Monthly Archives: February 2017

Alison’s Picks March 2017


Nutshell by Ian McEwan. An unborn baby listens to all that goes on outside his watery world, and doesn’t like the sound of it one bit. Fantastic writing by McEwan.

The Good Guy by Susan Beale.  Ted, a salesman, needs to be admired. He falls for someone who does that, unfortunately not his wife. Beale’s irony makes this interesting.

Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy.  Very funny. A young Scottish man, Struan, takes a job looking after an ageing, wealthy Englishman. I listened to a great reading of this on Talking Book.

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith. Sara and her husband Barent are painters during what later becomes known as the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Their beloved only child is taken by the Plague. To assuage her grief, Sara paints. This excellent story starts there.


Library Lovers’ Day 2017

To celebrate Library Lovers’ Day on 14 February the Library is playing matchmaker.

Pick up your Blind Date with a Book at any Library branch.

No awkward questions

No forced conversation

No embarrassing moments

No hurt feelings if it doesn’t work out!


Just select your Blind Date from the display of specially wrapped books. Check it out at the Circulation desk. Take it home, read and enjoy.

And if you like, you can Rate Your Date and we’ll display it in your library.


Carolyn’s Books of the Month – February 2017

carolyns-books-of-the-monthSome recommended cool reading for these hot days by Carolyn.

Best Read : The Toy Maker by Liam Pieper

Crime : The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Australian Author : A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester

General  Fiction : Before We Met by Luci Whitehouse

Thrillers : The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware and You Sent me a Letter by Lucy Dawson

Saga/Romance : The War Bride by Pamela Hart


Alison’s picks – February 2017


The Better Son by Katherine Johnson. Tasmania, 1952: two boys explore in the karst country of Central Tasmania, and find a cave. It becomes their secret, their refuge – until, one day, only one of them returns home.

The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski. This one focuses on retired couples who are also neighbours, and the demands and pleasures that entails. Byrski is always honest and insightful.

Freeing Grace by Charity Norman. David, curate of an inner-city parish, and Leila, his Nigerian-born wife are unable to have children of their own. When they finally hear they’ve been approved to adopt a baby, Grace, they are overjoyed. But it turns out not to be that simple.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Alice Love has an accident at the gym – and the last ten years of her life are wiped from her memory in the brain injury that results. Gradually bits of memory return – but she is alarmed by what she discovers about herself. As usual with Moriarty, a gripping read.

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