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The Cloisters by Katy Hays

The Cloisters

Ann has arrived into New York with ambitions to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the summer. But instead gets assigned to The Cloisters, a gothic museum and garden renowned for its focus on medieval and Renaissance art. Soon, she realises that the interest in fortune telling and Tarot runs deeper than an academic obsession for some of the staff. After an unexpected death, everyone who works at the Cloisters is under suspicion.

Deeply researched, lushly and thrillingly told, The Cloisters explores the blurred line between what is real and imagined, the magical melding of the modern and the arcane - and the power we have to defy what is written in the stars in order to shape our own destinies.

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Spotlight: Staff's Top Picks of 2022

Exiles by Jane Harper


"Jane Harper recaptures the spirit of her debut novel The Dry in the last in the Aaron Falk trilogy. The feeling of modern small town Australia permeates throughout and creates a realistic background to the central mystery of the book. An engaging read from a great Australian author." - Lexi, Woollahra Libraries

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons In Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry is set in the late 50’s, early 60’s where women are seen as difficult, if they show initiative. Elizabeth is one of those women, and lands herself into difficult times when she tragically loses her partner, and is left pregnant and unwed. This was a page-turner that was engaging and humorous.” - Alice, Woollahra Libraries

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Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility

"This is a book about time travel that isn’t really about time travel. It features multiple characters, separated by hundreds years yet they are connected by a shared moment - an anomalous event that has broken through time. The author intertwines the genres of science fiction and magical realism beautifully. The story made me feel as though nothing was real whilst at the same time each character’s movements felt weighted with meaning." - Sarah-Jane, Woollahra Libraries

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Hands Down by Felix Francis

Hands Down

"Felix Francis' Hands Down brings back a character created by his father Dick Francis, Sid Halley, a character only twice before used as Dick Francis preferred to write stand-alone books. As in all the books by Dick and Felix Francis, jump racing is in danger of corruption and the protagonist unmasks and wins against the bad guys at great danger to his own personal safety. Integrity, honesty persistence are the underlying themes." - Miriam, Woollahra Libraries

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Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au

Cold Enough For Snow

"This slight but significant novel by a new Australian author is about a young woman who goes on a holiday to Japan with her mother.  She has high hopes for the time with her mother, wanting to share with her what she loves about Japan, but personal realisations about the differences between the two women confound the daughters expectations in a way that is moving and tender. This novel has a gorgeous sense of place (both summers in Australia and autumn in Japan) and sensitive reflection on the nature of mother-daughter relationships." - Jenn, Woollahra Libraries

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