Typing with Tom Hanks: New eBook fiction

Did you know that Tom Hanks owns more than 250 typewriters? Or that he’s appeared in a documentary about them: 2017’s California Typewriter? In fact it was on one of these typewriters he wrote he debut short story collection, the appropriately named Uncommon Type. Check out Uncommon Type—along with heaps of other new eBooks—on Overdrive today!

Overdrive cover Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks
“A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. These are just some of the people and situations that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Queens’ Play, by Dorothy Dunnett
“1548 and seven-year-old Mary Queen of Scots has been dispatched to France. But surrounded by the double-dealing of a dangerous and unpredictable court, she suffers a series of ‘accidents’. Her mother orders Francis Crawford of Lymond to protect Mary, believing that at the heart of the court is an assassin hired to kill the infant monarch. Lymond must hunt down this individual before he himself is exposed…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Long Way from Home, by Peter Carey
“Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in western Victoria. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent over roads no car will ever quite survive. Set in the 1950s amid the consequences of the age of empires, this brilliantly vivid and lively novel reminds us how Europeans took possession of a timeless culture – and the crimes they committed along the way.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
“In the spring of 1948 Arthur Miller retreated to a log cabin in Connecticut with the first two lines of a new play already fixed in his mind. He emerged six weeks later with the final script of Death of a Salesman – a painful examination of American life and consumerism. Opening on Broadway the following year, Miller’s extraordinary masterpiece changed the course of modern theatre.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Spoilt City, by Olivia Manning
“It is 1940, and Guy and Harriet Pringle and their friends in the English colony in Bucharest find their position growing ever more precarious. The ‘phoney war’ is over and invasion is an ever-present threat. Their easy life among Bucharest’s café society is gradually eroded as rumours become reality, and the Germans march in…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson
Jesus’ Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts and lost souls. These stories tell of spiralling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson’s prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.” (Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Children of Húrin, by J. R. R. Tolkien
“It is a legendary time long before The Lord of the Rings, and Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, the fates of Túrin and his sister Niënor will be tragically entwined. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth, and destroy the children of Húrin.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Phone, by Will Self
“Zack Busner is a psychiatrist who has made his name through his unorthodox treatment of psychological damage—but now his own mind is fraying. Jonathan De’Ath, aka “the Butcher,” is an MI6 man who remains a mystery even to those closest to him. There is only one person who thinks of him with tenderness: De’Ath’s long-time lover. As Busner’s mind totters and Jonathan’s affair teeters, they come to face the interconnectedness of all lives, while a phone continues to ring…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Under Parr, by Andrea Bramhall
“December 5th, 2013 left its mark on the North Norfolk Coast in more ways than one. A tidal surge flooded homes and businesses up and down the coast. It also buried a secret in the WWII bunker hiding under the golf course at Brancaster. A secret kept for years, until it falls into the lap of Detective Sergeant Kate Brannon. A skeleton, deep inside the bunker. How did it get there? Well, that’s Kate’s job to find out.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Perfect Death, by Helen Fields
“Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Lots of new eBook fiction to delve into!

This month’s new eBook fiction from Overdrive includes a range of dark and suspenseful stories, from the Prix Goncourt-winning Lullaby by Leïla Slimani to the “lost classic” The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin. Fremlin’s work has been called a pioneer of the Domestic Noir genre, so if you’re a fan of authors such as Julia Crouch and Rebecca Whitney, be sure to check it out!

