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By Kassandra Montag

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed.
After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America's great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.
Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle.
Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

 AF Mission Critical

Lost  (Tom Moon #1)

By James Patterson

Detective Tom Moon and his multi-talented team face off against an international crime ring looking to seize control over America's most exciting city, Miami.
Miami is Detective Tom Moon's home and heartland. When he's asked to lead a new FBI task force tackling international crime, he's proud to represent his beloved city.
But his arrest of a man trafficking children from Amsterdam into Miami International airport opens an investigation that will lead Moon into the depths of a vast crime syndicate.
An underground network that is bigger and more powerful than he could possibly imagine. Moon is devoted to his city and its citizens - but will that be enough to save them?

 

The Last Train to LondonAF Into the dark

By Meg Clayton

In 1936, the Nazis are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna's streets to its intricate underground tunnels.
Stephan's best friend and companion is the brilliant Žofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents' carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis' take control. There is hope in the darkness, though. Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance, risks her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany to the nations that will take them. It is a mission that becomes even more dangerous after across Europe, countries close their borders to the growing number of refugees desperate to escape. Tante Truus, as she is known, is determined to save as many children as she can. After Britain passes a measure to take in at-risk child refugees from the German Reich, she dares to approach Adolf Eichmann, the man who would later help devise the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question," in a race against time to bring children like Stephan, his young brother Walter, and Žofie-Helene on a perilous journey to an uncertain future abroad. 

 

Big Lies in a Small TownAF Sept contraband

By Diane Chamberlain

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed.
Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately.
Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

 af sept home form home

Genesis

By Robin Cook

When the body of social worker Kera Jacobsen shows up on Chief Medical Examier Laurie Montgomery's autopsy table, it appears at first that she was the victim of a tragic drug overdose. But for Laurie and her new pathalogy resident, the brilliant but outspoken Dr. Aria Nichols, further investigation reveals an alarming discover. The young woman was ten weeks when she died, but nobody seems to know who the father was - or whether he holds the key to Kera's final moments alive.

 

Emperor Nero : the splendour before the darkAF Recursion

By Margaret George

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman Empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor.
Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is absolute. But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace - and the politicians.
For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome's - and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known. 

Meet me in Venicesecret hours

By Barbara Hannay

A year after her husband Leo's death, widow Daisy invites her three adult children to join her for a holiday in beautiful Venice. It will be wonderful, her chicks under one roof again in their father's birthplace. But is it possible to recapture the past? Marc's marriage is in jeopardy, but for his mother's sake, he convinces his wife to keep up appearances. Anna's trying to hide the truth about the dismal state of her London acting career; and Ellie, enjoying a gap year and uncertain about her future choices, wants to avoid family pressure to conform. Despite the magic of Venice, family ties are tested to the limit, especially when a shocking secret from Leo's past is revealed.
Now everything they value about love, family, commitment and trust must be re-examined. How can one family holiday require so much courage? Will Daisy's sentimental journey make or break them?
A moving and heartfelt family drama about difficult choices and finding happiness in the most unexpected places.

af drowned lives

 

The Night Tiger

By Yangsze Choo

Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother's Mahjong debts.
But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a mission, racing to fulfill his former master's dying wish: that Ren find the man's finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master's soul will wander the earth forever. As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren's increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.
Yangsze Choo's The Night Tiger pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love. But anchoring this dazzling, propulsive novel is the intimate coming-of-age of a child and a young woman, each searching for their place in a society that would rather they stay invisible.

 
AF While you were reading

The Wife and the Widow

By Christian White

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence of her husband's guilt. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. Brilliant and beguiling, The Wife and The Widow takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?



Warrior of the Altaii

AF Blood with outBy Robert Jordan

I am Wulfgar, Lord of Two Horsetails, warrior of the Altaii people. Come near and I will tell you of Lanta, the City of Twelve Gates, the Unconquerable, the Pearl of the Plain.
I will tell you of the Twin Thrones of Lanta, and of the twin queens who ruled from them.
I will tell of the Morassa and of Brecon and Ivo, who led them to war.
I will tell of the Most High, and of the powers that covered the Plain in the Year of the Stone Lizard. Draw near and listen, or else time is at an end.
The watering holes of the Plain are drying up, the fearsome fanghorn grow more numerous, and bad omens abound.  Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future. Elspeth, a visitor from another world, holds the answers, but first Wulfgar must learn to ask the right questions. But what if the knowledge that saves the Altaii will also destroy them?

 

 

 

NON-FICTIONANF Art simple living

Jacinda Ardern : the story behind an extraordinary leader

By Michelle Duff

Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family.
Duff tracks Ardern's political career from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to her compassion during one of New Zealand's biggest tragedies, the Christchurch mosque terror attack of 2019. In its aftermath, Ardern has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning.
Ardern attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful, and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality? Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape? This is an engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time-telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

 ANF Cant hurt me

Heroics & Heartbreak : twelve months with the All Blacks

By Jamie Wall

The story of the All Blacks campaign for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with insightful analysis and full commentary.
What happened to the All Blacks at the 2019 Rugby World Cup? They were aiming for their third title in a row. A win would have capped a decade of dominance for the team and provided a fitting end to the careers of Steve Hansen and Kieran Read. But it turned out to be a much tougher challenge, and ended in crushing failure.
Heroics & Heartbreak is Jamie Wall's story of the campaign, from someone who was there every step of the way. The campaign for the cup started with the end-of-year tour in October 2018. It was a hard slog, with the team clearly feeling the effects of a long season. Notably, Hansen and Read came under considerable scrutiny throughout. The signs were there that most of the other test-playing nations had gained some serious ground on the All Blacks in the past couple of seasons, seen in the results against England and Ireland on that tour.
Jamie analyses the campaign and the All Blacks' games, trainings, press conferences and dramas throughout the World Cup as he follows the team in Japan. The climax was not the one that the All Blacks wanted, and signals a new era in world rugby.
It may prove to be a defining moment for the game in New Zealand as well.

