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The Adventures of Pip by Enid Blyton

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Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: The Adventures Of Pip is all about where there's a little pixie named Pip and his pixie auntie that looks after him is named Aunt Twinkle and Pip is mostly the main character, it as lots of wonderful chapters and is an amazing book I also recommend checking out other Enid Blyton books.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Samantha from Cranbourne Adventurers Club, age 8

For a look at the famous British author check out this video

The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg

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Type of story: Family

Tell us about it: This was a truly lovely book. It is based on a true story of Olympic Equestrian star, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. Princess Haya is the daughter of the King of Jordan and loves her family dearly. A tragedy leaves her devastated and causes her to become very withdrawn and depressed. Her father, the King, then gives her a most precious gift for her birthday, one that changes her life. She is entrusted with the care of a very special foal and the most incredible bond grows between them. Slowly but surely, the heartbroken Princess begins to dream about a future and it is extraordinary indeed.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

Monkey and Me by David Gilman

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Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: I really loved this story. Nine year old Beanie discovers a scared and hungry chimpanzee in a deserted house, he whispers, "Don't be scared, I'll look after you".But where did the chimp called Malcolm come from and how does he know sign language?. This was a secret worth more than anything, but how can he keep his secret safe when there are sinister men in hot pursuit?

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

One Tough Chick by Leslie Margolis

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Type of story: Funny

Tell us about it: This is a really funny story about a group of girls in their last year at Primary school. Annabelle and her friends are busy preparing for the annual talent show, however when Annabelle's audition doesn't go to plan, she finds herself being given the very special job as student judge. This of course leads to a sudden surge in her popularity around school and Annabelle realises her job as a judge is not all it's cracked up to be. What will her friends and her new boyfriend Oliver think if she doesn't score them well?. How can she not play favourites?

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Jenny from Cranbourne

Pillars of the Earth

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Author Ken Follett surprised me with his long list of novels, starting in 1976 with The Modligiani Scandal, a novel where art forgers, masterpiece hunters and thieves collide.  He then moved on to a 'whodunit' in 1977, and later turned his talents to a WWII/MI5/enemy agent book.  He then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages.

Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years. 

In 2004, it was voted the third greatest book ever written by 250,000 viewers of a German television station, beaten only by The Lord of the Rings and the Bible. When The Times of London asked its readers to vote for the 60 greatest novels of the last 60 years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at No.2 (the sequel, World Without End, was No.23 on the same list), after To Kill a Mockingbird.  In November 2007 'Pillars' became the most popular-ever choice of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, returning to No.1 on the New York Times bestseller list. 

And of course, the mini-series in 2010 produced by Ridley Scott and starring Ian McShane and Matthew Macfadyen.  The eight-part TV miniseries debuted in the U.S. and Canada in July of that year, with the UK premier in October.  The series was nominated for 3 Golden Globes, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Ian McShane for Best Actor and Hayley Atwell for Best Actress at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

I found the above information when helping someone find information on author Ken Follett and just had to read the book.  Not my usual fare I must say but I became totally immersed in it. At a daunting 973 pages, this tome is not one to carry in your handbag [go the e-version!]  In what could be an almighty boring story of church construction, which is the idea that fuelled the novel, it is very well written with memorable characters and interwoven storylines.

Set in 12th Century England, Philip, a devout and resourceful monk, is driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. It’s also the story of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect; the elusive Lady Aliena; Jack, brought up in the forest by his mother, Ellen, an accused witch; and a struggle between good and evil that turns church against state, and brother against brother.

Classic movie material indeed and an excellent book to lose yourself in.
Deb.  
 

Barracuda

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Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap. Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families. 

Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person?.. Barracuda is about living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education.
 
Danny Kelly is a talented young and determined swimmer. He is also from a multicultural background and out of place in the elite private school that he’s awarded a scholarship to.  He is at home in the water and only thinks of success and he is successful … to a point.

