Good Reading Magazine – September 2020

The September issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to enjoy through Blue Mountains Library!

This Month

DISCOVER Kate Mildenhall’s new book, The Mother Fault, where she paints a prescient picture of motherhood in a dystopian Australia

MEET Paul Dalgarno who discusses his debut novel, Poly, and his favourite books, places to read and his ideal dinner party

CHECK OUT two new historical novels; The Wreck by Meg Keneally set in convict era Sydney and The Women’s Pages by Victoria Purman about Australian women who rose up the ranks in World War II

READ extracts from some new non-fiction books including The Miracle Typist by Leon Silver and Bush School by Peter O’Brien

ENTER the competitions! You could win one of SIX different exciting books

FIND your next great read with the latest independent book reviews

 

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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – September

Best Read: The Inheritance of Secrets Sonya Bates

A brutal murder. A wartime promise. A quest for the truth. Kate Furnivall meets Caroline Overington in a gripping, page-turning mystery. No matter how far you run, the past will always find you. Juliet’s elderly grandparents are killed in their Adelaide home. Who would commit such a heinous crime – and why? The only clue is her grandfather Karl’s missing signet ring. When Juliet’s estranged sister, Lily, returns in fear for her life, Juliet suspects something far more sinister than a simple break-in gone wrong. Before Juliet can get any answers, Lily vanishes once more. What secrets did Karl Weiss have that could have led to his murder? A German soldier who migrated to Adelaide, Juliet knew Karl as a loving grandfather. Is it possible he was hiding a dark past? While attempting to find out, Juliet uncovers some disturbing secrets from WWII Germany that will put both her and her sister’s lives in danger .

Crime: The Sinner by Martyn Waites

Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by his handler, DS Sheridan. His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his victims. The only problem is that Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor prison itself. Undercover and with only DS Sheridan knowing he is there, Tom soon runs into danger. In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run Manchester’s biggest gang, until Tom’s testimony put him away for life. He recognises Tom, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game as Tom fights for survival before Foley can get his revenge. But why can’t Tom reach DS Sheridan and what is the real reason that he has been sent to Blackmoor prison?

Australian Author: Riptides by Kirsten Alexander

Set in Queensland during a time of tremendous social upheaval, Riptides is a gripping family drama about dreams, choices and consequences. December 1974. Abby Campbell and her brother Charlie are driving to their father’s farm on a dark country road when they swerve into the path of another car, forcing it into a tree. The pregnant driver is killed instantly. In the heat of the moment, Abby and Charlie make a fateful decision. They flee, hoping heavy rain will erase the fact they were there. They both have too much to lose. The pair have no idea who they’ve just killed or how many lives will be affected by her death. Soon the truth is like a riptide they can’t escape, as their terrible secret pulls them down deeper by the day

General: The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel

After a shocking discovery, Grace Woods leaves her vast Australian sheep station and travels to tumultuous post-war Paris in order to find her true identity. While working as a mannequin for Christian Dior, the world’s newly-acclaimed emperor of fashion, Grace mixes with counts and princesses, authors and artists, diplomats and politicians. But when Grace falls for handsome Philippe Boyer, she doesn’t know that he is leading a double life, nor that his past might inflict devastating consequences upon her. As she is drawn into Philippe’s dangerous world of international espionage, Grace discovers both the shattering truth of her origins — and that her life is in peril.

Thriller: Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman

When a man is found on a Norfolk beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him; to international medical experts who are baffled by him; to the national press who call him Mr Nobody; everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him? Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same small town in Norfolk fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then. But now something – or someone – is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes. Has she walked into danger?

Thriller: Missing You by Kylie Kaden 

When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn’t want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them. But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility.
Until Ryan can’t take it anymore.
Then, following a mysterious phone call late one night, Aisha leaves four-year-old Eli in the care of her elderly father Patrick – and doesn’t come back. As Patrick struggles with the grandson he barely knows or understands, his frustration with his missing daughter and absent son-in-law quickly turns to fear. Particularly when blood is found in Aisha’s abandoned car . . .

