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Paper Plus Masterton

181-183 Queen Street
06 378 8300
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8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am to 6.00pm Saturday
Closed Sunday

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9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays

Our Team

Sue

Sue has been Book Manager since 2009, a passionate book guru and all things bookish, originating from Australia. Masterton is now home for Sue and her family, making most of all the outdoor experiences that Wairarapa has on offer. Sue with her book team of Sally and Kalli are able to offer a personal service to all customers and match the right book for their needs, research a topic, find and order books from anywhere in the world.

Karen

Karen the Stationery Manager has been with the business from the first day of operation in October 1999. As well as Stationery Karen also looks after the Card & Gift area and assists with Children’s books.

Reviews

We've Got a Boat
Jay Laga'aia
Review by Sue

This is a delightful tale set to song that celebrates the sailing crew of Emirates Team New Zealand with bonus CD featuring the song by Jay Laga’aia. “We’ve got a boat that fl ies across the water. We’ve got a boat that fl ies across the sea. You know this boat, it sailed from Aotearoa. It stays ...

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Eric Idle
Review by Sue

Now I challenge you to say that title without singing it! Called a ‘sortabiography’ this was a much enjoyed recent read by Rob and here’s his review: “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life is the title to a memoir of unparalleled wit and candour from one of the most talented British writers and comedians to have emerged ...

Topp Country: a Culinary Journey

Review by Sue

From one Kiwi duo to another, sister act Jules and Lynda – a couple of dames! The ‘Topp Twins’ toured New Zealand and visited key rural areas and farms that featured in a TV series this year. Farmers and growers committed to making our food healthier, tastier and leaving our land more productive for the next generation were celebrated in the ...

Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt
Review by Sue

This is a celebration of friendship between two Kiwi legends, Sam Hunt and Colin Hogg – one that spans decades and the sort of stories that make for great reading. “A backstage pass to the private side of one of our most public people, Sam Hunt – Kiwi Poet. Off The Road is a wild, hilarious, no holds barred book about the ...

Living Big in a Tiny House
Bryce Langston
Review by Sue

There’s a great trend of building and living in smaller spaces along with a new range of books featuring ‘tiny homes’ that is emerging. This new title explores small space design projects throughout the world including New Zealand. Following on from his You Tube series, the author has collated some of his favourites ready to inspire you into tiny ...

Whiskey in a Teacup
Reese Witherspoon
Review by Sue

Most famous for her acting career, Reese Witherspoon is carving out her brand in notable book club recommendations and fi lm rights. This is her book that captures her Southern style – hence the title, a quote from her grandmother, that the combination of beauty and strength made the Southern woman ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’. There’s an ideal place to ...

Made In Scotland
Billy Connolly
Review by Sue

We are spoiled for choice this Christmas with quality biographies and at the top of the list has to be Billy Connolly’s highly readable, highly entertaining stories of his adventures in a ‘wee country’. Billy is the best one to introduce his new book: “After my knighthood was announced, a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview ...

Classic Car & Caravan Combos Downunder

Review by Sue

I love this range of unique cars and lifestyle – there’s quite a series now and new titles this year. With the popularity of vintage and classic caravanning increasing, it was only natural we would see a rise in the pairing of the chosen vintage models. They’re creative and true works of art and the owners have stories to ...

Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Review by Sue

We always say in store ‘the book was better’ and with the movie adaptation in cinemas soon it is a perfect opportunity to read the book before you see the movie. A powerful story focussing on the topical issues of race, gun control, gang impacts on society, family and friendships. I always enjoy reading young adult titles and this will ...

Kingdom of Ash
Sarah J. Maas
Review by Sue

Staff member Bridget has been following this series from the beginning and has eagerly awaited each new title, here’s her review: “We’ve all been long awaiting the final instalment of the Throne of Glass series and Kingdom of Ash does not disappoint. Though big, this book is exhilarating from page one and you will not be able to ...

Flourish
Barb Rogers
Review by Sue

From home design to the outside, this is New Zealand women and their extraordinary gardens. It showcases women who have worked tirelessly to create unforgettable gardens, bringing their vision to life with energy and verve. The authors have searched throughout New Zealand to fi nd the very best to feature in this sumptuous gift book. Each gardener and garden has ...

Homebody
Joanna Gaines
Review by Sue

We never tire of opening boxes of new books in-store – there’s always something that will delight us and we have been waiting for its release to finally sell. Homebody is my delight this Christmas season and I’ve been waiting to share this with you from the first time the Reps presented it to us! It’s great to ...

Brave
Lynn Jenkins
Review by Sue

This is the second picture book featuring the L.A.Cs (little anxious creatures) and is designed to teach building blocks for resilience in children. Loppy and Curly are back to help children find their brave as they tackle life. “Have you ever needed to do something that made you nervous even thinking about doing? Kids do all the time. ...

Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard (Book 1)
Andrew Hansen
Review by Sue

A new fun and quirky series for your junior reader. Bab is the son of archaeologists, a loner in the world, but on one of his adventures he fi ds a beard that magically attaches to his face! This leads him to befriend two mummified animals that help him unravel a mystery and keep him safe as they discover the ...

November Road
Lou Berney
Review by Sue

At this time of the year we often reflect on the fiction gems that we have discovered throughout the year and this new title has shot right to the top of Warwick’s top reads – here’s his review: This is my first Lou Berney novel and I’ve been missing out! Frank Guidry’s got it made - a ...

Ajax the Kea Dog
Corey Mosen
Review by Sue

Corey is a wildlife biologist working for the Department of Conservation and specialises in work to protect the endangered kea bird. Ajax is a working dog trained to help find the nests of kea birds in remote parts of the South Island. Together, Corey and Ajax make the perfect team to monitor the native bird species and protect them from ...

There's a Tui in our Teapot
Dawn McMillan
Review by Sue

This is a delightful bilingual story in English and Maori. All the different native birds of New Zealand have fl own in to Nan’s house to have an early breakfast! But what will Nan do? Will she be happy about the little feathered visitors? “There’s a tui in our teapot – he’s looking out at me. A tui ...

Historic Sheep Stations Of New Zealand
Colin Wheeler
Review by Sue

This is a reprint of a wonderful celebration of the sheep stations that are a core part of our rural life in New Zealand. It’s a combination of both North and South Islands with original text and illustrations which are truly nostalgic. The stunning art work on the cover shows you the quality and standard to expect within the ...

Keeper
Graham Norton
Review by Sue

Perhaps you recognise the name and that would be right, Graham Norton is one of the UK’s best loved broadcasters hosting The Graham Norton Show and on BBC radio. But, he’s turned his hand to writing and this is his second novel. Last year he released Holding with successful sales and reviews. Staff member Karen recently read A ...

Turn of Midnight
Minette Walters
Review by Sue

This is the satisfying conclusion to the Last Hours that was released last year and left us on a high and dangling! The Black Death plague of 1348 has passed on but there are still unknowns and the people of the demesnes are untrusting as some are without their leaders. In the demesne of Develish, Lady Anne has to make the ...

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
James Patterson
Review by Sue

This is one for the junior reader (8 years plus) and fi rst in a new series. Maxine, known as Max is twelve, an orphan and squats in an abandoned building in New York city along with other kind, lost and lonely squatters. Max idolises Einstein the scientist, hence her name as she has no idea of her beginnings in life. ...

Showtym Adventures Annual
Kelly Wilson
Review by Sue

The Wilson sisters are prolifi c writers, penning horsecraft books for adults and children. This time they have an annual out just in time for Christmas and holiday times on the horizon. It’s great to see the tradition of annuals hasn’t faded away and this one will delight the Wilson fans! Vicki, Kelly and Amanda are ready to ...

Vietnam
Sir Max Hastings
Review by Sue

There has been few and far between books dedicated to the plight of the Vietnam War but we are starting to see more and hear their valuable stories. Max Hastings is an authentic voice as he shares vivid personal memories as he reported on the war. “...he was among those helicoptered out of the US Saigon Embassy compound during the 1975 ...

Diamond in the Dust
Frauke Bolten-Boshammer
Review by Sue

Frauke’s biography is the newest in the genre of non-fi ction books set in Australia’s outback and the overcoming spirit required to master the unforgiving territory. She arrived in the then unknown rural outpost of a town, Kununurra, in 1981. With three children in tow and determined husband who had made the decision this would be their home, land ...

Cook's Cook
Gavin Bishop
Review by Sue

From the author of award winning book Aotearoa, Gavin Bishop presents his new book around the cook who cooked for Captain Cook. Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook setting sail across the world via the Pacific. Gavin’s unique style comes though once again with a blend of informative text and strong illustrations that will engage children as ...

NZ Money Guide

Review by Sue

Lisa has a regular spot on the TV AM Show and speaks from credible experience in the business and finance sector. “She began investing when she was 16 years old and has a diverse portfolio of investments and holds qualifications in areas of public relations, financial planning, marketing, real estate and management.” This book is a handy essential resource for all ...

Arcadia
Di Morrissey
Review by Sue

Di Morrissey is, without a doubt, one of Australia’s favourite storytellers and consistently produces a tale steeped in history each year. Her strength is taking a place in the world (usually Australia but not exclusively) and writing about the unique geography with vivid descriptions – so much so that you want to immediately travel to these destinations to discover them ...

