Latest from the Library

September 2019

Catching up with library members at the Sandown Racecourse

Recently Library staff caught up with some lovely library members. This all happened whilst blind and low vision people let loose with their inner hoon by racing around the Sandown racecourse amongst the revving of engines and the smell of fuel. The library staff taught people how to use the envoy connect player, access the free VA connect app and find out more about our library. It was a great day for everyone and it was lovely to meet and chat to those people who visited our table for help. You just don’t know where we will pop up next!

New books to enjoy

Kerry O'Brien: a memoir by Kerry O’Brien

Format: DAISY (AU 173313)

Subject Interest: Autobiography

Born the day after the first American occupying troops landed near Tokyo in August 1945, Kerry O'Brien's life has spanned the post-war era through the maelstrom of the nuclear and digital age - a remarkable time of intense and dynamic change that has no match in human history. He has witnessed life changing events, interviewed the great and good, and explained the intricacies of the world to millions of Australians as we sat in the comfort and safety of our lounge rooms.

The French photographer by Natasha Lester

Format: DAISY (AU 176558)

Subject Interest: Family stories

Manhattan, Paris, 1942. When Jessica May's successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price. 

The Promised Land by Barry Maitland

Format: DAISY (AU 174792)

Subject Interest: Detective, Mystery fiction, Australian fiction

Newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla investigates a series of brutal murders on Hampstead Heath. Under intense pressure to find answers, she arrests the unlikely figure of John Pettigrew, a failing London publisher who lives alone on the edge of the Heath. Pettigrew’s lawyer calls on recently retired David Brock for advice, and soon, unable to resist the pull of investigation, the old colleagues, Brock and Kolla, are at loggerheads. 

Geelong open day

The Geelong open day was such a busy day with people visiting from far and wide on the day. Around 30 people visited the library table. We enjoyed answering your questions on using the app and the Envoy and helping people improve the selection of books they were receiving. A few people joined library on the day also and others went away with plans of moving across to the app or Envoy.

Don’t forget if you do need to update the type of books we are sending you or if your player is not operating as you feel it should. You can call the library on 1300 654 656.

True crime novels

True crime books were once the type of book that very few people would ask after. Recently the library world has witnessed an explosion in demand for and interest in this type of writing. If you would like to dip your toe into the world of true crime fiction you may like to try one of the books listed below.

Eggshell skull: a memoir about standing up, speaking out and fighting back by Bri Lee.

Format: DAISY (AU 169405)

Subject Interest: Biography - Australian

Eggshell Skull: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime. But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes?

Dancing with demons: true life misadventures of a criminal psychologist by Tim Watson-Munro.

Format: DAISY (AU 166955)

Subject Interest: Crime non-fiction

The extraordinary memoir of a man who has spent his working life looking into the eyes of modern evil. As Australia’s most distinguished criminal psychologist, ‘Doc’ Tim Watson-Munro has assessed over 30,000 ‘persons of interest’ in some of the nation’s most notorious court cases, including Hoddle Street gunman Julian Knight, corporate fraudster Alan Bond, Melbourne gangster Alphonse Gangitano and, in recent years, Australia’s first terrorist convicts.

The Snapshot Killer: the shocking true story of predator and serial killer Christopher Wilder - from Sydney's beaches to America's Most Wanted by Duncan McNab.

Format: DAISY (AU 174873)

Subject Interest: Serial murderers/Australian biography.

The shocking true story of predator and serial killer Christopher Wilder - from Sydney's beaches to America's Most Wanted, Christopher Wilder was about as bad as they get. A serial killer and predator, he first came to the attention of police in Sydney when as a teenager in 1963 he was charged with rape. As a young adult he relocated to Florida, USA.

Recommended books

Sarah said the latest book by Jane Harper, The Lost Man, is the best of the three books she has written. “I am not normally a mystery reader but I could not put this one down."

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Format DAISY (AU170833)

Subject Interest: Australian fiction/Psychological fiction

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron's mind when he was alive, he didn't look peaceful in death.

John recommended The Martian by Andy Weir. "I just saw the movie on the television and thought I would try the book. It was much better than the movie."

The Martian by Andy Weir

Format: DAISY (AU 158506)

Subject Interest: Adventure fiction/Science fiction

OK. I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. Everyone thinks I'm dead. I'm in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. Time is running out!