On the bookshelves: February 2016

January 22, 2016

New releases coming in February.


My Own Dear Brother, by Holly Müller: An unforgettable, nightmarish coming-of-age story set in rural Austria towards the end of the Second World War (Bloomsbury Circus, RRP $33).

I’ll See You in Paris, by Michelle Gabl: A story that winds together the lives of three women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak (Macmillan, RRP $35).

Rebound, by Aga Lesiewicz: For fans of The Girl on the Train, a stunning psychological thriller about an obsession with an intriguing stranger (Macmillan, RRP $35).


Spiralise!, by Pete Evans: MKR judge Pete Evans has yet another book, this time telling us how to use our Spiraliser to continue on the healthy eating agenda (Macmillan, RRP $40).

Please Enjoy Your Happiness, by Paul Brinkley-Rogers: A life-affirming memoir from a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. Please Enjoy Your Happiness is a beautifully written coming-of-age memoir based on the English author’s summer-long love affair with a remarkable older Japanese woman (Macmillan, RRP $40).

The Innocent Killer, by Michael Griesbach: The story of one of America’s most notorious wrongful convictions, that of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who spent eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit and now the subject of the hit series Making a Murderer (Windmill Books, RRP $37).


Hillary, by Karen Blumenthal: I’m not sure how many young Kiwi girls will be interested in a biography of Hillary Clinton, but she’s a better role-model than the Kardashians (Bloomsbury, RRP $28).

Detective Gordon: A Complicated Case, by Ulf Nilsson & illustrated by Gitte Spee: A warm and funny illustrated chapter book for newly confident young readers about doing the right thing – and eating little cakes (Gecko Press, RRP $20).

How to be Famous, by Michal Shalev: Gecko Press is publishing this cheeky picture book about an irrepressible pigeon whose one-eyed take on the world bewilders the other zoo animals. For readers up to 7 years (Gecko Press, RRP $30).

Simon Thorn and the The Wolf’s Den, by Aimee Carter: An action-packed page-turner with themes of bravery, loyalty, and finding one’s true self. For ages 9–12 (Bloomsbury, RRP $17).

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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