Book Review – The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper’s books continue to be popular among our City of Parramatta Libraries book clubs. With all three titles out each month. In February Cultcha Club book club read ‘The Lost Man’, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Which is great because they have waited very patiently for their turn.

Happy Reading!

A twisted tale that kept us guessing all the way through. Lots of twists and turns with a few red herrings that kept the pages turning. We absolutely loved it! Now the third book of Jane Harper’s that we have read and thoroughly enjoyed.

Harper knows how to sell the scene. A wonderful turns of phrase that makes the reader feel the environment as if they were living it. In ‘Force of Nature’, we could feel the closeness and density of the forest, and in ‘The Lost Man’, we could feel the heat and remoteness of the Queensland outback. The unrelenting heat and neighbours that are three hours way.

We loved the relationships between all the characters, and the way their secrets unfolded. How our opinions of each of them changed as they changed and grew throughout the book. In particular, we loved the story lines and relationship between Nathan and his son, Xander.

We loved this book! Highly recommended!


Cultcha Club

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Out of the Box – New Arrivals – February 2020

February was certainly a busy month in the library. Homework help is in full swing, our Summer Reading programs have finished and our delivery table was stacked with boxes and boxes of new material!

Below is a small snapshot of what arrived on the shelves in February. Have fun exploring!


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Edgar Allan Poe and the Empire of the Dead by Karen Lee Street

Perfect Crime by Helen Fields

The Devil Inside by David Hicks

The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

Motherwhelmed by Anniki Sommerville

Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

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Out of the Box – January 2020

Well! That’s the first month over for 2020.

How quickly time goes when you are unpacking the great wall of boxes containing new library material. Just when our Collection Management Team seem to make a gap, the door bell rings and in comes a new delivery! Somehow it never seems to stop, but that’s what it takes to keep new material coming in on a regular basis.

Have fun exploring!


Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hilbbert

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Chrisopher

The Bucklet List by Georgia Clark

The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers

A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian

Darkness for Light by Emma Viskic

One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt

Return to Stringybark Creek by Karly Lane

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

The Second Life of Nathan Jones by David Atkinson

Under Occupation by Alan Furst

Josephine’s Garden by Stephanie Parkyn

How to Play Dead by Jacqueline Ward


Barefoot Pilgrimage by Andrea Corr

Antarctica’s Lost Aviator by Jeff Maynard

The Lost Boys: untold stories of the under-age soldiers who fought in the First World War by Paul Byrnes

The Incomplete Book of Running by Peter Sagal

The Resilience Project Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness by Hugh van Cuylenburg

Concrete Creations: 45 easy-to-make gifts and accessories by Marion Dawidowski

Find My Voice by Nadiya Hussain

Geoffrey Blainey: writer, historian, controversalist by Richard Allsop

Hearing Maud: a journey for a voice by Jessica White

Batch Cooking: prep and cook your weeknight dinners in less than 2 hours by Keda Black

Zakka Home: 19 modern & stylish projects for your home by Sedef Imer

Individual: inspiration for creating a home that is uniquely your own by Jessica Bellef


Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Junior Fiction)

Darkstalker by Tui Sutherland (Junior Fiction)

Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood (J LARW)

Sugar and Spice by Sarah Mlynowski (Junior Fiction)

An Owl Called Star by Helen Peters (Junior Fiction)

Clementine Rose and the Best News Yet by Jacqueline Harvey (Junior Fiction)

The Great Escape by Anh Do (Junior Fiction)

The Last Human by Lee Bacon (Junior Fiction)

Jurassica: a beginner’s field guide by Lance Balchin

Mountain by Anthony William, Food Webs Series (Junior Non-Fiction)


Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

The Color of Lies by CJ Lyons

The Places I’ve Cried in Public by Holly Bourne

Being You: a girl’s guide to mindfulness by Catharine Hannay

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Fugly by Claire Waller

The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand


Good Omens, season 1

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Seachange, season 4

Star Trek Discovery, season 2

Extra Ordinary

The Nightingale

Can You Keep a Secret

Jarhead: Law of Return

It: Chapter 2

Rory’s Way

Flack, season 1

Parra Pods – Non Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 28: Non-fiction Australian Reads for Summer

This summer has been a particularly challenging one for the Australian landscape and with Australia Day upon us, there are a number of great books that demonstrate just how vast this land is, how diverse and rich is its history.

Join Katherine and Nisa for the third and final episode of the ‘Summer’ series of podcasts.

Books mentioned in this episode include:

Buckley’s chance: the incredible true story of William Buckley and how he conquered a new world / Garry Linnell. Penguin Random House, October 2019.

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2018 [earlier published as Dark Emu:  Black Seeds: Agriculture or accident in 2014]

Young Dark Emu: a truer history / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2019

Tracks / Robyn Davidson. Bloomsbury, November 2019.

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia / Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy. ANU, ABS and Macquarie Dictionary, August 2019.

Parra Pods – Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 27 – Fiction Reads For Summer

Join Katherine and Nisa for the second of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

It has been a great year for fiction lovers, but here are a few of the  titles that resonated with Katherine and Nisa.

‘Damascus’ by Christos Tsiolkas an historical novel, but with a take on St Paul of the early Christian Church like no other. Visceral, transformative, brutal & beautiful.

To change the pace totally, we review Sally Rooney’s debut novel,  ‘Conversations with Friends’ and her second novel, and twitter sensation, ‘Normal People’. She brings her signature style, spare prose and insightful psychological acuity to  the exploration of the lives and loves of that  most intriguing of generations, the millennials.

Finally Ian Mc Ewan’s ‘Machines like Me’?, this is speculative fiction of the top order,  its themes range from artificial intelligence, what constitutes consciousness and the formal demands of the haiku poem. Darkly humorous, its most compelling theme is “moral choice”

Fiction titles discussed include:

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Allen & Unwin 2019.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape/Vintage Publishing 2019.

Normal People by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2018.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2017.