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Woollahra Libraries staff have created reading lists of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eFilms and hard copies, by genre or occasion, available to borrow from our eCollection or off the shelf.

Small Business Month eResources

Small Business for Dummies by Eric Tyson MBA and Jim Schnell (eBook)

Small Business for Dummies

Small Business for Dummies has been a leading resource for starting and running a small business. Calling upon decades of combined experience running small businesses, Eric Tyson and Jim Schell provide readers with their time-tested advice and the latest information on starting and growing a small business.  This new edition covers all aspects of small business from the initial business plan to the everyday realities of financing, marketing, employing technology and management and what it takes to achieve and maintain success in an ever-changing entrepreneurial landscape.

Available on Bolinda

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek (eBook)

Start With Why

Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters why you do it. "Start with Why" analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why. Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question - Why? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it.

Available on OverDrive

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters (eBook)

Zero to One

The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. What valuable company is nobody building? The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. Every new creation goes from 0 to 1. This book is about how to get there. Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how. This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.

Available on Bolinda

Cult Status: How to Build a Business People Adore by Tim Duggan (eAudiobook)

Cult Status

Enough has been written about huge cult brands founded last century - Nike, Apple, Red Bull. What will the cult companies of tomorrow look like? Who is amassing the kind of passionate community that makes a brand a massive, long-term, cult success? Tim Duggan, Co-Founder of one of Australia's most innovative and awarded new media companies, has studied hundreds of entrepreneurs over the last decade to uncover what successful next generation businesses all have in common. Cult Status unveils the trends and principles driving modern business today.

Available on OverDrive

Small Business Management: A Road Map for Survival During Crisis by Andreas Karaoulanis (eBook)

Small Business Management

Small Business Management contains useful and practical information for small business owners, entrepreneurs from all industries, business students, academics and strategists, business coaches and can be used as a road map during turbulent periods for small business in all industries. Several concepts like risk management, blue ocean strategy, and turnaround management have been discussed by the author in order to create a crystal clear understanding of why there is no such thing as dead end for small businesses even under the worst possible situations and how they can achieve their sustainable development and grow.

Available on Bolinda

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Riles (eAudiobook)

The Lean Startup

Most startups are built to fail. Those failures, according to entrepreneur Eric Ries, are preventable. Startups don't fail because of bad execution, or missed deadlines, or blown budgets. They fail because they are building something nobody wants. Whether they arise from someone's garage or are created within a mature Fortune 500 organization, new ventures, by definition, are designed to create new products or services under conditions of extreme uncertainly. The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs in companies of all sizes a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Available on OverDrive

How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World's Most Inspiring Entrepeneurs by Guy Raz with Nils Parker (eAudiobook)

How I Built This

Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world's top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 entrepreneurs from across the globe to uncover the amazing true stories behind their success. How I Built This offers a step by step guide as to every turn, success, set back and challenge that entrepreneurs face, and equips every would-be entrepreneur with the map and compass for navigating the unexpected path to success. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality.

Available on Bolinda

Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments by Stefan H. Thomke (eAudiobook)

Experimentation Works

Experimentation works guides you through best practices in business experimentation, illustrates how these practices work at leading companies, and answers some fundamental questions: What makes a good experiment? How do you test in online and brick-and-mortar businesses? How do you build an experimentation culture? Best practice means running many experiments. Indeed, some hugely successful companies, such as Amazon, Booking.com, and Microsoft, run tens of thousands of controlled experiments annually, engaging millions of users. Stefan H. Thomke shows us how these and many other organizations prove that experimentation provides significant competitive advantage.

Available on OverDrive

Virus-Proof Your Small Business: 50 Ways to Survive the COVID-19 Crisis by Douglas Kruger

Virus Proof

What can small businesses do to survive the Covid-19 crisis? Business coach and author Douglas Kruger provides actionable answers, with a list of 50 practical ways your business can survive and even thrive during this time of uncertainty. Right now, owners of small businesses need every smart-cut they can find. Virus-proof Your Small Business provides no fewer than 50, including how to manage and safeguard your cash flow; get your head around the size of the challenge and begin thinking in productive ways; cut costs without cutting employment; use different channels to deliver the same offering; ensure that those who supply you, and those you serve, stay open too.

Available on Bolinda

Inc. Magazine (eMagazine)

Inc

Inc. Magazine is the only major business magazine written for the journey from startup to a fully managed company. Every issue of Inc. delivers real solutions for today's innovative company creators.

Available on OverDrive

Building Resilience eResources

Untold Resilience by Future Women (eAudiobook)

Untold Resilience

Untold Resilience is a timely and uplifting book of true stories from 19 women whose resilience has seen them survive extraordinary global and personal tragedy.

It might feel like we are living in unprecedented times but ours is not the first generation to withstand upheaval as seismic as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. In every town and suburb in Australia, there are women from older generations who have encountered unimaginable difficulties before; women who have endured and survived. Their stories are proof of the incredible resilience of the female spirit.

Our history books have long been dominated by men’s triumphant tales but there are also lessons to be learned from the quiet, modest and largely untold experiences of women. Through these hope-filled stories from women who have gone before, we can find inspiration and comfort, and rebuild faith in our own futures.

Available on OverDrive

See Me (eFilm)

See Me

See Me is an original musical film about the power of hope and connection during a global pandemic. Filmed as a cinematic musical experience, See Me weaves musical contributions by orchestras and choirs in Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, China, Italy, South Africa and the United States (with an inspiring appearance by Yo-Yo Ma!) into a singular zeitgeist-capturing moment.

Conceptualized by Marin Alsop (who also directed the music) and Nico Daswani, the film was produced and filmed in the fall of 2020 in the face of the extraordinary challenges of the COVID-19 era as a testament to the perseverance of artists and the universal need for self-expression. Created in collaboration with women conductors and young musicians from around the world, the film gestures toward the possibility of a new, more inclusive post-pandemic era in classical music and beyond.

Available on Medici TV

A Perfect Offering: Personal Stories of Trauma and Transformation by Suzanne Heft & Peter O'Brien (eBook)

A Perfect Offering

A Perfect Offering illuminates the dark recesses of trauma—the sudden loss of a child, surviving sexual assault, the legacy of residential schools, enduring war and imprisonment, living with chronic illness—and shines with the imperfect grace and resilience of the human heart. Brought to you by a range of contributors, some of the 31 stories will shock and disorient while others will inspire and comfort. All are illustrative and compelling.

Available on OverDrive

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig (eBook)

The Comfort Book

Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn't give up.

The Comfort Book is a collection of little islands of hope. It gathers consolations and stories that give new ways of seeing ourselves and the world. Matt Haig's mix of philosophy, memoir and self-reflection builds on the wisdom of philosophers and survivors through the ages, from Marcus Aurelius to Nellie Bly, Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin.

This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend, the comfort of a hug or just to celebrate the messy miracle of being alive.

Available on Indyreads

Rising Strong by Brene Brown (eAudiobook)

Rising Strong

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. This is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong, our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.

Available on OverDrive

The Luminous Solution by Charlotte Wood (eBook)

The Luminous Solution

In this essential, illuminating book, award-winning writer Charlotte Wood shares the insights she has gained over a career paying close attention to her own mind, to the world around her and to the way she and others work.

Drawing on research and decades of observant conversation and immersive reading, Charlotte shares what artists can teach the rest of us about inspiration and hard work, how to pursue truth in art and life, and to find courage during the difficult times: facing down what we fear and keeping going when things seem hopeless.

Available on OverDrive

Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson (eAudiobook)

Everything is Fucked

We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been—we are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked—the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to privileges our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness and the maddening urge to find happiness that is ever elusive.

In Everything Is F*cked, Manson draws our attention away from ourselves to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers He openly defies our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom—and even of hope itself.

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humour, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.

Available on Bolinda

The Stress-Proof Brain by Melanie Greenberg (eBook)

The Stress-Proof Brain

Modern times are stressful—and it's killing us. Unfortunately, we can't avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. The Stress-Proof Brain offers powerful, comprehensive tools based in mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help you put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress—such as avoidance, tunnel vision, negative thinking, self-criticism, fixed mindset, and fear. Instead, you'll discover unique exercises that provide a recipe for resilience, empowering you to master your emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

Available on OverDrive

Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales (eAudiobook)

Any Ordinary Day

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event.

In this wise and layered book, Leigh talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness.

Warm, candid and empathetic, this book is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don’t know we have.

Available on OverDrive

The Resilience Project: Find Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness by Hugh van Cuylenburg

The Resilience Project

Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realisation - despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in Australia, too many children struggled with depression, social anxieties and mental illness.

How was it that young people he knew at home, who had food, shelter, friends and a loving family, struggled with their mental health, while these kids seemed so contented and resilient? He set about finding the answer and in time came to recognise the key traits and behaviours these children possessed were gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

In the ensuing years Hugh threw himself into studying and sharing this revelation with the world through The Resilience Project, where with humour, poignancy and clear-eyed insight, Hugh explains how we can all get the tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Available on Bolinda

Dementia Action Week eResources

Mind Your Brain: An Essential Australian Guide to Dementia by Kailas Roberts (eBook)

Mind Your Brain

Over 400,000 Australians are currently living with dementia, yet misunderstanding about the condition is widespread. Few people realise they can take action to lessen their chances of it developing. There are also effective interventions and treatments now available to address dementia-related symptoms. Dr Kailas Roberts works as a specialist in memory loss and dementia. In Mind Your Brain he brings a wealth of knowledge from his medical practice and presents it in plain and accessible language. He explains how dementia affects the brain and body, what to expect in the event of a diagnosis, and how to manage each step along the way. Including an important list of support resources, Mind Your Brain is an invaluable guide for people with dementia, their carers and loved ones, and for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy brain.

Available on Bolinda

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People who have Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias by Nancy L. Mace & Per V. Rabins (eBook)

36 Hour Day

For 40 years, The 36-Hour Day has been the leading work in the field for caregivers of those with dementia. Written by experts with decades of experience caring for individuals with memory loss, Alzheimer's, and other dementias, the book is widely known for its authoritativeness and compassionate approach to care. Featuring everything from the causes of dementia to managing its early stages to advice on caring for those in the later stages of the disease, it is widely considered to be the most detailed and trusted book available.

