Librarian Recommended Reads: That Sugar Book by Damon Gameau



Sugar has been featuring quite heavily in the media lately with scientists and medical professionals producing new information about its negative effects on our health and the way it is hidden in seemingly healthy foods. We have had a definite increase in the number of borrowers seeking information around sugar and sugar-free diets who may be interested in this new title.

That Sugar Book is a tie-in to the documentary That Sugar Film. Styled on the likes of Super Size Me, the author, Damon Gameau, changes his diet to include 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days – the average daily sugar intake in Australia – and monitors the effect on his body. But rather than eating the obvious sugary items like chocolate, sweets, ice cream, or cake, the sugar must come from things marketed as ‘healthy’ foods.

Gameau explains how sugar damages us, and how easy it is to consume sugar without realising it, revealing the astonishing amounts of sugar hidden in supposedly healthy foods on supermarket shelves – such as low-fat yoghurt, muesli and children’s fruit snacks.

Although his calorie intake was the same as his regular diet, Gameau put on nearly nine kilograms in the 60 days. Within a couple of weeks, he had the beginnings of fatty liver disease.

That Sugar Book is a great read even if you’re not looking to change your diet. Gameau deals with a very serious subject but writes in a lighthearted way which keeps the reader interested rather than being bored by facts.

A staff favourite! Read by Adrienne and Raschel

Reserve That Sugar Book here


You might also like:

Super Size Me A DVD documentary on the effects of fast food

David Gillespie

David Gillespie


The Sweet Poison Quit Plan: how to break the sugar habit and lose weight by David Gillespie: An over view of why sugar is bad for you and how we get addicted along with information and strategies for quitting sugar and alternative proven recipes.




Sarah Wilson



The I Quit Sugar books by Sarah Wilson: gorgeously styled books from a self-confessed sugar addict. Wilson recounts her struggles with sugar and how she eventually quit sugar for life. Recipes and lifestyle advice for anyone looking to make diet changes.






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Librarian Recommended Reads: Girls will be girls by Emer O’Toole

Girls will be girls by Emer O'Toole

Girls will be girls by Emer O’Toole

Emer O’Toole inadvertently shot herself to fame by revealing her un-shaved armpits on television—an act so subversive that the clip went viral and she became entrenched in an epic media storm.

In Girls will be Girls Emer investigates how we are socialised to “perform” our assigned gender roles, what happens when we don’t, and how we might break down stereotypes that put us all in boxes and feel more comfortable in our much diverse bodies.

An easily digested read which doesn’t run light on research, witty and engaging, this book is a must-read for consolidated or emerging feminists (male and female), or anyone interested in gender-neutral parenting.

Read by Raschel

Reserve Girls will be girls here

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Flash Back Fiction: Harper Lee

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Harper Lee in 1960 and in 2015

To kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s debut novel. First released in 1960, it was immediately popular and incredibly successful, selling 40 million copies and winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 1962 it was adapted into an Oscar winning movie directed by Robert Mulligan.

 The book is set in America in the 1930’s and deals with issues of race, gender, and class. Is still studied in high school English classes today and has the distinction of being one of the few classics of American literature written by a women and also of being one of the first ever ‘cross-over’ novels (a book enjoyable to both a teen and adult audience).

Lee never published another book and has consistently said that she never would – until this year when the publication of a new  Harper Lee title was announced.

Go set a watchman was written before Mockingbird and is the first manuscript Lee submitted to her publishers. It was assumed lost until it was discovered in late 2014.

The exciting new novel from Harper Lee

The exciting new novel from Harper Lee


Watchman features many of the same characters from Mockingbird and is set twenty years after the events of the original novel.

“Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.” (Amazon)

Due to be released on July 14, you can reserve Go set a watchman now.


Reserve Go set a watchman here

Reserve To kill a Mockingbird here

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Librarian Recommended Reads: Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham

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The Fugitive  is number 5 in the Theodore Boone series.

Yes, Theodore Boone the precocious thirteen year old lawyer is at it again. One cannot help but gravitate towards this kind lovable character as he sets out to help and advise all whom venture into his path.

Whilst on a school outing with his 8th grade class Theodore spots a face that sets off an alarm. Theodore is sure that the face belonged to Pete Duffy a murderer who disappeared before he could be brought to justice. Theodore was responsible for Duffy’s demise and knows that Duffy will try and seek revenge now that he knows who and where Theodore is.

Prepare to be captivated by the endearing exploits of this nosey man child as he devises ingenious ways to recapture Duffy.

Another typically witty and well researched novel from John Grisham.

Read by Mako

Reserve Theodore Boone: The Fugitive here

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Librarian Recommended Reads: The mirror world of Melody Black by Gavin Extence


This is the same author who wrote The universe versus Alex Woods, I recall in the review I wrote of that book, that I hope the author writes something new real soon.

It’s been a little while, but worth the wait. The thread of this story is bipolar disorder, told from the perspective of the person who has it. The main character, Abby is on an upward ride to the hypo-manic state and we experience all that comes with it. Then, there is the mighty low and we are right along on that ride too. The road to recovery is an emotional roller coaster for all concerned, the reader included.

This is the point where Abby meets Melody Black. I was most impressed by how much one can learn in a darkly humorous but also sad telling of such a widespread condition. The author himself has bipolar disorder.

Read and reviewed by: Adrienne

Reserve The mirror world of Melody Black here

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Reading Lists: Australian Outback Fiction

Stories set in the red dirt, blazing sun, and peril ridden Australian outback: Jackaroos and Jillaroos who overcome adversity, mystery, and personal hardships, find love and friendship, against a back drop of cattle and horses, snakes and lizards, but always the sun and the dirt and a good story.

Search our catalogue for titles by the following writers:

Alexander, Nicolepic

Booth, Alison

Collins, Courtney

Creed, Therese

Dettman, Joy2

Dutton, Jo

Freeman, Kimberley

Hein, Cathryn

Hill, Loretta3

Jacobs, Anna

Johns, Rachel

Lane, Karly

Magro, Mandy

4McArthur, Fiona

McCallum, Fiona

McDonald, Fleur

McKinley, Tamara

Morrissey, Di

Nash, Charlotte5

Nunn, Judy

O’Reilly, P A

Osborn, Margareta

Palmer, Fiona

Parry, Bronwyn6

Parsons, Tony

Rennie, Anne McCullagh

Scoullar, Jennifer

Stringer, Tricia7

Treasure, Rachael

Wilding, Lynne


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Librarian Recommended Reads: The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison

This is a novel I really enjoyed. It has been compared to “Gone girl”, but I would say it is better. It’s about a couple who have everything they could wish for. Especially the husband Todd, who has a wife Jodi (they haven’t actually legally married) who even overlooks his infidelities. Until the day Todd’s latest extra marital affair complicates things. Then we see another side of Jodi. It’s a real page turner, the psychology is fascinating. In fact, Jodi is a psychologist.

The sad thing about this, is that the author, ASA Harrison died after this book was published. She had begun a second novel, so let’s hope somehow that too can become available.

Reviewed by: Adrienne

Reserve The Silent Wife here

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