Wine & Cheese with Grace De Morgan

Love wine but the not the snobbery sometimes associated with it? Why not join us in conversation with Grace De Morgan at Parramatta Library for an entertaining evening of wine, cheese, and for some  lucky members of the audience, live wine tasting!  Grace will be speaking about her not so fancy-pants guide to wine and be available for questions and book signing. To book your ticket now just click on the image above.

Parra Pods – Brilliant Daughters Difficult Fathers

This Podcast discusses  difficult Father/daughter relationships in memoirs. Often in memoir and in literature family relationships loom large,  especially father/daughter relationships. All three daughters suffered abuse & neglect in various forms, yet all three are high achieving women. This discussion focuses on these recent memoirs “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan Jobs, Jeanette Walls “The Glass Castle” and Tara Westover’s “Educated”.


Posted in All

Book Review Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

Life After LifeKate Atkinson

Book Summary

In 1910, Ursula Todd is born during a snowstorm in England, but two parallel scenarios occur – in one, she dies immediately. In the other, she lives to tell the tale. As the possibility of having a second chance at life opens up, the novel unfolds, following Ursula as she lives through the events of the twentieth century again and again.

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here is Kate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.


The group found this book “Life after life” confusing and even frustrating. The writing was well done but passages in German did not help our understanding.

Going back and forward in time as well as the different realities did not make for continuous reading. Also, reviews of the book were misleading – not what we were expecting. It was a chore not a pleasure.

Group rating: 4 ½ out of 10

Read By – Dundas Readers




Posted in All

Halloween Special

October is upon us and with recent rains it looks very much like the proper Halloween weather. One can debate the pros and cons of Australia increasingly adopting this heavily commercialized American holiday, but we can’t deny the occasion lends itself to enjoying a bit of mystery, thriller and horror. Visit your local branch of Parramatta libraries to enjoy a selection of recent releases, popular and classic titles in these genres.

Reserve some of our new titles in horror and mystery genres:

The best of the Best Horror of the year

The best Horror of the year vol.10

The mammoth book of Halloween stories by Stephen Jones

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018 ed.

Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

Out of the Dark: Tales of Terror by Robert Chambers

Ghosts in the House: Tales of Terror by Benson A.C. & Benson R.H.

Slender Man by Anonymous

The Invisible Eye: Tales of Terror by Emily Erckmann & L.A. Chatrian

The tall man by Phoebe Locke