Collection Capers: November 2006

Collection Capers is a monthly newsletter of NEW interesting or unusual non-fiction added to the Sutherland Shire Libraries collection. Click on the title to reserve a copy.

Guerra! Living in the shadows of the Spanish Civil War by Jason Webster
Jason Webster journeys through recent Spanish history to unearth the secrets of the Spanish Civil War, and explore its legacy today. In a land of still undiscovered mass graves, the bitter divisions of the Civil war still linger. The author finds there is still a ‘dark side’ that, like Germany, has a grip on the country’s soul. If readers want a contemporary account of the times take a look at George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’.

How to lose a battle: foolish plans and great military blunders edited by Bill Fawcett
This engrossing and fact-filled compendium of great military disasters and ill-advised battle plans highlights the worst military decisions throughout history and the world. It seems that ‘Dad’s Army’may have been the template for some strategies.

Overthrow: America’s century of regime change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer
The United States has been one of the most imperialistic empires in history. Most of its ambitions have not been land grabs (though some were) but efforts to bring down governments that they didn’t like (including some they had sustained). Often they installed brutal dictators (Pinochet, the Shah of Iran) This book shows the scope of the role of the U.S. in a series of coups, revolutions, and invasions that toppled fourteen foreign governments, from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 to the 2003 war in Iraq. Many of these events were helped along by the CIA, the Committee to Intervene Anywhere.

Blackbeard: America’s most notorious pirate by Angus Konstam
Of all the colourful cutthroats who scoured the seas in search of plunder during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century, none was more ferocious or notorious than Blackbeard (who probably went by the name of Edward Teach). Nearly three centuries after his death his name is still synonymous with piracy. Not content with becoming the scourge of the Caribbean, this brutal and fearless hell-raiser then sailed north to strike terror in the hearts of American colonists from New York to the Carolinas.

Endangered: wildlife on the brink of extinction
Looks at those species which have become extinct or which are so severely threatened that they soon will be extinct, if we do not apply some international rational restraint upon the way we exploit our environment. This book is seeking endorsement from the world wildlife fund for nature. Thousands of species have disappeared from the Earth over the industrial age. It seems we just cannot help ourselves from destroying our wonderful world.

Dances in deep shadows: Britain’s clandestine war in Russia 1917-20 by Michael Occleshaw
An appraisal of the revolution and Civil War in Russia, this work shows that the clash between communism and capitalism was never as clear-cut as later historians sought to claim. Britain had a network of spies and supported clandestine military operations against the Bolshevik forces.

Why birds sing: one man’s quest to solve an everyday mystery by David Rothenberg
The richness and variety of birdsong is both a scientific mystery and a source of wonder. Combining scientific research with an understanding of musical beauty, this book offers a different look at this natural phenomena. One wonders how less the world would be without the song of the magpie, the lark, the canary and how better off it would be without the songs of Oasis and Silverchair.

The shroud story by Brendan Whiting
The Shroud of Turin has fascinated observers for many centuries. Some people believe it to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ or a clever trick done as a self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. A small number of truly strange people believe it to be an early painting by Rolf Harris done with a can of British Paints about 1970. Whatever the truth this book goes through the saga of this mysterious image.

Shopping for bombs: nuclear proliferation, global insecurity and the rise and fall of the A.Q. Khan network
With a title almost as long as an equation for building a small thermo-nuclear device this is an enthralling chapter in recent geo-political history. Presents a detailed account of Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear technology, and how it sold it to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. This is an essential read on the topic dominating international relations and world politics today.

Have you recently seen an interesting book that we don’t have? Visit our web site to Suggest an Item for the Library's collection.

What's Happening While We're Closed?

Are wondering why Sutherland Library needed to close this week?

We thought that we would post a few photos of the changes that are happening throughout the week to give you a look at what's going on.

Since the Library moved our Stack collection recently we have opened up a lot more space on the ground floor. We are using this space to add extra shelving and create some more reading areas and, we hope, generally creating a nicer place to be. The bulk of the job this week is moving the collections around to take advantage of the extra space.

There for the first job is to take all the books off the shelves so we can move them around...

Empty Shelves Books in Buckets

Fiction Follies: December 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

New Mysteries

Sullivan’s evidence by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
A romantic thriller featuring parole officer Carolyn Sullivan. In this she must track down a vicious rapist who has been released from a 44 year gaol sentence on appeal. Plenty of real life insight into the American justice system.

The club by Mandasue Heller
This author has been compared to a young Martina Cole. Jenna Lord has inherited a nightclub and believes that she can make it a success despite knowing little about it. However she must battle threats from local criminals and internal dissention within the club itself.

The messengers of death by Pierre Magnon
The body of a woman is discovered pinned by a bayonet to her own piano. “Tautly plotted and brimming with suspense, (this) is a story of dark vengeance and avarice which will thrill and intrigue”.

Free fall by John Francome
The thrilling new murder mystery by racing legend John Francome – a compulsive and unpredictable ride that keeps your pulse pounding to the finish.

Corn dolls by Patrick Lennon
The picture-postcard colleges of Cambridge shimmer beneath the sun of high summer. In an agricultural equipment showroom, the half-consumed body of a young man sticks out grotesquely from the mouth of a shredding machine. Does this death mark the beginning of an unprecedented crime-wave in this quiet, well-heeled community?

At some disputed barricade by Anne Perry
The fourth book in Perry’s world war one historical mystery series. Chaplain Joseph Reavley must investigate 12 men accused of mutiny after the death of an officer. But could it be part of a more deadly plot with millions of lives at stake?

New Romance and Family Sagas

Onwards and upwards by Lynda Page
Danny and Maxie Maws think the world of each other. Making ends meet is a constant juggling act but they are happy together and that is all that matters. But when Danny fears he will lose Maxie by not giving her enough, he plunges into a series of disastrous money making schemes.
Rainbow’s end by Eileen RamsayMusician Juliet Crawford is in love with music and life until her dreams are shattered when she loses an important music competition. Hope is resurrected by maestro Alexander Stoltze and his dashing protégé Karel Haken. But her heart is again broken. Is it possible for her to find happiness?

The power of dreams by Rosie Harris
16 year old orphan Merrion Roberts must bring up her baby sister. She joins forces with Rhonda Rees, who also has a young baby. After struggling to make ends meet and enjoying some success fate intervenes and they are reduced to a life of squalor, barely able to support themselves and their children.