Christos Tsiolkas again hits the mark with another Melbourne based contemporary epic. This novel explores failure, rejection, racism and sexuality. Although sometimes an uncomfortable read, Barracuda is definitely thought provoking and beautifully expressed.
Ali

Altered

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Title: Altered
Author:  Jennifer Rush

Anna's dad works for a mysterious organisation called the Branch. As a part of his work they keep 4 boys in a secret lab to perform experiments on them. The boys, Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam, have no memory of their past life, but as a result of their treatments have extraordinary skills, such as strength. For years, Anna has looked after the boys and become incredibly close to them, especially Sam, whom she has fallen in love with. After an escape attempt, Anna and the boys are on run from the Branch, trying to piece together all the clues to what the Branch's plans are, and Anna discovers her life has been a lie.

The main driving force of the novel is the mystery of the Branch itself, and I enjoyed this immensely. There are many twists in the book, some are expected and some were unexpected enough to warrant a second flick to the beginning with a confused "But HOW?". Reasonable number of fight scenes, although it's not action-packed. However, one of the negatives was the strange romance between Anna and Sam that seems contrived at the start and becomes a little creepy towards the end. That combined Anna's narration echoing Bella Swan in Twilight may be a turn-off for some.

So overall, skip the romance, and it's a pretty cool read. One final warning however: the ending leaves conspicuously enough room for a potential sequel.

Lauren
Age 17

Paper Towns by John Green

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“What a treacherous thing to believe a person is more than a person.”

John Green ceases to amaze me with his unforgettable and brilliant stories, and in every one of them he never fails to go in depth with teenage lives that is always accompanied by a concept or idea that every human can relate to.
The award-winning novel, ‘Paper Towns’, explores the lives of the interesting and lovable  characters; Quentin Jacobsen (“Q” for short), Margo Roth Spiegelman, Ben Starling, “Radar” and Lacey Pemberton. The story has romance, mystery, and humour throughout as Q desperately searches for the love of his life, Margo, along with his friends by trying to piece together clues of her whereabouts. But what makes it different from most mystery and teenage stories is the message behind it, and that the clues aren’t your typical clues. As they search for Margo, many misconceptions and perceptions of Margo arise and it makes the characters, as well as the reader, really wonder – Who is Margo Roth Spiegelman? What kind of person is she really?

When Q and his friends go on a journey to save or find her they expected to learn more about her, but they come to learn even more about themselves.


- C.N, Narre Warren Work Experience

Audrey's Door

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Today is Friday the 13th and what better than a review of a Bram Stoker Award-winning supernatural thriller, the creepy, haunting, horror-fest of a book – Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan.

Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at 32—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherworldly or Audrey's own increasing instability that's to blame for the dark visions that haunt her . . . and for the voice that demands that she build a door? A door it would be true madness to open.


This book is a dead-set combination of a bog-standard classic and a quirky original. Our protagonist, Audrey, is an abused child, suffers OCD, is an architect, loves smoking Hash and has a 250 pound giant of a boyfriend who is Indian by birth with a big heart and a chip on his shoulder.  Her boss has four sons, one an over-achiever, one gay, and a pair of twins where one is dying of cancer.  

The building – the Breviary – is haunted by your usual suspects but the building throbs, moves, is ‘alive’ and talks through its walls.  The residents are straight from the 30s, have cocktail parties, drink Manhattans, wear tattered satin evening clothes, play discordant love songs on the Steinway in Audrey’s apartment, have black eyes and are desiccated, decaying, and dead, dead, dead.  There have been more murders and suicides here than you can count, including the building’s superintendent who has been bashed and shoved down the laundry chute, and a mother with a beautiful voice who drowned her four children in the bath – in the apartment that Audrey moves into. No resident has really been up to scratch in building the much-wanted door, but now the Breviary has an architect in residence!

