December 16, 2018 - January 12, 2019: Issue 388

Old Books: Summer 2018 to 2019 - read in full here: online!

The Dead Heart of Australia: A Journey Around Lake Eyre in the Summer of 1901-1902 by John Walter Gregory Publication date 1906, Australia As It Is: Its Settlements, Farms, And Gold Fields by Francis Lancelott Publication date 1852, An Australian Ramble, Or, A Summer In Australia (1890) written by James Ewing Ritchie

Puffin Book of Summer Stories: Eight favourite Australian picture books

Sandy toes, soaring gulls, and splashing in the waves. What's not to love about summer? Celebrate the freedom and joy of the long, warm holidays with The Puffin Book of Summer Stories. Featuring eight favourite picture books by well-loved authors, this beautifully presented, hardback collection makes an ideal gift. 

The classic books included are-Summer by June Factor and Alison Lester, Max by Marc Martin Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen, Castles by Allan Baillie and Caroline Magerl, My Hippopotamus is on our Caravan Roof Getting Sunburnt by Hazel Edwards and Deborah Niland, Seadog by Claire Saxby and Tom Jellett, There's a Sea in My Bedroom by Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner, and Eve and Elly by Mike Dumbleton and Laura Wood


Christmas Magic

by Cathy Kelly
Lose yourself in this warm and wonderful collection of short stories from bestselling Irish storyteller Cathy Kelly.

From weddings and summer holidays to Christmas with uninvited family or long-lost friends returning, this anthology captures the hopes, tears, laughter and loves of all kinds of women and their families and friends with Cathy' s inimitable warmth.
The holiday season comes but once a year, so curl up by a roaring fire and let the magic reel you in…


Back Roads

by Heather Ewart
With Karen Michelmore
ABC Books: $32.99
A road trip around Australia, discovering towns and communities outside the mainstream - and the colourful inhabitants whose grit and humour will uplift and inspire you.

Discover the resilient and inspiring people who live outside the big Australian cities - indeed off the beaten track altogether.

Defined by their strength and humility, these are characters whose grit and good humour will uplift and inspire. Meet strong women like Joan Sinclair, still riding horses in her 80s; Heather Jones from the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls; and Diane Reeves, a transgender former dairy farmer, shearer and truck driver. Visit historic places, such as Pine Creek, built on the sweat of Chinese workers, and Marree, where cameleers forged new paths far from home in this remote part of the world.

'They're proud communities like my hometown, full of surprises, fight and spirit,' says Heather Ewart, Back Roads presenter.

For anyone curious about what lies beyond, Back Roads will transport you from your city doorstep and show you a land of surprise and determination


Portraits without Frames

By LEV OZEROV
Introduction by Boris
Edited by Robert Chandler
Translated by Maria Bloshteyn and Irina Mashinski
Isaac Babel, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Anna Akhmatova star in this series of portraits of some of the greatest writers, artists, and composers of the twentieth century.

“We stopped and Shklovsky told me / quietly, but clearly, / ‘Remember, we are on our way out. / On our way out.’ And I recalled / … the wall of books, / all written by a man / who lived / in times that were hard to bear.” 

Lev Ozerov’s Portraits Without Frames offers fifty shrewd and moving glimpses into the lives of Soviet writers, composers, and artists caught between the demands of art and politics. Some of the subjects—like Anna Akhmatova, Isaac Babel, Andrey Platonov, and Dmitry Shostakovich—are well-known, others less so. All are evoked with great subtlety and vividness, as is the fraught and dangerous time in which they lived. Composed in free verse of deceptively artless simplicity, Ozerov’s portraits are like nothing else in Russian poetry.


NLA Ebooks - Free to download

The National Library of Australia provides access to thousands of ebooks through its website, catalogue and eResources service. These include our own publications and digitised historical books from our collections as well as subscriptions to collections such as Chinese eResources, Early English Books Online and Ebsco ebooks.

What are ebooks?
Ebooks are books published in an electronic format. They can be read by using a personal computer or an ebook reader.