Tilly True by Dilly Court
The crowds scurrying past her did not seem to notice her, even though her blouse was bloodstained and torn and she was coatless on a bitter winter day. Tilly knew she must gather her wits and make a move or else end up frozen to the stonework; yet another cadaver to be flung into a pauper’s grave.

The last white knight by Tami Hoag
This classic novel tells the captivating story of a woman who has no illusions about romance. Counsellor Lynn Shaw needs the help of handsome Senator Erik Gunther to defend her home for delinquent girls from angry residents. She isn’t looking for a relationship but she can’t ignore her passionate response to the man.

New Thrillers

Keeper of the keys by Perri O’Shaughnessy
This is stand alone novel, not one of the Nina Reilly legal thrillers. When a woman disappears her husband only reluctantly investigates after some prodding from his wife’s friend. Could he have killed his wife? This book had mixed reviews. Readers either raved about it or panned it.
Blood mask by Lauren KellyA wealthy, charismatic, and controversial “benefactress of art,” Drewe Hildebrand disappears from her estate on the Hudson River, seemingly abducted in the night. Her young niece, Marta, found in a desolate wooded area close by, is too traumatized to describe the abductors.

Never fear by Scott Frost
Lieutenant Alex Delillo, Pasadena detective and single mother, is reeling from the discovery that she has a half-brother. Not only that, he’s just been murdered. Compelled to investigate, she finds a link to the notorious river killer and to her horror, that her father, a second rate actor who disappeared when she was a child was the prime suspect.

Spy : a thriller by Ted Bell
In this relentlessly paced tale of international suspense, intrepid MI-6 intelligence officer Alex Hawke confronts an evil like no other. Terror looms as a madman works his dark magic in the heart of the Amazon and a nightmare erupts along the Mexican border, creating a deadly combination that threatens to bring America to its knees.

The threat within by Karl V
From the madrassas of the Middle East to the markets of the subcontinent to the control rooms of Europe, a firestorm is brewing, and agent Marco Burini is racing against time. But the roots of the threat go deeper than anyone can imagine; deep into the heart of the systems that hold Western society together.

New Humour

Bloke miles by Matthew Ravden
Three men, torn between their feelings of duty to their family and a hankering for the freedom of their single life hit upon the concept of bloke miles. Like air miles the men can earn points for doing things for their wives, with the ultimate goal being a guilt free trip to the rugby world cup.

A tangled summer by Caroline Kingston
Marsh farm has been neglected. Fed up with watching her family squander their chances with love and the farm septuagenarian Elsie issues an ultimatum. Either her grandsons find brides by the end of the year or they lose their slice of the farm. A feel-good read about farming and falling in love.

A crowded marriage by Catherine Alliott
When the Camerons hit dire financial straits they are forced to move out of London and accept an offer from Eleanor Latimer of a rent-free cottage on her estate. Ordinarily, the offer of a free home in the country is not to be sniffed at but as Eleanor just happens to be Alex's beautiful, rich and frankly flirtatious ex. Once installed in Shepherd's Cottage, Imogen's life is suddenly full to bursting with surly locals, psychotic chickens, mountains of manure, and of course Eleanor; who seems to be permanently at Alex's side. As far as Imogen's concerned, two's a marriage, three's a family and this is just silly, someone's going to have to go. The question is who?

New Historical and Fantasy Fiction

The secret familiar by Catherine Jinks
Helie is a former spy of the famous inquisitor Bernard Gui. Now he is living under an alias, trying to forget his past life of deception and intrigue. But a chance meeting once more brings him to the notice of the Inquisition; he is obliged to infiltrate a new heretical group, and find out what happened to the last spy sent to do so. Was he murdered or did he flee?

It wakes in me by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Sora, the high priestess of the Black Falcon nation has been plagued with blackouts and fits. As her world goes black, two gleaming eyes burn within her. Later she remembers nothing. Now rival clans have accused her of seven murders.

Descriptions of books are taken from the jacket summaries.

Have you recently seen an interesting book that we don’t have? Visit our web site to Suggest an Item for the Library's collection.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Sutherland Library's opening hours will be altered over the Christmas/New Year holiday period as follows:
  • Friday, 22 December - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 23 December - 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday, 24 December - Closed
  • Monday, 25 December - Closed
  • Tuesday, 26 December - Closed
  • Wednesday, 27 December - 9am to 9pm
  • Thursday, 28 December - 9am to 9pm
  • Friday, 29 December - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 30 December - 9am to 4pm
  • Sunday, 31 December - Closed
  • Monday, 1 January - Closed
All branch libraries will be closed on the public holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Otherwise, branch libraries will be available during their normal opening hours.

What's Under Wraps? Update

Our branch libraries have set up their What's Under Wraps? displays ready for you to unwrap on the 14th December. We now have some photos of the wrapped up books on flickr - check them out.

What's Under Wraps @ Cronulla Library

See you there!

New Books lists are now Available on the Library Catalogue

The Library has recently added to the Library Catalogue several lists of new additions to our collection. Each list shows the new titles added to the collection of Sutherland Shire Libraries in that month.

The links below point to the November 2006 lists but each category gets a new list each month. The latest lists are always available from the Book Lists tab of the Library Catalogue.
These new lists complement our existing range of reader's guides such as fiction follies. It is now easier than ever to keep up to date with what is being added to your Library's collection.

Is there something that you would like to see us do in this area? Leave a comment and we'll have a look at it.

What's Under Wraps?

On Thursday 14th December at 6pm, while Sutherland Library is temporarily closed, our branch libraries will be taking centre stage 'unwrapping' our favourite kind of gift - new books. Come in to your local branch and be the very first to borrow latest library purchases. We're inviting you to discover new authors, new topics, new recipes and crafts, and all new adventures in reading.

Each branch will have a different selection so why not visit more than one? You might be the first to uncover a treasure that allows you to...
  • win every argument
  • make wire jewellery
  • grow herbs
  • plan a travel adventure to Mexico, Honolulu or Nepal
  • gain insight into planning that special wedding
Discover the newest novels, paperbacks, large print, children’s books and more! Something for everyone, from the youngest members of the family to the oldest – guaranteed.

Come in and discover What’s Under Wraps?

