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Staff Favourite Reads for 2018

Looking for some good reads this summer?

As the end of 2018 draws near, Kingston Libraries' staff have gathered up reviews of some of their favourite reads of the year. Take a look! Covering a variety of tastes and interests, your bound to find something to add to your reading list.

'Bottled'
by Chris Gooch

"Jane is struggling with her life, still stuck living with her parents whilst her high school best friend, Natalie, has become a successful international model. When Natalie comes back to town, the two friends reconnect, but after some shocking revelations, Jane begins plotting a dark plan that will turn the friends into bitter enemies. This is Chris Gooch's graphic novel debut and it's an astounding thriller that shows enormous maturity and great control of storytelling and suspense. Chris is a local graphic novels creator from Melbourne and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next."

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'Dear Fahrenheit 451: A librarian's love letters and break-up notes to her books'
by Annie Spence

"Have you ever wondered what a librarian really thinks about some of the books in a library collection? Of course I am biased, but this one really made me laugh."

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'Fear: Trump in the White House'
by Bob Woodward

"A fascinating, and just a bit frightening, look into the chaotic Trump White House administration by world renowned Washington Post journalist, Bob Woodward (the journalist who broke the Nixon Watergate story). A must read for those who want a no-nonsense authoritative account of President Trump's rise to power and the constant battle for the administration to keep it all together."

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'Mine'
by Susi Fox

"In her debut novel, Susi Fox, who is a GP by day, has created a disturbing story involving a baby swap just after birth. But who is going to believe a mother suffering from postnatal depression? What are the consequences…."

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'Monash's Masterpiece'
by Peter FitzSimons

"The Battle of Le Hamel on the 4th July 1918 was an Allied triumph, described as the first modern battle where tanks, artillery and aircraft operated in coordination preceding the attack by the infantry. The whole planned meticulously by Monash and designed to take exactly 90 minutes, it took 93 minutes in fact. General Monash faced constant undermining by Charles Bean, the official Australian war correspondent, and Keith Murdoch, both of whom were still lobbying the Australian Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, to remove Monash in favour of General Birdwood up until the morning of the battle. It's a fascinating account of this famous battle in FitzSimons' inimitable and very readable style."

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'Mornings in Jenin'
by Susan Abulhawa

"This historical saga is set in Palestine and the United States and offers an insight into the lives of the Abulheja family, Yebya and Basima and their two sons, during the invasion of Palestine or the founding of the State of Israel. It's a cross faith story, of friendship, of love, of the six day war, of life in the refugee camp in Jenin. It's a compassionate view of the realities of life in the Middle East. The audio book is beautifully read and highly recommended."

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'Park Bench'
by Christophe Chabouté

"This is the story of a park bench. People meet on the bench, they fall in love, they sit down to eat or rest, they come and go, and return. Through the park bench and its visitors, Chabouté presents a dance of people and life that is heart warming and touching. Chabouté is an extraordinary creator, weaving a unique and beautiful graphic novel that could only come out of France, and yet it's completely universal. Also worth reading from Chabouté: Alone (only on Cloud Library) and Moby Dick."

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'Terra Nullius'
by Claire G. Coleman

"Jacky escapes from the mission, running away to find the hometown he was taken from as a child. There is unrest in the colony and the settlers are keen to capture Jacky before the Natives get any ideas. This is the first novel by writer Indigenous Claire Coleman. It treads familiar territory, you will feel like you know where the story goes, but Claire has a few surprises in store. A powerful, visceral and important story that establishes Claire G. Coleman as a writer to look out for."

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'The Barefoot Investor'
by Scott Pape

"Such an informative book on personal finance, I could not put it down and have shared with so many people. A great book to help us with something that we all have to deal with…money!"

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'The Clockmaker's Daughter'
by Kate Morton

"Kate Morton's Sixth novel follows Elodie Winslow, a young archivist working in contemporary London, as she seeks to uncover the mystery that surrounds the items she found in an old satchel: a photo of a woman in Victorian clothing and an artist's drawing of a twin gabled house, Birchwood Manor. The house seems strangely familiar to Elodie. The story begins, however, in the summer of 1862 when a group of artists gather at the house when a woman dies, and an heirloom disappears."

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'The Lost Man'
by Jane Harper

"If you have read The Dry by this author, you won't be disappointed in her next gripping crime mystery. A man walks into the desert in outback Queensland without supplies and a day later is found dead. Yet his car has all the usual necessities required for travel in this harsh climate. His two brothers attempt to discover what went wrong, unearthing, as well, some long buried family secrets."

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'The Tattooist of Auschwitz'
by Heather Morris

"Based on the incredible true story of Lale Sokolov who was transported from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942 where he was put to work as the camp tattooist. Among those he tattoos is a young woman called Gita. Their story is told by Heather Morris from interviews with Lale in his later years in Melbourne where he settled after the war. Lale has a determination to survive and retain his dignity, but risks death by using the relative privileges of his position to help other prisoners. Full of courage and hope despite the horrifying conditions, it is also remarkably a love story.

"Although the territory is familiar, the viewpoint is original and a reminder of all the stories we will never hear from those who didn't survive. I listened to this story as an eAudiobook on BorrowBox read by Richard Armitage who captured the tone of the story perfectly."

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'The Trauma Cleaner'
by Sarah Krasnostein

"A shocking and revealing Melbourne story that has touched my heart. Sandra goes through life with so much grace and dignity which you wouldn't necessarily expect from someone with so many hiccups in their time. It's written without holding back and very relatable as it's right here in our city."

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'Wimmera'
by Mark Brandi

"Once again a debut novel, this time set in a Victorian town near the Murray-Darling basin. The author captures the brittle heat and closed community which has never resolved a cold case murder which hangs in the psyche of the locals."

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'Winx: The Authorised Biography'
by Andrew Rule

"Winx: The Authorised Biography is a comprehensive and entertaining story of the champion Australian racehorse, Winx, and the key people involved with her breeding, training, and racing. It includes some great colour photos of her and her connections, as well as a list of all her career starts to date."

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