Staff: I Recently Read

White Night By Ellie Marney Really enjoyed this young adult contemporary novel.  The story is set in a regular Australian country town where nothing exciting or new happens. Bo Mitchell has lived in the town all of his life and knows everyone and everything about the town. Excitement is in the air when new girl…
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Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”. The Wild Men of Montmorency recently published…
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See what [she] has done….

See What I Have Done is a completely immersive, utterly coercive, sensory experience. Reading this book is like clawing your way into someone's skin, sitting inside them like an alternate personality.  It engages every one of the senses.  After it ends you are left with an echo of rotting mutton soup on the tip of your…
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These walls speak volumes

Victoria’s local history community have been waiting eagerly for the sequel to Pam Baragwanath and Ken James’ Mechanics Institute’s history. If the Walls Could Speak. These Walls Speak Volumes is now available. This book represents early Victorian history. They were local, independent, self –funded and self-help initiatives. They were the forerunner to public libraries and…
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Book Review: Lists of Note

Lists of Note (also available as Lists of Note)  follows on the footsteps of Letters of Note compiled by Shaun Usher.  This is a delightful book to dip in and out of for an interesting treat. Many of the lists would be of interest to family history researchers and include: George Washington’s slaves Reasons for admission …
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Book Review: Lost relations: Fortunes of my family in Australia’s Golden Age

“Genealogy offers a gateway into an extended family, linked vertically through time rather than horizontally in the present. In a world of confused and multiple identities, it promises a deeper sense of who we are.” Historian Graeme Davison has written the saga of his family in the recently published: Lost Relations”. His family’s history is…
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