Kiwi Baker at Home
Dean Brettschneider
Review by Sue

Perhaps you have been watching TV2’s new Great Kiwi Bake Off and watching contestants creating delectable delights. There is a science to success in baking and during the show we bear witness to the execution of correct method and process. It is the science that allows the puff in the pastry, the lightness in the filling or the right ...

Born to Dance
Jordan Matter
Review by Sue

There are few books on the subject of dance for the older, skillful dancer until American photographer Jordan Matter captured this market with his first book Dancers Among Us a few years ago. He now delights us with his new book Born to Dance – Celebrating the Wonder of Childhood a collection of new artistic images. Throughout the pages are short ...

Natural Home
Wendyl Nissen
Review by Sue

Prominent media personality Wendyl Nissen was many years ahead of the trend when she started her Green Goddess business and chemical free products. Now, of course, living a life mindful of impacts on the environment is current trend and Wendyl has combined the best information from her previous books into this one complete and full volume. Her philosophy is simple “...

Michael
Tina Hutchence
Review by Sue

Michael Hutchence was the lead vocalist in the Australian band INXS that hit stardom in the 1980s. However, his sister Tina was 12 years older than her brother so she writes from a unique vantage point having observed his life from the very beginning. She cared for him as their mother had to return to demanding work schedules and has always ...

MiNDFOOD - Celebrating 10 Years of Recipes

Review by Sue

Mindfood magazine was launched from the home of Michael and Michelle McHugh ten years ago and has consistently delivered to an audience that is ‘intelligent, engaged and appreciates quality content’. “...ten years ago there was no social media, we created engaging content” says Michael. So there is much to celebrate for this milestone hence the fabulous cookbook that has just ...

Oh Boy: A storybook of epic NZ men
Stuart Lipshaw
Review by Sue

We have had Go Girl! Stories of New Zealand Women now we have the collected stories of Men. It’s packed full of wonderful stories we can celebrate and lives that are varied, from all avenues of life with very different, diverse stories of creativity, resilience, dedication and tenacity. Various illustrators enhance the pages of each story. It’s a ...

Good From Scratch Kids
Michael Van de Elzen
Review by Sue

TV popular chef and restauranteur, Michael Van De Elzen needs no introduction after a variety of adult cookbooks. Now he has been inspired by his new family home and rural life to create his new brand ‘Good from Scratch’. The philosophy behind this is to educate kids about where their food comes from and he says “there’s nothing better ...

Barefoot Investor for Families
Scott Pape
Review by Sue

Australian author Scott Pape is the founder of The Barefoot Investor and after fifteen years in the media has reached millions of Australians with his financial insight. In 2016 he released Barefoot Investor a bestselling book and just recently the 2018 updated edition arrived instore. He’s trailblazed his trusted brand dealing with all things financial. He has particular skills for financial ...

Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
Joanna Nell
Review by Sue

Again, this is a debut novel and I absolutely loved it! I laughed and I was moved – it’s a tale of love, community and ageing. Peggy Smart lives most capably and independently in her little villa within the Jacaranda Retirement Village in a Sydney seaside suburb. She’s approaching 80 and along with it, her fears, insecurities and heart longings ...

House Across the Street
Lesley Pearse
Review by Sue

Lesley is a staff favourite and this new release has been highly anticipated both in store and for fans alike. Staff member Kalli has recently devoured this and gives us her review: “Set in the 1960s in a small English town at a time when there was great excitement in the fashion world. Women were wearing their skirts shorter and ...

Happy Birthday to Me!
Stacy Gregg
Review by Sue

There was great excitement in the stables as the official birthday for all horses (1st August) was on its way...but little pony, Mini Whinny has other ideas! Meet Mini Whinny – a pint sized pony with a big attitude – whatever will her farm friends do? A delightful new tale and new series from award winning New Zealand author Stacy Gregg. ...

Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty
Rhys Darby
Review by Sue

Rhys doesn’t need any introductions, he’s the internationally known comedian and this is his fi rst children’s book. It’s a brand new junior fi ction series full of fun and his trademark quirky offbeat hilarious style. McGinty’s parents are Montague Clark (a crypto-zoolologist) and Dr Barbara Ruth (an archaeologist) who just happen to be missing, ...

Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult
Review by Sue

Jodi never shies away from controversial topics and her new book is no different. A violent attack on an American women’s reproductive health clinic leads to a hostage situation and each woman held has very different reasons for being in the clinic that fateful day. When hostage negotiator Hugh is called to the ‘active gun incident’, his role and ...

Dangerous Book for Boys
Conn Iggulden
Review by Sue

This makes a comeback after a long hiatus in the outof-print vaults. Perfect timing for the school holidays to be inspired with gadgets, sports, spy craft, stories and trivia. General Knowledge, how-to and all sorts of practical skills for children, this classic book is full to the brim with all you need to ‘live a dangerous’ life. Try some knot-tying ...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

Review by Sue

This is a compilation of beastly bedtime stories for kids. I have discovered that kids don’t scare easily these days and love a good beastly tale! Stories with vampires, bats, pirates at a dance party and a zoo in a room. Bears who are scared and things that go splat in the night – from a collection of noteworthy authors ...

Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty
Review by Sue

This is the perfect holiday read to kick back and meet nine strangers from all walks of life that have checked into a ‘wellness resort’ in rural Australia. Their stay promises transformation, counsel and rejuvenation whilst enjoying hot stone massages, attention and healthy food – well that is the plan... Masha is the health centre’s director and controls everything, overseeing ...

Don't Stop Believin'
Olivia Newton-John
Review by Sue

Perhaps it is just me, after all I was born and raised in Australia, but Olivia’s music was a strong presence growing up. Whilst reading this I decided to put spotify on and have her music playing along as I read – and it was a trip down memory lane. British born but raised in Australia, this is the fi ...

Unscary Book
Nick Bland
Review by Sue

From the author of Very Cranky Bear, this is a delightful new tale. Nicholas Ickle is trying extremely hard to write a scary book but his efforts are thwarted by un-scary things appearing in his tale! Even his monster turns out to be a sharing, caring type... Things that are nice, bright, delicious, cute and fun all de-rail his scary ...

Dog Man 5: Lord of the Fleas
Dav Pilkey
Review by Sue

Are you looking for a new fun series for your junior reader? Perfect for school holidays, this is book fi ve in the new Dogman series from the author of Captain Underpants. Written and illustrated in a similar style to Captain Underpants, it is funny, animated and a great tale too. It’s an ideal book to encourage your child ...

Roblox: The Essential Guide

Review by Sue

If you have kids online then you’ll be aware that the next best thing since Minecraft is Roblox and if you are planning to balance the online versus off-screen time during the holidays then this is a perfect compromise – a book about Roblox! Unauthorized but complimentary to the game, explaining the what, where and how you can create too. ...

Liars #1: The Truth App
Jack Heath
Review by Sue

Perfect timing for the school holidays, this is an action packed page turner suitable for intermediate age (plus) readers. I loved Jack’s earlier books, Cut Out and Fail Safe and he has produced another cracker read with this first book in a new series. Australian high school student Jarli has used his coding skills and perfected a new app ...

Is it Bedtime Yet?
Emily Writes
Review by Sue

This is Emily’s second book – the fi rst one was Rants in the Dark – From One Tired Mama to Another was from her blogging entries as a mum to babies navigating the ups and downs of this season of life. Is It Bedtime Yet? is a collection of true stories from parents at the ‘coalface’ sharing their tales of ...

Eco Home: Smart Ideas for Sustainable New Zealand Homes
Melinda Williams
Review by Sue

This holds many smart ideas for sustainable New Zealand homes. An eco house takes care of the family within from dawn before the family wakes from the insulation from eco-slabs in foundations through to hot water supplied by solar heating stored overnight. Modern, new and always improving science used in planning an eco home with exceptional results now. The homes ...

Ottolenghi SIMPLE
Yotam Ottolenghi
Review by Sue

Yotam is in a league of his own when it comes to food combinations, style and cooking. Like his title suggests, he takes the simple ingredients and creates food with a difference – and his focus is on ‘simple’ with this new book. S.I.M.P.L.E – Short on time, Ingredients of 10 or less, Make it ahead of time, ...

Coding Book

Review by Sue

Coding or computer programming is giving a computer step by step commands to tell it what to do. It allows us to make websites, games and apps so it’s a big part of our future – this is the reason coding is now part of our New Zealand school curriculum. “Coding helps students develop systematic reasoning, problem-solving and communication skills”. ...

Life on the Road
Randolph Covich
Review by Sue

A great anthology of Kiwi trucking stories – telling the tales of Kiwi truckies, the men and women that make great personal sacrifi ce to keep our country running. Often it is a hard and lonely passion but truckies are devoted and are committed, with many serving many years of dedicated service to their companies or owner-operator models. “Life on the ...

Maori Made Easy 2
Scotty Morrison
Review by Sue

Perfect timing as we celebrate Maori Language Week 10th - 14th September, this is the newest book from leading author Scotty Morrison (Ngati Whakaue). Together with his wife Stacey, the Morrisons have provided accessible, credible resources so we can all embrace one of New Zealand’s offi cial languages. Whether you are just starting out or wanting to add phrases ...

Jamie Cooks Italy
Jamie Oliver
Review by Sue

This is what Jamie does best – combines Italian cooking with family feasts. His career spans nineteen years! Dare I admit I can recall his fi rst TV series and loved his fresh, creative, achievable style? He has published twenty books since his humble beginnings and he has not only had great personal success from his restaurants, food and kitchen ranges, ...

