Author Visit @ Nowra Library- Nicole Alexander

Best selling Australian author Nicole Alexander will be appearing at Shoalhaven Libraries Nowra on Monday, September 23rd, at 11am, to speak about her latest novel, Sunset Ridge.

Nicole is the bestselling author of three #1 Australian Fiction novels; The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land & Absolution Creek. The Bark Cutters remains the highest selling debut novel in the rural literature genre and was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2011. In 2012 Absolution Creek was selected for the ‘50 Books You Can’t Put Down’ Get Reading campaign. alexander,%20nicole

Nicole’s work, which incliudes novels, poetry, travel writing, creative writing and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, America, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany & Canada. Her novels have been praised for their authenticity and rich historical detail, much of which is drawn from primary source material in the form of family archives dating back 140 years. Nicole grew up in rural NSW and combines writing with working on her family’s property, where she can be found in the stockyards, mustering sheep or cattle, inspecting crops, or working in the station office (from

Dean Swift Books will be selling Nicole’s copies of Nicole’s books on the day.

To book your place at this exciting author event, contact Kelly or Jessica on 4429 3710. We look forward to seeing you there!


3rd Wednesday Book Club- August 2013- Furreads

130-22-lLast month’s 3rd Wednesday Book Club followed the Read Watch Play theme of Furreads, which meant we spent lots of time reading and discussing Animal Tales (or Tails?). This reading theme was one of the most successful ones we’ve had this year and was greeted with great enthusiasm by our loyal book clubbers. In short, it was a “roaring” success.

August Reads 

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres
Leviathan by Philip Hoare
The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Every Burnford
The Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell
Trim by Matthew Flinders
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
How Animals Grieve By Barbara J King
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand
Dogs from Riga by Henning Mankell
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Rifling Paradise by Jem Poster
My Place by Sally Morgan
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
The Botticelli Secrets Marina Fiorato
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Wilder Family by Kobie Kruger
The Light Between Oceans by  ML Stedman
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Swords and Crowns and Rings by Ruth Park
A Matter of Hope by Collette Livermore
Why Birds Sing by David Rotenburg
The Secret Life of Wombats by James Woodford
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend of the World’s Most Famous Dog by Susan Orlean
The Haunted Book by Jeremy Dyson with Aiden Fox
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
The Koran
Betrayal of Trust by JA Jance
The Lost Library by AM Dean
The Roswell Conspiracy by Boyd Morrison
Gershwin by Ruth Leon
The Ape House by Sara Gruen
Beauty in the Beasts: True Stories of Animals Who Choose to Do Good by Kristin Von Kreister
In the Presence of Horses by Barabara Dimmick
Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich
The Griffith Review no.40 – Women in Power

Most Talked About Reads 


Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres

‘In early 1998 I went to Perth in Western Australia in order to attend the literature festival, and part of the arrangement was that I should go to Karratha to do their first ever literary dinner. Karratha is a mining town a long way further north. The landscape is extraordinary, being composed of vast heaps of dark red earth and rock poking out of the never-ending bush. I imagine that Mars must have a similar feel to it.

I went exploring and discovered the bronze statue to Red Dog outside the town of Dampier. I felt straight away that I had to find out more about this splendid dog. A few months later I returned to Western Australia and spent two glorious weeks driving around collecting Red Dog stories and visiting the places that he knew, writing up the text as I went along. I hope my cat never finds out that I have written a story to celebrate the life of a dog.’ – Louis de Bernieres (from

Reserve a copy of Red Dog at Shoalhaven Libraries now.

Trim by Matthew Flinders

‘Trim was a much-loved cat who accompanied Matthew Flinders on several of his voyages. Trim was to sail on four ships with Flinders, travelling from the Cape of Good Hope to Botany Bay, to England and back to Sydney Town. Flinders wrote Trim’s story whilst being held by the French in Mauritius.’ (from

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 

‘Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?’ (from

Reserve a copy of Burial Rites at Shoalhaven Libraries now.

Man Booker Shortlist 2013


The 2013 Man Booker Shortlist has been announced. 

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
The Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Penguin)

 The shortlisted novels are very diverse, with the authors hailing from New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe, and ranging from the 832 pages of The Luminaries to the 104 pages of The Testament of Mary. Settings include biblical Middle East (Tóibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), 19th century New Zealand (Catton), 1960’s India (Lahiri), 18th century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ozeki). The oldest author on the list is Jim Crace, aged 67, and the youngest is Eleanor Catton, who is 28. Catton is also the youngest ever Man Booker shortlistee!  (
Visit Shoalhaven Libraries online to reserve copies of the shortlisted novels now.

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ is coming to life!

If (like me) you’re a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander‘ books, you need to sit down. Now. Because I have news for you. Christmas has come early this year, folks: the new 16 part TV series ‘Outlander’ is due to start filming in Scotland this month. Even more exciting? The production team are dedicated to staying true to the books – to realising them, rather than reinventing them. And the best part? Well, obviously that would be Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who will be playing Jamie Fraser.

Sam Heughan will play Jamie Fraser.

Sam Heughan will play Jamie Fraser.


Tobias Menzies will play Black Jack Randall/ Frank

Tobias Menzies (of HBO’s Game of Thrones) will be playing the dual roles of Black Jack Randall and Claire’s husband Frank.

The only question remaining now is who will play Claire…