Adult Summer Reading Club...Books you can read in one sitting...

There's only 8 sleeps 'til Christmas...
 Feeling like you have no time to read? Try a short story!

All my love by Loretta Hill et al. 

Fall head over heels for five hilarious and heartwarming tales of love and other misadventures. Stories include:
One little white lie / Loretta Hill -- Eliza's home / Rachael Herron -- Dr No Commitment / Virginia Taylor -- Anybody but him / Claire Baxter -- Captivation / Nicola Moriaty.

Heat and light by Ellen Van Neerven

Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award. In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In 'Heat', we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In 'Water', van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat. While in 'Light', familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

The award-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale presents a collection of short stories that features such protagonists as a widowed writer who is guided by her late husband's voice and a woman whose genetic abnormality causes her to be mistaken for a vampire.

Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas

Love, sex, death, family, friendship, betrayal, tenderness, sacrifice and revelation...This incendiary collection of stories from acclaimed bestselling international writer Christos Tsiolkas takes you deep into worlds both strange and familiar, and characters that will never let you go.

Bapo by Nicholas Jose
The title of Nicholas Jose's new collection of stories refers to an unusual kind of Chinese painting, that tricks the eye into thinking it sees a collage of fragments.Bapo means 'eight broken', where eight is a Chinese lucky number and 'broken' suggests that luck has run out, though there's another kind of luck in simply surviving and holding it all together, less glorious maybe, but not so bad in the long run. The stories feature a cast of characters, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, refugees, families at the crossroads. They are all held by the past in some way, its hope, idealism, romance, adventure - and aware of its susceptibility to corruption, disappointment or manipulation.

Figures of fear by Graham Masterton

Are you brave enough to discover what figures of fear haunt the imagination of the master of modern horror? From the beginning of history, men and women have been haunted by figures of fear and now, in his latest short story collection, award-winning horror writer Graham Masterton reveals the figures that haunt his own imagination...

      Only the animals by Ceridwan Dovey

Insightful and poignant, this is a collection of short stories, narrated by ten different animal souls. Each story is both innovative and memorable, with animals showing humans at their best and worst in well known recognisable situations of human conflict.

The best Australian short stories edited by Amanda Lohrey

In The Best Australian Stories 2014, author Amanda Lohrey selects the outstanding short fiction of the year. Featuring a diverse selection, with new and innovative voices alongside theestablished and familiar, this anthology celebrates the craft of storytelling and the perfect short story. Previous contributors include Kate Grenville, Tony Birch, David Malouf, Mandy Sayer, DBC Pierre, Frank Moorhouse, Peter Goldsworthy, Marion Halligan, Venero Armanno, Ryan O'Neill and Romy Ash.

**Don't forget to to fill in an entry form and drop it into an entry box at any of the library branches for your chance to win an Adult Summer Reading Club weekly prize. 


Ten Book Tuesday...looking for a good book? Try one of these!

The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi
In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no broth
ers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.
But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.
Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

The weight of blood by Laura McHugh
The Dane family's roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn't keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished when Lucy was still a baby. Then one of Lucy's few friends, Cheri, is found murdered, and Lucy feels haunted by both women: by the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn't protect. And when she stumbles across Cheri's necklace in an abandoned trailer, she begins to suspect that Cheri's death could be linked to her mother's disappearance.

The good girl by Mary Kubica
Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

The museum of extraordinary things by Alice Hoffman
Coney Island, 1911: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl,and a 100 year old turtle, in her father's "museum". She swims regularly in New York's Hudson River, and one night stumbles upon a striking young man alone in the woods photographing moon-lit trees. From that moment, Coralie knows her life will never be the same. The dashing photographer Coralie spies is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community. As Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and the dispute between factory owners and labourers. In the tumultuous times that characterized life in New York between the world wars, Coralie and Eddie's lives come crashing together in Alice Hoffman's mesmerizing, imaginative, and romantic new novel.

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doer
 Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

City of stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
An atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city--from one of America's most acclaimed young SF writers.
The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions—until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself—first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it—stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy.
Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem—and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.