Steven Adams: My Life, My Fight
Steven Adams
Review by Sue

Sports biographies – especially New Zealand ones – have been few and far between in recent years so it is great to see basketball star Steven Adams’ story come to life. He’s twenty-fi ve but has an inspiring story of grit and determination, rising to the ranks of NBA star when he was drafted in 2013. Steven comes from a family with ...

Pacific
Meaghan Wilson Anastasios
Review by Sue

It is 250 years since Captain James Cook set sail from the northern hemisphere on a scientifi c journey that turned into the fi rst circumnavigation of New Zealand and exploration of the Pacifi c Ocean. Pacifi c is the accompanying book to a new television series due soon on Prime TV. The series will be called Unchartered and is a ...

Other Woman
Daniel Silva
Review by Sue

Every year I wait for the newest Daniel Silva to catch up on the latest instalment of spy Gabriel Allon and the new one has just arrived ready to take you on a tense, thrilling adventure. Daniel Silva has a unique ability to draw from current news headlines and weave these international events into his spy fi ction. In The ...

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story
Gavin Bishop
Review by Sue

This isn’t a new release, however it does deserve our revisited attention and hearty congratulations. Aotearoa recently won the Elsie Locke Non-Fiction Award and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year supreme award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2018. As staff, we were dazzled by the concept, colour, content and format late last year ...

Epic Hikes of the World
Lonely Planet
Review by Sue

Lonely Planet produce quality travel guides and have moved more into the gift book range giving us a fabulous selection covering all the ways we travel, how and why. Epic Hikes of the World is the next in the series following Epic Drives of the World and Epic Bike Rides of the World. It’s full of enjoyable and engaging ...

Winx
Trevor Marshallsea
Review by Sue

It is a testament to the horse industry both here and in Australia that some of Australia’s sporting heroes are actually horses! Phar Lap, Kingston Town and Black Caviar to name a few. Black Caviar has been the most recent racing star and last year Trevor Marshallsea co-wrote the book about Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody – Long Way ...

Scrublands
Chris Hammer
Review by Sue

It is certainly shaping up to be the year of the debut author – so far I have read three and loved them all. Chris Hammer’s debut book Scrublands is exceptional quality reading and is perfect for Father’s Day which is creeping up on us. He is a journalist with more than 30 years experience and has applied his extensive ...

Puffin the Architect
Kimberly Andrews
Review by Sue

“Meet Puffi n, a clever architect who always creates the perfect home for her clients...but her newest clients are VERY hard to please!” Delightful story and beautifully illustrated, the puffl ings home has to be perfect for them – other ideas in other animals homes are not going to suit them so it is a hard task to tailor make ...

100 Things to See in the Southern Night Sky
Dean Regas
Review by Sue

Some may remember the old editions of ‘planispheres‘ that were a round disc shape and you aligned the date on the disc which then showed an image of the Southern night sky and what you would expect to see in stars and constellations on that particular date. It was a great tool for star-gazers and those that were new to ...

Best Leaders Don't Shout
Bruce Cotterill
Review by Sue

Bruce writes this ‘manual‘ for leadership with authority that stems from his extensive experience as CEO of fi ve companies. He is highly sought after for his ability to engage people within companies, managing millennials and to get things done. He has catchphrases that inspire you to fi nd better means of communicating and to make changes to ensure better ...

Civilisations: How Do We Look / The Eye of Faith
Mary Beard
Review by Sue

Mary Beard dazzled us with her book SPQR and brings classic history alive with her highly readable text. Recently, she has been the presenter on TV of Meet The Romans, which was fascinating. This new book, along with First Contact & The Cult of Progress by David Olusoga, are episode companion books from the BBC series New Civilisations. Mary‘s book ...



Review by Sue

This new series is perfect for fans of Cherub – a high octane series for 11 years plus. Including emos, action and tech, this is the perfect thriller for readers that like fast pace action. “Keiron Mellor finds a pair of sunglasses and a wireless earpiece in a shopping mall, he thinks he can sell them to make some quick cash. What ...



Review by Sue

This is Miranda’s second book, following on from the bestselling Selp Helf. ‘Tweens’ know the alter-ego Miranda as the popular vlogger online on You Tube for her funny takes on life. She’s one of the safe vloggers and her humour is clever and timely. AKA Coleen Ballinger, who is also an actress and singer in USA. As the ...

Barefoot Investor
Scott Pape
Review by Sue

This is the new 2018 edition and has been sitting in top ten best-selling lists since the first edition came out last year. Full of sound, practical advice – not just snippets or tips nor strict budgets that are hard to adhere to. Written in a step by step style with formulas to take affirmative action. Quality and sound advice along with ...



Review by Sue

This isn’t ‘just another book about triumph over adversity’ but an inspirational read to help you overcome the ‘things or habits that hold you back in life’. Mike Rolls was just 18 years old when an end of season footy trip to Tasmania was cut short with a lifethreatening battle with meningococcal septicaemia. With a slim 5% chance of survival, Mike’...

104-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Review by Sue

This is the next instalment of a bestselling favourite for children – there are always eager fans waiting for new release and it’s arrived earlier than usual this year! “Join Andy and Terry in their wonderfully wild and wacky 104 Storey Treehouse. You can throw some refrigerators, make money with the money making machine – or honey if you prefer as it ...

Ghost
James Swallow
Review by Sue

This is the third part in a series that started with Nomad and followed with Exile. They’ve become firm staff favourites and the series is perfect for fans of I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Featuring tech worker Marc Dane, the thrills and deadly pursuits are set at a cracking pace. “A brutal assassination in a silent city...a ...

Nowhere Child
Christian White
Review by Sue

Our store owner Warwick recently read this, loved it and shares his review with us: “One day Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the case of a little girl who went missing from her home 28 years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl...Thus begins a truly addictive journey, from past to present, from Melbourne to Kentucky. It’...

Straight from the Pig's Mouth: The Life and Crimes of a Kiwi Detective
Al Lester
Review by Sue

Al Lester is best known for his tales of hunting and bush life. Few would know that Al was also a Detective Sergeant and this has been the foundation of this authentic collection of stories reflecting on 31 years as a Kiwi policeman. “This book takes you into the life of a New Zealand police detective. I tell it how it ...

Cicada
Shaun Tan
Review by Sue

Australian author Shaun Tan combines his wonderful illustrations and design with simple text to produce sophisticated picture books. The limited narrative on each page prompts deeper thoughts and further questions and he always confronts a social, political or historical issue. Cicada is lonely and works in an office over seventeen years, unappreciated and unnoticed but faithful to his employing company – ...

Light Filters In: Poems
Caroline Kaufman
Review by Sue

If you’re a fan of the bestselling Milk and Honey poetry by Rupi Kaur, then this new collection of poems by Caroline Kaufman, or also known on Instagram as @poeticpoison, is an ideal equal. Writing from her wonderings and thoughts of what it is to be human, Caroline has a way of making us all feel a ‘little less ...

Lost Pilots
Corey Mead
Review by Sue

The 1920s were known as the ‘golden age of aviation’ – new inventions and breakthroughs in technology launched a new range of aircraft. Aviators became superstars with both men and women driven to reach new heights, break speed records and try new planes and distances. This is the story of two young, wild adventurers, Jessie Miller and Bill Lancaster who flew ...

Peacock Summer
Hannah Richell
Review by Sue

It’s been a few years since Hannah’s last book – she was in full stride with two strong books on bestselling lists when personal tragedy struck. She’s back with a fabulous new mystery and I think it may be her best yet! Two summers, decades apart – two women whose lives are entwined... Maggie has returned to her childhood ...

Boy Swallows Universe
Trent Dalton
Review by Sue

There was an endorsement on the advanced reading copy that said ‘think of this book as the boy from Wonder meets Copper Reid’... and that was an accurate description! This is Trent Dalton's fi rst book and what a debut! There are some books that stay with you for a long time and this is one... Set in Brisbane in ...

Don'T Worry About the Robots
Jo Cribb
Review by Sue

There's lots of chatter about the future roles and shape of work and a lot of it can be scary as jobs change in a highly technical world. However, this New Zealand publication is a practical guide to managing high speed changes ahead for workers. The authors are both former CEOs of companies and share from their extensive experiences but ...

Low Tox Life
Alexx Stuart
Review by Sue

It’s ‘plastic-free-July’ and with more awareness of plastic wastage we are seeing a new range of books fi t for purpose. This is a useful handbook from an author who has taken a practical approach to live a ‘low tox life’ with the aim to educate us in four key areas; body, home, food and mind. Alexx has collated ...

All About Anne
Menn Metselaar
Review by Sue

The Anne Frank Let Me Be Myself exhibition is on in Wellington until 22nd July 2018. Situated in Domain Museum Building 15 Buckle St, Wellington, it has free entry and is open from 9am until 6pm daily. This is the life story of Anne Frank and the aim of the exhibition is to inform young people about Anne Frank and those lost ...

Ash Arising
Mandy Hager
Review by Sue

School holidays are now in full force and picking up a new book is the perfect way to keep screen time to a minimum! Mandy Hager is a prize winning New Zealand author and she always finds a tale to engage the mind with themes of politics, economic and ecological issues. Ash Rising is the sequel to The Nature of ...

