On the bookshelves: August 2015

New releases coming in August.


I’m Travelling Alone, by Samuel Bjork: Published by Doubleday on August 1, with an RRP of $38. A six-year-old girl is found hanging from a tree. Around her neck is an airline tag which says ‘I’m travelling alone’. A special homicide unit in Oslo is re-opened and the race is on to stop a  revenge-driven serial killer.

Private Sydney, by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox: The latest installment in the “Private” series by the prolific Patterson. Out August 1 (Century, RRP $37).

Country, by Danielle Steel: Another offering from another prolific author. Out in August (Bantam Press, RRP $37).


Jerome Kaino: My Story, by Patrick McKendry: Kaino lays bare his greatest triumphs and adversities, with rare insights ahead of perhaps his greatest test of all — winning back-to-back world cups for New Zealand. Published by Penguin and available from August 1. RRP $40.

Inside the Cup by Phil Gifford: The definitive story of the triumphs and disasters of every All Black campaign at the Rugby World Cup. Published by Penguin and available from August 1 (RRP $40).

The Big Book of Home Brew: A Kiwi Guide, by Michael Donaldson: Penguin is publishing this one-stop manual to brewing your own beer, written by Michael Donaldson, author of the best-selling Beer Nation: The Art and Heart of Kiwi Beer. Out on August 1.

The Healthy Life, by Jessica Sepel: How to have better everything (from skin to sleep) by Sydney-based health blogger, nutritionist and wellness coach Jessica Sepel. Published on August 1 by Macmillan (RRP $40).


The 100 Grossest Facts Ever, by Clive Gifford: Disgust your friends with The 100 Grossest Facts Ever. Did you know that the first US president had dentures made from hippo teeth? Or that a tapeworm can grow 8 metres long inside you and live for 10 years? Published in August by QED (RRP $17). For ages 6-plus.

In the Skin of a Monster, by Kathryn Barker: Published in August by Allen & Unwin (RRP $20), this story asks the question: what if your twin was a murderer? Does that make you a monster, too? FOr ages 14-18.

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