2014-Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Fiction

The Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious prizes honouring our crime fiction and true crime writing. The winners were announced Saturday, 6 September at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. And the winners are:

 Best Crime Novel

In the morning I'll be gone by Adrian McKinty

A Catholic cop tracks an IRA master bomber amidst the sectarian violence of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The early 1980s. Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze Prison. In the course of his investigations Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot’s whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside. Sean knows that if he can crack the "locked room mystery," the bigger mystery of Dermot’s whereabouts might be revealed to him as a reward. Meanwhile the clock is ticking down to the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in 1984, where Mrs. Thatcher is due to give a keynote speech....

Best First Fiction

Hades by Candice Fox 
A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction. 

Hades Archer surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem – for a fee.

Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants ‘lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything...

Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his finger on.

At first, as they race to catch a very different kind of serial killer, his partner's sharp instincts come in handy. But soon Frank's wondering if she's as dangerous as the man they hunt.

Best True Crime Award 

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran 
When filming his TV series Race Relations, John Safran spent an uneasy couple of days with one of Mississippi's most notorious white supremacists. A year later, he heard that the man had been murdered – and what was more, the killer was black.

At first the murder seemed a twist on the old Deep South race crimes. But then more news rolled in. Maybe it was a dispute over money, or most intriguingly, over sex. Could the infamous racist actually have been secretly gay, with a thing for black men? Did Safran have the last footage of him alive? Could this be the story of a lifetime? Seizing his Truman Capote moment, he jumped on a plane to cover the trial.

Over six months, Safran got deeper and deeper into the South, becoming entwined in the lives of those connected with the murder – white separatists, black campaigners, lawyers, investigators, neighbours, even the killer himself. And the more he talked with them, the less simple the crime, and the world, seemed.

Murder in Mississippi is a brilliantly innovative true-crime story. Taking us places only he can, Safran paints an engrossing, revealing portrait of a dead man, his murderer, the place they lived and the process of trying to find out the truth about anything.
Sandra Harvey Award 

Web Design by Emma Viskic


2014 Best Crime Novel 
Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher
Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox
In the morning I'll be gone by Adrian McKinty,
Beams Falling by P.M. Newton
One boy missing by Stephen Orr
The dying beach by Angela Savage

2014 Best First Crime Novel
Dead cat bounce by Peter Cotton
Hades by Candice Fox
Blood Witness by Alex Hammond
Every breath by Ellie Marney

2014 Best True Crime 


14th Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing

The winners of the Davitt Awards for Australian Women's crime writing were announced Saturday, 30 August by leading South African crime writer, Lauren Beukes. This year a record 76 books published in 2013 competed for six Davitts. The winners are:

Best Adult Novel
Dark Horse by Honey Brown
t's Christmas morning on the edge of the rugged Mortimer Ranges. Sarah Barnard saddles Tansy, her black mare. She is heading for the bush, escaping the reality of her broken marriage and her bankrupted trail-riding business.
Sarah seeks solace in the ranges. When a flash flood traps her on Devil Mountain, she heads to higher ground, taking shelter in Hangman's Hut.
She settles in to wait out Christmas.
A man, alone bushwalker, arrives. Heath is charming, capable, handsome. But his story doesn't ring true. Why is he deep in the wilderness without any gear? Where is his vehicle? What's driving his resistance towards rescue? The closer they become the more her suspicions grow.
But to get off Devil Mountain alive, Sarah must engage in this secretive stranger's dangerous game of intimacy.

Best Novel: Young Adult 
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
When a teenage girl disappears, a small town is awash with rumours: everyone is talking about the dress she wore, a midnight-blue dress made from the remnants of other dresses, a dress of stories ...
For her whole life, Rose Lovell has moved from town to town with her alcoholic father. When they wash up in a coastal sugarcane town, Rose wonders if this time it will be different.
At the local high school, Rose meets Pearl Kelly, who is popular, pretty and intent on tracking down her Russian father. When she convinces Rose to be part of the annual Harvest Parade, Rose must find a special dress for the occasion. She seeks the help of the eccentric Edie Baker, who knows all the town's secrets and whose own family is a rich tapestry of stories. When Rose agrees to let Edie teach her to sew, she doesn't realise that nothing will ever be the same again.

