Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read . . .

In Fiction


The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes another delightful read set in the English countryside.  1914 and Beatrice arrives in the quaint historical town of Rye on the south coast to begin her appointment as Latin teacher.  Following the loss of her father all Beatrice wants to do is get on with her life but life in Rye won’t permit it.  A lovely read full of eccentric characters. rating 3.82/5


The Narrow Bed by Sophie Hannah

The Narrow Bed is the latest instalment in the Culver Valley Crime series by Sophie Hannah. The novel is a brilliant work of crime, dark and devilish with a good dose of humour in the mix.   Once in this book you’ll be lost in the whodunit mystery and will be working out who will be the next target.  Sophie Hannah is the novelist authorized by the Agatha Christie family to write further Hercule Poirot stories, the 2nd title Closed Casket is due out soon. rating 3.39/5


In Non-Fiction

How Do I Do That in Photoshop by Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is the bestselling author of photography guide books. Presented in full colour with step by step instructions this book is simple to follow and easy to navigate.  The guide will have you operating Photoshop like a pro.


What Went Right by Michael G. Wetter & Eileen Bailey

A self-affirming and confidence boosting instructional book, with tips and challenges to create a more positive mindset and a happier self.



The Brothers Grimsby – DVD

Grimsby is about two brothers who were separated as young children when their parents died; one is Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a working-class benefit claiming hooligan who lives in Grimsby, along with his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson) and his 11 children; the other is Sebastian, an MI6 agent. The two brothers come together when Nobby finds out his brother is going to a high class event as he makes his way down to London, where he essentially ruins Sebastian’s life. It is claimed to be one of the funniest films of the year and is full of inappropriate jokes that will have you cringing. If you enjoyed Borat and Bruno, this is definitely a must watch. rating 6.2/10

lady in the van

The Lady in the Van – DVD

Maggie Smith won the Evening Standard British Film Award for this film and it has also been nominated for 4 more awards including the Golden Globe Award.

The tale begins as Mary (Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey) decides to park her dilapidated van – which doubles as her home – on the street in the Camden Town neighborhood where Alan (Alex Jennings, The Queen) and a number of other upper-class folks live. A number of residents timidly approach her in an attempt to figure out why she’s there and whether they can do anything to send her on her way, but Mary is having none of it. She’s planning to stay right where she is, and has very little interest in what anyone else has to say about the matter.

The Lady in the Van is bound to please just about anyone. rating 6.7/10

What you may have missed . . .

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

Use your library card to check out eBooks 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.


Gilgamesh by Joan London

This book takes you from the hardships of life in Yallingup WA during the depression to the volatile world of the Middle East and Europe during World War ll. The story follows Edith as she trapes the world with her infant son in tow searching for the child’s father.  Through despair, loneliness and hardship Edith must remain strong and stoic in her search for happiness and home. rating 3.59/5