Rose Rivers
Jacqueline Wilson
Review by Sue

Jacqueline Wilson has delighted fans throughout the years and has a series for the younger reader, modern tales for older readers and a historical series that follow the character of Hetty Feather. Rose Rivers is her newest in the Hetty Feather series set in the Victorian era. Rose lives in a beautiful big London house with her artist father, complaining ...

Dangerous Book for Boys
Conn Iggulden
Review by Sue

This is a long time favourite book and has been out of print for a considerable time – until now! The original favourite is back to delight a new generation. The school holidays in winter can be bleak and drive us to stay indoors but there are plenty of ideas in this classic book to try, interesting facts, stories to read ...

Starry Eyes
Jenn Bennett
Review by Sue

I was introduced to Jenn Bennett when she released Night Owls in 2015 and I thoroughly enjoyed that creative tale set in San Francisco written for the Young Adult genre. Jenn has returned with her third and newest romantic story - again, it is for older Young Adults. ‘Alone in the wilderness – with the boy who broke her heart...A lot ...

This Mortal Boy
Fiona Kidman
Review by Sue

I always look forward to the newest title by Dame Fiona – and there has been an extensive list to read. Her honourable title is well deserved and she is ranked amongst the best in New Zealand authors. I particularly like her blend of fiction set against a social snapshot of a bygone era in New Zealand. In This Mortal Boy, ...

Journey to Health
Simone Anderson
Review by Sue

Fresh from her book tour with Matilda Rice and Art Green, Simone has an inspiring story to tell in her debut book. She’s inspirational with what she has been able to achieve in a healthier lifestyle. Confronting her weight peaking at 169kg, Simone began posting onto social media little steps she was taking to lose weight healthily and used ...

On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
Wilbur Smith
Review by Sue

Wilbur has had many years in the writing business – and that’s an understatement. He has lived a long life and has earned the right to a decent short story styled biography. The master of storytelling has compiled these short non-fiction stories that have inspired his famous fiction books. Born in 1933, his writing career spans fifty-five years and he’s ...

Jock's Country
David Henshaw
Review by Sue

This is a celebration of rural New Zealand – a collection of cartoon and paintings all now in one edition. Over fifty years, David’s work has appeared in newspapers, books and calendars and launched his main character ‘Jock’ to legendary status. His works captured country life and the people who live and work on the land. This book brings his ...

Paul Simon
Robert Hilburn
Review by Sue

We can all recall the music of Simon and Garfunkel through hits such as ‘Sound of Silence’, Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ and ‘Graceland’ – their soulful lyrics and beautiful harmonies come to mind. Paul Simon may have spoken to us through his lyrics and sound but he hasn’t spoken to potential biographers as he ...

Shelter in Place
Nora Roberts
Review by Sue

I’ve never known a ‘dud’ Nora Roberts, she has an amazing ability to craft an engaging tale that aren’t formulaic nor limited to one genre. She is the mistress of reinvention and always produces a quality read for her loyal followers. Staff member Kalli is an absolute fan and has recently devoured Nora’s latest release – here’s ...

Secret World of Butterflies
Courtney Sina Meredith
Review by Sue

Continuing on with our garden theme as we celebrate Garden Month in store for the month of June – we have a delightful new children’s book about butterflies and their secret world. “Butterflies are beautiful but they have some very odd habits – it’s time to discover their world! Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or do ...

Little Veggie Patch Co. DIY Garden Projects
Mat Pember
Review by Sue

Mat and Dillon are landscape gardeners known as the Little Veggie Patch Co and this is their newest book following Little Vegie Patch and Grow Food Anywhere. The company comes from the concept of growing food in small spaces and even had a pop-up rooftop garden in Melbourne’s Federation Square! Now they write about food and gardening using their ...

Olive Oil the New Zealand Way
David Walshaw
Review by Sue

We can boast of a flourishing olive oil industry in our region and enjoy those that work hard to bring us quality product! David Walshaw moved from a successful career in finance and decided on a life change – to grow olives for olive oil. This is part memoir and part industry advice from set up to processes. He shares the ...

Paul Bangay's Guide To Plants
Paul Bangay
Review by Sue

This new and expanded edition is number one in our Top Ten in our gardening area. It’s timely to feature this as we celebrate ‘Garden Month’ throughout the month of June in store. Apart from the Top Ten range, we have fabulous new garden tools and a beautiful display of books about growing, flowers, design and some gift styled ...

Stolen Stars of Matariki
Miriama Kamo
Review by Sue

Perfect timing for this new Matariki book from TV personality Miriama Kamo as we begin Matariki celebrations. Te Rerehua and Sam stay with their grandmother and love to walk the grey stones of Te Mata Hapuku beach. Until, one night out eeling, as they lay on the stones, looking up into the inky dark sky they discover the stars of ...

Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow
Julie Sykes
Review by Sue

A new series to meet the insatiable demand for all things that feature unicorns. ‘Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and learn to talk to them! That’s what happens for the girls at Lakeside Unicorn Academy on the beautiful island of Ellinor. The girls have an important job to do – they must discover their unicorn’s ...

Star of the North
D. B. John
Review by Sue

The publishers tag says ‘the most explosive thriller of the year’ – and that is not an exaggeration! I read a lot, have my favourite authors including Daniel Silva – who is top of my favourite list, so it’s a tall ask to put another author alongside him... until now. D B John delivers a credible, emotive, fascinating insight into the ...

Mind That Child: A Medical Memoir
Dr Simon Rowley
Review by Sue

Dr Simon speaks from his extensive experience and qualifications. Highly specialised in his field of Neonatology and Paediatrics, teaching in Starship Children’s Hospital and an honorary lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Medicine along with 30 year’s experience of paediatric private practice – he has a full measure of understanding the complex needs of neonatal babies and young ...

Call For The Ambulance
Chris Sanders
Review by Sue

A colourful new story about our own New Zealand ambulance and emergency service. Designed to empower children with the knowledge of how to react in an emergency. It has a delightful song on a cd that accompanies the book and this is a great tool to educate our young ones. This is a New Zealand publication so it has all ...

Jade Lily
Kirsty Manning
Review by Sue

New from the author of ‘Midsummer Garden’ which was a debut title for Kirsty Manning and very successful last year. Jade Lily is a stand-alone title set in Shanghai in the 1940s and a testament to her extensive research skills. She sets the scene in a time of great world change and political instability. I was unaware that Shanghai, China ...

Keeping it Real
Makaia Carr
Review by Sue

Makaia Carr is a New Zealand inspirational blogger – sharing thoughts from her life, the struggles and strategies to help maintain positive body image and personal perspective. She likes to remind us that if we are to be on a pathway of health and wellbeing then it starts with selfacceptance. “Self-loathing is imprisonment; self-love is liberation” is one of her key ...

Good Mothers
Alex Perry
Review by Sue

This is the true account of the women who took on some of the world’s most powerful mafia men. Prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti was horrified by the abuse and disappearance of mafia wife Lea Graofalo. This led her to realise there was a key to bring down the mafia men by empowering their wives. Against odds, Alessandra pushed to bring ...

Back of Beyond
Jenny Old
Review by Sue

If you enjoy non-fi ction especially tales from outback Australia then this is one to reach for. “One woman’s remarkable story of love, adventure, disasters and wonderful times in the Gulf Country, Far North Queensland.” Jenny was raised in the Riverina region of New South Wales and after training as a nurse at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, she ...

Three Gold Coins
Josephine Moon
Review by Sue

A lovely read in time for Mother’s Day – from the author of Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise and one of my favourites - Beekeepers Secret. Staff member Sally has recently read her new release and shares with us her thoughts: “Another excellent read from an author I enjoy… A Story of new love, second chances and la dolce vita ...

Three Gold Coins
Josephine Moon
Review by Sue

This is a very honest, open and sometimes raw memoir from one of New Zealand’s celebrated ladies. Lorraine gives us the stories behind the headlines – what was she really thinking and feeling as she was crowned Miss Universe in 1983 at just 19 years old? From a girl who grew up in Mt Roskill and Pakuranga, Auckland, to the dizzying heights ...

Lace Weaver
Lauren Chater
Review by Sue

This is perfect for Mother’s Day coming up! I love historical fi ction as you learn so much about different times and different eras. Lace Weaver is set in the Baltic nation of Estonia in 1941. Katerina is young and holds the stories and skills that are woven into the Estonian lace shawls. She knows the meaning and techniques gifted ...

Kitchen Science Cookbook
Dr. Michelle Dickinson
Review by Sue

I might just be a bit excited about the release of this – I love all things scientific! Nano Girl has a significant following on social media and promotes principles of science for children. As an engineer and science communicator, she encourages understanding and curiosity of principle and laws – drawing from her extensive laboratory and research experience. Her book is packed ...

Escape
Linwood Barclay
Review by Sue

This is the highly anticipated sequel and finale to The Chase released last year. Fabulous, thrilling fiction for your junior reader – or young in heart, as I loved this. Chipper is a dog fitted with spy capabilities but his animal instincts override his technology – this causes him trouble and the scientific laboratory deem him ‘unfit for service’ and wish to ...

ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion
Annabel Langbein
Review by Sue

Just in time for Mother’s Day! This is her companion book to Essentials Volume One Savoury meals and completes a revamp of her ‘best of’ book. She’s timeless and creative, innovative and enables both the novice cook as well as the experienced foodie – that’s what I like about Annabel - she has something for everyone and her ...

