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The Queen, her lover and the most notorious spy in history / by Perry, Roland,

Publication: . xiv, 376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : 24 cm.

I found all of the book interesting and revealing. A very good read throughout. Added 28/09/2015 by

Ancient Egypt : everyday life in the land of the Nile / by Brier, Bob,

Publication: . 312 pages : 21 cm.

Spectacular, inciteful, amazing and colourful! Added 28/09/2015 by

Pray for silence / by Castillo, Linda,

Publication: New York, N.Y. : Minotaur Books, 2010 . 304 p. ; 25 cm. Date: 2010

From the onset you are caught up with a disturbing plot. Very graphic description of horrors that unfold, reader be aware! Added 28/09/2015 by

Crafting with kids : creative fun for children aged 3-10 / by Woram, Catherine,

Publication: New York, NY : Ryland Peters & Small, 2006 . 126 p. : 25 cm. Date: 2006

No expensive equipment needed. Great for younger kids. Added 28/09/2015 by

Nest / by Simpson, Inga,

Publication: . 296 pages ; 21 cm.

I picked up this book as part of the Reading Challenge at the library and found it a story which quietly drew me in. The descriptions of the birdlife around Jen's home, her relationship with her young student and the terrible event of a child going missing which raises so many memories for Jen. her best friend also went missing when she was at school and the day after her father left and never returned. Jen's art is her solace as she works through her inner demons. I would highly recommend this book. Lynne Added 14/09/2015 by Lynne

Close your eyes / by Robotham, Michael,

Publication: London : Sphere, 2015 . 392 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2015

Excellent but needs to be read as part of a series. Added 14/09/2015 by Kath

The paper trail : an unexpected history of the world's greatest invention / by Monro, Alexander,

Publication: . 368 pages : 24 cm

A fascinating book which traces the history of paper beginning with the translators responsible for the spread of paper across the east as it was used by theologians, scientists and artists to spread information and ideas. Paper finally reached Europe in 1276 and was indispensable to the scholars and translators during the Renaissance and Reformation. Added 14/09/2015 by Heather

All the light we cannot see / by Doerr, Anthony,

Publication: London : Fourth Estate, 2014 . 496 pages ; 24 cm. Date: 2014

This book is really two parallel stories set during World War II, about two children, growing up in two different countries. In Nazi Germany, a young orphan boy named Werner lives in a children’s home with his young sister. He is exceptionally bright and curious with a knack for fixing radios. His talents in math and science win him a spot in a Youth Academy. This is his only chance of escape from a grim life working in a coal mine. In Paris, France there is a shy redhead named Marie-Laure who lives with her locksmith father who works at a museum. When she goes blind from a degenerative disease at the age of six, her father builds a detailed miniature model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize every street, building and corner by tracing the model with her nimble fingers. When the Germans attack Paris she and her father must flee to the coastal town of Saint-Malo. Added 14/09/2015 by Heather

Knooking : 19 projects to knit with a crochet hook / by Hug, Veronica,

Publication: . 46 pages : 24 cm.

I was really looking forward to this book. A whole different way to use my crohet hook. But it its not. It is a book about tuscian crochet. I found the pictures too small, and I already knew what I was looking at. It was good to have a book with patterns for that style of crochet though. They are nice quick patterns. Added 01/09/2015 by Sharon

Valley of hope / by Price, Sarah,

Publication: Morristown, N.J. : Price Publishing, 2012 . 258 p. ; 23 cm. Date: 2012

I found this book had a very slow start to it. It was interesting to me for the way it showed how pressure can effect people. The continued stress Samuel Lapp is under and how those effects spread through the whole community was quite illuminating. Added 01/09/2015 by Sharon

Polymer clay in a day : over 15 exciting projects, from gifts to accessories for the home / by Ralph, Emma.

Publication: London : New Holland. 2004 . 80 p.; 28 cm Date: 2004

Having never worked with polymer clay before, I found this book very interesting. I was surprised at the bright colours you can get. I found some of the projects quite interesting looking, but my favourite by far was the fluorite mokume eggs on page 48. A good read Added 01/09/2015 by Sharon

Last chance café / by Byrski, Liz,

Publication: Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2012 . 378 pages ; 20 cm. Date: 2012

Last Chance Cafe by Liz Byrski is a. Novel dealing with women ageing and their reactions to this. Dot is a fire eating women's rights campaigner of old and the story starts with her chaining herself to the escalator in a shopping mall. Quite by chance an old friend sees this and rescues her from the guards called by management. As the two friends catch up we meet the rest of the characters and gradually see the links forming between them all. The novel also has a serious side as the issue of young girls being made into sexual objects by commercial interests turns into a campaign. There is also the ageism problem of older women feeling invisible. Once again Liz Byrski caught me up in the story and I Would recommend this to my friends and book club. It is a reprint as it was first in print in 2011. The library holds other titles by this author as well. Added 28/08/2015 by Lynne

The rake's challenge / Adult. by Elliott, Beth.