Overdrive cover Lullaby, by Leïla Slimani
“When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Hours Before Dawn, by Celia Fremlin
“Louise would give anything for a good night’s sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine. Or would it? In a new edition of this lost classic, The Hours Before Dawn proves – scarily – as relevant to readers today as it was when Celia Fremlin first wrote it in the 1950s.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Killed, by Thomas Enger
“Determined to find his son’s killer, crime reporter Henning Juul doggedly follows an increasingly dangerous trail, where dark hands from the past emerge to threaten everything. His ex-wife Nora is pregnant with another man’s child, his sister Trine is implicated in the fire that killed his son and, with everyone he thought he could trust seemingly hiding something, Henning has nothing to lose… except his own life.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Missing Fay, by Adam Thorpe
“A spirited, restless fourteen-year-old, Fay, goes missing from a Lincoln council estate. Is she a runaway, or a victim – another face on a poster gradually fading with time? The story of her last few days before she vanishes is interwoven with the varied lives of six locals – whether aware or unaware of her presence or absence, all touched in life-changing ways.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Floating World, by C. Morgan Babst
“As Hurricane Katrina approaches the Louisiana coast, Cora Boisdoré refuses to leave the city. Her parents, Joe Boisdoré, an artist descended from freed slaves, and his white “Uptown” wife, Dr. Tess Eshleman, are forced to evacuate without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and Cora the victim or perpetrator of some violence mysterious even to herself…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, by Eric M. B. Becker
“Euridice is young, beautiful and ambitious, but when her rebellious sister Guida elopes, she sets her own aspirations aside and vows to settle down as a model wife and daughter. And yet as her husband’s professional success grows, so does Euridice’s feeling of restlessness. But then one day Guida appears at the door with her young son and a terrible story of hardship and abandonment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Six Months, Three Days, Five Others, by Charlie Jane Anders
“Before the success of her debut SF-and-fantasy novel All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders was a rising star in SF and fantasy short fiction. Collected in a mini-book format, here—for the first time in print—are six of her quirky, wry, engaging best, including “Clover”, written exclusively for this collection.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Daring Brides, by Ava Miles
“Over one million readers have fallen in love with Ava’s bestselling Dare Valley and Dare River series…come join the family. Your favourite Dare Valley characters have survived betrayal, secrets, and tragedy to find true love. Now, watch each of these daring brides walk down the aisle to their happily ever after with the man of their dreams. You know, the hero who fires up all their engines.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Version Thirteen, by Martin Baker
“Yavlinsky, a brilliant Russian scientist has created a piece of wonder-technology; a drilling process that uses the forces of supercavitation. Named ‘Version Thirteen’, it enables oil explorers to take 40 per cent more oil out of the ground – it’s worth trillions. But there’s a problem. Supercavitation is also the basis for highly sophisticated weaponry…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Portable fiction: eBooks for the holidays

If you’re going on a family road-trip this summer, the last thing you want filling up the boot of your car is books: after all, there won’t be any space, not with the suitcases and body boards and fishing rods and the chilly bin, and that extra chilly bin for the ice, and the camp cooker just in case you want to eat under the stars, and the sleeping bags and tent and all those spare tent-pegs that don’t really work but you’d feel bad if you didn’t bring them, and – well, you get the idea. Basically, Overdrive is here to make sure you’ve got great new fiction to read during your holidays, no matter how pressed you are for space!

Overdrive cover The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Sweetpea, by C.J. Skuse
“I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Book of Chocolate Saints, by Jeet Thayil
“Francis Newton Xavier has lived a wild existence of excess in pursuit of his uncompromising aesthetic vision. Approaching middle age in a body ravaged by hard-living, he leaves Manhattan, and his journey home to India becomes a delirious voyage into the past.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Silk and Song, by Dana Stabenow
“Sixteen-year-old Wu Johanna is the granddaughter of the legendary trader Marco Polo. In the wake of her father’s death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Johanna’s destiny – if she has one – lies with her grandfather, in Venice, at the very edge of the known world.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer
“In a ruined city of the future, Rachel scavenges a strange creature from the fur of a despotic bear. She names him Borne. He reminds her of her homeland lost to rising seas, but her lover Wick is intent on rendering him down as raw material for the special drugs he sells. Nothing is quite what it seems, and if Wick is hiding secrets, so too is Rachel – and Borne most of all.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover White Tears, by Hari Kunzru
“Two twenty-something New Yorkers: Seth, awkward and shy, and Carter, the trust fund hipster. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Rising fast on the New York producing scene, they stumble across an old blues song long forgotten, and everything starts to unravel. Carter is drawn far down a path that allows no return, and Seth has no choice but to follow.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The End of Eddy, by Edouard Louis
“Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood, that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents, my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow. This book is an effort to understand all that.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover My Name Is Nobody, by Matthew Richardson
“Solomon Vine was the best of his generation, a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances, and on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon. Three months later, in Istanbul, MI6’s Head of Station is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man’s oldest friend: Solomon Vine.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Lover, Marguerite Duras
“Saigon, 1930s: a poor young French girl meets the elegant son of a wealthy Chinese family. Soon they are lovers, locked into a private world of passion and intensity that defies all the conventions of their society. A sensational international bestseller, The Lover is disturbing, erotic, masterly and simply unforgettable.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover John Dies at the End, by David Wong
“My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrock, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

