|McNab, Duncan||Waterfront||AUS 364.13230994 McNA|
|Sheridan, Greg||When we were young & foolish||AUS 070.92 SHER|
|Smith, Jane Margaret||Captain Starlight||AUS 364.1552092 SMIT|
|Veitch, Michael||Heroes of the skies||AUS 940.544994 VEIT|
The Orpheus Clock
The childhood of Bernard and Lili Gutmann was a charmed one. Their father, Fritz, was an heir of the Gutmann banking dynasty, a family of wealthy, highly educated Jews who ran the German Dresdner Bank, and Bernard and Lili were brought up at Bosbeek, a 17th-century country mansion not far from Amsterdam.
There was a butler, a cook, a governess, seven maids, two chauffeurs and an army of groundsmen. For Lili’s tenth birthday, an entire circus troupe – clowns, lions, lion-tamers and trapeze artists – performed under a big top in the garden.
Fritz had wonderful taste and filled the house with Louis XV tables and sofas, Aubusson tapestries, Meissen vases and Chinese porcelain.
There were paintings by the great master of Venetian canal scenes Francesco Guardi and works by Degas and Renoir.
The family also had a spectacular collection of silver amassed over several generations.
But this charmed life came to an end on May 10, 1940, when squadrons of bombers roared over Bosbeek. Within five days, the Luftwaffe had razed Rotterdam and Dutch forces had surrendered to the Nazis.
The first Nazi agent arrived at Bosbeek a month later.
Systematically, the Gutmann family were stripped of everything they had: their art, their house, their freedom and, ultimately, their lives.
Simon Goodman (the family anglicised their surname after the war), son of Bernard and grandson of Fritz and Louise, has forensically pieced together what happened to his grandparents and their art collection after they were forced to sign it away to Hitler and Goering’s art poachers.
When Fritz refused to give up the family silver, including a prized silver ‘Orpheus Clock’ painted with scenes of the Greek hero in the underworld, which gives this book its title, he and Louise were taken to Theresienstadt concentration camp. When he still refused to comply, Fritz was beaten to death and Louise transported to Auschwitz, where she died in the gas chambers.
The Orpheus Clock is not only a meticulously researched history of the Gutmann family, but a compelling detective story.
|Calcaterra, Regina,||Etched in sand|
|Chernow, Ron.||Titan (John D. Rockefeller)|
|Goldberger, Paul,||Building art (Frank Gehry)|
|Goodman, simon,||The orpheus clock (Guttman family)|
|Grandin, Greg,||Kissinger’s shadow|
|Lehr, Dick,||Whitey (Bulger Whitey)|
|Orry-Kelly,||Women I’ve undressed (Orry Kelly)|
|Porter, Darwin,||Peter O’Toole|
|Roberts, Geraldine,||The angel and the cad (Lord Wellesley, Earl of Mornington)|
|Whitehead, Anne,||Betsy and the Emperor|
|Proust, Marcel||Remembrance of things past|
|Stein, Rick||Rick Steins Eastern Med Flavours from Venice to Istanbul|
Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball
Published as a reversible hardback, Wind/Pinball includes Haruki Murakami’s first two novels, with a new introduction by the author.
Both titles centre on the life of two young men, an unnamed narrator and his friend, known by the nickname, the Rat. In Hear the Wind Sing, the narrator is home from college on his summer break and spends his time drinking beer and smoking with Rat at their local hangout, J’s Bar. Like many of Murakami’s novels, Hear the Wind Sing explores themes of relationships and loss as the narrator reminisces about the past women he has been with, and pursues a relationship with a girl, who in a classic Murakami quirk, only has nine fingers.
In Pinball, the narrator has moved to Tokyo and established a translating company. The plot centres on his obsession with pinball, his life as a freelance translator and his efforts track down the exact model of a pinball machine he used to play in his college years. While the narrator alternates between describing both his life and the Rat’s, the two never meet in Pinball.
Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball establish themes of loneliness, companionship, purposelessness and destiny that are present in Murakami’s later works. Both novels also hint vaguely at supernational occurrences and are a unique blend of the real and surreal. Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball are essential reads for Murakami fans, while newcomers will find them a great introduction to one of the most influential writers of this generation.
A guide to Berlin
‘The death of any human was without metaphor or likeness … It was not a writerly event. It was not contained within sentences.’ A Guide to Berlin is Gail Jones’s first novel in five years. Written in her rhythmical, evocative style, the book follows the interactions of six travellers from the corners of the globe who meet in Berlin to share their stories and their passion for the work of Vladimir Nabokov.
