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BorrowBox Australian stories - Adult

Our eLibrary offers a wide range of titles including Australian stories.  Use this list to choose your next read.

To find out how to get started and download an eBook or eAudiobook using Borrowbox follow the links.

 

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Outback dreams by Rachael Johns

eAudiobook - Read by Casey Withoos

Faith and Monty are both looking for love ... but are they looking in the wrong direction? The first instalment in a love-affirming series from Australia's leading author in contemporary romance.

Faith Forrester is at a crossroads. Single, thirty and living on a farm in a small Western Australian town, she's sick of being treated like a kitchen slave by her brother and father. Ten years ago, her mother died of breast cancer, and Faith has been treading water ever since. She wants to prove to herself that she's done something worthwhile with her life. And she wants to find a man ...

For as long as he can remember, Daniel 'Monty' Montgomery has been Faith's best friend. When he was ten, his parents sold the family property and moved to Perth and ever since, Monty's dreamed of having his own farm. So for the last ten years, he's been back on the land, working odd jobs and saving every dollar to put toward his dream. Now he finally has the deposit. But there's still something missing ...

So when Faith embarks on a mission to raise money for a charity close to her heart, and Monty's dream property comes on the market, things seem like they are falling into place for them both. Until a drunken night out ends with them sleeping together. Suddenly, the best friends are faced with a new load of challenges ...

Monty and Faith are both ready to find a life partner and settle down, but they didn't expect love to be so close by.

 

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Her time to shine by Fiona McCallum

eBook

It's never too late to find your true self.

While very pretty, the tiny town of Melrose isn't where Erica thought she'd be at almost fifty. And working in a funeral home and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, while navigating her grief as a recent widow, is not how she thought her life would look either. But she's committed to her lovely new boss, Walter, who gave her a chance when she so desperately needed it.

Erica's friends and daughters back in Adelaide cheer her on as she discovers a genuine love for her new job, forms friendships and immerses herself in the local community. But why is she being plagued with fresh bouts of anxiety and flashes of partial memories of her brother Mark who died when she was eleven? Why is there so much about him she doesn't know and can't remember? And why does it feel like it's more about her than him?

But she has to put it all aside when, despite being happy and settled, Erica is suddenly called upon to step up and face her deepest fear. If she can, what will she discover about herself and her past? And what will it mean for her future?

From Australia's master storyteller, a tender story about finding strength and fulfilment after major upheaval, and discovering you can only outrun your true calling for so long ...

 

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 The map of night by Kimberley Starr

eBook

Astronomer Lucy Rutherford is celebrating the refurbishment of the 100-year-old telescope in the Yarra Valley town of Bowness, Victoria. Her husband, Justin, is running for parliament, on a platform of responsibility and progress.

But Lucy isn’t interested in being a politician’s wife. And after twenty years, admittedly some good ones, she plans to leave Justin. Once he's won the election. Lucy’s biggest concern is how her eleven-year-old daughter, Gabby, will take the news. Or does Gabby already know? She has a habit of listening in on conversations she shouldn’t.

A week before polling day Lucy takes the family dog for a walk and doesn’t return. Justin is convinced Lucy has left him and is angry that she would abandon him so close to the election. Yet Gabby is certain her mother is missing and in trouble. Why isn't her father looking?

As the days go by, tensions rise between Gabby and her father. Desperate to contact her mother, Gabby takes matters into her own hands. On the day of the election Bowness is faced with a decision, and so is each member of the Rutherford family.

 

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The Queen's Colonial by Peter Watt

eAudiobook - Read by Sam Haft

Sometimes the fate for which you are destined is not your own.

1845, a village outside Sydney Town. Humble blacksmith Ian Steele struggles to support his widowed mother. All the while he dreams of a life in uniform, serving in Queen Victoria's army.

1845, Puketutu, New Zealand. Second Lieutenant Samuel Forbes, a young poet from an aristocratic English family, wants nothing more than to discard the officer's uniform he never sought.

When the two men cross paths in the colony of New South Wales, they are struck by their brotherly resemblance and quickly hatch a plan for Ian to take Samuel's place in the British army. Ian must travel to England, fool the treacherous Forbes family and accept a commission into their regiment as a company commander in the bloody Crimean war ... but he will soon learn that there are even deadlier enemies close to home.

 

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uLIBRARY's most borrowed - Adult

Visit uLIBRARY to discover what the most borrowed eAudiobook titles are. Use this list to find your next read.

To find out how to get started and download an eAudiobook using uLIBRARY follow the link.

 

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The glass room by Ann Cleeves 

Read by Janine Birkett

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily but when one of her neighbours goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It’s an easy job to track the young woman down to the Writers’ House a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work on their novels. But things get complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else. But the investigation is too tempting and she’s never been one to follow the rules. Working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth she starts the hunt for a murderer who has turned killing into an art form.

