November 26, 2009

True Blood comes to Camden Library Service

We have recently acquired all 9 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris - and we plan to get the next one when it is published next year. These books were the basis of the TV series True Blood and are in the current contemporary vampire genre. Find out more from wikipedia or the author's website. Several reservations have already been placed - get in early to get your next vampire fix!

November 24, 2009


This wonderful book has been recognised with several awards/nominations. It won the 2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, is one of the 2009 Books Alive 50 Books You Can't Put Down and was also one of the shortlisted fiction titles in the 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. In spite of all that, you might want to give it a try - you won't find it wanting (sorry for the bad pun). To find out more about the book, go to Richard Flanagan's website which has reviews, book club notes etc. The story intertwines Charles Dickens and Sir John Franklin, a polar explorer, with the story of Tasmania's aboriginal peoples and their interaction with white settlers in colonial times through the experience of an orphan girl, Mathinna. Sensitive, evocative prose and a masterly weaving of the disparate stories make a fine and thoughtful experience for the reader.

Jane Austen's Sewing box

A simple pleasure for Jane fans, craft fans and social history fans. The author has trawled Jane's novels and personal papers to identify craft activities and designed simple projects to illustrate the idea. The background is given in extracts from these papers. The sewing instructions do, I think, presume a level of sewing knowledge as some of the steps are not clear, however, the book can be read as a delicious journey into Jane Austen's world without any intention of actually doing the craft . Step back into time with relish .... then come forward and say thankyou for modern sewing machines etc and not having the responsibility of providing all your family's clothing by hand! Very pretty.


"politics isn't rocket science"

This DVD is an English series of 6 episodes (a double DVD) on The Amazing Mrs Pritchard who, in disgust at the antics of her local candidates in a national election, decides to stand herself because politics isn't rocket science. Her knowledge of people helps her connect, her timing is right for people who are tired of professional politicians but as you may expect, she and her family are catapulted into situations she has not anticipated. A funny, serious, moving and interesting look at the pitfalls and pleasures of power and family life. Many of Britain's finest actors contribute to the strength of this series.


November 09, 2009

2009 Best Fiction Reads

Our top 10 most borrowed books for 2009 are:

  • Sail James Patterson
  • The Whole Truth David Baldacci
  • Firefight Chris Ryan
  • Artic Drift Clive Cussler
  • Patriot Act James Phelan
  • Skeleton Coast Clive Cussler
  • Area 7 Matthew Reilly
  • The Chase Clive Cussler
  • Plague Ship Clive Cussler
  • Silent Predator Tony Park

Camden's social history

Alan Atkinson's book 'Camden: farm and village life in early NSW' is a fascinating account of the social history of our area. Reading like a novel, its chapters tell the story of families who farmed, worked, married and formed the early community. An appendix gives a snapshot of the Aboriginal people living here at the time and the comprehensive index makes it a useful book for students and researchers. Available for reference and loan at Camden & Narellan libraries.

Winner of the 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction

The winner of the 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction is Nam Le for his book of short stories, The Boat. This book was discussed by Camden Library's Book Discussion Group this year, and provoked lots of lively argument - it was loved by some and largely criticised by others. I think it's one of the best books I've ever read - absolutely beautifully written and well-deserving of this award. Give it a try.


Find out more about the shortlist and winners at

Book Discussion Group

Do you love reading and talking about the books you have read with other avid readers? Then why not join Camden Library's Book Discussion Group on the third Thursday of each month from 7.30pm. Books we have discussed lately, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas and Ransom by David Malouf. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19 November 2009 and will include a Christmas get together to discuss our favourite books of the year. At the January meeting we will talk about No Country for old men by Cormac McCarthy.

New Large Print Collection

You may have noticed that the libraries Large Print collection has grown dramatically over the past year. Check out the latest titles, best selling authors and genres appealing to all tastes including mystery, fantasy, romance and classics.

November 07, 2009

Live your best life!

"O" The Oprah magazine is now available at Camden library. There are lots of style and fashion tips but most importantly great positive articles about health choices, body issues and family relationships.
The magazine is proving popular already so don't forget you can reserve a copy online or at the library for only $1.10.
Enjoy Luise