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Staff's Favourite Reads - March 2021

Our wonderful CCL team are back with another round of reviews and recommendations for you – here’s what they’ve been reading during March 2021.

View February’s list here

Raisins And Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

Chosen by Michelle McLean, Information Services Coordinator

Raisins And Almonds is the ninth book in the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood. Phryne Fisher is a woman out of time in 1920s Melbourne – well to do, independent and an investigator of note. It was fascinating to read about places I know, but through the lens of a century ago. The twists in the story were interesting, and this was a very easy read and there is a whole series to engage you. You don’t have to read in order, the story was pretty self-contained.

You can find this book through your local branch in normal print and large print or you can borrow the eBook or eAudioBook through Borrowbox.

The Family Doctor by Debra Oswald

Chosen by Janine Kimberley, Customer Experience Officer

The Family Doctor is an examination of what a lot of doctors must face on an almost every day basis in their respective surgeries around the world. A patient comes in showing signs of physical violence but is unwilling to admit there is a problem, so the doctor is caught in the middle with concern for her safety and whether to report it to the authorities and what it might mean in terms of consequences for the woman.

This is the first book I have read from Australian author, Debra Oswald and I must say it set a cracking pace which kept me going from start to finish, with believable characters and situations. A solid example of domestic noir and a very topical and relevant subject matter.

To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars by Christopher Paolini

This is a wonderful read for anyone who was a fan of Paolini’s first series, Eragon and also anyone that loves Science Fiction. Set in the far distant future where humanity now lives much further afield than Earth or even our Solar System. The story follows Kira, as first contact is made with other life in our universe but first contact is not how Kira or anyone else could have imagined it.

This is a fast-paced but dense book with the future of humanity wonderfully detailed and you get a real sense of just how big and complex life has become amongst the stars. I had trouble putting this down as every page brought something new! New details, new questions, it pulls you in to keep reading and Paolini has crafted a space opera that is sure to appeal to those who already enjoy the genre but is also a good starting point for newcomers to the genre.

Life, Bound by Marian Matta

If you enjoy reading short stories, you will love this intriguing collection by local author, Marian Matta.

The characters in Life, Bound are often trapped by habits from the past or caught in situations out of their control. Yet not all of them will take the chance to change their lives when it is offered to them.

A thought-provoking and complex collection of stories that will leave you wanting more!

Copies of this book are available to borrow or you can meet the author in person at Emerald Library on Saturday 17 April at 11am. Bookings are essential, click here to book your place!

Stories We Could Tell by Tony Parsons

Chosen by Michael Machado, Marketing and Communications Officer

Set over one night in August 1977, the same night that Elvis Presley died, Stories We Could Tell follows three friends who each work for a music magazine in 70s London at the height of punk and civil unrest across Britain and their individual and collective trials and tribulations.

This coming of age tale combines humour, satire, drama and sadness as well as referencing some seminal and classic bands of the late 70s. A great read for music lovers or those that have delved into Parsons’ previous works.