All you need now is a garden: New eBooks

Cicero once said that if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. And while he probably didn’t expect that library to include eBooks, he’d be happy to know that Robert Harris’ acclaimed ‘Cicero’ trilogy is now a part of it. Joining Harris’ work are a range of other great titles, including Eliza Robertson’s debut novel Demi-Gods and the first in J.Y. Yang’s excellent ‘Tensorate’ series. Enjoy!

Overdrive cover Demi-Gods, by Eliza Robertson
“It is 1950, and Willa’s mother has a new beau. The arrival of his sons at Willa’s summer home signals the end of her safe childhood. Willa is drawn to the solitary Patrick, and as they grow up, their encounters become increasingly charged. But when Willa finally tries to reverse the trajectory, an act of desperation has devastating results.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Line Made by Walking, by Sara Baume
“Struggling to cope with urban life, Frankie, a twenty-something artist, retreats to the rural bungalow on ‘turbine hill’ that has been vacant since her grandmother’s death. Her family come and go, until one day they don’t, and she is left alone to contemplate the path that led her here, and the smell of the carpet that started it all.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Cicero Trilogy, by Robert Harris
“An epic trilogy by Robert Harris. Imperium takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power while Dictator is an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man. An unforgettable collection.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Last Time We Spoke, by Fiona Sussman
“Carla and Kevin Reid are celebrating their wedding anniversary with their son Jack. On a murderous collision course with this joyous yet fragile gathering is Ben Toroa, an unexpected and unwanted visitor. As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath of the appalling events of the night, their stories will be forever entwined.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Days of Anna Madrigal, by Armistead Maupin
“The suspenseful and touching ninth novel in Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ series follows one of modern literature’s most unforgettable characters – Anna Madrigal, the legendary transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane – as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her past.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Gorky Park, by Martin Cruz Smith
“A triple murder in Moscow’s famous Gorky Park amusement centre rocks the capital; three corpses found in the snow, so badly mutilated that their identities can’t be verified. Now, to identify the victims and uncover the truth, Chief Investigator Arkady Renko must battle the KGB, FBI and the police – and stay alive doing it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
“A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes is a step away from his twin Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering their bond?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Death of Bees, by Lisa O’Donnell
“Marnie and her sister Nelly have always been different. Marnie leads a life of smoking, drinking and drugs; Nelly enjoys eating cornflakes with Coke and reading Harry Potter. But when Lennie, the old guy next door, starts to get suspicious, it’s only a matter of time before their terrible secret is discovered.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Misadventures of a City Girl, by Meredith Wild
“Fresh off a divorce, Madison Atwood needs an escape, and Avalon Springs is the place. Luke Dawson lives off the grid, but when he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t turn her away. They make no promises, but mother nature has other plans…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Waking Gods, by Sylvain Neuvel
“An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Delectable new Overdrive fiction

With its sourdough bread, fresh honey and Pu’er tea, this month’s new eBook fiction from Overdrive has a definite culinary theme. Of course food is never just food: it can be a symbol of familial love, culture, or, in Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees, a warning of what’s to come. So head over to the elibrary and join us for this literary feast!

