Book Review – Jessica

Jessica by Bryce Courtenay

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl’s fight for justice against tremendous odds.

A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob – but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born … with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father’s identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives – until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

‘A deserved bestseller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘Courtenay draws on the social satire of Jane Austen and the dark forces of Thomas Hardy, and his tragic heroine parallels Antigone … ‘ Herald Sun

COMMENTS

Bryce Courtney’s book Jessica is an enthralling read about life in the outback early 1900’s Australia.  The hardship and expectations of everyone around her just made her more determined to go her own way in life.  That is until wrongly committed to the asylum.  Friendship and love prevail.  It’s a beautifully written book set in sheep country with vivid descriptions of life and death on a station.  However there were those who found it implausible and disappointing.

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MJ Readers Club 7/10

Book Review – Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

ABOUT THE BOOK

A murder… A tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What is indisputable is that someone is dead.

Big Little Lies will take you on a roller coaster ride with the secrets of the three women.  

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

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Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 and 2019 announced

After the award was postponed last year, the Swedish Academy has recently announced Olga Tokarczuk as the 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, with the 2019 prize being awarded to Peter Handke. Check out some of their books in the collection to learn more about why the announcement is creating ripples in literary circles. Nisa

Magazines in the library

Magazines are a great way to receive bite-sized entertainment and information.
Join me as I talk about some of the titles we’ve added to our collection in 2019. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite or two…                                                               Nisa.

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