Saga/Romance: The Girl in the Painting  by Tea Cooper

Maitland 1913. Miss Elizabeth Quinn is something of an institution in Maitland Town. For longer than anyone can remember she and her brother, businessman Michael, have lived in the impressive two-storey stone house next to the church. When she is discovered cowering in the corner of the exhibition gallery at the Technical College the entire town knows something strange has come to pass. Was it the prehistoric remains or perhaps the taxidermy exhibition that had reduced the whalebone-encased pillar of society to a quivering mess? Or is there something odd about a striking painting on loan from the National Gallery? Mathematical savant Jane Piper is determined to find out. Deposited on the doorstep of the local orphanage as a baby, she owes her life and education to the Quinns’s philanthropic ventures and Elizabeth has no one else to turn to. As the past and the present converge, Elizabeth’s grip on reality loosens. Can Jane, with her logical brain and penchant for puzzles, unravel Elizabeth’s story before it is too late?

 

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All that is Buried by Robert Scragg [BorrowBox]

A parent’s worst fear is realised when seven-year-old Libby Hallforth goes missing at a funfair; no witnesses, no leads, and no trace. Months later, human remains are found, but they’re too old to be Libby. It’s the tip of a gruesome iceberg – bodies, buried in pairs, carefully laid to rest in a ritualistic manner. For D I Jake Porter and D S Nick Styles, the trail for Libby is cold, and everyone is a suspect. Nobody can be trusted, including the Hallforth family. Libby’s chances of being found alive are fading fast, along with Porter’s chances of stopping a killer before they strikes again.

Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle [BorrowBox]

  • And then, just like that, a thought bubbles inside me. It’s a beginning; a new beginning; my beginning. The beginning of the story I tell myself in order to survive. We choose to breathe, don’t we?Twenty-one-year-old Olivia hears the world in colour, but her life is mottled grey. Estranged from her parents, and living with her grandfather who is drowning in sadness, Oli faces the reality of life beyond university alone. When she wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she accepts the help of two strangers who change the course of her future forever. With Mac and Maggie, Oli learns to navigate a life upon open ocean and the world flowers into colours she’s never seen before.Four years later, Oli, fluent in the language of the sea, is the only woman among men on a yacht delivery from Noumea to Auckland. In the darkness below deck, she learns that at sea, no one can hear you scream. Moving to London, Oli’s life at sea is buried. When she meets Hugo, the wind changes, and her memories are dust blown into shapes. Reminding her of everything.Below Deck is about the moments that haunt us, the moments that fan out like ripples through the deep. So that everything else, becomes everything after.

 

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1st Case by James Patterson [BorrowBox]

A young tech genius is offered the opportunity of a lifetime … One that could end hers.

When Angela Hoot is kicked off her graduate programme at MIT for hacking into the computer of a fellow student, she fears she’s blown her chances of a glittering career.

Angela is wrong: instead, she’s offered a dream internship with the FBI. She jumps at the chance and is thrown straight into her first case at a house in the Boston suburbs where a family of five have been brutally murdered.

As Angela struggles to come to terms with the harsh reality of her new job, a phone is found that could hold the secrets of this mass murder – if Angela is able to uncover them.

61 Hours by Lee Child [BorrowBox]

Winter in South Dakota. Blowing snow, icy roads, a tired driver. A bus skids and crashes and is stranded in a gathering storm.

There’s a small town 20 miles away, where a vulnerable witness is guarded around the clock. There’s a strange stone building five miles further on, all alone on the prairie. There’s a ruthless man who controls everything from the warmth of Mexico.

Jack Reacher hitched a ride in the back of the bus. A life without baggage has many advantages. And crucial disadvantages too, when it means facing the arctic cold without a coat. But he’s equipped for the rest of his task. He doesn’t want to put the world to rights. He just doesn’t like people who put it to wrongs.

How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid [RBdigital]

After an explosive case that forced Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to reassess everything they thought they knew about right and wrong, both are dealing with the fallout in their own separate ways. While Tony must pay the price for his actions, Carol is conducting investigations into suspected miscarriages of justice. But when a shocking discovery is made on a construction site, and skeletal remains are found to belong to a killer who is supposedly alive and in prison, suddenly, Tony and Carol are brought into each other’s orbit once again…

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What Library Staff are Reading – September

 

Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh – I’ve gone for some old school Golden Age Crime recently, and am revisiting Ngaio Marsh’s beautifully understated stories. Her hero Roderick Alleyn of The Yard is devastatingly urbane and clever, the settings and characters quintessentially English (even for those titles set in Marsh’s native New Zealand) and the crimes themselves tend to be on the more macabre side, and just a touch grislier than your Christies or your Allinghams.  If “elegant gore” is a thing, then Marsh provides it. Surfeit of Lampreys (1940) is the 10th book in the series and while you can read them in any order there is a gentle story arc to enjoy if you start at the beginning with A Man Lay Dead. Ngaio Marsh deserves to be more widely read and admired – her style is really a cut above. 4.5 out of 5.

