NON Fiction

10 Things Girls Need Most / Steve Biddulph.

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10 Things Girls Need Most is revolutionary. For 40 years I’ve worked with parents in groups – and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can’t! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter. But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple – just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter. 10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today with interactive tasks and self-exploration practices to help you put that into practice.   Borrow your copy here

After / Nikki Gemmell

Australia’s bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother’s decision to end her own life. nickiNikki Gemmell’s world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother, Elayn, was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn’s death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment? After is the story of Elayn Gemmell – and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time. As anguished as it truthful, as powerful as it is profound, After is about life, death, elderly parents, mothers and daughters, hurt and healing, and about how little we sometimes know the ones we love the most. A deeply intimate, fiercely beautiful, blazingly bold and important book. “Compassion, humanity and love shines through every page” Caroline Overington.  Borrow your copy here.

The 7:2:1 Plan / Tim Robards ; recipes by Gretchen 

As a fitness advocate, Tim Robards gets the importance of diet in achieving and 721maintaining a strong healthy body. As a practicing chiropractor, he knows that people struggle to find easy-to-understand information about what to eat. In response, and to compliment his fitness app, The Robards Method, Tim has developed his unique eating plan. The 7:2:1 Plan is not about counting calories or avoiding food groups. It is a beautifully simple formula of eating 70% super-clean (lots of veggies and good-quality protein and fats), 20% sensible (some carbs from grains) and 10% relaxed (whatever you like) for a nutritionally balanced lifestyle. Tim provides a clear description of the 7:2:1 categories, ideas for portion control, tips on shopping and storage, and 100 delicious recipes following the 7:2:1 protocol. He also includes an expertly tailored step-by-step exercise guide to get you moving in the right way. Fully photographed and packed with ideas and information, this is a complete guide for improving your health – not just for now, but for years to come. Borrow your copy here 

Beyond the Rock: the Life of Joan Lindsay and the Mystery of Picnic at Hanging Rock / Janelle McCulloch.

In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay sat down and wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies’ college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900.beyond The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century. Beyond the Rock looks at not just the myth of Picnic and how it has become part of Australia’s culture, but also the story behind it. It examines Joan Lindsay’s enigmatic life, much of which she kept secret from the world, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life, and her life at Mulberry Hill, the Lindsays’ own Arcadia deep in the Victorian countryside.

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Adult Fiction

Accidentally on Purpose / Jill Shalvis.

xaccidentally-on-purpose.jpg.pagespeed.ic.x-VpKgL8y6Accidentally On Purpose is the third in New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay series, featuring her trademark gift for humour, warmth and romance. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts and Marie Force. Unwilling to commit to a career woman who loves him, but unable to stand her dating anyone else, a man who has forfeited his job in law enforcement sabotages her dates before realizing that he must prove himself. Check out the other Heartbreaker Bay novels, Sweet Little Lies and The Trouble With Mistletoe , visit gorgeous Cedar Ridge, spellbinding Lucky Harbor or experience some Animal Magnetism in Sunshine, Idaho in Jill’s other unforgettable series.

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All by Myself, Alone : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark

maryFleeing the disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewellery expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, ‘Lady Em, ‘ as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead. And the necklace is missing.

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All Kinds of Dead / James Craig

Inspector Carlyle has a new partner in crime . . . but for how long? When a fortune in uncut diamonds is nicked by a group of soldiers, Carlyle teams up with Captain Daniel Hunter of the Military Police to hunt them down. allBut Hunter has come up against this crew before and they are not going to let him stand in their way a second time. The investigation is turned upside down when Hunter’s family are kidnapped by the gang. The inspector has to look on helplessly while the military policeman goes off on a personal mission of revenge. As events spiral horribly out of control, Carlyle faces a terrible choice: does he let Hunter take matters into his own hands or should he try and bring his new partner to justice? “A cracking read” BBC Radio 4. “Fast paced and very easy to get quickly lost in” Lovereading.com

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Anything is Possible / Elizabeth Strout

anyHere are two sisters: one trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for her mother’s love, even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

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Against All Odds / Danielle Steel.

Kate Madison’s stylish second-hand clothing shop has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her four kids since her husband’s untimely death.aga Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. They all choose to play against the odds, much to their mother’s dismay. Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm, when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him – but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, moves to LA to be at his side – is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they’re financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all – with a woman fifteen years his senior. Kate, loving, supportive and outspoken, can’t keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten?

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Ashes to Ashes/ Paul Finch

The Sunday Times bestseller returns with his next unforgettable crime thriller. Fans of MJ Arlidge and Stuart MacBride won’t be able to put this down.