Hellholes of the World
David Brown
Review by Sue

‘We gain few insights into the real dynamics of the world by visiting places that function. It is in hellholes that we learn how the world really is...” New Zealander David Brown set out backpacking in the early 1980s and was hooked from the start. Veering off track, heading to the worst of places, he would report back with wit ...

Flamingo Boy
Michael Morpurgo
Review by Sue

Michael Morpurgo is a children’s author favoured by our staff. He writes with depth and convincing scenarios. He often writes of historical eras and weaves moving tales of animals into his narrative. This is his newest book and is set in World War Two. “In the unique landscape of Carmargue, France, Lorenzi lives among the salt flats and the ...

1918
Des Hunt
Review by Sue

Newest from the Kiwis at War series for junior and young adult readers. Designed to weave true accounts with fictitious characters to give an emotive, realistic account of a remarkable time in history. Not to ‘glorify’ war but to aid in our understanding and remember an horrific time in world history. Private Henry Hunt is based on the author’s ...

Bomber Boys
Marianne van Velzen
Review by Sue

The extraordinary adventures of a group of airmen who escaped the advancing Japanese army and became the RAAF’s celebrated 18th Squadron. “In March 1942, Java was about to fall. An Australian dispatch rider and a Dutch air force pilot embark on a frightening escape from advancing Japanese troops that take them from Bandung to a crash landing north of Darwin – ...

Crew
Mike Colman
Review by Sue

Just in time for ANZAC Day, this is the story of the men who flew the RAAF Lancaster ‘J for JIG’. This is the bomber plane that took off from an airfield in Lincolnshire with seven young crewmen – five Australians, two Scots - on a mission to target factories in Germany. ‘J for Jig’ never made it as they were ...

Lessons of a LAC
Lynn Jenkins
Review by Sue

A delightful tale of bringing calm to anxiety. It can be hard to stop worrying when you're a LAC (Little Anxious Creature). LACs live on one side of the mountain and have scary talk like 'what if?' or 'I'm never going to be able to' or 'I don't think I can'...they have beady eyes that look out for ...

Go Girl: A storybook of epic NZ women
Barbara Else
Review by Sue

you've seen Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls but now we are fortunate to have a storybook of epic new Zealand women! ... and what a treasure trove we can boast of! We can celebrate the success of wonderful women from historical times through to the modern age. “Every girl can become a hero. She might stun the world; she might make ...

Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Holly Ringland
Review by Sue

A debut author and for those that loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail honeyman or Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbauer, you'll love this too. Set in coastal northern and inland Queensland, the vivid colours and design of Australia's native flora burst into bloom. Essentially this story covers three stages of Alice's life – her early years until she's ...

Year at Hotel Gondola
Nicky Pellegrino
Review by Sue

nicky is a firm favourite author amongst staff and we look forward to her new releases. It’s been a while but worth it! Kat’s mother has told her that when you turn 50, you then have 20 good years to go – a sobering thought and has sent Kat into a bit of a wondering daze as she blows her 50 candles ...

Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter
Heather Haylock
Review by Sue

this delightful new children’s book has recently won the NZ Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for illustrations. Granny is a keen knitter and no one can stop her but all were tiring of knitted knickers et-al! Granny needed a new mission for her ‘flying needles and wool all a whirr! until the Rena grounding that left penguins in need of ...

Heart Talk
Cleo Wade
Review by Sue

chloe Wade is widely known in social media circles. Her signature style and message is to inspire community connectedness and betterment through storytelling, public art and poetry. She’s business minded with a full hearted consciousness and is carving out a reputation speaking for a generation about these ‘issues that matter’. this is a beautiful little gift book full of ...

Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks
Review by Sue

We always love to discover new psychological suspense fiction and this one is a master stroke. Staff member Sally has been busy devouring books and discovered these new authors. Here are her thoughts: A clever and masterful psychological thriller that has many twists and turns... Not all is as it seems. A rejected wife is obsessed with her younger replacement ...

Girl in the Woods
Camilla Lackberg
Review by Sue

camilla needs no introduction, she’s a firm staff favourite and always produces a dependable read. Staff member Sally recently read this and she shares her thoughts: “Keep your children close, there’s a killer on the loose... Set in Sweden, a four year old girl disappears just outside Fjallbacka and leaves a community horrified. The community is torn apart ...

Anzac Animals
Maria Gill
Review by Sue

From time to time we hear courageous stories of animals in war time so it is a fitting tribute to collate many of these stories into one beautiful book for children. Twenty stories are presented from World War One and World War Two – heart-warming true accounts of animals that helped the australian and new Zealand soldiers. Written by new Zealand ...

Dawn Raid
Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith
Review by Sue

My New Zealand Story is a series of books published that recalls historical events with realistic but fictitious characters blended into the retelling of key new Zealand events. Dawn Raid is the newest in this series covering the protests and how the immigration officials handled ‘overstayers’ from Pacific islanders in the 1970s. “Imagine this: You’re having an amazing family ...

Unmasked
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Review by Sue

a truly remarkable memoir of one of the most successful and distinguished artists of time. i’m sure we can all recall at least one andrew Lloyd Webber musical, song or scene. Just decades ago there was always a buzz when it was announced there was ‘a new Lloyd Webber show on the way’ – shows booked out around the world ...

Aging for Beginners
Doug Wilson
Review by Sue

There are not many new Zealand books about getting older in today’s world and what it means for you – until now... in the modern age we are living longer and faced with a babble of conflicting scientific evidence and advice. in light of this, Doug Wilson has cut through the fads and fallacies to concentrate on planning for this ...

Great Kiwi 123 Book, The
Donovan Bixley
Review by Sue

Donovan bixley, though born in Australia, is definitely Kiwi through and through – growing up in the central north island area. The surrounding volcanic and lakes area inspired his love of art and his focus on illustrating dragons, dinosaurs and spikey ‘Dr Seuss’ trees. He has illustrated a wide range of new Zealand picture books and junior fiction. Here is his ...

Room on Our Rock
Temple,Kate
Review by Sue

This is a clever, delightful children’s picture book with a deeper meaning. it’s a modern message of welcome to refugees and is read in two ways. you read through, then the author asked you to read it back and another meaning appears. it’s very clever and can also be used for older children to discuss the complexities ...

Educated
Tara Westover
Review by Sue

if you were a fan of Hillbilly Elegy then this is a new non-fiction story to discover. Tara is unregistered at birth in idaho, no school records exist nor medical records – her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals and she wasn’t a blip on the government radar. Living with a radical father and a violent brother drove ...

Young Queen
Parris Goebel
Review by Sue

his new title from new Zealand hip-hop dancer Parris Goebel has finally arrived in store after much anticipation and great excitement! This is her story and how she has conquered the world with her own unique style – not only for herself, but for other dancers from her crew. She not only saw opportunities for herself but to give others the ...

Refugee
Alan Gratz
Review by Sue

A powerful new novel for your young adult reader and a favourite pick for teachers so I had to investigate. Josef is Jewish in Germany, 1938 – the Nazis have ordered his family to leave Germany. With threats of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl ...

Kensy and Max 1
Jacqueline Harvey
Review by Sue

It’s great to give the gift of books for Easter coming soon - they’re a longer lasting option than chocolate and we have a new series hot off the press for your junior reader. Australian author Jacqueline Harvey is best known for her Clementine Rose and Alice-Miranda series. Kensy and Max Grey are twins set to solve mysteries ...

Lucky Galah
Tracy Sorensen
Review by Sue

This is a debut novel and quite unique. I love to delve into the pages of a first time author as I navigate the unpredictable pathway the new author leads me on. Set in and around 1969 – a remote coastal town on the west coast of Australia. So much in society is soon to change and a large dish has appeared ...

Way With Words: A memoir of writing and publishing in New Zealand
Chris Maclean
Review by Sue

Chris Maclean ‘owns’ this region, the hills and ranges. His contributions to publishing are to be commended and a strong, vibrant backlist of titles reflect his outdoor experience. His book Tararua – the Story of a Mountain Range is out of print but still highly sought after and a prized possession if you manage to catch one. This new book is ...

Bobby, the Littlest War Hero
Glyn Harper
Review by Sue

each year our publishers produce quality new Zealand children’s picture books reflecting unique stories of anZaC and military service in World War one or two. this is the newest from reputable historian author glyn Harper. telling the story of the new Zealand contribution to the british empire tunnelling companies in World War one. the tunnelling tactic was to dig ...

Mrs.
Caitlin Macy
Review by Karen

Pure chick-lit in content, set in modern day manhattan new york. a cluster of cool and elegant ladies joined in their roles as mothers to children attending the same small but posh private junior school. With a focus on three – Philippa, gwen and minnie, who are forged in friendship due to not quite meeting the prescribed ‘requirements’ of the other ...

Islands of the Gulf
Shirley Maddock
Review by Sue

Whilst this book was released near Christmas, we have featured it here as the tv show has started on tv one on Saturday nights. this book was the original classic of life in the Hauraki gulf and was a bestseller, recording a bygone era that can be found in many new Zealand households, baches and boats. “In 1964 trailblazing author Shirley ...

Private Gardens of England
Tania Compton
Review by Sue

We have a beautiful new range of garden design books and have created an ‘essential library’ list to collect the absolute best gardening books. our resident expert lyn loves this book and shares her thoughts: “A sumptuous book in both presentation and content worthy of the accolades received being a splendid display of both writing and photography. This glorious portrait ...

