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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – July 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthCatching up with July at last!

Best Read : The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

Cover image for The marble collector.

Crime : Hidden by Karen E. Olsen

Australian Author : Paper Daisies by Kim Kelly

General : At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Thriller : Death Comes First by Hilary Bonner and  The Ice House by John Connor 

Saga/Romance : Without a Trace by Lesley Pearse

Carolyn's best

Editor-in-Residence, Natalie Muller

EIR Poster 2016 dates August 2016

Are you a writer?  Get professional feedback or general advice on writing, reading, what is is like being a writer, how to improve your writing and how to access resources to develop your writing.

Next sessions available at Springwood Library on Saturday 24 September and at Katoomba Library on Saturday 5 November.

Bookings cost $10 per person for either a 1/2 hour or 1 hour session with Natalie Muller. You need to book and pay at your nearest Blue Mountains Library branch.

Springwood Library 02 4723 5040  |  Katoomba Library 02 4780 5750

Manuscripts (3000 word max) can be delivered to the Library one week before your appointment so Natalie can read through and make notes before meeting you.

Water from my heart by Charles Martin

Cover image for Water from my heart : a novel.Water from my heart by Charles Martin

Publication Information: New York : Center Street, 2015.
363 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at MARTIN

New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin’s breathtaking novel of love and redemption.

Plot Summary : Charlie Finn had to grow up fast, living alone by age sixteen. Highly intelligent, he earned a life-changing scholarship to Harvard, where he learned how to survive and thrive on the outskirts of privileged society. That skill served him well in the cutthroat business world, as it does in more lucrative but dangerous ventures he now operates off the coast of Miami. Charlie tries to separate relationships from work. But when his choices produce devastating consequences, he sets out to right wrongs, traveling to Central America where he will meet those who have paid for his actions, including a woman and her young daughter. Will their fated encounter present Charlie with a way to seek the redemption he thought was impossible–and free his heart to love one woman as he never knew he could? (Source : Fantastic Fiction)

Review : A new author for me and one I will chase up for his earlier books.

It was beautifully written, his characters so real as well as being so moving and touching.  Lovely book!

Reviewed by : Carolyn

Mini Book Sale, Springwood Library

Springwood book sale landscape 2016Springwood is the location for Blue Mountains Library’s first ‘Mini Book Sale’ of the year.

The sale tables will be stocked with a great range of good-as-new and pre-loved books for adults, teens and children as well as DVDs, CDs and magazines.

Don’t miss this chance to grab a bargain on

Saturday 16th July

Springwood Library, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

9am to 4pm

Scandals and Successes: The Forgotten Businesswomen of Sydney’s Past

Why has history all-but forgotten the colourful, female entrepreneurs of Sydney and the Blue Mountains’ past?
Find out more at our author talk on Saturday 23 July, Springwood – details below.

Some of the most intriguing and influential women at the heart of Sydney’s colonial economy have been all but written-out of the history books. In a fascinating talk offered by Blue Mountains Library and The Turning Page Bookshop on Saturday 23 July, author Catherine Bishop will expose the double-lives, secrets, scandals and successes of the many extraordinary women whose efforts, at the helm of a multitude of small businesses, were at the heart of the colonial economy

History has well-recorded Sydney’s male entrepreneurs; we remember Mark Foy of the Hydro Majestic but the names of Harriet Corston and Elizabeth Ellis, the remarkable and scandalous women who ran the hotel (then the Belgravia) before him, are almost unknown. David Jones and Anthony Hordern of department store-fame are familiar but Eliza Way, Ann Hordern and Caroline Farmer are mostly forgotten yet they too founded department store empires in Sydney.

Belgravia Hotel Medlow Bath c.1908

In this talk Catherine Bishop delves into the colourful history of these female entrepreneurs of 19th century Sydney and the Blue Mountains – the milliners and dressmakers, brothel keepers and publicans, as well as the plumbers and pawnbrokers – who helped Sydney become the city it is today. Prepare to meet the eminently respectable businesswomen and some of the more disreputable con-women who plied their trade on the city streets.

Catherine Bishop is an historian at the Australian Catholic University and the author of Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney. The talk will take place at the Blue mountains Theatre and Community Hub, Springwood at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and include afternoon tea. Available online here, at any Library branch or at The Turning Page Bookshop.

Photo: Old car and group outside old Belgravia 1908. Courtesy Blue Mountains Library Local Studies.




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