On the bookshelves: March 2016

February 26, 2016
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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 have to risk everything to find the motive behind a series of linked murders (Century, RRP $37).

Blue, by Danielle Steel: A rising news star’s world dissolves in an instant (Bantam Press, RRP $37).

The Girl Who Came Back, by Susan Lewis: The compelling new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, No Child of Mine and Don’t Let Me Go (Century, RRP $37).

Maestra, by L S Hilton: The beginning of a razor-sharp series that will have readers around the world on the edge of their seats (Zaffre, RRP $33).

Cometh the Hour, by Jeffery Archer: The penultimate book in the bestselling Clifton Chronicles series. Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies (Macmillan, RRP $50)

The Other Mrs Walker, by Mary Paulson-Ellis: An old lady dies alone in a cold Edinburgh flat and days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth. What Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one old lady, her own life will become enriched. A detective story with no detective (Macmillan, RRP $35).

The Vanished, by Lotte and Søren Hammer: The third book in the international bestselling five-part Konrad Simonsen series, a chilling tale from the authors of The Hanging. The authors are siblings from Denmark (Bloomsbury, RRP $30).

NON-FICTION

Thatcher Stole My Trousers, by Alexei Sayle: This is the second volume of memoirs from stand-up comedian, novelist and Alexei Sayle, recounting his experiences with the Comedy Store, Alternative Cabaret, Comic Strip and the Young Ones, and his friendships with the other comedians who also became household names (Bloomsbury, RRP $28).

The Boy Who Could Change the World, the writings of Aaron Swartz: The writings of the computer genius and internet hacktivist whose tragic suicide shook the world. This is the story of one of the most original minds of our time, who was involved in the the development of RSS, Creative Commons, web.py, and Reddit (Verso Trade, RRP $37).

That Sugar Guide, by Damon Gameau: Lots of recipes designed for quitting the evil sugar (Macmillan, RRP $35).

The Storyteller’s Secret, by Carmine Gallo: From TED speakers to business legends, why some ideas catch on and others don’t? Sometimes it all comes down to being a good storyteller (Macmillan, RRP $35).

Leonard: A Life, by William Shatner: Tracing the fifty-year friendship between Leonard Nimroy and William Shatner (Macmillan, RRP $35).

Country Calendar Homestead Baking, with Allyson Gofton: This is a companion volume to the bestselling Country Calendar Cookbook (Penguin, RRP $50).

Soul Secrets, by Kelvin Cruickshank: Bestselling psychic medium Kelvin Cruickshank shares his views on how to live a full, happy life by making the most of your journey – even in times of loss (Penguin, RRP $20).

Oh Baby . . . Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored, by Kathy Fray:  This book, written by a mother (who is also an experienced midwife), provides supportive advice – one mum to another (Random House, RRP $45).

Good + Simple, by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley:  Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make and is good for you (Ebury, RRP $65).

Wild By Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Sarah Marquis: A bestseller in France, the epic story of one woman’s 10,000 mile, three-year trek from Siberia to Australia (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Fit Dog, by Arden Moore; Fit Cat, by Arden Moore: Learn tips and tricks to keep your four-legged family members happy and healthy (Crows Nest, RRP $23 each).

The Confidence Game, Maria Konnikova: A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists by a New York Times bestselling psychologist (Canongate, RRP $33).

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church, by the investigative staff of the Boston Globe: The ground-breaking work of investigative journalism that inspired the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight, this is the true story of how four courageous journalists uncovered child abuse on a vast scale and held the Catholic Church to account (Profile, RRP $25).

YOUNGER READERS

Anzac Heroes, by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic: Discover the triumphs and tragedies of 30 heroic Australasians during World Wars 1 and 2. Suitable for ages 9-plus  (Scholastic,  RRP $30).

Batman V Superman Movie Companion Novel: Set between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this junior novel features an original story about Batman and Superman, building up to the events of the new film.  For ages 6-plus (Scholastic, RRP $10).

Pig the Winner, by Aaron Blabey: Everyone’s favourite pug is back and this time he’s being a big bad cheat. Suitable for ages 3-plus (Scholastic, RRP $21).

Enemy Camp, by David Hill: It’s 1942 and 12-year-old Ewen MacKenzie is keeping a journal recording the eventsunfolding at the Featherston Camp, which houses hundreds of Japanese prisoners of war, where his father works as a guard. On 25 February 1943, disaster strikes the camp. Ewen witnesses it all unfolding before his eyes (Puffin, RRP $20).

The Winner’s Kiss, by Marie Rutkoski: The last book in the breathtaking Winner’s Trilogy is an irresistible story of forbidden romance and class warfare. For ages 12+ (Bloomsbury, RRP $18).

Death or Ice Cream?, by Gareth Jones: Larkin Mills: The Birthplace of Death! Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It’s a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. For ages 13–15 (Hotkey, RRP $18).

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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