New to the Geraldton Regional Library: Love, jealousy & secrets entwine

Deborah BarnettGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton Regional Library team members Deb Barnett, Hannah Mahoney, Sharon Sorensen, Lily Valdez, Diane McDonald, Ayrah Mabitab, Lorin Cox, Silvia Borracci, Holly Auld and Jenni Hargrave.
Camera IconGeraldton Regional Library team members Deb Barnett, Hannah Mahoney, Sharon Sorensen, Lily Valdez, Diane McDonald, Ayrah Mabitab, Lorin Cox, Silvia Borracci, Holly Auld and Jenni Hargrave. Credit: Supplied

The Tuplip Tree by Suzanne McCourt - Adult Historical Fiction

Henryk reached out to embrace him, formally, awkwardly. How rarely they’d touched since childhood, thought Adi, as he sank against his brother.

Brothers Henryk and Adam Radecki’s relationship is one of fraught love and jealously. Henryk, unhappily married, becomes a rich and successful industrialist, while Adi, a devoted vet, finds and loses love.

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Their bond is tested throughout their lives, from the 1920s, against the background of Poland’s tragic and tumultuous relationship with Russia, through war, revolution and invasion, until 1954 in the Snowy Mountains of Australia.

Adi’s wife and son are at the heart of this riveting tale, in which family secrets threaten to tear lives apart.

Caught up in momentous events, each character reminds us of our power to survive extraordinary times, of the moral choices we make and the dramatic turns our lives can take.

34 Patients: What Becoming A Doctor Taught Me About Health, Hope and Humanity by Tom Templeton - Adult Non Fiction

We ask so much of our doctors. To heal. To trust. To care. To listen. Doctors know our deepest secrets, our private worries and our most vulnerable moments. But they listen to all of us, and under their gaze we are all equally worthy of help.

34 Patients is the breathtaking and uplifting memoir of a doctor who dares to look closer at a crowded waiting room, and value each soul and story he encounters.

Through stories of the patients he has helped and lost, and those who have changed him for ever, Dr Tom Templeton weaves a profound and moving portrait of humanity, asking us to treat all with compassion.

Widowland by C.J.Carey - Adult Fiction Historical

London, 1953, Coronation year — but not the Coronation of Elizabeth II. Thirteen years have passed since a Grand Alliance between Great Britain and Germany was formalised.

George VI and his family have been murdered and Edward VIII rules as King. Yet, in practice, all power is vested in Alfred Rosenberg, Britain's Protector.

Britain is the perfect petri dish for the ideal society, and the role and status of women is Rosenberg's particular interest.

Rose belongs to the elite caste of Gelis. She works at the Ministry of Culture rewriting literature to correct the views of the past.

Outbreaks of insurgency have been seen across the country. Graffiti has been daubed on public buildings.

Disturbingly, the graffiti is made up of lines from famous works, subversive lines from the voices of women.

The Inside Man by James Phelps - Adult Thriller Fiction

Riley Jax, convicted murderer. Once a promising engineer in the army, he lost everything in a single night when he killed a man — an act he cannot remember.

It’s a devastating gap in an otherwise perfect memory. Now he’s facing a new life, one behind bars., where he has to learn a whole different set of rules and only the toughest survive.

And as a series of deadly bombings rocks the outside world, the only man who might be able to find the truth behind the conspiracy ... is on the inside.

We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson - Adult Fiction General

This is a story about love. About the love that nine-year-old twins Jon and Eden have for their mum, for the creek that they swim in, for each other — this is the love that they trust, that's clear and pure as sunlight, as honey, as water.

But in the wake of a terrible accident, the boys have to grow up fast. They compete with each other to make the Olympic Games swimming squad, fall in love with the same girl, and begin to realise how complicated love can be and how it doesn't always show itself in the ways that we expect.

We Were Not Men is a powerhouse of a novel about all the various faces that love shows us and how sometimes, distracted by life, ambition or attraction, we take it for granted until it's too late - or almost too late.

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