What Staff Are Reading
Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library are reading? Read the list below to find out!
Glenys’ pick is ‘Painter of Silence’ by Georgina Harding (Adult Fiction, HAR)
Post-war Romania is a fractured society where a deaf-mute man seeks to rebuild his rural life after the horrors of war. This gentle story explores the difficulties Augustin experiences, with only a few explicitly horribly moments, but focuses more on the strength of human nature and the role of communication in society.
Marina’s pick is ‘Historic Sheep Stations of New Zealand’ by Colin Wheeler (Adult Non Fiction/New Zealand & Pacific, 636.3 WHE)
An intriguing account of a few selected Sheep Stations, visited by Colin Wheeler and his wife Phyllis between 1967 and 1972. The historic and operational aspects of these Stations are enhanced by beautiful paintings and drawings by Colin.
Kerrie’s pick is ‘The Hundredth Queen’ by Emily R. King (Young Adult Fiction, KIN)
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik. Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death and her growing affection for Deven Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
A fantastic start to a thrilling series
Jean’s pick is ‘Dreams of the Good Life’ by Richard Mabey (Adult Non Fiction/Literature, 823.912 MAB
In this highly original book, bestselling biographer and nature writer Richard Mabey sympathetically retraces Flora Thompson’s life and her transformation from a post-office clerk who left school at fourteen to a sophisticated professional writer. Revealing how a formidable imagination can arise from the humblest of beginnings.
This is a tremendous book given the scanty details that Flora Thompson left about her life.
Zuni’s pick is ‘Gloucester Crescent’ by William Miller (Adult Non Fiction/Autobiographies & Biographies, 942.142 MIL
Written through the eyes of a growing child, this is the story of a very particular family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Is a fascinating insight into the odd lives of a television personality family in Britain’s 1960s and 70s, complete with shocking schooling at both ends of the class spectrum.
Maclean’s pick is ‘The Pharmacist’s Wife’ by Vanessa Tait (Adult Fiction Rental, TAI)
When Rebecca Palmer's new husband opens a pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, she expects to live the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. But her ideal is turned to ashes when she discovers her husband is not what he seems. As Rebecca struggles to maintain her dignity in the face of his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with a magical new chemical creation, a wonder-drug he calls heroin. Rebecca's journey into addiction takes her further into her past, and her first, lost love, while Alexander looks on, curiously observing his wife's descent. Meanwhile, Alexander's desire to profit from his invention leads him down a dangerous path that blurs science, passion, and death.
A brilliant piece of Victoriana
Lynley’s pick is ‘The little book of Hygge: The Danish way to live well’ by Meik Wiking (Adult Non Fiction/Lifestyle, 158.1 WIK)
Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) in Danish means comfy/well-being/candlelit/togetherness all rolled into one concept! This delightful book explores ways to create more hygge in your home, work, holidays…life!
Beautifully produced and well-written, the author is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute of Denmark. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read!