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Tin Men

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Tin Men by Christopher Golden

Economies are collapsing, environmental disasters are widespread and war the backdrop to life. And so the military has developed a force of elite soldiers to keep the peace. A force like nothing seen before ...codenamed Tin Men, soldiers are virtually transported to inhabit robot frames in war-torn countries. 

When PFC Danny Kelso starts his day shift in Syria, an eerie silence welcomes him and a patrol confirms the area is totally deserted. But when a rogue electromagnetic pulse throws everything into darkness, Danny's conscious mind is trapped within his robot body. The attack turns out to have been global - the world is facing a return to the dark ages with no electricity, no technology ...no safe zones. And the Tin Men face a race against time to save not only themselves but society as we know it.

I found this book to be a well-paced, well thought-out thriller.  Every type of human emotion was covered in this gripping read.  If I have one complaint it’s that I found the characters a bit hard to keep track of – being set within the military, characters are referred to by their first name, last name, rank or nickname. Even with this ‘problem’ I thoroughly enjoyed the book, from the first page to the very satisfying conclusion.


Shopaholic to the Stars

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Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies and multimillion-dollar yoga retreats and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! Red carpet here she comes! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival without telling Luke. Will her ambition to make it in Hollywood cost too much?

This is the seventh book in the popular "Shopaholic" series by Sophie Kinsella. If you are after a feel good and funny chick-lit novel then this is the one for you. I have "read" all of these books on audio and was pleasantly surprised by this latest installment.  I'm wondering if there will be another after this as it tends to end in a bit of a cliff-hanger! 

Becky and daughter Minnie have moved to Los Angeles as husband Luke's career now has him managing a Hollywood star. Meanwhile, Becky is busy enrolling Minnie into playschool and trying to launch herself as a Hollywood stylist. Of course all of this is complicated by Becky's dad coming over from the UK to chase up a long lost-friend, the return of her arch rival who befriends her best friend, fitting in with the local clique of mums at the pre-school, witnessing a shoplifter, and desperately waiting for her moment on the red carpet ...need I say more???

I really think you have to read the whole series to totally understand the characters that appear in the book, but it is a light fluffy read nonetheless. We have all the titles in this series available in either hardcover, large print, Playaway or talking book format.


Close Your Eyes

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Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham

Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin has given up investigating gritty crimes. He’s focusing on his family, wooing back his estranged wife and nurturing his young daughters - Charlie, who is about to go off to university, and ten-year-old Emma. He’s living with Parkinson’s disease and his beloved ex has her own health fears to face. But then comes a call from DCS Kray who desperately needs help with a brutal and mysterious double murder of a mother and daughter.

O’Loughlin knows he should say no, but Kray reels him when she tells him another bogus psychologist is using his name and stuffing up the case. He brings in his old partner, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, but still the case won’t crack. In the meantime, a series of brutal attacks occurs, with each of the victims having ‘A’ for adulterer carved into the foreheads. The attacks may or may not be connected to the farmhouse murders.

Why we love it:
As if we didn’t already love Michael Robotham’s signature brand of clever, unputdownable thrillers, he has done it all over again with a thriller that ticks all the boxes but is also tender, moving and insightful. 

The novel is a continuation of the O’Loughlin/Ruiz novels that Robotham fans know and love, but for newcomers Close Your Eyes can be read standalone. As usual, the pace is fast and it’s really hard to get to sleep at night with a Robotham thriller unread by your bed. This one keeps you guessing until the very end with a line-up of suspects that all seem plausible.

from the Team at Better Reading

Voting Open for Inky Awards

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Voting is now open for the 2015 Inky Awards!

The shortlist, announced yesterday at a special Melbourne Writers Festival event, includes five Australian books, nominated for the Gold Inky Award, and five international books, nominated for the Silver Inky Award.

Young readers (aged 12–20) are invited to vote online for their favourite book in each category, before 5pm  on Sunday 27 September.

The winners will be announced at the official Inky Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 October.

