Van Diemen’s Land
Murray Johnson and Ian McFarlane
The history of Aborigines in Van Diemen’s Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day.
Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait.
Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.
Suggested tags: Indigenous Australians; colonisation of Australia; Aboriginal life; First Tasmanians
|Barrie, John Charles||Memoirs of an ANZAC|
|Bligh, Anna||Through the wall|
|Chen, Guangcheng||The barefoot lawyer|
|Grenville, Kate||One life: my mother’s story|
|Katsonis, Maria||The good Greek girl|
|Latham, Mark||Latham at large|
|Macdonald, Helen||H is for hawk|
|H is for Hawk|
When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.
Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
Suggested tags: hawks; grief; spirituality; prize winning
|Cooking in 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes||Women’s Weekly|
|Vest bets: 30 designs to knit for now|
|Bailey, Paul||The prince’s boy|
|Christopher, Paul||The secrets of the Templars|
|Davidson, Lionel||Kolymsky heights|
|Donoghue, John||The Death’s Head chess club|
|Essbaum, Jill Alexander||Hausfrau|
|Forbes, Bryan||The rewrite man|
|Gardam, Jane||God on the rocks|
|Gattis, Ryan||All involved|
|Gorton, Lisa||The life of houses|
|Griffin, W. E. B.||The assassination option|
|Isherwood, Christopher||Lions and shadows|
|Khadra, Yasmina,||The African equation|
|Krasznahorkai, Laslo||The melancholy of resistance|
|Mabanckou, Alain||Memoirs of a porcupine|
|MacManus, James||Sleep in peace tonight|
|Macomber, Debbie||Last one home|
|Malouf, David||Being there|
|Morrison, Toni||God help the child|
|Nakhjavani, Bahiyyih||The woman who read too much|
|Oates, Joyce Carol||Jack of spades|
|O’Hagan, Andrew||The life and opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his friend Marilyn Monroe|
|Rhinehart, Luke||The dice man|
|Simenon, Georges||The man who watched trains go by|
|Simons, Paullina||Lone star|
|Stamm, Peter||All days are night|
|Vargas Llosa, Mario||The discreet hero|
|Various||The best Australian stories 2011|
|Anubis: a desert novel|
A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve. For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. Over the sands and the years, the hero is pursued by a lover who matures into a sibyl-like priestess. The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert’s beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices. The novel concludes with Tuareg sayings collected by the author in his search for the historical Anubis from matriarchs and sages during trips to Tuareg encampments, and from inscriptions in the ancient Tifinagh script in caves and on tattered manuscripts. In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern. (From cover)
Suggested tags: mythological elements, spiritual quest; existential; Egyptian god; legends in literature; English translations
|God on the Rocks|
A new edition of Gardam’s first novel for adults, God on the rocks is a coming of age tale which won the Prix Baudelaire (France) in 1989 and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
During one glorious summer between the wars the realities of life and the sexual ritual dance of the adult world creep into the life of young Margaret Marsh. Her father, preaching the doctrine of the unsavoury Primal Saints; her mother, bitterly nostalgic for what might have been; Charles and Binkie, anchored in the past and a game of words; dying Mrs Frayling and Lydia the maid, who is given to the vulgar enjoyment of life – all contribute to Margaret’s shattering moment of truth. And when the storm breaks, it is not only God who is on the rocks as the summer hurtles towards drama, tragedy and a touch of farce. (From cover)
Suggested tags: British; religion; 20th century; 1970s; Booker prize shortlist;
|Deadly election||Davis, Lindsey|
|The lady of misrule||Dunn, Suzannah|
|The Tudor secret||Gortner, C. W.|
|The Tudor conspiracy||Gortner, C. W.|
|The Queen’s vow||Gortner, C. W.|
|Traitors in the shadows||Rutherford, Alex|
From the creator of Falco comes Falco: the new generation, featuring her unforgettable heroine Flavia Albia in her third novel.
In the blazing July heat of imperial Rome, Flavia Albia inspects a decomposing corpse. It has been discovered in lots to be auctioned by her family business, so she’s determined to identify the dead man and learn how he met his gruesome end.
