Author Archive for Eaton Library

Christmas Colouring-in Competition Winners

Eaton Community Library had a Huge response to our Christmas Colouring-in competition.

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Whats New

e-Films at the Library

With our current launch of Kanopy our free e-film streaming service, Eaton Community Library is now doing “Films at the Library” where we will be streaming films live on the TV here in the library. This month we are starting off with a documentary

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Novel Conversations

Gender busting in the publishing world of the Victorian era

Charlotte Bronte was a woman ahead of her time as a proto-feminist in a patriarchal Victorian world. Bronte’s Jane Eyre is considered central to the feminist canon of literary works from publication until this day.

Bronte and her sisters Emily and Anne displayed considerable foresight in forwarding their written works to a publisher under the pseudonym of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, thereby placing their work in the best position of being considered for publication.

Upon publication of Jane Eyre in 1847 the novel received in equal measure high praise and criticism. The novel was the first to portray childhood and its difficulties (Dickens soon followed suit). Jane Eyre engaged the reading masses with a protagonist displaying a strong sense of morals and principles who crosses class barriers by falling in love with her employer, Mr Rochester. Jane Eyre is a gothic novel set in the Victorian countryside covering themes of romance, supernatural, mystery, social class and gender relations. The viewpoint is told from Jane’s childhood through to adulthood, a bold and engaging character who is outspoken against oppression from the beginning.

The critics were intrigued as to the gender of Currer Bell and with the Victorian viewpoint determined that gender to be male. Almost two years following publication criticism as to author gender continued. Bronte responded with “I am neither man nor woman – I come to you as an author only – judge me solely on that”, this was Bronte displaying her strong belief in gender, and social equality (Harman 2015 p277).

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services, plus more from our broad selection of titles you may enjoy. 

Click on the title to visit our catalogue and place a hold on any of these items:

In Fiction

 

Far From True – Linwood Barclay

#1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of Broken Promise
After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theatre collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realises it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in

Goodreads rating 3.84/5

 

 

Kingdom of the wicked – Rules – Book One by Helen Dale

Miles Franklin award winner Helen Dale writes about A charismatic young leader who is arrested after a riot in the Temple. He seems to be a man of peace, but among his followers are Zealots and dagger-men sworn to drive the Romans from the Holy Land. As the city spirals into violence, the stage is set for a legal case that will shape the future—the trial of Yeshua Ben Yusuf. Intricately imagined and ferociously executed, Kingdom of the Wicked is a stunning alternative history and a story for our time. This book will be highly talked about in the media we believe.

Goodreads rating 3.85/5

 

In Non-Fiction

Girl Talk – One Hundred Years of Australian Girls Childhood by Gwenda Beed Davey

How has life changed for girls in Australia, between 1910 and 2010?

In this book, ten Australian-born women talk about their childhood. Two world wars, the Great Depression, terrible epidemics like diphtheria and polio. Death was often not far away. But they never stopped dancing, or exploring, or playing.

Gwenda Beed Davey has drawn on her years of experience in child development and oral history to show what it was like to be a girl, in 1910, 1930, 1960, or 2010.

 

 

 

 

Herbs – Delicious recipes and growing tips to transform your food by Judith Hann

Herbs have a transformative power – they can lift a dish from ordinary to sublime. Written by a true herb aficionado, this beautiful book is an ode to enjoying herbs all year round. In each seasonal chapter, Judith Hann skillfully weaves together guidance growing – whether you have a full herb garden or simple pots on the windowsill – with delicious, imaginative recipes – 120 recipes in all.

Goodreads rating 4.25/5

 

 

 

In DVD’s

The Expanse Tv Series (MA15) (2016)
Cast: Steven Strait, Thomas Jane
Director: Mark FergusHawk Ostby

The Expanse is a thriller set two hundred years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective (Thomas Jane, I) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, Magic City) come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

 

IMDB Rating 8.3/10

 

 

Paris Can Wait (PG) (2016)
Cast:  Diane LaneArnaud ViardAlec Baldwin
Director:  Eleanor Coppola

Follow Diane Lane’s journey of discovery involving fine food and wine, romance, humor and picturesque sights across France. The wife of a successful movie producer takes a car trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband’s associates.

IMDB Rating 5.8/10

 

 

 

  e-Films 

Free Movie streaming is available through the Shire of Dardanup Libraries

Kanopy is a video streaming platform for public libraries delivering one of the largest collections of indie films, classic cinema, festival and educational documentaries, and movies online or through an app. The services enable you to browse and view over 30,000 + films and documentaries from top suppliers, including the BBC, Criterion Collection, Ronin Films, Madman Entertainment. Click on the titles to head to the Kanopy website or click here.

 

The Trip to Spain (2017)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio

Rob and Steve are back. Six meals in six different places on a road trip through Spain from the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast- visiting Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile La Mancha and ending in Andalucia.

IMDB Rating 6.7/10

 

 

 

 

Jasper Jones (2017)

Director: Rachel Perkins
Stars: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Levi Miller

Jasper Jones  is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town’s mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie’s life is changed forever. Entrusted with this secret and believing Jasper to be innocent, Charlie embarks on a dangerous journey to find the true killer. Set over the scorching summer holidays of 1969, Charlie defeats the local racists, faces the breakup of his parents and falls head over heels in love as he discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

IMDB Rating 6.7/10

 

Gnomesville – The real story book reading

Children’s Book Reading – Gnomesville The real story by Lesley Geers.

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