Overdrive cover Refuge–A Novel, by Dina Nayeri
“An Iranian girl escapes to America as a child, but her father stays behind. Over twenty years, daughter and father know each other from only four crucial visits. The longer they are apart, the more their lives diverge, but also the more each comes to need the other’s wisdom and, ultimately, rescue.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Whispers Through a Megaphone, by Rachel Elliott
“Miriam hasn’t left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world. Filled with wit and sparkling prose, Whispers Through a Megaphone explores our attempts to meaningfully connect with ourselves and others, in an often deafening world.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Highland Fling, by Anna Larner
“Eve Eddison describes her ideal woman to her best friend, Roxanne, over pints in their local pub a few days before she travels to the Scottish Highlands. There she falls head over heels for an enigmatic local, Moira Burns, and the usually reticent Eve wants more than a holiday romance.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The History of Bees, by Maja Lunde
“England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant who sets out to build a new type of beehive. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have disappeared. The History of Bees joins three different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Casualty of War, by Charles Todd
“Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from Barbados. Later, when he’s brought to her disoriented from a head wound, Bess is alarmed that he believes his cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Bess’s quest for the truth will bring her face-to-face with the wounds of war that not even peace can heal.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Michael Tolliver Lives, by Armistead Maupin
“Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin’s classic Tales of the City series, is arguably the most beloved gay character in fiction. Now, almost twenty years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Dewey Decimal System, by Nathan Larson
“After a flu pandemic, a terrorist attack and the collapse of Wall Street, New York City is a shadow of its former self. As the city struggles to dig itself out of the wreckage, a nameless, obsessive-compulsive veteran has taken up residence at the New York Public Library. Dubbed “Dewey Decimal”, he must face the darkness of his past and the question of his buried identity.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Sourdough, by Robin Sloan
“Lois Clary, an engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouth-watering bread. Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where a close-knit club runs the show. But when Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Endless Love, by Scott Spencer
“Seventeen-year-old David Axelrod is consumed with his love for Jade Butterfield. So when Jade’s father exiles him from their home, David does the only thing he thinks is rational: he burns down their house. Sentenced to a psychiatric institution, David’s obsession metastasizes, and upon his release, he sets out to win the Butterfields back by any means necessary.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See
“Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and their world will soon change forever.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Win with Excio!

Have you discovered Excio yet? You can enjoy a rotating collection of fantastic book cover images for your device wallpaper, discover new authors, check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, and share your favourites on social media. Plus, if you download Excio and use it for the next four weeks, the more you share the higher your chance of winning one of our great prizes!

Each week, the top 10 users who share the most book images will receive a voucher for a Clark’s cafe muffin and coffee combo at Central Library. On the 10th of November we will select 3 supreme winners and reward their efforts with Unity Book vouchers:

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Pasefika eBooks you can borrow anytime

Need a good read? Including Albert Wendt and Selina Tusitala Marsh, here are just a few eBook titles to whet your appetite. Sign up to Overdrive and get started borrowing…

