Book Talk

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

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In Fiction

Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

A most fascinating read about Lady Jane Grey and her two sisters, Katherine and Mary. Told from the perspectives of the three women alternately, Jane who was forced to be queen and lasted just 9 days on the throne and Katherine and Mary, both marrying for love but to their detriment. Philippa Gregory’s Tudor novels are an excellent historical read based on actual events providing the reader with plenty of fodder for escapism.
Good Reads rating 3.79/5



Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth

Beauty in Thorns is a mesmerizing reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Set in the Pre-Raphaelite period amongst artists and poets and bought to life in detail by Kate Forsyth. Lavish descriptions with engaging character development sweeping the reader into the bohemian world. A compelling historical read from an exceptionally talented Australian writer.
Good Reads rating4.26/5



In Non-Fiction

Colombiano by Rusty Young

From the Australian author of the best-selling true crime novel Marching Powder where the author shared his real life experiences living in a Bolivian Prison, comes a novel drawn from the same world. Pedro Gutierrez’s life is torn apart when Guerrilla soldiers execute his father in front of him. This sets Pedro on a journey of revenge and delivers him into the depths drug lords and violence. Although a work of fiction with the authors experiences, Colombiano reads like a real story.
Good Reads rating 4/5



Australian Desperadoes by Terry Smyth

The incredible story of how Australian gangsters terrorized California. The Coves, an organized Australian crime gang with criminal careers in Australia land on American shores, mostly illegally. They grow to be the most hated and feared underbelly in San Fransciso with their area in the waterfront district being a no-go zone for police. An absolutely fascinating and little know story.
Good Reads rating 3.5/5



Big Little Lies directed by David E. Kelley

Starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. While Madeline and Celeste take new in town single mum Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. Without giving away the plot, the show is part is Desperate Housewives part Knots Landing and part Secrets and Lies in that it’s a drama, a soap and a mystery, all rolled into one delicious package.

Beautiful cinematography and an amazing soundtrack add to the enjoyment. I just binge-watched the first three episodes and they left me wanting more. Just watch it – it’s the show you’ve been waiting for…

IMDB Rating 8.7/10


Smurfs: The Lost Village directed by Kelly Asbury

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. The animation is beautifully done. There is no way you can take every little detail in with just one viewing.

The plot is fairly straightforward with adventure at the forefront. This film avoids the misplaced pop culture references and overused Smurf puns that many disliked about the previous movies. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” aims for a younger audience, but adults shouldn’t have a problem remembering why they liked these characters themselves.

IMDB Rating 5.9/10


You may have missed . . .

This month we feature two popular ebooks, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles.

Audio books can be accessed directly from the library catalogue.  Use your library card to check out eAudiobooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.

Sleepers Castle by Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine has written numerous atmospheric historical fiction books that sit on the peripheral of paranormal fiction. Her latest offering Sleepers Castle takes her readers back to the early days of Lady of Hay (1986) set in the beautiful Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Two women are drawn together across time spanning two centuries as they connect through dreams at Sleepers Castle.
Good Reads rating 4.18/5




The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English

Timbuktu, a medieval centre for learning was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts but when terrorists threatened their very existence a remarkable thing happened : a team of librarians and archivists joined together to stow away the manuscripts in a secret cache. Fascinating reading of a brave band of people risking their lives to save historical treasures.
Good Reads rating 3.89/5