Adult fiction

Those other women - Nicola Moriarty
Poppy's world has tipped sideways. The husband who never wanted children has changed his mind. The trusted childhood best friend has betrayed her. And the new friend from work, Annalise, insists she need to let loose. At least Annalise is on Poppy's side - she has no interest in having kids either. After they create a private Facebook group dedicated to women like themselves who don't have or want kids, the memberships soar, and Poppy feels like she's in control again. Then things take a nasty turn. They have a mole - someone in their group isn't who she says she is. But Poppy and Annalise aren't the only ones who are fed up. Their colleague, Frankie, is tired of being judged at every turn: by colleagues when she leaves early to pick up her kids, by stay-at-home mums when she can't volunteer at school, and by her own children for missing events. Her frustrations are complicated by a secret she's keeping, and she doesn't know how much longer she can pretend everything is fine. As the online hostility between parents and non-parents spills out into the real world, things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, exposing carefully concealed secrets and lies that will have a devastating effect on these three women's lives. Back


The lily and the rose - Jackie French
The Great War is over, but is there truly peace? And what of Miss Lily? Can she ever return? SophieHiggs, heiress to an Australian cattle empire and graduate of the mysterious MissLily's 'school' of charm and intrigue, must find a way acrosswar-battered Europe to rescue her friend Hannelore, the Prinzessin VonArneburg, from Munich revolutionaries. But in thisnew world, nothing is clear, in politics or in love. Even asSophie carves out an empire larger than her father's, she is tornbetween her complex love for Nigel, the Earl ofShillings; the impossibilities of marriage with Dolphie, German aristocrat andpatriot, and the mysterious 'John' who camps on her Australianproperty to carve a cross for every man he sent to death in thetrenches.In this sequel to Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies Sophie draws us further into this intriguing and romantic story filled with unforgettablecharacters - from the Prince of Wales to the valiant armyof women who helped win a war and then were forgotten. Back

A place with heart - Jennie Jones

Jaxine Brown has made a good life for herself with her cafe and her animal rescue shelter in Western Australian outback town, Mt Maria. But the homecoming of her secret teenage daughter, Frances, changes everything. At only seventeen, Jax was coerced to give up the baby to Frances's father and his wife. Finally, she has a chance to make it right for her resentful and awkward teenager, and hasn't got time to think about the recently returned handsome former detective, who inexplicably disappeared in the middle of their only date last year.Detective Senior Sergeant Jack Maxwell arrives in Mt Maria, seemingly back in uniform as Officer In Charge, while his mate Senior Sergeant Luke Weston is on leave. But Jack's real purpose is investigating suspicion of drug trafficking and the man they're watching works in the closest mine to the town. He expects to have this case wrapped up in four weeks, and feels he can take his time, not only with the case but also with Jaxine Brown, the woman he hasn't been able to get out of his mind.When graffiti and vandalism escalate in an issue involving stolen animals, Jax and Frances are unwittingly drawn into a mystery that suggests a connection to the same mine Jack has under surveillance. Can Jack get to the bottom of the furtive goings-on, and do whatever it takes to protect the would-be family that's wound its way into his heart?A new outback romance from the bestselling author of The Swallow's Fall series. Back


The other couple - Sarah J. Naughton
Ghostwriter Gillian has met her match with reality star Zooks Waters. Despite initial reluctance to take the job, Gillian finds herself seduced by the rags to riches story of her celebrity life and the book is set to be a sensation. On the eve of release at the launch party Zooks' body is found in what appears to be a suicide. What we discover is that the book is not only one hell of a story, but a masterwork of an alibi.  Back

Tangerine - Christine Mangan
The perfect read for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a gripping psychological literary thriller.The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the horrific accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. But Lucy is standing there, trying to make things right. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.Tangerine is an extraordinary debut, so tightly wound, so evocative of 1950s Tangier, and so cleverly plotted that it will leave you absolutely breathless. Back