Overdrive cover Nuanua, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Edited by Albert Wendt and copublished the University of Hawaii Press, Nuanua is an anthology of short stories, extracts from novels, and poems written since 1980 in the Pacific Islands. It remains an essential resource for teachers of Pacific literature.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Whetu Moana, Robert Sullivan (eBook)
“Whetu Moana is the first anthology of contemporary Polynesian poetry in English edited by Polynesians. It collects poems written over the last twenty years from more than 60 poets in Aotearoa, Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Rotuma. Well-known poets like Hone Tuwhare, Alistair Campbell and Haunani-Kay Trask are joined by talented young voices, the poets appearing in alphabetical order in a way that presents both an overall Polynesian identity and a focus on individual style. Traditional laments mix with street-smart rap rhythms; images of seascapes and landscapes mingle with shots of urban slums. Political anger is a powerful force in these poems but many are personal and particular. Whetu Moana reveals an active, changing, varied, creative scene, which confronts both a complex colonial past and a fast-moving global present with energy, courage and vitality.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Dream Fish Floating, Karlo Mila (eBook)
“Professor Konai Helu Thaman (Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, and UNESCO Chair in teacher education & culture – The University of the South Pacific) says this about the collection: This is a refreshing and welcome addition to the growing list of women’s writing in Oceania. Karlo draws wisdom and compassion from her ancestral cultures but is not constrained by them. Honest and unafraid, she has spread her net wide in order to capture the many concerns that many people are grappling with as they face the realities of a globalised and impersonal world. Written with passion, persistence and sensitivity, her poems are insightful, challenging and sometimes provocative. This book should inspire others, especially women, to share their experiences with the rest of the world.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Adventures of Vela, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela – Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagata-Nei and the Smellocracy of Olfact. Accompany him, too, as he recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearsome warrior queen, before whose powers travelling chroniclers still bow down today.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Ancestry, Albert Wendt (eBook)
“Albert Wendt’s new collection of short stories explores the nature of family, tradition and culture through the eyes of those seemingly caught between the realities of modern contemporary life and the ancestral ties of their heritage. With a deft touch, he draws us into his characters’ lives and with equal parts wisdom and wit, he exposes them to us. This is a masterful meditation on the ties that bind people together across time and place.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Fast Talking PI, Selina Tusitala Marsh (eBook)
“Fast Talking PI is the first ‘singular, confident and musical’ collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. ‘Tusitala’ means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community, ancestry, and history. Her poetry is sensuous and strong, using lush imagery, clear rhythms and repetitions to power it forward. The list poem is a favourite style, but she also writes with a Pacific lyricism entirely her own. Fast Talking PI is structured in three sections, ‘Tusitala (personal), ‘Talkback’ (political and historical) and ‘Fast Talking PI’ (already a classic). In poems like ‘Guys Like Gauguin’ she writes as a ‘calabash breaker’, fighting back against historic injustices; but in other poems she explores the idea of the calabash as the honoured vessel for identity and story. Ultimately, though, Marsh exhorts herself to ‘be nobody’s darling’, as a writer she is a self-proclaimed ‘darling in the margins’, and Fast Talking PI proves it – a generous work that will thrill readers; ‘a map in our arms / to get us over the reef’; and a tremendous first book.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Whispers and Vanities, Tamasailau M. Suaalii-Sauni (eBook)
“This collection of essays and selected poetry responds to an address on Samoan religious culture given by Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta’isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, to the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The address challenges some fundamental aspects of and assumptions in modern Samoan indigenous religious culture. The essays and poetry form a carefully woven critique, from within and outside Samoa, of aspects of Samoa’s religious and cultural values.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature, Jane Stafford (eBook)
“‘What, after all, is the truth of a place that has only just been worked into language?’ From Polynesian Mythology to the Yates’ Garden Guide, from Allen Curnow to Alice Tawhai, from Jessie Mackay to Alison Wong, from Julius Vogel to Albert Wendt, from the letters of Wiremu Te Rangikaheke to the notebooks of Katherine Mansfield – Maori, Pakeha, Pasifika, and Asian New Zealanders have struggled for two and a half centuries to work the English language into some sort of truth about this place. The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature brings together for the first time in one volume this country’s major writing, from the earliest records of exploration and encounter to the globalised, multicultural present. Editors Jane Stafford and Mark Williams range across novels and stories, poems and plays, letters and diaries, comics and songs to collect the defining stuff of our literary heritage. The contents will delight and provoke: Erewhon and The Heart of the Bush; Man Alone and ‘No Ordinary Sun’; The God Boy and Hicksville; ‘The Gumboot Song’ and The Vintner’s Luck. Through an imaginative selection and illuminating introductions, Stafford and Williams provide new paths into our writing and our country. For students and readers, at home and overseas, the Anthology of New Zealand Literature will be the indispensable introduction for years to come to what’s worth reading and why.” (Overdrive description)

