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Staff Picks for #holidayreads

Date Published: 22/06/2017

Holidays are the perfect time to catch up on reading and work through the pile of books on the bedside table.  Here’s what some of our staff plan to read during the break.  You might like to add them to your holiday reading list.

J K Rowling I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book

NEW BOY by Tracey Chevalier

Ms Helen Stower

Ms Stower’s staff pick New Boy is a modern retelling of Othello set in a suburban schoolyard by the best selling author of Girl with a Pearl Earing.

“Two years ago I was asked by Hogarth Press to take part in their Shakespeare Project, in which writers are invited to write a novel inspired by a Shakespeare play. I chose Othello, for its timeless themes of jealousy and discrimination. I like writing about outsiders.” Tracey Chevalier


REPLICA by Lauren Oliver

Ms Krystal Gagen

Ms Gagen has a list of YA novels she wants to read during the holiday break. They include some exciting new reads with alternative texts that the combined Mt Alvernia and Padua Senior Book Club will be exploring next term.

Her list includes:

  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout

Ms Annette Langusch

If you are looking for a literary read, then you are sure to enjoy what Ms Langusch has chosen as her #holidayread.  Anything is Possible is a novel in stories by Pulitzer award winning author, Elizabeth Strout who also wrote My Name is Lucy Barton, another great favourite of our staff members.


THE GREEN ROAD by Anne Enright

Mrs Donaghue is looking forward to reading award-winning Irish author Anne Enright’s The Green Road. Set in a small town on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, the novel is dominated by a family reunion and charts the fortunes and misfortunes (mostly the latter) of the Madigan family over a period of roughly a quarter of a century.


FLESH WOUNDS by Richard Glover

Mr Wayne Stafford has an impressive holiday reading list.

No 1 on his list is Flesh Wounds by broadcaster, columnist and author Richard Glover, and is a memoir about an Australian childhood.



Ms Melissah Lester

Ms Lester likes a good crime novel and so will be reading The Snowman – no 7 of the Harry Hole series by master crime writer Jo Nesbo.  

Hole is a classic loose cannon in the Oslo (Norway) police force, with few close friends & some unorthodox methods.



Ms Bec Bonavia

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is on Ms Bonavia’s reading list for the  holidays. The novel is a fact-based fiction account of Zelda Fitzgerald’s life and times, where the author gives a sensitive, intimate exploration of an often misunderstood woman.


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