Give us 1 Hour and We'll Improve your HSC Results

Sutherland Shire Library has a library tour especially geared to the Year 11 and Year 12 Higher School Certificate students. The tour includes:
  • Instruction in the use of the library’s catalogue to find literary criticisms, study guides, information on the local area, information on current issues, and much more.
  • A tour of both floors of the library to see the wide variety of resources available.
  • A visit to the Technology Access Centre and our web site, which provides an excellent starting point when searching for HSC related information on the Internet.
Learn how to make full use of the library’s resources and catalogue, and find out about the full range of services we offer HSC students.

Tours are conducted by arrangement at Sutherland Library. Each session lasts for 45-60 mins.

Bookings are essential and can be made at the Sutherland Library Enquiry desk or by telephoning 9710 0351.

Sutherland Shire: A History

Cover of Sutherland Shire: A History.Just in time for christmas the latest book on the history of the Sutherland Shire is now available. Called, Sutherland Shire: A History, the new publication was commisioned by Council to celebrate the Centenary of the Sutherland Shire.

All Sutherland Shire Libraries have copies of the book for loan. It is also available for purchase from
Dymocks Miranda, Unleashed Books at Miranda, Engadine Book Centre, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Council's customer service centre for $39.95.

The book will be officially launched in December as part of the Centenary Celebrations. Visit the Sutherland Shire Council web site for more information about the Centenary of the Shire celebrations.

Fiction Follies: November 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

New Mysteries

The fields of grief by Giles Blunt
This is a terrifying psychological thriller in which a spate of suicides could just be the work of a serial killer. When John Cardinal's wife plummets to her death after losing her battle with depression, everyone is sure it is a tragic suicide - there's even a note. Everyone, that is, except Detective John Cardinal. Could somebody with a grudge have targeted his ex-wife? When more suspicious suicides are discovered it appears something more sinister is at work. Recommended for readers of John Connolly and Tess Gerritsen.

Going home by June Thomson
The 20th Jack Finch detective novel.

The imaginary gentleman by Helen Halstead
Lyme Regis, 1806: Laura Morrison, aged 30, meets Mr Templeton, with whom she has an instant rapport. After three chance meetings, he disappears and no one will confirm ever seeing him. Laura risks danger and disgrace to discover the truth. Information comes to light convincing her family she is deluded - the gentleman is imaginary. They conspire to force her to marry her cousin, Sir Richard Morrison, in the belief that marriage will cure her ills. Laura begins to doubt her own sanity, and agrees. The conspiracy begins to unravel...

Dread murder by Gwendoline Butler
A cleverly cunning and old-fashioned mystery that hides a gruesome murder behind its charming facade. Set in the court of King George IV. Light and easy to read.

Second son by Christy Kenneally
A far reaching web of evil touches everybody in a small Irish community. When the realize the extent of the corruption they unite for revenge.

The broken souls by Jack Kerley
It looked like an abattoir when they found the mutilated body of the young journalist inside her car. And if Carson Ryder and his partner had known what they were getting into, they would never have taken the case. Too late, what looks like the work of a lone madman spreads tentacles that wrap themselves round all sorts of strange areas. And it's not long before attention focuses on the city's most unlikely suspects: the wealthy family whose philanthropy has made them famous and influential.

New Romance and Family sagas

Fools fall in love by Freda Lightfoot
Patsy Bowman is a newcomer to the market. Riddled with insecurities, her impudence and cheek win her friends and enemies alike. But it is her curiosity that soon starts to unravel secrets the Higginson sisters would much rather keep hidden. Fat and jolly, Molly Poulson hasn't a care in the world until both her daughters fall in love with the wrong young man. Molly is determined they see the error of their ways, but the more she interferes, the more complicated it gets.

New historical fiction

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
In a small school in Bougainville an eccentric teacher educates his children by reading from a copy of Dickens “Great Expectations”. The novel becomes a welcome escape from the war and destruction surrounding them

The Boleyn inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Another entertaining novel set in the reign of Henry VIII. The central characters are Anne of Cleves and Henry’s fifth ill-fated wife, Catherine Howard.

New Thrillers

The wrong man by John Katzenbach
An art history student is stalked by a psychopath. When attempts to scare him off fail the girl’s family embark on an ingenious but extreme plot to be rid of him. For readers of Michael Connelly and Nelson De Mille.

The seal by Adriana Koulias
It is the year 1307 and the ancient Order of the Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon is in danger. The King of France and Pope Clement V are plotting its destruction, scheming to appropriate the Order's most sacred relic: an ancient mystery encrypted on the ring seal of the Grand Master, Jacques de Molay. For readers of “The Da Vinci code”.

The overseer by Jonathan Rabb
In the summer of 1531 Medici soldiers working for Pope Clement VII tortured to death an obscure Swiss monk. What he would not reveal was the location of a simple manuscript, “On supremacy”, which far surpassed anything, imagined my Machiavelli. This has now fallen into the hands of cabal intent on ripping apart society and creating a terrifying new world order. Global intrigue and political conspiracy.

Equinox by Michael White
Two women are found dead, their bodies marked in strange ways. Stranger still, they seem to be replicating crimes that occurred in the 1600s. The journalist who discovers this link now becomes involved in a desperate race to stop the killer completing a series of ritual murders.

The patriot’s club by Christopher Reich
32 year old Wall Street Investment banker and his pregnant fiancé are on the run from a terrifying secret order of powerful politicians, lawyers and stockbrokers.

Other new fiction

Unstolen by Wendy Jean
Bethany Fisher's life has always been overshadowed by her missing brother. Four-year-old Michael was abducted when Bethany was a baby and no trace of him was ever found. Twenty years later, Bethany is a college graduate and has a small son of her own. But her life is thrown into turmoil one evening when her mother follows a man home from the supermarket and savagely beats him to death. What could have made this mild, middle-aged woman suddenly snap? Packing the emotional punch of "The Lovely Bones", this powerful novel explores how the comforting lies we tell ourselves can be ultimately more destructive than confronting difficult truths.

The soul by Tobsha Learner
Soul is a story of two women, across two eras, and their struggle with obsessive love and revenge. Part murder mystery, part psychological thriller, part commentary on genetics and human behaviour, sexual jealousy and betrayal, it is both provocative and unputdownable.

Mothers and sons by Colm Toibin
A sensitive and beautifully written meditation on the dramas surrounding this most elemental of relationships. Each of the nine stories focuses on a moment in which an unspoken balance shifts: in which a mother or son do battle, or experience a sudden crisis, thus leaving their conception of who they are subtly or seriously altered.

