A positive? It’s better than 50 Shades

May 22, 2016
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A positive? It’s better than 50 Shades

Maestra, by L S Hilton (Zaffre, RRP $32.99): Judith Raleigh leads something of a double life, working as an auction house assistant in London during the day, and as a hostess in a somewhat unsavoury bar by night. She knows how to play the game: she knows how to act and interact with me...

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On the bookshelves: June 2016

May 22, 2016
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On the bookshelves: June 2016

New releases coming in June. FICTION Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, by Agnes Martin-Lugand: The international bestselling novel about a French woman who moves to the Irish coast to rebuild her life—soon to be realised as a movie (Arena, RRP $33). The Hanging Club, by Tony Parsons: Third book in Tony Parsons’ bestselling...

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Remembering the memorials

May 20, 2016
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Remembering the memorials

To the Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorials, by Jock Phillips (Potton and Burton, RRP $60): Leading New Zealand historian Jock Phillips spend three decades researching his latest book, To the Memory, an affectionate and respectful catalogue of the war memorials around New Zealand. Published in mid-April, in time to take advantage of the patriotism...

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Oratia rebrands and expands

May 16, 2016
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Oratia Media has embraced change in 2016, with a relaunch of its books programme, now named Oratia Books. The name reflects the location to company (just outside Auckland) and a commitment to mostly Kiwi authors by publishing mostly Maori, children’s history, and general non-fiction books. The Libro Internation imprintal has been retired but look out...

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On the bookshelves: May 2016

April 27, 2016
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On the bookshelves: May 2016

New releases coming in May. FICTION Penguin Award-winning Classics: Penguin Random House is celebrating past winners of the New Zealand book awards with a special selection of Penguin’s most highly awarded classic New Zealand fiction is being re-released, repackaged in beautiful collectible hardbacks. Written by leading writers Patricia Grace, CK Stead, Maurice Gee, Fiona...

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Murder mystery unravels in letters

April 17, 2016
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Murder mystery unravels in letters

Letters to my Daughter’s Killer, by Cath Staincliffe (Murdoch Books, RRP $37): When Ruth Sutton receives a text from her daughter Lizzie asking her to babysit the following weekend, she takes a moment to reflect on the happiness she finds in being a grandmother, before agreeing to look after her beloved granddaughter Florence. Then, just...

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Fresh feline perspective

April 5, 2016
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Fresh feline perspective

Molly and the Cat Cafe, by Melissa Daley (Macmillan Publishers, RRP $25) Cutsie animal stories are nothing new, but this little tale of love, loss and new beginnings is told from the point of view of the cutsie animal concerned, giving it a fresh take and and an unusual angle. Molly the cat has...

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True story is gripping reading

March 30, 2016
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True story is gripping reading

Hanns and Rudolf, by Thomas Harding (Random House, RRP $38): Subtitled “the extraordinary true story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany’s most notorious war criminals”, Hanns and Rudolf shows that a true story can be every bit as exciting as any work of fiction a Hollywood scriptwriter could...

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Sit up and pay attention

March 27, 2016
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Sit up and pay attention

Mindful Learning, by Dr Chris Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers (Exisle Publishing, RRP $35): In these busy times we have a tendency to do things with a lot of thought, often resulting in a lack of connection and a lack of interest. Clinical psychologist Dr Richard Chambers and Dr Craig Hassed understand that “mindfulness”...

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Beckett thriller hits the ground running

March 25, 2016
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Beckett thriller hits the ground running

Stone Bruises, by Simon Beckett (Bantam Press, RRP $38): With the mystery and intrigue kicking off from the very first page, we meet the book’s main character Sean as he is on the run, but with no indication of why or from whom. He is driving in something of a panic, a bit battered...

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