What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

History, hoodlums 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.


Jean’s pick is ‘The Walworth Beauty’ by Michele Roberts (Adult Fiction, ROB)

This was my best read during the recent Lockdown. The title really doesn’t hint at what this book is about.  The story revolves around an old house in Apricot Place, Walworth, London.

Two time periods alternate to provide the story, not as much of the bricks and mortar of the house, rather the lives of those who lived there.  A modern age woman coming to terms with redundancy after years as a lecturer in English literature and then in 1851 when the remarkable Mrs Dulcimer ran a lodging house. The description, characterisation and haunting mystery, often given in short sentence form, is a literary work of art.


Marina’s pick is ‘Heart Talk’ by Cleo Wade (Adult Non Fiction/Beliefs & Philosophy, 158.1 WAD)

A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations. Featuring over one hundred and twenty of Cleo’s original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never before seen ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated.

An inspiring, accessible, and spiritual book of wisdom for the new generation.


Kerrie’s pick is ‘Wild Country’ by Anne Bishop (Adult Fiction Paperback, BIS)

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.
One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.
But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the Blackstone Clan, outlaws and gamblers all, will uncover secrets…or bury them.

A thrilling instalment


Zuni’s pick is ‘The Outpost’ by Dan Richards (Adult Non Fiction/Countries & Travel, 910.4 RIC)

Following a route from the Cairngorms of Scotland to the fire-watching huts of Washington State, from Iceland's Houses of Joy to the desert of New Mexico, and from the frozen beauty of Svalbard to a lighthouse perched in the Atlantic, Richards uncovers landscapes which have inspired writers, artists and musicians, and asks: why are we drawn to wilderness? And how do wild places become a space for inspiration and creativity?

A fascinating account of his travels to various isolated mountain refuges around the world, along with some interesting history

Maclean’s pick is ’10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ by Elif Shafak (Adult Fiction Rental, SHA)

For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her.

A powerful new novel

Kerrie Gamble