A Spool of Blue Thread


A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2015 SHORTLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S FICTION PRIZE A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK’It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family. From Red’s father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red’s grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century – four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their home..


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Read-Share-Play Wrap UP!

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Parramatta Library’s Summer Reading Program, Read-Share-Play has come to an end!

All summer long people had fun guessing the weekly Rebus Puzzles both online and in the Library. Over 280 entries were received for the weekly Rebus Puzzle – guess the book title competition with 4 lucky winners, drawn at random to receive 1 of 4 $25.00 Coles Myer gift vouchers.

If you entered the Rebus Puzzle competition and are eager to know if you guessed right,  have a look at the ANSWER SHEET REBUS PUZZLES

Book review entrants provided some great reviews and went into a draw to win 1 of 4 book bags to the value of $50.

All winners have been notifed and will soon receive their great prizes.

Thank you to every one who entered.


Parramatta Library




Orange is the new black

orange-is-the-new-blackOrange is the new black by Piper Kerman



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The United States has the highest number of people in prison in the whole world.

The author of the book was incarcerated for 15 months in a US prison after pleading guilty to drug0-related crime.

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The book reviews were not good, but the book group found it a good read.

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Spirits of the Ghan


Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn


Book Extract

It is 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the ‘backbone of the continent’, a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End.



Well I just finished Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn; due out the end of October 2015. I was lucky enough received access to a pre-publication ebook via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

And I absolutely love it! Spirits of the Ghan is the first book I have read by Judy and it definitely won’t be my last.

I know it sounds cliché but from the very first page I was hooked. I wanted to keep reading and that didn’t change throughout the whole book.

Spirits of the Ghan has everything a great read needs; an intriguing storyline, interesting characters, history, culture, friendship, family, heartbreak and a little romance.

I loved the fact that throughout the book it was told from the points of view of different characters. This allowed me to get to know and love each character and become engrossed in their story.

I was enjoying the book so much and was worried the end half of the book would let me down; but it didn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed the story right to the very end and couldn’t have asked for a better way for the book to be wrapped up.

Two days after I finished the book I find myself still thinking about it.


Rating – 5/5


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