This guide will help you find and view different types of ebooks in the National Library collections.
Peruse the NLA's online ebooks, ready to download - HERE

 Children's Storytime at Mona Vale Library

Mona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft. Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. Storytime Sessions

Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am

Dear Santa

By Samuel Johnson, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
Brother, actor, Victorian of the Year and determined cancer vanquisher Samuel Johnson OAM has gathered together a collection of letters to Santa from some of Australia's most notorious and best-loved grown-ups. Surprising, entertaining, wicked and witty, this little book of letters is the perfect gift for your favourite human. 

If you could ask Santa for absolutely anything, what would you ask for?

Samuel Johnson OAM, Australia's favourite skylarker, brother and determined cancer vanquisher, has asked his friends and supporters (who just happen to be some of Australia's best writers, comics, actors, artists, musicians and personalities) to share their letters to Santa.

Some letters are naughty.
Some letters are nice.
Some echo a favourite childhood memory.
Some beg forgiveness.
Some are angry.
Some just want something sweet.
Some want to change their own world, others want to change the whole world.

Contributors include Helen Garner, Adam Hills, Deborah Mailman, Rove McManus, Leigh Sales, Grant Denyer, John Williamson, Myf Warhurst, John Paul Young, Mia Freedman, Shaun Micallef, Missy Higgins, and many more.

This little book of letters is wicked, witty and warm-hearted. It will make you laugh, think and feel and is the perfect Christmas gift for those who speak human.

Illustrations by Shaun Tan
Every copy sold will contribute to cancer research 

About the Author
Samuel Johnson OAM is a much-loved Australian actor, best known for his work on The Secret Lives of Us, Crackerjack, Underbelly II, Rush and as the star of the hit biopic Molly. In recent times he is more proud of his work as a breast cancer advocate and determined unicyclist. He won a Gold Logie in 2017 for his work on Molly and was named the 2018 Victorian of the Year for his charity work to vanquish cancer. He has retired from acting until he raises $10M for cancer research. So far the charity he set up with his sister Connie, Love Your Sister, has raised $8M.


The Squatters
The story of Australia's pastoral pioneers

by Barry Stone
Fascinating stories of the indomitable men and women who established the first cattle and sheep properties that became the foundation of a prosperous nation.

'A very readable history of an important group of Australian pioneers' - Graham Seal, author of the bestselling Great Australian Stories 

For the early settlers who came from Britain's crowded cities and tiny villages, it must have been extraordinarily liberating to pack their belongings onto a bullock dray and head beyond the reach of meddlesome authorities to claim new land for themselves. 

Settlers spread out across inland Australia constructing windmills and fences, dry-stone walls and storehouses, livestock yards and droving routes, the traces of which can still be seen today. The fortunate and indomitable succeeded, while countless others succumbed to drought and flood. Those who were successful became a class all their own: the scrub aristocrats. 

Barry Stone has scoured through diaries, journals and newspapers, and sorted myth from legend. He tells the stories of pioneers whose vision and hard work built pastoral empires running thousands of head of stock, providing meat for a growing colony and wool for export, a rural juggernaut that would lay the foundations of a prosperous nation.


Great Convict Stories
Dramatic and moving tales from Australia's brutal early years

by Graham Seal
Fascinating stories of the indomitable men and women who established the first cattle and sheep properties that became the foundation of a prosperous nation.

'A very readable history of an important group of Australian pioneers' - Graham Seal, author of the bestselling Great Australian Stories 

For the early settlers who came from Britain's crowded cities and tiny villages, it must have been extraordinarily liberating to pack their belongings onto a bullock dray and head beyond the reach of meddlesome authorities to claim new land for themselves. 

Settlers spread out across inland Australia constructing windmills and fences, dry-stone walls and storehouses, livestock yards and droving routes, the traces of which can still be seen today. The fortunate and indomitable succeeded, while countless others succumbed to drought and flood. Those who were successful became a class all their own: the scrub aristocrats. 

Barry Stone has scoured through diaries, journals and newspapers, and sorted myth from legend. He tells the stories of pioneers whose vision and hard work built pastoral empires running thousands of head of stock, providing meat for a growing colony and wool for export, a rural juggernaut that would lay the foundations of a prosperous nation.


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