2016 Ned Kelly Awards winners!

The Australian Crime Writers Association announced the winners of the Ned Kelly Wards for crime writing 2016 at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Sunday, 28 August.

The winners are:
Best debut novel                                                     Best Novel                                  Best crime novel

Resurrection Bay
by Emma Viskic
                          Before it breaks
                        by Dave Warner
                Certain Admissions
               by Gideon Haigh


Read the complete list of shortlisted entries.

Criminally good reads...August

Criminally good reads ...August
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/ Philip Kerr                                           / Anna Westbrook

  The darkest secret
   /Alex Marwood 

The woman in Cabin 10
/ Ruth Ware

The blade artist
/ Irvine Welsh
I see you
/Clare McIntosh

 / Kei Miller
 Watching Edie
/ Camilla Way

The couple 
next door
/ Shari Lapena

2016 Davitt Awards, best crime book by Australian women have been announced!

Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women have been announced! 

Six Davitt Awards are presented annually: Best Adult Novel; Best Young Adult Novel; Best Children’s Novel; Best Non-fiction Book; Best Debut Book (any category); and Readers’ Choice (as voted the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia).

Winner: Adult, Debut and Readers Choice awards

Resurrection Bay
by Emma Viskic
Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside - watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can't do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead. This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend - and himself.

Winner: Young Adult novel
Risk by Fleur Ferris
Best friends Taylor and Sierra meet a hot guy in a chat room online. Both fall for Jacob's charms, but as usual, the more outgoing and vivacious Sierra overshadows Taylor and wins his attention. Taylor's devastated - Sierra already kissed Callum, Taylor's secret crush, over the summer holidays. Life's not fair, especially when Sierra's around. Moving quickly, Sierra sets up a date with Jacob on Friday after school. She asks Taylor and their friends to cover for her. Even though she's upset, Taylor is still Sierra's best friend and agrees to help. But Sierra abuses the favour and calls to say she's going to spend the night with her date. She doesn't come home all weekend, doesn't answer her phone and nobody's heard from her... Taylor is torn. She doesn't want to betray Sierra by telling her parents but at the same time she's concerned for her welfare. Finally, Callum convinces her to tell. The police are called and their worst fears are confirmed when Sierra's body is found miles from Melbourne a week later... Devastated, Taylor becomes obsessed with finding Sierra's killer. As clues emerge, Taylor races against time to try and save the predator's next victim.

Winner: Children's novel
When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy's mysterious swamp-yeti, the last thing she expected was to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork-pie hat in crimes-and she swears not all of them are hers. There's also new boy Christopher, who has taken quite a shine to Friday, to contend with.

    Winner: Non Fiction

Wild man
by Alecia Simmonds
In April 2012 a man was shot dead by police on a remote farm in New South Wales called the School of Happiness. The victim, who was high on a cocktail of drugs and who suffered from mental illness, had been threatening attendees of a hippie festival with a crossbow and hunting knife. When the police finally arrived, they tried to subdue him but, ultimately, fatal shots were fired. In Wild Man Alecia Simmonds follows the coronial inquest into the police killing. She reveals what really happened that night and unravels the web of issues entangled in this fascinating, bizarre and, undoubtedly, tragic case: a cultural clash between hippies and hunters; drug use, violence, masculinity and psychosis. She asks how family members, as well as police, came to work on the frontline of mental health. This spectacular book is a clear-eyed look at some of the most pressing problems facing contemporary Australia.

The complete list of 2016 Davitt Awards Shortlisted titles

2016 Miles Franklin Winner announced

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

Your OneClick digital update for August!

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 Martiniéres 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."

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."

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."

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!

Mr Huff / WALKER, Anna

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

Cloudwish /Fiona Wood

A Single Stone /Meg McKinlay
Inbetween Days /Vikki Wakefield

Soon / Morris Gleitzman

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

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

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

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

2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards: Picture Book of the Year shortlist

It's Children's Book Week 20-26 August ! Checkout the shortlisted books for each award, each day this week. The winners will be announced Friday 19 August.

The Picture Book of the Year Shortlist
Ride, Ricardo, Ride!/ Shane Devries (Text: Phil Cummings)
Ricardo loved to ride his bike through the village. He rode under endless skies, quiet and clear. He rode every day ... But then the shadows came.

My Dead Bunny/James Foley (Text: Sigi Cohen)
"My dead bunny's name is Brad; his odour is extremely bad. He visits me when I'm in bed, but Bradley wasn't always dead ..." A hilarious rhyming tale about a zombie bunny who comes back to visit his owner.

Flight/Armin Greder (Text: Nadia Wheatley)
Tonight is the night.
The family has to flee.
They've been tipped off that the authorities are after their blood.
Apparently in biblical times, a small family sets off across a desert in search of refuge from persecution in their own country, and an ancient story becomes a fable for our times.
Their journey is beset by heat and thirst, threatening tanks and the loss of their donkey, but eventually they reach a refugee camp where they can wait in safety for asylum in another country.
Windy Hollow Books

One Step at a Time/ Sally Heinrich (Text: Jane Jolly)
One Step at a Time is a story about a boy, a baby elephant and a landmine.

Suri's Wall/Matt Ottley (Text: Lucy Estela)
Suri was different from the other children and the high wall that encircled their lives was Suri's only friend, her comfort and holder of whispered secrets. That was, until one day, when from the depths of human frailty, one small child's voice was enough to change Suri's view of their world inside the wall - and that which lay beyond it. Ages 6+.


And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda/ Bruce Whatley (Text: Eric Bogle)
But the band played 'Waltzing Matilda' when we stopped to bury our slain. We buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs; then we started all over again.

Eric Bogle's famous and familiar Australian song about the Battle of Gallipoli explores the futility of war with haunting power. Now Bruce Whatley's evocative illustrations bring a heart-rending sense of reality to the tale.

A timely story for every generation to share.

Inky Awards Shortlist, 2016

The Inky Awards were established in 2007 as Australia’s first, and still only, national teen choice awards for young adult literature.

The shortlist includes five Australian and five international youth literature books. The Australian novelists are eligible for the Gold Inky Award and $2,000 prize money. International books are eligible for the Silver Inky Award. Vote now for your favourite book!
           The Gold Inky Award Shortlist

     Flywheel                                                Illuminae                                              Sister Heart

                                Green Valentine                                                Cloudwish 

The Silver Inky Award Shortlist

                                                                                                           Simon vs the Homo Sapiens agenda                                            I'll give you the sun


                                            The rest  of us just live here                          The marvels                                    Made you up                                                             
Vote for your favourite title, and you could win all 20 books on the 2016 Inky Awards longlist!*