Category Archives: Fiction

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.

Our ‘Question’ Podcast

The Love2Read theme for August was ‘Question’. Have you read any books lately that question? John Merriman interviewed Theresa Lock, Library Assistant here at the Blue Mountains City Library, about her favourite reads with this theme. Check out this interesting episode recording here!



Any other fans of Thomas Cromwell out there? I’m very excited to hear (via The Bookseller + Publisher) that Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winner, Wolf Hall, is to beturned into a BBC2 costume drama by the man who brought Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to the big screen.

It was announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that Peter Straughan, who co-wrote the script for the adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre, will turn Mantel’s novel about Thomas Cromwell into a six-part series.  Making the announcement, BBC2s director, Janice Hadlow, described the project as: “a great contemporary novel, a great adaptation”.

Production for the series is expected to start in late 2013.

Who do you fancy playing Henry VIIIs favourite head-kicker? I think Ray Winstone would be great. It’s not the first time Thomas Cromwell has been portrayed of course, but Kenneth Williams has surely got to be the least likely Thomas Cromwell?

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