Gold Inky Award shortlist:
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Laurinda by Alice Pung
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Protected by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award shortlist:
Bird by Crystal Chan
Spark by Rachael Craw
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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The Mystery of the Midnight Rider

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Title: The Mystery of the Midnight Rider ( Nancy Drew Diaries)
Author: Carolyn Keene
Type of story: Mystery

This intriguing story is now one of my favourite books. The Mystery of the Midnight Rider is about someone trying to sabotage one of the riders in a important event. Nancy, Bess, George, Payton (rider) and Ned are trying to figure out who was the culprit behind all of the sabotage. But the culprit is not always the person you expect...
Read this AWESOME book to find out. I recommend this to 10 and over kids who love mystery books!!!
How good was it? Fantastic

 Sithmi (Library adventures club)
Your age: 11

Lions of Berwick - Part 2

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This is a series of Polaroid Instant Photographs that show the re-location of the lions from Brentwood in Clyde Road, Berwick to the War Memorial in High Street, Berwick around 1985. You can read all about the lions here The photos are not of great quality, but they are interesting from an historic point of view and for showing the logistics of the installation.

You can read more about the Lions of Berwick here.


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Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris

Two friends meet a boy in a chat room online, Taylor is captivated by Jacob and can't believe they seem to have so much in common! Before she knows it though, her friend Sierra has arranged to meet this boy downtown the following day. Taylor is devastated that her best friend can do that to her. What follows is a tragic story. S
ierra wants Taylor to cover for her and say she is staying overnight at her place, as her Mum has effectively grounded her. Taylor agrees, but Sierra doesn't come home and is still missing 2 days later.
When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed. The deep web, where predators are waiting for girls like Sierra.
This book should be compulsory reading by all young people who are out there chatting on the web - beware, all is not what it appears. Also the families of the two girls and the effect this situation has is so sad.
This book is a debut novel by an ex policewoman and had me captivated from the start. It is set in Melbourne so the landmarks will be familiar to all who read it. I encourage everyone to read this amazing book, and take on board the situation within, and think twice before befriending someone online who is not what you think they appear to be.
5 stars from me!

Janine K - Endeavour Hills Library

Fall from Grace

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Fall from Grace by Tim Weaver

From the cover:  When Leonard Franks and his wife Ellie leave London for a dream retirement in Dartmoor, everything seems perfect. But one afternoon, Leonard goes to fetch firewood and never returns.  With the police investigation dead in the water, Ellie turns to David Raker. Raker tracks down missing people for a living, but nothing can prepare him for this.  Because behind Leonard's disappearnce lies a deadly secret, buried so deep it was never meant to be found. 

As often happens to me, this book turned out to be one of a series!  It was easy to pick up that there was a 'back story' but the book stood alone quite well without knowing exactly what. 

Fall From Grace could have been an excellent read - the David Raker character is engaging, the storyline is intelligent, complex, with many twists and turns, and when you think you've worked out how it's all going to pan out, it doesn't! But oh my, the detail. Every tortuous piece of minutiae is exacted and drawn out over what I imagined to be pages and pages (I listened to the audiobook, very well narrated by Ben Allen) till I wanted to scream out loud "For crying out loud...Get on with it!!"  

So no five stars from me, but I've jumped on board the David Raker train and will do a whistelstop tour back through time. The series comprises: 2010 – Chasing the Dead, 2011 – The Dead Tracks, 2012 – Vanished, 2013 – Never Coming Back, 2014 – Fall From Grace and 2015 – What Remains.  


Ned Kelly Awards

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The Ned Kelly Awards, held last Saturday night (22 August 2015) as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, marked the 20th annivsary of the awards presented by the Australian Crime Writers Association. 

The top prize for True Crime was awarded to Helen Garner for This House of Grief, her account of the life and times, crime and trials of Robert Farquharson, the man who murdered his three sons by driving them into a dam.  Garner won the same prize 10 years ago for Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Candice Fox won the best fiction Neddy for her second novel, Eden, while former barrister Jock Serong won the Best First Novel award for Quota


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
This book, oh lord, is like a lost story from the Brother’s Grimm collection; a complete masterpiece. Seriously, the author HAS to be a magician that’s the only explanation. Fairy tale settings, ancient evil dark woods, handsome princes, immortal witch queen, council of wizards, a dragon (only he’s not an actual dragon…it’s like a stage name) whisking a young maiden of extraordinary talent off to his tower never to be seen again until after a decade  When the girl’s do come back, they’re different somehow; more polished and refined, and plenty more intelligent. Also, they never stay for long, bidding their loved ones good bye even after not seeing them for 10 years and moving to the bigger cities to become something great; scholars, philosophers even famous courtiers! The main character of the stand-alone book seems to be a country bumpkin with next to no talent at all other than having the uncanny ability to get dirty in the any scenario. Turns out there is a deeper reason to her disorderliness than obvious, that's right, MAGIC! The Dragon truly lives up to his name besides his bad-temperateness and abrupt manner of speaking, he is the most prized wizard under the king's rule but the most volatile.