I downloaded the audio from our Bolinda site and it was brilliantly narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie.  Chapter 31 is still in my mind… it’s so dark in the apartment Audrey can’t even see her own hands.  Something is following her … creak, shoomp shoomp.  Creeeeaaaaaak.  Shoomp shoomp.  Getting closer.  Fetid breath near her neck.  And now something is dripping on her from above. 
Eeeek … let’s leave it there!
Deb.

Mornings in Jenin

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As a patron pushed this novel through the returns chute I asked about another book she’d returned. 'Read that one,’ she said, pointing to Mornings in Jenin. ‘It’s amazing.’ And it was.

Mornings in Jenin is a first novel by Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa. It begins in a Palestine belonging to the Palestinian people who have been there for 40 generations in their villages. It sets us up to invest in one family in which we travel as the generations age and the focus changes, through from their quiet traditional life, to the occupation of Palestine, the people suddenly taken from their homes and herded and placed in refugee camps not far from their old village, their rights as people gradually eroded until they are worth nothing more than playthings for soldiers.

The last main character of the story is born there, Amal, into the midst of a tormented family on the edge of falling apart, with the violence escalating as she reaches adolescence. We then follow her and the trails she finds of her lost remaining family members as she is given the opportunity of a change through educational scholarships, first to Jerusalem and then to Pennsylvania. We follow her through the rejection of her heritage to the reclamation of it, and then right to the end of her own life.

The book is most definitely beautiful and devastating. Although the author is a human rights activist for Palestine, her portayals of Jewish characters are just as complex and sympathetic as the Palestinian characters. Though the story is fiction, all of the events that weave through the story and serve to twist the fates of the main characters, are factual. And it is this element of the book that is quite the torment, for all the questions it raises about why we have been given so little information on what has happened over decades to a people. Of how all of these events have passed me by in my knowledge of history, and all of the people whose stories I will never know.

Thankfully, Mornings in Jenin tries to at least tell some of them, and I am appreciative of having been able to witness for a moment that point of view.

~ Sam

The Lucky One

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The Lucky One by Krystal Barter

'I feel lucky I was born with cancer in my DNA. Crazy as it sounds, I consider myself lucky that, when I was just twenty-two years old, I discovered I had a ninety per cent chance of developing breast cancer: the same, insidious disease that had attacked my Mum, and my Nan before her and my Great-Grandma before her.'

Krystal Barter is an extraordinary young woman: a fighter, a survivor, a wife, a mother and a crusader. She was born with the breast cancer gene, a hereditary curse that has run through generation after generation in her family, claiming at least twenty of her close relatives. But unlike them, Krystal was able to take the BRCA1 gene test, and found out the devastating news that she too was carrying the rogue gene. She had the courage to face her greatest fear, knowing that she could control and change her destiny - and even more courageously, she did.'

This book had me hooked from the beginning. From a troublesome teenager struggling to come to terms with her mother's illness and the family curse, to a young wife and mother faced with a terrible choice, to a courageous woman who has inspired tens of thousands of others, The Lucky One is a story of love, courage and transformation that will move all who read it.

Krystal made the decision at the age of 25 with her husband and two children beside her, to have a double mastectomy - on national television, no less, so she could inspire others in similar circumstances to do the same. While recovering from her double mastectomy Krystal founded the charity, Pink Hope, a community dedicated to inspiring, supporting and informing women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.


Its a must read!

~ Janine

Through the Cracks

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Through the Cracks by Honey Brown
 
From the cover:  Four-year-old Nathan Fisher disappears from the bank of a rocky creek. Did he drown or was he taken? The search for the missing boy grips the nation.
A decade later, young teen Adam Vander has grown tall enough and strong enough to escape his abusive father. Emerging from behind the locked door of their rambling suburban home, Adam steps into a world he’s been kept isolated from.
In the days that follow, with the charismatic and streetwise Billy as his guide, Adam begins to experience all that he’s missed out on. As the bond between the boys grows, questions begin to surface. Who is Adam really? Was it just luck that Billy found him, or an unsettling kind of fate? And how dangerous is revealing the shocking truth of Adam’s identity?  It’s treacherous climb from the darkness. For one boy to make it, the other might have to fall through the cracks.


