Cooking for Copyright

Cooking for Copyright is tomorrow, Friday 31st July. This is being held to gain support for copyright reform, so that unpublished works are treated the same way as published ones. Currently under Australian law,  while copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator for published works, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever, meaning these items cannot legally be digitised and made accessible to the community, family historians, researchers, and others who would find them a useful and fascinating resource.

Why not cook one of the vintage recipes, photograph the result and share the photo on  Facebook or Twitter this Friday, July 31 using the hashtag #CookingforCopyright.

More information and some great recipes are available on the FAIR Cooking for Copyright webpage. 



Comfort reads..books you return to time and again.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

A lost child:
On the eve of the First World War, a little girl is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. A mysterious woman called the Authoress had promised to look after her – but the Authoress has disappeared without a trace.

A terrible secret:
On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O’Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.

A mysterious inheritance:
On Nell’s death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts—The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Chocolat begins with the arrival in a tiny French village of Vianne Rocher, a single mother with a young daughter, on Shrove Tuesday. As the inhabitants of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes clear away the remains of the carnival which heralds the beginning of Lent, Vianne moves with her daughter into a disused bakery facing the church, where Francis Reynaud, the young and opinionated curé of the parish, watches her arrival with disapproval and suspicion.

When he realizes that Vianne intends to open a chocolate shop in place of the old bakery, thereby tempting the churchgoers to over-indulgence, Reynaud’s disapproval increases...

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island's bright and beautiful, Gatsby longs only for Daisy Buchanan. In shimmering prose, Fitzgerald shows Gatsby pursue his dream to its tragic conclusion. The Great Gatsby is an elegiac and exquisite portrait of the American Dream.




Bridget Jones Diary: A novel by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones’s Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, “How’s your love life?” with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, Bridget Jones’s Diary has touched a raw nerve with millions of readers the world round. Read it and laugh—before you cry, “Bridget Jones is me!”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.'A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. When she was nineteen she fell in love with—and was engaged to—a naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. But the young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded to give him up. Now, eight years later, Wentworth has returned to the neighborhood, a rich man and still unwed. Anne’s never-diminished love is muffled by her pride, and he seems cold and unforgiving. What happens as the two are thrown together in the social world of Bath—and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne.



Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their darkened house and their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they couldn’t escape. A delicious novel about witches and real love, family life and everyday spells. A literary incantation.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
Fresh out of Glasgow Veterinary College, to the young James Herriot 1930s Yorkshire seems to offers an idyllic pocket of rural life in a rapidly changing world. But from his erratic new colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon, to incomprehensible farmers, herds of semi-feral cattle, a pig called Nugent and an overweight Pekingese called Tricki Woo, James find he is on a learning curve as steep as the hills around him. And when he meets Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, all the training and experience in the world can’t help him…



Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse
Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this, one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. Bertie must deal with the Market Snodsbury Grammar School prize giving, the broken engagement of his cousin Angela, the wooing of Madeline Bassett by Gussie Fink-Nottle, and the resignation of Anatole, the genius chef. Will he prevail? Only with the aid of Jeeves!

First Experiences Collection...

The First Experiences collection in the Children's Library consists of picture books that cover issues that young children may face.  Topics include: starting school, sleeping in a big bed, death of a pet, death of a family member, divorce, and feelings such as anger, anxiety and sadness.  Many issues are covered.

Here are two books are new to our collection and are part of our First Experiences Collection.  You can search for more titles in this collection on our catalogue under ‘first experiences collection.’

Just the way we are by Jessica Shirvington & Claire Robertson

This lovely book is a celebration of the kids who live in the same street.  Anna, Chiara, Henry, Izzy and Jack all have different families but that’s okay, they’re perfect, just the way they are! It celebrates families no matter who is in them and how they live.








Shine by Trace Balla

A moving picture book to share with young children, and a catalyst for discussing big questions.  A story for the very young about loss and the everlasting power of love. This book was written by the author after her sister lost her husband and she saw how her sister and children coped with this terrible loss.



We love reading...staff picks for July.