The investigation will give her a chance to work with the magistrate, Manlius Faustus, the friend she sadly knows to be the last chaste man in Rome. But he’s got other concerns than her anonymous corpse. It’s election time and with democracy for sale at Domitian’s court, tension has come to a head. Faustus is acting as an agent for a ‘good husband and father’, whose traditional family values are being called into question. Even more disreputable are his rivals, whom Faustus wants Albia to discredit.
As Albia’s and Faustus’ professional and personal partnership deepens they have to accept that, for others, obsession can turn sour, and become a deadly strain that leads, tragically, to murder. (From cover)
|The doll’s house||Arlidge, M. J.|
|What the fly saw||Bailey, Frankie Y.|
|Killing ways||Barclay, Alex|
|The shut eye||Bauer, Belinda|
|Murphy’s law||Bowen, Rhys|
|As chimney sweepers come to dust||Bradley, C. Alan|
|Game of mirrors||Camilleri, Andrea|
|Once upon a grind||Coyle, Cleo|
|Solitude creek||Deaver, Jeffery|
|The Jackdaw||Delaney, Luke|
|The shroud maker||Ellis, Kate|
|The shadow collector||Ellis, Kate|
|The mirror world of Melody Black||Extence, Gavin|
|Past crimes||Hamilton, Glen Erik|
|Keep the midnight out||Gray, Alex|
|The ghost fields||Le Moël, Marie-Morgane|
|One mile under||Gross, Andrew|
|Death under a Tuscan sun||Giuttari, Michele|
|Day shift||Harris, Charlaine|
|The bone tree||Iles, Greg|
|Skinner’s rules||Jardine, Quintin|
|Water angels||Kallentoft, Mons|
|World gone by||Lehane, Dennis|
|No name lane||Linskey, Howard|
|The novel habits of happiness||McCall Smith, Alexander|
|The winter people||McMahon, Jennifer|
|Still midnight||Mina, Denise|
|Prayer for the dead||Oswald, James|
|NYPD Red 3||Patterson, James|
|Every fifteen minutes||Scottoline, Lisa|
|The fifth heart||Simmons, Dan|
|Dead by any other name||Stuart, Sebastian|
|The cellar||Walters, Minette|
|These are the names||Wieringa, Tommy|
|The darkest day||Wood, Tom|
Gruesome Nordic Noir from Denmak’s ‘queen of crime’…
On All Hallows’ Eve, ex-convict Peter Boutrup is visiting his best friend’s grave when her estranged mother appears. Her son, Magnus, has disappeared, and she begs Peter to look for him.
The next day a young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland. She has been garrotted and Peter, who works there as a carpenter, was the last person to see her alive. Meanwhile, diver Kir Rojel finds an old box resting on the seabed. Inside are human bones. They are sixty years old, but the victim had also been garrotted.
Suggested tags: thriller; Nordic noir; detectives; Denmark; Boutrap, Peter (fictitious character); missing persons
|Keep the midnight out|
When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer’s tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since.
As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man’s death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years.
As the action switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case twenty years earlier, Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?
Suggested tags: Detective Morimer; psychologists; police; Scotland; Glasgow
|Every Fifteen Minutes|
Nothing can beat an arresting opening: “I’m a sociopath. I look normal, but I’m not…” Scottoline draws the reader immediately into a top-notch mystery thriller that keeps the twists and turns of plot and the suspense running right through to the end. Psychiatrist Dr Eric Parrish faces dilemmas in his private life, as a single father, and in his professional life. A student files sexual harassment charges against him while a teenage patient reveals dangerous tendencies that raise ethical challenges. A murder is committed and Parrish finds himself implicated, with a faceless sociopath as his relentless adversary. Lisa Scottoline, a former president of Mystery Writers of America, has published 23 novels and sold millions of books around the world. Many Goodreads reviewers give her latest novel five stars. This looks like another winner.
|The winter people |
The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable.