Highly commended in this category were:

 Every breath by Ellie Marney

 A Ring Through Time  by Felicity Pulman

Best True Crime Book
Night Games: Sex, power and sport by Anna Krien
What does a young footballer do to cut loose? At night, some play what they think of as pranks, or games. Night games with women. Sometimes these involve consensual sex, but sometimes they don't, and sometimes they fall into a grey area.
In the tradition of Helen Garner's The First Stone comes a closely observed, controversial book about sex, consent and power. In Night Games, Anna Krien follows the rape trial of an Australian Rules footballer. She also takes a balanced and fearless look at the dark side of footy culture - the world of Sam Newman, Ricky Nixon, Matty Johns and the Cronulla Sharks.
Both a courtroom drama and a riveting piece of first-person narrative journalism, this is a breakthrough book by one of the leading young lights of Australian writing.

Best debut novel and Readers choice
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes.
Only Tóti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul.
As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?
Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love.

Best Childrens Novel
 Truly Tan: Spooked  by Jen Storer
Tan is back in another deliciously spooky adventure! Book 3 in the bestselling series that kids describe as 'seriously hilarious' and 'fabulously funny'. Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands... The 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them? What could the thief want with a stone emu or flamingo? This mystery is truly baffling! It's a good thing Tan has the mind of a Great Detective... A brilliant chapter series for fans of Alice-Miranda, Judy Moody and The Famous Five. Ages: 8-12  Congratulations to all the winners. 

Shortlisted titles
Best Adult Novel
Dark Horse by Honey Brown
Nefarious Doings: A Nell Forrest Mystery by Ilsa Evans
A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell
Web of Deceit by Katherine Howell
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

Best Young Adult Novel
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman
Best Children’s Novel
Truly Tan: Jinxed! by Jen Storer
Truly Tan: Spooked! by Jen Storer
Best True Crime Book

Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport by Anna Krien

Deadly Australian Women by Kay Saunders

Best Debut Book (Any category)

A Trifle Dead Livia Day

The Midnight Dress Karen Foxlee

Girl Defective Simmone Howell

Burial Rites Hannah Kent 

Every Breath by Ellie Marney


ADULT LEARNER'S WEEK. September 1 - 8

September 1-8 2014 is Adult Learner's Week.
Please investigate the opportunities for online learning made available to you by Sutherland Shire Libraries as well as some links to community programs for adult learning.
Browse below to find out about library databases for online computer training, online language learning via Mango and IELTS and online assistance with study skills.
From the wider community opportunities for learning via Adult Learning Australia, OUA - Open Universities Australia, U3A - University of the Third Age and SGSCC St George and Sutherland Community College


A simple solution to Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and introductory computer training.

Why would I use this?

To learn an Office application or pickup some tips and shortcuts.
To help you transition to a Windows upgrade..
Teach yourself social networking - Twitter, Facebook, Blogging.
To learn basic computing at your own pace. - Recommended you have an assistant on call for the first couple of sessions.


Enter your library card number as a new or returning student.
Progress through each lesson is tracked. Return at any time and begin from the place you finished at last time.
If you are a new user, fill out the form and register for an account.
Choose a Course
Select from the available course and start your learning.
Make the correct response to be able to continue the lesson.

Current Courses

Introduction to Computers
Microsoft Windows - Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, Blogging)

Introduction to Computers

A real beginner may need help for the first couple of lessons, then independent learning should be possible.
Using a mouse or trackpad is necessary to be able to progress through the lessons. Instructions on how to use a mouse comes at the end of the first lesson.
How to turn a computer on is in the second lesson.

Included in these sessions are quick introductions to word processing, internet and email.

Social Networking

All the social networking courses are very basic - how to fill in the application form and post a comment. Users will need to learn about inserting images, privacy etc elsewhere.Twitter, Facebook and Blogger are covered in the social networking lessons.

Books from the library to help you on your way in Social Networking.

Social networking for seniors in easy steps : for the over 50s / Anne Sparrowhawk
Facebook for seniors quicksteps / Carole Boggs Matthews
Facebook & Twitter for Seniors for Dummies (For Dummies) 
Blog design for dummies / by Melissa Culbertson

Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows

Both courses are good to either learn from scratch, or if you have already been using these applications you may find many options that you were not aware of. 
As you work through the lessons and find something that is very new to you, it is easy to go back and repeat the lessons until you understand.


Mango Languages and Road to IELTS - Preparation and Practice are online tools provided to Sutherland Shire Library members.

Why would I use these language learning tools?

