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Morning Book Reading

Scarlet Feather, by Maeve Binchy

Reader: Penny Gornson
Commenced: Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Two friends struggle to balance their personal and professional lives. They met in cooking school and became fast friends with a common dream. Now Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather hope to take Dublin by storm with their newly formed catering company, aptly dubbed “Scarlet Feather.”

Afternoon Book Reading

Ned Kelly, by Peter FitzSimons

Commenced: Monday, 27 April 2020

Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers’ ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy’s brushes with the law.  Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home?  Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination?  Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?

Children’s Book

The Orphan Train Adventures – A Family Apart, by Joan Lowery Nixon

Reader: Dorothy Broom
Commencing: Friday, 8 May 2020

Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen.

This is the fate that befalls the Kelly children. It’s 1856, and their widowed mother has sent them west from New York City because she’s convinced that she can’t give them the life they deserve.

The Kelly’s board an “orphan train” and are taken to St. Joseph, Missouri, where their problems only grow worse. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye to their mother, but now they’re forced to part ways with their fellow siblings as well. Thirteen-year-old Frances won’t stand for it. She’s going to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger.

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