On the bookshelves: September 2016

August 19, 2016
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On the bookshelves: September 2016

New releases coming in September. FICTION The Safest Place in London, by Maggie Joel: Two frightened children, two very different mothers, and one night of terrifying Blitz bombing during World War Two. And when the bombs stop falling, which families’ lives will be changed forever? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). The Museum of Modern...

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On the bookshelves: August 2016

July 21, 2016
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On the bookshelves: August 2016

New releases coming in August. FICTION The Fighting Season, by Bram Connolly: An explosive thriller from the heart of Afghanistan, by a former Special Forces Commando (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman: The brilliant, moving and psychologically complex new standalone novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of After I’m Gone, And...

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On the bookshelves: July 2016

June 18, 2016
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On the bookshelves: July 2016

New releases coming in July. FICTION  The House Between the Tides, by Sarah Maine: With a nod to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a vivid triumph of intriguing storytelling and dark mystery (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Blame, by Nicole Trope: A tender and terrifying page-turner from a master of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama...

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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

May 22, 2016
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Painful breakups all round after infidelities

Out of the Rough, by Steve Williams (Penguin, RRP $40): Steve Williams has something of an unusual claim to fame, being famous both here in New Zealand and abroad for being the man behind the champ. Sort of the power behind the throne. He’s one of New Zealand’s most well-known, and most well-paid, sportsmen....

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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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Reviews: Healthy food options

The Sugar Guide, by Damon Gameau (Macmillan Publishers, RRP $34.99): Sugar is something most of us have far too much of, prompting a multitude of health problems, but that doesn’t stop us craving it. We could all probably benefit from cutting back on our consumption of refined sugar, and That Sugar Book author Damon...

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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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