2016 Miles Franklin Winner announced 26 August

The winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced! Congratulations to
A.S Patric author of Rock White City!

Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. 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.






Shortlisted books: 
Hope Farm by Peggy Frew
Leap by Myfanwy Jones
Black Rock White City by AS Patric
Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

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The Light Behind the Window by Lucinda Riley

Narrated by Gerri Halligan

 
From the author of the international bestseller, Hothouse Flower.

 

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la MartiniĆ©res finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia.
THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.


‘A fast-paced, suspenseful story flitting between the present day and World War II . . . Brilliant escapism.’ RED

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Narrated by Jeff Harding

 
"An exhilaratingly brainy thriller."
THE NEW YORK TIMES

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high­ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle. The duo become both suspects and detectives searching not only for the murderer, but also the stunning secret he was charged to protect.

"Brown's novel adroitly blends the chase-stuffed thrillers of Robert Ludlum and the learned romps of Umberto Eco..." THE SUNDAY TIMES

 
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The Peacock Emporium by  Jojo Moyes

Narrated by Judith Boyd

 
"A charming and enchanting read."
COMPANY

The only place Suzanna Peacock finds comfort is her shop, which provides a haven for the misfits in town. But she is forced to confront events of the past and her family that have been haunting her for so long. And she discovers that the key to her happiness may have been in front of her all along...
"Even if the sun isn't shining, this book will make you feel like it is." GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
 
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The Road to Little Dribbling
 by Bill Bryson

Narrated by Nathan Osgood
 
"Is it the funniest travel book I’ve read all year? Of course it is."
DAILY TELEGRAPH

Following a route from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly and unique country that he thought he knew. Yet, despite Britain’s occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history and an extra day off at Christmas!

"There were moments when I snorted out loud with laughter while reading this book in public…He can be as gloriously silly as ever." THE TIMES
 
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Stories from the stacks... August

While searching the Library catalogue you may have encountered a book listed as available at Sutherland Stack Fiction.

These are a collection of books which are housed behind the scenes at Sutherland Library - items that the Library definitely wants to keep, but for some reason (e.g. older condition, or not in as high demand) the open shelf is not the right place for them. 
Here are a selection of these you may like to read...



Murder Must Wait/ Arthur Upfield
The Story of Doctor Dolittle / Hugh Lofting
The Far Country/ Nevil Shute 
Flashman / G M Fraser
The Young Hornblower/ C.S Forester

Want to read these? Just ask staff at the information desk or reference desk on the first floor, staff are happy to retrieve these for you. 



We love reading...Staff Picks August 2016

Contemporary Celtic crochet : 24 cabled designs for sweaters, scarves, hats and more by Bonnie Barker
Cables are the thing that I love most about knitting, so I was very happy to come across this book about crocheted cables.  The projects are intermediate to advanced, although the author says some are suitable for a beginner and she has included a dictionary of stitches in case you get stuck.  Some of the patterns I would probably adapt to an afghan, but they’re all beautiful.  Apart from the inspiring projects and pattern designs the photography and scenery is gorgeous.
~Reviewed by Deb H.

Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood [audio book] read by Lorelei King
The first book of Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ trilogy, “Oryx and Crake” introduced a world ravaged by a “great flood” – a biological disaster that wiped out the majority of the human population. It was a world ruled by an infrastructure of genetic modification and powerful multinational corporations, an eerie foreshadowing of our own possible future.
I listened to the second book in the series, “Year of the Flood” via audiobook on BorrowBox, and it was an immersive experience. The book tracks the experiences of two main characters, Toby and Ren, women of the lower-class waste-land of pre-and-post apocalypse. Their stories intertwine as they meet in the cult-like group God's Gardeners, who revere animal and plant life, and then in the tragic, shocking aftermath of the fall of civilisation.
One of the remarkable features of the audiobook is the prefacing of each chapter with a song from the “God’s Gardeners Handbook” – reflecting the often bizarre beliefs of the commune (praising the likes of parasites, worms etc.). The voice acting is brilliant; I’ve tracked down everything I can listen to by Lorelei King.
Referencing the first book, where familiar characters are a touching surprise – adding to the complexity of the world created by Atwood – it is not necessary to read “Oryx and Crake” before listening to “Year of the Flood”. I’ve also just heard that the series is being developed by HBO with Darren Aronofsky – director of “Black Swan” – so listen/read before you watch!
 ~Reviewed by Dasha

The Alphabet House by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Best known for the Department Q series this standalone thriller by Jussi Adler-Olsen poses the question 'what would you do to survive?'  Bryan and James grew up together in England.  When WW11 breaks out they volunteer to become pilots and end up on a secretive mission to photograph war facilities in Germany.  They are shot down. They work out a plan to survive the war but a chance encounter after the war  leads to unimaginable consequences.  The escape after being shot down is not very convincing but the following events are quite frightening.
~ Reviewed by Angela

 The Fireman by Joe Hill
A book to keep you warm this winter! Joe hill has written this novel about a plague called Dragonscale a spore that covers your skin like a black and gold tattoo. It has the potential to and does cause the infected to spontaneously combust,  it is turning the world to ash. The beautiful spore has infected millions, including pregnant nurse, Harper Grayson. She desperately needs to find a safe refuge and she hopes The Fireman will lead her there. This book looks at the different ways people cope with the end of the world and what we will do to survive.
A big book to read in front of the fire!
~reviewed by Meagan


The Emperor of the Eight Islands: the tale of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn

Lian Hearn has come up with another gem set to rival her successful Tales of the Otari series. The Emperor of the Eight Islands is the first book in the Tale of Shikanoko series. It is set in medieval Japan at a time preceding the Otari saga. When the Emperor dies, a powerful Priest plots to seize power and starts a savage battle between two rival clans. The child heir to the throne goes on the run with a young warrior girl who has been entrusted to protect him. Caught in the power struggle is Shikanoko, a teenage boy whose uncle left him for dead and seizes his land. Shikanoko survives and through some strange encounters, he becomes a sorcerer and seeks to take back what's his. Hearn skilfully weaves an intriguing tale of honour, betrayal, jealousy, bravery and sorcery. Her beautiful prose brings the colourful characters to life and pushes the plot along at a relentless pace. I cannot wait to find out how the story continues in the sequel.
~Reviewed by Danny

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards! And the winners are...

The winners of the 2016 CBCA Book Awards have been announced.
Congratulations to all the winners!

            EARLY CHILDHOOD
Winner 
Mr Huff / WALKER, Anna

Honours
Perfect / Danny Parker (Illust: Freya Blackwood)
The Cow Tripped Over The Moon / Tony Wilson (Illust: Laura Wood)


OLDER READERS
Winner
Cloudwish /Fiona Wood


Honours
A Single Stone /Meg McKinlay
Inbetween Days /Vikki Wakefield


YOUNGER READERS
Winner
Soon / Morris Gleitzman


Honours:
Sister Heart /Sally Morgan
Shadows of the Master/Emily Rodda


Eve Pownall Award for Information BOOKs
Winner
Lennie The Legend: Solo to Sydney by Pony /Stephanie Owen Reeder








Honours:
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect/Rohan Cleave (Illust: Coral Tulloch)
Ancestry: Stories of Multicultural Anzacs?Robyn Siers & Carlie Walker

THE PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Some of these books may be for mature readers (Arranged by illustrator).
Winner
Flight/Armin Greder (Text: Nadia Wheatley)
 
Honours:
Ride, Ricardo, Ride!/Shane Devries (Text: Phil Cummings)
One Step at a Time/Sally Heinrich (Text: Jane Jolly)