The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope (eAudiobook on Borrowbox) – Over 100 hours of stellar material, both in the six novels themselves and the superb reading by narrator David Shaw-Parker. This is a series of interconnected narratives about the disparate families and personalities of the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and its surrounds. A contemporary and peer of Dickens, Trollope treats us to a rich display of the domestic, clerical and social politics of the 1850s and 1860s and to well-rounded characters you’ll grow to love or hate (but enjoy in either case). The author likes to break the fourth wall occasionally and directly address his reader about where things are going and to express sympathy with his characters (even his villains), which make for a very cosy and engaging experience. If I were going to take any points away it would be for some slight over-sentimentality – but I’m not going to take any points away. Start at the beginning with The Warden. 5 out of 5.

Top End Girl by Miranda Tapsell, a fabulous memoir. She writes in a beautiful conversational style which is positive, strong, informative on important issues, and fun. 4.5/5

So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo, an important read. This is from an American perspective but still equally relevant here. She brings a lot of issues of race and racism into very down to earth and conversational language. Many of her metaphors and explanations create bursts of clarity. 4/5

Salt by Bruce Pascoe, a great combination of stories and essays, beautiful writing, clear and strong. I’m not yet finished but thoroughly enjoying the process. 4/5

Dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams, a compelling story. Historical fiction about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary that looks at the issue of the words that are left out, often the words of or about women and the lower classes. 3.5/5

The Lost Man by Jane Harper – I was surprised by this book – the interesting characters, the exceptional language and the atmospheric landscape.  I was up late into the evening finishing chapter after chapter.  https://janeharper.com.au/Books/The-Lost-Man 4 stars

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – I missed this book when it first came out in 2012.  What a glorious un-put-downable read.  Pushes all sorts of ethical buttons so would be a great book group read too!  I am going to track down the movie now…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_Between_Oceans 4 stars

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty – a great chick lit read.  I knew there was another Moriarty sister novelist so I deliberately went looking for her and she did not disappoint.  This is a holiday read, easy to pick up and put down, but also deals with bigger issues of how women treat each other. Set in Parramatta, so very relatable. https://nicolamoriarty.com.au/thoseotherwomen/ 4 stars

Inheritance by Jenny Éclair – I listen to a funny podcast called Older and wider which involves stand up comedian Jenny Éclair, also of Grumpy Old Women, talking (havering we would say in Scotland) about all sorts of things with Judith Holder who was the Producer of GOW.  Jenny Éclair is the author of five novels, the latest of which is Inheritance so I thought I’d give it a go.  This is a family saga involving three generations and a house in Cornwall and the secrets families hold.  3 ½ stars

The Weekend: a novel by Charlotte Wood – a book group choice, this is about three women who are tasked with clearing out the home of a recently deceased friend.  This book is getting plenty of press attention and Charlotte Wood did very well with her previous novel.  I hated it.  The women in the novel are all unpleasant and I could not make out why they were friends with each other.  I got no sense of why they were friends with the dead woman either.  There was a build up to a big reveal which, for me, just didn’t cut it and I closed the book very dissatisfied.  I scored it ½ star, the group scored it 1.3.

On a barbarous coast by Craig Cormick and Harold Ludwick – this is a retelling of the wrecking of Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour off the coast of far north Queensland in June 1770.  In real life the boat struck a reef and James Cook oversaw its rescue and they were off again in a couple of days.  This novel, told from the point of view of Magra, an American midshipman, and Garrgiil, an aboriginal youth, has a small band of British sailors and two Tahitian men shipwrecked and stranded for years (those who survive anyway).  Captain James Cook is unconscious the whole time and discipline soon breaks down as the group splits in two.  Lurking in the dark of the bush are the aboriginal people and we hear from Garrgiil how the white men were perceived.  I was intrigued and hooked right from the first pages and gave this book 4 stars.