Available on OverDrive

Why Dementia Makes Communication Difficult: A Guide to Better Outcomes by Alison Wray (eBook)

Why Dementia Makes Communication Difficult

Dementia brings many challenges, not least its ability to disrupt effective communication. The quality of communication plays a major role in how well people living with a dementia manage. When communication doesn't work well, the complications of dementia are compounded.

As well as considering why communication goes wrong in day-to-day conversations, the chapters offer advice on dealing with awkward moments, the question of deception, and the things we can and can't control in dementia.

Including clear action points for carers, bystanders and people with a dementia diagnosis, this book shows how to approach communication to improve outcomes.

Available on OverDrive

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova (eBook)

Remember

In Remember, neuroscientist and acclaimed novelist Lisa Genova delves into how memories are made and how we retrieve them. You’ll learn whether forgotten memories are temporarily inaccessible or erased forever and why some memories are built to exist for only a few seconds (like a passcode) while others can last a lifetime (your wedding day). You’ll come to appreciate the clear distinction between normal forgetting (where you parked your car) and forgetting due to Alzheimer’s (that you own a car). And you’ll see how memory is profoundly impacted by meaning, emotion, sleep, stress, and context. Once you understand the language of memory and how it functions, it’s incredible strengths and maddening weaknesses, its natural vulnerabilities and potential superpowers, you can both vastly improve your ability to remember and feel less rattled when you inevitably forget. You can set educated expectations for your memory, and in doing so, create a better relationship with it. You don’t have to fear it anymore. And that can be life-changing.

Available on Bolinda

Creative Engagement: A Handbook of Activities for People with Dementia by Rachael Wonderlin & Geri M. Lotze (eBook)

Creative Engagement

In Creative Engagement, dementia activity expert Rachael Wonderlin and developmental psychology professor Geri M. Lotze provide dozens of creative, hands-on ways to engage with people living with cognitive loss. Teaching caregivers how to find dementia-friendly daily activities and introduce them into a person's life, this comprehensive, empathetic guide is aimed at both family members and professionals. Twelve chapters full of useful, tangible activities touch on a range of topics, including exercise, technology, cooking and baking, memory games, and arts and crafts.

Available on OverDrive

Toffee by Sarah Crossan (eBook)

Toffee

Allison has run away from home, and with nowhere to live, finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn't empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself - where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

Available on Bolinda

Dementia: A Very Short Introduction by Kathleen Taylor (eAudiobook)

Dementia

Recent advances in brain research have given scientists a better chance than ever of finding ways to help patients, carers, and clinicians dealing with dementia. Yet there is still no effective treatment. Why has progress been so slow? And what can we all do to reduce our chances of getting the disease? In this Very Short Introduction Kathleen Taylor offers a guide to the science of dementia and brain aging. Never forgetting the human costs of brain disorders-movingly illustrated throughout the book-she also discusses their costs to society. Clearly explaining the research, she sets out the main ideas which have driven dementia science, and the new contenders hoping to make a breakthrough. Taylor also looks at risk factors, and how to lower our chances of succumbing to dementia.

Available on Indyreads

Slow Puncture: Living Well with Dementia by Peter Berry & Deb Bunt (eBook)

Slow Puncture

This is an account of a year in the life of Peter Berry, an ordinary man living in a sleepy Suffolk village. Happily married and running a successful business, Peter's life changes when, at the age of fifty, he is given a terminal diagnosis of early onset dementia. Since that day, he has learned to live with his very own 'dementia monster'. From depression and suicide attempts through to his determination to confront his dementia, Peter has embarked on a series of challenges to show that 'life isn't over with dementia, it's just a little different'. Peter has now raised thousands of pounds for dementia charities, cycling hundreds of miles in his quest to show that life is always worth living. When Peter meets Deb, recently retired, they embark on regular cycle rides and, as their friendship grows, Deb is able to look at her own life through the lens of Peter's dementia. In Slow Puncture, Peter tells the world what it is really like to live with a terminal condition and Deb learns to enjoy each day more fully.

Available on OverDrive

Caregiving Both Ways: A Guide to Caring For a Loved One with Dementia (and Yourself!) by Molly Wisniewski (eBook)

Caregiving Both Ways

In Caregiving Both Ways, Molly Wisniewski offers essential advice for getting to know your loved one and yourself during this new phase of life. Learn to balance your priorities, avoid burning out, and honour self-care. Molly will teach you how to navigate the difficult moments with techniques she's mastered from years of experience working with people with dementia.

Available on OverDrive

Talking to the Moon by S. E. Durrant (eBook)

Talking to the Moon

Her house, always full of things, is becoming harder and harder to navigate, and when Iris goes to stay, she feels as if a whole life is becoming muddled up. As her grandmother's memory fades, a mystery is uncovered. Who is Coral, and what happened to her?

Available on Bolinda

The Power of Writing It Down:  A Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life by Allison Fallon (eBook)

The Power of Writing it Down

For anyone who's trying to make sense of their life, who wants to get unstuck from the patterns that hold them back, hear this incredible news: everything you need for the freedom you want is entirely within reach. This practice and pathway is free, it's readily available every day of your life, it takes just minutes of your time, and anyone can do it.

Author, writing coach, and speaker Allison Fallon's life transformed when she discovered the power of a daily writing practice. As it turns out, using your words is one of the most powerful means you have for unlocking your life. The Power of Writing It Down is your guide to this transformative tool available to us all.

Available on OverDrive

#RacismNotWelcome - Adult Fiction and Film eTitles

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (eAudiobook)

Transcendent Kingdom

As a child Gifty would ask her parents to tell the story of their journey from Ghana to Alabama, seeking escape in myths of heroism and romance. When her father and brother succumb to the hard reality of immigrant life in the American South, their family of four becomes two - and the life Gifty dreamed of slips away. Years later, desperate to understand the opioid addiction that destroyed her brother's life, she turns to science for answers. But when her mother comes to stay, Gifty soon learns that the roots of their tangled traumas reach farther than she ever thought. Tracing her family's story through continents and generations will take her deep into the dark heart of modern America. Transcendent Kingdom is a searing story of love, loss and redemption, and the myriad ways we try to rebuild our lives from the rubble of our collective pasts.

Available on OverDrive

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (eBook)

Interior Chinatown

Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life. He is merely a Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in Chinatown and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He dreams of being a Kung Fu Guy, the highest aspiration he can imagine for a Chinatown denizen. Or is it? After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he's ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family, and what that means for him, in today's America. Interior Chinatown is playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes.

Available on OverDrive

Born Into This by Adam Thompson (eBook)

Born Into This

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a young Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes of identity, racism and heritage destruction from a wholly original perspective. The stories in Born Into This throw light on a world of unique cultural practice and perspective, from Indigenous rangers trying to instil some pride in wayward urban teens on the harsh islands off the coast of Tasmania to those scraping by on the margins of white society railroaded into complex and compromised decisions. To this mix Adam Thompson manages to bring humour, pathos and occasionally a sly twist as his characters confront racism, untimely funerals, classroom politics and, overhanging all like a discomforting, burgeoning awareness for both white and black Australia, the inexorable damage and disappearance of the remnant natural world.

Available on Indyreads

China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (eBook)

China Room

Mehar, a young bride in rural 1929 Punjab, is trying to discover the identity of her new husband. She and her sisters-in-law, married to three brothers in a single ceremony, spend their days hard at work in the family's 'china room', sequestered from contact with the men. When Mehar develops a theory as to which of them is hers, a passion is ignited that will put more than one life at risk. Spiralling around Mehar's story is that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its 'china room' locked and barred. In enforced flight from the traumas of his adolescence, his experiences of addiction, racism and estrangement from the culture of his birth, he spends a summer in painful contemplation and recovery, before finally finding the strength to return 'home'.

Available on OverDrive

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (eAudiobook)

The Personal Librarian

Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

Available on Bolinda

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (eBook)

Salt Houses

On the eve of her daughter Alia's wedding, Salma reads the girl's future in a cup of coffee dregs. Although she keeps her predictions to herself that day, they soon come to pass in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Caught up in the resistance, Alia's brother disappears, while Alia and her husband move from Nablus to Kuwait City. Reluctantly they build a life, torn between needing to remember and learning to forget. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, Alia and her family yet again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it. Scattering to Beirut, Paris and Boston, Alia's children begin families of their own, once more navigating the burdens and blessings of beginning again.

Available on OverDrive

Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (eAudiobook)

Islands of Decolonial Love

In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially those of her own Nishnaabeg nation. Found on reserves, in cities and small towns, in bars and curling rinks, canoes and community centres, doctors offices and pickup trucks, Simpson's characters confront the often heartbreaking challenge of pairing the desire to live loving and observant lives with a constant struggle to simply survive the historical and ongoing injustices of racism and colonialism. Told with voices that are rarely recorded but need to be heard, and incorporating the language and history of her people, Leanne Simpson's Islands of Decolonial Love is a profound, important, and beautiful book of fiction.

Available on OverDrive

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (eBook)

Real Life

Almost everything about Wallace, an introverted African-American transplant from Alabama, is at odds with the lakeside Midwestern university town where he is working toward a biochemistry degree. For reasons of self-preservation, Wallace has enforced a wary distance even within his own circle of friends, some dating each other, some dating women, some feigning straightness. But a series of confrontations with colleagues, and an unexpected encounter with a young straight man, conspire to fracture his defences, while revealing hidden currents of resentment and desire that threaten the equilibrium of their community. Real Life is a tender and deeply felt novel about solitude and society, sexuality and race, the emotional cost of reckoning with desire, and overcoming pain.

Available on Bolinda

Dear White People (eFilm)

Dear White People

Dear White People is a social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.

