Your guide to personal panel-beating

March 11, 2006
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Your guide to personal panel-beating

Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, by NZ Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery (Penguin, $29.95): So, tell me what you don’t like about yourself? Fans of TV series Nip/Tuck may think they know all there is to know about the world of silicone implants and brow lifts but there’s so much more than...

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Not worth the $20

March 5, 2006
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Not worth the $20

Trade Me Your Ultimate Guide by Juha Saarinen; foreword by Sam Morgan (Penguin, $19.95): The Trade Me phenomenon doesn’t show any sign of slowing down so it’s no surprise that there are now how-to books on the market covering the uniquely Kiwi world of online auctions. The name of this book is a bit of...

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The secrets of secret societies

February 24, 2006
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The secrets of secret societies

The Secret Societies Handbook, by Michael Bradley Cassell (distributed by Reed Publishing, $19.99): Over the years, elite secret clubs have fascinated society as much as they have influenced it. Author Michael Bradley takes a look at what he calls the hidden story behind our economic and political hierarchy. He traces the roots of 21 secret...

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Broken but not beaten

February 23, 2006
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Broken but not beaten

Losing Face, by Kathy Torpie (HarperCollins, $30): In 1994, Kathy Torpie’s world changed forever. Driving home she had the misfortune to meet up with a drunk-driver and in an instant, her body was broken and the face she had seen every time she looked in the mirror was gone. The broken limbs and shattered...

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Help for puzzled puzzlers

February 18, 2006
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Help for puzzled puzzlers

Cryptic Crosswords Unmasked, by Jim Greenfield (Reed Publishing, $9.99): If you’re a puzzled puzzle fan, this might just be the perfect book for you. For the legions of cryptic crossword fans out there, uncovering the method of solving the clue is just as rewarding as finding the actual answer. However, if you’re one of...

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Spotlight on Ron Roycroft

January 28, 2006
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Spotlight on Ron Roycroft

Up to Speed: The Roycroft Years in New Zealand Racing, by Scott Thomson (Steele Roberts): New Zealand motorsport legend Chris Amon once described Ron Roycroft leading the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1957 as one of the five most significant events that helped shape motor racing in this country. The Depression, World War 2,...

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How to dodge the tax man

January 26, 2006
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How to dodge the tax man

Pay Zero Taxes, by Peter Sibbald (Reed Business, $24.99): Michael Cullen, please cover your eyes. Are we ready? No peeking now. Okay, we all pay taxes and I think it’s safe to say none of us is thrilled about it. How about paying no taxes? Peter Sibbald claims he can have us Kiwis doing...

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Know your blokes

January 21, 2006
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Know your blokes

The Spotter’s Guide to the Male Species, by Juliette Wills (Random House, $22.95): Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe may have tried to convince us diamonds are a girl’s best friend but she was wrong. This little book is truly a girl’s best friend. Inspired by the classic bird-spotter’s bibles of the past, this little pocket...

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Sir Peter Blake’s message lives on

August 7, 2004
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Sir Peter Blake’s message lives on

The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake, edited by Alan Sefton (Penguin, RRP $30): Genuine, true blue adventurers aren’t exactly a dime dozen but here in New Zealand we seem to have more than our fair share. There was Sir Ed with his mountaineering and tractor-driving escapades, Charles Upham’s bravery and grit. And, of...

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Staving off hangovers

December 28, 2002
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Staving off hangovers

The Quick-fix Hangover Detox, by Jane Scrivner, Piatkus If you’ve ever had an attack of the “never agains” the morning after the night before, this could be the book for you. Author Jane Scrivner, who established the British School of Complementary Therapy in 1991, has put together an easy-to-follow, comprehensive book covering how to...

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