By Bruce Pascoe
An amazing insight into Aboriginal society prior to settlement, this book turns everything I learned in school on its head. Meticulously researched and easy to read, I am buying my brother a copy for Christmas.
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By Jane Harper
This is a mystery family drama set in outback Queensland. Nathan’s brother is found dead amid mysterious circumstances. Nathan attempts to make sense of this while dealing with his own personal demons. This family tragedy has the harsh outback as a backdrop.
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A child of two cultures (English and Japanese), Ishiguro creates beautifully written stories in a distinct style of his own. Writing across several different genres, from historical fiction to science fiction, he captures the reader with fascinating settings and intriguing storylines. His work is critically acclaimed, winning the Nobel prize for literature in 2017.
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By Dhonielle Clayton
In Orleans, Beauty is a gift. A gift that only the Belles can wield. All others in the kingdom are born “damned”, cursed to be grey. That is, unless they can afford the services of a Belle, like Camellia. Not only is she a Belle, but one of the most skilled of her generation. She wants to be chosen to work for the Queen, to be known as the Favourite. There’s one problem. Being the queen’s Belle means working on the younger princess. The same princess who is known for the horrible things she does to those around her. When the Queen asks Camellia to risk her life for the life of her elder daughter, she must make an impossible decision. This story sweeps you up and reels you in from the start. It has the feel of a modern fairytale, but will bring you to question what you believe. A true modern masterpiece!
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By John Lanchester
This dystopian novel offers a scarily realistic look of what the world could look like in the future. You can also listen to our review of this book on our podast, Shelf Esteem. It is available to listen to on your favourite podcasting platform. Ask a staff member for more information.
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By Tara Gilboy
Gracie is a normal schoolgirl whose life is turned upside down when she sneaks out of the house to hear a talk at a book shop from an author who it turns out wrote Gracie’s life story… Literally. Gracie discovers that she, her family, and her friends are characters come to life out of a story book that have left the pages in order to escape the evil Queen. Gracie’s story within the story becomes even more complicated when they are drawn back within the pages of the book, and have to discover a dark truth in order to survive!
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This is an Australian movie based on the book “Good Muslim Boy”, by Osmah Sami. It tells the story of of a cleric’s son who tells a lie and is facing an arranged marriage, partly as a consequence of this incident. There are funny moments, an engaging story and an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.
This movie can be streamed from our free online movie streaming service, Kanopy. Check it out here!