Is it that time of year already?…

hollyYes indeed Christmas and the New Year are almost upon us!

As 2012  draws to  a close, we take a look at some of the Books and Authors that have received some good feedback from our clients over the last 12 months

If you like a good family story with a dash of romance you may enjoy some Elizabeth Elgin.

One of our clients Joan,  had this to say:  “Thank you for sending Elizabeth Elgins ‘All the Sweet Promises’. It was one of the best stories I’ve ever heard and the story teller Jacqueline King did a wonderful job with the accents. I highly recommend this book”

From the Harpers Collins Website:

All The Sweet Promises was a book written from the heart. Like her three heroines, Elizabeth Elgin was a Wren during the Second World War and saw active service throughout the United Kingdom. The story she told captured the unrepeatable spirit of Britain during those dark years and captured the hearts and minds of myriad readers – both young and old alike.

You may like to search through all 12 books we have by Elizabeth Elgin to download or to have sent out on disc 

Its been a while now since Alexander McCall Smith hit the bestseller lists with his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, however the series seems set to become an enduring classic

We have all of this marvellous series available to borrow and we have set them out below in order:

No 1 Ladies Detective Agency available to Download or on disc

Tears of the Giraffe available to Download or on disc

Morality for Beautiful Girls available to Download or on disc

The Kalahari Typing School for Men available to Download or on Disc

The Full Cupboard of Life available to Download or on disc

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies available to Download or on disc

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies available to Download or on disc

Blue Shoes and Happiness available to Download or on disc

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive available to Download or on disc

The Miracle at Speedy Motors available to Download or on disc

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built available to Download or on disc

The Double Comfort Safari Club available to Download or on disc

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Paper available to Download or on disc

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection available to Download or on disc

One of our borrowers Joan writes; “Dear Librarian, Blue Shoes and Happiness is delightful! My blood Pressure is in good hands while reading Alexander McCall Smith”

The Next Book to mention is The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton.

 From the Synopsis: Summer 1924: on the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again.

Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time house-maid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet’s suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace’s mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge; something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Set as the war-shattered Edwardian summer surrenders to the decadent twenties, The Shifting Fog is a thrilling mystery and a compelling love story.

One of borrowers wrote; “I think this is the most exciting, intriguing and sad of the 3 Kate Morton books. I enjoy them so much. The Narrator was superb – really made the people come alive.”

The Shifting Fog is available to Download or on disc and also in downloadable Braille

Our next book to mention is  Blue Yonder by Alan Savage available to Download or on disc

From the Synopsis: A family drama encompassing both world wars. Two boys, as sons of an airman, are destined for the RAF, but while John, the son of the English mother, passes into the service, Karolina’s son, Max, allows himself to be seduced, by a German cousin, into returning to the Fatherland, where he renounces his British citizenship and joins the Luftwaffe.

Alan Savage is one of the many pseudonyms of Christopher Robin Nicole who has penned over 200 books.

For those who like high adventure with a dash of romance and good historical background, this book may be for you!

Finally The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow by A.J McKinnon, available to Download or on disc, also available in 5 vols of Braille

From the Synopsis: Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel

You can read a transcript of an interview conducted by the ABC here: A. J McKinnon on The Book Show

Well, that about wraps it up for this post, apart from a  quick reminder:  Our Library will be closed from the 24th of December to reopen on the 2nd of January 2013.  We hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas and thank you once again for all you feedback over 2012

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