Carolyn’s Books of the Month – JULY

Best Reads

The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Hamel 

When you are Mine by Michael Robotham

Black Widows by Cate Quinn

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Good Cop Bad Cop by Simon Kernick

Dead Ground by M.W.Craven (Number 4 in the Washington Poe series)

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

eAudio Books

Her Last Words by Kim Kelly (BorrowBox ) 

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (BorrowBox)

The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Indy Reads)


The Maid by Neta Prose eBook available on both (BorrowBox) and (Indyreads)

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candish (Indy Reads) also available as Talking Book

Loveland by Robert Lukins (Libby) also available as a hardcopy

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Jennifer Down wins 2022 Miles Franklin Award for ‘Bodies of Light’

Jennifer Down has won the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her second novel Bodies of Light

As one of the youngest authors to be honoured with the Award in its 65-year history – the youngest being Randolph Stow for To the Islands in 1958 at 23 – Jennifer Down has established herself as a potent voice in the new generation of Australian writers.

From the Miles Franklin Award webpage please go there for more information or to read the complete article.

More books by Jennifer Down

Pulse Points and Our Magic Hour

Jennifer Down is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the AgeSaturday PaperAustralian Book Review and Literary Hub. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year consecutively in 2017 and 2018. Our Magic Hour, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. Her second book, Pulse Points, was the winner of the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the 2018 Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection in the Queensland Literary Awards, and was shortlisted for a 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. She lives in Naarm/Melbourne.

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2022 Miles Franklin Winner to be announced

Today, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, alongside award trustee Perpetual, will announce the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner from a shortlist featuring five exceptional titles.  The announcement will be broadcast at 4pm AEST today 20th July. Go to the Miles Franklin Literary Award webpage to watch the announcement Live.

The 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist is:

For further information about the Miles Franklin Literary Award, visit

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From July 13th to the 27th booklovers at the Blue Mountains Library can dive into a suspenseful, bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. Readers will join over a hundred thousand others around the globe in enjoying Audrey Blake’s historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Blue Mountains Library card holders can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app Readers can then discuss online at

The Girl in His Shadow takes place in London in 1845. Raised by surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents, Nora Beady knows little about conventional life and much about suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft’s private clinic Nora is his most trusted—and secret—assistant… until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. To protect Dr. Croft and his practice Nora must learn to play a new and uncomfortable role—that of a proper young lady. When she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light—even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Girl in His Shadow is the 28th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at

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Winter is a great time to pursue the gentle art of visible mending…

Instead of hiding rips and tears, the visible mending movement turns them into art. It can look beautiful and it’s a lot of fun, not to mention, great for the environment. Mending Techniques include stitching, patching, darning, felting, visible and invisible mends, by hand and machine mends, fixing knits and fixing zips. Born from the Japanese art of sashiko, visible mending enables ‘sewists’ to eschew fast fashion and make mistakes beautiful.

Recently I attended an enjoyable workshop on visible mending at the Lyttleton Stores Coop. I had a go at needle weaving and some felting to mend holes in a moth eaten scarf. See first 2 photos above for my attempts.

So if you have an interest in the creative use of a needle and thread or learning about the different ways you can mend clothes and other textiles we have the following books available at our Libraries:


Joyful mending: visible repairs for the perfectly imperfect things we love! by Noriko Misumi

Mending matters: stitch, patch, and repair favorite denim & more by Katrina Rodabaugh (also available as an ebook)

Visible mending: repair, renew, reuse the clothes you love by Arounna Khounnoraj

Modern mending: minimise waste and maximise style by Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Mending with love: creative repairs for your favorite things by Noriko Misumi

Resilient stitch: wellbeing and connection in textile art by Claire Wellesley-Smith

Make & mend: the Japanese art of sashiko embroidery : 15 beautiful sashiko and visible mending projects by Jessica Marquez

Slow stitch: mindful and contemplative textile art by Claire Wellesley-Smith

Stitch in bloom: botanical-inspired embroidery projects for you and your home by Lora Avedian


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Books for Plastic Free July 2022

Read about how to reduce your plastic use and join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Why not take the challenge!

Here is a selection of titles available from our Libraries

I quit plastics: 60+ lifestyle recipes to cut waste, live clean and change the world

Quitting plastic: easy and practical ways to cut down the plastic in your life by Louise Williams &Clara Williams Roldan

How to give up plastic: a guide to saving the world, one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum

A family guide to waste-free living by Lauren Carter

Sustainable kitchen: projects, tips and advice to shop, cook and eat in a more eco-conscious way by Sadhbh Moore

Plastic free: the inspiring story of a global environmental movement and why it matters by Joanna Atherfold Finn and also available as an ebook [Borrow Box]

Living green in the city: 50 actions to make your surroundings greener by Ophelie Damble

Green living: a comprehensive guide to a happy and sustainable life. by Green Matters Corp

The sustainable(ish) living guide: everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference by Jen Gale

and for Kids…

The last straw: kids vs. plastics by Susan Hood

Kids vs. Plastic ditch the straw and find the pollution solution to bottles, bags, and other single-use plastics : how you can be a waste warrior! by Julie Beer

Plastic: past, present, and future by Eun Ju Kim


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