I was a bit wary of this book with all its glowing 5 star reviews and thought that if this was just another hype-up book I might shoot myself. I was kind of glad to see some less than stellar reviews because the book then seemed more REAL to me. But this book was most definitely an exception and deserved every 5 star review and more. It brought me and my struggling friend such colossal delight. My best friend’s mother is suffering from breast cancer and things were a really gloomy at home. This book was like a great pine tree growing in the middle of dead, burnt out land for her and, I can’t repeat this enough, am I ever glad I found it.
The great thing about this book is that the characters are allowed to have flaws; times when they are weak, hesitant, cowardly, greedy and even evil. The character development is fantastic, some characters completely transform from the beginning of the book to the end. Previously nonredeemable characters come out redeemable and even honorable. The writing style is flawless and beautiful, taking you back in time and you'll feel as if you're LITERALLY IN the book!
Uprooted is truly a gift to the world and I would recommend every living soul with access to the library or books to read it if it weren't for some of the mature content. But I'll have to stand with recommending it to 15+. I could almost say that I wish I haven't read it because this is almost an impossible book to beat or even stand on par with.
Work Experience Student: Intisar

The Secret Wife

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The Secret Wife by Linda Kavanaugh

From the cover: The happiest day of her life...Laura Thornton had dreamed of this day. Saying her vows to the perfect man, in a beautiful dress. It was supposed to be perfect. Forever. The beginning of a nightmare...Behind closed doors, the man of her dreams reveals a dark nature so brutal that Laura has no choice but to leave and, when threats are made to her life, all fingers point to her husband. But what Laura thinks she knows is a lie. A dark secret from her past is reaching out, determined to destroy her. A past she soon discovers isn't all that it seemed.

This was a great book! It bounces back and forth from the present to the past and tells the story of two girls who grow up together in separate families but have something in common, they just don't realize what it is.

When Laura decides to get married to Jeff whom she has only known a few months, Kerry is immediately suspicious of his motives and tries to tell her friend that she is being a little hasty in making this decision so quickly. Laura of course is in love and flattered by Jeff's attentiveness, but soon it becomes evident that Kerry was right once the bruises started to show. Laura leaves Jeff but he pursues her relentlessly and she is constantly worried that he won't take no for an answer. It has turned into the marriage from hell.
Thank goodness she has Kerry to support her, that's what friends are for - or are they? This book was a real page turner and has a "domestic noir" flavour to it. I had not heard of this Irish author before, but I will be seeking out her other titles as well. Would appeal to lovers of Women's fiction and those who like a thriller. I read the hardcover but we also have it in e-book format.


Yes, Chef!

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Yes, Chef! by Lisa Joy

Inspired by real-life adventures, this deliciously funny and romantic story reveals a tantalizing glimpse of the trendy restaurant scene: a world where chefs are treated like rock stars, and cooking isn't all that goes on in the kitchen!

Sassy foodie Becca Stone is over her job taking reservations for one of London's most successful restaurant empires. So when she is unexpectedly catapulted into working as PA to celebrity chef Damien Malone, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Becca is quickly caught up in an exciting whirlwind of travel, reality TV, and opening nights, and even her usually abysmal love life takes a turn for the better. But as Becca is slowly consumed by the chaos of life in the spotlight, she begins to lose touch with her friends, her heart, and even with reality. 

Working with Damien has its challenges and she is soon struggling with his increasingly outrageous demands and sleazy advances, all while managing the ridiculous requests of his self-centered wife. It takes a disastrous trip to Italy for Becca to realize that she may have thrown away exactly what she's been looking for all along.

I was completely drawn in to Becca’s life with all its comradeship and work life. Becca and her friends had a rapport and honesty about them. They are not perfect; they make mistakes, have set-backs plus good times. The story is more about friendship and loyalty than it is about romantic love, although there is a decent dollop of that as well!  This is a rollicking romantic ride and lots of fun. 


