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December 2020

Ron McCallum in Conversation

On Wednesday 2 December, the Vision Australia Library was proud to host Ron McCallum in conversation about his memoir Born at the Right Time. You can watch a recording of the conversation below. Born at the Right Time is available in Daisy audio through the Vision Australia Library.

YouTube Video (097Gy7j5X30)

LEGO® Braille Bricks – Launching 2021

LEGO® Braille Bricks will be launched in Australia in early 2021 by Vision Australia, in partnership with the LEGO® Foundation.LEGO® Braille Bricks is an educational tool designed by the LEGO® Foundation to support children and young people who are blind or have low vision.

Find out more and to register your interest.


Vision Australia Library Summer Reads 2021

Sun-dripped surf coasts, menacing beaches, and alluring bays – this list from the Vision Australia library brings you eleven classic and contemporary reads set by the water to take you through summer.

Floundering – Romy Ash

Two brothers are picked up by their long-absent mother for a summer road trip in a beat up car. As they take refuge in a beachside caravan park, it becomes clear something is not right with this reunion. An evocative debut novel from author Romy Ash that recalls a child’s view of the Australian summer and the danger of the isolated coast.

Jaws – Peter Benchley

One night a young woman goes for a swim in the sea and doesn't come back. The next morning the police find her dead on the beach. Peter Benchley’s short novel remains a classic of thriller writing where a fish terrorising the town highlights the tension brewing in the seaside community. 

Bird, beasts and relatives – Gerald Durrell

Golden Corfu is the setting of Gerald Durrell’s follow up to My Family and Other Animals. In this memoir flushed with nostalgia, Gerald recalls midnight fishing adventures, collecting expeditions for his growing menagerie and the cast of quirky characters who flow in and out of the Durrell home on the idyllic Mediterranean island.

After January – Nick Earls

Alex Delaney is not expecting much from January: bodysurfing, television, and waiting for his tertiary offer. So he's not ready for the girl with green eyes who cuts past him on a wave. A coming of age story from young adult writer Nick Earls.

The Beach – Alex Garland

When Richard flies to Thailand he learns of a mysterious beach and teams up with a young French couple to find it. In the utopic beach, things soon unravel. Alex Garland’s semi-autobiographical novel explores whether Eden is possible.

The Beach Hut – Veronica Henry

Jane Milton doesn't want to sell her beloved beach hut, which has been the heart of her family’s holidays and holds so many happy memories. But when her husband dies, she has no choice but to sell. The first in a series by Veronica Henry, the Beach Hut follows the stories of the people who own the beach huts and who fall in or out of love, remembering their pasts, or trying to forget them.

Time’s long ruin – Stephen Orr

Nine-year-old Henry Page is a loner who spends his summer holidays reading and playing with his best friend Janice and her younger brother and sister. When he declines an invitation to spend the day at the beach with them, the trajectory of his life changes. Based loosely on the 1966 disappearance of the Beaumont Children from Glenelg Beach, Stephen Orr’s novel is about friendship and loss, and the stories of those left behind.

On the beach – Nevil Shute

Following the devastation of a nuclear world war, most of the northern hemisphere is annihilated. A small group of survivors in one of the last remain habitable pockets of earth heroically try to cope with their last days in a world which has died before them. Nevil Shute’s novel is a gripping and quietly eerie chronicle of the end of days.

The Light Between Oceans – ML Stedman

After the Great War, Tom Sherbourne takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock, bringing his loving young bride, Isabel, to the isolated island. When a boat washes ashore carrying a dead man and a living baby, Tom’s principles are challenged by his wife’s longing for a child. In this beautifully written novel, ML Stedman weaves a morally complex tale where justice and tragedy are intertwined.

Dirt Music – Tim Winton

At forty, Georgie find herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn’t love. Unsettled and restless, a chance encounter with the local poacher brings a dangerous new element to her life. An unlikely alliance drawn up in the enticing West Australian coast by master story teller Tim Winton.

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests are on holiday on the Isle of Skye. Their desire to row to the lighthouse is the subject of much deliberate discussion for Mrs. Ramsey and her family, as Virginia Woolf crafts a moving examination of love and family life.