Anzac Violin
Jennifer Beck
Review by Sue

The authors have joined once again and are best known for their award-winning book Bantam and the Soldier. Each year we are fortunate to have a range of ANZAC books that retell stories of courage and camaraderie in wartime. This one tells Alexander Aitken’s story – a musician from Dunedin and his travels through, Cairo, Gallipoli and the Somme in ...

Running on the Roof of the World
Jess Butterworth
Review by Sue

This book is for the junior or young adult reader and can be compared to the adult book Kite Runner due to the themes and style. The author draws from her experience growing up between India and England. She began writing this book whilst she lived in the Himalayas. “I focus on my beating heart. I know my Mum and ...

Ed Sheeran: Writing Out Loud
Caroline Sullivan
Review by Sue

I am sure there are a lot of folk around eagerly awaiting Ed Sheeran’s concert in March...if you were fortunate enough to catch the tickets! Ahead of the event this is his new book. The Stories Behind the Songs sums it all up and is perfect for fans until March rolls in. Every song the exceptional singer has ...

Great Alone
Kristin Hannah
Review by Sue

Kristin Hannah is an author becoming stronger with each new book – perhaps you loved Nightingale which was my ‘book of the year’ in 2016. Her new book has that same strength of writing and well-developed characters. Set in Seattle, USA and Alaska in the 1970s, Cora is a formidable woman, married to Ernt and mother to her daughter Leni. Ernt is ...

Showtym Adventures 2: Cameo, the Street Pony
Kelly Wilson
Review by Sue

The second book in the series from New Zealand horse handling celebrity Wilson Sisters. This junior non-fiction series features each sister and a story from their childhood. Cameo, The Street Pony is Kelly’s story – when she was nine years old and had outgrown her small pony. Her mum finds a beautiful steel-grey mare for her called Cameo but she’...

Family Favourites

Review by Sue

Easy and affordable recipes from popular and dependable New Zealand celebrity cook Nadia Lim. Recipes for the family on a budget from Food In A Bag concept Bargain Box range. Very timely as we head back to school and work routines looking for fresh, healthy ideas to keep us fuelled and organised. Easy to prepare recipes that keep the family ...

Brave
Rose McGowan
Review by Sue

A timely book as the entertainment industry is being challenged for the way it has treated women and power brokers face allegations. Rose has lived ‘a lot of life’ for her young years and this memoir draws from her vast experience within the Hollywood machine. It is raw, honest and challenging but is the best narrative around that sums up ...

Still Me
Jojo Moyes
Review by Sue

This is the third and final part of the Me Before You trilogy – where we met Louisa Clark and the love that unfolded with Will Traynor. After You was book two and followed Louisa facing life after Will, new adventures and facing life again. Now, we have Still Me and it is as engaging as the others. There are enough ...



Review by Karen

Newest in a fabulous series Philippa has been presenting and perfect for schools or families that want good quality, educational books that feature key New Zealand historical times. If you wish to discover more about how the new Zealand wars came about, where they were fought and all those involved then this is the perfect book for you. It explores ...

White Chrysanthemum
Mary Lynn Bracht
Review by Sue

i love cross cultural fiction and find the lives lived in another part of the world usually enlightens me and educates me in a way that i am thankful for the freedoms of the country i reside in and the era too. This book was confronting from the start and i really wasn’t sure i wanted to ‘go there’ ...

Woman in the Window
A. J. Finn
Review by Sue

A debut novel that came with great excitement from publishers and this is the book that nearly ruined store owner Warwick’s Christmas holiday! Here’s his take on it: “The sun was shining, the surf was pumping, but there I was, closeted in a darkened room, unable to tear myself away from this bloody book! In short it is ‘...

Hangman
Jack Heath
Review by Sue

A dark and twisted new novel that store owner Warwick recently read and gives us his review: “A 14 year old boy vanishes on his way home from school. The police have no leads and no choice but to call Timothy Blake; codenamed Hangman. The man is a genius, intuitive, perceptive...and a psychopath. His deal with the police is for ...

Follow Finn
Peter Goes
Review by Sue

Another beautiful children’s book from new Zealand boutique publishers gecko Press. Vintage in style makes a change from highly coloured, busy illustrations that are dominant in many children’s books. We encourage children to read and we must, but we need to remember that children also need books that will just let them engage with pages – and this book ...

Impossible Inventions
Malgorzata Mycielska
Review by Sue

We are spoilt with fabulous boutique publishers here in new Zealand and gecko Press is exceptional in their commitment as they specialise in the publication of children’s books. This is one of their newest titles and is typical of their style – quirky, educational and illustrations that are ‘vintage’ in style. by pulling all these elements together, gecko have created ...

Kiwi Cyclists Guide To Life

Review by Sue

new Zealanders are avid cyclists in all its forms including mountain biking, urban commuting or navigating nature on trails and this book is for the cycling enthusiast. exploring the cyclist’s mindset, their adventures, bike sheds and cycling groups all bonded together from all walks of life. Tales from cyclists that are in high performances, trailblazers, bMX fanatics, bike builders, ...

Trauma Cleaner
Sarah Krasnostein
Review by Sue

One of the most fascinating, extraordinary memoirs I have seen in a long time. The story of Sandra Pankhurst – born Peter, lived as a son, husband and father then moved to drag queen seeking gender reassignment, patient, sex worker through to business owner. The story isn’t a sensationalised biography of personal change but a memoir of the author documenting ...

Far From The Tree
Robin Benway
Review by Sue

A new young adult author and she’s produced a cracker read. Three young adult siblings – Grace, Maya and Joaquin have lived different lives, each adopted out at birth. Three different experiences but they come together after Grace gives birth to ‘Peach’ and adopts her out. Her overwhelming feelings lead her to connect to her siblings (to reassure herself she ...

Maori Made Easy Workbook 1/Kete 1
Scotty Morrison
Review by Sue

Another new year resolution on your freshly minted list may be to learn Maori and Scotty Morrison is the best when it comes to a good starting point. He released the popular Ma -ori at Home last year with his wife Stacey, this year he has produced a set of 4 workbooks. It can be as simple as 30 minutes a day ...

Moral Truth

Review by Sue

Massey university has increased publications and produces interesting niche reads. This is a recent release and covers New Zealand’s history of journalism – especially the ability to ‘get behind a story’ and hold power players to account. “These stories dating from 1863 to the present day, go beyond allegation and denial to reveal hidden truths. Some will be well known. Many ...

Life Less Sugar
Amanda Tiffen
Review by Sue

There have always been a flurry of new year resolutions for better health and wellbeing but this year the trend is for reduction of sugar intake. New Zealander Amanda Tiffen is not new to us – she had a set of two books out in 2016 that were very popular as it related to New Zealand products and labels. Those books went ...

Audition
Maddie Ziegler
Review by Sue

Maddie released her non-fiction inspirational book last year called The Maddie Diaries and is best known from her video blogging (vlogging) and reality TV series Dance Moms, as one of the dancers. This is her first fiction book and is perfect for the 8-12 age group or the junior reader in your family. We are hoping it becomes a new ...

Codename Suzette
Anne Nelson
Review by Sue

Interesting and new from our highly readable non-fiction range that is popular to accompany you on the holidays that loom on the horizon! Sub-titled ‘An Extraordinary Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi Paris’ and this sums it up well. “Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family and married into a powerful political dynasty. In Occupied Paris, ...

Sixty Seconds
Jesse Blackadder
Review by Sue

We are finding some pearls in amongst the big blockbuster authors that are traditionally out during the Christmas season. Our staff member Sally recently read this and gives us her review: “The Brennan family have moved from cold, bleak Tasmania to sunny, warm Murwillumbah, Queensland. The parents are settling into work, but Jarrah, their oldest son, is having trouble adjusting ...

Guinness World Records 2018
Guinness World Records
Review by Sue

We still have the original format Guinness book of World records that is a firm favourite each year, but they have added to the range this year. as the title suggests, this is packed full of loved animal friends. “The fastest, tallest, strongest, strangest, coolest most awesome animals in the world! Whether it’s a selfie-taking monkey, a skateboarding dog, ...

Renegades
Marissa Meyer
Review by Sue

In a bygone era ‘annuals’ were a must have in Christmas stockings and whilst they still float around in various forms, there is very little with New Zealand content. However, last year Kate De Goldi compiled Annual 1 and it truly captured the essence of the older style annuals. This year we have annual number two and it has delivered again. ...

100 Greatest Sportspeople of All Time

Review by Sue

A beautiful New Zealand private publication produced by the author himself! Martin is a national chess champion representing New Zealand on three occasions and is an avid sports fan. A comprehensive collection of international sports stars and their stories complete with clear photography including two New Zealand stars. He’s carefully considered each ranking and is mindful that some are ...

Little Secrets
Anna Snoekstra
Review by Sue

In this small Australian town, everyone knows everyone, but the truth is hard to find. Staff member Sally recently read this dark gripping crime novel and here is her review: “a psychological crime thriller. Rose is desperate to escape life in her small town to follow her dream as a news reporter for a major newspaper. The local courthouse has ...

Stink-o-saurus
Deano Yipadee
Review by Sue

Deano Yipadee is a Kiwi children’s entertainer and he came to visit us instore last year promoting his book Jingle Bells Rudolph Smells and that is still available in store, along with Nee Naw the Little Fire Engine. His new book is fun and sure to delight your littlest ones and you’ll love the sing-a-long CD too! “Stan ...