Suggested tags: Missing persons; Mothers and daughters; Vermont; Suspense; Thriller; Supernatural
|There’s No Place Like Holmes|
Imaginative Aussie professor of architecture Derham Groves has been a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson and 221B Baker Street since his teacher read the class “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” when he was a boy. In There’s No Place Like Holmes, he details his design for the Sherlock Holmes Centre he planned for Melbourne, together with the fascinating projects his architecture students have created based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. “In my view, a truly successful building . . . tells stories about events, people and places,” he says. “Therefore, given that architecture and crime fiction share an interest in ‘character’ and ‘place’ I believe that architects can learn a lot from crime writers like Doyle.” The coloured pictures in this small book of Holmes-inspired buildings designed by Groves’ students are amazing. The appendices even include full knitting instructions for a Sherlock Holmes doll.
(Not to be confused with the No Place Like Holmes books by children’s author Jason Lethcoe.)
|Nefertiti in the Flak Tower||James, Clive|
|I could pee on this||Marciuliano, Francesco|
|Waiting for the past||Murray, Les A.|
|Captive of Kadar||Morey, Trish|
|The soldier she could never forget||Beckett, Tina|
|Bound by a baby bump||Darkins, Ellie|
|Tempted by her Italian surgeon||George, Louisa|
|The sheikh’s secret babies||Graham, Lynne|
|The last dance||McIntosh, Fiona|
|The wedding planner and the CEO||Roberts, Alison|
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
|Born of defiance||Kenyon, Sherrilyn|
|A crown for cold silver||Marshall, Alex|
|The witch of painted sorrows||Rose, M. J|
|Bali and Lombok||Ver Berkmoes, Ryan||TRV 915.98620442|
|Franklin, Ariana||Relics of the Dead||Mystery|
|Franklin, Ariana||The Assassin’s Prayer||Mystery|
|Franklin, Ariana||The Death Maze||Mystery|
|Franklin, Ariana||The Mistress of the Art of Death||Mystery|
|Simenon, Georges||Maigret Goes to School||Mystery|
|Simenon, Georges||Maigret Sets a Trap||Mystery|
|Simenon, Georges||My Friend Maigret||Mystery|
|Andrews, Donna||Chesapeake Crimes||Mystery, Short Stories|
|Andrews, Donna||Homicidal Holidays||Mystery, Short Stories|
|Bowie, Donald||Station Identification||Biography|
|Chirico, Rob||Onward Kitchen Soldiers||General|
|Christie, Agatha||The Floating Admiral||Mystery|
|Dimond, Roy||Silence and Circumstance||Mystery|
|Doyle, Arthur Conan||The Complete Sherlock Holmes||Classics|
|Evans, Kelli||Lucky Enough||General|
|Francke, Stewart||What Don’t Kill Me Just Makes Me Strong||Biography|
|Goldmark, Kathi Kamen||Her Wild Oats||General|
|Grotta, Sally Wiener||The Winter Boy||Science Fiction|
|Heaton, Colin D.||The German Aces Speak II||Nonfiction|
|Innes, Michael||Appleby and the Ospreys||Mystery|
|Innes, Michael||Appleby’s Answer||Mystery|
|Innes, Michael||Appleby’s Other Story||Mystery|
|Jilla, Shireen||The Art of Unpacking Your Life||General|
|Kamoche, Ken N.||Black Ghosts||Historical Fiction|
|Kidd, Jillian||Vengeful Bounty||Science Fiction|
|Leidich, Terri Ann||Family Inheritance||General|
|Mayer, Dale||It’s a Dog’s Life||General|
|McMahan, Wade||Waves in the Wind||Science Fiction|
|Mortimer, Gavin||The First Eagles||Nonfiction|
|Munro, Alice||Too Much Happiness||General|
|Munro, Alice||The View From Castle Rock||Historical Fiction|
|Noble, Shelley||Beach Colors||General|
|Olivier, Daphne||The Way It Was||Biography|
|O’Shaughnessy, Perri||Show No Fear||General|
|Sayers, Dorothy L.||Whose Body?||Mystery|
|Smith, Louise Farmer||One Hundred Years of Marriage||General|
|Staalesen, Gunnar||The Writing on the Wall||Mystery|
|Stafford, Jon||Reluctant Warriors||Historical Fiction|
|The Detection Club||The Anatomy of Murder||Mystery|
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