Daddy’s girls by Tasmina Perry
Serena, Cate, Camilla and Venetia have grown up in a world where money can buy you anything but love. Their father Oswald Balcon revelled in belittling his daughters, often bullying them to tears. Finally he is killed but did one of his daughters finally snap and kill him? Glamorous locations, sexy and sensational characters and an explosive plot keep you guessing until the final finger-scorching page.

Wife in the fast lane by Karen Quinn
From the author of “The Ivy chronicles” a funny, heartbreaking and absurd journey that will strike a chord with any one who has ever dared to dream of having it all.

Note : These descriptions are taken from the publisher’s summary.

Have you recently seen an interesting book that we don’t have? Visit our web site to Suggest an Item for the Library's collection.

Lapsit in 2007

The Library will be taking bookings for our 2007 Lapsit Program (February to June) from Monday 27th November. To make a booking telephone Sutherland Library on 9710 0178 or Engadine Library on 9548 6003.

Reading to children from an early age develops literacy.Lapsit is a storytime program for babies from 6-18 months that includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Lapsit is held at both Sutherland and Engadine Libraries. The program aims to promote the benefits of reading to children from an early age in developing literacy.

Lapsit is free! There is a one baby, one lap policy and parents/carers must be prepared to join in! For more information check out our Lapsit page or contact the Children's & Young Adult Services department.

Have you attended one of our previous Lapsit programs? Leave a comment and let the future mums, dads, grandmas and grandpas know what you thought of it.

Caringbah Happenings

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the HSC students that have been coming to Caringbah Library. This year's group of students have been very well behaved and it has been a pleasure to have these kids in the library. So all the staff at Caringbah would like to wish the best of luck to our group of students for their remaining exams.

Childrens week was celebrated at storytime this week on Tuesday the 24th of October and to celebrate we encouraged any children attending to dress up. Some of our staff even joined in the fun by wearing a cape and funny hats. The theme for the stories this week was birthdays and a fun time was had by both parents and children.

Recently at Caringbah a couple of books have stood out as in demand items. There have been a lot of reservations on James Patterson's newest novel Cross which continues the adventures of his popular character Alex Cross. The other hot item which was released in the past week is Alan Jones' biography, Jonestown. If you want to read either of these items contact us as soon as possible as the waiting lists are continuing to grow!

Finally, a tip for students. We suggest that you come to the library as soon as possible after getting your assignments. Otherwise, you may be disappointed if you come the day before it's due and find that we don't have anything left on your topic.

Good Luck to all 2006 HSC students!

Looking for a quiet place to study? Try the Reference Libraries at Sutherland, Caringbah, Engadine, Miranda or Menai libraries. Study guides are available to use in the library and there are also some available for loan. Sutherland Library also has past HSC papers, notes from the marking centre, and critiques on English texts for use in the library. Lockers are available to use at Sutherland free of charge.

HSC Advice Line Opens on October 9

The NSW Board of Studies will open the 2006 HSC Advice Line at 4pm on Monday, 9 October and will remain open until Thursday, 9 November. The Advice Line number is 13 11 12.

The advisors are highly experienced HSC teachers who provide guidance for students studying for the HSC. Students can ask any question or just seek reassurance that they are on the right track. Advice is available for 26 of the largest HSC courses.

Advice line hours of operation:
4pm - 10pm Monday to Friday
10am - 6pm Saturday
10am - 10pm Sunday

Read the full media release here.

Looking for a Good Read?

Why not give one of the books on the 2006 Booker Prize Shortlist a go...

You will probably have to reserve a copy but the recently announced winner was:

The Inheritance Of LossThe Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
At the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an embittered old judge who wants nothing more than to retire in peace. But with the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook's son trying to stay a step ahead of US immigration services, this is far from easy. When a Nepalese insurgency threatens Sai's blossoming romance with her handsome tutor they are forced to consider their colliding interests. The judge must revisit his past, his own journey and his role in this grasping world of conflicting desires - every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal. (from the publisher)

Other titles in the shortlist include Australia's own Kate Grenville and M. J. Hyland:

The Secret RiverThe Secret River by Kate Grenville
In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand. But the colony can turn a convict into a free man. Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim a hundred acres for himself. Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals—Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs Herring—are finding their own ways to respond to them.
Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, soon has to make the most difficult choice of his life. Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas. The Secret River is a brilliantly written book, a groundbreaking story about identity, belonging and ownership. (from the publisher)

Carry Me DownCarry Me Down by M. J. Hyland
John Egan lives with his mother, father and grandmother in rural Ireland. The Guinness Book of Records is his favourite book and he wants to visit Niagara Falls with his mother. But, more than anything, he is determined to become a world-famous lie detector, almost at any cost. Carry Me Down is written in clean, compelling prose, and is about John's obsessive and dangerous desire to see the truth, even as his family is threatened in countless ways. In this singular tale of disturbed love every word rings true. (from the publisher)

The final three books in the shortlist include:

In The Country Of MenIn the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
It is a white hot day in Tripoli, Libya, in the summer of 1979, and nine-year-old Suleiman sees his father standing across the street. Why does he pretend he hasn't seen him? And why doesn't he come over when he knows Suleiman's mother is falling apart? From a breathtaking new talent comes an utterly gripping novel told from the point of view of a young boy growing up in a bewildering world where his best friend's father disappears, and a man sits outside their house all day, asking strange questions. Soon the whispers become so intense that Suleiman, in an effort to save his family, may end up betraying his friends, his parents and ultimately himself. (from the publisher)

Night WatchThe Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Moving backwards through the 1940s, through air raids, blacked out streets, illicit liaisons and sexual adventure, to end with its beginning in 1941, The Night Watch is the story of four Londoners - three women and a young man with a past, drawn with absolute truth and intimacy. Kay, who drove an ambulance during the war and lived life at full throttle, now dresses in mannish clothes and wanders the streets with a restless hunger, searching . . . Helen, clever, sweet, much-loved, harbours a painful secret . . . Viv, glamour girl, is stubbornly, even foolishly loyal to her soldier lover . . . Duncan, an apparent innocent, has had his own demons to fight during the war. Their lives, and secrets connect in sometimes startling ways. War leads to strange alliances . . . Tender, tragic and beautifully poignant, set against the backdrop of feats of heroism both epic and ordinary, here is a novel of relationships that offers up subtle surprises and twists. (from the publisher)