Available on Beamafilm

I Am Slave (eFilm)

I Am Slave

In the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, 12 year old Malia is snatched from the arms of her father during a raid on their village. Beaten and sold into slavery, she spends the next six years of her life working for a Sudanese family. Then at 18, Malia is sent to work in London. The city swiftly becomes as much a prison as the home in which she is kept. Hidden in plain sight, Malia’s desperate situation goes unnoticed or uncared for by everyone she comes into contact with. Stripped of her passport and living in terror of what might happen to her family in the Sudan should she speak out, Malia is trapped in an unforgiving, alien environment.

Available on Beamafilm

#RacismNotWelcome - Adult Non-Fiction eTitles

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (eAudiobook)

How to be an Antiracist

In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem. Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and storyteller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality. In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.

Available on Indyreads

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (eAudiobook)

Between the World and Me

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding America’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? How can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world and clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts the present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

Available on OverDrive

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (eBook)

The New Jim Crow

Once in a great while a book comes along that radically changes our understanding of a crucial political issue and helps to fuel a social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement. Challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colour blindness in the United States, The New Jim Crow reveals how racial discrimination was not ended but merely redesigned. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of colour, the American criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colour blindness. A searing call to action for everyone concerned with social justice, The New Jim Crow is one of the most important books about race in the 21st century.

Available on Bolinda

Mary Meets Mohammad (eFilm)

Mary Meet Mohammad

Australia’s first asylum-seeker detention centre in Tasmania opens. Local knitting club member Mary is a pensioner and devout Christian who does not welcome the 400 male asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Mary unexpectedly finds herself in regular contact with Mohammad, a 26 year old Muslim man, after her knitting club donates beanies to the detainees. Mary sheds many of her prior beliefs as her relationship with Mohammad deepens. Despite this Mary remains uncomfortable with Mohammad’s Islamic religion. When knitter Joy, hosts them at her fishing shack for a few days, will a connection of common humanity prevail for Mary and Mohammad?

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Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss (eBook)

Growing up Aboriginal in Australia

What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation - on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning coastal and desert regions, cities and remote communities. All of them speak to the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

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White Fragility by Robin Diangelo (eBook)

White Fragility

Anger. Fear. Guilt. Denial. Silence. These are the ways in which ordinary white people react when it is pointed out to them that they have done or said something that has - unintentionally - caused racial offence or hurt. These reactions only serve to silence people of colour, who cannot give honest feedback to 'liberal' white people lest they provoke a dangerous emotional reaction. Robin DiAngelo coined the term 'White Fragility' in 2011 to describe this process and shows how it serves to uphold the system of white supremacy. Using knowledge and insight gained over decades of running racial awareness workshops and working on this idea as a Professor of Whiteness Studies, she shows us how we can start having more honest conversations, listen to each other better and react to feedback with grace and humility. It is not enough to simply hold abstract progressive views and condemn the obvious racists on social media - change starts with us all at a practical, granular level, and it is time for all white people to take responsibility for relinquishing their own racial supremacy.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Ed-Lodge (eBook)

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain, by award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge. In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren't affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded in from others desperate to speak up about their own experiences. Galvanised by this clear hunger for open discussion, she decided to dig into the source of these feelings. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

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Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity edited by Randa Abdel-Fattah (eBook)

Arab, Australian, Other

Although there are 22 separate Arab nationalities representing an enormous variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences, the portrayal of Arabs in Australia tends to range from homogenising (at best) to racist pop-culture caricatures. Edited by award-winning author and academic Randa Abdel-Fattah, and activist and poet Sara Saleh, and featuring contributors Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Ruby Hamad and Paula Abood, among many others, this collection explores the experience of living as a member of the Arab diaspora in Australia and includes stories of family, ethnicity, history, grief, isolation, belonging and identity.

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Broken On All Sides (eFilm)

Broken on All Sides

Today, there are more African Americans in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. Broken On All Sides explores the intersection of race and poverty within the criminal justice system. Presenting a historical narrative not often heard about prisons and crime, this documentary investigates the complex issues of discretion within the system, racial targeting, and the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in the nation’s history.

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Warren Mundine in Black + White: Race, Politics and Changing Australia by Warren Mundine (eBook)

Warren Mundine

In this honest and unflinching memoir, Mundine talks about his personal hardships from growing up in poverty and facing racism, to his personal battle with depression and suicide. One of the most controversial personalities in today's political spectrum, Mundine also includes surprising insights into key political leaders he has worked with including Malcolm Turnbull, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, Mark Latham, Jenny Macklin, and Sam Dastyari. In this updated edition, Mundine shares his passion for work and empowering those trapped in the welfare cycle. Drawing from personal experience, Mundine believes poverty is not just about money but about deprivation of basic needs like employment, lack of purpose and aspiration, and lack of autonomy and independence.

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#RacismNotWelcome - Junior eTitles

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Little Leaders

Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come.

Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them. The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.

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We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (eBook)

We Rise, We Resist

What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice to young activists.

Featuring poems, letters, personal essays, art, and other works from such industry leaders as Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Jason Reynolds (All American Boys), Kwame Alexander (The Crossover), Andrea Pippins (I Love My Hair), Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer), Ellen Oh (cofounder of We Need Diverse Books), and artists Ekua Holmes, Rafael Lopez, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, and more, this anthology empowers the nation's youth to listen, learn, and build a better tomorrow.

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When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Story Box Library)

When We Say Black Lives Matter

In When We Say Black Lives Matter, a black child's parents explain what the term Black Lives Matter means to them: in protest and song, in joy and in sorrow. I see this picture book as an act of Black Love - I was inspired to write and create it when thinking about how to explain the concept of Black Lives Matter to the young African diaspora kids in my extended family, living in over eight different countries across the world - including America, Australia, Germany, Barbados and England. - Maxine Beneba Clarke, on writing When We Say Black Lives Matter.

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Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (eAudiobook)

Does My Head Look Big In This

Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full-time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.

Can she handle the taunts of "towel head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

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An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing (eBook)

An ABC of Equality

A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. This bestselling book An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the youngest of children.

From A to Z, simple explanations accompanied by engaging artwork teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it. Each right-hand page includes a brightly decorated letter with the word it stands for and an encouraging slogan. On the left, a colourful illustration and bite-size text sum up the concept. Cheerful people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities lead the way through the alphabet.

L is for LGBTQIA. Find the words that make you, you.
N is for No. No means no.
P is for Privilege. Be aware of your advantages.
X is for Xenophobia. Ask questions and you’ll see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Celebrate your Differences, ask more Questions, share your Kindness, and learn to Understand the world.

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Speak Up! Speeches by Young People to Empower and Inspire by Adora Svitak (eBook)

Speak Up

Speak Up! is a joyful celebration of 45 speeches by children and teenagers who have stood up for causes they passionately believe in and challenged adults in power to take note. This collection is testament to the hopefulness and spirit of the next generation, and the positive belief that we can, and should, act to protect the things we love.

From ground-breaking scientific inventions to pleas for the environment, anti-war speeches to incredible testimony of lived experiences, the speeches collected here demonstrate the profound wisdom of youth and why it is important to speak up and out on what concerns us.

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Fair Skin Black Fella by Renee Fogerty (Story Box Library)

Fair Skin Black Fella

An educational and heartwarming read, this story follows Mary, a young Aboriginal girl who lives on dusty cattle station. When Mary is shunned by other Indigenous girls for her fair skin, Old Ned, a community elder, comes to her rescue. Touching upon the themes of multiculturalism and prejudice, this narrative utilizes Old Ned’s voice to demonstrate that family, community, country, culture, and spirituality—in lieu of skin color—are at the heart of Aboriginal identity.

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (eAudiobook)

Felix Ever After

Felix Love has never been in love - and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalization too many - Black, queer, and transgender--to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages--after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned--Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle....

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve. Perfect for teenage readers.

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IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All by Chelsea Johnson, Latyoya Council and Carolyn Choi (eBook)

Intersection Allies

The brainchild of three women-of-colour sociologists, IntersectionAllies is a smooth, gleeful entry into intersectional feminism. The nine interconnected characters proudly describe themselves and their backgrounds, involving topics that range from a physical disability to language brokering, offering an opportunity to take pride in a personal story and connect to collective struggle for justice.

The group bond grounds the message of allyship and equality. When things get hard, the kids support each other for who they are: Parker defends Kate, a genderfluid character who eschews skirts for a superhero cape; Heejung welcomes Yuri, a refugee escaping war, into their community; and Alejandra’s family cares for Parker after school while her mother works. Advocating respect and inclusion, IntersectionAllies is a necessary tool for learning to embrace, rather than shy away from, difference.

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Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (eBook)

Young Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

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Book Week 2021 eResources

We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad (eAudiobook)

We Are Wolves

Sometimes it's good to be wild. Sometimes you have to be wild.

When the Russian Army marches into East Prussia at the end of the war, the Wolf family must flee. Liesl, Otto and their baby sister Mia find themselves lost and alone, in a blizzard, in the middle of a war zone. Liesl has promised Mama that she will keep her brother and sister safe.

But sometimes, to survive, you have to do bad things. Dangerous things. Wild things.

Sometimes to survive, you must become a wolf.

We Are Wolves has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Younger Readers category and is also available in eBook format on Bolinda Digital.

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This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder (Story Box Library)

This Small Blue Dot

With a strong message of hope, interconnectedness, and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot features a little girl explaining the world to her baby sister. She hits on small wonders, big lessons, and everything in between, from sharing the joy of silly dances to contemplating the nature of this “small blue dot” we all live on.

This Small Blue Dot has been shortlisted for the CBCA Award for New Illustrator category. Login to Story Box Library with your Woollahra Library card to see this book read aloud.

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Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore (eBook)

Metal Fish, Falling Snow

Dylan and her adored French mother dream of one day sailing across the ocean to France. Paris, Dylan imagines, is a place where her black skin won’t make her stand out, a place where she might feel she belongs.

But when she loses her mother in a freak accident, Dylan finds herself on a very different journey: a road trip across outback Australia in the care of her mother’s grieving boyfriend, Pat. As they travel through remote towns further and further from the water that Dylan longs for, she and Pat form an unlikely bond. One that will be broken when he leaves her with the family she has never known.

Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a warm, funny and highly original portrait of a young girl’s search for identity and her struggle to deal with grief. Through families lost and found, this own-voices story celebrates the resilience of the human heart and our need to know who we truly are. Metal Fish, Falling Snow has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Older Readers Category.

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We Love You, Magoo by Briony Stewart (Story Box Library)

We Love You, Magoo

Magoo has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime! But there are so many rules! So many things a dog can't do. 
But wait! Magoo, THIS is for you... 
Silly dogoo, we do love you!

A perfect read-aloud picture book that captures Magoo's energy and emotion in every line. A classic in the making – joyous and playful, this will be read again and again. Pitched perfectly at the pre-schooler, just learning the rules who loves being the boss. Gorgeous illustrations and a rhyming text that's a delight to read out loud.

We love you, Magoo has been shortlisted for CBCA’s Book of the Year: Early Childhood category. Login to Story Box Library with your Woollahra Library card to see this book read aloud and accompanied by Auslan.

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The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell (eBook)

The End of the World is Bigger than Love

Identical twin sisters Summer and Winter live alone on a remote island, sheltered from a destroyed world. They survive on rations stockpiled by their father and spend their days deep in their mother’s collection of classic literature—until a mysterious stranger upends their carefully constructed reality. At first, Edward is a welcome distraction. But who is he really, and why has he come? As love blooms and the world stops spinning, the secrets of the girls’ past begin to unravel and escape is the only option. A sumptuously written novel of love and grief; of sisterly affection and the ultimate sacrifice; of technological progress and climate catastrophe; of an enigmatic bear and a talking whale—this book is unlike anything you’ve read before.

The End of the World is Bigger than Love has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Older Readers category.

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The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty (eAudiobook)

Stolen Prince of Cloudburst

Long ago, the little Prince of Cloudburst was stolen from the seashore by a Water Sprite. Now, ten years later, the prince has found his way home. The King and Queen are planning the biggest party in their Kingdom's history to welcome him. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Kingdoms and Empires, Esther Mettlestone-Staranise is looking forward to another year at Katherine Valley Boarding School. But she arrives to find a number of strange and unsettling changes. For one, her new teacher is rumoured to be an Ogre. Two mysterious students have joined the school, and one of Esther's classmates is an undercover Spellbinder. Most disturbingly, the mountains surrounding the school - usually a delight of glaciers, teashops, lakes and Faeries - are now crowded with wicked Shadow Mages. As secrets and dangers escalate, Esther must find the answers to several puzzles. Why is her teacher behaving so oddly? Which of Esther's classmates is the Spellbinder, and can they really protect the school from gathering hordes of Shadow Mages? Could the Stolen Prince of Cloudburst be connected? How can Esther - who is not talented like her sisters, nor an adventurer like her cousin, but just Esther - save her family, her school and possibly her entire world?

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst has been shortlisted for CBCA’s Book of the Year: Younger Readers Category

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Busy Beaks by Sarah Allen (Story Box Library)

Busy Beaks

Spend a day with Australia’s most vibrant and unique feathered friends.

Full of splashing shorebirds, clattering cockatoos, parading penguins and greedy galahs, Busy Beaks is the perfect introduction to birds of all shapes and sizes.

Busy Beaks has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Early Childhood category. Login to Story Box Library with your Woollahra Library card to see this book read aloud and accompanied by Auslan.

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Peta Lyre's Rating Normal by Anna Whateley (eBook)

Peta Lyre

'I'm Peta Lyre,' I mumble. Look people in the eye if you can, at least when you greet them. I try, but it's hard when she is smiling so big, and leaning in.

Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn't designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist's rules for 'normal' behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention.

When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta's carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all.

When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal?

A moving and joyful own voices debut that has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Older Readers category.

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Aster's Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon (eBook)

Aster's Good, Right Thing

Aster attends a school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t think she’s special at all. If she was, her mother wouldn’t have left. Each day Aster must do a good, right thing—a challenge she sets herself, to make someone else’s life better. Nobody can know about her ‘things’, because then they won’t count. And if she doesn’t do them, she's sure everything will go wrong. Then she meets Xavier. He has his own kind of special missions to make life better. When they do these missions together, Aster feels free, but if she stops doing her good, right things will everything fall apart?

Aster’s Good, Right Things has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year: Younger Readers category.

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Not Cute by Philip Bunting (Story Box Library)

Not Cute

Quokka did not like being cute. Not one bit. The romping, stomping, chomping tale of one stubbornly adorable marsupial.

Not Cute. has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year category. Login to Story Box Library with your Woollahra Library card to see this book read aloud and accompanied by Auslan.

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The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting (eBook)

The Book of Chance

Chance is in Year 7 and thinks she has it all - a loving mother, dog Tiges, best friend and almost-sister next door. But when a reality TV team makes over her house, she discovers newspaper cuttings from the past that cause her to question the world as she knows it and everyone in it. Then she finds herself caught between two realities, identities and worlds. Face-to-face with the truth, Chance has a very difficult decision to make, which almost splits her in two. This powerful story explores what is true and what is fake in today’s world. And while Chance is all about the truth, she ponders whether "Maybe being truthful was really just a big lie."

The Book of Chance has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year Younger Readers category.

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The Unwilling Twin by Freya Blackwood (Story Box Library)

Unwilling Twin

Jules and George are the same in every way. It is quite impossible to tell them apart. Like all twins, Jules and George do everything together. But after a long, hot day at the beach, even twins sometimes disagree ...

The Unwilling Twin has been shortlisted for the CBCA’s Book of the Year category. Login to Story Box Library with your Woollahra Library card to see this book read aloud and accompanied by Auslan.

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Woollahra Gardening Awards eReading List

Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan Johnsen (eBook)

Gardentopia

Jan Johnsen's Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions. This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape .The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful Accents, Walls, Patios, and Steps and Plants and Planting, among others. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a landscaping novice, Gardentopia will inspire you with tips such as 'Soften a Corner", "Paint it Black", and "Hide and Reveal".

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Gardening Hacks by Jon VanZile (eBook)

Gardening Hacks

Make your garden flourish with these 300 easy and inexpensive gardening hacks to help your plants blossom, perfect for any green thumbs, first-time horticulturalists, or reluctant gardeners! Think you don’t have a green thumb? Think again! No matter your gardening woes, Gardening Hacks has the solution. Perfect for all gardening skill levels whether you’re starting your first garden, looking to expand your crop, or simply searching for ways to make it easier to care for your extensive plant collection, you’ll find everything you need to know to make your garden grow.

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Sustainable Gardening for Dummies by Donna Ellis (eBook)

Sustainable Gardening for Dummies

Created especially for Australia and New Zealand - Sustainable Gardening for Dummies can help you reduce your environmental footprint in the garden. Now you can apply sustainable principles in your own backyard, whether that's an Aussie apartment balcony or a sprawling Kiwi rural spread. Find out great techniques for planning your sustainable garden and keeping your plants and you happy and healthy.

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Gardening Australia (eMagazine)

Gardening Australia

Australia’s number one monthly gardening resource, ABC Gardening Australia magazine is packed with step-by-step advice and stunning design ideas from its popular team of experts. Whether you are a novice gardener or have a green thumb and years of experience, you’ll find the advice you need.

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The Ghost in the Garden: In Search of Darwin's Lost Garden by Jude Piesse (eBook)

Ghost in the Garden

Charles Darwin never stopped thinking about the garden at his childhood home, The Mount. It was here, under the tutelage of his green-fingered mother and sisters, that he first examined the reproductive life of flowers, collected birds' eggs, and began the experiments that would lead to his theory of evolution. A century and a half later, with one small child in tow and another on the way, Jude Piesse finds herself living next door to this secret garden. Two acres of the original site remain, now resplendent with overgrown ashes, sycamores, and hollies. Blending biography, nature writing, and memoir, The Ghost in the Garden traces the origins of the theory of evolution and uncovers the lost histories that inspired it, ultimately evoking the interconnectedness of all things.

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The Kinfolk Garden: How to Live with Nature by John Burns (eBook)

Kinfolk Garden

Since the launch of its magazine in 2011, Kinfolk has grown into an internationally recognised brand known for its minimalist aesthetic and strong community of inspiring and influential creatives. Now, in The Kinfolk Garden, the team turns its eye to outdoor spaces and the many ways they enhance our lives and help us foster community. With a focus on spaces that bring the outdoors in and the indoors out and people who have found ways to expertly incorporate the natural world into their lives, the book explores the garden as a place for work, play, entertaining, and inspiration.

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The Urban Vegetable Patch by Grace Paul (eBook)

Urban Vegetable Patch

The Urban Vegetable Patch is an eco-friendly guide to growing green, no matter your space. Starting with how to set-up your own vegetable patch, you will learn how to make the most of your space, whatever the size. From how to grow vegetables organically to making your own fertiliser, as well as practical tips on how to cook, store and share your haul, reduce your use of plastics and water, and even how to plant for wildlife, this book will inspire you to grow your way to greener way of living.

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Modern Gardens (eMagazine)

Modern Gardens

Modern Gardens is the exciting new magazine that helps today’s busy professional create fresh, exciting outdoor spaces without having to expend too much time and effort. Each month the magazine will feature new garden ideas and keep you up to date with gardening trends, as well as give you tips on the plants to grow, the tools to buy and landscaping to inspire.

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Planting the Natural Garden by Piet Oudolf (eBook)

Planting the Natural Garden

The original publication of Planting the Natural Garden ushered in a revolution in landscape design: the New Perennial Movement. Spearheaded by internationally renowned designer Piet Oudolf, and incisively articulated by the late plantsman and designer Henk Gerritsen, it transformed private and public spaces with its emotionally resonant, naturalistic use of hardy perennials and grasses. Now this classic has been expanded and updated to include scores of new plants and combinations. Packed with practical information and visual inspiration, Planting the Natural Garden zeroes in on the New Perennial Movement's power to move us, making its distinctive plant palette available to all.

