Together We Read allows readers across Australia and New Zealand to borrow the eBook Worlds Apart simultaneously for free.
For a two-week period beginning today, you can borrow the eBook Worlds Apart by Ber Carroll. There will be no waiting for this popular modern family story.
Worlds Apart is about two women, cousins and best friends, who are worlds apart and one secret that changes everything. As two women desperately try to find their place in this world in Ireland and Australia, a shocking family secret comes to light, and nothing will ever be the same again. Ber Carroll’s novel is a story about modern-day women, their relationships, family dynamics, conflicts and ambitions.
Together We Read is facilitated by the OverDrive platform for eBooks and eAudiobooks.
Wow, we have some great knitting titles from the Scottish highlands and islands, and Scandinavia at our libraries.
Our Zinio for Libraries collection includes several knitting eMagazines that you can download for free and keep. PressReader has knitting magazines that you can view online. You will need your library card number and PIN/password.
There are few countries with a more complex socio-economic and political past than Ireland. There are also few countries in the world with stronger links to New Zealand than Ireland. Many people including my own ancestors fled in the Irish diaspora and crossed the World to make a new start here in Aotearoa. My Great Grandfather left Galway in the 1860s to arrive in Bluff and latter marry a local girl called Jane. Who his parents were, and how he felt about leaving them all behind, has been lost to the mists of time.
I would love to learn more but researching your Irish roots has always been difficult with many early Irish genealogical records lost to fire in 1922, during the Irish Civil War. While this makes things a little less straightforward there are still ways to trace and/or understand your family in Ireland and historic newspapers are one way to fill that gap. So let me present a new eResource to you – The Irish Newspaper Archives. The archives are designed to give you insight into 300 years of Irish history through 40 searchable Irish newspapers, many unavailable anywhere else. Have a play with it from home or in libraries. As the Irish quote says – You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. So get on with it and see what you can find!
Irish crime is considered the latest big thing in publishing circles and on its way to match the Scandinavians. This development has been fomented by the rapid social change and increasingly serious and widespread crime in Ireland, something which has been blamed on the Irish Tiger phenomenon.
It is a lot less easy to quantify than Scandinavian crime, being much more varied in style and content. It stretches from cosy crime to the sort of tough (and violent) noir that I associate with best-selling American crime authors.
The biggest names in Irish noir are Declan Hughes, Ken Bruen and Neville Stuart.
- Declan Hughes has been compared to Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake, and admits to being influenced by all of them. His PI Ed Loy, both comic and dark, fits well into the classic noir tradition.
- Ken Bruen features a hard living detective called Jack Taylor. He is known for both his gritty stories and his poetic language.
- Stuart Neville’s first book “The Twelve” about hard man and ex-IRA killer Gerry Fegan was hailed – both as crime of the hard boiled variety, and as literature.
- Tana French, a multi-award winning writer of books which combined police procedural and psychological suspense.
- Brian McGilloway whose skillful writing is full of social ambiguity and a cast of characters who are the part of the inherited history of a troubled society.
- Gene Kerrigan, whose characters are often honest Garda at war with a corrupt system. His stories tend to be as much a portrayal of contemporary Ireland as they are crime stories.
And then there’s Benjamin Black, actually Booker prize winner John Banville. His well-reviewed series features a consultant pathologist in the Dublin City morgue. Quirke is a hard drinking loner, more at home with corpses than living people, but is driven to find out the truth.
What these books have in common is that they treat Ireland as such an integral part of their stories that they give a view into a modern Ireland with which many of us would not be familiar. In this they perhaps mimic the appeal of the Scandinavians, introducing us a to a new and yet familiar social milieu.
There is quite a lot of cosy Irish crime as well, some of it very witty and all of it good reading, but it tends to be more generic and won’t tell you as much about either the Irish, or Ireland.
You’ll find all of these and more in our booklist of Irish crime.
If you’re looking for some new crime authors give them a go and have some happy St Patrick’s Day reading.
Find My Past Ireland is an online tool to help you flesh out the Irish branches on your family tree. They have just released the Irish Prison Registers (1790-1924), a register that contains more than 3.5 million entries, covering all types of custodial institutions.
Most records include details such as physical description, next of kin, and information about the crime and sentence. What was once a source of shame is now a clue in your hunt for your past – and the juicy bits at that… This is an easy way to find out if you have jailbirds nesting in your family tree!
Don’t forget we also have Find My Past UK and Find My Past AU for our family history detectives and a variety of other family history resources. (Please note that you can only use Find My Past resources inside community libraries.)
Explore at will!
Many New Zealanders have Irish blood flowing through their veins. For those who want to find out more about their Irish ancestral roots then we have Find My Past Ireland.This resource includes:
- The Landed Estates Court records: details of over 500,000 tenants on Irish estates;
- Griffith’s Valuation: information about households from the Famine and up until the start of the civil registration in 1864;
- Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858;
- Over 400,000 gravestones and church memorials;
- Emigration and military records;
- Over 250,000 obituaries and other newspaper notices from all over Ireland.
Our license with the distributors mean access is only available in libraries and not from home.