No surprises policy not so good in book

March 24, 2016
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No surprises policy not so good in book

Before We Met, by Lucie Whitehouse (Bloomsbury, RRP $35): With the short but not-so- sweet blurb on the back of this book telling us that Hannah Reilly had a perfectly happy life until the day her husband failed to come home, it comes as absolutely no surprise that her husband fails to come home...

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Dawkins opens up on fascinating life

March 22, 2016
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Dawkins opens up on fascinating life

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, by Richard Dawkins (Bantam Press, RRP $40): I’m no science geek, in fact I happily admit to still being quite impressed by the magical ability of my fridge to spit out ice at the touch of a button, so you know a science dude is...

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What do rats dream about?

March 19, 2016
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What do rats dream about?

The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You’re Not Looking, by Michael C Corballis (Auckland University Press, RRP $35): As often as I stop to think, then forget to start again, I am also plagued by bouts of my mind wandering off unattended and delivering all sorts of random thoughts that I then...

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On the bookshelves: April 2016

March 16, 2016
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On the bookshelves: April 2016

New releases coming in April. FICTION This Change in the Light: a collection of poems, by Fiona Kidman: A superb collection of poetry from one of New Zealand’s top writers (Godwit, RRP $37). An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire: When Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in a small New South Wales town, the community is stunned and...

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April highlights from New Holland

March 16, 2016
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Coming up over the next month from New Holland publishers: FOR THE FOODIES Superfoods for Kids by “superfood expert” Rena Patten, who reckons she has found a way not only to get kids to eat superfoods (think quinoa and kale). The book includes recipes for breakfasts, school lunches, dinners, special treats and even baby...

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Another goodie from Patterson

March 12, 2016
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Another goodie from Patterson

Mistress, by James Patterson and David Ellis (Century, RRP $37): Here’s another decent read from the prolific James Patterson, this time in a standalone novel with David Ellis. Ben Casper sees his best friend fall to her death from the balcony of her apartment and realises his life is about to change. And not for the better. Diana...

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Hilarity amid deluded need for bucket list

March 7, 2016
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Hilarity amid deluded need for bucket list

When Mr Dog Bites, by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury, RRP $29): Life for the average 16-year-old can be pretty tough, and for Dylan Mint, it is tougher than most. Dylan isn’t particularly average. In fact, he has Tourette’s and his life is a constant battle to control his swearing, his tics, and – when he’s...

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Gory, dark but compelling

March 1, 2016
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Gory, dark but compelling

A Song for the Dying, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Scottish author Stuart MacBride has delivered yet another gritty, gruesome and somewhat uncomfortable murder mystery in A Song for the Dying. Detective Inspector Ash Henderson was on the trail of a brutal killer dubbed “the Inside Man”, who abducted and killed four women,...

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On the bookshelves: March 2016

February 26, 2016
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On the bookshelves: March 2016

New releases coming in March. FICTION Wild Pork and Watercress, by Barry Crump: Film tie-in to the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is based on this Crump classic. Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Sam Neill, Oscar Kightley and Rima Te Wiata (Penguin, RRP $38). 15th Affair, by James Patterson: Detective Lindsay Boxer will...

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Mystery that will keep you guessing

February 24, 2016
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Mystery that will keep you guessing

The Stranger You Know, by Jane Casey (Ebury Press, RRP $38): Three women have been murdered in their own homes, all have been strangled with no sign of a break-in. For Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, it looks like the victims must have let their killer in because they knew him. And worst of all,...

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