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Garden Renovation by Bobbie Schwartz (eBook)

Gardening Renovation

Your garden, just like your house, sometimes needs a makeover. The change can be as minor as replacing a shrub or as major as pulling everything up and starting from scratch. No matter the size of your space or the scope of the project, the sage advice in Garden Renovation will help you turn your garden into a paradise. Bobbie Schwartz draws on her years of experience as a garden designer to teach you how to evaluate your garden, determine what to keep and what to remove, and choose the right plants and design plan.

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Words on Screen

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck returns with a transcendent documentary examining the life and work of literary iconoclast and queer icon James Baldwin. The Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro is based on Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends and US Civil Rights Movement leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Through these accounts, Baldwin’s considered yet razor-sharp activism bears witness to the impact and legacy of race in America, which forms the focus of Peck’s cinematic dissection of the enduring effects of social and racial inequality. Part history lesson, part biography, I Am Not Your Negro is a remarkable example of the documentary genre and a stirring call to action against injustice in the 21st Century. Winner of the Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award, it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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The Novelist

The Novelist

Lewis was a good-selling writer once, a mid-list writer, as they call them in the industry, basically one who sells enough books to keep on-board, but not so many he becomes rich out of it. Now that he is older, his books no longer sell, and his girlfriend is tired of being with someone who is always broke. When his publisher takes his next novel without an advance and insists on publishing it as an e-book only, Lewis is forced to take on a creative teaching job at the local community college to make ends meet. He meets a young woman writer filled with talent who begins to take over his mind and his life. At the crossroad of possibilities, Lewis must decide to continue with writing or give it up forever.

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Set Fire to the Stars

Set Fire to the Stars

Based on John M Brinnin’s account of his hell-raising hero, Dylan Thomas’ first visit to New York in 1950, Set Fire To The Stars is the feature debut of director Andy Goddard. In 1950, John M Brinnin invited the highly acclaimed and infamous Welshman Dylan Thomas to New York for a series of poetry readings, touring around the most prestigious college campuses of the United States. Ignoring persistent rumours of Thomas’ frivolities back home, Brinnin has his hands full when the poet arrives on US shores. In a desperate attempt to keep him sober, Brinnin takes Thomas to his family retreat in the woods of Connecticut. Even in the middle of nowhere, Thomas finds an audience for his art, his passion, love and aggression.

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Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. Yet the real-life story of Mary Shelley, and the creation of her immortal monster, is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley. So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channelled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.

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Book Club

Book Club

Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Diane is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage and Vivian enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s marriage is in a slump after 35 years. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

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Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Hans and Margret Rey are known worldwide as the creators of the iconic children’s book series featuring a mischievous monkey named George whose defining qualities are curiosity and ingenuity; traits the Reys themselves displayed throughout their eventful lives. Childhood friends from upper middle class Jewish families who lived in Hamburg before the Third Reich cast a shadow over Europe, the couple fled Hitler’s army as it advanced on Paris in June 1940 on the only mode of transport they could secure - bikes Hans had refashioned from spare parts. Among the scant few belongings they took with them was a manuscript and sketches for a storybook then entitled Fifi, the Adventures of a Monkey. Granted U.S. visas later the same year, the Reys made a new home from themselves in New York City where they reunited with a canny English book publisher who changed the course of their lives.

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Fallout

Fallout

Following the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, internationally acclaimed novelist Nevil Shute powerfully and precisely predicted the devastating impact of nuclear proliferation in one of the most important anti-war novels of the 20th century, On the Beach. Fallout considers the enduring resonance of On the Beach as it explores the writing of Shute's novel and the making of the famous Hollywood movie when producer and director Stanley Kramer brought Hollywood, and Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck, to Melbourne.

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Howl

Howl

Oscar nominee James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg - poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to his most timeless and electrifying work: the poem 'Howl'. A stellar cast including Jon Hamm, David Strathairn and Mary Louise Parker recreate the tense courtroom battle between America’s cherished right to Freedom of Speech and the social mores of the 1950s. Howl is both the story of a poem, and of a man - a portrait of a renegade artist breaking down barriers to find love and redemption, and psychedelic ride through the prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation.

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Book Week

Book Week

When it looks like his novel is going to be published, high school English teacher and once famous novelist – Nicholas Cutler - thinks his luck has finally changed.  What promises to be the best week of his life professionally, spirals into seven days of hell personally. A pregnant girlfriend, student in trouble with the law, a gravely ill brother in law and the prospects of living a life of unfilled dreams, force Mr Cutler to re-examine just what’s most important in his life.

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Page One: Inside the New York Times

Page One

In the tradition of great fly-on-the-wall documentaries, Page One: Inside The New York Times gains unprecedented access to The New York Times newsroom and the inner workings of the Media Desk. With the Internet surpassing print as our main news source and newspapers going bankrupt, Page One chronicles the transformation of the media industry at its time of greatest turmoil and gives us an up-close look at the vibrant cross-cubicle debates and collaborations under increasingly difficult circumstances. At the heart of the film is the burning question on the minds of everyone who cares about a rigorous press: what will happen if the fast-moving future of media leaves behind the fact-based, original reporting that helps to define our society?

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First Books in Epic Young Adult Series eCollection

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (eBook)

The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

The Raven Boys is the first of four books in The Raven Cycle series.

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A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (eBook)

A Corner of White

She knew this.

That philematology is the science of kissing.

That Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known as Mark Twain.

That, originally, gold comes from the stars.

Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie's Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter. Elliot begins to write to Madeleine, the Girl-in-the-World – a most dangerous thing to do for suspected cracks must be reported and closed. But Elliot's father has disappeared and Madeleine's mother is sick.

Can a stranger from another world help to unravel the mysteries in your own? Can Madeleine and Elliot find the missing pieces of themselves before it is too late?

A Corner of White is Book 1 of The Colours of Madeleine trilogy, a mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

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Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (eBook)

Call Down the Hawk

The dreamers walk among us...and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming - they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives - they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer...and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed...

Call Down the Hawk is Book 1 of The Dreamer Trilogy.

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Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (eBook)

Legacy of Kings

Alexander might one day be fated to conquer the known world, but at sixteen his kingly duties aren’t exactly top of mind. Preoccupied with a strange power he doesn’t yet understand and the news that his fiancée is sailing across the sea to meet him for the first time, Alexander finds the newcomer in court, Katerina, is a welcome distraction. As they grow closer, Kat struggles to keep a dark secret: her mission to assassinate the queen.

Kat isn’t the only one close to Alexander plotting something bloody. Rumours have been circulating about forbidden rituals being performed in the night, awakening an old magic long thought dormant and with it the Sprit Eaters. Roused by their cravings for magic and blood, the Spirit Eaters will hunt those with power to the ends of the earth and slaughter any who stand in their way.

With the gods turning a blind eye, and devastation stirring at the borders of his land and within his very court, Alexander will learn that sometimes cities must turn to ash for an empire to rise.

Weaving fantasy with shocking details of real history, Legacy of Kings is the first book in Eleanor Herman’s series Blood of Gods and Royals.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer (eBook)

Cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the centre of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Cinder is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, a dystopian series filled with the magic of fairy tales.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (eBook)

Throne of Glass

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

After serving a year of her life sentence in the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, Celaena is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament, fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Throne of Glass is the first book of seven in Sarah J. Maas’ series of the same name. It is the beginning of an epic saga with unforgettable characters

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The Outcasts by John Flanagan (eBook)

The Outcasts

In Skandia, there is only one way to become a warrior. Boys are chosen for teams called brotherbands and must endure three months of gruelling training in seamanship, weapons and battle tactics. It's brotherband against brotherband, fighting it out in a series of challenges. There can be only one winner.

Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

The Outcasts is the first book in the Brotherband series, perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (eAudiobook)

A Court of Thorns and Roses

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in Sarah J. Maas’ series of the same name.

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Matched by Ally Condie (eBook)

Matched

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

As Cassia becomes determined to make some decisions of her own, her whole world begins to unravel…

Matched is first book in Ally Condie’s trilogy of the same name.

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (eAudiobook)

The Cruel Prince

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Cruel Prince is the first book in The Folk of the Air series.

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Booker Prize 2021 Longlist eCollection

Second Place by Rachel Cusk (eBook)

Second Place

From the author of the Outline trilogy, a fable of human destiny and decline, enacted in a closed system of intimate, fractured relationships. A woman invites a famed artist to visit the remote coastal region where she lives, in the belief that his vision will penetrate the mystery of her life and landscape. Over the course of one hot summer, his provocative presence provides the frame for a study of female fate and male privilege, of the geometries of human relationships, and of the struggle to live morally between our internal and external worlds. With its examination of the possibility that art can both save and destroy us, Second Place is deeply affirming of the human soul, while grappling with its darkest demons.

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The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (eAudiobook)

Sweetness of Water

In the dying days of the American Civil War, newly freed brothers Landry and Prentiss find themselves cast into the world without a penny to their names. Forced to hide out in the woods near their former Georgia plantation, they're soon discovered by the land's owner, George Walker, a man still reeling from the loss of his son in the war. When the brothers begin to live and work on George's farm, the tentative bonds of trust and union begin to blossom between the strangers. This sanctuary survives on a knife's edge, and it isn't long before the inhabitants of the nearby town of Old Ox react with fury at the alliances being formed only a few miles away.

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Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (eBook and eAudiobook)

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun is a dystopian science fiction story by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in a future where children's academic abilities are genetically enhanced and children are home schooled by online tutors. Parents purchase Artificial Friends (robots) to provide companionship to their children. Narrated by Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store watches carefully the behaviour of those who come to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her. Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

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A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (eBook and eAudiobook)

A Town Called Solace

Clara's sister is missing. Angry, rebellious Rose had a row with their mother, stormed out of the house and simply disappeared. Seven-year-old Clara, isolated by her distraught parents' efforts to protect her from the truth, is grief-stricken and bewildered.

Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small northern town, moves into the house next door, a house left to him by an old woman he can barely remember, and within hours gets a visit from the police. It seems he's suspected of a crime.