Bird box by Josh Malerman
In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them -- but is it man, animal, or monster? Within these tracks, Malerman, a professional musician, discusses his love of horror and invokes an ethereal and atmospheric experience in an homage to Orson Welles à la War of the Worlds.
Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healey
 Elizabeth is Missing, Emma Healey's stunning debut novel, introduces a mystery, an unsolved crime and one of the most unforgettable characters since Mark Haddon's Christopher. Meet Maud ...'Elizabeth is missing', reads the note in Maud's pocket in her own handwriting. Lately, Maud's been getting forgetful. She keeps buying peach slices when she has a cupboard full, forgets to drink the cups of tea she's made and writes notes to remind herself of things. But Maud is determined to discover what has happened to her friend, Elizabeth, and what it has to do with the unsolved disappearance of her sister Sukey, years back, just after the war. A fast-paced mystery with a wonderful leading character: Maud will make you laugh and cry, but she certainly won't be forgotten.

Eden by Candice Fox
The breath-taking new thriller from the author of Hades, winner of the Ned Kelly award for Best Debut Crime Novel. 'I fool myself that Eden has a heart – that she would at least have trouble killing me...'
Most police duos run on trust, loyalty, and the desire to see killers in court. But Detective Frank Bennett's partner, the enigmatic Eden Archer, has nothing to offer him but darkness and danger. She doesn't mind catching killers – but it's not the courthouse where her justice is served.
And now Eden is about to head undercover to find three missing girls. The only link between the victims is a remote farm where the desperate go to hide and blood falls more often than rain. For Frank, the priority is to keep his partner monitored 24/7 while she's there – but is it for Eden's protection, or to protect their suspects from her? 


Adult Summer Reading Club: Books you've been meaning to read...

It's always the long books that make a list like this... 

Game of thrones by George R R Martin (700+ pgs.)

Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced.

Start now, because you've got a lot of reading to do! Game of Thrones, the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, is 700 pages. That's just the beginning. There are another four books in the series so far, including A Storm of swords (volume 3) and A Dance with Dragons (volume 5), both of which are in two parts. Some good news for fans, rumour has it that Volume Six, Winds of Winter is expected to be published in 2015.

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771 pgs.)

A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2014.
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan

A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

Man Booker prize winner, 2014
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 

Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.

 The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism.

Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
 For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

**Don't forget to to fill in an entry form and drop it into an entry box at any of the library branches for your chance to win an Adult Summer Reading Club weekly prize. 


Prime Minister's Literary Awards 2014

Congratulations to Richard Flanagan
 and Steve Carroll, joint winners of the Fiction Award at The Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2014.

There are  six award categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, young adult fiction and children’s fiction.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
A World of Other People by Steve Carroll

Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call by Melinda Smith

Non-fiction—joint winners
Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca

Prize for Australian history—joint winners
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War by Joan Beaumont
Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II by Hal G.P. Colebatch

Young adult fiction
The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna

Children’s fiction
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham 

The shortlists span many genres, styles and subjects, reflecting on contemporary Australian life, significant moments in Australian and world history as well as gripping readers with fictional stories that captivate young and old readers alike.

Shortlisted books:
A World of Other People by Steven Carroll 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Night Guest  by Fiona McFarlane 
Coal Creek by Alex Miller 
Belomor by Nicolas Rothwell


Moving Among Strangers by Gabrielle Carey
The Lucky Culture by Nick Cater 
Citizen Emperor by Philip Dwyer 
Rendezvous with Destiny by Michael Fullilove 
Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca

Prize for Australian History
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War by Joan Beaumont 
First Victory 1914 by Mike Carlton 
Australia's Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II by Hal G.P. Colebatch 
Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy by Michael Pembroke 
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright 

Young Adult Fiction

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna
Pureheart by Cassandra Golds
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell 
Life in Outer Space by  Melissa Keil 
The First Third by Will Kostakis 
Children's Fiction
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham
Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt 
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan  


Ten Book Tuesday...A Christmas novel list.

The Christmas countdown is on! Check out these Christmas themed novels of 2014...

My true love gave to me: Twelve winter romances edited by Stephanie Perkins 

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .
This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

Take one Queen Bee: Annabel Buchanan, with a perfect house in the country, a rich husband and a beautiful daughter, Izzy . . .
. . . and one large, loud family: the Bensons.
What happens when their worlds collide?
When Izzy suddenly falls dangerously ill, adoptee Annabel has to track down her biological family to see if they can help her daughter. But can she see past the Bensons' brash exteriors to the warm, loving people they are at heart?
With December just around the corner, is it too much to hope that the Bensons and the Buchanans can have a proper family Christmas?