To check the history I am listening to Rob Mundle’s Captain James Cook.  On a similar tack I am currently reading Castaway: the extraordinary survival story of Narcisse Pelletier, a young French cabin boy shipwrecked on Cape York in 1858 by  Robert Macklin – this is the true story of a French boy who ends up spending 17 years with the aboriginal people of the Cape York Pennisula in the 1850s.  He became one of the tribe, was initiated, married and had a family before being ‘rescued’ in 1875.  I am very much enjoying this book so far.

Another book had me hooked quickly and sustained my interest for several days, Platform Seven by Louise Doughty – in this novel Lisa haunts Peterborough Station.  There she is wandering about watching the comings and goings of station staff and the commuting public with little memory of how she got there.  One day she sees a man suicide and she starts to remember.  We learn about her relationship with charming young medic, Matty.  All starts well but, bit by bit, and before Lisa, we realise all is not well.  All was getting good and dark and scary, and then the writer lost the plot and the ending was wishy washy and deeply unsatisfying.  I could have cried it was so bleh.  I gave it 3 stars for the good bits of the novel.

I can highly recommend Saving Missy a debut novel for Beth Morrey. Missy, the main character is authentically portrayed and loveable.

Also, enjoying Sulari Gentils’ Rowland Sinclair series. Like the way the author quotes articles from historical newspapers of the time that somehow tie-in with the story.

 

What do our scores mean?

1 star – I hated it / Don’t bother / It felt more like homework than reading for pleasure
2 stars – I didn’t like it / Not for me but worth trying / This book needed something different to make me like it
3 stars – I liked it / Recommended / This book was good. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad.
4 stars – I really liked it / One of the best books I’ve read this year / I’m glad I read it
5 stars – I loved it / One of the best books I’ve ever read / I will probably read it again

 

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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – August

Best Read: Truths I never told You by Kelly Rimmer

1959: Grace is a young mother with four children under four. All she ever wanted was to have a family of her own, but there are thoughts Grace cannot share with anyone about the true state of her marriage, and the terrifying numbness that engulfs her in the months after childbirth. Instead she pours her deepest fears into the pages of a notebook, hiding them where she knows husband Patrick will never look. When Grace falls pregnant again, desperate and in despair, she turns to her sister Maryanne. 1996: When Beth’s father Patrick is diagnosed with dementia, she and her siblings make the heart-wrenching decision to put him into care. As Beth is clearing the family home, she discovers a series of notes. Patrick’s children grew up believing Grace Walsh died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but these notes suggest something much darker may be true. 1959: When Maryanne responds to her sister’s call for help, she sets in motion a series of tragic events, ending Grace’s life. With the explosive details of what happened that day buried in Grace’s notes, Maryanne must find them before Patrick does… because if the truth is revealed, it will cost her everything.

Crime: The Dilemma by B.A.Paris

It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie. But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her? Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

Australian Author: The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon

Two couples. One baby. An unimaginable choice. Grace and Dan Arden are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill since the day they got married. Six attempts have yielded no results and with each failure a little piece of their hope dies. Indian-Australian Priya Laghari and her husband Nick Archer are being treated at the same fertility clinic and while the younger couple doesn’t face the same time pressure as the Ardens, the Archers have their own problems. Priya suspects Nick is cheating and when she discovers a dating app on his phone her worst fears are confirmed. Priya leaves Nick and goes through an IVF cycle with donor sperm. On the day of her appointment, Grace and Dan also go in for their final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later the women both get their results: Grace is pregnant. Priya is not. A year later, angry and heart-broken, Priya learns her embryo was implanted in another woman’s uterus and must make a choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby that has been nurtured and loved by another couple

General: The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

Naomi Cottle is an investigator who finds missing children. But the one child she has never been able to find is her sister. The two were abducted when they were very young but only Naomi managed to escape. Now, twenty years later, there is at long last a clue that her sister might still be alive. Celia is a street child. Her life is tough and she has seen more things that any child should. But the local librarian turns a blind eye when she goes there almost every day to gaze at her favourite book, where she escapes, through her imagination, into a world of wheeling, colourful butterflies. However someone is watching Celia. Street children have been going missing and the town has been turning a blind eye. It is only when Naomi turns up, looking for her sister, that they find someone who will listen to them. And someone who might give them hope.

Thriller: Die Alone by Simon Kernick

Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister. But Alastair also has a secret. He’s a serial killer with a taste for young women. Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them. Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer: assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity. The men claim to be from MI6. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker. The only person Ray trusts is ex-cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who’s keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan. With enemies on every side, only one thing is certain. No one wants them to get out alive.