  • Learn to talk to someone you know in their language.
  • Learn some basic language skills to help with your travels.
  • Improve your fluency in English as a second language.
  • Practice for certification of your English skills.


Mango Languages online offers courses in 57 non-English languages.

Mango Languages teaches you practical grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural skills of some of the world's most popular languages.

and English courses designed for speakers of 17 languages, as well as Latin, Greek - Koine, Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew.

Courses can be done on a PC or use the Mango App on your tablet or smartphone.
Mango Languages has a range of course options:

Mango Basic

Basic courses teach skills for simple conversations in only a few hours.

Mango Complete 2.0

Mango Complete courses provide in-depth, comprehensive language skills.

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to effectively teach a new language. By
listening to and then repeating language from native speakers, users learn both the individual words and phrases, and how they are used in practical situations and conversations.

Create a profile the first time the program is used then login each time you return.
Your progress is tracked-keeping a record of where you are up to in the course and how well you are doing.
Lessons are divided into short chunks and do not have to be completed in order. Skip through until you find a situation to match your immediate needs.

The International English Language Testing System.
Road to IELTS - Preparation and Practice courses are available to Sutherland Libraries members in two levels, General or Academic.

Road to IELTS - General measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. It includes 120 hours of work on the essential components of the test, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking. The program simulates the exam.

Road to IELTS - Academic  measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test-takers, irrespective of their subject focus. One of the challenges of IELTS preparation is the ablility to interpret and describe charts and tables. Road to IELTS - Academic includes a wealth of these graphics and more than 70 exercises. The program includes detailed explanations of each question type in each part of the exam, and tips on how best to tackle the tasks.

The distinction between the Academic version and the General Training version lies in the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components.

To be clear, the actual test is not available using these library tools. They are designed as learning and practice tools to prepare for the tests.

Study Skills Success is designed for students in their final years at school and/or first year in higher education.

Why would I use this?

It teaches practical skills which will save time when there is lots of work to get through.
You will learn to analyse things critically.
For those with English as a second language it will help improve your English skills to a standard necessary for the academic context.


There are 10 units to progress through OR you can choose any unit to improve skills in a known area of weakness.
You may need to either watch a video, listen, or download a worksheet.
Then answer some questions,
Check marking,
Get feedback,
Repeat or progress.

The ten units are Critical thinking, Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Vocabulary, Visuals, Research.


Adult Learning Australia

Check out this organisation which supports Lifelong and Lifewide Learning for all Australians. Adult learners are described in 5 groups - Lifelong learners, Reluctant learners, Breaking Barriers learners, Community Builders and Foundation learners.  A search function on their website will find where you can pursue the type of learning you want within your local community.
They also have some sound recordings of book titles Sutherland Library has in the Adult Literacy collection. Do you know someone who could benefit from using Page Turners either online or borrowed from our library?

OUA - Open Universities Australia

Why would I use this?

For the love of learning, or to gain qualifications when attending university in person is not possible afor whatever reason.
It is flexible - work around your time constraints.


Offers 170 courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with the same qualifications as on campus. A one stop shop for courses provided by 13 universities.
No study barriers for many courses, and unlimited support.
Preparatory and pathways courses are offered to brush up on required skills if required before attempting the qualifying courses.
Free short courses are offered in a variety of genres to give you a taste of what to expect.

Fees. Check the information online about fee help, scholarships, HECs etc.

Sutherland Shire Libraries have conducted several information sessions on behalf of OUA to assist students to find what they need to enable them to continue in their studies, as well as tips on research.


Online with U3A is independent from the Sydney University of the Third Age which conducts courses in person.
U3A Online

Why would I use this?

Courses are open to all older people and disabled younger people anywhere in the world. They are especially suited to older members of the community who are isolated either geographically, or through physical or social circumstances (including carers).


Membership is currently $25 for one year.

You can choose to do courses with a Leader, or work independently at your own pace.
Courses with a Leader:
The chronological list of all up and coming Courses with a Leader is added to as each course becomes available.  A course does not appear on the list when it is currently running.

Current courses are listed under genres World Affairs and History, Nature, Writing and Creativity, Lifestyle, Science.

University of the Third Age. U3A

Sydney U3A study is independent from the U3A Online. Students of Sydney U3A attend classes in person. Members can attend courses throughout metropolitan Sydney. Information and course details can be found online, and online registration is possible.

Why would I use this?