Pretty Baby

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Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Heidi Wood is charity personified. She works for a non-profit organisation, takes in stray animals and always has a few dollars in her pocket for the homeless. When Heidi finds Willow, a girl standing on a train platform cradling a baby to her chest, she can’t get the image out of her head. The next time she sees Willow, standing in the pouring rain, she persuades her to share a meal at a nearby diner. Through gentle persistence, Heidi convinces Willow to stay with her for as long as necessary.

So when she brings home Willow and her four-month-old baby, her husband Chris and 12-year-old daughter Zoe are horrified but not exactly surprised. While Zoe is happy that her mother is taking a step back from looking over her shoulder at every turn, Chris is worried that Heidi is being taken advantage of.

Chris’s suspicions about Willow lead him to hire a private investigator, but what he discovers will shatter any illusions about her being a harmless runaway. Meanwhile, Willow comes to realise that Heidi, having miscarried before, is far more interested in baby Ruby than in her.

As Heidi’s obsession with Ruby grows, Willow must make a choice – hand over the baby to Heidi and go on with her life, or reveal the sequence of events that has brought them to her doorstep before Chris does.

Why we love it: We love this intelligent psychological thriller about the motivation behind a charitable deed from the bestselling author of The Good Girl. With its simmering tension, intriguing plotlines and clever storytelling, Pretty Baby will stay with you long after the final page.

from the Team at Better Reading

Brother of the More Famous Jack

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Brother of the More Famous Jack by Barbara Traido

Stylish, suburban Katherine is eighteen when she is propelled into the heart of Professor Jacob Goldman's rambling home and his large eccentric family. As his enchanting yet sharp-tongued wife Jane gives birth to her sixth child, Katherine meets beautiful, sulky Roger and his volatile younger brother Jonathan. Inevitable heartbreak sends her fleeing to Rome, but ten years later, older and wiser, she returns to find the Goldmans again.

I picked this novel up the way I pick up so many; on the other side of the returns chute! (I work at Narre Warren Library.) The new sticker was bright and fresh on a title I had not heard of. I put it on hold. It was originally published in 1982 but seems to have resurfaced last year with new interest and stretched from the UK to the US and here.

It is an overwhelmingly honest novel about a young woman who is introduced and becomes part of an unconventional large family. It is a love story with very human characters that are ultimately superbly loveable, pitiable and real. The main character travels from the realms of early adulthood and her first broken heart to her thirties at a point when she is broken she gets back in contact with the family she had so loved.

The author’s characterisation is generous and beautiful, the individual voices of each character masterful in its consistency. We are presented with moments of great sadness and joy and loads of friction and sparring but the author provides us with all the information without a hint of judgement.  She is unapologetic in subject, covering topics that are even more highly controversial now, that would be shied from and probably avoided. She presents them without catching her breath or making them more than a small part of a great whole. Interestingly, the innocence with which she explores subjects that our modern prudity would want to label and judge is one of the only elements that makes this book seem dated, that and the honest and, at times, chauvinistic relations between the sexes (notice I had to label it!).

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to be caught up in the lunatic sanity of the Goldman family and the unpretentious and beautiful writing of Barbara Trapido.

Sam B

This House of Grief

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This House Of Grief by Helen Garner

This is a book that is a must read for anyone wanting to see the workings of a trial, twice told! I bought it in one of the few bookshops left in Melbourne, Australia and it sat on the bookshelf for a while before I got around to reading it. Then I just had to finish it even though I knew what the end result was. It dominated the Australian media for years when the case ran. You cannot have been in Melbourne if you did not hear of it from Father's Day 2005 onwards.

It is such a compelling read which has Helen Garner, the observer, at the trial of Robert Farquharson who is convicted of the murder of his three children in revenge for his wife leaving him and taking up with another man. Garner makes many wry observations of the main characters or players in the story and leaves you wanting to read more. There is a sense that the book was finished after the first trial and Helen by then was exhausted. The re-trial doesn't have the same steam as the first but this masterful writer holds you in the whole time.

This should be a textbook on any law course involving justice and the court room process e.g. the manner in which the barristers play to the jury and how they lose them; how some witnesses parry with the barristers and some win or lose; and little things that seem to impact on a juror more than others. I found this an absorbing read and picked up many points that even with many years of court experience, I'd not fully noticed. This book would make a great film and it has to be one of the best books I've ever read. 