This latest novel by Honey Brown is all about child abduction, child neglect, a child escaping an abusive father and a child abused by the Church.
Adam Vander lived locked away since he had been abducted ten years earlier. He was so young at the time he truly believed his captor was his father. With the spirit of a true survivor, he took an opportunity to change his life direction when one presented itself.
As fate would have it, his best ally and support was Billy, a troubled young man. Both were survivors of abuse. Although Billy couldn’t alter his own life direction, he tried desperately to make a difference for Adam. With streetwise Billy, Adam started to catch up on experiences he had missed out on. Some of the decision-making made by Billy during the story is infuriating and mind-blowing for the reader, but stirred real emotion. It truly is a powerful story.
Brown’s inspiration came from news stories of neglect and abuse reported in the media. She is quoted as saying “By using fiction in this way we can give exposure to tough topics, these really confronting things humanity does, but with a little bit of distance because it is fiction,” (Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 2014).
I enjoyed this psychological thriller which did not outline in detail the abuse but rather subtly referred to it. I was left at the end of the story with hope for the survivors, even though their journey would be a long and arduous one. 
~ Narelle

Access Road

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Access Road by Maurice Gee.

From the cover:  The old family home in Access Road, where Lionel, Roly and Rowan grew up, is crumbling away - but after more than 50 years Lionel and Roly are back. Rowan too, otherwise safe in her 'upper crusty' suburb, is drawn more and more strongly 'out west'.
The past is dangerously alive. Clyde Buckley - violent as a boy; enigmatic, subterranean as an old man - returns to his childhood territory. What does he want? What crimes does he hide? And how is Lionel involved? As she watches her brother losing the battle with his memories, Rowan wonders how long she can keep her own past at bay.


I read that Access Road is “at once a novel of chilling tension and expansive humanity; both a beautifully crafted work of literature and an effortlessly seductive family story.”  Hmmmm, are we being duped again by publisher’s hype? 
Widely considered ‘New Zealand’s greatest living author’, Nelson-based Maurice Gee has penned dozens and dozens of books over the years.  Gee was 78 when he wrote this and that how it ‘feels’ - the story is told with a mixture of flashback and present day narrative, as Rowan, now 78, tries to account for her brother Lionel's withdrawn, hostile personality and his decision to give up on living life.
 
The story is a mildly engaging, totally character-driven tale that unfortunately drags on for too long.  The characters are a depressing lot, a bit Tim Winton-ish in that regard, and although this author has literary praise, a remarkably long writing career and lifelong fans around the globe, I won’t be jumping on the Gee train.  Available in various formats, I listened to the Bolinda audio version, adequately narrated by Heather Bolton.
Deb.

Baileys Prize

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Irish author Eimear McBride has won the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction with her debut novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

It is awarded annually to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom in the preceding year. 
 
Helen Fraser, Chair of judges, said: "An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy.  This is an extraordinary new voice - this novel will move and astonish the reader".

Deb.

Harlan Coben's CAUGHT

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Caught by Harlan Coben
Narrated by Christopher Evan Welch

From the cover:  17-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.
Wendy Tynes is a reporter on a mission, to identify and bring down sexual predators via elaborate-and nationally televised-sting operations. Working with local police on her news program Caught in the Act, Wendy and her team have publicly shamed dozens of men by the time she encounters her latest target. Dan Mercer is a social worker known as a friend to troubled teens, but his story soon becomes more complicated than Wendy could have imagined.


