What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

Doctors, decoration, desolation and more! Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month.


Kerrie’s pick is ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay (Adult Non Fiction/Health & Wellbeing, 610.92 KAY)

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.

A funny and emotional journey


Jean’s pick is ‘The Foundling’ by Stacey Halls (Adult Fiction Rental, HAL)

London, 1754.
Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl - and why. Less than a mile from Bess' lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of a good story with an historical setting. The author has written with the pen of a social historian. All the colour, grandeur, filth and abject poverty provide the background to the hunt for a wrongly reclaimed child left at the Foundling Hospital.


Zuni’s pick is ‘An eagle in the airing cupboard’ by Rex Harper (Adult Non Fiction/Animals & Pets, 636.083 HAR)

A delightful account of the life of an RSPCA animal sanctuary warden in Cornwall, UK. Throughout, Rex evokes the sights, smells, sounds and spirit of the Cornish countryside in all its timeless beauty. He also encounters sickening cases of animal cruelty committed by humans unfit to care for any living thing

Quirky characters abound, both animal and human. This is a relaxing, easy, feel-good read, ideal for evening perusal, perfect for settling your mind and soul after Covid woes.


Marina’s pick is ‘All the Flowers in Paris’ by Sarah Jio (Adult Fiction Rental, JIO)

Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious journal, and shocking secrets, sweeping from World War II to the present

An eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness.


Maclean’s pick is ‘The Pot Book’ by Edmund de Waal (Adult Non Fiction/Arts & Crafts, 738.09 DEW)

The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials 'invented' by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. In more recent times clay has been used not just by artisans and potters, but also by artists, designers and architects.

I have been making clay pieces lately and have been inspired by this book.


Lynley’s pick is ‘The Sweetness of a Simple Life’ by Diana Beresford-Kroeger (Adult Non Fiction/House and Garden, 646.7 BER)

In this warm and wise collection of essays, she gives us a guide for living simply and well: which foods to eat and which to avoid; how to clean our homes and look after pets; how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illness; and why we need to appreciate nature. She provides an easy dose of healing, practical wisdom, blending modern medicine with aboriginal traditions

I was intrigued by the title of this book and discovered that this author is a scientist who has spent her life combining science with caring for our environment. She has chosen a plant for each chapter and describes its uses in cooking and traditional medicine with some amazing ideas in this regard. Fascinating!

Kerrie Gamble