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

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

A brilliantly written and engaging historical crime novel about the Lizzie Borden murders, written by Australian novelist Sarah Schmidt. This factual novel has fictional elements to fill in the story of this unsolved crime.   Lizzie is portrayed as a dark, disturbing and manipulative young woman who to this reader at least is the obvious candidate for the murderer.  The intrigue in this novel is with its varying perspectives, and it does make the reader consider all angles.

Goodreads Rating 3.64/5




4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Reviewed as a masterpiece of storytelling, this enormous tome will keep the reader engaged for some time.  Archibald Issac Ferguson is the much longed for child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson.  What follows are four parallel imagined lives for Archibald, each life fully explored intersecting with the same world experiences of the 1960s, such as the Vietnam war.  Even though it is a huge 866 pages long it is worth the journey.

Goodreads rating 3.82/5


In Non-Fiction

The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag

Following on from the recent TV series, this biography examines the real life of the Durrells.  In 1935 Louisa Durrell moved with her four children to the island of Corfu after the death of her husband in India.  All of the children were great storytellers, Gerry notably penning My Family and Other Animals, and Corfu Trilogy; Lawrence penned The Alexandria Quartet. The book has many photographs throughout, some published for the first time in this novel.  This is a fascinating read of the pre-WWll era.

Goodreads rating 3.99/5



Women of Steel and Stone by Anna M Lewis

Women of Steel and Stone is broken into three sections – architects, engineers and landscape designers. It chronicles the careers of 22 eminent women across the three disciplines providing well researched  role models and inspiration for young women interested in the science stream.

Goodreads rating 3.92/5



 In DVDs


This movie is inspired by the women involved in the early feminist movement in the UK from the turn of the century. This is the story of ordinary women who conducted peaceful protests with no result, hence the move to violent protests turning the spotlight on women’s rights and a right to vote.  Notable female cast includes Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham Carter. Rated M.

IMBD rating 6.9/10



Grand Budapest Hotel

A firm favourite and delightful film set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars. The adventure starts with the legendary concierge Gustave H and soon includes the lobby boy Zero Moustafa who becomes Gustave’s most trusted friend.  This is a very quirky and funny movie starring Ralph Fiennes, and featuring a number of A-list stars. Rated M.

IMBD rating 8.1/10



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.


A Dark so Deadly by Stuart MacBride

A gripping standalone thriller from this popular crime author, available as an e-book or paper version. When an ancient corpse turns up in a Scottish tip, DC Callum MacGregor sets out to find which museum it belongs to, when in fact it turns out it may be linked to three missing young men.  This edge of the seat thriller will have you engaged to the very end.

Goodreads rating 4.32/5



Spirit Animals Book 1 Wild Born  by Brandon Mull

This fabulous junior series is very popular from ages 8+.  Four children discover they have a spirit animal and shape and the power that comes with it.  They need these powers to save the world of Erdas.  This empowering series for young people is available in the e-book format which is a great way for young people to enjoy, because as soon as they finish Book 1 they will devour the next in the series.

Goodreads rating 4/5