Ebony Hill – New Zealand e-book month

It’s been two years since Ness and Dev escaped the Islanders of Dunnett, and Ness is struggling to find a place for herself in the city of Vidya where the community is struggling to rebuild itself.

Caught up in surprise attacks and ongoing land battles, and then working in the infirmary at Ebony Hill, Ness witnesses the realities of war and questions her commitment to this brave new society.

You can read Ebony Hill as an e-book from our Overdrive collection.

Ebony Hill  is also available as a paper book.

Easter Parade

Ballantynes Easter
Icing eggs and other Easter goodies at Ballantynes.

Tomorrow is Good Friday (note: not Easter Friday).  It, and Easter Monday, are public holidays and so our libraries will be closed. But Saturday and Sunday aren’t public hols – so the libraries will be open.

One of my favourite Easter things is to crank up the old Victrola and listen to Jesus Christ Superstar. I was raised on the original version with Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, Murray Head as Judas, and the part of Jesus sung by Ian Gillan, the lead singer of Deep Purple. It is very shouty and sing-a-longa-tastic. The movie is going to be on telly this weekend – I’ve never seen it before, so might give it a whirl.

Our other family Easter watch was the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, it had an astonishing cast including Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov and Anne Bancroft. Robert Powell was Jesus, and Ian McShane was Judas. The most beautiful woman ever to light up the screen – Olivia Hussey – was Jesus’s mother Mary. She was Juliet in Zefferelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet. John Duttine from the awesome tv series The Day of the Triffids was the apostle John.

Easter Parade
Easter Parade heading down Oxford Terrace toward the Catholic Cathedral in Barbadoes Street. Forester’s Hotel is on the left. c. 1950.

What does Easter mean to you? Do you have Easter-y traditions?

Biography and Memoir: picks from our latest newsletter

Some picks from our March  Biography and Memoir newsletter:

Cover: An Intimate Life Cover: The Good Little Girl Cover: A Second Wind Cover: Driving the Saudis Cover: Hedy's Folly Cover: Hugh Jackman Cover: Kodak Elegy Cover: The World Is Bigger Now Cover: Bonobo Handshake

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For more great biographies and memoirs, check out our lists of winners of  the Costa Biography Award.

The Beautiful Game at your Library

New Zealand Army Soccer TeamMy introduction to football (soccer) was a bloody one. Back in April 1971 Mum signed me up for Burndale United (now called Burnside).  The first game of the season took place at Burnside Park on a sunny Saturday morning. Mum joined the other parents on the sideline as her skinny seriously dis-coordinated 7 year old son took to the field. Several minutes into the game, I was lying flat on my back with blood gushing out my nose. My face had taken a direct hit after a player from my team had kicked the ball hard into my face.

Despite this eventful introduction to football I continued playing well into my adult years. And some. As someone who has been closely connected to the football community I’ve noticed that many players and coaches learn the game only on the field. But there is also much learning to be gained from another source: Your local library!

The library offers some fantastic resources covering all aspects of football. Here you can find books on the rules of football, tactics and strategies, improving individual skills and techniques, the art of coaching, biographies about famous footballers and more.

Search the catalogue for Ryan Nelsen's road to the World Cup Search the catalogue for Soccer Beyond bend it like Beckham

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