At the end of her life Elizabeth Orchard is thinking about a crime too, one committed thirty years ago that had tragic consequences for two families and in particular for one small child. She desperately wants to make amends before she dies.

Set in Northern Ontario in 1972, A Town Called Solace explores the relationships of these three people brought together by fate and the mistakes of the past. By turns gripping and darkly funny, it uncovers the layers of grief and remorse and love that connect us, but shows that sometimes a new life is possible.

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No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood  (eBook and eAudiobook)

No One is Talking About This

A woman known for her viral social media posts travels the world speaking to her adoring fans, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet – or what she terms 'the portal'.

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: 'Something has gone wrong,' and 'How soon can you get here?' As real life and its stakes collide with the increasing absurdity of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time.

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China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (eAudiobook)

China Room

1929. At a farm in Punjab, northern India, three girls are married to three brothers in one ceremony. For weeks afterwards, segregated from the men in the 'china room', heavily veiled, and meeting their husbands only under cover of darkest night, none of the girls is entirely sure which brother is hers. Mehar, the youngest of the three, is determined to find out, and while her efforts lead her into overwhelming love, her story of misplaced identity has tragic, horrifying consequences. Spiralling around Mehar's story is that of a young man who in 1999 travels from England to the now-deserted farm, its 'china room' locked and barred. In enforced flight from the traumas of his adolescence - his experiences of addiction, racism, and estrangement from the culture of his birth - he spends a summer in painful contemplation and recovery, finally gathering the strength to return home.

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Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (eBook)

Light Perpetual

Light Perpetual is a mesmerizing and boldly inventive novel tracing the infinite possibilities of five lives in the bustling neighbourhoods of 20th-century London. Lunchtime on a Saturday, 1944: the Woolworths on Bexford High Street in southeast London receives a delivery of aluminum saucepans. An instant later, the crowd is gone; incinerated. Among the shoppers were five young children. Who were they? What futures did they lose? This brilliantly constructed novel lets an alternative reel of time run, imagining the life arcs of these five souls as they live through the extraordinary, unimaginable changes of the bustling immensity of twentieth-century London. Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, Light Perpetual illuminates the shapes of experience, the extraordinariness of the ordinary, the mysteries of memory and expectation, and the preciousness of life.

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French eFilms

Dr Knock

Dr Knock

Knock, a former trickster turned doctor, arrives in the small village of Saint-Maurice to make his fortune according to a particular method: to convince the villagers that they are not as healthy as they might think. For that, he will find in each one a real or imaginary illness. A past master in the art of seduction and manipulation, Knock gains the confidence of the village and is about to achieve his ends when his past catches up with him and an old acquaintance disrupts the doctor's plans.

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Orchestra Class (La Melodie)

La Melodie

Simon is a distinguished, but disillusioned violinist. He has recently gone through a divorce and found a job teaching orchestra in a working-class neighbourhood of Paris. Arnold is a shy and chubby student who is fascinated with the violin and discovers that he has real talent for it. With Arnold's raw talent and the joyous energy of his class, Simon gradually rediscovers the joys of music. Together, they will overcome many obstacles and succeed to enrol the class in an end-of-the-year concert at the prestigious Paris Philharmonic.

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My Summer in Provence

My Summer in Provence

Vacation this year for Léa, Adrien and their little brother Theo, who was born deaf, is in Provence, staying with grandfather Paul, an olive-grower they have never met due to a family conflict. It's hardly their dream vacation. Within twenty-four hours, there is bad blood between the teens and their grandfather, whom they consider an uptight control freak. Wrongly. Paul's stormy past resurfaces and the seventies make a comeback against the backdrop of the Alpilles hills.

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A Bag of Marbles

A Bag of Marbles

Set during the turmoil and despair of World War II, A Bag of Marbles (also known as Un Sac De Billes) tells the remarkable true tale of two young French Jewish boys, aged 10 and 13, as they attempt the perilous journey to the southern Free Zone, to find relief and freedom from the impending Nazi occupation. With the aid of a helpful priest the boys are driven to step out of the shadow of evil and use their wits and charm to remain one step ahead of their persecutors, in order to survive.

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Number One

Number One

Emmanuelle Blachey (Emmanuelle Devos) is a brilliant and determined engineer who has risen up through the ranks of her company — a major French energy firm — and now sits on the board of directors. When an influential women’s network approaches her to take the lead of one of the stock exchange’s top companies, things quickly change around Emmanuelle. The opportunity to become the first woman in this prestigious position is a challenge the business woman is ready to undertake, but competing in a realm still largely dominated by men is no mean feat. The ambitious woman must marshal her forces to overcome the hurdles of the milieu, including corporate sexism and personal demons in order to take part in the ruthless race for power.

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Renoir

Renoir

In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. When a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation.

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Farewell to the Night

Farewell to the Night

Muriel breeds horses in France and runs an almond plantation with her business partner from the Maghreb. A confident woman who spent her childhood and youth in Algeria, Muriel seems to enjoy a life that is both harmonious and fulfilled. She receives a visit from her beloved grandson Alex, whom she raised after his mother died in an accident. He is on his way to Canada, where he allegedly has a job. However, Muriel discovers that Alex has other plans – and a much more dangerous destination. Moreover, his childhood sweetheart Lila also seems to be more deeply involved than Muriel initially suspects.

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Delicacy

Delicacy

Natalie isn’t certain of anything anymore. One minute she is happily married, successful in her career and convinced the future is full of promise when a tragic accident occurs and her whole world is turned upside. Years later, still bruised by grief, she impulsively kisses her colleague Markus. For Natalie, it is just a kiss. For the awkward, unassuming Markus, it is the moment in which he falls hopelessly, helplessly in love. How will he ever convince such a beautiful, intelligent, confused young woman that he is the man who can bring her back to life?

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Mother is Wrong

Mother is Wrong

Captain Marianne Aubrais is a detective with the Le Havre Police Department. Should she believe a child who tells her that his mother is not his mother? If the child’s story is not pure fantasy, it would be truly criminal to ignore it. The little boy’s memories are fading. If he is telling the truth, will he never grow up to be the adult he should have become? Will he finally be forced to accept the unthinkable and allow himself to be raised by a woman who may have abducted him?

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Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine

Hortense Laborie is a famous chef who lives in the Périgord region. To her great surprise, the president of the French Republic appoints her as his personal chef at the Élysée Palace. In spite of the jealousy of the main kitchen cooks, Hortense imposes herself thanks to her sturdy character. The authenticity of her cuisine rapidly seduces the president, but behind the scenes of power, obstacles are many.

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Health and Wellbeing eCollection

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird (eBook)

Phosphorescence

Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, wellbeing and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to the science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance of achieving happiness. How do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

When our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom? In the muck and grit of a daily existence how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light – a light to ward off the darkness?

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Being Present: A Book of Daily Reflections by David Kundtz (eBook)

Being Present

This is a simple book, meant to make your life more peaceful, more rewarding, and more awakened. It has one purpose: to give readers an opportunity to be in the moment once a day, every day.

Long-time therapist and meditator, David Kundtz, gives you permission not to fret about whether you’re getting your meditation practice right or not. It’s right. The whole purpose of your meditation is to show up as awake and aware as possible to your everyday life. He reminds us that the reason to meditate is not simply to experience the peaceful moments of the meditation time, but also to maintain the focus, awareness, and equanimity that you need for getting through stressful situations. You become a more mindful person.

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The Stress-Proof Brain by Melanie Greenberg (eBook)

Stress-Proof Brain

Modern times are stressful—and it's killing us. Unfortunately, we can't avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good.

The Stress-Proof Brain offers powerful, comprehensive tools based in mindfulness, neuroscience, and positive psychology to help you put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress. Instead, you'll discover unique exercises that provide a recipe for resilience, empowering you to master your emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

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The Yoga Kitchen Plan by Kimberly Parsons (eBook)

Yoga Kitchen Plan

The Yoga Kitchen Plan is a soulful journey towards finding your best, most authentic self where a quiet mind and overall sense of calm are the ultimate goal. Through the use of pure, non-stimulating foods, the plan helps the reader reach a state of bliss and tranquillity each day. The book starts by explaining the body's chakra system and how this is integral to a yogic lifestyle. The core of the book is the simple, 7-day plan which incorporates breathing exercises, meditations, basic yoga practice, daily tasks, and then a selection of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that target each of your 7 chakras to take you through a whole week.

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Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand (eBook)

Russell Brand

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all-encompassing and ubiquitous that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it.

What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what?

My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse. I am an addict, addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, money, love and fame.

This system offers nothing less than liberation from self-centredness, a new perspective, freedom from the illusion of suffering for anyone who is willing to take the necessary steps.

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Mindfulness for Mums and Dads by Diana Korevaar (eBook)

Mindfulness for Mums and Dads

As a parent, it can be all too easy to live life on automatic pilot - fulfilling one demand after another while missing out on much of the journey. And though you can't control every situation, you can influence the outcome by learning to change how you react. Dr Diana Korevaar, a practising perinatal psychiatrist, uses mindfulness practice as a powerful tool to help parents calm down, connect and reframe the challenges they face in order to experience life more positively. Grounded in science, Mindfulness for Mums and Dads features dozens of case studies, as well as simple mindfulness practices that can be carried out anywhere. These are practical tools for anyone seeking to actively engage in their own recovery from anxiety or depression, or for those no longer content to 'just exist' in life, hoping that things will get better in the future. In as little as three minutes a day, it is possible to take control of your life, become calmer and more compassionate, and be fully present for the small moments in life that create true and lasting happiness.

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Slow by Brooke McAlary (eBook)

Slow

Once upon a time, Brooke McAlary thought she was close to having it all. Married to a wonderful man, mother to a lively young daughter, and pregnant for a second time, she'd acquired all the things she'd once thought important-holidays, cars, a renovated home. Yet despite this, she found herself utterly despondent. Realising that they wanted a simpler, more fulfilling existence, Brooke and her family gradually created their own way of living, with an emphasis on depth, connection and experiences.

In Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?

Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down. It will inspire you to forget about the Joneses and create a life filled with the things that really matter to you . . . slowly, of course.

