Friday, September 7, 2018

Celebrating Library Health Month


Check out the great titles on our catalogue to celebrate Library Health Month. 

 With Spring now upon us its a great time to take a moment to get physically and mentally prepared for a healthy summer ahead.  You're guaranteed to find something helpful whether a healthy mind, body, diet or exercise is what your looking for you can download a vast array of titles from our library e book collection by following the link below:


Friday, August 31, 2018

The Life to Come - Michelle De Kretser

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award for 2018

The Life to Come is set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka and is a gripping story about how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform distort and undo the present.  Pippa is a writer who long for success. Celeste is trying to convince herself that her married lover returns her feelings for him and Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka while blotting out a past tragedy from that time. Described as profoundly moving and wickedly funny this novel is a meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

Other titles by Michelle on our catalogue include:
  • Questions of Travel
  • Springtime: A Ghost Story
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Winner Ned Kelly Award 2018

Ned Kelly Award Winner

The Australian Crime Writers Association has awarded Sulari Gentill for her book Crossing the Lines with the Ned Kelly Award for Australian Crime Writing.  Crossing the Lines is a meta-narrative involving two crime authors who write each other's story.

Madeleine creates a character named Edward, he is an author as well who begins to imagine his life.  Edward is in love with Willow but she is married to Hugh, both men loathe one another but Edward and Willow stay close friends.  Willow is an artist and while Edward is attending a gallery exhibition  a critic is murdered.  Stressed and grieving from her miscarriages Madeleine is becoming more enamoured of Edward and spending more and more time with him and less with her physician husband, Hugh.
As Madeleine engages more with Edward, he begins to engage back and a crisis comes when Hugh begins to question her immersion in her novel.

Best First Crime Novel

Sarah Bailey has won the best first crime novel for The Dark Lake. For those who loved reading Jane Harpers The Dry then The Dark Lake will be a must read.  The Dark Lake is a welcome addition to the rural Australian Crime Fiction genre.

Gemma Woodstock, a police detective has lived in the Australian regional town of Smithson her whole life.  An affair with her partner seems to be the only thing keeping her afloat after a compounding trail of grief, love, comfort and childbirth.  When the murder of a young and beautiful school teacher is discovered who is also Gemma's former schoolmate the case becomes muddied by Gemma's inability to separate the deceased Rosalind from the mysterious friend she knew in high school. Gemma's life becomes increasingly fractured in the destructive wake of Rosalind's death, putting herself and her family at risk. As the investigation digs deeper into Rosalind's past, secrets that were meant to remain buried come to light.  The lake where Rosalind's body was found holds the key to solving the murder and also the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths.

You can find these titles on our library catalogue, leave a comment below and let us know what your thought of them.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Digital Book Club - Together We Read

From 23rd August to 6th September Overdrive has connected readers all across Australia and New Zealand with the same book at the same time. During this two week period there will be no waitlists and no holds for the selected ebook.  Simply go to our library's digital collection and download the book via the Overdrive app or start reading in your browser. You must have a current library membership with the Hills Shire Libraries. Once you begin to read you can connect with other readers and join the conversation on the discussion board.

James Moloney has written several children's and young adult books.  His latest book
The Love That I Have is a move away from Australiana to a compelling story set in a prison during WW2.
Margot Baumann has left school to start work in the mail room at Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.  There she is shielded from the camp's brutality and has no contact with the prisoners other than handling their mail.  When Margot is given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters she is horrified at the callous task she has been given.  It is then that Margot decides to steal a few letters and forward them secretly and finds herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope. despair and love. By doing this Margot gets to know Dieter Kleinschmidt through the letters he writes to his girlfriend who is also named Margot.  It is as if Dieter is writing them to her.

You can access this title in our digital collection with the link below

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You can also find James other adult fiction title on our library catalogue The Tower Mill

Friday, August 17, 2018

Find the top 10 fiction in our library

If you are wondering what titles made the top 10 sales this month then here is the list. The best thing is you can borrow them from our library and save money.

Starting with number 1:

      • The President is Missing - President Bill Clinton and James Patterson
      • The Other Wife - Michael Robotham
      • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail honeyman
      • The Nowhere Child - Christian White
      • The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
      • Shelter in Place - Nora Roberts
      • A Month of Sundays - Liz Byrski
      • The Outsider - Stephen King
      • Boy Swallows Universe - Trent Dalton
      • The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz

We'd love hear what you thought of any of these titles, would you recommend them to other readers?
Leave a comment and inspire others to read a great book.

What's New?

