Latest from the Library

March 2021

Paddock to Page: In Conversation with Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald (webinar)

From tight-knit hamlets to the red dirt of the sprawling outback the rural romance genre highlights the diversity of the Australian rural landscape, the hardships and success’ of rural life and the love and connection people have to the life on the land.

More importantly, the stories are about women determining their own lives, overcoming obstacles and finding a hard-won happy ending.

Join two of Australia’s most popular Rural Romance writers Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald in conversation as they discuss how they bring their lived experience on the land from paddock to page.

When: Tuesday March 30, 2pm-3pm (AEDT)

How: Via Zoom. Telephone dial in option available.

Register here.

A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti

The Vision Australia Library is delighted to invite Vision Australia clients and library members to its first live In Conversation event for 2021. Please note this event was initially scheduled to run in March but has been postponed to May.

Author Marie Younan and co-author Jill Sanguinetti will discuss their recently released evocative memoir of Marie’s life, A Different Kind of Seeing, now available through the Vision Australia Library. Marie is a highly engaging storyteller and her memoir has been described as inspirational, full of love and hope and hard to put down.

Marie and Jill will be in conversation with Bill Jolley, a leader in the blind community.

When: Please note NEW date Wednesday May 19, 6pm – 7.30pm (AEDT) at Vision Australia Kooyong. Online streaming also available.

Register here.

International Women's Day reading list

In honour of International Women's Day on Sunday March 8 we've put together a list of some great books from the collection celebrating Australian women in literature. These selections are available on the Vision Australia Library and come from Australian women writers who have been awarded the Stella Prize.

The Stella Prize is a prize for the year’s best book, fiction or non-fiction, written by an Australian woman. The prize was dreamed up in a panel discussion on International Women’s Day in 2011 as a way to address the lack of representation for women’s writing in reviews and awards which predominantly are gifted to male writers. The first award was presented in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for her novel, Mateship with Birds, which is available through the Vision Australia Library.

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Alice Wright

The Children by Charlotte Wood

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth by Alexis Wright

February 2021

The Duke Effect

With more than 82 million household viewers in the first month alone, the Netflix mini-series Bridgerton is making hearts beat faster and spawning plenty of office water cooler conversations (albeit on Zoom) for its ‘love’ scenes on the stairwell.

Set in the regency period of society debuts, dashing gentlemen and virtuous ladies playing the harp, the series is adapted from the nine books by romance writer Julia Quinn about the eponymous Bridgerton family.

Noted for their humour and sharp and witty dialogue, the books are said to be a modern twist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the twist being sex and passion rather than arm-in-arm promenading.

The Vision Australia Library has nine of the Bridgerton books available in DAISY audio beginning with The Duke and I which sees the ‘irresistible’ Duke of Hastings shunning marriage and society until Daphne Bridgerton agrees to a fake courtship. Each benefit from the sham courtship but neither of them counted on love finding a way.

You can listen to an excerpt of The Duke and I, narrated by English actor Sally Burnett on Reader Recommended with Frances Keyland here.

The Bridgerton Series

You can find these titles in the series available in DAISY through the Library.

The Duke and I (2000)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)

An Offer From a Gentleman (2001)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)

To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)

When He Was Wicked (2004)

It’s In His Kiss (2005)

To let us know more of what you’d like from the Vision Australia Library, email us at

The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of Audio and Braille books, newspapers, magazines and podcasts for anyone who has a print disability.

Call 1300 65 46 56 or email

Library's new newsletter

Vision Australia Library is pleased to announce our new quarterly library newsletter! In this online newsletter you will find information about the library, updates and news, and reading recommendations. Library members will be automatically subscribed to this newsletter. The first newsletter can be read here.

If you are not a library member and would like to receive the newsletter please email

January 2021

Happy new year from the Vision Australia Library!

2020 was a big year of change for the library with upgrades to the updated Vision Connect App and i-access Kiosk, a new Website, and our move to the Bookshare platform. 2020 was a challenging year for many of us but our literary friends were there to teach us, take us on fictional adventures, and keep us entertained and informed. We hope you enjoyed Vision Australia Library’s selection of books, magazines, newspapers, podcasts and music Braille over the year.

What did members read in 2020? We’ve compiled a list of our 10 most requested titles by members in 2020.

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga available in DAISY Audio and eBraille.
  2. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa translated from Italian by Archibald Colquhoun available in Daisy Audio.
  3. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg translated from Danish by F. David available in Daisy Audio.
  4. The Lewis Man by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.
  5. 1st to Die By James Patterson available in Daisy Audio.
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton available in Daisy Audio.
  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler available in Daisy Audio.
  8. The Barefoot Surgeon: the Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight and Hope to the World's Poor by Ali Gripper available in Daisy Audio.
  9. Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante available in Daisy Audio.
  10. The Chessmen by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.

These titles and more are available in the Vision Australia Library catalogue.

In 2021 we look forward to bringing you thousands of new titles in our collection and new opportunities to connect with reading and writing. To let us know more of what you’d like to see from the library, contact us at