What Staff Are Reading
Ever wondered what your staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!
Rhoda Newton’s pick ‘Hunting Hitler’s Nukes’ by Damien Lewis (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 355.021 LEW)
In the Spring of 1940, as Britain reeled from defeats on all fronts and America seemed frozen in isolation, one fear united the British and American leaders like no other: the Nazis had stolen a march on the Allies towards building the atomic bomb. So began the hunt for Hitler's nuclear weapons - nothing else came close in terms of priorities. It was to be the most secret war of those wars fought amongst the shadows. The highest stakes. The greatest odds.
A thrilling story!
Kerrie Gamble’s pick is ‘Strange the Dreamer; by Laini Taylor (Young Adult Fiction, LAI)
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
From start to finish, this was an entertaining and captivating story.
Zuni Steer’s pick is ‘Road to Little Dribbling’ by Bill Bryson (Adult Non Fiction/Countries and Travel, 914.104 BRY)
Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed and what hasn't. Following a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits.
This is a wonderful, entertaining insight into life in quirky Britain. Affectionate and poignant, this is the type of book that you can read a chapter at a time without rushing to get to the end.
Maclean Barker’s pick is ‘Letters to the Lost’ by Iona Grey (Adult Fiction, GRE)
1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…
Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five. He promised to love her forever.
Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan's words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?
A great read: evocative, poignant, surprising and engrossing!
Jean Rivett’s pick is ‘1963: A slice of bread and jam’ by Tommy Rhattigan (Adult Non Fiction/Autobiographies and Biographies, 942.733 RHA)
Tommy lives at the heart of a large Irish family in derelict Hulme, ruled by an abusive and alcoholic father and a drunk, negligent mother. Alongside his siblings he begs – or steals – a few pennies to bring home to his parents to avoid a beating, while looking for something to eat and a little adventure along the way.
During this single year – before his family implodes and his world changes forever – young Tommy almost falls foul of the school welfare officers, the nuns, the police – and Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.
This is, in no way a “misery memoir”. The author tells his story with humour and warmth and a lightness of touch that made this book a stand-out for me. Read it!