New Book Highlights
None this month.
Centennial Park: A History
Give Us Back Our Country: How to Make the Politicians Truly Accountable
The Sydney Eisteddfod Story: 1933-1941
Woollahra: A History in Pictures
Penrith: The Makings of a City
Murray River Country: An Ecological Dialogue with the Traditional Owners
Vanessa: The Life of Vanessa Redgrave
Twopence to Cross the Mersey
Fred Wolseley: A Man of Many Parts
Sapper Dorothy Lawrence: The Only English Woman Soldier
So Monstrous a Travesty
Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda
Bates, Stephen — The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England’s Most Notorious Doctor
Dr William Palmer of Sheffield was a well liked and respected man, who in 1856 was convicted and hanged for crimes of murder by poisoning. Among his victims were his wife, her mother and his best friend. His sensational 12 day trial made news around the world, but not without leaving some with doubts about his guilt. Journalist Stephen Bates revisits Palmer’s life and crimes, throwing new light onto unexamined forensic evidence, delving into the mind of a serial killer, and portraying a fascinating account of Victorian society.
McMullin, Ross —So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the world’s first national labour government
The story of the pioneering Australian government who, in 1904, led the world in ‘progressive social initiatives’. Chris Watson’s ministry was viciously criticised by the conservative newspapers who feared this new ‘socialist’ government would be disastrous for Australian business. A century later and it is hard to imagine the Australian government could be admired by the rest of the world. But, admired it was, as this award winning historical writer illuminates.
Back to Butter : A Traditional Foods Cookbook
The Healthy Coconut Flour Cookbook
None this month.
Pick the Pieces
The Shabby Chic Home
None this month.
Lost City of the Templars
The Pearl that Broke its Shell
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
The Happy Life of David Malouf
The Last Kind Words Saloon
The Beekeeper’s Daughter
Big Little Lies
1Q84: The Complete Trilogy
Here Come the Dogs
If You Were Me
Fives and Twenty-Fives
The Accidental Book Club
The Darkest Heart
Charlie Chaplin’s Last Dance
A Perfect Life
Act of War
The Samurai’s Garden
The Country Escape
Gardam, Jane — The Stories
A collection of short stories by a one of England’s greatest living novelists, revered and much awarded for her witty observations into the human condition.
All 28 tales are set in various English locations with a host of mischievous characters, including an appearance by ‘Old Filth’ from her previous novels of the same name.
Lette, Kathy — Courting Trouble
Fed up with recent antics of men who seem hell-bent on ruining her life, quick witted Tilly and her fabulous mother both Solicitors decide to set up an all-female law firm. Their aim: to defend women who have suffered in some way by the actions of men. In court Tilly finds herself up against an old love, Jack Cassidy. Smug, smart, and against everything she stands for, Tilly can’t stand that she still finds him attractive. Will this old flame ruin her chance to win a big case? Laced with Lette’s trademark humour, yet sensitive to serious issues affecting women, this novel is a surprisingly compelling read.
Pitre, Michael — Fives and Twenty Fives
“Always watching your fives and twenty-fives, a series of steps taken by Marines to assure safety when a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb.” Three soldiers, two American and one Iraqi, try to live with what they experienced in 2006 during one of the bloodiest moments of the Iraq war. A few years on they each struggle to find their place in a world that’s turned its back on them, and survive the harsh battlefield of memory. Destined to be the quintessential book on the Iraq war.
Saramago, Jose — Skylight
This is a long lost story by one of Portugal’s – and indeed, the world’s – greatest writers. In 1998 he received the Nobel Prize for literature. Skylight was written at the beginning of his career and published posthumously. We are introduced to the multi-faceted residents of an apartment house in Lisbon in the 1940’s. There’s the elderly shoemaker and his wife, their young boarder, the prostitute, the family of music lovers, the beautiful typist. Their everyday, impoverished lives intermingle, their inner lives and deepest , feelings are unveiled. A plethora of human emotion – desire, love, grief and growing up – traversed by Saramago’s unique, soaring and insightful prose
Tsukiyama, Gail< — The Samurai’s Garden
Set in rural Japan at the beginning of WWII, this beautifully crafted story unfolds around Stephen, a young Chinese man, whose illness causes him to travel to the family’s summer home, where he is cared for and mentored by Master gardener, Matsu. A lyrical monument to the strength, resilience and beauty humanity is capable of in the face of pain, hardship and loneliness.
An Appetite for Violets
Humphreys, C. C.
The Lace Balcony
Theft of Life
A Fatal Tide
Bailey, Martine — An Appetite for Violets
Biddy Leigh is a 22 year old servant cook at Mawton Hall in Cheshire, with humble dreams of opening a tavern with her childhood sweetheart, where they can serve delicious dishes created from her treasured book of recipes. These dreams are unwillingly put on hold when her elderly Master marries the young Lady Carinna, and she must accompany her new Mistress to Tuscany. Biddy becomes embroiled in a world of mystery, scheming, lies and murderous conspiracy. Set in 18th Century Europe, this tale of food, dark drama and intrigue is a compelling and well researched tale whose narrative voice of Biddy is a delight.
Griffith, Nicola —Hild
This riveting historical thriller is set in seventh century Britain. Hild is the gifted niece of Edwin, the ruthless King of Northumbria. Fiercely observant and intelligent, she is able to foresee future outcomes and quickly becomes a valuable asset to the King. But there are others too, who see the power of her mind and leadership abilities. Forces of a brutal time in a dark age threaten her safety and those close to her.