Mothers MilkMother's Milk by Edward St Aubyn
The novel's perspective ricochets among all members of the Melrose family – the family featured in St Aubyn's praised trilogy, Some Hope – starting with Robert, who provides an exceptionally droll and compelling account of being born; to Patrick, a hilariously churlish husband who has been sexually abandoned by his wife in favour of his sons; to Mary, who's consumed by her children and an overwhelming desire not to repeat the mistakes of her own mother. All the while, St Aubyn examines the web of false promises that entangle this once-illustrious family whose last vestige of wealth – an old house in the south of France – is about to be donated by Patrick's mother to a New Age foundation. An up-to-the-minute dissection of the mores of child-rearing, marriage, adultery and assisted suicide, Mother's Milk showcases Edward St Aubyn's luminous and acidic prose – and his masterful ability to combine the most excruciating emotional pain with the driest comedy. Absorb Mother's Milk into your bloodstream and postnatal depression will never seem the same again. (from the publisher)

Don't want to wait for your copy to come up? You should be able to get hold of something from the 2006 Longlist.

Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment below and let other readers know what you think. Happy reading!

Fiction Follies - October 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

If you like The Da Vinci code try these books and authors…

New Mysteries

Dark tort by Diane Mott Davidson
The 13th culinary mystery in the series featuring Goldy Bear. Light and entertaining sleuthing with delicious recipes thrown in. For readers of Joanne Fluke and Carolyn Hart.

The vision by Heather Graham
Romantic suspense set in the Florida Keys. When diver Gen Wallace claims to see a body whispering the word “beware” the rest of her crew think she is losing her mind. That is until the body of a woman surfaces and more women are reported missing.

The last days of Newgate by Andrew Pepper
Gruesome murders, political unrest and an innocent man condemned in this fast moving historical mystery set in St Giles, London of the 1820’s. Sure to interest readers of Kept : a Victorian mystery by D J Taylor.

The night gardener by George Pelecanos
A body of a 14 year old is found in a Washington D.C. garden. This latest killing by “the night gardener” brings together 3 very different detectives. This novel combines socio-political commentary with the psychology of the detectives working the crime. Similar to Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin.

The undertow by Chris Wakling
The 19 year old daughter of a successful businessman is badly injured while diving in Byron Bay. The police claim it is an accident but he is not convinced. As his investigation continues he discovers how little he really knows about his own daughter.

Missing link by Joyce Holmes
Fizz has on odd request from elderly, gentle Mrs Sullivan. She wants Fizz to prove that she has committed a murder. Things get more complicated when 2 other people claim responsibility for the killing of “scruffy little slut” Amanda Montrose.

Messenger of truth by Jacquelyn Winspear
Maisie is asked to investigate the death of the wealthy painter Nick Bassington-Hope. Set in 1930’s Britain it contains great period detail and commentary on the divide between the wealthy and poor during the depression.

New Thrillers

Visibility by Boris Starling
London 1952. “At first it seems the Great Fog has claimed another victim. A drunk wandering unsighted… stumbling into the icy shallows of Long Water. But Max Stensness was stone cold sober when he died. And in the hours before his death, the young biochemist had claimed to be in possession of a secret that could change the world. [Now] the CIA, KGB and MI5 are all vying to get their hands on the dead man’s secret.” From synopsis.

The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader
When Braverman Shaw’s father dies he discovers that his father was involved in the Order of Gnostic Observatines. The sect preserved a secret Testament that could rock Christianity to its foundations and now Braverman is the chosen protector of the document. Who can he trust, especially as another sect sponsored by the Papacy is prepared to kill anyone in order to attain the documents.

The Cobbler’s apprentice by Sandy McCutcheon
“When Samir Al-Hassani does the impossible, and escapes from Guantanamo Bay, a chain of events is set off that is to lead to tears and bloodshed around the world. Sami, a young Palestinian who had been caught in Iraq, thinks he has been helped by feoolw jihadis, but the CIA and Mossad are pulling his strings or is he being set up?” from synopsis.

New Romance and Chicklit

Out of my depth by Emily Barr
When Susie invites her old school friends to her house in France the object is to show off how well she has done for herself. During the catching up and comparisons it emerges that each is haunted by a secret from the past. Now that it is time to face the truth who will sink and who will survive?

Immediate family by Eileen Goudge
"The old adage you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family takes on a cunning new connotation in Goudge's zesty tale of four college pals catching up on life at their fifteenth Princeton reunion. Goudge excels at exploring the unconventional ways in which the bonds of family and friends are pulled, twisted, and tested, and her trademark creation of genial, winsome protagonists makes the process delectably entertaining." - Carol Haggas from ALA Booklist

Susannah’s garden by Debbie Macomber
When Susannah turned 18 her parents sent her to school abroad. She said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake -- and never saw him again. She never saw her brother again, either; Doug died in a car accident while she was away. Now, at fifty, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Especially the chance to be with Jake . . . Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there's something missing, although she doesn't know exactly what. Not only that, she's balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter.

New Supernatural and Horror

The keeper by Sarah Langan
Some believe Bedford, Maine, is cursed. Its bloody past, endless rain, and the decay of its downtown portend a hopeless future. With the death of its paper mill, Bedford's unemployed residents soon find themselves with far too much time to dwell on thoughts of Susan Marley. Once the local beauty, she's now the local whore. Silently prowling the muddy streets, she watches eerily from the shadows, waiting for . . . something. And haunting the sleep of everyone in town with monstrous visions of violence and horror.

The turning by Jennifer Armintrout
Carrie Ames, a young doctor is attacked by a vampire and left for dead in the hospital morgue. Now her life is a nightmare. Once dedicated to saving lives she is forced to prey on others to survive.

New Family Sagas and Historical

Helen of Troy by Margaret George
“Depicts with bravado, grace and eloquence the grand spectacle surrounding Helen of Troy. The author's research into Mycenaean culture, coupled with Trojan War mythology's larger-than-life heroes, enliven a bold story pulsing with romance and sacrifice, omens and battles.” - Publishers Weekly.

Fortune’s daugher by Benita Brown
Daisy-Belle, a talented performer has her illegitimate child stolen from her by her ruthless manager. Years later the daughter emerges as a rival to Daisy who decides to destroy her competition. Will she realize the child’s identity before it is too late?