If you are retired or semi-retired and have always wanted to learn more, the Sydney University of the Third Age organises life-long learning for people in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The range of courses enables members to broaden their horizons, be involved with new learning experiences and to share skills and knowledge in such fields as art, languages, music, history, life sciences, philosophy, computing, photography and bush walking.


'University' in the original sense is the concept of a community of like-minded people coming together to learn from one another, or a co-operative of persons devoted to a particular educational activity.

Sydney U3A members attend courses in over 85 topics at 110 venues throughout the Sydney metropolitan area and in the city.

No qualifications are required and none given.

New Membership subscription is $60. This entitles members to attend any or all of the courses
in the Course Book. Annual renewal is $50. (as at July 2014)

SGSCC - St George and Sutherland Community College

Courses are not conducted online. Registration and course information is available online.

Why would I choose SGSCC?

It is not-for-profit
Offers 400+ courses in 30+ venues
Offers nationally recognised training


SGSCC is committed to providing a range of quality vocational, accredited, and leisure courses and programs to cater for the life-long learning and development needs of our community.

Courses are offered over 4 terms each year.
Courses are listed under genres Leisure, WorkSkills, SchoolAge, English, International and disAbility.

Course prices vary.

You can enrol online or by phone, or download an enrolment form to lodge by fax, mail or in person.
Prior to each term Course brochures are available for you to collect in person at Sutherland Shire Libraries.

PowerTalk International. Southside Speakers

Southside Speakers is one of over 400 not-for-profit clubs throughout the world that are part of POWERtalk International. The men and women that belong to these clubs aim to achieve excellence in communication and leadership skills by developing confidence in delivering clear and convincing messages.
Attend in person, this is not an online course.

Why would I use this?

Are you a nervous public speaker? Would you like to learn how to speak confidently in front of a group? Is English your second language?


Meetings are held twice a month, throughout 2014 at Sutherland Library.
The men and women that belong to these clubs aim to achieve excellence in communication and leadership skills by developing confidence in delivering clear and convincing messages.
Developing the confidence to deliver clear communication is much easier when you practise before a live audience. An informed and supportive audience is even better.


Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks: new features

In a recent update to our Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks service 2 new features were added that users of this service will want to know about.


Seven Deadly Sins Open Book Discussion: Pride

Join us for the Seven Deadly Sins Book Discussion about Pride. 

“Vanity and pride are different things,” wrote Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice.  “Pride relates more to our option of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”

Not only will we be discussing books with themes of pride and vanity, but we will be asking:
Have you read a book  to make yourself look good? Or are you proud of having finished a challenging book? Tell us about it! Does an award nomination makes a book worth reading?

Seven Deadly Sins Book Discussion Group: Pride 

Wednesday, 17 September, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Sutherland Library

Bookings preferred, but not essential. Book online or call Sutherland Library 9710 0351.


International Read an eBook Day

Thursday, September 18, will mark the first International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices.

Throughout September 18, OverDrive will be celebrating the holiday by giving away tablets and devices every hour on www.readanebookday.com and through social media to readers who tell their story of what eBooks mean to them. Readers can use the hashtag #eBookDay on Facebook or Twitter to tell their story, or comment directly at www.readanebookday.com.

Sutherland Shire  Library Service members have access to a range of eBooks via Overdrive which can be downloaded to a PC, smart phone or tablet device. You don’t have to worry about overdue items either — when you borrow an eBook, they automatically ‘return’ themselves on the due date!  


We love reading...staff picks August 2014

Montebello by Robert Drewe
Robert Drewe, Australian raconteur par excellence, has always been fascinated by the ocean. This book's title refers to the notorious incident in 1952 when Britain detonated three atomic bombs on the Montebello Islands off the Pilbara coast in WA, with spectators wearing no protective gear, and the fallout drifting across the breadth of the continent as far as islands in the Pacific. The Montebellos were uninhabited by humans, but had a diverse wildlife. Drewe describes how he returns with a group of ecologists to find out whether the wildlife populations have recovered. The book is rich in anecdote and reference, and at the same time is a personal account of the author's past. He goes off on all sorts of tangents, all equally fascinating. A very polished piece of writing worthy of five stars!
Reviewed by Janet

