Month: December 2014

Kiwi history makes this a page-turner

Fitz: The Colonial Adventures of James Edward Fitzgerald, by Jennifer Roberts (Otago University Press, RRP $40): The subject of this biography is an important figure in the settlement of Canterbury. He was the province’s first superintendent, a politician, a watercolourist and founder…

‘Bluebells’ takes the cake

Bluebells Cakery, by Karla Goodwin (Random House, RRP $50): You have probably looked at the covers of dozens of cookbooks and thought “I could never make that”. Looking at the cover of Bluebells Cakery, at a six-tier pastel-coloured cake, decorated…

In Hobbit heaven

The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles – Art and Design, by Daniel Falconer (HarperCollins, RRP $60): Weta Workshop extraordinaire, Daniel Falconer, has compiled this third book in The Hobbit Chronicles series and it is simply gorgeous. Beautiful to touch…

This fairytale’s not for children

The Mijo Tree, by Janet Frame (Penguin, RRP $25): This is an odd little tale. Published posthumously, the manuscript gathered dust in the Hocken Library archive for many years. Illustrated to great – and somewhat dark effect – The Mijo…