The Christmas surprise by Jenny Colgan
Includes mouth-watering recipes. Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together. After all, don't they say it takes a village to raise a child? Treat yourself and your friends to Jenny Colgan's heartwarming new novel this Christmas.

Winter street by Elin Hilderbrand
In bestseller Elin Hilderbrand's first Christmas novel, a family gathers on Nantucket for a holiday filled with surprises.
A family Christmas gathering at Kelley Quinn's Nantucket inn is thrown into turmoil by his four adult children's personal dramas and the discovery of his second wife's infidelity. Colin Quinn owns a Bed and Breakfast on Nantucket and is a proud father of four-Patrick, Shane, Ava, and Bart, all grown and living in varying states of disarray. As Christmas approaches, Conor and his wife Mitzi anticipate a wonderful family reunion. But when Bart, the golden child and a recent Dartmouth graduate, announces that he has joined the Marines and is leaving for Afghanistan two days before Christmas, Mitzi is so distressed that she confesses to having an affair with a long-time guest at the Inn. As more secrets unravel and chaos ensues, it's up to Ava to piece together the holiday before everyone leaves--possibly forever.

Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber

 Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track--and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn't plan to do is run into Erich Simmons. Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they're suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble. Perhaps it's the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought--and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. 

The Christmas party by Carole Matthews

Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job as a PA in a huge international corporation. The only problem is her boss who can't keep his hands to himself. What she really doesn't have time for is romance - until she meets the company's rising star, Josh Wallace. Louise has always said no to nights out, but for one night only she's decided to let her hair down. It's the office Christmas party, and she's looking forward to some champagne and fun. She's completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party - until she's pulled into one of those games herself...

As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house—each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour.  Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake.  Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead—making Mother a prime suspect.  Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest?

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry
Dark secrets threaten the highest of New York society in the twelfth Victorian Christmas novella
New York, 1904. Jemima Pitt arrives in a city where new American money and old English aristocracy collide. She's here to chaperone her friend, Delphinia, who has crossed the ocean to marry one of New York's richest men, but Jemima discovers a secret that could destroy Phinnie's future.
Drawn into the crisis, Jemima desperately wants to protect her friend. And she must use all her courage and wits
to decide whom to trust, and how to thread her way through the snowy streets of this brash new city.

A Christmas feast by Katie Fforde
Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect, romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand new story.
Make your Christmas wishes come true...

The mistletoe promise by Richard Paul Evans
A love story for Christmas from the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Walk. Elise Dutton dreads the arrival of another holiday season. Three years earlier, her husband cheated on her with her best friend, resulting in a bitter divorce that left her alone, broken, and distrustful. Then, one November day, a stranger approaches Elise in the mall food court. Though she recognizes the man from her building, Elise has never formally met him. Tired of spending the holidays alone, the man offers her a proposition. For the next eight weeks--until the evening of December 24--he suggests that they pretend to be a couple. He draws up a contract with four rules: 1. No deep, probing personal questions 2. No drama 3. No telling anyone the truth about the relationship 4. The contract is void on Christmas Day The lonely Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea. As the charade progresses, the safety of her fake relationship begins to mend her badly broken heart. But just as she begins to find joy again, her long-held secret threatens to unravel the emerging relationship. But she might not be the only one with secrets


Let NSW State Government Candidates Know Library Lovers Vote Too!

Sutherland Shire Libraries are participating in the Day of Action on Friday 5 December by asking residents to contact their local NSW State Government candidates in the 2015 election and highlight the need for increased funding from State Government to protect the future of public libraries.

The Day of Action is an important strategy in the ongoing NSW Public Libraries Association’s Library Funding Campaign, which was launched in April 2014.

“Thousands of Shire residents have already shown their support by signing a state-wide petition which gathered 70,000 signatures asking for increased funding from the State Government, but more needs to be done,” said Lyn Barakat, Manager – Library Services, Sutherland Shire Council.

