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.
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.
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.
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.
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.