As you can probably tell from the two different paras above, there are multiple storylines threading through this book, populated with so many characters it’s almost impossible to remember them all.  This very complex story features most of what appears in the daily news – finance traders ripping retirees out of their retirement; a reality TV show; teenage drinking; adult drinking and manslaughter while DUI; someone seeking revenge for a child who has been abused; a man falsely accused; kidnapping a teenager; single motherhood; the haves and have nots; young cops, old cops, retiring cops;  attorneys old, young, gay, female; doctors, deans and housekeepers, old university buddies and a man holding the clues to pretty much everything. Phew!

Somehow though, everything is neatly tied up and slotted into place at the end, with an ending I definitely did not see coming.  I honestly don’t know if I liked this book or not, which, by the way, we have in many formats.  If you’ve read it, what’s your opinion? 

Deb. 

Blood Witness

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Blood Witness by Alex Hammond is a debut novel for this new Melbourne crime writer.
 
From the cover: Defence lawyer Will Harris is reluctantly drawn into a bizarre murder trial. A terminally ill man claims to have witnessed the brutal crime – in a vision. But the looming trial is more than just a media circus: it’s Will’s first big case since the tragic death of his fiancée. With the pressure mounting, Will’s loyalties are split when his fiancee’s sister is charged with drug trafficking. The strain of balancing both cases takes its toll and Will finds himself torn between following the law and seeking justice. 
 
I found this a great read and a real page-turner - it was intriguing, thrilling and enthralling! Given it has “A Will Harris novel” at the top of the front cover; I do so hope that Alex continues Will Harris’ character in future novels he may write.  It was great to read a crime and legal thriller set in the heart of Melbourne. The main character, Will Harris, is a defence lawyer with a vulnerable side. It is easy for the reader to believe in the integrity of this character, and for readers to become supporters of this fictitious hero of the Melbourne legal system. 

Thanks to the State Library of Victoria and the Public Library Victoria Network, the Endeavour Hills Library will be hosting a visit by this new emerging Melbourne crime writer, Alex Hammond, on Monday 16th June, 7-8pm. Bookings can be made at http://tinyurl.com/cclcevents or by phone on 9700 7177.
Narelle

Love in Revolution

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The setting for 'Love in Revolution' by B.R. Collins is a fictitious country on the verge of political collapse.
Fifteen year old Esteya comes from a comfortable family - her father is a Doctor.
Her brother, however, is a member of the Communist Party and tensions are rising.
We see the world through Esteya's eyes and discover that she and her family are slow to realise that revolution is around the corner. They are unaware of the danger they are in.
Initially Esteya and her family feel protected by her brother's involvement in the Communist Party. They are given benefits that their neighbours do not enjoy.

'Love in Revolution' is also a love story, and in the midst of the political turmoil, Esteya befriends Skizi, an outcast 'Zikindi' girl, and finds herself drawn to her. Their relationship blossoms. Skizi is streetwise and clever, and both girls will need all their wits about them to survive.
An exciting wartime novel of love. death, betrayal and strength.

-Ann

Emerald Country Club

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The Emerald Country Club was established in the 1920s on part of the land originally owned by Carl Axel Nobelius who operated the Gembrook Nurseries from 1886. After Carl died on December 31, 1921 the nursery was sold to a syndicate who developed part of the property as the Emerald Country Club. Two of Carl's sons, Cliff and Arch, operated the nursery business until 1955.

The land was developed into a Country Club with a golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool and  a housing estate (more on that later). Before the Country Club house was built in 1929, Nobelius' house, Carramar, was used for this purpose. Carramar still exists and is now a private home.

The Argus February 22, 1941 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8175507
Carramar was sold by the Country Club, perhaps in the 1930s when they were alleged to have gone into liquidation. I don't  have  a photograph of Carramar but I have found this advertisement for the sale of the house in The Argus from February 22, 1941. The house is described as containing three reception rooms, a full sized billiard room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, excellent domestic and staff accommodation as well as a detached gardener's cottage of six rooms. As the land had the finest collection of trees in the State and was just under five hectares, a gardener was no doubt essential.