Thriller: Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

PLAY: Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself? … PAUSE: Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for … REWIND: This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking.

Saga/Romance: The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Two women from different worlds. And a secret that will change everything . . . London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why. Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

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The Janes by Louisa Luna [BorrowBox]

‘Men pretty much have a triangle. Sex, drugs, money,’ she said, drawing a triangle in the air with her finger. ‘Every man who commits a criminal act does it in service to one or more of those three things…Most men, actually, do everything because of them.’

On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They are Jane Does: no names, no IDs, no families looking for them. Fearing a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI ask Alice Vega to help find out who the Janes were—and find the other missing women.

Alice Vega has a mind like a steel trap. Along with her partner Cap, she will stop at nothing to find the Janes before it is too late.

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna [BorrowBox]

Jamie Brandt was not a bad mother. Later she would tell that to anyone who would listen: police, reporters, lawyers, her parents, her boyfriend, her dealer, the new bartender with the knuckle tattoos at Schultz’s, the investigator from California and her partner, and her own reflection in the bathroom mirror, right before cracking her forehead on the sink’s edge and passing out from the cocktail of pain, grief, and fear.

When two sisters disappear from a parking lot while their mother is in Kmart, the devastated family hires bounty hunter Alice Vega to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched too thin by budget cuts and the growing meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan. Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help, and she will not be denied.

With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.

Louisa Luna is the author of the novels Brave New Girl, Crooked, and Serious As A Heart Attack. She was born and raised in the city of San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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The Holiday by T.M.Logan [BorrowBox]

Seven days. Three families. One killer.

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Languedoc-Roussillon.

But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends.

One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? As Kate closes in on the truth in the stifling Mediterranean heat, she realises too late that the stakes are far higher than she ever imagined.

Because someone in the villa is prepared to kill to keep their secret hidden.

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner [BorrowBox]

A mother. A child. An impossible choice.

Poland, 1941. After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, spend day and night hidden in a farmer’s barn. Forbidden from making a sound, only the yellow bird from her mother’s stories can sing the melodies Shira composes in her head.

Róza does all she can to take care of Shira and shield her from the horrors of the outside world. They play silent games and invent their own sign language. But then the day comes when their haven is no longer safe, and Róza must face an impossible choice: whether to keep her daughter close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go . . .

The Yellow Bird Sings is a powerfully gripping and deeply moving novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in even the darkest circumstances.

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester [RBdigital]

A wardrobe of Dior gowns, a secret kept for sixty-five years, and the three women bound forever by war… from the New York Times bestselling author of The French Photographer England, 1939 Talented pilot Skye Penrose joins the British war effort where she encounters her estranged sister, Liberty, and childhood soulmate Nicholas Crawford, now engaged to enigmatic Frenchwoman Margaux Jourdan. Paris, 1947 Designer Christian Dior unveils his extravagant first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance, Miss Dior, in tribute to his sister, Catherine, who worked for the French Resistance. Present day Australian fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a secret wardrobe filled with priceless Dior gowns in her grandmother’s vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother. An unspeakable betrayal will entwine all of their fates.

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Good Reading Magazine – AUGUST 2020

The August issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to enjoy through Blue Mountains Library!

 

This Month

DISCOVER a showcase of recommended non-fiction reading from Indigenous voices. You will find all sorts of informative and interesting books that can help inform you, young adults and younger readers.

MEET Australian crime writing guru, Michael Robotham, who shares his favourite (and most terrifying) reads!

FIND OUT about Rose Carlyle’s highly anticipated identical-twin thriller, The Girl in the Mirror 

READ extracts from some fascinating new non-fiction books including Body Count by Paddy Manning and Peace Crimes by Kieran Finnane

DISCOVER your next great read with independent book reviews!

 

You can borrow Good Reading from the library or access the digital subscription right here, right now, with your library card.

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Crafty August at Blue Mountains Library

Are you looking for a craft project to see you through to the end of winter? The library has a wealth of wonderful books to provide inspiration. Here is a paper houseplant made by a Blue Mountains Library staff member from the wonderful book Handmade houseplants : remarkably realistic plants you can make with paper by Corrie Hogg (2018). This monstera is made from green craft paper and florist’s wire and tape, held together with glue – all readily available from local shops. A bit of spray polyurethane adds gloss, as the paper was not particularly good quality. Look out for more crafty ideas throughout August!

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