Renegades
Marissa Meyer
Review by Sue

From the author of Lunar Chronicles – Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter and Stars Above, a new series and again, perfect for young adult readers. Our staff member Bridget recently read this and, as a huge Meyer fan, gives us her review: “In Renegades, Marissa Meyer questions the black and white concepts of good and evil. Are heroes always the good ...

Renegades
Marissa Meyer
Review by Sue

From the author of Lunar Chronicles – Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter and Stars Above, a new series and again, perfect for young adult readers. Our staff member Bridget recently read this and, as a huge Meyer fan, gives us her review: “In Renegades, Marissa Meyer questions the black and white concepts of good and evil. Are heroes always the good ...

Ballad of Banjo Crossing
Tess Evans
Review by Sue

Again, an author that I have read before and loved her earlier books called Book of Lost Threads and Mercy Street. They’re set in Australian rural towns with a city link with delightful, heart-warming characters and always tackling an issue of ‘humanity’. Youthful widow Mardi works hard in her local coffee shop, juggling life as a mum and business ...

King of Spies
Blaine Harden
Review by Sue

Several years ago I discovered the book Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden – he documented the life of the young man Shin Dong-hyuk who had made the daring escape from North Korea to the West via China. Shin had the incredibly difficult task of adjusting to free life after enduring a lack of societal kinship and bonds in the labour ...

Turtles All the Way Down
John Green
Review by Sue

From the author of ‘Fault In Our Stars’ and a favoured author for young adults (..and not so young adults too like me!). You never quite know the journey John will take you on and each book highlights an issue or idea that is relevant to young adults. For this new book, John draws from his own personal experience of ...

Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr
Frances Maynard
Review by Sue

Staff member Sally recently enjoyed this book and gives us her review: “This is an absolutely delightful, heartwarming story. Elvira is a little different... her mother dies and this is the story of Elvira learning to navigate the real world on her own. If you loved Eleanor Oliphant then you will love this too.” Elvira Carr is twenty seven and ...

Crown
Robert Lacey
Review by Sue

Hot off the press following the successful netflix series of The Crown, this beautiful presentation is perfect for fans of the show. Featuring the early life of Elizabeth II both as a young princess and then as our current Queen of the Commonwealth. The dramatisation tells of the unexpected life change for a Young Elizabeth Mountbatten after her father took ...

My Mother's Kitchen: New Zealand's best chefs and foodies share their favourite mother's recipes

Review by Sue

“New Zealand’s best chefs, bakers and foodies share their mother’s special recipes” I’m sure we all have a favourite memory from something Mum used to bake or create. They evoke strong, sentimental memories and life that has gone by. This larger format holds an extensive collection from 77 of New Zealand’s best! Often the food they grew ...

Moo and Moo and Can You Guess Who?
Jane Millton
Review by Sue

We have just passed the one year anniversary of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake that produced major damage to farmland and roads in and around the east coast area of the South Island. Jane and Deborah produced a book shortly after the quake telling the story of two calves caught on a mound of land surrounded by depressed land. The original story ...

Vintage and Retro Caravans

Review by Sue

The Tiny House movement is a modern trend and so is the restoration of retro caravans. Now we have the book that will inspire you as the hard work has been captured in this new New Zealand and Australian pictorial book. Packed full of creative people who have taken the time to breathe life back into some old classics for ...

Lazy Girl's Guide to Living a Beautiful Life
Matilda Rice
Review by Sue

Matilda first walked into the public spotlight three years ago when she appeared on TVNZ’s The Batchelor, was duly ‘chosen’ by Art Green and they have been a ‘celebrity couple’ since. This is her first book and it is a positive view on life containing life hacks, recipes, beauty and styling tips. Her and Art promote the Paleo lifestyle ...

Little Me
Matt Lucas
Review by Sue

Either you’re a committed fan of the TV Show Little Britain or not and instore, Sarah is a fan... she recently told me her take on Matt Lucas’ new biography: “Little Britain is a polarising show of British humour and Matt is one of the duo leading stars. His first biography is tame and I think there are more ...

JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life
JoJo Siwa
Review by Sue

If you have a daughter of a tween age in your household then you’re bound to know about Jojo Siwa! Featuring on nickelodeon specials, instagram and you tube along with her single song ‘boomerang’ - she’s been busy! Jojo first appeared on our screens via Dance Moms, a polarising, debatable reality show following the infamous Miss abby, her ...

Last Time We Spoke
Fiona Sussman
Review by Sue

This title was released in 2016 by nZ author Fiona Sussman but I have included this here as she has just won the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. I had the good fortune of reading this last year and can declare her award is well deserved! It is a story for modern day and reflects on two parts of ...

Betrayal
Kate Furnivall
Review by Sue

Kate is a firm favourite author in store and reached new heights last year with her book ‘Liberation’. She doesn’t write as a series, each book is set in a different era as historical fiction. She has had an annoying habit of providing weaker endings which had affected the satisfaction in reading her books but she has nailed that ...

Working Class Man
Jimmy Barnes
Review by Sue

last year we read about legendary Jimmy barnes’ traumatic childhood in Working Class Boy and this year the sequel to that has just been released – Working Class Man. He continues with his raw cathartic writing style and tells of the years in the music industry, the highway of self-destruction he was on and the peace of mind he craved. To ...

Marsh King's Daughter
Karen Dionne
Review by Sue

Staff member Karen recently enjoyed this and shares her thoughts... “As a non-fiction fan, I found this book to be an exciting change of pace. Although I did have to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t true (it seemed like it could be!). The main character, Helena, is presently living the good life with her husband and two daughters ...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
Review by Sue

This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breath-taking scenes and unforgettable characters including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Jim Kay brings the wizarding world alive in a way we have never seen before as it fizzes with magic and highlighted with humour. This full-colour ...

Accidental Heroes: the Rogues 1
Lian Tanner
Review by Sue

You know a good author when she has two series and they consistently sell and become a ‘modern classic’ for us instore. This is Lian Tanner’s first book in her new trilogy called The Rogues. Set in the same world as The Keepers (her first trilogy), with all new characters, this is a fantasy adventure for the 9-13 age ...

Little Library Cookbook
Kate Young
Review by Sue

Just in time for NZ Book Shop Day today! Celebrating our wonderful local bookstores and the gathering places they are for mad bookish types – like myself! This is the perfect book for fans of food and fiction – a beautiful presentation of classic books and a recipe to match something featured in the tale. There are 100 recipes from favourite stories including; ...

Up the River: Explore and discover New Zealand's rivers, lakes & wetlands
Gillian Candler
Review by Sue

This is the newest from a series from the highly respected publishers Potton & Burton. From Moa to Dinosaur, In The Bush, At The Beach, Under The Ocean and In The Garden were the earlier titles and still available instore. I love this children’s range as the beautiful illustrations, highly informative data and helpful facts help us explore the terrain ...

Adventures of a Young Naturalist
Sir David Attenborough
Review by Sue

Whilst this famous scientific naturalist has featured in many books, this is the first time David’s life has been presented as a full and complete autobiography. The Zoo Quest Exhibitions captures the exciting life, adventures and travels of one of the most respected and popular ‘faces of nature’. “In 1954, a young David Attenborough was offered the opportunity of a ...

Force of Nature
Jane Harper
Review by Sue

Jane Harper burst onto the book scene last year with her superb debut title The Dry which featured in my Top 5 Fiction. I was eager to read the surprise sequel and it has delivered! Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk features again and this time he is called into a missing bushwalker’s case...the link being that the missing person ...

River Rules My Life
Mona Anderson
Review by Sue

This book is a personal one for me. When I came from Australia 24 years ago to call New Zealand home, this was the first book I read. From someone who was a ‘city-girl’, this book captured my imagination and gave me a keen insight into the pioneering spirit and resilience of New Zealand women. A River Rules My life is ...

What Am I Supposed to Eat? - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
Libby Weaver
Review by Sue

There are a lot of new books around espousing the merits of a mindful, food-conscious, uncluttered lifestyle – their books are a spin off from instagram followers and video-blogging ('vlogging'). Their advice ranges from raw diets through to how to style a calm home...but Dr Libby is different with the science and experience to advise with the added bonus of ...

Maybe
Morris Gleitzman
Review by Sue

Sixth in the powerful series featuring the life of Felix. Hugely popular and a 'family of stories' that has stood the test of time – there's always a new child to discover the stories of Once, Then, Now, After and Soon. Morris intends to write seven books and then he declares Felix's stories will be well and truly told. His imaginative ...

STAGS
M. A. Bennett
Review by Sue

Nine students, three blood sports and one deadly meeting. This young adult novel has similar themes to the popular Hunger Games. Students were invited to a weekend getaway, thinking it was a team-building fun holiday. How wrong they were! They have become the hunted and now it is a battle for survival. “There are some invitations you just shouldn't accept – ...

Spies in the Family
Eva Dillon
Review by Sue

The Cold War harboured a lot of spies with people living as double agents and clandestine lives. As time has marched on, secret lives have been revealed and the stories have been able to see the light of day. This is one such story and told by a family surprised by the CIA links to their father. Eva Dillon tells ...