Thanks to Peter H. via our website

Sustenance Applications for the Shire of Berwick and the Shire of Cranbourne

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The Public  Records Office of Victoria www.prov.vic.gov.au  has just received a series of  records consisting of the applications for sustenance administered by various Shires under the provisions of the Unemployment Relief (Administration) Act 1932. We are fortunate that the records cover the Shire of Berwick, the Shire of Cranbourne and the Shire of Dandenong.

According to the PROV blog the applications for Sustenance forms contain-
applicant name, place of birth, address, age, usual trade, marital status, out of employment details, particulars of children and dependents,  information regarding assets or income,  investigation notes regarding application and application support documentation such as statements of income. You can read the full blog post here and the blog provides the links to the records. Sadly, the records are not yet digitised so you will need to visit the PROV to see the records.

There are 231 applicants for the Shire of Cranbourne and only 46 for the Shire of Berwick. I am surprised that  there is such a discrepancy between the two sets of records as I would have thought that they would have had similar populations and thus a similar amount of applications. I don't have any population figures for 1932, but in 1944 the Shire of Cranbourne was 8022  in population and the Shire of Berwick was 9950.  Of all the applicants there were three women who applied in their own right -  Celia Brown,  Daphne Jean Dixon and  Meg Wilde. There were also two married couples - Henry and Beatrice Pedersen and C.T. and P. Priestley who applied.

Shire of Berwick Applicants (VPRS 17877)

ALLAN, John George Montgomery (Date of Birth 25/04/1888)  ALLSOP, Frank Henry  (1897) BAKER, Herbert Frank (31/12/1894) BAKER, William (1888)  BARNES, James  (1902) BICKNELL, Charles Richard  (15/01/1886)  BOOTH, William  (15/12/1904) BOULD, Walter  (14/10/1886) BROUGH, William  (1897) BROWN, Archie Edward  (1902) BROWN, Celia  (1870) BROWN, Cyril  (31/08/1895)   BROWN, John  (1905)   BUCK, Ronald Arthur (11/03/1912)
BUCKINGHAM, Thomas Leslie (1885)  CAMPBELL, Clyde  (1896) CAMPBELL, Eric (1900) CARR, George  (1904) CARROLL, Denis  (29/01/1907) CASLEY, James Henry  (1895)
CHILDS, Leo  CLANCY, George   CLARKE, Ernest  (1897) CLINCH, Edward  (1880) COBBLEDICK, Robert William  (1891)  COLE, Gordon Keith ( 07/12/1900) CORBIN, Edward Albert  (01/10/1906) CORRY, John  (1885)  COWAN, Frederick William CUMMINS, Michael Francis  (1873 or 1875) CURLEY, James T   DALTON, Arthur Lionel (30/08/1909)
D’ANDREA, Guido  (1902) DANIEL, William Walter  (1914)  DAWES, John Cedric  (20/02/1915) DAWSON, Thomas Richard  (26/09/1898)  DEAN, J.H. DIXON, Daphne Jean  (1906) DODD, Frank Crichton  (1878) DOWLING, Joseph Henry  (28/11/1875) DUNLOP, Robert  (01/08/1902) FELTHAM, Robert Courtney  (24/12/1908) FOUNTAIN, J.A. FOX, Frederick Samuel (22/04/1884) HYDE, Thomas Alfred (15/10/1895) ROGERS, Alfred  (21/02/1896) Shire of Cranbourne Applicants (VPRS 17876)

ADAMS, Frederick George (1870)   ADDERLEY, William James (02/05/1903)     AGNEW, Thomas James ( 02/11/1905)  AGOSTA, Francesco Frank (27/04/1904)  AKISTER, Norman ( 1903) ALEC, John  (1891)  ALLARD, John Charles  (06/07/1899)     ALLEN, William Robert (1905)   ALLSOP, Edward William John (1908) ALLSOP, Harold Victor  (10/07/1911) ANDREWS, Harry  (06/05/1916) ASTON, Herbert W  ( 1905)      AXFORD, William Douglas (1909)                           BAILEY, John Wier (1913)    BALCHIN, J.S.      BALFOUR, William Scott (21/06/1888)             BARTLETT, John (1897)    BASSO, Eugenio (1903)     BAXTER, Norman Alexander (08/02/1910) BERTONCELLO, Settimo (1905)   BERTONCELLO, Settimo (1905)   BISHOP, George Juble (18/03/1887)   BLACK, Alfred   BLACK, Roy (1899)    BROUGHTON, Lemuel (Should this be Samuel?) ( 26/11/1912)  BOULD, Mervyn Earnest (1904)  BOULD, Roydon Dean (1907)   BOULD, Stanley Edward John (1908)  BRAND, Alexander King  (01/07/1903)   BRUNSDEN, Thomas Henry (1909)   BRYAN, Daniel   (09/03/1897)    BULMAN, Keith Noel          BULMAN, Vere James Frederick (1903)    BURGAN, Clarence Frederick  (05/05/1916)       BURGAN, Frederick Galloway (24/05/1895)    BURGESS, Fred (1907)      BURLEY, Hugh Lauder (1908)    BURNETT, Alexander  (19/06/1876)     BURNS, William Noble (1905)    