Hangman - Daniel Cole
Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind are reopened on a daily basis, the legacy of the infamous investigation infecting all aspects of daily life. Despite the media's best efforts, copycat murders all over the planet have proven to be nothing more than violent mutilations by the unimaginative and deranged. Andrea Hall's memoirs are topping the charts while Halloween saw children all over the country distastefully donning grotesque costumes of the real-life monster in their midst. The Ragdoll, apparently, was here to stay. Over-promoted into the role of Chief Inspector following her work on the case, Emily Baxter is ill-suited to her new bureaucratic posting. Alex Edmunds won't admit it, but he is bored too, having returned to his monotonous job in Fraud after fighting so hard to escape. When Baxter is summoned to a meeting with Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA, she is presented with graphic photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly across the Brooklyn Bridge, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest. The victim's name: William Fawkes, a Wall Street banker and a very clear message that this murder is different to the others. Baxter is ordered to assist the unrelentingly professional Curtis and the charmingly eccentric Rouche with their investigation, another PR exercise to appease the ever-demanding public. Accompanying them to New York and the scene of another murder, they find the same word scrawled across the victim, torn into the assailant - the word PUPPET. The team helplessly play catch up as the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, building towards a devastating crescendo. Their only hope: to work out who the bait is intended for, how the Puppets are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings. Back


Only the dead can tell - Alex Gray
When Dorothy Guildford is found stabbed to death in her leafy suburban home, all signs point to the husband. But forensic pathologist Doctor Rosie Fergusson is convinced there's more to this case than meets the eye. While searching for evidence that will put Peter Guildford behind bars for good, DC Kirsty Wilson and the CID team unearth a link with a human-trafficking operation that Detective Superintendent William Lorimer has been investigating for months. But before they can interrogate Peter further, he is brutally attacked in prison.Lorimer and Kirsty team up to find out as much as they can about Peter, the attack and how it all connects to the mysterious 'Max' who it seems is at the centre of the trafficking ring. But the stakes get higher still when a young Slovakian woman and one of MIT's undercover agents are kidnapped by the very man they seek . . . Back


Blind defence - John Fairfax
She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner Brent Stainsby stands accused of her murder and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him. However, as the trial unfolds it soon becomes clear that there is far more to Diane Heybridge than meets the eye. She wasn't the weak and downtrodden victim now being presented to the jury. She was capable of a sophisticated form of vengeance. By the same token, Brent Stainsby isn't who he seems to be either. He's hiding a motive for murder unknown to the police and may well be playing a deadly game of poker with the judicial process. What began as a simple trial rapidly turns into a complex search for the truth beyond the confines of the courtroom.Meanwhile, Tess remains compromised by her association with London's most notorious advocate and must decide if she will continue her secret investigation into his conviction for murder. Back


A year at Hotel Gondola - Nicky Pellegrino
Kat has never wanted to live a small, everyday sort of life. She's an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual fare. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet - a relationship. She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to live with him in Venice where she will help him run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure: the food she eats, the recipes she collects, the people she meets, the man she doesn't really know all that well but is going to make a life with...Still, as Kat ought to know by now, the whole point of adventures is they never go exactly the way you expect them to. Back


Accidental heroes - Danielle Steel
Bernice Adams is a single mother. During the day, she's a security officer at JFK airport, to pay her way through law school. The work is hard and the shifts are long, but she enjoys interacting with the thousands of people that pass through each day, jetting off to glamorous destinations all over the world. A former military pilot, Helen Smith is now captain for a commercial airline, leaving the forces after her husband was killed in action. After two years, she's adjusting to life as a civilian, but still adores the thrill of flying - a balm to her aching heart. Nancy Williams is crossing the country to share news with her husband. News that they have spent years trying and praying for. Nancy can't wait to rush into his arms - only a short flight and then home . . . Bernice, Helen and Nancy's fates collide one morning, with the take off of flight A321 from New York to San Francisco. It is a day they will never forget. Accidental Heroes showcases Danielle Steel - the world's favourite storyteller - at her gripping, suspenseful best. Back


Letters to Iris - Elizabeth Noble
Iris was once everything to her granddaughter. But now she's losing her grip on her precious memories, and it's too late for Tess to ask for the advice she needs now more than ever.Tess is stunned to discover she's pregnant - but in spite of her relationship breakdown she knows she wants the surprise baby. Alone and uncertain, she turns to Gigi, a kindly stranger at Iris's nursing home.Gigi is bearing her own secret sadness. Whilst her family thrives, she hasn't been happy for years. Should she leave her husband and find a new life just for her?Then Tess discovers a case filled with Iris's secret letters. The missing pieces of her life could hold the answers she and Gigi need... Back


