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Morning Book Reading

Taking Tom Murray Home, by Tim Slee

Reader: Sue Farrelly, 1RPH
Commenced: Monday, 11 October 2021

The winner of the inaugural Banjo Prize, Taking Tom Murray Home is a funny, moving, bittersweet Australian story of fires, families and the restorative power of community.

Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he’d rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn’t want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350 kilometres from Yardley in country Victoria to bury him in Melbourne where he was born. To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow – real slow.

What happens next? Listen in to find out!

Afternoon Book Reading

The Beekeepers’ Apprentice, by Laurie R. King

Reader: Helen Deakin, 4RPH
Commenced: Monday, 25 October 2021

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees in Sussex when a young woman literally stumbles onto him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern, twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. They are soon called to Wales to help Scotland Yard find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator, a case of international significance with clues that dip deep into Holmes’s past.

Full of brilliant deduction, disguises, and danger, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, the first book of the Mary Russell–Sherlock Holmes mysteries, is “remarkably beguiling” (The Boston Globe).

Young Adult Book Reading (New schedule!)

The Dead of the Night, by John Marsden (Tomorrow series Book 2)

Reader: Hollie Bidwell, ACT Storytellers Guild for 1RPH
Monday, 18 October 2021 at 7.30 pm

Please note our new schedule: YA / Children’s Book readings have changed to every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm, repeated on Tuesday and Thursday at 4.00pm.

This action-filled sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began (broadcast on 1RPH earlier this year) picks up just where its predecessor left off as 6 determined teenagers oppose an unnamed foreign army that has invaded the country, imprisoning all of the locals and laying sinister plans for the future. Ellie and her friends wage guerrilla warfare against the occupying forces while perils of many kinds persist.

Book reading times

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