CADDY, Donald  (05/11/1899)  CAIN, Henry Roy (1906)  CANTY, Daniel  (26/08/1877) CASERTO, Veto  ( 06/06/1897)  CASTELLO, Rosario (03/09/1899)  CHAPRONIERE, Henry Stanley (1905) CIANCI, Domenico (1883)   CLAYDON, John William (22/12/1897) CLINTON, James (1880)   COATES, George Frederick (1903)   COCHRANE, James (05/11/1886)  COCHRANE, James Thompson (1883) COLLINS, Thomas (02/04/1897)   CONSIDINE, Leo David (09/08/1908)    CONSOLINO, Giuseppe (01/01/1990)  COOK, Frank (1901)  COOK, William  (12/02/1885)    COOTER, Stanley Ralph (1903)   COBETT, Michael James (1906)  CORBETT, Thomas Patrick (08/08/1877) CORBETT, Thomas Patrick  (8/11/1901) CORNWALL, James Arthur (1884) COSGRAVE, Alfred John (1878) COTTER, John Jack (1910) COULSON, Harry William Oliver (1882) COX, Harold William (1909) CRAFT, R  CRAMERI, Eugene Dominic (04/06/1914) CRAMERI, Joseph Francis  (1907) CRIPPS, Regional Edward  (26/01/1912) CUMMING, Alan  (06/07/1905)

D’FLORA, Matteo (1897) DON, James Gilbert  (30/12/1894) DONOVAN, Charles John (1885) DUGGAN, Raymond Stacey (08/02/1890) EDWARDS, Henry  (1906) ELLIOTT, Cecil (1886 or 1888)   ELSEGOOD, T.A.   ENGLISH, Thomas Joseph (25/06/1903) EPPS, Ernest William  (23/01/1906)  ESLER, John William Leslie  (28/10/1899) FECNHER, Edgar Phillip (1896) FECHNER, Edgar Phillip  (20/10/1896) (2 different records for Edgar Fechner)  FECHNER, William (1905) FELLHAUER, William (1899) FLESTEAD, Clifford John Stanley (09/04/1896) FERRARO, Gregoro ( 12/02/1899) FIELD, Michael Joseph (30/10/1882) FLANAGAN, Harry Albert (1894) FLENTJAR, Alfred William (1912) FLENTJAR, Alfred William (20/11/1911) FLENTJAR, Leslie James (1908) FLENTJAR, O   FRANKLIN, William James (1907) FLOOD, Percy (11/03/1881) GALLAGHER, W    GALLENTI, Desiderio (07/05/1906) GALLENTI, Saverio (08/09/1881) GALLENTI, Sebastiano (1911)  GANDOLFO, Sebastiano (1900)  GARBELLINI, William Peter (16/10/1895) GIBSON, Alexander (1897)     GILLAN, Thomas (1867)    GIULIANO, Giovanni (1887)     GLASHEEN, Edward John (1893)  GLASHEEN, Edward John (26/04/1893) (2 different records for Edward John Glasheen)  GLEESON, Clarence Michael  (02/04/1889)
 GORRIE, John Callaghan (19/07/1894) GRANT, Albert Harold (1903) GRIFFIN, Keith Albert (1917) GRIFFITHS, Henry  (18/08/1897) GROVER, Alfred Henry (1869)
GRUNDY, Reginald Henry   (18/08/1906) GUNTON, Vernon (1912)

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The Journey

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The Journey by Josephine Cox

Three strangers are thrown together by chance.  When Ben Morris comes to the aid of Lucy Baker and her daughter Mary, he's intrigued by the story behind their visits to the local graveyard.  It's an encounter destined to change all their lives forever.  

