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Book Chats

Twice a month, book lovers get together at our Chartwell and Hillcrest libraries to share their passion for reading with fellow book lovers. These are the books enjoyed and discussed.

Hillcrest Library Book Chats

The last Thursday of every month from 10.30am-11.30am at Hillcrest Library.

Chartwell Library Book Chats

The second Monday of every month from 2pm-3pm at Chartwell Library.

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Chartwell Book Chat
June 2018
The Cull 
by Tony Park 

British business tycoon Julia Clyde-Smith will do anything to save Africa’s endangered wildlife, including setting up an elite anti-poaching squad. Hiring Sonja Kurtz to head up the covert strike force, Julia gives the former mercenary whatever she needs to take down Africa’s poaching kingpins. As the body count rises, it becomes harder for Sonja and her team to stay under the radar. When her former flame, safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand, is hired to investigate the death of an alleged poacher, Sonja is forced to ask herself if Julia’s wildlife crusade has gone too far. As the investigation deepens it becomes increasingly apparent that a shadowy underworld syndicate known as the Scorpions are pulling the strings behind Africa’s poaching epidemic. Just as Julia is intent on wiping out poaching so, too, are the Scorpions concentrating on taking out the women who stand in their way ... 

The White Pearl 
by Kate Furnivall 

Attempting to escape Malaya after the Japanese invade in 1941, Connie Hadley sets sail towards Singapore and rescues a Japanese fighter pilot who crashed into the sea. 

Meghan : A Hollywood Princess 
by Andrew Morton 

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in July 2016, little did they know that the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018. In this first-ever biography of the duchess-to-be, acclaimed royal biographer Andrew Morton goes back to Meghan's roots to uncover the story of her childhood growing up in The Valley in Los Angeles, her studies at an all-girls Catholic school, and her fraught family life--a painful experience mirrored by Harry's own background. 

When will there be good news? 
by Kate Atkinson 

A tale involving the unexpected intersection of three lives, including a woman whose life had been shattered 30 years earlier, an ex-detective on a crowded train and a teenage girl who is called upon to test her preparedness. 

Let the devil sleep 
by John Verdon 

Consulting with a young documentary producer only to suffer a bizarre series of accidents shortly afterward, decorated NYPD detective Dave Gurney discovers links to a serial killer cold case that pits him against the nation's top law enforcement experts. 

Codename Suzette 
by Anne Nelson 

Codename Suzette is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust, an account of outstanding courage in the face of evil. Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family, and married into the country's leading political dynasty. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups 'kidnapped' hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. Codename Suzette is a masterpiece of research and narrative, bringing to life a truly remarkable woman, and painting a vivid and unforgettable picture of wartime Paris. 

A safe place for Joey 
by Mary MacCracken 

Introduces five learning disabled children; discusses dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia; and shows how gifted teachers can transform the lives of students with learning disabilities 

The best of Adam Sharp 
by Graeme C Simsion 

The best-selling author of The Rosie Project presents the story of a 50-year-old man who reflects on his safe life choices and his long-ago, blazing affair with a strong-willed actress who contacts him unexpectedly and entices him to pursue a riskier life. 

Island nurses : stories of birth, life and death on remote Great Barrier Island 
by Leonie Howie 

A story about the simple life on an isolated island; a story about two remarkable women and how they forged their careers in a remote place; a story of community and the births and deaths that shape its ups and downs; a classic story of making do and overcoming adversity; and a story of hope and new life. 

Creative writing for dummies 
by Maggie Hamand 

Creative writing, from short stories to novels, travel writing to memoirs, is an imaginative outlet that relieves tensions and creates new worlds. This book is essential reading for all those who have aspirations to write novels, poetry, plays, travel writing and everything in between, but lack the confidence or expertise to get started. 

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