Book Talk

Here are some of the new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus some recommendations from our staff . . .

In Fiction

A Diamond in the Dust by Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

A Diamond in the Dust is a tale of love and loss, hardship and heartache, but ultimately the inspiring story of how a young girl from Germany overcame tragedy to pioneer a diamond empire in one of the most unforgiving terrains on earth.



Arcadia by Di Morrissey

This book is everything you have come to expect from one of Australia’s great authors at the top of her game. This novel is set in Tasmania in the 1930s and portrays a tale of friendship and love set among the ancient forests of an isolated corner of southern Tasmania.



Tombland by CJ Sansom

Absolutely brilliant historical fiction, Tombland is the 7th title in the Matthew Shardlake series. Set in 1549 two years after the death of Henry VIII and England is in chaos with an eleven year old nominal king, Edward VI on the throne. Brimming with intrigue, mystery and murder this is the world Shardlake navigates. Highly recommended reading.



In Non-Fiction

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Olivia Newton-John

A long awaited memoir from Australia’s sweetheart covering Olivia’s journey from Grease and Xanadu to her latest battle with cancer and tireless charity work. This is Olivia’s story in her own words, it is a heartfelt and inspirational journey.



In Junior Fiction

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor

The ever popular Fancy Nancy returns in this Christmas treat. Nancy has created a wonderful tree topper for the Christmas tree, but when something happens to the topper will her Christmas still be splendiferous? Wonderful read aloud book with tongue twisting words.



Unbelievably Boring Bart by James Patterson

Bart Bean is not the most popular kid in middle school in fact he is the most boring. The only time Bart gets noticed is when he is bullied. Unbeknown to his fellow class mates Bart has an unbelievably un-boring secret – he is the designer of the latest really cool mobile phone app that hunts aliens around town like Pokemon Go. What will Bart do – reveal he is the designer or secretly use the game to get back at the bullies?



Staff Recommendations


Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland

A brilliant, thought provoking thriller. A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I. Starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.

Recommended by Dean



The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

The Life to Come is smart, politically engaged, timely and funny; a book for writers and for people who love books and especially for those with a particular interest in contemporary Australian society and Australian Literature. Engaging and enjoyable. Michelle de Kretser has a wonderful style to her writing that enhances her excellent tale.

Recommended by Suzanne