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Clean Soups by Rebecca Katz (eBook)

Clean Soups

Soup has a unique ability to nourish and heal the body. In Clean Soups, author Rebecca Katz shows you how to use wholesome stocks and soups to detox naturally and stay energised all year round. She also explains the building blocks to creating deliciously balanced soups, such as Moroccan carrot soup, kale soup with coconut and lime, and simplest chicken pho. With foundational broths, blended soups and traditional healing soups, as well as a two-day cleanse, Clean Soups shows how one simple bowl can make a huge difference to how you feel.

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From a Mountain in Tibet: A Monk's Journey by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche (eBook)

From a Mountain in Tibet

In his quiet village, he and other children ran in fields with yaks and mastiffs. The rhythm of life was anchored by the pastoral cycles. Food was carefully apportioned and eaten together, everyone was family.

The arrival of Chinese army cars one day in 1959 changed everything. In the wake of the deadly Tibetan Uprising, he escaped to India through the Himalayas to start over as a refugee. One of only 13 survivors out of 300 travellers, he spent the next few years in America, experiencing the excesses of the Woodstock generation before reforming in Europe.

Now in his seventies and a leading monk at the Samye Ling monastery in Scotland - the first Buddhist centre in the West - Lama Yeshe casts a hopeful look back at his momentous life. From his learnings on self-compassion and discipline to his trials and tribulations with loss and failure, his poignant story mirrors our own struggles.

Written with erudition and humour, From a Mountain in Tibet shines a light on how the most desperate of situations can help us to uncover vital life lessons and attain lasting peace and contentment.

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My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander (eBook)

My Morning Routine

Part instruction manual, part someone else’s diary, the authors of My Morning Routine interviewed sixty-four of today’s most successful people—including three-time Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Soni, Twitter cofounder Biz Stone, and General Stanley McChrystal—and offer advice on creating a routine of your own.

Some routines are all about early morning exercise and spartan living; others are more leisurely and self-indulgent. What they have in common is they don’t feel like a chore. Once you land on the right routine, you’ll look forward to waking up.

This comprehensive guide will show you how to get into a routine that works for you so that you can develop the habits that move you forward. Just as a Jenga stack is only as sturdy as its foundational blocks, the choices we make throughout our day depend on the intentions we set in the morning. Like it or not, our morning habits form the stack that our whole day is built on.

Whether you want to boost your productivity, implement a workout or meditation routine, or just learn to roll with the punches in the morning, this book has you covered.

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Eat. Nourish. Glow - Winter by Amelia Freer (eBook)

Winter

Being healthy is a way of life, but it doesn’t have to be about denying yourself. Amelia Freer loves food and encourages a positive and realistic approach to healthy eating. For this, her fourth exclusive e-short, Amelia presents a selection of delicious seasonal recipes perfect for making you feel warm, nurtured and full of energy even when there’s a chill in the air.

Targeting seasonal problems and using seasonal ingredients, Amelia is on a mission – to wean us all off additive-crammed foods and help us rediscover the joys of cooking and eating fresh, healthy ingredients. Winter is the perfect time for brisk, warmly-wrapped-up walks and one-pot meals. It’s also a time for indulgence of the body and the soul, and a bit of rejuvenating hibernation.

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Mindfulness for Mums by Izzy Judd (eAudiobook)

Mindfulness for Mums

Having suffered from anxiety for much of her life, Izzy Judd has brought together a brilliant and inspiring collection of simple activities and exercises to help mothers find their own piece of calm. Included are exercises for you to do alone and with your children of all ages, giving them their own tools to help remain happy and peaceful too.

Mindfulness for Mums will guide you through invaluable, quick and easy self-care tips to help you find a moment's calm in the chaos of motherhood. Izzy Judd's beautiful and practical book will hold your hand through the challenging and exhausting days, exciting and happy days and most importantly provide something you can teach your children and share together over the years.

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Books to eFilms - Children

Horrid Henry: The Movie

Horrid Henry

Meet Henry, Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang to his friends and Horrible Henry to most everyone else. Henry hates his school and never does his homework. After learning the school would soon shut down he teams up with his arch-enemy Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, and his irritating little brother Perfect Peter - all because he is trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.

Based on the book series Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon.

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Dear Dumb Diary

Dear Dumb Diary

Eleven year-old Jamie marches to the beat of her own music video. An artistic and energetic glitter-loving diva in the making, her vivid daydreams about how life should be are often played out as full-blown musical productions, as she writes her innermost thoughts in her beloved Dumb Diary.

Based on the book series Dear Dumb Diary by Jim Benton.

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Black Beauty

Black Beauty

A wild horse and a teenage girl forge an unbreakable bond which keeps them connected for a lifetime. The story is told by the Black Beauty himself. Injured and rescued from the abusive owners, he is adopted by a girl and her grandfather who try to rehabilitate him over the course of one summer.

Based on the book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

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Girl Asleep

Girl Asleep

The world is closing in on 14 year-old Greta Driscoll. She arrives at a new school and is immediately befriended by the overenthusiastic Elliott and approached by a group of sophisticated girls, Jade, Sapphire and Amber, who pressure her into friendship. Her world turns wildly surreal at her surprise birthday party when a creature escapes into the woods with her music box. Girl Asleep is a journey into the absurd, scary and beautiful heart of the teenage mind.

Based on the play Girl Asleep by Matthew Whittet.

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Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Molly Moon

Molly Moon lives in a cold orphanage, run by Miss Adderstone, a woman of cruel rules. Then one day, Molly finds a book, Hypnotism, An Ancient Art Explained. Molly tries to learn its lessons and hypnotise her way back to her friend, Rocky, who has been adopted. She starts by hypnotising Petula the pug and amazingly, it works! She also finds out that even though hypnotism can make your dreams come true, things can get out of control too and you may find yourself in places that you don’t want to be, at all!

Based on the book Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng.

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I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants

Barbara Thorson is a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of Titans and Giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia and her school therapist, Barbara will learn to battle her Giants and face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, her and her difficult home life and eventually her biggest dread of the unknown.

Based on the graphic novel I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura.

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Ponysitters Club

Ponysitters Club

Join Skye and her Ponysitter friends as they lend a helping hand with the care of horses, ponies and other cute and cuddly animals that come through the Rescue Ranch, all with different levels of care needs. Includes two episodes: Fun At The Fair and The Big Sleepover.

Based on the Ponysitters Club books by Victoria Carson.

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Santa's Castle

Santa's Castle

Set on sabotaging Christmas, a group of creatures kidnap Santa on Christmas Eve. However, Santa’s loyal and magical helpers band together and come up with a plan to save Santa and Christmas before the night is over.

Based on A Kidnapped Santa And Other Naughty and Nice Christmas Stories by L. Frank Baum.

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Blinky Bill the Mischievous Koala

Blinky Bill

Blinky Bill tells the colourful tale of a koala and life on the land with his animal friends in the Australian Bush. The peace and charm of their existence is shattered by the destruction of their homes and habitat by humans. Challenged to rescue his mother from captivity, Blinky Bill rallies his friends for high adventure.

Based on The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall

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Ginger Meggs: The Movie

Ginger Meggs

In an Australian country town in the 1940s, Ginger Meggs’ reputation precedes him – he is an unruly prankster who plays truant, gets involved in fights and tells tall tales. He's trying to win the heart of Minnie Peters, but the pressures of school, his rival Eddie Coogan and bully Tiger Kelly make life tough for him. Besides, there's fishing to be done.

Based on Ginger Meggs comic strip by Jimmy Bancks.

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Books to eFilms - Adults

A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

New Year’s Eve on the top of a London skyscraper. Martin is literally on the edge. A once-beloved TV personality, he’s now desperate to jump. But he’s not alone. Single mother Maureen, sassy teen Jess, and failed musician turned pizza-delivery boy JJ, have all turned up on the same roof with the same plan. Instead of jumping, these four strangers make a pact to stay alive and stay together until Valentine’s Day at least.

Based on A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby.

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The Days of Abandonment (Italian)

The Days of Abandonment

Olga's life is shattered when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. This prompts her to fall into a period of self-degradation and self-destructive behaviour. The attractive forty-something mother of two is first in denial and tries to win him back, but when she sees him with his new love, who turns out to be a friend's daughter, she flies into a rage. Having to face the truth, she falls into a deep depression, oblivious to the attention she receives from Damien, a musician who lives downstairs.

Based on The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante.

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An Education

An Education

It’s 1961 and attractive, bright 16-year-old schoolgirl, Jenny is poised on the brink of womanhood. Stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine, Jenny can’t wait for adult life to begin. Her life changes when she meets David, a man twice her age. He pursues her romantically but she is in for a rude shock when she discovers that David isn't what he seems to be.

Based on the memoir An Education by Lynn Barber.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Based on the novel Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín.

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Carol

Carol

In 1950s New York, Carol is a wealthy, middle-aged married woman who has a chance meeting with Therese, a shy and curious department store worker. There’s an instant attraction between the two women and their romantic friendship quickly develops into something more serious. However, Carol’s husband refuses to let go of her without a fight – resulting in a messy custody hearing during their divorce – leaving the lovers to wonder whether there’s a future to be had.

Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

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Drive

Drive

Driver is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he's been warming up to a pretty neighbour named and her young son, Benicio. When Irene's husband gets out of jail, he enlists Driver's help in a million-dollar heist. The job goes horribly wrong, and Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery.

Based on the novel Drive by James Sallis.

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

When civil war breaks out in Nigeria in the late 1960s, political lines are drawn and families are forced to scatter. Odenigbo and Olanna find themselves in the middle of an escalating conflict that drives them from their university-town home and threatens Olanna’s relationship with her sister Kainene. The protagonists are swept up in the turbulence of war, but find a way to survive despite the hardships.

Based on the novel Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimmanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life – no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage.

Based on the novel Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel.