A step in the dark by Judith Lennox
A young widow, Bess Ravenhart, is forced to leave her son with her Mother in law when she moves from India to start a new life in Scotland. Years later a reconciliation is attempted when her son travels to Scotland, however, he brings danger with him.

Please note, many of these book descriptions are taken from the publisher's synopsis.
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Collection Capers: October 2006

Collection Capers is a monthly newsletter of NEW interesting or unusual non-fiction added to the Sutherland Shire Libraries collection. Click on the title to reserve a copy.

Mayflower : a voyage to war by Nathaniel Philbrick
‘I was riding on the Mayflower when I thought I spot some land’. A tale of violence, subterfuge, and drama. This book tells the story of the Pilgrim fathers, who set sail on the Mayflower. Landing on the coast of North America the settlers and American forefathers came perilously close to annihilation and would not have survived except for Indian help and generosity. This was repaid in bloody battle that they ultimately waged against the Native Americans.

Berlin Games : how Hitler stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters
The 1936 Olympic Games, held in Berlin, was the most political sporting encounter of the 20th century. Famed for its spirit of ferocious competition, it was the Nazi’s power display to the world. Not long after Hitler would unleash his Third Reich dream on the world. Of course, these days the dream has been stolen by drug cheats,
corporate corruption and an IOC more interested in travel, bribes and cocktail parties.

Busy body : my life with Tourette’s syndrome by Nick Van Bloss
Nick Van Bloss has had Tourette’s syndrome since he was 7 years old. A sudden compulsion to shake his head from left to right, twice in rapid succession developed into further frantic behaviour. Yet he learned to play the piano extremely well (not unusual for people with this and similar conditions who often have fantastic manual dexterity, or even the mental ability to be surgeons). This book allows us into the heart and mind of a wonderfully witty and talented man.

The curse of celebrity : how and why our favourite stars go off the rails by Rita Wright
They're beautiful, successful and rich, they lead lives most of us only dream of, and they seem so perfect. So with the world at their fingertips, why are celebrities so messed up? Read about a bunch of overpaid, self-important people who expect us to have pity when they get divorced or break a fingernail or get caught sniffing cocaine.

The sunburnt queen : a true story by Hazel Crampton
Reconstructs 18th-century South Africa. A seven year old girl is shipwrecked and brought up by a local tribe who eventually becomes a prince’s wife. The book relates her life and those of her descendants during a turbulent time.

Letters lifted into poetry : selected correspondence between David Campbell and Douglas Stewart 1946-1979
Ranging over a period of four decades, this is correspondence between two major Australian poets. Their lives of poetry, publishing, friends, nature and fishing are all canvassed Letters lifted into poetry documents a great Australian literary friendship and provides an insight into the writing and lives of these remarkable men. The love of the outdoors, in particular trout fishing is evidenced in their many pastoral poems.

Terra Australia incognita : the Spanish quest for the mysterious Great South Land by Miriam Estensen
There have been several recent books about Dutch exploration of the Pacific. This one dealing with the voyages of Luis Baez de Torres who may have been the first European to sight Australia. Then it deals with Quiros, the great explorer of the South American region sent by Philip III to search for the mysterious continent.
And of course Torres who disappeared from the Philippines. Of only he’d had a decent map.

The world according to the Simpsons : what our favourite TV family says about life, love and the pursuit of the perfect donut by Steven Keslowitz
This entertaining and informative book is a fun and intelligent look at how society is reflected in the TV show "The Simpsons". This book looks at subjects, such as: parenting; gender roles; individuality; expression; politics; and many others. Plus you might just get a laugh, which is why its there in the first place... and then you can go and buy all the merchandise that goes with it.

Surfings greatest misadventures : dropping in on the unexpected by Paul Diamond (editor)
These true surfing stories cross the spectrum, from horrifying to comical, to downright bizarre, they tell unbelievable stories of big waves, shark attacks, tsunamis, boating disasters, devastating wipeouts, pranks, and bad judgement calls. Not to mention too
much booze and dope (which probably aren’t mentioned).

Extreme weather : nature’s most dramatic moments
Earth's atmosphere is like a restless ocean of air, surging and swirling around us. It can be tranquil or it can be violent, capable of unleashing tempests, hail and destruction. Humanity has always been fascinated with the weather, and has striven to understand why and how phenomena such as lightning, thunder and rainbows occur. This book is full of fantastic photos which show just how powerful the forces of nature can be.

The Tour de France : a cultural history by Christopher S. Thompson
Tells the story of the Tour de France, from its creation in 1903. It links the history of the tour to key moments and themes in French history, and concludes with a discussion of the longstanding practice of doping, and considers the complex case of the seven-time champion, Lance Armstrong. Perhaps one year it might be nice if the race were contested by riders on Penny-farthings wearing three piece suits and top hats.

The way we were : remembering Diana by Paul Burrell
Another book about Diana. Wacko, absolute joy!

The dodger : inside the world of Roger Rogerson by Duncan McNab
This presents a brilliant, behind-the-scenes account of disgraced former policeman Roger Rogerson, and the police culture that created him. It tells of the rise and fall of Rogerson, a bent cop in a bent police world. Friends with criminals and police (sometimes one and the same) it also describes the macho, dog-eat-dog culture where a honest policeman went in fear of his life.

Intractable : hell has a name: Katingal: life inside Australia’s first super-max prison by Bernie Matthews
Intractable is not only a shocking story of what it's like to do time but it is also a history of one of the great political scandals of the 70s, from a unique perspective. Bernie Matthews, convicted armed robber is a man who managed to turn his life around in the worst of Australia's prisons, Katingal.

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September Additions to our Web Resources

This is a list web sites added to our collection of Web Resources during September. We are always adding interesting sites to our collection and the list is constantly updated on the New Sites page of our site.

MCA: Museum of Contemporary Art
Information from the gallery dedicated to contemporary art forms. Find details of current and past exhibitions.
Date added: 28 September, 2006.
Page: Visual Arts.

Australian Biography
Australian Biography Online is a web-based biographical resource profiling some of the most extraordinary Australians of our time. The project draws from valuable material collected for Film Australia's Australian Biography TV series, which features remarkable and inspiring individuals who have had a major impact on our cultural, political and social life. In revealing in-depth interviews, these people have shared their experiences and insights.
Date added: 20 September, 2006.
Page: Biographies.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook
This site is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts. The goal is to provide and organize texts for use in classroom situations. It is part of the larger Internet History Sourcebooks Project, which includes the Medieval Sourcebook and the Modern History Sourcebook.
Date added: 18 September, 2006.
Page: Ancient History.

