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 or the cover to visit our catalogue and place a hold on any of these items:

In Fiction

War Cry by Wilbur Smith

The latest installation in the popular Courtney series by Wilbur Smith is receiving excellent reviews as one of his best yet.  This book introduces Saffron Courtney; her story takes us from a sprawling Kenyan estate in Africa to adventures in England in the lead up to World War ll. Saffron meets Gerhard von Meerbach, a young German with a privileged background.  The characters are well developed and make for a compelling read.  Look forward to a sequel.

Goodreads rating 4.16/5




Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore

Once again Helen Dunmore delves into the depths of human lives during the tumultuous period of war. The connections her characters make through such times give her books a gritty edge.  This novel is set from 1792 with the onset of the French Revolution; although young radical Lizzie Fawkes lives in Bristol, she passionately follows the events in Paris.  Dunmore’s writing style is beautiful, capturing readers’ imagination throughout.

Goodreads rating 3.7/5 




In Non-Fiction


North Korea’s Hidden Revolution by Jieun Baek

No topic is more relevant than this revealing insight about North Korean, by former citizens who have fled the regime. Jieun Bael interviews North Korean defectors, revealing how information is controlled and accessed in this heavily governed country; Bael illustrates the risks people will take to learn what is happening in the outside world.  Compelling reading.

Goodreads rating 3.91/5




Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz

Soups are one way of getting maximum nutrition in every bowl. What makes these soups “clean” is simply the fresh ingredients used.  From nourishing broths to blended soups, every type of soup is covered in this fabulously inspiring book.  This is the weather for extending your soup repertoire.

Goodreads rating 4/5




Sing (G)    (2016)

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon,  Seth MacFarlane

Matthew McConaughey plays Buster Moon, a koala theatre impresario who has put on several less than successful shows. With the bank about to foreclose on his theatre, Moon decides to put on a singing competition to attract some interest. But things go further than planned when the fliers are are printed saying there’s a $100K prize at stake.

Many fun moments permeate the screen – from auditions with endlessly familiar pop songs blasting out to wacky sight gags, there’s enough to keep the younger ones happy, and enough to ensure the adults recognise the music.

IMDB Rating 7.2/10


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (M)   (2016)

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk

Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen (Mads Mikkelsen) who is recruited by the Empire to help build the Death Star – a weapon with the ability to destroy an entire planet. The young woman is approached by the Rebel Alliance, who want her as bait in a bid to get one step closer to a peaceful existence away from the Emperor’s uncompromising rule. Teaming with fellow Rebel Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), they assemble a team and set off to steal the plans, but know in doing so they may have to overcome both Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), and a certain Darth Vader (James Earl Jones)

IMDB Rating 8.0/10


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.



The Art of Cycling by Cadel Evans

This is a tale of a young Australian cyclist who made it to the pinnacle in the cycling world, the Tour de France. This amazing story documents Cadel’s extraordinary career spanning some 20 years.

Goodreads rating 4.1/5




The First Six Weeks by Midwife Cath

This is a practical, easy, and usable guide that covers all aspects of the first weeks of a newborn’s life. Lots of tips on feeding, bathing and bedtime and how to develop the essential routines for sleep.  This title is a practical application for the e-book format.

Goodreads rating 3.73/5