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By Garry Disher

This is a moving, powerful novel set in the wheat and wool country of mid-north South Australia.
At once the story of a region, a town and people, it is also the story of Anna Tolley - "leggy, wilful and auburn-haired, always answering back" - who lives through momentous changes and earns the envy, love and hatred of those around her.

At the height of the Great Depression, with farmers walking off the land and the city's creeks lined with kerosene-tin shanties, a young mother is taken by a shark in the shallows at Henley Beach. Her grieving husband flees north with his baby son to the town of Pandowie, far from the treacherous ocean.
In time, the boy will have a daughter- the wilful auburn-haired Anna Tolley. 

 

AF Mission CriticalGolden in Death   (In death novel #50)

By James Patterson

Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive-and a terrifying weapon. Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning.
Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body-and killed him. After Eve Dallas calls the hazmat team-and undergoes testing to reassure both her and her husband that she hasn't been exposed-it's time to look into Dr. Abner's past and relationships.
Not every victim Eve encounters is an angel, but it seems that Abner came pretty close - though he did ruffle some feathers over the years by taking stands for the weak and defenseless.
While the lab tries to identify the deadly toxin, Eve hunts for the sender.
But when someone else dies in the same grisly manner, it becomes clear that she's dealing with either a madman - or someone who has a hidden and elusive connection to both victims.

 

Josephine's GardenAF Into the dark

By Stephanie Parkyn

France, 1794. In the aftermath of the bloody end to the French Revolution, Rose de Beauharnais stumbles from prison on the day she was to be guillotined.
Within a decade, she'll transform into the scandalous socialite who marries Napoleon Bonaparte, become Empress Josephine of France and build a garden of wonders with plants and animals she gathers from across the globe.
But she must give Bonaparte an heir or she risks losing everything. The lives of two other women from very different social spheres are tied to the fate of the Empress Josephine. Marthes Desfriches has been widowed twice and is desperate to have a child when she enters a loveless marriage with an adversary of the Empress who despises her botanical ambitions. Anne Serreaux longs for a large family when she marries the man who becomes chief gardener for the Empress tasked with germinating the first Tasmanian blue gums in Europe.
Each of these women faces obstacles in their relationships and in their quest to become mothers - experiencing trauma that will put all their lives at risk.
Josephine's Garden is about identity, obsession, love and marriage, and, ultimately, finding the courage to let go.

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The King's Witch    (Frances Gorges trilogy #1)

By Tracy Borman

As she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth, Frances Gorges longs for the fields and ancient woods of her parents' Hampshire estate, where she has learned to use the flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer.
Frances is happy to stay in her beloved countryside when the new King arrives from Scotland, bringing change, fear and suspicion. His court may be shockingly decadent, but James's religion is Puritan, intolerant of all the old ways; he has already put to death many men for treason and women for witchcraft.
So when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to court, she is trapped in a claustrophobic world of intrigue and betrayal - and a ready target for the twisted scheming of Lord Cecil, the King's first minister.
Surrounded by mortal dangers, Frances finds happiness only with the precocious young Princess Elizabeth, and Tom Wintour, the one courtier she can trust. Or can she?

 

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By Patrick Rothfuss

'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon.
I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life.
I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.
I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me'

So begins the tale of Kvothe - currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter - from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

 

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By Simon Scarrow

It is AD 25. Pirate ships strike terror in the hearts of those who brave the seas of the Roman Empire... When young Telemachus gets the chance to join the crew of the merchant ship Selene, he's delighted to escape the rough streets of Piraeus.
He knows little of the storms and other dangers that have sent countless men to a watery grave. And even past hardship has not prepared him for the terror on board when a pirate ship appears on the horizon... The fight is bloody, but the result is never in doubt.
Then the victorious pirate chief, Bulla, offers the beaten men a cruel choice: join us or die.
After surviving a brutal initiation rite, Telemachus impresses his new captain with his resourcefulness and strength, and swiftly rises through the pirate ranks. But dangerous rivals talk of mutiny and murder.
Prefect Canis, notorious commander of the imperial fleet at Ravenna, has sworn to clear the Adriaticum of pirates. Who would dare to challenge Rome's growing supremacy? A man, perhaps, with an overriding goal: to free his older brother from slavery. A man like Telemachus...