The shadow land - Elizabeth Kostova
Alexandra Boyd has travelled to Bulgaria hoping to salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. But a luggage mix-up soon after she arrives finds her holding an urn filled with human ashes. As Alexandra sets out to return the precious item to its owners she finds ever more obstacles in her path, even as her determination grows greater - and the mystery behind the significance of the urn deepens. Soon she will realise that this object is tied to the very darkest moments in the nation's history, and that the stakes behind seeing it safely returned are higher than she could ever have imagined. Elizabeth Kostova's new novel is a tale of immense scope that delves into the horrors of a century and traverses the culture and landscape of this mysterious country. Suspenseful and beautifully written, it explores the power of stories and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. Back

Dear Mrs Bird - A. J. Pearce
London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Day magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Emmy finds herself dismissing letters from lovelorn, grief-stricken or morally conflicted readers in favour of those who fear their ankles are unsightly or have trouble untangling lengths of wool. But soon the thought of those unanswered problems becomes too much to bear and Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . . Back

Mothers' day - Fiona McArthur
Midwife Noni Frost needs a miracle. Among the white gums of the NSW northern rivers, Rivertown Hospital's maternity unit is under threat and will close unless a new obstetrician is hired to share the on-call load. When Iain McCloud and his pregnant teenage daughter, Jacinta, arrive in town to await the birth of Jacinta's baby, Noni's stressed but that doesn't stop the sparks from flying between her and Iain as they disagree on everything from pain relief to breastfeeding.When Noni's young son, Harley, goes missing, everything comes to a head. With lives at risk, Noni and Iain must draw on all their strength and work together. Can they save those closest to them? Back


The stranger - Kate Riordan
When you're the outsider, who do you trust?Cornwall, 1940. For decades, Penhallow Hall has stood frozen in time, protecting the secrets of its isolated inhabitants. But the far corners of England are no shelter from the war, and Penhallow must finally open its doors to strangers.Three newcomers arrive, each looking to escape their past. They adjust easily to the routine - nightly blackouts, the threat of invasion - but tensions mount and secrets are forced into the open. For one of them is not there by choice. And then, in the hushed hours of deepest night, a young woman is taken by the sea.Was it simply a tragic accident? Or should the inhabitants of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in? Back


Never greener - Ruth Jones
Kate Andrews has the perfect life- glittering career, fame, money, an adoring husband and a gorgeous daughter. Or at least that's how it looks to everyone else.Callum McKay is happy, he's settled. He's married to the love of his life, Belinda, and the decades they've spent together have been filled with love and laughter. His life is a good one. A great one.But seventeen years ago, Kate and Callum had an affair of such passion and intensity that they've never quite forgotten its power. And when a chance encounter brings it all flooding back, the temptation might just be too much to resist.In this, her debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones gives an honest and tender portrait of falling in lust and out of love, of the dangers of looking for something better, and forgetting that the best might not be in our past or yet to come - but right where we are now. Back


Women in sunlight - Frances Mayes
The new novel from the bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun tells the story of four American women who become unexpected friends when they move to a beautiful villa in Tuscany. She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill. Who are they, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? Kit Raine, an American writer living in the small Italian town of San Rocco, is working on a biography of her close friend, the novelist Margaret Merrill. But her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women - Julia, Camille and Susan - all of whom have recently formed a friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. For Susan, the most fearless of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of a staid retirement in the States by taking on the lease of a big, beautiful house in Tuscany . . . Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a spirited lust for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. With Kit's friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten - with drastic and unforeseeable results. Back


Mazarine - Charlotte Grimshaw
From award-winning author Charlotte Grimshaw, this is a beautifully evocative, sensual portrayal of a woman's search for freedom and love. When her daughter vanishes during a heatwave in Europe, writer Frances Sinclair embarks on a hunt that takes her across continents and into her own past. What clues can Frances find in her own history, and who is the mysterious Mazarine? Following the narrative thread left by her daughter, she travels through cities touched by terrorism and surveillance, where the concept of relatedness is subtly changed, and a startling new fiction seems to be constructing itself. Back


