Category Archives: Fiction

Alison’s Picks – September 2017


Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Strout

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her work – Bernadette Brennan

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

A Few Days in the Country, and other stories – Elizabeth Harrower


Alison’s Picks July 2017

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The Restorer by Michael Sala

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

Capital by John Lanchester

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Alison’s Picks April 2017

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

The Abundance (essays)  by Annie Dillard


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.

The October issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to read

The October issue of Good Reading magazine is available for you to read from our Library website. 

goodreadingIn this issue of gr, Geraldine Brooks tells us about her new historical novel, The Secret Chord, in which she investigates the hidden stories behind David, the boy who slayed Goliath. We also look to the stars and beyond this month, with a revisit of Carl Sagan’s classic sci-fi novel Contact, a guide on what to read after  A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and a visit from Irish-born astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy, who tells us which books made him fall in love with space. For those who prefer their stories to play out in our own planet, check out an article about spiritual exploration in Tibet, or our special feature on the world’s most exceptional tree houses. Also find out about the dark secrets of Hollywood stars in an interview with Todd Alexander, and get the tissues ready for when we revisit Tim Conigrave’s classic memoir Holding the Man on the 20th anniversary of its publication. All this and more, plus plenty of reviews to help you find your next great read!

Happy reading!

Crimeread: Lenny Bartulin and P. M. Newton

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Before their fabulous talk at Springwood Library last week, crime authors Lenny Bartulin and P. M. Newton were kind enough to drop in with John Merriman for our Crimeread podcast episode. If you are interested in Australian crime fiction, or even just the writing life, this is the episode for you! Listen here, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

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