 

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Small mercies by Richard Anderson 

Read by Nicholas Osmond

After enduring months of extreme drought on their modest freehold farming couple Dimple and Ruthie face uncertain times on more than one front. Ruthie receives the news every woman dreads. Meanwhile Wally Oliver a wealthy landowner appears on the local radio station warning small farmers that they are doomed and the sooner they leave the land to large operators like him the better.

Bracing for a fight on all fronts Dimple and Ruthie decide to take a road trip to confront Oliver. Along the way not only is their resolve tested but their relationship as well. Desperate not to dwell on the past but to face up to the future Dimple and Ruthie make a crucial decision they soon regret. And when the storm clouds finally roll in across the land they love there's more than rain to contend with.

 

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Worn out wife seeks new life by Carmen Reid

Read by Penelope Freeman

Tess Simpson needs a break! No one appreciates her at home. No one appreciates her at work. And now her dog has died. She’s had enough! Maybe what she really needs is a break from hopeless husband Dave the ungrateful ‘kidults’ and the lacklustre job. River Romero needs a break! She’s had success in the past but screenwriting is a tough career in a tough town and her next script has got to fly or River’s dream career is over.

The swap! Everything about River’s L.A. life sounds exciting to Tess from the condo with a pool to the Hollywood glitz. Everything about Tess’s English country life sounds so calming to River from the wisteria over the front door to the peaceful bedroom. Both women want their lives to change but real life isn’t like the movies. And what if getting away from it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

 

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 True West by David Whish-Wilson

Read by Adam Fitzgerald

Western Australia 1988. After betraying the Knights motorcycle gang 17-year-old Lee Southern flees to the city with nothing left to lose. Working as a rogue tow-truck driver in Perth he is captured by right-wing extremists whose combination of seduction and blackmail keeps him on the wrong side of the law and under their control. As the true nature of what drives his captors unfolds Lee becomes an unwilling participant in a breathtakingly ambitious plot - and a cold-blooded crime that will show just how much he and everyone else still has to lose.

 

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**NEW** Picture books with audio - Kids

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Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo

Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner, George. She likes taking walks with George and looking at the clouds together. But the closest she comes to another dog is when she encounters her reflection in her empty dog bowl, and sometimes that makes Rosie feel lonely.

One day George decides to try taking Rosie to the dog park, but the park is full of dogs that Rosie doesn’t know, which makes her feel lonelier than ever. So when big, loud Maurice and small, yippy Fifi bound over and want to play, Rosie’s not sure how to respond. Is there a trick to making friends? And if so, can they all figure it out together?

 

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You matter by Christian Robinson

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding.

Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

 

 

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Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Mama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!

On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.

With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.

 

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 You made me a dad by Laurenne Sala

A father tells his child about his love, fear, and joy in being her parent.

In this touching celebration of fatherhood, the close bond between parent and child comes to life with heartwarming resonance.

 

 

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The hiking Viking by Laura Gehl

While the other Vikings love to holler and howl and battle and brawl, Leif prefers spending time by himself atop the beautiful fjord. But when it's time for the Viking Games, everyone must participate.

Will Leif let down his clan . . . or surprise them?

 

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Summer reads - Kids

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The 156-story treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Available in print, eBook and eAudiobook

Andy and Terry are celebrating Christmas in their 156-storey treehouse which now has 13 new storeys, including an aquarium wonderland, a wishing well, a world record breaking level, a TV quiz show hosted by Quizzy the quizzical quizbot, a lost property office, a lost sausage office, a super-stinky stuff level and the amazing mind-reading sandwich-making machine, which makes the perfect amazing sandwich for you - every single time! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

 

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Dirt by sea by Michael Wagner

Available in print

Daisy lives in inland Australia with her dad and her grandparents. It's home, and she loves the red dirt land around her. But when her dad realises that she's never seen the beach and thinks the Australian anthem is about a country 'dirt by sea', he sets off to show her the ocean in a once-in-a-lifetime father-daughter trip along the Australian coast, inspired by the first holiday he took with Daisy's mum.

 

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Freedom day by Rosie Smiler, Thomas Mayor and Samantha Campbell

Available in print

When many voices are joined together, with courage, change can happen. In 1966, more than two hundred courageous Aboriginal people walked off the Wave Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. Led by Vincent Lingiari, these stockmen and their families were walking together to fight for equal pay and land rights. Exquisitely illustrated and designed, this non-fiction picture book brings a landmark historical event to a new generation.

Many people have seen the iconic photograph of Gough Whitlam pouring a handful of red soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari - a symbol of the legal transfer of Gurindji land back to the Gurindji people - and recognise this as a key moment in the ongoing land rights movement. Freedom Day delves into the events that led up to this moment, and makes a rallying cry for the things that still need to change in its wake. Thomas Mayor co-authors this book with Rosie, Vincent Lingiari's granddaughter, to bring this vital story to life. The story has been written in close consultation with the Lingiari family.

