Author Archive for Eaton Library

Book Talk

If you’re hungry, DON’T read these 5 books! But if you ARE, read these 5…

With the arrival of the winter months thoughts often turn to food – comfort food to be exact.

We have a selection of fiction books that won’t help your food oriented thoughts ONE bit – they are all simply mouth-wateringly delicious.

For further inspiration we also provide a selection of comfort food cook books to inspire and set you off in the right direction.

Our fiction titles:

 

 

To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames

As the title suggests this story is centered around a cheese shop where the owner Charlotte has created a sinfully delicious brie blueberry icecream for her cousin’s forthcoming wedding.  A mystery ensues when a stranger ends up dead in her new icecream creation.

 

 

 

 

A Taste for It by Monica McInerney

This is a laugh out loud novel for foodies.  When Maura, a talented chef is travelling Ireland for a month promoting Australian food and wine she is given plenty of food for thought when she meets Dominic Hanrahan.  Lots of delectable Aussie food and wine references.

 

 

 

 

 

Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia is catering for a high class jewellery show when a group of masked thugs crash the party and escape with precious jewels.  Theodosia is drawn into solving the mystery when a dear friend begs for help.  This mysterious food oriented read has recipes and tea time tips such as Drayton’s Devonshire Cream and Charleston Chocolate Brownie Tortes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino

Buonissimo – this delightful read will take you to the heart of the Italian mountains where Luca Amore runs a cooking school.  Luca takes his clients on foodie adventures exploring the regional produce and wines.  Meeting the latest group, four women will prove to be a turning point in Luca’s life.

 

 

 

 

Peaches for Father Frances by Joanne Harris

Delicieux – set in the beautiful French village of Lansquenet.  Vianne Rocher returns to the village (following on from the book Chocolat) where she will work her magic once again.  The sweet smell of summer peaches permeates this book just as chocolate did in Chocolat!

Our non-fiction titles:

 

 

 

To provide some inspiration after devouring these enticing fictional reads, we recommend: Comfort Food by Jamie Oliver; Slow and Easy by Natalie Haughton; Australian Women’s Weekly What Can I Cook Tonight and Quick Family Meals; Basics to Brilliance by Donna Hay.

 

 

 

 

Check out Jamie’s Amazing Apple Pie on page 352 of Comfort Food :

 

Novel Conversations

Armchair travel through Novel Conversations

Travel is a great way to learn about the world we live in through sharing of cultural experiences and the people we meet.

Many of us will not have the chance of travel opportunities and cannot contemplate a grand European holiday or Alaskan Wilderness cruise BUT we can all escape from our everyday lives through the gift of travel with books.

Eaton Library have beautiful, big, glossy pictorial books from all around the globe such as The Africa Book taking the reader on a journey through every country in the continent with breathtaking images of wildlife and people.

If you want a journey with a difference try Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America where Billy introduces you to all types of eccentric characters and quirky places such as the Toilet Seat Museum!

Another way to experience world culture is through biographies, for example A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons takes the reader on Julian Norton’s country visits tending to unwell animals but inviting the reader into these people’s lives.

Abu Dhabi Days, Dubai Nights takes the reader to exotic and the conservative world of the Emirate states.  One doesn’t have to travel overseas to experience unique people and cultures, Outback Midwife will take you into the Australian outback to meet hard working people from rural Australia.

Mix up some real stories with fictional reads like Shadows on the Nile, a novel that will send you on a time travel journey back to 1932 as you glide down the Nile in the shadow of the pyramids and the early archaeology of Egyptian history.

Perhaps you would like to journey to India with the novel Sea of Poppies with its rich and emotional narrative set against the backdrop of the Opium Wars.

Wherever your armchair journey in travel takes you, we at Eaton Community Library have the books to take you all around the world on an endless journey of discovery.

What’s New

Shire of Dardanup Library Services support plastic bag ban

Read More →

What’s New

West Australian debut author Louise Allan is coming to

Eaton Community Library – 20th June 2018 at 10.30am

 

Louise Allan is a début author from Western Australia.

Louise grew up in Tasmania but has since moved to Perth where she lives with her husband, four children and two dogs. She is a former doctor and has a passion for music.

We are so lucky to have Louise join us at the Eaton Community Library to talk to us about why she left medicine to start writing, her pathway to publication of this book and her inspirations for this book. She is also going to share with us one of her early poems and some photos.

We are really excited!

Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters’ Song traces the lives of two very different sisters, one for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.

As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora’s musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate.

The two sisters are reunited when Nora’s life takes an unwelcome direction and she finds herself, embittered and resentful, isolated in the Tasmanian bush with a husband and children. Ida longs passionately for a family and when she marries Len, a reliable and good man, she hopes to soon become a mother. Over time, it becomes clear that this is never likely to happen. In Ida’s eyes, it seems that Nora possesses everything in life that could possibly matter yet she values none of it.

Spanning seventy years, the strengths and flaws of motherhood are revealed through the mercurial relationship of these two very different sisters. The Sisters’ Song speaks of dreams, children and family, all entwined with a musical thread that binds them together.

Novel Conversations

What is your favourite children’s book?

Introducing our Shire of Dardanup Library Services staff by revealing their favourite childhood books.

We all love books and agree that children’s books are a vital part of early learning. From the very earliest age when neurons are making connections in a baby’s brain, picture books, early readers and first chapter books take kids on a fabulous journey to faraway places and wildly imaginative worlds.

We asked our staff: What was your favourite read at age 8 – 10 and why has that story stayed with you?

Do you share any of their favourite books as a child?  Please tell us about them on our Facebook page:

 

 

Helen’s favourite book was The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.  Little 8 – 10 year-old Helen enjoyed this book because it took her away to a world where the characters  got into lots of mischief and even got themselves out of trouble.  Helen liked the idea of a magic tree, and the mischievous characters have remained with her since.

 

 

 

 

Kelly’s favourite book was Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.  Kelly read this popular children’s classic novel with her Nanna creating very special, warm and happy memories of reading.  Sharing a story is a wonderful bonding experience at any age.

 

 

 

 

    

Dean’s favourite book was Return of the Jedi Comic Book by Archie Goodwin.  As a big fan of the Star Wars series, this book allowed Dean to revisit the story time and time again.  As you could only see the movie at the cinema the best way to relive the story was to read his comic from cover to cover….and all over again.  Dean was up until late in the night re-reading and reliving the experience of the movie.

 

 

 

 

 

Michaela’s favourite book was Mr Meddles Muddles by Enid Blyton.  Michaela loved that Mr Meddles was always making a mistake making it a very funny read.  Enid Blyton has been credited with 10,900 short stories, poems and plays (enidblyton.net).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne’s favourite book as an 8 – 10 year-old was Jules Verne classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  Suzanne loved this book because it fired her imagination as to the possibility of other worlds and what they may look like.  It is a non-stop adventure story that keeps you reading to the very end.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam’s favourite book was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling, a firm favourite for many muggles.  Ten-year-old Sam hoped she too would get a letter from Hogwarts but instead Sam escaped into the novel of magic and excitement far from her regular muggle world.  Sam said ‘considering the three main characters were around her age it made their exploits relatable’ – apart from the magic that is.