Exciting new eBook Fiction in September

With everything that’s happened over the last six years, it can be easy to forget that in 2011, Egypt – and much of the world – was in the midst of the Arab Spring. This month, Overdrive takes you back to that year of social and political potential with what has been described as an “astonishing” new novel: The City Always Wins, by Omar Robert Hamilton. Sign up today to check out this, and many other great titles.

Overdrive cover The City Always Wins, by Omar Robert Hamilton
“On the streets of Cairo, a violent uprising is transforming the course of modern history. Mariam and Khalil, two young activists, are swept up in the political fervour. Their lives will never be the same again. Brave, visceral, and electric with tension, Omar Robert Hamilton’s debut novel uniquely captures the feverish intensity of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Roots, by Alex Haley
Roots: The Saga of an American Family tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and later follows his life and the lives of his descendants. The release of the novel led to a cultural sensation in the United States, and it is considered to be one of the most important U.S. works of the 20th century.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Boyracers, by Alan Bissett
“Meet sixteen-year-old Alvin. Poet. Virgin. Confused. Adopted by ‘the Lads’ – three older boys with a car called Belinda and four wheels to anywhere – he begins the crazy road-trip from adolescence to adulthood. Boyracers is adored by a generation of Scottish teenagers for its humour, optimistic spirit and inventive narrative style.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Love at First Flight, by Tess Woods
“Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, her picture-perfect life unravels. Seated on the plane she meets Matt, and for the first time ever she falls in love. What begins as a flirty conversation quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with consequences that neither Mel nor Matt seems capable of facing.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Monkey Grip, by Helen Garner
“Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong
“Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiancé are moving house, but he’s moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns that her father has Alzheimer’s. At Christmas, her mother begs her to stay on and help. For a year. Goodbye, Vitamin is the wry, beautifully observed story of a woman at a crossroads.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Old Deep and Dark, by Ellen Hart
“Renowned theater director Cordelia Thorn is working to restore a historic theater that she and her actress sister recently bought. Cordelia has a vision for the playhouse’s future, but the more she learns about the building, the more fascinated she becomes by its past. Nicknamed “The Old Deep and Dark”, there are a wealth of secrets hidden inside its walls. And, to her shock, a body…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden
“In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Shape of Bones, by Daniel Galera
“A man rises at 5 a.m. and leaves his home. As the dawn comes on, he drives toward the old neighbourhood of his youth. What is pulling him back there? Perhaps the need to make something happen, perhaps just nostalgia. Or perhaps the search for absolution – from a crime he has carried in his heart for fifteen years.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Marlborough Man, by Alan Carter
“Nick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. If the river isn’t flooded and the land hasn’t slipped, it’s paradise. Unless you are also hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge, in which case, remote beauty has its own kind of danger. In the last couple of weeks, two locals have vanished. Their bodies are found, but the Pied Piper is still at large…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction

Each winter, Icelanders brace themselves for the jólabókaflóð, or ‘Christmas Book Flood’. Christmas day is spent not at the bach or beach, but tucked up in bed with a pile of new novels. And while it’s still a few months until Christmas, why not embrace the jólabókaflóð tradition and keep out the darkness with a great new range of ebooks from Overdrive? As they say in Reykjavik, “On with the butter!”