The Governor's house - J. H. Fletcher
The story of two remarkable women, united by blood but separated by time - from the author of Dust of the Land Born in poverty, transported for theft, and in love with a charismatic but dangerous man - for Cat Haggard the Tasmanian Governor's House is not merely a beautiful building but a symbol of all she hopes to obtain in life. From convict, bushranger and accused pirate, Cat transforms herself into an entrepreneur and pillar of colonial Tasmanian society. But how is she connected to a missing ship? And could she be involved in the disappearance of a priceless treasure that, one hundred and three years after her death, will be claimed not only by a foreign government but by unscrupulous men determined to use it for their own ends? Joanne, dean of history at the university and Cat's descendant, is assigned the task of locating the missing artefact. Joanne believes the key may lie in a coded notebook she has inherited along with Cat's other mysteries. But will she be able to decipher the message and put a century-old secret to rest? And will she survive to join her true love in the Governor's House - a house that has come to mean as much to her as it did to her long-dead ancestor? Back


Dust of the land - J. H. Fletcher
There was only one way she could guarantee her future...and she knew that she would take it. Bella Tucker has come a long way. Born illegitimate and banished to the London slums by her vindictive stepmother, at six Bella is rescued by her grandfather and brought up as a member of the aristocratic Richmond family. Her future seems assured when she falls passionately in love with Charles Hardy, heir to the wealthy Hardy estate -- until her grandfather's death changes everything...Heartbroken and headstrong, Bella flees to Australia, where she is offered a job by the charismatic Garth Tucker, owner of Miranda Downs, a vast cattle station in the stunning and remote Pilbara region. After several near disasters, she finds herself falling in love with Garth amidst the dust, heat and the endless expanse of bush. Together, Bella and Garth become major players in the new mining industry, allowing Bella to build her dream home, the sprawling homestead, 'Desire'. But after Garth's unfortunate death, Bella is forced to deal with circumstances that bring the family close to ruin...and the business Bella and Garth have built to the brink of collapse. Can Bella untangle the lies and save the business and her family home? And will she ever lay eyes again on the man she never ceased to love, Charles Hardy? Dust of the Land is an epic saga of one woman's strength through her trials in love and betrayal on Australia's red frontier. Back



The art of napkin folding - Florence Sandeman
A well-laid table should be regarded as the start of any eating experience, from breakfast for one to buffets for more than one hundred guests. Knowing how to fold napkins is the icing on the cake, a crucial weapon in the armory of every host and hostess. This book shows you how to create more than forty contemporary, traditional, and novelty folds--the perfect complement to great food. Back


The baby detective : solve your baby problems your way - Sarah Norris

The only parenting book that offers a unique, step-by-step guide to enable parents to solve baby care problems for themselves. The Baby Detective is the only book of the parenting genre to develop a unique, step-by-step investigative process that will enable parents to solve their own baby care problems. It puts them firmly back in the driving seat, giving them the tools to do away with sometimes conflicting and confusing expert advice, and to face parenting challenges using their own intuition. Drawing on case studies of Sarah's previous clients, the book is based around her unique principle of AIM, in which parents are guided through the process of Assessing a problematic situation, Investigating the possible causes and Modifying behaviour in order to resolve it. It provides insight in to how and why environment, biology and personality interact to affect your baby, as well as suggesting numerous tips and strategies for remedying problems. Back


The best skin of your life starts here : busting beauty myths so you know what to use and why - Paula Begoun
This book helps consumers cut through the hype and find out the facts about skin and how it works and needs to be treated. From acne to wrinkles and everything in between, Paula and her team reveal the truth about skin type, skin concerns, natural ingredients, and dozens of today's most pervasive cosmetic myths. The truth will make you beautiful, plus save you time, money, and frustration! Back


Big knit love : 20 chuy knit fashions - Linda Zemba Burhance
Big yarns make big style! Knitting with chunky yarns bulky, super bulky, and roving has been called one of the most important trends in 2015 by Lion Brands. Modern chunky knit garments and accessories have been all over the runway this season and knitted home decor items are hot. Chunky knits work up quickly and feature lush stitches that have a rich texture. In Big.Knit.Love, the 30 patterns from knitwear designer Linda Burhance are organized by type of big yarn and are complete with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for beautiful garments and accessories for you and your home. Back


