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Morning Book Reading

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

Reader: Eleanor Uhr
Commenced: 24 March 2021

When the plague arrives in the isolated village of Eyam in England’s Peak District, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. The story of the fateful year of 1666 is told through Anna’s eyes, with her personal struggle taking place against the backdrop of disease and superstition. Based on a true story, Geraldine Brooks brings history vividly to life as she explores themes of love, hope and despair in ordinary life.

Afternoon Book Reading

Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded, by Simon Winchester

Reader: Pat Wearne, 1RPH
Commenced: 8 April 2021

The sound of the volcano island of Krakatoa erupting in 1883 was heard in Australia and India, and dust swirled around the planet for years, causing temperatures to plummet. An immense tsunami followed the explosion that killed 40,000 people. Bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. More importantly, the eruption changed the world in more ways – economically, socially, politically – than could be imagined at the time. Simon Winchester chronicles this momentous event and its aftermath with his customary skill and creates a compelling narrative that brings this extraordinary natural disaster back to life.

Children’s Book

Tomorrow When the War Began, by John Marsden (Book 1)

Reader: Sue Farrelly, 1RPH
Commenced: 12 February 2021

Tomorrow, When The War Began follows the adventures of Ellie Linton and her friends: teenagers growing up in the fictional Australian town of Wirrawee. Whilst camping at a local spot affectionately called Hell, the friends come to realise that their town has been invaded by an unknown foreign power. From here, the teenagers plan and launch a guerrilla warfare attack on the soldiers occupying their territory, resisting their invasion and trying to regain control of Wirrawee. Tomorrow was made into a feature film in 2010, and we are starting with Book 1 of the 7-book series. With a natural gift for storytelling, John Marsden began writing when working as a teacher and is one of Australia’s foremost writers of Young Adult fiction.

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