If you are a Daniel Silva fan then the latest book in the Gabriel Allon Series is here.  The Other Woman is the 18th book in the series. A mysterious french woman is working on a dangerous memoir about the man she once loved and a child taken from her in treason's name.  She is the keeper of the Kremlin's most  guarded secret, a mole inserted long ago into the heart of the west and who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power.  Gabriel Allon, legendary art restorer and assassin is about to engage in a final epic showdown with the Russians as he seeks to unravel the conspiracy.  Guaranteed to leave you breathless this is a must for all those who love a great spy read.

Karin's latest novel, Pieces of Her, is an electrifying novel about devastating secrets and hidden lives that spotlights the fraught relationship between daughters and mothers and the length we will go to protect the ones we love. Andrea Cooper thought she knew everything about her mother Laura. her mother has spent nearly her whole life living in a small beach town of Belle Isle Georgia, enjoying a quiet existence. Her mother is a speech pathologist who loves to help others and her confidence is the very opposite of Andrea who struggles to find her way with no direction in life. All this dramatically changes one day with a visit to the mall where Laura calmly faces down a murderer.  It turns out that Laura has been hiding a secret for over 30 years,  she was a completely different person in the past but now she's been exposed. With Laura in hospital and refusing to talk to anyone Andrea is on a desperate journey to uncover her mothers hidden past.

You can find these and other titles by these authors on our catalogue.

Let us know what you thought of these latest crime fiction thrillers below.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Book To Film - Boy Erased: A Memoir

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley is his memoir of growing up the son of a Baptist pastor in small town Arkansas. At 19 Years of age Garrard was forced by his parents to make a life changing decision because he was conflicted about his sexuality.  Garrard had to either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to cure him of homosexuality or risk losing family, friends and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. This twelve step program promised to free him from homosexuality but Garrard found the strength to break out and search for his true self and also forgiveness.  This journey lead him to confront his buried past and trace the complex relationships among family, faith and community. His story is at times heartbreaking, triumphant but is also a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

Later this year the movie will be released with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe playing Garrard's parents and Lucas Hedges playing Jared.

If you love to read a book before the film is released then you can find a copy now on the library catalogue.

You can leave a comment below about this moving story, we'd love to hear what you thought.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Adrian d'Hage at Castle Hill Library

Castle Hill library is hosting bestselling author Adrian d'Hage on August 8th at 6.30-7.30pm. Come along and hear about Adrian's new book  The Russian Affair. 
Bookings are essential online. Tickets are $7.50pp

Adrian has served as a platoon commander in Vietnam where he was awarded the Military Cross, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994 and he has headed the defence planning for counter terrorism security for the Sydney Olympics.

In Adrian's most recent novel CIA agent Curtis O'Connor is in a race to stop information falling into the wrong hands.  Russian President Petrov is determined to restore his country's world dominance. The beautiful, lethal scientist, Llana Rabinovich has been hired to infiltrate the Mossad to steal their research and then what no one expects, the Israelis assign her to an even more dangerous mission to penetrate the US nuclear facilities in the the deserts of Los Alamos.
A femme fatale double agent, a corrupt Russian general and an unpredictable American President guarantee a fast action packed adventure that is sure to delight.

You can also find Adrian's other novels on our website:

 If you've read one of Adrian's novels we'd love to hear what you thought, you can leave a comment below.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Davitt Awards Shortlist

The Davitt awards celebrates Women's Crime Writing in Australia.  If you like to read crime fiction then here are the titles that have made this years Shortlist.

You can find all these titles on our catalogue.

1. The Dark Lake - Sarah Bailey
2. The Hidden Hours - Sara Foster
3. Crimson Lake - Candice Fox
4. Crossing the Lines - Sulari Gentill
5. Force of Nature - Jane Harper
6. And Fire Came Down - Emma Viskic

Let us know what you thought of any of these titles by leaving a comment below.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gold Man Booker Prize Winner

The Man Booker Prize is celebrating its 50th year as Britain's leading prize for Fiction. Recently we published the finalists in the Golden man Booker Prize, each title chosen as the best prize winner for that decade.

  The 5 finalists were:

1971.....In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul

1987.....Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

1992.....The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

2009.....Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 

2017.....Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

And the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize is ......

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

The English Patient has been named as the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the 
Man Booker Prize. The 51 previous winners of the Man Booker Prize were considered by a panel of  five judges who selected the final five novels. The English Patient was selected as the ultimate prize winner after a month long public vote on the Man Booker website.

We have the novel in our collection in print or Ebook. We also have the film available to borrow.

Have you read The English Patient? 
What are your thoughts on the prize winner? Let us know with your comments below