John Sagan is a forgettable man. You could pass him in the street and not realise he’s there. But then, that’s why he’s so dangerous. A torturer for hire, Sagan has terrorised – and mutilated – countless victims. And now he’s on the move. DS Mark ‘Heck’ Heckenburg must chase the trail, even when it leads him to his hometown of Bradburn – a place he never thought he’d set foot in again. But Sagan isn’t the only problem. Bradburn is being terrorised by a lone killer who burns his victims to death. And with the victims chosen at random, no-one knows who will be next. Least of all Heck…

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New DVDs

72 Dangerous Places to Live

72.jpgFrom its tempestuous, turbulent atmosphere to its consistently moving and shifting tectonic plates, the Earth can be a very dangerous place to live. Devastation can take on many guises; hurricanes lashing the southern United States, blistering fires sweeping Australia’s bushland, earthquakes crumbling cities in one bold seismic move, sink holes swallowing homes into darkness and walls of water hurtling toward island continents with such speed and ferocity it leaves no chance of escape. With first-hand accounts from the people that live there, 72 Dangerous Places to Live is a fascinating discovery of the world’s riskiest places to live. Borrow your copy here.

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The complete third season

agent.jpg Gear up for explosive action and mind-blowing adventure when Hydra’s ancient origins and ultimate agenda are revealed in the epic, game-changing third season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as Director Phil Coulson and his Agents battle an otherworldly evil.

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800 Words – Season 2 Volume 2

After the death of his wife Laura, George Turner (Erik Thomson) made the very big call to move his family from Sydney to the small New Zealand seaside town of Weld.800.jpg He wanted his kids, Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), to have a fresh start to heal and to find a new love of life in the beautiful place he had loved as a child. This did not go according to plan, and in the second series of 800 Words George is battling to reunite his splintered family.

George continues to find his place among the eclectic folk of Weld, as he raises teenagers Shay and Arlo. George and Fiona’s budding relationship is headline news, but it’s Jan who is carrying her own secret that really sets the town alight. There are new faces as George’s wayward brother arrives in town, but is that too many Turners for Weld to handle? Borrow your copy here

Arrival

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When mysterious spacecraft touch down around the world, a team, including linguist Louise Banks, is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. And to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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Call the Midwife. Series six [and] 2016 Christmas special

This series sees the nuns receive an SOS call from a mission hospital in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. callUnder the hot sun, the Nonnatus family face some of their toughest challenges yet. Back in Poplar, the rather austere Sister Ursula is appointed the new head of Nonnatus House, demoting Sister Julienne to an ordinary member of staff. She is not the only one to face challenges closer to home. Series 6 sees the nuns and nurses laugh together and cry together, supporting each other as never before.

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DCI Banks. Series 5

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DCI Banks returns for its grittiest season yet with an explosive serial crime story that weaves through all six episodes. When the victim of a frenzied attack is found in woodlands, the team wonder if it’s a random killing or related to the location – a shrine to a local girl who recently committed suicide there. But when Banks uncovers a link to local crime boss Steve Richards, he formulates a theory of his own.

Elsewhere, what starts out as a missing person’s case soon escalates into a kidnap and ransom. And Banks and the team have the painful job of discovering how a recent tragedy occurred. While Chief Superintendent Anderson puts pressure on DI Helen Morton to close the case, Banks becomes increasingly certain this is all down to one man – crime boss Steve Richards.

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Death in Paradise. Series six

death.jpgDI Humphrey Goodman and his team are back, trying to solve the most baffling murders they’ve ever faced. From a body found on a cricket pitch to a victim killed halfway up a volcano, our detectives are led all over the beautiful island of Saint Marie–with one case even taking them across the seas to London. But it’s not just the crimes that are proving tough to crack. Humphrey finds himself navigating the course of true love when Martha returns to visit him. Florence is forced to deal with feelings of guilt over an old school friend. And while Dwayne encounters a long-forgotten person from his past, JP is in need of a little marriage counselling…

With some exciting surprises in store, the sixth series of this hugely popular show is even more fun and entertaining than ever, as Humphrey and co. race to unravel more puzzling mysteries in the glorious Caribbean sunshine.

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 Hacksaw Ridge

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This is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers, was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.

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YOUTH NEW RELEASES

10 Things I Can See From Here / Carrie Mac.

10 thingsPerfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Finding Audrey and Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, this is the poignant and uplifting story of Maeve, who is dealing with anxiety while falling in love with a girl who is not afraid of anything. Think positive. Don’t worry; be happy. Keep calm and carry on. Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom–the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through–is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver. Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?

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Avenged / Amy Tintera.

Ruined : 2

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A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her. Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia have devised a plan that will rebuild Ruina to its former glory. But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now the targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina, but Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach.

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Begin, End, Begin: a #loveOzYA Anthology / Amie Kaufman

beginThe YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA. Ages 14+

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The Bone Witch / Rin Chupeco.

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A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017! In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price…

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracised by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha–one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

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The Dark Prophecy / Rick Riordan.

Trials of Apollo : 2

rickThe god Apollo, cast down to earth and trapped in the form of a gawky teenage boy as punishment, must set off on the second of his harrowing (and hilarious) trials. He and his companions seek the ancient oracles – restoring them is the only way for Apollo to reclaim his place on Mount Olympus – but this is easier said than done.

Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again . . . if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo’s way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate – a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of a now-mortal goddess, a bronze dragon, and some familiar demigod faces from Camp Half-Blood. With them by his side, can Apollo face down the greatest challenge of his four thousand years of existence?

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