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage returns to her home town to care for her elderly mother 'Mad' Molly. Returning many years after being 'sent away' to school in Melbourne, her return shocks the locals.
As they learn of Tilly's audacious return, the reader is introduced to the major personalities in town through the prism of their own foibles, frailities and secrets. Tilly returns as a well travelled and accomplished seamstress, a talent which eventually wins her a grudging place in the fabric of town life...until it appears Ted, the football hero has fallen for her.
The dressmaker is written in a sparse, wonderfully unsentimental style, which delightfully portrays the reality of small town country life in the middle of last century.  It has a bit of everything, pathos, comedy, tragedy and romance, culminating in a truly life changing event.
I enjoyed it immensely.



Walking Home: a pilgrimage from humbled to healed along theCamino de Santiago by  Sonia Choquette
The author’s brother and father die within 6 weeks of each other and she and her husband separate. She feels that she has reached a crisis point in her life and needs to change her life.  This is probably one of the reasons why many people choose to walk the Camino de Santiago which takes you across parts of France and Spain.  With very little preparation Sonia sets off to walk 805 kilometres in 40 days.  In the end you come to realise that this was all part of the experience.  The book consists of constant monologues, conversations in her head and out loud as she struggles with her inner issues and physical pain of the walk.  Who can resist a book about a pilgrimage?  An insightful read recommended by one of the library’s lovely customers.
~Angela

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson
Clemency Smittson, "Smitty", was adopted at birth, her only link to her birth family being a cardboard box hand decorated with butterflies that was used as her crib. We meet Smitty as a 37 year old jewellery maker, who has just moved back to Brighton, where she was born, after breaking up with her partner.  Smitty unexpectedly stumbles upon her birth family whom she consciously never looked for. This reunion results in many changes to her life  and a decision she should never have had to make.   This book is more than the story of a woman searching for her birth family and finding her own identity. It is character driven, exploring the complex relationships between  lovers, parents and children , siblings and family.  There are unexpected twists and turns, secrets, intrigue, a mystery and a little romance. This book was really enjoyable, and I will definitely being reading more Dorothy Koomson books!
~Monique

The children act by Ian McEwan
The children act by Ian McEwan is a novel which explores the ramifications of a British act of parliament of the same name. We become privy to the private thoughts of Fiona Maye, a respected High Court judge in the Family Court. Fiona's  childless marriage is being strained as she is sitting on a case which asks her to decide whether an almost 18 year old can be deemed to be 'adult' enough to choose to refuse life saving treatments on religious grounds.  
Fiona's deliberations on this and the other cases she and her colleagues are attending, are shaped by previous legal argument and the precedence they set. As judges they must be quite dispassionate and detached from the process and personalities involved, if justice is not only to be seen to be done, but actually achieved, with the best interests of all parties at the heart of the decision. However, the impact of the decisions on those affected is far from dispassionate, and can have ramifications beyond what is expected.
A very readable insight into a small, rarefied 'community'.
~Jacinta

The strays  by Emily Bitto                                                      
An engaging read . Lily is an only child in a quiet middle class family who becomes best friends with Eva the middle sister of a bohemian arty family.
Emily Bitto beautifully describes these contrasting worlds and the feelings we all have experienced growing up.
After being Eva best friend and coming to envy and love her family and the arty friends who come to live with them, she begins a journal as she watches their dramatic and turbulent lives. Lily's  world is changed forever after her father is injured and she goes to live with the family.The balance of this world tips over when Eva and her younger sister run away with a young artist.    
 The story is fully realized when Lily as an older woman  once again meets Eva at a retrospective for Ethan Eva's father and she looks back at their long ago time together and how it has impacted all their lives since.
An engaging storyteller Emily Bitto has crafted a story of childhood and how it forms who we are and who we become.

New voices in Australian fiction...

Fever of animals by Miles Allinson
'For nearly five years I have wanted to write something about the surrealist painter Emil Bafdescu: about his paintings, one of which hangs in a little restaurant in Melbourne, and about his disappearance, which is still a mystery. But this is probably not going to be the book I imagined. Nothing has quite worked out the way I planned.'

With the inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life, Miles must also reckon with his own.

Faced with a language and a landscape that remain stubbornly out of reach, and condemned to wait for someone who may never arrive, Miles is haunted by thoughts of his ex-girlfriend, Alice, and the trip they took to Venice that ended their relationship.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes
Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he's becoming increasingly curious about his father's absence in his life, wanting to fill in the gaps.

