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01 Nov 2018

A Necessary Murder

M. J. Tjia

Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered in the outhouse at her family's estate. A few days later, a man is cut down in a similar manner on the doorstep of courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey's prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise's maid, Amah Li Leen, must confront events from her past that appear to have erupted into the present day. 

A Quiet Place (DVD)

Rated M 15+ - Horror Themes, Horror Violence

A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Parents do whatever it takes to keep their children and soon to be newborn safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center a women's reproductive health services clinic its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

A Station on the Road to Somewhere Better

Benjamin Wood

For twenty years, Daniel Hardesty has borne the emotional scars of a childhood trauma which he is powerless to undo, which leaves him no peace. One August morning in 1995, the young Daniel and his estranged father Francis - a character of 'two weathers', of irresistible charm and roiling self-pity - set out on a road trip to the North that seems to represent a chance to salvage their relationship. But with every passing mile, the layers of Fran's mendacity and desperation are exposed, pushing him to acts of violence that will define the rest of his son's life.

All My Mother's Secrets

Beezy Marsh

Annie is the eldest daughter of a laundress in Acton, London, raised to keep the rich families of Kensington spick and span. As she grows up in poverty in the 1920s and 1930s, her life centres on the family business, working long hours of hard physical labour. When she's not in the laundry she's looking after her younger brother and two step-sisters. But she's haunted by thoughts of her real father and what happened to him. Annie's search for the truth angers and frightens her mother, who throws her out of the house. 

An Easy Death

Charlaine Harris

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie.

Another Good Dog

Cara Sue Achterberg

A warm and entertaining memoir about what happens when you foster fifty dogs in less than two years--and how the dogs save you as much as you save them. When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs--lots of them--and so her foster journey began.

Avengers: Infinity War (DVD)

Rated M 15+ - Fantasy Themes and Violence

The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Blockers (DVD)

Rated MA 15+ - Coarse Language And Nudity, Strong Crude Sexual Humour

When three parents discover their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.

Burning Fields

Alli Sinclair

1948. The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II.. As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre-war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women's Army Service.  When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.

Cecil Healy: A Biography

John Devitt & Larry Writer

When John Devitt won Olympic 100-metre freestyle gold in 1960, his inspiration was Healy. He always wanted to write his hero's biography. Now, on the centenary of Healy's death, Devitt has joined with Larry Writer to produce an extraordinary tale of a man who was born to swim, earned sporting immortality but then sacrificed all.

City of Lies

Sam Hawke

Jovan wears two faces. Outwardly, he is the lifelong friend of the Chancellor's charming, irresponsible heir. He's quiet. Forgettable even. But in truth he is a master of poisons and chemicals, trained to protect the Chancellor's family. Then there is his sister, Kalina. She hides her frustrations behind a mask of serenity. While other women of the city holds positions of power and responsibility, her path is full of secrets and lies - some hidden even from her own brother. It's when the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army lays siege to the city that the siblings' world begins to truly unravel. 

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. 

Dinner with the Dissidents

John Tesarsch

It is 1970, and the Kremlin is struggling to quell dissent. Though censored at home, Alexander Solzhenitsyn is lauded in the West for exposing the underbelly of communism. Now the Nobel laureate is rumoured to be writing his most devastating work yet. The KGB turns to Leonid Krasnov, an aspiring young writer. It promises to make him Moscow's next literary star if he can infiltrate Solzhenitsyn's inner circle and uncover what the great author is hiding. At first Leonid complies, but when he falls in love with Klara, a dissident musician, his allegiances waver.

Embrace Yourself

Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt - Director of award winning documentary Embrace - has inspired over a million people across the world to embrace their bodies. Her message is urgent, critical, and incredibly inspiring. Learn to accept your body for all the wonderful gifts it brings you and reject the destructive fake images we are bombarded with every day.

Europe : A Natural History

Tim Flannery

It is hard to overstate just how unusual Europe was towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs. It was a dynamic island arc whose individual landmasses were made up of diverse geological types, including ancient continental fragments, raised segments of oceanic crust, and land newly minted by volcanic activity. Yet even at this early stage Europe was exerting a disproportionate influence on the world. 

Field of Bones

J. A. Jance

This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father's long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

From Here to Eternity

Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty sets out in search of cultures unburdened by fears of dead bodies. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in the West and explores new spaces for mourning; including a futuristic glowing Buddha columbarium in Japan, a candlelit Mexican cemetery, and America's only open-air pyre. In doing so she expands the readers' sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity and reveals unexpected possibilities for our own death rituals.

Ghost Virus

Graham Masterton

A young woman pours acid over her own body. A loving husband kills his wife. A headteacher throws her pupils out of a window. DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police are at a loss. Why are such violent crimes being committed by the most unlikely of people?

Goodbye Cruller World

Ginger Bolton

Normally, Emily's eyes tend to glaze over when prospective brides go on about their wedding plans. But when the owner of the clothing shop, Dressed to Kill, asks Emily to design a donut wall for her reception, she's immediately sweet on the idea. When the groom dies, there's no way to sugarcoat it: she's got a murder on her hands. Despite a list of suspects as long as the guest list, Emily vows to find out who created the killer confection to save her shop's reputation and keep the bride out of handcuffs. 

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