Later, invited into their home, Ben hears Lucy's remarkable tale - one she must tell before it's too late.  The story of Barney Davidson, his family and the part Lucy played in his extraordinary life, is one that still exerts a powerful influence in the present day.

This story is split into two parts – the modern day when Ben meets Lucy and Mary, and the 1930s when Barney and his family meet Lucy.   It is a frustrating book because some parts are just wonderful, some are plain tedious, and some are so saccharine and soppy I felt like throwing the Playaway out the window!  
We have this title in all formats; I borrowed the audio Playaway narrated by Carole Boyd and her expert delivery of the many English, Irish and American accents was a highlight.



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Cadence by Emma Ayres

From the catalogue:  Lauded as an entertainer and musical expert, Emma Ayres is keen to break down the barriers surrounding classical music. In 1999 Emma cycled from England to Hong Kong, with a only a small violin for company. ln Cadence, Emma tells this story and reveals a life filled with adventure, contrast, unpredictable events and, always, music. From learning violin in small-town England to performing in one of the greatest musical and historical events of the 20th century; from poverty-stricken student days in dank London to studying with maestros in Cold War West Berlin; and whether cycling one of the world's greatest deserts with only Elgar for company to playing in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Emma Ayres' life has always been about the music.

The very brave, fit and funny Emma Ayres (ABC Classic FM) has written an uplifting and riveting account of a bicycle trip (on her bike Vita) that she embarked upon from London to Hong Kong. She took her violin, called Aurelia, for company. The journey went through Europe, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and China and into Hong Kong. Not only does the book cover her escapades and interactions with mostly friendly locals but is interspersed with music musings. Although some of the information about major keys, minor chords, flats, sharps and en-harmonic was beyond me, Emma didn’t dwell too long on this and moved on to philosophical questions about music and life, or gears, cogs and cadence. I found this book most enjoyable and unique. The author is admirable  and inspirational. Highly recommended. Available in print, e-book and audio CD formats.


Missing You

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Missing You by Harlan Coben

From the catalogue: It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture she feels her whole world explode as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé; Jeff, the man who shattered her heart and whom she hasn't seen in 18 years. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved.

Harlan Coben’s books - dark twisting stories set against the backdrop of serene, domestic settings - have made him one of the most successful crime thriller authors writing in the world today.  I've read a couple of his before and really enjoy the mental stimulation of the mystery suspense genre.  However, on the odd occasion when books veer into physical or psychological torture or sadism is when I close the cover and move on to something else.  This book came very close to it, but I really wanted to know how the Kat and Jeff storyline played out, so I endured.  The ending, though no surprise, was not the way I wanted it to be so I felt a bit letdown for having stuck with it.

Coben fan or not, if you can handle a dose of brutality in amongst an absorbing storyline, you should enjoy it.  We have this title in book; large print; and audio MP3, CD, and Playaway formats.  

btw - The narration by the male Kerry Shale is surprising considering it’s Kat’s story, so some of the voices are quite grating... Probably better to go the print route.


Second Life

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Second Life by S. J. Watson

From the cover:  Can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them? When Julia learns that her sister has been killed, she’ll do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her boy. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control. Perhaps losing everything. Set in Paris and London, “Second Life” is about the double lives people lead – and the dark places they can end up in. 

S. J. Watson’s previous debut novel, Before I Go To Sleep hit the bestselling list and made it onto the big screen. Second Life is his new and second novel. I was disappointed at first as it did not grip me the way his first book did. However about a quarter of the way into the story, the pace picked up enormously. From that point on I could not put it down!

I loved the fact that it used today’s technology to keep it real. Lots of references were made to online chat sites, the use of mobile phones, and tracking mobile phone locations using apps. As a reader, I got very frustrated with the main character, Julia, who has a tendency for addictive behaviour and making poor choices. But the fact that she was this way, made the story all the more interesting. Just when it seemed the plot was predictable, something unpredictable would happen. 

S. J. Watson is definitely a writer to follow. His ability to twist a plot, grip the reader, and add a sensual side to the storyline, all contribute to an intriguing fast-paced read, and a great psychological thriller.

~ Narelle


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