The Ancient Greek World
This site is a virtual gallery at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It includes sections on life and times, daily life, religion and death, the economy and more.
Date added: 18 September, 2006.
Page: Ancient History.

Blogs, Feeds, RSS and Syndication - Huh?

Let’s start with blogs…

A blog is simply another web site. It is, however, a distinct kind of web site. Blog is short for weblog and it is a sort of online journal. A blog is made up of a series of articles or journal entries, known as posts. Each time a new post is made it goes at the top of the list and old posts are archived. Therefore, a blog is a web site that is arranged chronologically. Most blogs will also have an archive that lets you find and read old posts.

The best way to understand blogging is to have a look at some blogs. You are reading the Sutherland Shire Libraries blog now but you might like to have a look at a few others:
CrunchGear – what’s new in gadgets and technology.
Strange New Products – just what it says.

Anyone can have a blog. There are personal blogs, news blogs, company blogs and more. There are free blogging tools available on the web such as Blogger, Typepad and WordPress and you don’t necessarily even need any technical know-how to create or publish one.

That’s all fine but web sites have been publishing new articles for ages – what makes blogs so special? Well, blog software generally allows the author to produce an XML Feed in addition to the blog itself. Almost all blogs provide you with a link to their feed.

So what is a Feed…

A feed is a coded view of the blog. Feeds are not exclusive to blogs (have a look at the ABC’s list of feeds) but most blogs have one. Have you ever noticed the rss feed icon or rss feed icon icons on a web site? These little images indicate that the web site publishes a feed. Have a look at the top right of this page – can you see the feed icon?

Feed code Screen ShotIf you’ve ever clicked on one of these you’ll know that the resulting page often contains impenetrable looking code like this. You probably thought to yourself, ‘too much work, I don’t want to know’. That’s OK. Feeds aren’t meant to be read by people they’re for computers to read. The feed is written in a code called RSS, which stands for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication depending on who you talk to.

They are coded so that computers can make sense of the blog. Since the feed code is machine readable other web sites or software programs can understand the feed if you tell them where to find it. The feed allows the content from a blog to be syndicated or aggregated, that is, re-used somewhere else. The important thing for us is the URL or address of the feed, which often looks something like

So why should I care about feeds?

Let’s say you have a dozen web sites that you like to read consistently. Have you got time to visit each of those sites daily to check whether there is any new content? Neither have I, I’ve got better things to do with my time. There are, however, web sites and software called aggregators that can bring the content from all of your chosen sites together in one place – and they automatically retrieve the new information when the sites you are watching are updated.

Sounds great! How do I do it?

To listen to music on your computer you need a player such as Windows Media Player. Similarly, to subscribe to web feeds you need an aggregator. The good news is that there are many aggregators available for free.

You may even already have one. Do you have a Yahoo mail or Gmail account? If you do you already have an aggregator. Both Google and Yahoo create a personalized home page account when you sign up for their email services. You can add feeds to your personalised home page so that the headlines from your favourite blogs or web sites appear whenever you visit. Maybe you use Firefox? The live bookmarks feature allows you to view headlines from your favourite feeds right in the browser.

Alternatively, you might prefer to have a stand alone news aggregator. You can get aggregators that you install on your computer such as Feedreader or FeedDemon but most people are now using online aggregators such as Bloglines, Newsgator or Netvibes.

Once you have settled on an aggregator you need to add feeds from your favourite sites. When you discover a site you want to subscribe to right-click on the feed icon (shown above) and select Copy Shortcut (Firefox users select Copy Link Location). Go to your aggregator and select Add Content (or something similar) and paste the feed URL into the text box. When you have submitted the feed address your reader should display the headlines from the feed. Whenever new content is added to the site the aggregator will be automatically updated. It doesn’t matter how many web sites you subscribe to – 5 or 500 – you only have to visit your aggregator to see the current content.

Senior Geography Projects on Cronulla Beaches

Updated 11 October 2008.

Do you need information about pollution or erosion on Cronulla’s beaches for your senior geography project? Well, Sutherland Library can assist you with the various resources we have on this topic.

You can browse reports, management plans and articles from local newspapers. For more details ask for our environmental guide - Cronulla beaches : pollution and erosion at the Reference Library Help Desk on the 1st Floor. It lists the resources that are available and their location in the Library. A good place to start is the Bate Bay Coastline Management Plan.

You can get started online with some of these resources.

Council Documents

State of the Environment Report: this annual publication describes the pressures on, and state of, the environment within the Sutherland Shire while also providing relevant background information to the various environmental response programs being undertaken by council and other agencies. Previous SOE reports are available in the Library.

The Strategic Plan, Teh Management Plan and the State of the Shire 2004 report: these 3 related documents establish the Council's goals for the future of the Sutherland Shire, the key strategies that need to be implemented to achieve the goals and the current situation. These documents should be used together. That is the Strategic Plan sets out the vision, the Management Plan establishes the strategy as well as how performance will be assessed and the State of the Shire measures whether we are achieving the goals.

Other Organisations

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre: The SSEC web site has a wealth of information about environmental issues in the Shire, including Kurnell, Bate Bay and the Hacking River. There is plenty of material to explore regarding pollution and erosion around Cronulla.

Sydney Water - Cronulla STP: The Sydney Water web site has some information about the sewerage and stormwater management operations including a factsheet about the Cronulla Sewerage Treatment Plant. Information about the Cronulla STP can be a bit hard to find but a Google search does a pretty good job.

Newspaper Articles

Sutherland Shire Local Newspaper Index: You can search for articles about the environmental issues facing Cronulla in this database, which indexes articles with local content from local papers such as the Leader. Bring your list of references to Sutherland Library where you can view the old newspapers. Some search terms to get you started include Cronulla beach* erosion, Cronulla beach* pollution or Cronulla beach* sewerage.

School Holiday Activities @ your Library

The School Holidays are nearly upon us and if you're looking for something for the kids to do then why not get involved in one of our school holiday activities. There are storytimes/craft for younger and older primary school kids at all branch libraries. Trevor's popular Drawing Workshops are back and we have a very special Creative Writing Workshop being given by Sue Whiting.

