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Private PrincessPrivate princess

By James Patterson

Jack Morgan receives an offer he cannot refuse… When the head of the world’s foremost investigation agency is invited to meet Princess Caroline, third in line to the British throne, he boards his Gulfstream jet and flies straight to London. The Princess needs Morgan’s skills, and his discretion. Sophie Edwards, a close friend of the royal, has gone missing. She must be found before the media become aware of it. Morgan knows there is more to this case than he is being told. But what is the Princess hiding?

The Woman in the woodsThe Woman in the Woods

by John Connolly

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realise that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.

The Handmaid's Tale

The handmaids tale

by Margaret Atwood

This is the story of Offred, one of the Handmaids under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred's persistent memories of life in the time before and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit and astute perception.

Daughter of the Murray

by Darry Fraser

1890s, River Murray, Northern Victoria. Young and spirited Georgina Calthorpe is not happy living with her foster family the MacHenry's in their neglected sheep run on the banks of the River Murray. Unlike the rest of the family, she isn't looking forward to the return of prodigal son Dane. She is right to be concerned, as on return he's furious when he discovers his inheritance is in severe decline. Ignoring the true culprit - his father - blames Georgina and she decides to flee. Unfortunately, she makes her escape on Dane's prized stallion, he gives chase... From here their fates collide with Conor Foley, a businessman with a dark secret. He is offering Georgina security: a marriage with status in the emerging nouveau-riche echelons of Melbourne. But where does her heart really lie? No-one could image the toll the changing political and social landscape will have on home, heart and family. Will Georgina's decisions lead her into grave danger and unhappiness, or will she survive and fulfil her destiny? 

NYPD Red 5

NYPD Red 5

by James Patterson

The one who knows the secrets is the one who holds the power. The richest of New York's rich gather at The Pierre's Cotillion Room to raise money for those less fortunate. The mayor is present, along with Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force providing security. The night is shattered as a fatal blast rocks the room, stirring up horrifying memories of 9/11. Is the explosion an act of terrorism - or a homicide? A big-name female filmmaker is the next to die, in a desolate corner of New York City. The crimes keep escalating, and the perpetrators may be among the A-list New Yorkers NYPD Red was formed to protect. Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer as he masterfully plays out his vendetta - and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain.

Those Other Women

by Nicola Moriarty

Poppy and Annalise are frustrated. They're tired of watching the same old cycle: women in their office fall pregnant, leave early and take months off only to eventually return, requesting 'more flexibility'. All with smug smiles on their faces. That's why they create the 'No Baby Club,' a Facebook group dedicated to women like themselves who don't have children, who don't want children and who simply want to vent about the 'annoying mummies' in their lives. They create challenges designed to make sure that childless women reap the benefits, like leaving early for a fake appointment and making one of them pick up the slack for a change. Membership soars. But as the group's tasks get more extreme, Annalise starts to worry that they're taking things too far. On top of that, it seems that not all the new members are being honest and it's not long before things start to slide disastrously out of control.

The Testament of Loki
The testament of Loki

by Joanne Harris

Ragnarok was the End of Worlds. Asgard fell, centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead, while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld - among them, the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten as time passed and the world of humans moved on to new beliefs, new idol and new deities . . . But now mankind dreams of the Norse Gods once again, the river Dream is but a stone's throw from their dark prison, and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality. The first, but not the only one to. Other, darker, things have escaped with him, who seek to destroy everything that he covets. If he is to reclaim what has been lost, Loki will need allies, a plan, and plenty of tricks . . .

The Cast

The Cast

by Danielle Steel

Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages, she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love. Then, after a chance meeting with Zack Winter, a television producer visiting Manhattan from Los Angeles, everything changes. Inspired by the true story of her own indomitable grandmother, Kait creates the storyline for a TV series. And when she shares her work with Zack, he is impressed and decides to make this his next big-budget project. Within weeks, Kait is plunged into a colorful world of actors and industry pros who will bring her vision to life. A cool, competent director. An eccentric young screenwriter. A world-famous actress coping with private tragedy. A reclusive grande dame from Hollywood's Golden Age. A sizzling starlet whose ego outstrips her abilities. L.A.'s latest "bad boy" actor, whose affairs are setting the city on fire. An unknown ingenue with outsized talent. And a rugged, legendary leading man. As secrets are shared, the cast becomes a second family for Kait. But in the midst of this charmed year, she is suddenly forced to confront the greatest challenge a mother could ever know. 