 

The Mitford Scandal     (Mitford murders #3)secret hours

By Jessica Fellowes

The third title in the hit The Mitford Murders series sees maid Louisa Cannon accompany Diana Mitford in turbulent late 1920s Europe, where everything is on the line...even your life.
The year is 1928, and after the death of a maid at a glamorous society party, fortune heir Bryan Guinness seizes life and proposes to eighteen-year-old Diana, most beautiful of the six Mitford sisters. The maid's death is ruled an accident, and the newlyweds put it behind them to begin a whirlwind life zipping between London's Mayfair, chic Paris and hedonistic Berlin.
Accompanying Diana as her lady's maid is Louisa Cannon, as well as a coterie of friends, family and hangers on, from Nancy Mitford to Evelyn Waugh. When a second victim is found in Paris in 1931, Louisa begins to see links with the death of the maid two years previously.
Now she must convince the Mitford sisters that a murderer could be within their midst...all while shadows darken across Europe, and within the heart of Diana Mitford herself.

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The Scarlet Tides 

By David Hair

The Moontide has come, and a scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, slaughtering and pillaging in the name of Emperor Constant. But the Scytale of Corineus, the source of ultimate magical power, has slipped through the emperor's fingers.
His ruthless Inquisitors are desperately seeking the artefact, before it falls into the hands of those who would bring down the Empire. But there are some who have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to Urte.
They are the unlikeliest of heroes: a failed mage, a gypsy and a lowly market-girl.
As East and West clash more violently than ever before, Urte will discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as deadly as swords and magic.

 
AF While you were reading

Under Occupation

By Alan Furst

After the Nazi victory over Poland in 1939, thousands of Poles were sent to Germany as slave laborers. From inside enemy territory, they found ways to get valuable information to resistance fighters in France. Paul Ricard, a French writer of detective novels, is drawn in to working in the resistance, as a spy against the Reich, and is charged with getting the information from the Polish prisoners to the Allied forces.
Alongside him in the fight against Germany are an émigré girl and a mysterious Turkish woman who is in the contract espionage business.

 



Girls in Tin HatsAF Blood with out

By Annie Murray

1940 - Small Heath, in the heart of Birmingham, is facing the darkest days of the war.
Two very different girls from this tight-knit community join up as ARP wardens to do their bit for the Home Front.
Violet Simms lives with her controlling, widowed mother who runs the local pawn shop. At just twenty-years-old, Violet longs for friendship, love and escape. It seems her dreams might come true until tragedy strikes on one of the very worst nights of the Birmingham Blitz.
Grace Templeton is the eldest in her family of ten children. Spirited Grace is determined never to become burdened by child bearing and drudgery like her mother. Adored by childhood sweetheart, Jimmy Oval, Grace believes she can do better. Volunteering as an ARP warden feels like a chance for adventure - until she sees the horror and reality of war first hand.
In this blacked out city, where not everyone is quite what they seem, she comes to realize she is less in control of events than she had thought.
The war will have long-lasting effects on every family... Long buried secrets come to light, and their stories are woven together amid the intense bombing of Birmingham.
The girls' lives will be changed forever by friendship and love, by tragedy and joy.

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ANF Art simple living

 

Carrie Fisher : a life on the edge

By Sheila Weller

Weller traces Carrie Fisher's life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death after Christmas 2016.
We follow Fisher's acting career, from her debut in Shampoo to the role in Star Wars which catapulted her to instant fame.
We explore her complex relationships with singer/composer Paul Simon and with talent agent Bryan Lourd, as well as her leap from actress to bestselling author.
Fisher lived with serious bipolar disorder and an inherited drug addiction.
Despite crises and overdoses, her work as an actor, a novelist and memoirist, a script doctor, a hostess, and a friend create a portrayal of a woman who was a feminist heroine.