Overdrive cover A Horse Walks into a Bar, by David Grossman
Winner of the Man Book Prize 2017. The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage. Dovaleh G, a veteran stand-up comic – charming, erratic, repellent – exposes a wound he has been living with for years: a fateful and gruesome choice he had to make between the two people who were dearest to him.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Congo Dawn, by Katherine Scholes
“Melbourne secretary Anna Emerson’s life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her a plane ticket to the Congo. The newly independent country is in turmoil, Simba rebels are on the move – but the invitation holds a precious clue to the whereabouts of her estranged father. Inspired by real events, Congo Dawn combines epic drama with an intimate journey into the heart of a fractured family.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Fletcher of the Bounty, by Graeme Lay
“On 28 April 1789 Fletcher and his followers take control of HMAV Bounty. What follows is a story brimming with conflict as Fletcher, his fellow-mutineers and their Tahitian women attempt to build a new society on remote Pitcairn Island. But their attempts are doomed, as envy, lust and racism destroy the Utopia that Fletcher and Isabella dreamed of. This is historical fiction at its finest.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Solar Bones, by Mike McCormack
“Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Deconstructing with his engineer’s mind how things are built to consider them better: bridges, banking systems and marriages. In one of the first great Irish novels of the 21st century, Mike McCormack captures a whole life, suspended in a single hour.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Beautiful Messy Love, by Tess Woods
“When football star Nick Harding hobbles into the Black Salt Cafe the morning after the night before, he is served by Anna, a waitress with haunted-looking eyes and no interest in footballers, famous or otherwise. Nick is instantly drawn to this exotic, intelligent girl. But a relationship between them risks shame for her conservative refugee family and backlash for Nick that could ruin his career.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Anna, by Niccolo Ammaniti
“It is some years since a virus killed all the adults. Brave, stubborn thirteen-year-old Anna looks after her brother Astor in the cottage where their mother’s skeleton rests, lovingly decorated, in a locked bedroom. But then Astor starts to question Anna’s version of the world—and suddenly, everything will change.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge
A Hugo award-winning Novel. Fleeing a galactic threat, Ravna crash-lands on a strange world with a ship-hold full of cryogenically frozen children. They are quickly taken captive by the Tines, a dog-like race of aliens with a harsh medieval culture. Will anyone come to save them, or will Ravna be caught in the power struggle to come?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover If Snow Hadn’t Fallen, by Sharon Bolton
“They say that snow covers everything that is mean and sordid and ugly in the world…but beneath the carpet of white, the ugliness remains. 11 November 2012, London. Long-smouldering feelings come to a head in a burst of shocking violence. A young Muslim man is brutally murdered by a masked gang. There is just one witness to the horrific crime: DC Lacey Flint. Or at least that’s what she thinks…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Welcome to Lagos, by Chibundu Onuzo
“When army officer Chike Ameobi is ordered to kill innocent civilians, he knows that it is time to leave. As he travels towards Lagos, he becomes the leader of a new platoon, a band of runaways who share his desire for a better life. After an unexpected political encounter, Chike and his companions must make a choice. But perhaps the situation is more complex than it appears.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Madame Zero, by Sarah Hall
“Sarah Hall is an exquisite chronicler of landscapes – rural, industrial, psychological – and these haunting stories reveal a writer at the peak of her powers. This uncannily disturbing collection glitters with poetic and erotic imagery. Marked by a fascination with the intimacy of nature – and the nature of intimacy – Madame Zero is a stunning new collection from an author twice nominated for the Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Welcome to Excio!

Wellington City Libraries has partnered with local start-up Excio to bring amazing images to your Android smartphone or tablet home screen.

With the Excio app you can follow collections of images which can be used as wallpapers on the home screen of your device. The images link to our OverDrive eBooks/audiobooks and other library content, and you can even read OverDrive samples within the Excio app, as well as like and share book covers.

We have 20 genre/subject based collections on Excio which will be refreshed every couple of months. Enjoy a rotating collection of fantastic book cover images for your device wallpaper, discover new authors,  check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, and share your favourites on social media.

By following our collections you can bring the library to you!

To get started, head to Google Play to download the Excio app.
The app is currently only available for Android devices, although the Excio team plans to develop an iOS app.

For more information check out the Excio FAQs – or if you need further help, email us at  enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.