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May 2021

The most popular library books for April

Need reading inspiration? The Vision Australia Library has compiled the top five fiction and non-fiction book downloads for April.

Crime, murder and mystery were flavour of the month for fiction while memoirs and biographies of inspiring women led the field for non-fiction.

For more information about the Vision Australia Library including how to join visit the website here.   

Top five fiction titles

Late, Late In the Evening by Gladys Mitchell

A member of a folk-dance group is killed on the Yorkshire Moors. At first, police suspect a hit-and run driver, but when another dancer is killed the case takes a turn for the sinister.

Available in DAISY

Cold, Lone and Still by Gladys Mitchell        

A couple embark on a long pilgrimage in the Scottish highlands, where, in heavy mist they come upon the corpse of a murdered man.

Available in DAISY

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson 

Allan Brennan is working at a prestigious new wilderness hotel. The real reason he's there, to learn the truth about his father's death, is far more dangerous than he knows.

Available in DAISY 

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

First person narrative of the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, who first appeared as a minor character in Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions.

Available in DAISY 

Without a Doubt by Fleur McDonald  

In a bid to search for the link between a murdered man and illegal stock trading, police officer Dave must put himself on the wrong side of the law. If he's found out, he'll never see his wife or daughter again.

Available in DAISY  

Top five non-fiction downloads

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll by Fiona Patten 

The entertaining and inspiring story of how one woman used her own radical common sense to speak truth to power and fight for change.

Available in DAISY 

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth    

Jennifer Worth was just twenty-two when she volunteered to spend her early years of midwifery training in the heart of London's East End in the 1950s.

Available in DAISY 

Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens 

 Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as both man of his time and also as a symbolic figure of the future.

Available in DAISY 

Memoirs of Tilly Aston by Matilda Ann Aston

An autobiography of the Australian poet, author and philanthropist.

Available in DAISY 

A Different Kind of Seeing by Marie Younan

Accidentally blinded by her grandmother as a baby, locked out of school, play, and social gatherings, she lived a brave inner life of reflection and acceptance.

Available in DAISY

A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti

On May 19, Vision Australia Library held A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti hosted by Chloe Hooper with special guest Bill Jolley. You can watch the stream of the conversation online on Youtube.


March 2021

Paddock to Page: In Conversation with Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald (webinar)

From tight-knit hamlets to the red dirt of the sprawling outback the rural romance genre highlights the diversity of the Australian rural landscape, the hardships and success’ of rural life and the love and connection people have to the life on the land.

More importantly, the stories are about women determining their own lives, overcoming obstacles and finding a hard-won happy ending.

Join two of Australia’s most popular Rural Romance writers Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald in conversation as they discuss how they bring their lived experience on the land from paddock to page.

When: Tuesday March 30, 2pm-3pm (AEDT)

How: Via Zoom. Telephone dial in option available.

Register here.

 

International Women's Day reading list

In honour of International Women's Day on Sunday March 8 we've put together a list of some great books from the collection celebrating Australian women in literature. These selections are available on the Vision Australia Library and come from Australian women writers who have been awarded the Stella Prize.

The Stella Prize is a prize for the year’s best book, fiction or non-fiction, written by an Australian woman. The prize was dreamed up in a panel discussion on International Women’s Day in 2011 as a way to address the lack of representation for women’s writing in reviews and awards which predominantly are gifted to male writers. The first award was presented in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for her novel, Mateship with Birds, which is available through the Vision Australia Library.

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Alice Wright

The Children by Charlotte Wood

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth by Alexis Wright

 


February 2021

The Duke Effect

With more than 82 million household viewers in the first month alone, the Netflix mini-series Bridgerton is making hearts beat faster and spawning plenty of office water cooler conversations (albeit on Zoom) for its ‘love’ scenes on the stairwell.

Set in the regency period of society debuts, dashing gentlemen and virtuous ladies playing the harp, the series is adapted from the nine books by romance writer Julia Quinn about the eponymous Bridgerton family.

Noted for their humour and sharp and witty dialogue, the books are said to be a modern twist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the twist being sex and passion rather than arm-in-arm promenading.

The Vision Australia Library has nine of the Bridgerton books available in DAISY audio beginning with The Duke and I which sees the ‘irresistible’ Duke of Hastings shunning marriage and society until Daphne Bridgerton agrees to a fake courtship. Each benefit from the sham courtship but neither of them counted on love finding a way.

You can listen to an excerpt of The Duke and I, narrated by English actor Sally Burnett on Reader Recommended with Frances Keyland here.

The Bridgerton Series

You can find these titles in the series available in DAISY through the Library.

The Duke and I (2000)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)

An Offer From a Gentleman (2001)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)

To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)

When He Was Wicked (2004)

It’s In His Kiss (2005)

To let us know more of what you’d like from the Vision Australia Library, email us at library@visionaustralia.org

The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of Audio and Braille books, newspapers, magazines and podcasts for anyone who has a print disability.

Call 1300 65 46 56 or email library@visionaustralia.org

Library's new newsletter

Vision Australia Library is pleased to announce our new quarterly library newsletter! In this online newsletter you will find information about the library, updates and news, and reading recommendations. Library members will be automatically subscribed to this newsletter. The first newsletter can be read here.

If you are not a library member and would like to receive the newsletter please email library@visionaustralia.org.


January 2021

Happy new year from the Vision Australia Library!

2020 was a big year of change for the library with upgrades to the updated Vision Connect App and i-access Kiosk, a new Website, and our move to the Bookshare platform. 2020 was a challenging year for many of us but our literary friends were there to teach us, take us on fictional adventures, and keep us entertained and informed. We hope you enjoyed Vision Australia Library’s selection of books, magazines, newspapers, podcasts and music Braille over the year.

What did members read in 2020? We’ve compiled a list of our 10 most requested titles by members in 2020.

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga available in DAISY Audio and eBraille.
  2. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa translated from Italian by Archibald Colquhoun available in Daisy Audio.
  3. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg translated from Danish by F. David available in Daisy Audio.
  4. The Lewis Man by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.
  5. 1st to Die By James Patterson available in Daisy Audio.
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton available in Daisy Audio.
  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler available in Daisy Audio.
  8. The Barefoot Surgeon: the Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight and Hope to the World's Poor by Ali Gripper available in Daisy Audio.
  9. Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante available in Daisy Audio.
  10. The Chessmen by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.

These titles and more are available in the Vision Australia Library catalogue.

In 2021 we look forward to bringing you thousands of new titles in our collection and new opportunities to connect with reading and writing. To let us know more of what you’d like to see from the library, contact us at library@visionaustralia.org.