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The Banksia House breakout by James Roxburgh

When Ruth Morris is moved into Banksia House by her workaholic son Michael, she is eighty-one years young, mourning her loss of independence, and missing her best friend Gladys terribly.
So when she learns Gladys is dying a state over in Brisbane, Ruth is determined to say goodbye. Enlisting the help of her fellow residents, Ruth makes a daring departure from Banksia House alongside renowned escape-artist Keith, and her formidable new friend Beryl.

“A mischievous adventure that had me laughing out loud. A 5 star read!”

Review by Julie (21-01-2022)

Chasing the boogeyman by Richard Chizmar

This novel is a fictional account of brutal killings that took place in the author's hometown of Edgewood during the late 1980s. Several teenage girls went missing only to turn up mutilated and posed. Before long, the town is in a frenzy of fear and suspicion. While the police work feverishly to catch the serial killer, Richard Chizmar is drawn to the case, eventually writing a firsthand account which is this book.

And I have to say, the author wrote himself into a story that I was completely drawn to this as if it were fact, it was very believable complete with photographs of the 'victims' and 'police'. Brilliantly executed!

Review by Penelope (13-01-2022)

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

A masterful exploration of human empathy, Oh William! captures the joy and pain of watching children grow up and start families of their own; of discovering family secrets, late in life, that rearrange everything we think we know about those closest to us; and the way people live and love, despite the variety of obstacles we face in doing so.
And at the heart of this story is the unforgettable, indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who once again offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. This is the way of life, Lucy says. The many things we do not know until it is too late.

The happiest man on earth by Eddie Jaku

A staff recommended gem for you!

Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp.

Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country.

Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best possible life. Published as Eddie turned 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.

Eddie passed away 12 October 2021 age 101.