Claire's life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire's tightly held world is split open.

On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront his past, and the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan.

When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Black Rock, White City by A.S Patric
During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp
A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love.

Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously.

Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available.

After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby’s, she’s admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm.

Please Don't Leave Me Here by Tania Chandler
Is Brigitte a loving wife and mother, or a cold-blooded killer?

Nobody knows why she was in the east of the city so early on the morning she was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver. It was the Friday before Christmas 1994 - the same day police discovered the body of a man beaten to death in her apartment.

Fourteen years later, Brigitte is married to the detective who investigated the murder, which she claims to have lost her memory of in the car accident. They have young twins, and seem to be a happy family. Until the reopening of the cold case.


In the quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones
A moving, sweet and uplifting novel of love, grief and the heartache of letting go, from a wonderful new Australian author.
Cate Carlton has recently died, yet she is able to linger on, watching her three young children and her husband as they come to terms with their life without her on their rural horse property. As the months pass and her children grow, they cope in different ways, drawn closer and pulled apart by their shared loss. And all Cate can do is watch on helplessly, seeing their grief, how much they miss her and how - heartbreakingly - they begin to heal. Gradually unfolding to reveal Cate's life, her marriage, and the unhappy secret she shared with one of her children, In the Quiet is compelling, simple, tender, true - heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.

The birds child by Sandra Leigh Child
A novel of magic, birds, lost letters and love.
Sydney, 1929: three people find themselves washed up on the steps of Miss Du Maurier's bohemian boarding house in a once grand terrace in Newtown. Ari is a young Jewish man, a pogrom orphan, who lives under the stern rule of his rabbi uncle, but dreams his father is Houdini. Upon his hand he bears a forbidden mark - a tattoo - and has a secret ambition to be a magician. Finding an injured parrot one day on the street, Ari is unsure of how to care for it, until he meets young runaway Lily, a glimmering girl after his own abracadabra heart. together they form a magical act, but their lives take a strange twist when wild card Billy, a charming and dangerous drifter twisted by the war, can no longer harbour secret desires of his own.
The Bird's Child is a feat of sleight-of-hand. Birds speak, keys appear from nowhere, boxes spill secrets and the dead talk. this is a magical, stunningly original, irresistible novel - both an achingly beautiful love story and a slowly unfurling mystery of belonging.

Cartel by Lili St Germaine
How much is a life worth?
Mariana Rodriguez is the eldest daughter of a Colombian drug lord. Growing up in Villanueva, Colombia, she has never wanted for anything. Private schools, a lavish lifestyle, and the safety of the Cartel that her father works for.
At nineteen, she's got her entire life mapped out, and what a good life it's going to be: graduate from college, move to America, and finally be free from the stifling grip of the Cartel.
Only, her father messes up. A shipment of cocaine - a very large, very valuable shipment - is seized by the authorities whilst under his care and he becomes liable for the debt. Half a million dollars' worth of cocaine.
Half a million dollars he does not have.
But he has a daughter, a very smart one, a daughter who would give up her very existence and offer herself as payment for her father's sins, to ensure her family survives.
But falling in love with the man who owned her isn't part of the plan ...

Skin by Ilka Tampke
Southwest Britain, AD 43.

For the people of Caer Cad, ‘skin’ is their totem, their greeting, their ancestors, their land.

Ailia does not have skin. Abandoned at birth, she serves the Tribequeen of her township. Ailia is not permitted to marry, excluded from tribal ceremonies and, most devastatingly, forbidden to learn. But the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, have chosen her for another path.

Lured by the beautiful and enigmatic Taliesin, Ailia embarks on an unsanctioned journey to attain the knowledge that will protect her people from the most terrifying invaders they have ever faced.

Set in Iron-Age Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion, Skin is a thrilling, full-blooded, mesmerising novel about the collision of two worlds, and a young woman torn between two men.

Anchor Point by Alice Robinson
When her mother disappears into the bush, ten-year-old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades. Despite her anger
and grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and helping her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm.
But gradually they realise that while they may own the land, they cannot tame it – nor can they escape their past.

Anchor Point is an eloquent and arresting Australian novel no reader will easily forget.