Beaver

Review by Sue

For the sport loving dad, this is the latest rugby biography. We have much to celebrate when it comes to New Zealand rugby and this new book follows a long list of ‘rugby reads’. Stephen shares his childhood dreams borne on the schoolyard fields through to the intense pressure of measuring up to the All Black standards. His success is ...

Wildboy: To the Edge and Back: More Adventures Through Rugged, Remote New Zealand
Brando Yelavich
Review by Sue

This is Brando’s second book and follows on from ‘Wildboy’ where he tells his adventures circumnavigating the coast of New Zealand – on foot and with a backpack! He achieved this in 600 days but he left out the ‘hardest bit – Stewart Island’ so this is his story of 31 days trekking around the southern island. In diary format, Brando gives raw ...

Angelos Wild Kitchen
Angelo Georgalli
Review by Sue

Father’s Day is on 3rd September so we have the perfect book to match your Dad. I refer to Angelo Georgalli as the ‘male version of Annabel’ – he is based in Wanaka, South Island, and like Annabel - has great adventures and cooks what he has hunted, trapped or gathered. Food and family are top of his priorities and ‘...



Review by Sue

Worlds Collide is number six in this series by Chris Colfer. The Land of Stories series is growing in popularity with each book and is now a ‘go to’ title for many young readers aged 8-12 age group. He’s an author to watch as his reputation soars and he will be around for a long time. This is the ...

Hunting New Zealand
Peter Ryan
Review by Sue

Hunting books new and old are very popular in our region and this is the hottest off the press. Peter has used a combination of photos and written text capturing the stunning South Island. Vivid stories of game animals, the people and places – a blend that always makes for the best hunting books. Tales of great adventures of roaring stags, ...

Woman's Place: Life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom
Joan Withers
Review by Sue

New Zealand has much to celebrate when it comes to women in business and leadership roles. Joan shares her inspirational, personal story from leaving high school at 16 and unassuming beginnings through to management of New Zealand’s leading media organisations. Joan has chaired boards of our nation’s largest companies and has been a vocal advocate for women’s representation ...

Gwendy's Button Box
Stephen King
Review by Sue

Once again Stephen King plays with the depths of your subconscious – if you had power how would you use it? Reminiscent of Leland Gaunt in Needful Things, Mr Farris gives Gwendy a ‘button box’ and the ‘fun’ begins. Short novella in style, this is perfect for Stephen King fans like our Kalli in store! Quirky and odd, set in the ...

Forgotten
Nicole Trope
Review by Sue

Nicole is a firm staff favourite and grows stronger as an author with each new book. Commentators refer to her as ‘the Australian equivalent of Jodi Picoult’ so that’s a huge compliment! Psychological suspense is her speciality and she’s delivered on this one. In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved. Malia ...

Trip of a Lifetime
Monica McInerney
Review by Sue

Monica is Australian born but now resides in Dublin, Ireland and it comes through in her writing. Her latest book is from her Alphabet Sisters series and features the delightful character Lola Quinlan. The much loved quirky grandmother is 85 – feeling restless and nostalgic. Lola has secrets she wants to bring in from the dark but they need to be shared ...

But Seriously
John McEnroe
Review by Sue

This is the second part to John’s autobiography, the follow up to Serious and covers his post-tennis life. Very honest, raw and personal, John writes of the challenges of adjusting to life after a fast-paced, top-level tennis career. The struggle to re-invent his life and public persona. Sharp and brutal in style, yet blended with humour in a way ...

Forgotten
Nicole Trope
Review by Sue

Nicole is a firm staff favourite and grows stronger as an author with each new book. Commentators refer to her as ‘the Australian equivalent of Jodi Picoult’ so that’s a huge compliment! Psychological suspense is her speciality and she’s delivered on this one. In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved. Malia ...

To Become a Whale
Ben Hobson
Review by Sue

I like to read novels that reflect family dynamics and relationships...they make you think and you connect to the characters in a different meaningful way. This is Ben Hobson’s debut novel and he has captured the complicated bonds between father and son in 1960’s Australia. Set in Queensland, in and around Tangalooma when it was still a whaling ...

Trip of a Lifetime
Monica McInerney
Review by Sue

Monica is Australian born but now resides in Dublin, Ireland and it comes through in her writing. Her latest book is from her Alphabet Sisters series and features the delightful character, Lola Quinlan. The much loved quirky grandmother is 85 – feeling restless and nostalgic. Lola has secrets she wants to bring in from the dark but they need to be shared ...

Dino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1
Mac Park
Review by Sue

New series just in time for the holidays for the emerging reader in your family. For fans of Zac Power, this is similar to simple text and good clear illustrations. There are four in the series so far and this is set to become a new family favourite. Dinosaurs are back and they’re on the loose! It’s up ...

Chase
Linwood Barclay
Review by Sue

Linwood is a Canadian author and has visited our store back in 2008 making a pledge to return to drive his convertible car over the Rimutakas in daylight! He traditionally writes adult fiction in the thriller, psychological suspense genre with a clever or humorous twist. This is his first children’s book and it’s aimed at intermediate plus age and ...

Dotty Detective
Clara Vulliamy
Review by Sue

A new series for the junior reader and written by (author) Shirley Hughes’ daughter of Alfie and Annie Rose fame! Meet Dorothy Constance Mae Louise or Dot as she prefers to be called! Dot loves super-sour apple sherbets, running fast and puzzles along with the help of Top Dog McClusky! She’s on the task of unravelling mysteries so when ...

My Life as a Hashtag
Gabrielle Williams
Review by Sue

I love to read young adult fiction as they are written in an honest, straight to the point style and often tackle topical issues, choices and the inevitable consequences. “What’s a girl supposed to do when her parents have split up, her mum’s trawling Tinder and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to ...

Exile
James Swallow
Review by Sue

This is the sequel to the debut novel Nomad that was released last year and I loved that. Marc Dane is a tech specialist and is betrayed by one in MI6 that cost lives. He was forced to run and work out a way to defend himself which showed ‘humanness’ in his character that was a real strength in the ...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
Review by Sue

Eleanor Oliphant is an oddball, socially inept and totally unsettled by the world around her. As we discover more about how she ended up this way, the more we want to cheer her every triumph. Eleanor has been damaged in life at the hands of her mother and needs the routine and order to function. She has learned to survive ...

Pocket Money to Property
Hannah McQueen
Review by Sue

Hannah McQueen has established herself as a leading authority on all things in financial guidance. It is advice that is grounded and topical, easy to follow and inspirational to reach financial goals. Her previous titles are Kill Your Mortgage and Sort Your Retirement and as the titles reflect, she doesn’t shy from the big topics. In her new title, ...

Mrs D is Going Within
Lotta Dann
Review by Sue

This is Lotta’s second book, her first was called Mrs D is Going Without and dealt with her struggle with a dysfunctional drinking habit. From that book, she launched a website to help others on the road to sobriety. Despite outward appearances, three years after getting sober Lotta struggled with living life in raw reality. Her new book outlines ...

Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
Review by Sue

Newest from bestselling and children’s favourite Jacqueline Wilson – from her historical fiction series. Set in wartime London and the experience of being a ‘government evacuation child’ moved to safer country areas. Shirley is ten years old and far from all that is familiar to her. Separated from her Mum and Dad in uncertain times, Shirley is housed with two ...

Jake Bailey: What cancer taught me
jake bailey
Review by Sue

Perhaps you have seen Jake’s story on TVNZ Sunday program (7th May) or heard him on various radio interviews this past week? Jake’s inspirational end-of-year speech as head boy at Christchurch Boy’s High School was delivered from a wheelchair just one week after he was diagnosed with aggressive cancer. His sheer will and determination pulled him from ...

Purged
Peter Laws
Review by Sue

Laws is a newcomer to crime and mystery writing and now a staff favourite. We love finding the pearls in amongst the many new releases.The author is a Baptist Minister and is writing about that role - Matt Hunter has lost his faith but has the ability to help solve crimes. He’s assisting police with religiously motivated crimes ...

Little Breton Bistro
Nina George
Review by Sue

New from the author of Little Paris Bookshop, but a significantly stronger read than her first book. The characters are stronger and Little Breton introduces us to Marianne. She engages us from the first chapters with her enormous sadness and desperate measures. However, we bear witness to her rise in courage as she steps out in new unexpected travels. New ...

My Outback Life
Toni Tapp Coutts
Review by Sue

An adventure set in the Gulf Country of Northern Australia. This is the sequel to Sunburnt Childhood, the story of Toni who grew up on the huge Killarney Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. So she was well prepared when she moved with her husband to work on the McArthur River Station, Gulf Country 600 km’s away near the Queensland ...

Castle of the Eagles - EXPORT PBK
Mark Felton
Review by Sue

From the author of Zero Night and Sea Devils – tells the story of Escape from Mussolini’s Colditz. High in the Tuscan Hills above Florence, an elaborate medieval castle has been converted to a POW camp under Mussolini’s personal order. This is where some of the most illustrious groups of prisoners are held. British and Commonwealth senior officers, two ...

Slow Cooked: Satisfying Food for the Oven or Slow Cooker
Allyson Gofton
Review by Sue

It’s that time of the year to pull out the slow cooker and savour the delights of food to keep you warm. Allyson Gofton is one of our favourite ‘foodies’ and she brings together satisfying food for the oven or slow cooker. Hearty meal ideas for the family and traditional meals with modern twists. From Rich Pinot Chicken with ...

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