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Welcome to the July edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

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Welcome to the June edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

Welcome to the April edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before.  Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

Welcome to the monthly Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Happy Reading!

See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

Welcome to the April edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before.  Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

Welcome to the special Library Lovers Day edition of Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items as we play matchmaker between you and your next reading adventure. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Happy Reading! Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary using the #librarylove.

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled on the day. Check out what's on for more information!

See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

Welcome to the March edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before.  Check out our International Women’s Day reading recommendation #BeBoldForChange. Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master
By Paddy Hayes
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Rating: ★   ★   ★    - 3 Stars
Genre: Biography

Biography charting  the life of Daphne Park. Raised during her younger years in Africa, Daphne moved to London when she was 11 years old.

This biography, although slightly disjointed in writing style, captured my interest as I journeyed through the Cold War seeing events through the experience of a gutsy woman who became one of the highest ranking Females of the British Secret Service (SIS).

Recommend this book for those interested in biographies, intelligence and women's history.

The Library team are only to happy to help you find your next read. To help us offer you some reading suggestions, why not get in touch on our Facebook Page or ask one of our friendly staff next time you are visiting one of our branches.

If you are keen to do some research on your own, we've listed some great free websites that can help you in your search for finding that great next read!

NoveList Plus 
Looking for a good book? Search by author, title, series, plot description or level of readership - children, young adults, adults for both fiction and non-fiction titles. Use the Read-Alikes feature to find other authors who write like your favourite author. Booklists and book club discussion guides.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Information on authors and their works across literary disciplines and timelines. Includes literary criticisms, plot summaries, author biographies, full text poems, short stores and dramatic works. Video, audio and e-books.

Fantastic Fiction
Bibliographies for over 25,000 authors; information on over 300,000 books

Goodreads
A site for readers and book recommendations

Whichbook.net
This UK site has an interesting and different way of retrieving recommendations for fiction reading

Inside a dog - an Aussie website for young people about books

The Honeyfield Bequest / Anna Jacobs
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Rating: ★   ★   ★  ★   - 4 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction

1901, Wiltshire. Young Kathleen Keller is being forced into marriage with a man she despises by her cruel father. In an act of desperation, she runs away in a bid for a safer life, although one she might not have otherwise have chosen. But when tragedy strikes, Kathleen is left vulnerable and one man threatens the fragile peace she has made for herself.

Meanwhile, Nathan Perry works for his father's accountancy firm but yearns for something more satisfying. He is brought in to help with the purchase of Honeyfield House, intended as a safe house for women in trouble by a charitable benefactor, and there encounters Kathleen. Their lives are set to intertwine and neither will be the same again.

I loved this novel. Anna Jacobs has once again combined a story rich in historical detail with a gripping edge of your seat saga. This is the first novel in a series. Kathleen's story is not unlike the story of many women during this time period making it even more heart wrenching as you follow her journey.

Turbo twenty-three
By Janet Evanovich
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Series: Stephanie Plum
Genre: Detective Fiction

In this next installment of the adventurous life of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Plum is chasing a crook who has skipped bail. With a trail of clues leading to a body topped in ice cream toppings, Plum decides to go undercover in the local ice cream factory to catch the killer and solve the mystery.   

This book also has a a touch of romantic intrigue with our heroine being tempted by a 'hot' mystery man even though she is sort of engaged to being engaged to Joe Morelli her Trenton cop who she has a special relationship with.

I really enjoyed this book as I have the rest of the series. The best part is that this book is great as a stand alone novel if you haven't read any of the other Stephanie Plum books - although you might find yourself hooked like me once you've had your first taste.

Book of the Year
Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books)
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Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Locust Girl. A Lovesong, Merlinda Bobis (Spinifex Press)

UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
An Astronaut’s Life, Sonja Dechian (Text Publishing)

Douglas Stewart Prize for Non‐fiction
Reckoning: A Memoir, Magda Szubanski (Text Publishing)
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Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
brush, Joanne Burns (Giramondo)

Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature
Teacup, Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley (Scholastic Australia)
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Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature
Laurinda, Alice Pung (Black Inc.)

Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
The Bleeding Tree, Angus Cerini (Currency Press in association with Griffin Theatre Company)

Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting
Deadline Gallipoli, Episode 4: “The Letter”, Cate Shortland (Matchbox Pictures)

Multicultural NSW Award
Good Muslim Boy, Osamah Sami (Hardie Grant Books)
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Indigenous Writers Prize
JOINT WINNERS:
Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books)
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Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven (University of Queensland Press)
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People’s Choice Award
The Life of Houses, Lisa Gorton (Giramondo)