Humphrys, C.C. —Plague
Gritty 17th century London is brought to life in this gruesome, fast paced historical thriller, where a serial killer’s on the loose, and he is not alone…William Coke, a former captain now highway robber, discovers a brutal multiple murder and must form an alliance with his pursuer, Pittman, in order to escape blame and uncover the real killer. Their journey takes them from lowborn scum to the highborn royalty of London, where none are immune from the icy grip of death. Plague is the first novel in a trilogy that recreates this fascinating era. It doesn’t shy away from the darker details of life during this time, establishing a vivid atmosphere and gory backdrop for murder and mayhem.
An Improper Ingenue
Beacon, Elizabeth —An Improper Ingenue
What’s better than one Regency novel of passion and scandal? Two Regency novels in the one volume! The rebellious rake Benedict Shaw may prove to be more scandal than innocent Governess Charlotte can handle in “Rebellious Rake, Innocent Governess” and Miranda Braxton courts a scandal of her own by eloping with her brother’s tutor at age 17. Now widowed, she returns home to find herself engaged again, this time in a game of wits with the adventurous Kit Alstone, who may not care if she is “A Less Than Perfect Lady.”
Death in Pont-Aven
Beaton, M. C.
The Agatha Raisin Companion
The Vanished Ones
An Evil Mind
Challinor, C. S.
Murder at Midnight
Dillon, E. R.
The Good Priest
Mrs Malory and Any Man’s Death
Buffalo West Wing Large Print
Deserves to Die
Want You Dead
Death Without Company
Summer of the Dead
The Sun is God
The Final Silence
Blessed are the Dead
Phillips, Jayne Anne
Powell, Jessie Bishop
The Marriage at the Rue Morgue
The Girl Next Door
Life or Death
City of Ghosts
Torre, A. R.
The Girl in 6E
The Dark Vinyard
Pie ‘a la Murder Large Print
After the Silence
Keller, Julia —Summer of the Dead
This is the third novel featuring County Prosecutor Bell Elkins preceeded by A Killing in the Hills and Bitter River again earning this crime writer high praise from her peers.A killer is stalking the inhabitants of Acker’s Gap, a small, forgotten and desperately poor West Virginian town. Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are desperate to catch this elusive threat before tensions in the town ignite in the oppressive summer heat. Adding to the strain is the return of Bell’s sister who for thirty years has been in prison for the murder of their father, and must now adjust to ‘life outside’. Violence looms in the dark secrets of Lindy Crabtree, a local coal miner’s daughter and perhaps crucial element in the mystery afoot. A captivating thriller set against a beautiful and brutal sense of place and gritty, proud characters.
Stanley, Kelli —City of Ghosts
1940’s San Francisco, a time and place stunningly recreated here in the second novel in the series which features the fierce heroine, P.I. Miranda Corbie. Corbie is on a murder case that leads her through the sordid streets and clubs of San Francisco to Reno Nevada, investigating a nazi spy and running from someone who’s framed her for murder. Hard boiled noir with an irresistible, razor sharp lead.
The 7-Day Allergy Makeover
Coping With Epilepsy
The Night Sky Month by Month
Churchill at War
Beating Sugar Addiction
The Romantic Poets and their Circle
Mystery Muses: 100 Classics that Inspire Today’s Mystery Writers
The English Governess in Egypt
The Grand Pacha’s Cruise on the Nile
Miles, Milton E.
A Different Kind of War
Why Labor Should Savour its Greens
Trident K9 Warriors
I Could Do Anything, if Only I Knew What it Was
Let’s Talk About It
Prague: A Journey Through its History
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Shadow of Night All Souls Trilogy, Volume 2
A Doctor to Heal Her Heart
The Rebel and the Heiress
Not Just a Convenient Marriage
Zarif’s Convenient Queen
Daring to Date Her Boss
The Argentinian’s Demand
Tempted by Her Boss
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
Cherryn, C. J.
In Dark Service The Far Called Trilogy, Volume 1
Alien Tango Katherine ‘Kitty’ Katt Series
Le Guin, Ursula
The Unreal and the Real Selected Short Stories
The Long Mars The Long Earth, Volume 3
The Causal Angel Jean Flambeur Series, Volume 3
The Forever Watch
Tower Lord Raven’s Shadow, Volume 2
Jovah’s Angel Samaria, Volume 2
Mystic & Ryder Twelve Houses, Volume 1
Le Guin, Ursula —The Unreal and the Real. Volume 1: Where on Earth
A collection of work selected and written by Le Guin, stories characteristically wonderful, poetic and insightful by the author of the well-known EarthSea Stories and seminal “The Left Hand of Darkness”.
None this month.
The Road to Le Tholonet
Sovereign Hill Museums Association
The Travellers Guide to Sovereign Hill
New additions to eBooks at SMSA
An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days
The Business of Dying
The Crime Trade
The Devil’s Star
The Crooked Beast
The Crime Interview
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
A Prison Diary
The Prodigal Daughter
The new books for October 2014 will be released on Tuesday 14 October, with new ebooks and audiobooks.
We hope you enjoy them!
- New books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks only and may not be renewed.
- Books remain listed as “New Books” for three months.
eBooks at SMSA
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