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Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues

Puberty Blues traces the lives of two teenagers desperately trying to break into the "in" crowd who dominate the beach. Once they are accepted into the group, they realise that the group's laid-back, ultra-cool facade is just a glossy cover-up. Debbie and Sue fall into all of the group's vices, including drug-usage and casual sex. At first, they willingly present themselves to the males of the group as virtual slaves, ready to serve their pre-chosen lover's every need. Soon, though, the girls grow tired of occupying the victim role, and they work to regain respect and equality.

Based on the book Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey.

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The Turning

The Turning

The 18 linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small Australian coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever.

Based on short stories The Turning by Tim Winton.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression era, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. The story is told through the eyes of Scout, a feisty six-year old tomboy who carries us on an odyssey throughout the fires of prejudice and injustice in 1932 Alabama.

Based on the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

Seven year-old Maisie is caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Susanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. The quiet, obedient child is used as a pawn by her self-absorbed parents in a bitter custody battle. After her parents marry new partners, Maisie finds reason to hope for some genuine affection - but permanent damage to her psyche may have already been done.

Based on the novel What Maisie Knew by Henry James.

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Comfy eReads

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (eBook)

Anxious People

Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can't fix up their own marriage. There's a wealthy banker who has been too busy making money to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can't seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in a motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Humorous, compassionate, and wise, Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious of times.

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The Secrets of Sunshine by Phaedra Patrick (eBook)

Secrets of Sunshine

Single dad Mitchell Fisher has said a firm goodbye to romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to his hometown’s famous ‘love story’ bridge. Only his young daughter Poppy knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell is deeply lonely – and he still grieves the loss of her mother.

Then one hot summer’s day, everything changes when Mitchell bravely rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but then she disappears. Desperate to find the mysterious woman, Mitchell teams up with her spirited sister Liza to see if she’s left any clues behind. There’s just one – a secret message on the padlock she left on love story bridge…

Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Sunshine follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places.

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (eAudiobook)

Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (eBook)

Rosie Project

Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet.

He has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-comer.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father – a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you

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Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (eAudiobook)

Cocaine Blue

The London season is in full fling at the end of the 1920s, but the Honourable Phryne Fisher (she of the grey-green eyes and diamanté garters) is tiring of polite conversations with retired colonels and dances with weak-chinned men. When the opportunity presents itself, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at becoming a lady detective in Australia. Immediately upon settling into Melbourne's Hotel Windsor, Phryne finds herself embroiled in mystery. From poisoned wives and cocaine smuggling, to police corruption and rampant communism (not to mention erotic encounters with the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse), Cocaine Blues charts a crescendo of steamy intrigue, culminating in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (eBook)

House in the Cerulean Sea

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

The children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realising that family is yours.

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The Women in Black by Madeleine St John (eBook)

Women in Black

Sydney in the late 1950s. On the second floor of the famous F.G. Goode department store, in Ladies' Cocktail Frocks, the women in black are girding themselves for the Christmas rush. Lisa is the new Sales Assistant (Temporary). Across the floor and beyond the arch, she is about to meet the glamorous Continental refugee, Magda, guardian of the rose-pink cave of Model Gowns.

With the lightest touch and the most tender of comic instincts, Madeleine St. John conjures a vanished summer of innocence. The Women in Black is a classic.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (eBook)

Hitchhikers

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together, this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by a galaxy full of fellow travellers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian (formerly Tricia McMillan), Zaphod's girlfriend, whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he's bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (eBook)

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back.

Initiated into a world of dynastic splendour beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should—and should not—marry.

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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith (eAudiobook)

44 Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith's delightful series of novels form the basis of these radio dramas featuring the inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement building.

With its multiple-occupancy flats, Scotland Street is an interesting corner of Edinburgh's New Town. Verging on the Bohemian, here the haute bourgeoisie rubs shoulders with students and the more colourful members of the intelligentsia.

In these three BBC Radio 4 series, Domenica MacDonald and Angus Lordie observe the lives of their neighbours in and around 44 Scotland Street. Pretty young Pat, a new tenant, arrives to flat-share with Bruce, a surveyor with an eye for the ladies. Child prodigy Bertie, controlled by his pretentious and intellectual mother Irene, is learning the saxophone; he also speaks Italian, and is extremely knowledgeable about many subjects. And then there's Matthew, setting up the Something Special Gallery with little knowledge of artists or paintings!

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Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (eAudiobook)

Eligible

The Bennet sisters have been summoned from New York City. Liz and Jane are good daughters. They've come home to suburban Cincinnati to get their mother to stop feeding their father steak as he recovers from heart surgery, to tidy up the crumbling Tudor-style family home and to wrench their three sisters from their various states of arrested development.

Once they are under the same roof, old patterns return fast. Soon enough they are being berated for their single status, their only respite the early morning runs they escape on together. For two successful women in their late 30s, it really is too much to bear. That is, until the Lucas family's BBQ throws them in the way of some eligible single men....

Chip Bingley is not only a charming doctor, he's a reality TV star, too. Chip's friend, haughty neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, can barely stomach Cincinnati or its inhabitants. Jane is entranced by Chip; Liz, sceptical of Darcy. As Liz is consumed by her father's mounting medical bills, her wayward sisters, and Cousin Willie trying to stick his tongue down her throat, it isn't only the local chili that will leave a bad aftertaste.

Where there are hearts that beat and mothers who push, the mysterious course of love will resolve itself in the most entertaining and unlikely of ways. And from the hand of Curtis Sittenfeld, Pride & Prejudice is catapulted into our modern world singing out with hilarity and truth.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (eAudiobook)

Good Omens

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact.

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - are assembling.

Witchfinder Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor's cryptic predictions.

Atlantis is rising; fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they've got to find and kill the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There's just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him...

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NAIDOC Week 2021 eCollection

SPEAR (eFilm)

SPEAR v2

Acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre's outstanding dance work SPEAR to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film debut. Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from North-East Arnhem Land to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Featuring the brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, SPEAR is an intimate journey with one of Australia's most celebrated artists and one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy (eFilm)

Westwind Djalu's Legacy

Djalu Gurruwiwi is an aging elder in a line 60,000 years long who is running out of time to pass on the Yidaki Songlines entrusted to him for the future of his people, before it dies with him. His sons and community, struggling to come to terms with the consequences of colonisation, are lost. When Djalu breaks with tradition to try and save it, world famous musician Gotye becomes an unexpected family member and helps heal Djalu’s sons and amplify his songs to the world.

Emu Runner (eFilm)

Emu Runner

A spirited 8-year-old girl deals with the grief of her mother's death by forging a bond with a wild emu. This spiritual dreaming is a bond she will do anything to keep, but one that puts her at odds with the new social worker.

The Yield by Tara June Winch (eAudio)

The Yield

The yield in English is the reaping, the things that man can take from the land. In the language of the Wiradjuri yield is the things you give to, the movement, the space between things: baayanha.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert 'Poppy' Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains. Albert is determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. He finds the words on the wind.

August Gondiwindi has been living on the other side of the world for ten years when she learns of her grandfather's death. She returns home for his burial, wracked with grief and burdened with all she tried to leave behind. Her homecoming is bittersweet as she confronts the love of her kin and news that Prosperous is to be repossessed by a mining company. Determined to make amends she endeavours to save their land - a quest that leads her to the voice of her grandfather and into the past, the stories of her people, the secrets of the river.

Profoundly moving and exquisitely written, Tara June Winch's The Yield is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. But it is as much a celebration of what was and what endures, and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language, storytelling and identity.

Also available an eBook on Overdrive

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe (eBook)

Dark Emu

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko (eAudio)

Too Much Lip

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she's an inch away from the lockup, so she heads south on a stolen Harley. Kerry plans to spend twenty-four hours, tops, over the border. She quickly discovers, though, that Bundjalung country has a funny way of grabbing on to people. Old family wounds open as the Salters fight to stop the development of their beloved river. And the unexpected arrival on the scene of a good-looking dugai fella intent on loving her up only adds more trouble – but then trouble is Kerry's middle name. Gritty and darkly hilarious, Too Much Lip offers redemption and forgiveness where none seems possible. Too Much Lip won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Also available as an eBook on Overdrive

The White Girl by Tony Birch (eBook)

The White Girl

Odette Brown has lived her whole life on the fringes of a small country town. After her daughter disappeared and left her with her granddaughter Sissy to raise on her own, Odette has managed to stay under the radar of the welfare authorities who are removing fair-skinned Aboriginal children from their families. When a new policeman arrives in town, determined to enforce the law, Odette must risk everything to save Sissy and protect everything she loves. In The White Girl, Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Tony Birch shines a spotlight on the 1960s and the devastating government policy of taking Indigenous children from their families.

Carpentaria by Alexis Wright (eAudio)

Carpentaria

Carpentaria is Alexis Wright's second novel, an epic set in the Gulf country of north-western Queensland. The novel's portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight's renegade Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other.

Wright's storytelling is operatic and surreal: a blend of myth and scripture, farce and politics. The novel is filled with extraordinary characters - Elias Smith the outcast saviour, the religious zealot Mozzie Fishman, the murderous mayor Stan Bruiser, the moth-ridden Captain Nicoli Finn, the activist and prodigal son Will Phantom, and above all, the queen of the rubbish-dump Angel Day and her sea-faring husband Normal Phantom, the fish-embalming king of time - figures that stride like giants across this storm-swept world.

Talking to My Country by Stan Grant (eBook)

Talking to My Country

In July 2015, as the debate over Adam Goodes being booed at AFL games raged and got ever more heated and ugly, Stan Grant wrote a short but powerful piece for The Guardian that went viral, not only in Australia but right around the world, shared over 100,000 times on social media. His was a personal, passionate and powerful response to racism in Australian and the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an indigenous man. 'We are the detritus of the brutality of the Australian frontier', he wrote, 'We remained a reminder of what was lost, what was taken, what was destroyed to scaffold the building of this nation's prosperity.'

Stan Grant was lucky enough to find an escape route, making his way through education to become one of our leading journalists. He also spent many years outside Australia, working in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, a time that liberated him and gave him a unique perspective on Australia. This is his very personal meditation on what it means to be Australian, what it means to be indigenous, and what racism really means in this country.