Shelter in Place

shelter in Place

by Nora Roberts

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide. It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

 

 

NON-FICTION

Women Like Us

by Mandy Nolan

Stand-up comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs have joined forces for the first time to write a veryWomen like us funny collection of stories that examines what it means to be a woman, in today's social media dominated world. And it ain't always easy ... Well, Mandy and Ellen have had it. They've drawn a line in the sand - and this time they're not going to sweep it up! Women Like Us is for anybody who is feeling cranky and fed up with being told what they should look like, feel like and how to 'behave'. Using hilarious accounts of their own lives Mandy and Ellen discuss how they have come to a point where they realise they are never going to be perfect and they are just fine with that. They discuss a wide range of topics including early forays into feminism, the terrors and angst of parenting, female friendships, botox, body image, aging parents, teenagers, juggling work life with home life, snooty sales assistants, domestic violence and coping with mental illness. 

Mind that child : a medical memoir

by Simon Rowley (Pediatrician)

Mind that childIn Mind That Child, Rowley provides a rare glimpse into what it means to be entrusted with the most precious of responsibilities – a young human life. Charting his decades of medical experience, Rowley touches on an array of issues, from the high-stakes management of tiny pre-term babies to the serious impacts of drugs, alcohol and technology on developing minds. Real-life cases and practical advice are interwoven throughout a candid, compassionate narrative. What’s revealed is a tender and profound portrait of a medical professional at the very centre of what matters – a doctor who always adopts a humane, holistic view and who writes openly about the personal impact of a career in medicine. 

Odyssey AnzacOdyssey of the unknown Anzac

by David Hastings

Ten years after the end of World War I, the Sydney Sun reported that an unknown ANZAC still lay in a Sydney psychiatric hospital. David Hastings follows this one unknown ANZAC, George McQuay, from rural New Zealand through Gallipoli and the Western Front, through desertions and hospitals, and finally home to New Zealand.

 

Young queenYoung Queen : the story of a girl who conquered the world

by Parris Goebel

Young Queen is the autobiography of a dancer with a dream... a young Polynesian girl who grew up in New Zealand and went on to conquer the hip hop world. In this honest memoir, Parris Goebel shares the extraordinary story of how she went from high-school drop out to award-winning dancer, choreographer and video director. At just 19, Parris got her big break choreographing for Jennifer Lopez. She has since worked with some of the biggest stars in music, including Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, creating his record-breaking video, 'sorry'. A true #girlboss, Parris Goebel is changing the game.

 

Stews, Casseroles and CurriesStews casseroles and curries

By Sophia Young

It's no secret that when the nights get darker and the weather starts to get chilly, we begin to crave food that is full of flavour and comfort. Collecting our favourite stew, casserole and curry recipes, this compilation of rich, warming meals provides the best way to get through the freezing nights of winter. With recipes for toppers, sides and accompaniments, this is the only cookbook you need for cooking perfect comfort food.

 

The illustrated encyclopedia of healing remediesThe illustrated encyclopedia of healing remedies

By C. Norman Shealy

Encompassing a range of alternative and natural healing traditions for the prevention, treatment and cure of common ailments, this beautifully illustrated reference book provides over 1,000 natural remedies to promote physical and mental well-being for the whole family. C. Norman Shealy's comprehensive and authoritative guide is an indispensable reference, containing all you need to know about healing with complementary and alternative techniques and therapies. With detailed sections covering Ayurveda, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Traditional Home and Folk Remedies, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Flower Remedies, Nutrition, Mindfulness, and Herbalism, this quick reference family guide includes: The history and background to each therapy -- Descriptions of the most useful remedies -- A comprehensive list of ailments with suggested treatments -- Alternative first aid remedies -- How to stock a home healing medicine chest .

 

Updated 07/02/2017