You need to book your place in these activities so make sure you visit the Events Calendar and get all the details.

Hope to see you there!

Fiction Follies: September 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

New Mysteries
Saturday’s child by Ray Banks
A hard boiled British crime novel. The “hero” Cal Innes has just gotten out of Strangeways Prison and is struggling to stay on the right side of the law. For fans of the early Matt Scudder novels.

Cage of stars by Jacqueline Mitchard
Suspenseful, well written mystery about the difficult moral choices involved when a woman hunts down the killer of her two younger sisters.

Sour grapes by Marilyn Todd
The 12th Claudia Seferius Roman mystery. A fast moving historical mystery for readers who like the snappy style of Janet Evanovich or Sue Grafton rather than a mystery with authentic period detail.

The Chinese take out by Judith Cutler
This novel introduces a new heroine, Josie Welford, the widow of a notorious underworld criminal and recent licensee of the White Hart pub. Contains a contemporary feel in a typical English setting.

Hidden by Katy Gardner
British detective mystery thriller. A woman is savagely murdered while another meets and marries a stranger. Her new life is shattered when her daughter disappears. Could her new husband be involved with the disappearance and the earlier murder?

Punishment by Anne Holt
A killer is punishing women in the worst way. Abducting and murdering their children then returning their bodies with a note “you deserved this.” Set in Norway.

Black sheep by Arlene Hunt
The third book by “a unique voice in Irish crime fiction. Her dark and atmospheric stories perfectly capture the grimy underworld of Dublin and beyond” – from official website. When David Reid’s body is found in a Dublin canal his brother, unhappy with the findings of Dublin police, enlists the help of Investigators John Quigley and Sarah Kenny to find the answers. But David had a more complicated life than his brother realised.

Butcher by Campbell Armstrong
Glasgow Detective Lou Perlman is described by the publishers as making Taggart look cheerful. “Lou Perlman doesn’t do romance. He doesn’t do authority. He definitely doesn’t do housework. But he is in a class of his own." Daily Record, 15 July 2006.

Silent sleep of the dying by Keith McCarthy
Forensic mystery with lots of gruesome details. Should appeal to readers of Patricia Cornwell and Kathy Reichs as well as Robin Cook.

The merchant’s mark by Pat McIntosh
Historical murder mystery set in 15th century Scotland. Gil Cunningham’s friend is accused of murder when a box he receives contains a severed head. Good period detail.

New Thrillers

After the mourning by Barbara Nadel
England, 1940. The military police are looking for a gypsy they believe is a Nazi spy, while another gypsy girl is found stabbed to death after claiming to see a vision of the Virgin Mary.

Dance of death by John Case
Described in the synopsis as his “most diabolically chilling novel to date, as the very fabric of civilisation threatens to come apart in the hands of a brilliant madman…” Bent on revenge he decides to begin the apocalypse.

Flint’s code by Paul Eddy
Undercover Police woman Grace Flint tackles a dangerous assignment. She must infiltrate an East European money laundering operation. Ruthless, shocking, brilliant.

Copper kiss by Tom Neale
FBI agent Vincent Piper is back in London, determined not to screw up this time. But, the love of his life, high-class call girl, Celeste Young is in trouble. Her brother is putting together an online sex blog but one by one the call girls are being murdered.

Satan’s church by Cam Lavac
What if the Roman Catholic Church got it all wrong? What is the terrible mystery of The Prophecy, and why does the Vatican stop at nothing to try and destroy this document? Father Peter LeSarus and Sister Christina find themselves caught up in a desperate struggle to find the truth before it is lost forever.

New Family Sagas and Romance

Rainbow years by Rita Bradshaw
An unforgettable wartime saga in the bestselling tradition of Catherine Cookson.

Look for the silver lining by June Francis
Pregnant and facing the horrors of the Blitz alone, Nellie's life is in turmoil. But all that could be changed when a mysterious man she never thought to see again reappears in her life.

The lieutenant’s lover by Harry Bingham
This is a sweeping epic of adventure and enduring love, from Russia in revolutionary upheaval to the chaos of post-War Berlin. Misha is an aristocratic young officer in the army when the Russian revolution sweeps away all his certainties. Tonya is a nurse from an impoverished family in St Petersburg. They should have been bitter enemies; and yet they fall passionately in love.

Hush, little baby by Katherine Davies
Eira is alone. She loved Jack, but their relationship had to end - she could never have a baby with an alcoholic. Now she works in a quiet museum, in the middle of a park, desperately lonely and aching for someone to love. And one spring morning, she finds a baby in a box on the museum steps.

Lucky girl by Fiona Gibson
Stella has made sure her life couldn’t be further from her chaotic upbringing, until two noisy little girls move in next door bearing sticky gifts. But their friendship helps her to confront the truth about her own childhood and start living life to the full.

The second wife by Elizabeth Buchan
An irresistible story of love, grief and renewal that explores that nature of friendship and the bonds that grow strongest when stretched to breaking. For fans of Katie Fforde and Cathy Kelly.

Coming apart at the seams by Lucy Sweet
Glasgow isn't quite what Evie expected: snotty fashionista people, a volatile landlady and a gorgeous moody boy who's proving to be a complete distraction - none of this is part of the tailor-made plan.

Other New Fiction

The birthdays by Heidi Pitlor
A beautifully told debut in the tradition of Sue Miller about a unique family on the brink of a new generation.

Map of bones by James Rollins
A gripping and explosive novel of an ancient conspiracy to create a terrifying new world order out of the ashes of modern civilization. A combination of the exhilarating mysticism of The Da Vinci Code with the pulse-pounding action of a Tom Clancy thriller.

Material girl by Louise Kean
Original and funny take on modern life for fans of Marian Keyes.

Symphony by Jude Morgan
From the acclaimed author of Passion comes an audacious, brilliant and haunting novel in which the worlds of nineteenth-century theatre, of Romantic art and music, of revolutionary Europe, of inspiration and madness, are presented with the dazzle of a world-class orchestra. Symphony embodies the wild intensity of the lives of the actress Harriet Smithson and Hector Berlioz.

The religion by Tim Willocks
Violent, bloodthirsty and gripping depiction of the 14th century seige of Malta.

Mr midshipman fury by G. S. Beard
A brilliant sea-faring novel in the bestselling tradition of CS Forester and Patrick O'Brian.

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