Publication: Leicester : Thorpe, 2012 . 321 p. (large print) ; 24 cm. Date: 2012

I'm a fan of Regency romances with Georgette Heyer as my all time favourite author. This book is not as good as Heyer but a very entertaining and good read nevertheless. The heroine and hero have believable problems and the sense of period is well drawn. The little asides of humour add to the pleasure of this book. I would like to see more from Beth Elliott. Recommended.

Rose River / by Osborn, Margareta,

Publication: . 351 pages ; 24 cm.

This is a light weight, somewhat humorous, romance set in the Australian outback. There are lots of this sort of book being published these days and most are a fairly good read. This book is no exception with the plus of the gentle (mostly) humour. Despite its literary lightweight and the reasonably predictable outcome, I like this book as a good, easy, escapist read. The main characters are a city girl and a backblocks 'macho' guy and both are pretty well drawn and understandable. Not bad at all and I'll read more from this author.

What tomorrow brings / Adult. by Fitzgerald, Mary,

Publication: Long Preston : Magna, 2015 . 585 p. (large print) ; 23 cm. Date: 2015

This is a great story which covers the build up to the Second World War and then the war. The main characters are well drawn and you connect with them. The author appears to have done a lot of historical research and the flavour of the time , the British NAZI supporters , those going to the Spanish Civil war and the atmosphere of Berlin prior to WW[[ being declared are very well described. This is the second novel by Mary Fitzgerald that I have read it is a large print but this did not detract from my enjoyment reading it. The main heroine is Seffy Blake an independent -minded journalist and the two men in her life, Amyas an enigmatic lover with no morals and Charlie the steady fellow journalist who stands along side Steffy in their endeavours . Highly recommend this book Lynne W. Added 13/08/2015 by Lynne

The Ballymara road / by Dorries, Nadine,

Publication: . 367 pages ; 24 cm.

Expecting just a romance, I discovered a story whose main theme is child abuse, especially by the Catholic Church. No punches are pulled but the subject is very sensitively treated with sympathy and understanding. Set in Liverpool and Ireland in the 1960s, it tells the story of a group of Irish, Catholic families living in near poverty in the back streets of Liverpool and their connection with a home in Ireland for 'penitents', expectant mothers and orphans which is run by a very fundamental, bigoted group of nuns. Despite its desperate theme, the book contains much humour. Very well written with characters you can believe in, this novel is the third in a trilogy but stands easily on its own. I thoroughly recommend this book and I will be looking for others by the same author.

Life after life / by Atkinson, Kate,

Publication: London : Doubleday, 2013 . 477 p. ; 24 cm. Date: 2013

A great book, beautifully written. A real page turner yet gentle. Can't wait to read her next book which follows the same family but in a different style. Added 01/08/2015 by Kaye

The invention of fire / by Holsinger, Bruce W.,

Publication: . 459 pages ; 23 cm.

This is a big book (459 pages) but the pace never slackens not the interest dwindle. Set in London during the reign of King Richard (fourteenth century) it features John Gower, a man who holds and sells secrets for a living. Also a poet and a friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Asked to investigate an especially gory and different series of murders, he runs up against the politics of the day, much more personal and nasty than they are now. Dealing with the invention of a new 'handgonne' (handgun) and the uses to which it may be put proves to be dangerous and very, very devious. The author obviously know his history and brings out the flavour of medieval London, warts and all, until you are almost walking the streets with John. The characters are given to us with all their qualities and their imperfections and the story unfolds in a logical manner, even if this isn't always immediately apparent. This is Bruce Holsinger's second book and I hope the library has, or will obtain, his first one. A really good historical mystery and highly recommended.

A woman's sphere / by Adams, Audrey,

Publication: . iv, 216 pages ; 21 cm

This lovely book chronicles the story of Florence, the daughter of a very early settler in Tasmania, and her marriage to the son of a convict, Charles, who resents his parentage. The marriage gets off to a rocky start when the first child, a son, is born with a slight hare lip. The father can't, or won't, accept this and the boy is brought up by his in-laws. Eventually, Florence and Charles move to Masterton in the Wairarapa where the marriage becomes merely a partnership of convenience. Sustained by her two children, a dog, a very good friend and her art, Florence makes a good life in her new country. The book concludes with release for Florence and a forward look of great hope. Quietly but very skilfully written, I really felt that I got to know and appreciate the characters. The setting was well drawn and it was easy to appreciate the difficulties that faced those early settlers. I believe this is Ms Adams first novel and I certainly hope it is not her last as I am looking forward to reading more from this top New Zealand author.

The bookseller / by Pryor, Mark,

Publication: Amherst, N.Y. : Seventh Street Books, 2012 . 303 p. ; 21 cm. Date: 2012

A first book by this author and what a great start to his career. Set in Paris with an American hero and a French heroine, this is a murder mystery and thriller combined with a low key romance. Easy to read, it evokes the feel of Paris brilliantly, especially the café scene which is the life blood of that great city. Interesting characters come to life and you get quite carried away (well, I did!) by the twists and turns of the story which covers drugs, book sellers and Parisians who collaborated with the Nazis during WW2. For a change, our hero and heroine (a journalist) both have a conscience but this doesn't stop the guy making a mess of some of the villains! Highly recommended.

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