A sudden act of violence then shatters the group and each member is affected in profound ways, the direction of their lives irrevocably changed. A Guide to Berlin is a fascinating, luminous study of human behaviour, set against the backdrop of an unforgettable city. It will delight all those who loved Five Bells, as well as readers who are coming to Gail’s work for the first time.
I’ve always felt that Gail Jones is yet to receive the recognition she deserves. This is her sixth novel and it is, I believe, a masterpiece… a great novel with complex, fascinating layers upon layers; I can’t recommend it enough. (Mark Rubbo, Readings Managing Director)
Robert K. Tenenbaum
In the next courtroom drama in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series, Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi get tangled up in a web of misdirection and must unravel it in time to solve a mass murder.
“This story has a lot to like…Karp is rock-solid as both prosecutor and as person…The pace is fast, the courtroom scenes make you feel like you’re there, and the ending satisfies…This is an enjoyable tale of good vs. evil and the importance of knowing who you are.” (Kirkus)
About Robert K. Tenenbaum : He is the author of thirty books—twenty-seven novels and three nonfiction books. He is one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, having never lost a felony trial and convicting hundreds of violent criminals. He was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside strangler case in Los Angeles and defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case. He was Assistant District Attorney in New York County in the office of legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of training the legal staff. He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
|Ballard, J. G.||Empire of the sun|
|Belfoure, Charles||House of thieves|
|Brizzi, Fausto||One hundred days of happiness|
|Cartwright, Justin||Up against the night|
|Dapin, Mark||R & R|
|Doig, Ivan||Last bus to wisdom|
|Emmons, Josh||Prescription for a superior existence|
|Ferrante, Elena||The story of the lost child|
|Finder, Joseph||The fixer|
|Forsyth, Kate||The beast’s garden|
|Funder, Anna||The girl with the dogs|
|Gable, Michelle||A Paris apartment|
|Hannah, Sophie||A game for all the family|
|Jones, Gail||A guide to Berlin|
|Leather, Stephen||Black ops|
|Ley, Rosanna||The saffron trail|
|McCall Smith, Alexander||The revolving door of life|
|McEwen, Scott||The sniper and the wolf|
|Modiano, Patrick||Paris nocturne|
|Modiano, Patrick||Little jewel|
|Moriarty, Sinead,||The way we were|
|Murakami, Haruki||Hear the wind sing ;|
|Rochester, Julia||The house at the edge of the world|
|Santos, Care||Desire for chocolate|
|Scanlan, Patricia||City girl|
|Singer, P. W.||Ghost fleet|
|Stevens, Chevy||Those girls|
|Tanenbaum, Robert K||Trap|
|Deas, S. J.||The protector|
|Fo, Dario||The Pope’s daughter|
|Gregory, Philippa||The taming of the queen|
|Hoffman, Alice||The marriage of opposites|
|Williams, Naomi J||Landfalls|
The unexpected inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.
On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.
As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.
And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs…
The living and the dead in Winsford
Hakan Nesser abandons Sweden, setting his latest novel on Exmoor, where Maria, Swedish and middle-aged moves into a remote cottage, with only her dog for company. In hiding, she is disturbed by memories of her life in Stockholm with her unfaithful, academic husband. As Maria remembers, a terrible secret is revealed. With winter closing in, Maria walks the moors, reading Lorna Doone, her only ambition to “outlive” her dog. The Living and the Dead in Winsford is a tense, psychological exploration of betrayal and revenge, deservedly winning the Rosenkrantz Award for Best Thriller of the Year in 2013.