Library funding was once split 50:50 between State and Local Governments. The State Government currently contributes just 7 cents out of every dollar and local councils now have to fund 93 per cent of the cost of providing public libraries. 

NSW Government recurrent funding to support the public library network is the lowest percentage of total budget of any State, and about half of that provided in Victoria and Queensland, the two most comparable networks. Previous NSW State Governments have put in less and less in real terms every year.

The NSW Public Libraries Association acknowledges the additional capital funding provided by the NSW Government in the 2014-15 budget, and for coming years. 

“What needs to be made clear is that the funding under this increase is available by application to the grant program, and is not universally spread across the state. While this funding will provide enhanced facilities for those councils which are successful, without funds for resources or the staff to make it work, then it is a pointless exercise,” she said.  

“If opening hours are reduced or branches closed it will be because funding pressures on councils have become too great.  For a modest increase in recurrent funding, the NSW State Government can prevent this,” said Ms Barakat.

For more information on the campaign, visit or talk to your local library staff.


ABC Book Club: Ten Classic Beach Reads

The ABC Book Club Top Ten Classic Beach Reads, as voted by viewers, were announced on Tuesday night. Have you read all of these? 

1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
About the book:
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful. A girl who had everything… until she lost her life.
Did you know?
Published in 1937 and still in print, this is the17th of 33 books featuring Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective.
 2.The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
About the book:
This is the debut novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
It is the unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant
Did you know?
 The author was rejected more than 30 times before finding a literary agent willing to take him on.The kite Runner has been made into a movie and a graphic novel. Khaled Hosseini has also since written two more New York Times bestselling novels  And the Mountains echoed and  A Thousand Splendid Suns.
3.  The Beach by Alex Garland
 About the book:
Richard, a gap-year student, is introduced to a beautiful island by the mysterious Daffy. But with drugs and the glamorized violence of Vietnam War films haunting his perception of his Thai paradise, Richard soon finds the hideaway becomes a nightmare.
 Did you know?
This cult debut novel was published to critical acclaim being reprinted 25 times in less than a year. Garland also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the book called 28 days later.

4. The Shipping News  by Annie Proulx
About the book:
Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair...features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just deserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty except for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.
Did you know?
This book won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Her short story Brokeback Mountain was released as a movie in 2005, to massive critical acclaim and winning three Academy Awards.

5. The world according to Garp by John Irving (request a copy via Interlibrary Loan).
About the book:
A tragi-comic novel, this is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. The  life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son.

Did you know?
With more than ten million copies in print, published in thirty languages in more than forty different countries, John Irving's fourth novel has been a worldwide best seller since its publication in 1978. 

6. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
About the book:
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.
 Did you know?
This is the debut novel of Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Donna Tartt.
 7. My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell (Request a copy via Interlibrary Loan).
About the book:
A charming and comic autobiographical novel. Fleeing the gloomy British climate, the Durrell clan move to Corfu carrying the bare essentials of life: acne cures for Margo; revolvers for Leslie; books for Larry and a jam jar full of caterpillars for Gerry.
Did you know?
This book has been made into a movie. It is the first book in the Corfu Trilogy.  Gerald 'Gerry' Durrant OBE, was an author, naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist and television presenter.

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
About the book:
Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war...
Did you know?
This is Gillian Flynn's third novel, preceded by  Sharp Objects and Dark Places.

About the book:
The disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden, gnaws at her octogenarian uncle, Henrik Vanger. He is determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. He hires crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, recently at the wrong end of a libel case, to get to the bottom of Harriet's disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old, pierced, tattooed genius hacker, possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age--and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness--assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, an astonishing corruption at the highest echelon of Swedish industrialism--and a surprising connection between themselves.
Did you know?
The first book in this trilogy was published in 2005, one year after the author Stieg Larsson’s death.
It received The Glass Key Award from Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 2006.
The Millennium Trilogy has together sold 60 million copies in more than 50 countries. 

10. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (Electronic
About the book:
The epic story of a priest torn between God and human passion and a beautiful girl desiring only what she cannot have, spanning five decades of ambition, fear, longing and revenge, and set against the vast horizons of Australia's Outback.
Did you know?
A global publishing phenomenon, this novel made Colleen McCullough, a neurophysicist, a multimillionaire overnight.

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