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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Tower Mill by James Moloney

This  is James Moloney’s first adult novel which  examines an unusual family, their relationships and their history, against the backdrop of Queensland in the 1970s.

A gripping family drama that plays out against a turbulent and controversial political era, this book tells the tale of Susan Kinnane. She is the precocious daughter of conservative parents who spurns the attention of fellow university student Mike Riley in favor of a passionate romance with activist Terry Stoddard. When the South African Rugby team goes on the road, Terry, Susan, and Mike join the anti-apartheid demonstrations outside the Springbok’s hotel near the iconic Tower Mill. Late in the night, the riot police charge, and the terrified students are hunted into the darkened park below. What happens next changes each of their lives forever. Eight months later, Susan gives birth to a son, Tom, whose destiny is shaped by a man who is not his father, and by the events of that shocking night. As a lawyer working in London decades later, Tom must return to make peace with the past. This novel combines the youthful passion and enthusiastic activism of the 1970s with the racism of the apartheid era in a vibrant and tumultuous story that will enthrall readers to the final page.

February 28, 2013 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment

Parvana’s Promise by Deborah Ellis

The stunning sequel to Parvana and Parvana’s Journey is now here!

Parvana, now fifteen, is found in a bombed-out school and held as a suspected terrorist by American troops in Afghanistan.


resized_9781743312988_224_297_FitSquareOn a military base in post- Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have imprisoned a teenage girl. The girl doesn’t respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days

She could tell the woman was watching her through the small window in the door. The girl kept her back against the door and didn’t move.
‘We can keep you locked up here for a very long time,’ the woman finally said, speaking softly. ‘Talk to me. Is your name Parvana?’
The girl remained with her back against the door. Silent. She heard the woman’s boots walk away down the hall. She stood and waited, listening hard to see if the boots would come back.
When she was sure she was alone, the girl in the dusty blue chador finally spoke. ‘Yes,’ she whispered. ‘My name is Parvana.’

February 11, 2013 Posted by | War | , | Leave a comment

My journey by Jim Stynes

‘If you let go of fear you can do anything – you can chase the things you really want to do and live the life you were born to live.’

Jim Stynes never took the easy road, on or off the field. He loved a challenge. He pushed himself, and worked hard to help others realise their potential.

In June 2009, Jim was diagnosed with cancer and given nine months to live. The diagnosis caught him by surprise – he was 43, healthy and fit – and he didn’t have time for illness. He was a busy father, husband, brother, mentor, businessman and president of Melbourne Football Club.

Knowing his odds weren’t good, Jim gave his all to trying to beat the disease. He embraced life, and made his journey public. His ability to use mind over matter, to never give in, to overcome pain, to believe in himself and his will to succeed gave him two extra years on the prognosis. He defied expectations time and time again.

Unflinching in its honesty, this is an extraordinary insight into a man who lived fearlessly, with a vision for how to achieve the best life possible. Jim Stynes’ legacy is an inspiring story about getting the most out of every single day, whatever you do.

February 10, 2013 Posted by | Biographies | , | Leave a comment