Winter Warmers: New novels @ Your Library

With temperatures low and semester now under way, why not take some time out, curl up in the warm, and enjoy some of these novels that are sure to warm you up this winter. Click on the book title to read more information about the book, and click on Check Availability if you want to borrow the book from the Library Catalogue. Enjoy!

  • The overlook by Michael Connelly – In the early hours of the morning, Harry Bosch is called to a crime scene. A physicist has been murdered in LA, and it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Mulholland overlook, a site with stunning views over the city. But this is no random killing. Before he died, the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemical to his killer – and Harry knows he has more than just a single death to worry about. Check Availability
  • The aviary gate by Katie Hickman – Elizabeth Stavely sits in the Bodlean library with trembling hands. Before her is a fragment of parchment which has about it a dusty fragrance of roses, of sadness and great age. Here is the clue she has been looking for, to a story that has been untold for four hundred years. It is as though a voice is whispering softly to her across the centuries. Check Availability
  • What was lost by Catherine O’Flynn – Kate Meaney – with her ‘Top Secret’ notebook and Mickey her toy monkey – is busy being a junior detective. She observes goings-on and follows ‘suspects’ at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping centre and in her street, where she is friends with the newsagent’s son, Adrian. But when this curious, independent-spirited young girl disappears, Adrian falls under suspicion. Check Availability
  • The sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt – After their father`s funeral, Erik and Inga Davidsen find a cryptic letter from a woman among his papers, dating from his adolescence in rural Minnesota during the Depression. Returning to his psychiatric practice in New York, Erik sets about reading his father`s memoir, hoping to discover the man he never fully knew. Check Availability
  • The senator’s wife by Sue Miller – Love came late to Meri, but in a rush: she met Nathan at thirty-six, he moved in a month later, and they married a month after that. Now they are exchanging their comfortable mid-western existence for life in a college town in New England, a house of their own, a more responsible teaching job for Nathan – a new life that Meri is not sure she even wants. Check Availability
  • A pale horse by Charles Todd (An Inspector Ian Rutledge novel) – In the ruins of Yorkshire’s Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask. Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War. Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge? Check Availability
  • The cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway – Exquisite and profoundly moving, the book gives life to the courage of a broken city. It is a story about survival, about the temptation to hate and the refusal to do so, about the persistence of the human spirit in a time of fear and suffering. Check Availability
  • The shadow in the river by Frode Grytten (translated by Robert Ferguson) – One June night, in a small town gripped by a sweltering heat wave, a young man is forced off the road and into the river. Robert Bell, a disillusioned local journalist with a dry sense of humour and an escalating drink problem, leaves behind the banality of his quiet office to investigate the mysterious death. Check Availability
  • The shadow catcher by Marianne Wiggins – The Shadow Catcher, fueled by the great American passions for love and land and family, chases the silhouettes of our collective history into the bright light of the present. Check Availability
  • The Con by Jesse Pentecost – Derek Gunderson is in the final year of a degree at a conservatorioum of music. He is a fine pianist, seemingly on course for a successful musical career. But when an important performance unfolds disastrously, Derek’s secure life begins to unravel. Check Availability
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – The year is 1962. Florence, the daughter of a successful businessman and an aloof Oxford academic, is a talented violinist. She dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, the earnest young history student she met by chance and who unexpectedly wooed her and won her heart. Check Availability
  • The dreaming void by Peter F. HamiltonThe year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself. At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. Check Availability
  • The lost boys by Sam de Brito – Ned is 15. He and his friends while away their days smoking dope, trying to get chicks and surfing at Maroubra. Ned’s life is only just beginning – tomorrow, some time. Ned is 35. He and his mates drift through the days snorting cocaine, trying to get chicks, clinging to the pub and surfing at Bondi. For Ned, this is it – tomorrow never came. What happens when life passes you by? When the drugs no longer work and the promise of the future has become the wreckage of the past? What happens when a generation of men lose their way? Check Availability
  • No time for goodbye by Linwood Barclay – On the morning she will never forget, suburban teenager Cynthia Archer awakes with a nasty hangover and a feeling she is going to have an even nastier confrontation with her mom and dad. But when she leaves her bedroom, she discovers the house is empty, with no sign of her parents or younger brother Todd. In the blink of an eye, without any explanation, her family has simply disappeared. Check Availability
  • Tree of smoke by Denis Johnson – This is the story of Skip Sands, a CIA spy engaged in psychological operations against the Viet Cong, and the disasters that befall him. It is also the story of two brothers heading towards self-destruction, and a story about double agents, missionaries, killers for hire and lost souls desperate for sex, death or God – and thus an end to their loneliness. Check Availability
  • All we ever wanted was everything by Janelle Brown – When Paul Miller’s pharmaceutical company goes public, making his family IPO millionaires, his wife, Janice, is sure this is the windfall she’s been waiting years for — until she learns, via messengered letter, that her husband is divorcing her (for her tennis partner!) and cutting her out of the new fortune. Check Availability

3 thoughts

  1. i have just read The sorrows of an American. its great. i couldn’t put it down and ended up skipping a lecture to finish it. i recommend it. thanks

  2. Hello. Does your library purchase award winning novels such as those that win the Mann Booker, Orange, Commonwealth Writers, and Pulitzer?

    What is the best way for me to discover what novels the library has in it’s collection?

    Regards

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