Emerald Country ClubState Library of Victoria Image Image H32492/3631
The Emerald Country Club house was completed in 1929 and was designed by Architects Cowper, Murphy and Appleford. Amongst other works they designed the interior of the Sun Theatre in Yarraville (opened 1938); St Moritz ice skating rink (1939); the Dendy Theatre in Brighton (1940); they rebuilt the Regent Theatre in Collins Street to the original design after a fire in 1947 and had  also undertaken interior work on the Palace Theatre in Bourke Street in the mid 1950s.

The citation on the National Trust Heritage Register describes the building as  The clubhouse design follows the American Craftsman and English Arts & Crafts Bungalow precedents in its use of the low gabled form, local rubble freestone (inside and out), and other natural finishes such as the Marseilles pattern terracotta roof tiles, stained and lacquered timber linings and joinery (interior).... This conscious use of natural material is also reflected in the construction of the log lake-side pavillion (presumed originally roofed with paling/shingle). 

When the Club first started the membership was limited to those who purchased land in the surrounding estate which was created by the establishment of Elm Crescent, Poplar Crescent, Sycamore Avenue, Oak Avenue, Nobelius Street and Lakeside Drive, which lead into the Club. A number of houses built from the 1920s on this estate still remain. You can find out more information about these houses and some of the significant trees  here on the Australian Heritage Database.
The Country Club, EmeraldState Library of Victoria Image H32492/1154
The Country Club went through various owners - in 1932 club members formed a new Company to purchase the golf course and Club house - the asking price was 14,850 pounds. Five years later another Company was formed and the asking price had halved to 7,000 pounds. In the 1970s the golf course was enlarged to 18 holes and it still in existence today. More of the history of the Club can be found on the Australian Heritage Datebase entry referred to above.
Ist fairway Country Club, EmeraldState Library of Victoria Image H32492/3532


Women's Weekly May 9, 1956  Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper Photographer: John Askew.

This picture is from the Women's Weekly of May 9 1956 and shows Mr Clifford Wright watching an iron shot by Mr Ray Hawkins at the Emerald Country Club. The caption also mentions some of the features of the Club including tennis courts, a natural lake (ideal for swimming and fishing), bowling and putting greens, a scenic golf course with some of its fairways carved out of dense forest.

Meet the author

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Don't miss your chance to meet the author ... 

A former lawyer, Alex Hammond was exposed to many of the superstitions and sects of the profession.  He found himself fascinated by the culture, passion and grey moral world that lawyers inhabit. 
His debut novel is one of the State Library of Victoria’s Summer Read titles.  Blood Witness is a contemporary thriller featuring defence lawyer Will Harris.  A sequel is underway and due to be released in 2015. 

NO COST, bookings essential at www.tinyurl.com/cclcevents
Monday 16 June, 7-8pm at Endeavour Hills Library, Raymond McMahon Boulevard.

Look out next week for a staff review of Blood Witness!
Deb.

Gourmand Cookbook Awards

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The sun has set on the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014 and Colombia has walked away with the honour of being the home country of the Best Cookbook in the World.

Cocina Palenquera para el Mundo (Palenquera Cuisine for the World), a cookbook containing 60 ancestral recipes handwritten by previously illiterate senior citizens, received the first prize during the awards ceremony held in Beijing. The title beat competitors from 187 countries facing off in 102 categories.

In second place we find Historic Heston, a cookbook written by British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal and Dave McKean, while third place went to Thailand's Issaya Siamese Club Cookbook  by Chef Ian Kittichai and Joe Cummings.

Each country receives awards in separate categories and go to the best under these headings –

Authors, Chefs, Publishers, Book magazine, photography, design, corporate book translation.
World cuisine, local and individual countries.  Lifestyle, body and soul.  Single subjects.  Charity and fund raising. Wine, spirits and drinks.

In Australia the Cookbook of the Year went to Love Italy by Guy Grossi.

Click here to check out all the winners!

Deb.

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