|Arnaldur Indridason||Silence of the grave|
|Atkins, Ace||The redeemers|
|Barclay, Linwood||Broken promise|
|Black, Benjamin||Even the dead|
|Booth, Stephen||The murder road|
|Bowen, Rhys||Royal Blood|
|Bowen, Rhys||Malice at the palace|
|Box, C. J||Badlands|
|Brennan, Allison||Best laid plans|
|Burdett, John||The Bangkok asset|
|Cullin, Mitch||A slight trick of the mind|
|Dahl, Arne||Europa blues|
|Douglas, Stuart||The further adventures of Sherlock Holmes|
|Fairstein, Linda A||Devil’s bridge|
|Finnis, Jane||Danger in the wind|
|Freedland, Jonathan||The 3rd woman|
|Hall Page, Katherine||The Body in the Gazebo|
|Hamilton, Barbara||Sup with the devil|
|Hannah, Sophie||Woman with a secret|
|Herriman, Nancy||No comfort for the lost|
|Horst, Jorn Lier||Closed for winter|
|Hurley, Graham||Sins of the father|
|James, Peter||You are dead|
|Jance, Judith A.||Dance of the bones|
|Kava, Alex||Silent creed|
|Kava, Alex||Silent creed|
|Khan, Vaseem||The unexpected inheritance of Inspector Chopra|
|Koryta, Michael||Last words|
|Lagercrantz, David||The girl in the spider’s web|
|Maitland, Barry||The malcontenta.|
|Malliet, G. M.||Death at the alma mater|
|Marrison, James||The drowning ground|
|Mayne, Andrew||Name of the Devil|
|Melo, Patricia||The body snatcher|
|Meyrick, D. A.||Dark suits and sad songs|
|Mina, Denise||Blood salt water|
|Nadel, Barbara||Enough rope|
|Nesser, Hakan||The living and the dead in Winsford|
|O’Brien, Kevin||No one needs to know|
|Ostlundh, Hakan||The intruder|
|Page, Katherine Hall||The body in the boudoir|
|Patterson, James||Private Sydney|
|Pattison, Eliot||Soul of the fire|
|Penny, Louise||The nature of the beast|
|Reichs, Kathy||Speaking in bones|
|Robinson, Peter||No cure for love|
|Robotham, Michael||Close your eyes|
|Sanderson, Mark||Robin Hood yard|
|Stewart, Amy||Girl waits with gun|
|Todd, Charles||A pattern of lies|
|Tremayne, Peter||The Devil’s seal|
|Unsworth, Cathi||Without the moon|
|Walker, Martin||The Patriarch|
|Ware, Ruth||In a dark, dark wood|
|Wilson, Edward||A very British ending|
An acclaimed author of novels and short stories, Tim Parks – who was described in a recent review as “one of the best living writers of English” – has delighted audiences around the world with his finely observed writings on all aspects of Italian life and customs. This volume contains a selection of his best essays on the literature of his adopted country.
From Boccaccio and Machiavelli through to Moravia and Tabucchi, from the Stil Novo to Divisionism, across centuries of history and intellectual movements, these essays will give English readers, and lovers of the Bel Paese and its culture, the lay of the literary land of Italy.
“It is an immensely learned, elegantly written rehearsal of the significance of 23 Italian writers, from Dante in the 13th century to Antonio Tabucchi in our own, and as such it amounts I think to an assessment of the Italian sensibility as a whole. Nobody is better qualified than Tim Parks to guide us through such an experience… He can be as entertaining as he is scholarly, and he is evidently profoundly concerned with the relationship everywhere between art and life.” The Spectator
|Byrski, Liz||In love and war||940.547541 BYRS|
|Duff, Andrew||Sikkim||954.167 DUFF|
|James, Clive||Latest readings||028.9 JAME|
|Lewis, Marc D||The biology of desire||616.8584 LEWI|
|Parks, Tim||A literary tour of Italy||850.9 PARK|
|Douglas, Michelle||Reunited by a baby secret|
|Graham, Lynne||The Greek commands his mistress|
|Grey, Amelia||The earl claims a bride|
|MacKay, Sue||Reunited… in Paris!|
|MacKenzie, Sally||What to do with a duke|
|Macomber, Debbie||Silver linings|
|Roberts, Nora||Drawn in|
|Wallace, Barbara||Beauty and her billionaire boss|
|Williams, Cathy||A pawn in the playboy’s game|
|Wine, Mary||A sword for his lady|
|Bowen, Kelly||You’re the Earl that I want|
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
|Abercrombie, Joe||Half a war|
|Pratchett, Terry||The shepherd’s crown|
|Armitage, Simon||Walking away||TRV 914.23048612 ARMI|
|Baker, Christopher P.||Cuba||TRV 917.291047|
|Mount, Harry||Harry Mount’s odyssey||TRV 938 MOUN|
|Stein, Garth||The art of racing in the rain|
|Wotherspoon, Gary||Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts : A history|
|Kyle, Chris||American sniper|
|Evans Steggall, Stephany||Interestingly enough …|
|McKinley, Robin||The door in the hedge|
|Winters, Cat||In the shadow of blackbirds|
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