NW by Zadie Smith
Leah, Felix, Natalie and Nathan grew up in the same housing project in New Willesden, London. In Zadie Smith’s latest novel we follow them as adults who have tried to move away from their place of childhood. Natalie is now a lawyer, Felix has found the woman he hopes will change his life, Leah can’t stop thinking about a local heroin addict who comes to her door for help, and Nathan roams the streets. This is a quietly dramatic novel, but funny and engaging too. I liked Zadie Smith’s different slant on life in London.
Reviewed by Neza

The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Found in the Young Adult paperbacks or the Adult paperbacks.
Charlie is 15 and is starting High School. There he meets Sam and Patrick, 2 interesting and peculiar characters who show him how to participate in life as opposed to observing it from the sidelines. Charlie experiences many things, like first dates and learning to drive. Throughout the book, there are hints to Charlie’s history that begin to surface. It causes many problems with his relationships, particularly with his family. We begin to realise that Charlie isn’t a typical teenager, he is a wallflower. This is a fantastic short read. Recommended for Teenagers 15 years and above.
Reviewed by Ali

The first fifteen lives of Harry August by Claire North
If you are interested in reincarnation, this is a brilliant fictional account of Harry August's repeated life after life. Although the concept  may initially seem reminiscent of the movie Groundhog day, it is actually far more complex. Harry is a kalachakra, meaning he is one of a small group of people who are repeatedly reborn at the same point in time. Harry is exceptional in that he is mnemonic, meaning his memories of each past life remain intact as he is reborn into each life.  The flashbacks to his past lives reveal fascinating variations in how both he and other kalachakra choose to live each life- illustrating the freedom of to be able to experiment different ways of living, knowing they will be reborn regardless of what happens.  In Harry's eleventh life, his lives take on a greater purpose. He becomes involved in an intriguing mystery after receiving a warning message from the future, informing him that the world, past, present and future is coming to an end. 
 I enjoyed the premise, (when I stopped thinking too hard about the possible consequences and impact of the different decisions made in each life), and loved the writing style. I initially believed this to be a debut novel, but discovered it is actually written by a well known author of sixteen novels- written under her own name and two pseudonyms.This is a  thought provoking book with a great ending. Well worth a read. 
Reviewed by Monique

 The Harry Curry, Barrister on the loose, legal series by Stuart Littlemore
Ugly. Irascible. Intolerant. Clever. That describes Harry Curry, barrister on the loose, a “blind man with a machine gun” to judges and legal opponents. When Harry's robust advocacy leads to his suspension for professional misconduct, he teams up reluctantly with Arabella Engineer, a beautiful English barrister of Indian descent, struggling for a foothold at the Sydney bar. To Harry’s surprise, Arabella sets her sights on him personally as well as professionally. Harry may not be fated to live and work alone after all. Together, they work on criminal trials involving drug-dealing, terrorism, murder and more, as their relationship slowly develops. Stuart Littlemore opens up the world of the legal profession in NSW. Not quite Rumpole, but full of interesting characters, on both sides of the law, with Sydney and country NSW locations. I’m sure the NSW legal fraternity played “guess the character” with the judges, magistrates and barristers who are described in these books. Littlemore may not have been too popular if some of the descriptions matched anyone too closely in real life. Nothing too heavy and an easy read.
 Reviewed by Glenn

Guest Review

Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes
Initially this book set all my alarm bells ringing: (1) At 480 pages it follows the unfortunate trend to supersize books under the dubious premise that more means better; (2) a red sticker on the cover guaranteeing a great read, plus a money back guarantee inside- is it a book or a refrigerator?; (3) a list of book club questions-I’m always suspicious of books marketed for book clubs; (4) a somewhat cutesy title; (5) a cutesy author’s name –Jojo!! But, I have to say I quickly became engrossed in the story & I wanted to see how it progressed. So I finished it, enjoyed it, and I even had tears in my eyes at the end. The storyline is a little predictable but the characters are interesting & likeable. The writing is OK, and there’s a very nice description of a storm near the end. I didn’t see it so much as a conventional romance as a story of friendship, solidity vs shallowness of people, and facing up to adversity. It’s interesting that it references/borrows from Pride & Prejudice (and also a little bit from Rebecca). Readers might like to identify Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Collins, and even a few minor characters. Obviously the characters in Me Before You are not clones of those in Pride & Prejudice, but they fulfil similar functions in the story. Note also that the families come from different social strata, and the hero quietly assists the heroine’s family when they are having difficulties. Also, both hero & heroine have sisters with very similar names.
 Reviewed by Mike (Sutherland Library customer)