 

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Straight 8 : the autobiography

By Kieran Read

Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year-old in 2008 and since then has amassed more than a century of Test appearances in the famous jersey.
Now, after a stellar provincial, club and international career - including back-to-back World Cup victories - the New Zealand captain writes openly and honestly about his time in the game.

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Meal Prep

By Sophia Young

Most of us lead very busy lives, whether we're running around after our kids, working or studying. With so little spare time on our hands, it can be a challenge to eat healthily.
Meal prepping is the best way to ensure you eat well and don't resort to fast food and takeaway.
To make meal prepping a cinch, we've taken the same ingredients and made them into four very different meals for the week, minimizing your time in the kitchen. This cookbook makes your weekly cooking as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4.

 

ANF CatUpstairs & Downstairs : my life in service as a lady's maid

By Hilda Newman

The year was 1935: the twilight of the English aristocracy.
It was a time of wealth and glamour; of lavish balls and evening gowns; of tiaras and a coronation. As personal maid to Lady Coventry, Hilda Newman had a unique insight into the leisured life of one of Britain's most noble families.
In her fascinating memoir of life upstairs and down, Hilda takes us back to this period between the wars; a gilded era which would soon be dramatically changed by the Second World War. Transplanted from a tiny house with no bath or hot water to an eighteenth-century Neo-Palladian mansion, Hilda's life changed beyond recognition.
The Second World War brought turbulence with it, and Croome Court, where Hilda had lived and worked, became a haven for the Dutch Royal Family fleeing Nazi occupation, whilst also home to a top-secret RAF base. The lavish banquets and decadent parties become a thing of the past.
Hilda's story takes us back to a bygone era, showing us what life was really like in England's classic country manors of old - and uncovers the real lives of the people who occupied them, from wealthy lord to lowly servant.

A Delayed Life : thANF Home sweete powerful memoir of the librarian of Auschwitz

By Dita Kraus

The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, the real-life Librarian of Auschwitz.
Born in Prague to a Jewish family in 1929, Dita Kraus has lived through the most turbulent decades of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Here, Dita writes with startling clarity on the horrors and joys of a life delayed by the Holocaust. From her earliest memories and childhood friendships in Prague before the war, to the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín, to the unimaginable fear and bravery of her imprisonment in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and life after liberation.
Dita writes unflinchingly about the harsh conditions of the camps and her role as librarian of the precious books that her fellow prisoners managed to smuggle past the guards. But she also looks beyond the Holocaust – to the life she rebuilt after the war: her marriage to fellow survivor Otto B Kraus, a new life in Israel and the happiness and heartbreaks of motherhood.

 

ANF 488 RulesWe Swim to the Shark : overcoming fear one fish at a time

By Georgie Codd

Georgie Codd is afraid of fish, in an ironic twist of nominative determinism that isn't lost on her. But she's really really scared of of fish, with visions of sharks appearing in the dining room, of nightmares of being stranded alone at sea.
Granny Codd understands. She lives next to the sea, but won't so much as paddle in it.
Georgie's boyfriend is supportive, even when she decides that the way to overcome her fear is to CBT her way out of it, to swim with the biggest shark she can find - a whale shark.
But what is Georgie really afraid of? She quits her job, she goes in search of the whale shark, but it turns out there are no quick fixes here and the whale shark remains elusive while everything else starts to fall apart around her.
Could Georgie be searching for meaning more than she is for the shark? And can she ever find it?

 

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The Sisters of Auschwitz : the true story of two Jewish sisters' resistance in the heart of Nazi territory

By Roxane van Iperen

During the Second World War two Jewish sisters - Janny and Lien Brilleslijper - run one of the largest hideaways in The Netherlands: The High Nest, a villa in The Gooi area.
While the last remaining Jews are being hunted in The Netherlands, the lives of dozens of hideaways kept going for better or for worse, right under the noses of their National Socialist neighbours.
Eventually, the nest is exposed and the Brilleslijper family put on one of the last transports to Auschwitz, along with the family of Anne Frank.

 

 

 

Updated 06/03/2020