On the bookshelves: August 2016

New releases coming in August.


The Fighting Season, by Bram Connolly: An explosive thriller from the heart of Afghanistan, by a former Special Forces Commando (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman: The brilliant, moving and psychologically complex new standalone novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of After I’m Gone, And When She Was Good, and What the Dead Know (Faber, RRP $33).

The Tidal Zone, by Sarah Moss: A poignant, funny and engrossing exploration of family life, centred around a cataclysmic event and its aftermath. (Granta, RRP $33).

I Don’t Like Where this is Going, by John Dufresne: Book #2 of the Wylie ‘Coyote’ Melville series (Serpents Tail, RRP $33).

Beside Myself, by Ann Morgan: The story of twin sisters, a childhood game with devastating consequences and the slippery nature of identity (Bloomsbury, RRP $19).

Bright, Precious Days, by Jay McInerney: A new novel from the bestselling author that charts the lives of Manhattan’s Lost Generation post 9/11 (Bloomsbury, RRP $33).


Behind the Tape, by Lance Burdett: A look at life on the police frontline (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Takatapui: A Place of Standing, NZ Aids Foundation; edited by Jordon Harris: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Maori tell their stories and reflect on the journey from exclusion and prejudice to taking their rightful place in Aotearoa in this book (Oratia Books, RRP $50).

The 50 Greatest Road Trips, by Sarah Woods: Packed full of the world’s most exotic, exciting and iconic road trips, this compelling read  will have you reaching for a road map. Yes folks, there is more to life than Route 66 (Icon Books,RRP $25).

Make Way for the Superhumans, by Michael Bess: An in-depth survey of the evolving science of bio-enhancement: where we are now and how to deal with it (Icon Books, RRP $33).

The Switch, by Chris Goodall: How solar, storage and new tech means cheap power for all (Profile, RRP $28).

The Little Communist Who Never Smiled, by Lola Lafon: The Little Communist Who Never Smiled tells the story of the perfect scoring Olympic gymnast, Nadia Comaneci and her journey from rural Romania to her eventual defection to the United States (Serpents Tail, RRP $33).

M Train, by Patti Smith: An unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of haunts she has worked in around the world (Bloomsbury, RRP $25).


Dinosaur Pirate, by Penny Dale: Our intrepid team of dinosaurs are back but this time they are pirates in search of buried treasure! For ages 2–5 (Nosy Crow, RRP $28).

Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue!, by Pip Jones, illustrated by Ella Okstad: The latest book in this charming series of rhyming tales for ages 4-plus (Faber, RRP $15).

Archie Greene and the Alchemist’s Curse, by D. D. Everest: Welcome to a wonderful, magical world where bookshelves are enchanted, librarians are sorcerers and spells come to life (Faber, RRP $17).

Promising Azra, by Helen Thurloe: The  story of a teenager who must choose between the wishes of her family (pushing her towards an arranged marriage) and her happiness. For ages 12-plus (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

The Ocean of the Dead: Ship Kings 4, by Andrew McGahan: The conclusion to the Ship King series. Out in August (Allen & Unwin, RRP $28).

With Malice, by Eileen Cook: A chilling mystery for readers aged 13-18. A chilling mystery where nothing is what it seems and everyone is a suspect (Hotkey, RRP $19).

Fizzlebert Stump and the Great Supermarket Showdown, by A F Harrold: The final book in the hilarious Fizzlebert Stump series. For readers aged 8-12 (Bloomsbury, RRP $15) .

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