East and Bays Courier : June 27th 2012
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 301 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JUNE 22, 2012 BOOK CLUB A Skylark By Jenny Pattrick A new novel from the author of the best-selling The Denniston Rose. KERRE'S CHOICE The little French girl, Lily Alouette, was singing and dancing almost as soon as she could walk, and perform- ing became as much a part of her as breathing. When she is left an orphan in an unfamiliar country after her parents have immigrated to the goldfields, performing in a circus offers survival. Later she takes to the stage in Australia and New Zea- land, where she attracts the attention of two men. One is the faithful Jack Lacey; the other is the renowned pirate Bully Hayes. While Jack has to compete with Bully and the theatre to win Lily's attention, Lily finds she must share Jack, too. This lively, unconventional love story is set amid real figures from 19th century theatre, giving a vivid and entertain- ing picture of the life of actors and circus performers, gold miners and settlers. Filtered through a unique and intriguing narrative, it is page-turning, heart- warming and full of surprises. The Boy Under the Table By Nicole Trope Set in the seediest back alleys of Kings Cross, this is the story of a young woman new to the Cross trying to make a living on the streets. One night, she goes home with a customer only to find a situation that will change her life forever. Across the country, on a remote farm, Doug and Sarah are grieving for their lost boy. It was every parent's nightmare when their son went missing at the Easter Show and they are struggling to survive as a family. Pete is the local policeman who feels power- less that he and his colleagues have been unable to find little Lockie and he's trying desperately to keep Doug and Sarah together. Told from alternating view- points this is a powerful story of love and survival and although the ending was extremely unlikely, I don't care. Just once, we need to believe in happy endings. This Is How It Ends By Kathleen McMahon Im telling you, youll need some tissues for the end of this debut novel from Irish writer Kathleen MacMahon. Addie lives in a small Irish seaside village and is having to look after her cantanker- ous doctor father, who's recovering from a fall. Bruno is a middle-aged American who has, in his own words, been thrown free, after he was made redundant from his job in the great financial crisis. He decides to go to Ireland to trace his ancestors and he and Addie are thrown together. But just when two people believe they have finally found happiness, life throws a nasty curve ball. Beautiful, heartbreakingly sad and highly recom- mended. The Ant and the Ferrari By Dr Kerry Spackman The author of the best- selling Winner's Bible is back with a brilliant, ground- breaking book that promises to lift the hood on truth, society and the universe. To be honest, I hate self-help books. I'd rather chug along and learn from experiences, both good and bad, rather than read a book that promises to give me the tools to make a better life. But everyone I know has raved about this book -- and they're right. It's amazing. It's not a quick read. You'll read a paragraph, digest the infor- mation, come back to try and clarify a point and then if you're lucky you have a light bulb moment where you'll start looking at things in a new light. Dr Spackman's genius is that despite his enormous in- telligence, he can be as ac- cessible as your average guy.
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