 

ANF Lost childLost Child : the true story of a girl who couldn't ask for help

By Torey Hayden

From Torey Hayden, the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Child comes Lost Girl.
Jessie is nine years old and looks like the perfect little girl, with red hair, green eyes and a beguiling smile. She even has a talent for drawing gorgeous and intricate pictures. But Jessie also knows how to get her own way and will lie, scream, shout and hurt to get just exactly what she wants. Her parents say they can't take her back, and her social workers struggle to deal with her destructive behaviour and wild mood swings. After her chaotic passage through numerous foster placements, Jessie has finally received a diagnosis of an attachment disorder. Attachment disorders arise when children are deprived of the all-important close bonds with trustworthy adults that allow them to develop emotionally and thrive. Finally educational psychologist Torey Hayden is called in to help.
Torey's gentle care and attention reveal shocking truths behind Jessie's lies.
Can Torey and the other social workers help to provide the consistent loving care that has so far been missing in Jessie's life, or will she push them away too?

 

ANF CatThe Cat Personality Test : how well do you really know your cat?

By Lauren Finka

Who is your cat really? And what can you do to make them happy?
Through this book's series of personality quizzes, feline behaviour expert Dr Lauren Finka can help you to assess various elements of your cat's character and understand them on a whole new level. Discover how inquisitive your cat is, by observing their reaction to new environments; find out if your cat is an extreme hunter, who will need plenty of stimulation to exercise their keen stalking instincts; or learn to what extent you have a cat's cat, who enjoys having a little furry playmate around, or whether they'd be happier in a single-cat household.
You could start to understand whether your cat is really enjoying all the attention you lavish upon it, and decipher just how happy they are.
With tips and tricks for any personality type, Dr Lauren Finka will help you to meet your cat's specific wants and needs. Whoever your cat is, you'll learn what makes them tick, and be a step closer to the domestic feline harmony you've always dreamt of.

Home Sweet Rented Home : transform your home without losing your deposit

By Medina GrilloANF Home sweet

Inject style, personality and comfort into your rented home, whatever your style or budget. You've got the keys from your landlord, moved into your new home, and the boxes are unpacked. Now you want to put your stamp on the place, but how do you do this when you can't paint the walls, refurbish the kitchen or replace the old, tired flooring? And can you really live with magnolia walls? What about those outdated kitchen cupboards? Not to mention the tattered lampshades, old sofa and sparse furniture...
In this invaluable book, award-winning interiors blogger Medina Grillo shares her favourite tips, tricks and DIY projects for transforming a rented space. Discover ways to add a splash of colour with removable wallpaper, learn how to hang artworks without damaging the walls, and turn your hand to upcycling those furniture bargains you picked up at the flea market.
Home Sweet Rented Home will enable every reader to make their house feel like home, whether they are a DIY expert or have never before lifted a paintbrush.

ANF manhuntersManhunters : how we took down Pablo Escobar

By  Steve Murphy 

The explosive memoir of the two legendary drug enforcement agents responsible for taking down Pablo Escobar and the subject of the hit Netflix series 'Narcos'.
Javier Peña and Steve Murphy risked their lives hunting large and small drug traffickers in the decades they spent working for the US Drug Enforcement Administration. But their biggest challenge was the hunt for Pablo Escobar in Colombia. The partners, who began their careers as small-town cops, have been immortalised in Netflix's 'Narcos', a fictionalised account of their hunt for Escobar. Now, for the first time, they tell the real story of how they brought down the world's first narco-terrorist and ended the reign of terror of the world's most wanted criminal.
Their terrifying first-hand experience coupled with stories from the DEA's de-classified files on the search for Escobar forms the beating heart of Manhunters, a gripping account of how two determined and courageous agents risked everything to capture the world's most wanted man.

 

ANF 488 Rules488 Rules for Life : the thankless art of being correct

By Kittly Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan's way of making the world a more pleasant place to live.
Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken. 488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it's not you who needs help, it's other people. Whether they're walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don't know the rules.
But thanks to Kitty Flanagan's comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don't ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it ... where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don't reheat their fish curry in the office microwave ... where middle aged men don't have ponytails ...
What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan's popular segment on ABC TV's The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society.
(Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

 

ANF MeMe

By Elton John

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life...
The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. In Me, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes.

 ANF Shanghai Free taxi

People of New Zealand

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore's Instagram account and Facebook page Ugly Ink went viral when he started posting images of classic Kiwi stereotypes.
They're characters that every New Zealander can relate to, including everyone's Gran 'Helpful Beryl', dress code-breaker 'Wedding Kane', the forever helpful 'Office Jan', and rugged 'Hilux Surf Drew' among others.
Sam's humour in these images gently and affectionately pokes fun at Kiwi culture, providing many snorts of recognition.

 

 

Updated 10/02/2020