In conversation with Chris Hammer

Public Libraries NSW and City of Parramatta Libraries presents Jenn Martin from City of Sydney Library, chatting with bestselling Australian author Chris Hammer – author of Scrublands and Silver –  as he talks about his new crime novel ‘Trust’.

Martin Scarsden’s new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it’s shattered by a voicemail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner Mandalay Blonde.  Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, so starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.

This FREE online author talk will be presented via Zoom with a Q & A session at the end.

This event is a collaboration between multiple NSW Public Libraries’ and in association with Allen & Unwin Australia. Copies of the book can be purchased online from Booktopia or from your local bookshop. Book your ticket now by clicking on the image or here.

Coming Soon! Books I can’t Wait to Read

One of my favourite duties is researching and staying up-to-date with all the new book releases that come out each month. After all it is our job to make sure we offer you, our community of readers a wide selection of the up-and-coming new releases!

While some deliveries and publications dates have been delayed & affected by the COVID pandemic, publishers and our amazing suppliers are working hard to ensure we don’t have to wait too long for all the amazing new books.

Below I have listed a few of the up-and-coming new releases I can’t wait to read. When I say can’t wait to read, it means I have pre-ordered my own personal copy so you our readers are first in line to reserve our ‘New Books’. And yes we have ordered copies for the library!

On order titles can be placed on hold via our online library Catalogue or by asking one of our super friendly librarians for assistance. A note to remember though any holds/reserves placed on ‘On Order’ titles may take a while to arrive and do count towards your five (5) holds/reserves limit.

Now to the important stuff, the books!

Hope you find something among my picks to read. Maybe you will discover an author you hadn’t heard of before and embark on a wonderful journey through all their titles.

Don’t forget you can also make a ‘Suggestion for Purchase’ for a any title you think our community of readers would like to read.

Happy Reading!


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All About Books Autumn 2020

The new All About Books for Autumn 2020 can be downloaded above. 

The new reading suggestions guide has been revamped after survey results from readers in our last Summer edition, there is more short descriptions of books, more young adult and more pages. There are so many amazing books coming out this March, April and May for adults and young adults in a diverse range of genres and subjects – there is sure to be something for everyone.

There are two books in particular that I want to mention as they were left out of the guide when our author talk program was suspended recently.

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham (March 3) is a moving debut by a talented new storyteller.

Growing up can feel like a death sentence.
Life in a troubled neighbourhood demands too much too young. But Sonny wouldn’t really know.
Watching the world from her bedroom window, she exists only in second-hand romance novels and falls for any fast-food employee who happens to spare her a glance.
Everything changes with the return of Vince, a boy who became a legend after he was hauled away in handcuffs at fourteen.
Sonny and Vince used to be childhood friends. But with all that happened in-between, childhood seems so long ago. It will take two years of juvie, an inebriated grandmother and a porn stash for them to meet again.

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox (March 31) is her new thriller, set in Los Angeles, introducing a new – and decidedly unconventional – team of ‘detectives’.

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious crime boss. A disillusioned cop.
Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.
Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected surgeon in Los Angeles, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean to win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line.
Joined by LA’s most feared underworld figure, the crew of criminals bring outlaw tactics to the search. Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. 
It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for the cold-blooded murder of her neighbour. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor and her friends early one morning she expects abuse, maybe even violence.
What comes instead is a plea for help.

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


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