 

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A tiny light by Alison Lester

Available in print

""When you go to bed tonight, be sure to leave a tiny light, so Twinkles in the Milky Way, can find you when they come to play..." This enchanting story offers both wonder and comfort, and feels like a reassuring hug at bedtime. Children everywhere will love the magic of the Twinkles."

 

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode by Jeff Kinney

Available in print

Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks. When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick's band, Löded Diper, Greg doesn't realize what he's getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Can Greg help Löded Diper become the legends they think they are? Or will too much time with Rodrick's band be a Diper Överlöde?

 

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Music, joy and inclusion - Kids

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I’m the happiest by Anna Shuttlewood

While all the animals compete to be the best, only Raccoon is happy for them all.

Can the animals learn to get along and be happy for each other?

 

 

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Leonard doesn’t dance by Frances Watts

All the birds are excited about the Big Beaky Bird Ball – except Leonard. His warble-warble waltz with the magpies is more wobble-wobble, and his caw-caw can-can with the crows is a can’t-can’t. The puffins are prancing, the rosellas are rocking, and you should see the flamingos go-go-go! Everyone is jumping and jiving, but not Leonard. Leonard doesn’t dance.

Then an unexpected encounter changes everything….

 

 

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Shark feels shy by Katie Woolley

Shark wants to get up in front of the class during show and tell but he feels a bit shy.

Is there anything he can do to feel better? 

 

 

 

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 I will dance by Nancy Bo Flood

Like many young girls, Eva longs to dance. But unlike many would-be dancers, Eva is in a wheelchair. She has cerebral palsy. She doesn’t know what dance looks like for someone who uses a wheelchair.

Then Eva learns of a place that has created a class for dancers of all abilities. From her first tentative moments in the studio to her triumphant performance onstage, Eva knows that this is where she belongs. At last her lifelong dream of dancing has become a reality!

 

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Happy to be me by Emma Dodd

With arms to hug, ears to hear, a mouth to giggle and a heart to love… It’s no wonder I’m happy to be me!

A fun-filled, body-positive celebration of all the wonderful things that make me ME!

 

 

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We’ve got talent by Hannah Whitty and Paula Bowles

Some of us like dancing. Some of us like singing. Some of us like doing our own thing.

No matter what we look like: we’ve got talent! 

 

 

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We are all kind by P. Crumble and Jonathan Bentley

No matter who you are, this book celebrates that we can all extend a hand, make amends, share a laugh, solve a problem, heal a hurt, and love one another.

There are so many ways to care and to show that…we are all kind. 

 

 

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Embrace your body by Taryn Brumfitt

My body is unique. Every body’s different. Look what my body can do.

Embrace your body – you’ve only got one! 

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 The world needs more purple people by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

The best things are purple. Purple stickers. Purple bicycles. Purple Aliens. It’s a magical colour that brings other colours together. Okay but what’s a purple person. Great question! Purple people love to ask questions. They are kind and hardworking, and they laugh a lot (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one? That’s the fun part! Penny Purple will lead you through the steps.

 

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Individuality - Self-esteem - Dancing - Emotions - Self-confidence

 

LGBTIQ+ - Young adult

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Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Ash Persaud is about to become a grim reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see Poppy Morgan, the love of her life again - the only thing that separates them is death. AFTER-LIFE COMES LOVE.

Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the shriek of metal and the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she's still here. Or is she?

This New Year's Eve Ash gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can't decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city's dead to a boat on the seafront to await their fate. But Ash can't forget her first love, Poppy Morgan, and she will do anything to see her again, even if it means they only get a few days together. Dead or alive.

 

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Any way the wind blows by Rainbow Rowell

In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.

In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz?

Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled a cursed American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

 

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Felix ever after by Kacen Callender

Felix Love has never been in love - and, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalisation too many - Black, queer and transgender - to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages - after publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned - Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle . . . But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognising the love you deserve.

 

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 The hollow heart by Marie Rutkoski

Intrigue, romance, and magic abound in the heart-stopping conclusion to Marie Rutkoski's Forgotten Gods duology.

At the end of The Midnight Lie, Nirrim offered up her heart to the God of Thieves in order to restore her people's memories of their city's history. The Half Kith who once lived imprisoned behind the city's wall now realize that many among them are powerful. Meanwhile, the person Nirrim once loved most, Sid, has returned to her home country of Herran, where she must navigate the politics of being a rogue princess who has finally agreed to do her duty.

In the Herrani court, rumors begin to grow of a new threat rising across the sea, of magic unleashed on the world, and of a cruel, black-haired queen who can push false memories into your mind, so that you believe your dearest friends to be your enemies. Sid doesn't know that this queen is Nirrim, who seeks her revenge against a world that has wronged her. Can Sid save Nirrim from herself? Does Nirrim even want to be saved? As blood is shed and war begins, Sid and Nirrim find that it might not matter what they want for the gods have their own plans.

 

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Cemetery boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

 

 

 

 

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