Staff Reads: What our Librarians are reading

Oamaru Library Staff Reads March 2021

Ever wondered what the staff at Ōamaru Library are reading? Well here's your chance!

Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading and their reviews for this month.


Fanua's pick is Whiskey in a Teacup by Reece Witherspoon
(Adult Non-Fiction, Food and Drink, 791.43 WIT)

Award winning actress, Reece Witherspoon, invites you into her world, where she infuses the Southern Style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. It's easy to bring a little bit of Reece's world into your home, no matter where you live.

What growing up in the South taught Reece about Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits!


Jean's pick is Shepherd by Catherine Jinks
(Adult Fiction, JIN)

Tom Clay was twelve years old when he was caught and tried for poaching, back in Sulfolk, and transported to New South Wales. Now, assigned to a s shepherd's hut out west, he is a boy among violent men. But Tom is being hunted by a vicious killer, Dan Carver, and must outwit the merderer and survive Australia's colonial frontier.

This story is for both adults of all ages and young adults too. If you have any interest in either the early convict transportation to Australia or in rugged outback thrillers, then this is a must-read. The author has managed to evoke a startling evocation of the Australian bush and the story of a young boy transported there for the offence of poaching. The enitre book is a nonstop and desperate chase from a psychotic murderer who is never far behind. This sounds grim but the story is superbly lifted by its humanity and the skillful writing of an acclaimed writer. It is thoroughly recommended.


Glenys' pick is Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland
(Adult Fiction, BUT)

Fifteen years ago, Loveday Cardew lost all she knew and loved, one unspeakable night. Prefering books to people, Loveday takes refuge in the unique Little York bookshop. But her life in isolation is turned upside down when someone discovers her past and she can't hide any longer.

A gentle fiction read; set in a second-hand-book shop in York. Thoroughly enjoyable way to pass the time awaiting America's Cup racing on Sunday afternoon.


Marina's pick is Sister Kate: nursing through the troubles by Kate O'Hanlon
(Large Print, Non-Fiction, 610.73 OHA)

The extraordinary account of Kate O'Hanlon working at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, sixteen years as a nurse in charge of the ER, working through many of the darkest days of the Troubles during the 1960's.


Kerrie's pick is Witherward by Hannah Mathewson
(Adult Fiction Rental, MAT)

An underground London city of magic - a city divided - split between six rival magical factions, and the alpha of the changelings has gone rogue, threatening the fragile accords that have held London together for decades. Shapeshifter, Isla, has spent the first seventeen years of her life on the wrong side of London, wher magic is seen as the devil's work. Dragged through a portal into the Witherworld, Isla thinks she is finally in the place where she belongs, only to find it on the brink of a civil war.

A high stakes magical mystery. Kept me hooked from beginning to end.


Linda's pick is The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G Parry
(Adult Fiction, PAR)

Rob Sutherland is a lawyer, and the burden of his family secret is making him very tired - for you see, his brother Charley can bring characters from books to life and out into the real world. But when both brothers discover that Charley isn't the only 'summoner' in Wellington, they must work together to stop the dark forces using evil Dickensian Villans from destroying reality and taking over the world.

There are so many reasons to read this magical book. One - set in Wellington, New Zealand. Two - written by a New Zealand female author. Three - there are five Mr. Darcy's roaming the street of Lambton Quay. Four - an epic battle with the Jabberwocky. Humoured my literary and funny bone, Parry made me believe that New Zealand could have an underground secret world of literary figures shopping at our supermarkets.

Linda Robertson