On the bookshelves: April 2016

New releases coming in April.


Stack of booksThis 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 a full investigation gets underway as a media storm descends. An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, media obsessions, grief, and the difference between a monster and a man (Macmillan, RRP $38).

Where Love Begins, by Judith Hermann: Stella’s life is happy and unremarkable until one day a stranger appears at her door. A delicately wrought, deeply sinister novel about how easily the comfortable lives we construct for ourselves can be shattered (The Clerkenwell Press, RRP $33).

Not Working, by Lisa Owens: A debut novel that is funny as well as tender – it is the story of a life unravelling in minute and spectacular ways (Picador, RRP $30).

The Travelers, by Chris Pavone: A travel writer on assignment at a luxury resort has his life is turned upside down when a new flirtation is turning into something far more dangerous. The Travelers is a thriller about marriage, deceit, betrayal and secrets (Faber, RRP $33).

The Mother, by Yvvette Edwards: Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey to do something no mother should ever have to do: to attend the trial of the boy accused of her son’s murder. As the trial unfolds, it becomes clear that the girlfriend of the accused holds the answers. The second novel from the Man Booker Prize longlisted author (Macmillan, RRP $35).

Molly and the Cat Cafe, by Melissa Daley: When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Rehomed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. Sounds like a gem for cat-lovers (Macmillan, RRP $25).

Fool Me Once, by Harlan Coben: Likely to be another good read from New York Times bestseller Harlan Coben (Century, RRP $37).

Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, by Deborah Rodriguez:  Sequel to the international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul (Bateman, RRP $37).

Private Paris, by James Patterson: The continuing saga of the the world’s top private detective agency (Century, RRP $37).

Weightless, by Sarah Bannan: Prep meets The Virgin Suicides in a haunting coming-of-age story for the digital generation and an examination of the hypocrisy of small town life, where no one quite knows where rumour ends and truth begins (Bloomsbury Circus, RRP $21).


On Bowie, by Simon Critchley: An appreciation of David Bowie – artist, lyricist, performer, icon – including final chapters on Bowie’s last album Blackstar (Serpents Tail, RRP $19).

The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War, by Christopher Pugsley: An illustrated history that captures the evolution of the New Zealand Army alongside Australia and Canada (Oratia Books, RRP $45).

One Pot Favourites, by Pete Evans: A self-explanatory collection of 100 easy meals to roast, braise and slow cook from MKR co-host Pete Evans (Macmillan, RRP $37).

Pipi at Home, by Alexandra Tylee: A second cookbook from Pipi owner and chef Alexandra Tylee (Random House, RRP $65).

What Happened, Miss Simone?, by Alan Light: Inspired by the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone. Out in April.  (AU Canongate, RRP $37).

What’s for Dinner, by Nadia Lim: MasterChef NZ winner Nadia Lim and the My Food Bag team have the answer to the question on everyone’s lips—80 scrumptious recipes in a book that is the follow-up to the bestselling Easy Weeknight Meals (Allen & Unwin, RRP $40).

How I Met Your Father, by Aminah Hart: The amazing story of how the author fell in love with the anonymous donor-father of her IVF baby. Aminah Hart tells her life story, including tragedy, and the later joy that came from becoming a mother. And then a wife (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Primary School Confidential, by Mrs Woog: Subtitled Confessions from the classroom as a student, teacher and mother, this book is an irreverent homage to primary school and all who dwell in it. Therapy for former teachers, a revelation to prospective parents, a trip down memory lane for us all. Mrs Woog is a former primary school teacher and writes the popular blog Woog’s World (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Anzac Girls, by Peter Rees: The harrowing and profoundly moving story of the New Zealand and Australian who served in the Great War—now a major television series (Allen & Unwin, RRP $25).

Natural Born Heroes, by Christopher McDougall: A radical new approach to fitness, from the man who wrote the international bestseller Born to Run (Profile Trade, RRP $28).

The Sleep Revolution, by Arianna Huffington: A look at the ways that our inability to get enough sleep impacts our lives (WH Allen, RRP $38).


The Haters, by Jesse Andrews: The latest book by the author of the bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in April. A coming-of-age-novel about encountering the world on your own terms for the first time. For ages 14-plus (A & U Children, RRP $23).

Milo, by Tohby Riddle: The life of a city-dwelling dog is turned upside-down on a day when everything goes wrong. An unexpected adventure for ages 4-8 (A & U Children, RRP $33).

There’s a Moose on the Loose, by Lucy Feather and illustrated by Stephan Lomp: From the creator of Follow that Car comes another inventive, interactive and hilarious picture book (Nosy Crow, RRP $25).

Dave’s Cave, by Frann Preston-Gannon: A book for the littlies, in which a restless caveman learns  that proves that there’s no place like home. Suitable for ages 3-6 (Nosy Crow, RRP $23)l.

Follow Me, by Nicci Cloke: A heart-stopping thriller set in the world of social media from a strong new voice in young adult fiction. For ages 13-16 (Hotkey, RRP $19).

101 Things to do While you Poo, by Amanda Formaro and G L Moore: Continues the “101 Things” series, covering a topic that we all care about (Walter Foster Jr, RRP $19).




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