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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!

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What's on our reading list?

Book coverAll by Myself, Alone : a novel / Mary Higgins Clark.
Genre: Mystery

Forever a hero / Linda Lael Miller.
Genre: Rural Romance

The midnight watch / David Dyer
Genre: Thriller

The chemist : a novel / Stephenie Meyer.
Genre: Spy Fiction

Unmasked: Turia Pitt and Bryce Corbett.
Genre: Biography

 

 

 

New in Fiction

All by Myself, Alone: a novel / Mary Higgins Clark.
Genre: Thriller

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship. On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, 'Lady Em, ' as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise. Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead. And the necklace is missing.



The missing pieces of us / Fleur McDonald.
Genre: Australian Fiction

Lauren Ramsey was adopted at birth. Now a teacher, her mantra is to never let a child fall through the cracks. But she's so concerned about the welfare of a little boy in her kindy class she doesn't notice that her teenage daughter needs help...At fourteen, Skye Ramsey is on the cusp of womanhood, but she's also teetering on the edge of an abyss. Battling with the usual pressures faced by a teenage girl, including the pitfalls of social media, she's flirting with outright rebellion...

 


Birdcage walk / Helen Dunmore.
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants.



The Songbird Sisters / Rachael Herron
Genre: Romance Fiction

Finally back together after more than a decade apart, the country-singing sisters The Darling Songbirds are back in harmony, and finding love. When their world-famous country band The Darling Songbirds split up acrimoniously, sisters Adele, Molly and Lana went their separate ways. A decade on, Adele and Molly have finally reconciled. However Lana has remained stubbornly estranged. Perhaps now it's time to give up the music industry for good. Yet when she heads home to Darling Bay, she has hunky country music star Taft Hill hot on her heels. He's not prepared to let her call it quits - especially when he needs new songs for his album.

 

How about ebooks? We have some great new ebooks available this month for you to try. Available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home!

 

New DVDs & CDs


Fantastic beasts and where to find them (M)
Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York, threatening to expose the wizarding community. Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures. When unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt's beasts loose, a band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts before they come to a harm, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark forces.

Rogue One: A star wars story (M)
A rebellion built on hope. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

My Sweet Audrina (M)
Based on one of the few standalone novels written by V.C. Andrews, My sweet Audrina is a gothic psychological thriller centring on Audrina (India Eisley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), a young girl with an inability to recall past events in her life. Living in her family's secluded mansion, Audrina is kept out of sight and alone, and is haunted by nightmares in which she dreams of her older sister, the First Audrina, who was left for dead in the woods after an attack. Everyone in the family knows the secret surrounding the First Audrina's death except Audrina herself. But as she begins to question her past and disturbing dreams haunt her nights; the grim truth is slowly revealed.

Moana (PG)
A mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago across a series of islands in the South Pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together they traverse the open ocean, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Sing (G)
A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.

The Wiggles: Wiggle Around Australia (G)
Jump in the Big Red Car and wiggle your way around Australia with The Wiggles! This brand new show will see “Fab Four” Emma, Simon, Anthony and Lachy performing on stage with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!

72 Dangerous places to live (PG)
From its tempestuous, turbulent atmosphere to its consistently moving and shifting tectonic plates, the Earth can be a very dangerous place to live. Devastation can take on many guises; hurricanes lashing southern United States, blistering fires sweeping Australia’s bushland, earthquakes crumbling cities in one bold seismic move, sink holes swallowing homes into darkness and walls of water hurtling toward island continents with such speed and ferocity leaving no chance of escape. From first-hand accounts from the people that live there, 72 Dangerous Places to Live is a fascinating discovery of the world’s riskiest places to live.

Bangers / Ministry of Sound
So Fresh: Hits of Autumn 2017

 

Featured Non-Fiction


After: A blazingly beautiful memoir of a mother's choice and a daughter's grief / Nikki Gemmell.
Australia's bravest and most honest writer explores the devastating aftermath of her elderly mother's decision to end her own life. Nikki Gemmell's world changed forever in October 2015 when the body of her elderly mother was found and it became clear she had decided to end her own life. After the immediate shock and devastation came the guilt and the horror, for Nikki, her family, relatives and friends. No note was left, so the questions that Elayn's death raised were endless. Was the decision an act of independence or the very opposite? Was it a desperate act driven by hopelessness and anger, or was her euthanasia a reasoned act of empowerment? After is the story of Elayn Gemmell - and the often difficult, prickly relationship between mothers and daughters, and how that changes over time.

Scrapbooking your favourite family memories / edited by editors of Memory Makers Books.
Includes: Michele Gerbrandt's scrapbook basics, creative photo cropping for scrapbooks, baby scrapbooks & school days scrapbooks.

The CSIRO low-carb diet / by associate professor Grant Brinkworth and Pennie Taylor.
Based on emerging research from around the world, as well as original CSIRO research recently conducted in Australia, the low-carb diet has proved successful in managing lifestyle-induced metabolic diseases, including unhealthy weight gain and type 2 diabetes. The diet lowers the proportion of carbohydrate relative to protein and unsaturated 'healthy' fat, and encourages participants to follow a regular exercise routine. This easy-to-follow, comprehensive lifestyle plan integrates these principles and can help you not only to reach your weight-loss goals, but also to maximise its benefits for improved metabolic health, blood glucose control and diabetes management.

New Audio Books

Here are some of our staff favourites from the new audio books this month. View the full list of new Audio Books here or see what is new in our downloadable audio book collection here.


Aussie midwives / Fiona McArthur ; read by Caroline Lee.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Biographical
Midwives play a vital role in supporting women through some of the most challenging and rewarding moments of their lives. These remarkable professionals watch over births across Australia from the remote outback to busy urban hospitals. Meet Annie, working on the tiny island of Saibai where mothers arrive by dinghy; Kate, a clinical midwifery consultant, who sees women with high-risk pregnancies; Priscilla and Jillian who fly thousands of miles to get mothers and babies to hospital safely with the Royal Flying Doctor Service; and Louise, who gives impromptu consultations in the aisles of the local supermarket. Funny one minute and heartbreaking the next, Aussie Midwives explores the joys, emotion and drama of childbirth and the lasting effect it has on the people who work in this extraordinary profession.

Birdcage walk / Helen Dunmore ; read by Emma Fenney.
Genre: Historical Fiction
It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the 200-foot drop of the Gorge come under threat. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him: law and custom confirm it, and she must live as he wants. In a tense drama of public and private violence, resistance and terror, Diner's passion for Lizzie darkens until she finds herself dangerously alone.

The watcher / Ross Armstrong ; narrated by Catherine Steadman.
Genre: Suspense Fiction
Lily Gullick lives with her husband Aiden in a new-build apartment opposite an estate marked for demolition. As the area in east London becomes increasingly gentrified, keen birdwatcher Lily is intrigued by the social divide on her doorstep. Soon she is observing the neighbours through her binoculars and regaling Aiden with her take on their daily lives. But when Lily sees something suspicious in a neighbouring tower block, she keeps the information to herself. The following day, the police have cordoned off the entrance to the building after an elderly woman is found dead in her flat. Lily is convinced that what she saw is linked to the death and realises that she has to act. But nobody is listening to her. However her interference is not going completely unnoticed and Lily believes that her own life is under threat. But can she really trust everything that she sees?