Magazines change to a two week loan period Monday, 2 July.


27 Feb 2018

The Martian by Andy Weir

If your interest in mathematics is more ‘the pretty patterns that Newton’s cradles make’ end of the spectrum rather than ‘the how much coal will it take a train to get from Wellington to Auckland if it uses blah blah blah’ end – you will want to ditch this book quite early on – BUT DON’T!

15 Jan 2018

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Katey Kontent, daughter of an immigrant Russian family, reminisces about her life in New York after seeing photographs of some of her early friends in an exhibition. The story is one of post-depression, pre-2WW New York, of the WASP culture, the at once egalitarian/hierarchical society, and the many choices one makes that define a path through life.

8 Jan 2018

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

My last read of 2017 and also one of the best! This novel follows an interesting cast of characters through the streets of New York in 1895 - there is Odile from a Coney Island sideshow searching for her sister Belle, Alphie who has wound up in a grizzly lunatic asylum and Sylvan, a down and out, who finds himself with an orphaned baby.