New Zealand Non-fiction

Life at the top : tales from Aoraki-Mount Cook - Genevieve Willoughby
Life at the Top: tales from Aoraki-Mt. Cook brings to life the stories of those who lived and worked in the Mt. Cook area and explored the magnificent mountains surrounding it. The themes and issues that dominate the development of Mt. Cook are uncovered in the book. The mountains have great spiritual significance for Maori and the early trailblazers appreciated their grandeur and the challenges they presented. Life at the Top covers stories of the early explorers and their hair-raising adventures as they surveyed, photographed, mapped and climbed in the area. It also captures the stories of the settlers who struggled to eke out an existence in this inhospitable country. Early visitors returned home with tales of an extraordinary alpine wilderness. Transport links were soon developed as tourist numbers increased and the first Hermitage was built to cater for them. Over time, with more people arriving the need for better accommodation and infrastructure increased. Life at the Top describes the building of the three Hermitage hotels and tells the stories of those who worked or stayed there. Fascinating characters fill the book including the Reverend Green, who came all the way from Ireland in a failed attempt to conquer Mt. Cook. Women feature highly; the courageous Freda du Faur who against all odds became the first female to climb Mt. Cook, and Ruth Adams, who was the subject of a renowned rescue which took an exhausting week. The book outlines the dedicated work of the Graham and Wigley families who made a long-lasting contribution to climbing and tourism. Many of the stories told in Life at the Top are gathered from descendants of the pioneers and many of the photographs included are drawn from family archives. These stories, from the past and present, illustrate Mt. Cook's tremendous magnetism which has brought people from all over the world, throughout the history of New Zealand. Back


Mauri Ora : wisdom from the Maori world - Peter Alsop and Te Rau Kupenga
Pearls of wisdom contained in proverbs - whakatauk I - have been gifted from generation to generation as an intrinsic part of the Maori world. As powerful metaphors, they combine analogy and cultural history in the most economical of words. Short and insightful, they surprise, engendering reflection, learning and personal growth. Mauri Ora links whakatauk I to key personal virtues idealised across cultures and generations. The virtues - wisdom, courage, compassion, integrity, self-mastery and belief - stem from the science of positive psychology; the study of how to live a better life. Illustrated throughout with wonderful photographs from an old world, this book draws on traditional wisdom to provide a recipe for personal effectiveness and leadership, and a rewarding connection of Maori knowledge to contemporary thinking about personal happiness and fulfilment. Back


More paddocks to plough : the life and legacy of Graeme Thompson : entrepreneur, family man, survivor - Reg Garters
This book traces Graeme Thompson's decision to leave the security of his family farm in remote Central Otago and take actions that would revolutionise the New Zealand meat industry, producing huge benefits to consumers around the world as well as to local farmers. For Graeme, these ventures meant fame and fortune and made the name of the dynamic company he founded, Fortex New Zealand Limited, synonymous with his name. But then the empire he had built came crashing down, throwing him into jail and all of the humiliation that went with it. Fortunately, Graeme's courage, resilience and unwaver-ing support from family and friends saw him through that hard time. After leaving prison, he established a new and exciting business that has brought him a way of life and the tranquillity his previous fame could never offer. This riveting story also takes us through Graeme's Scottish heritage, his childhood, boarding school and university days, marriage to his wife Barb, and the raising of their children. It is a story that not only exemplifies the extraordinary things that dynamic leadership of ourselves and others can achieve but also shows that we all have special resources to handle adversity and that success or failure is very much how we as individuals see it. Back


One step at a time : a story of survival - Claire Anderson

A promising representative cricketer, an accomplished student, ambitious and talented, Claire Anderson at 20 was facing the brightest future, with the best times of her life beckoning. But one night everything abruptly changed. Sexually assaulted by a friend after attending a party, Claire found her wide world narrowing to one of bleak despair, beset by hopelessness, and in the grip of a crippling depression. She was tormented by questions: 'Was it my fault? Why has my attacker not been held accountable? What can I do to escape these memories? ' Five years later, still haunted by these questions and armed with a few packets of pills, she headed to a tranquil spot in search of a single, fi nal answer: suicide. Saved by a phone call, this is the remarkable story of Claire's journey back from that dark place to a point where she could accept the events of her past and, at last, herself. From a life-changing moment on an Outward Bound course, and through the rigours of training towards and completing an Ironman, Claire redefi ned herself as a strong, capable woman who not only has changed her own life, but who can now impact upon others' lives as well, through sharing her story and through her sponsorship of Outward Bound candidates. Claire's selfl ess, moving tale charts her course, from sadness to gladness, from despair to triumph. This is the best kind of self-help book: the story of a woman who helped herself back from the brink, one small but rewarding step at a time. Back

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