On the bookshelves: June 2017

New releases coming in June.


The Boune InitiativeSycamore, by Bryn Chancellor: A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of a small town with a mystery at its heart, and the yearnings, passions, and abiding need for human connection that animate it (HarperCollins, RRP $35).

The Alice Network, Kate Quinn: Two women – a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War 1 and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 – are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption (Avon, RRP $35).

The Bourne Initiative, by Eric Van Lastbader: Can Bourne be working against his own country? The sequel to The Bourne Enigma (Head of Zeus, RRP $35).

See You in September, by Charity Norman: A powerful and unputdownable story of family, faith and finding yourself (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Fortunate Brother, by Donna Morrissey: An atmospheric and compelling novel about the aftermath of a murder in a claustrophobic rural community in Newfoundland (Canongate, RRP $33).

The Nothing, by Hanif Kureishi: Confined to his apartment by old age and ill health, a man believes his younger wife is cheating on him. Black humour with an eye for detail from the award-winning author of The Buddha of Suburbia and the acclaimed screenwriter of My Beautiful Laundrette (Faber RRP $28).

Strange Heart Beating, by Eli Goldstone: A darkly funny and seductive novel that follows a grieving widower from London to Latvia in search of the truth (Granta, RRP $33).

Lies, by TM Logan: When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park, he follows her and everything changes. A psychological thriller (Twenty7, RRP $33).

The Women of the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck: Three German women are haunted by the past and their secrets, in the devastating aftermath of World War 2 (Zaffre, RRP $33).

Three Envelopes, by Nir Hezroni: A chilling exploration of the mind of a master killer and is the first of an exciting new series (OneWorld, RRP $28).

Castle of Dreams, by Elise McCune: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 – an epic novel about the far-reaching effects of China’s revolutionary history (Arena, RRP $23).

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Dig if You Will the Picture, by Ben Greenman: A portrait of Prince; the artist who will be remembered by many as the brightest, most seductive and enigmatic pop star of his generation (Faber, RRP $39).

Pocket Money to Property, by Hannah McQueen: How to create financially independent kids (Allen & Unwin, RRP $30).

Mrs D is Going Within, by Lotta Dann: The sequel to Mrs D is Going Without – putting down the drink was just the beginning. An honest and funny account of an ex-alcoholic attempting to go all mindful and Zen (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

A Forger’s Tale, by Shaun Greenhalgh: The extraordinary story of one of the greatest living art forgers who fooled the world’s art experts (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Kiwi, by Keith Dunstan: The The Australian brand that brought a shine to the world. The Kiwi shoe polish company, founded in Melbourne in 1906, is one of the most iconic and enduring brands to come out of Australia (Allen & Unwin, RRP $55).

The Wine Dine Dictionary, by Victoria Moore: An A-Z of suggestions for happy eating and drinking (Granta, RRP $45).

Rooms of One’s Own: 50 Places that Made Literary History, by Adrian Mourby: Rooms of One’s Own explores 50 places where great works of literature first saw the light of day, from the Brontes’ Yorkshire Moors to the Edinburgh cafe where J. K. Rowling plotted Harry Potter’s first Adventures (Icon, RRP $28).

My Sugar Free Baby and Me, by Dr Sarah Schenker: Find out what your baby needs to grow and develop, how and when to start weaning, what foods to avoid in the first year, and the dangers of sugar and how to avoid it (Bloomsbury, RRP $33).


Ruby Redfort 6: Blind and you Die, by Lauren Child: Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid’s smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child. For ages 9-plus. The author will be at the Auckland Writers Festival from May 16-21 (HarperCollins, RRP $18).

You’re One! You’re Two! You’re Three! You’re Four! You’re Five! all written by Shelly Unwin & illustrated by Katherine Battersby: A collectable series of five sweet rhyming picture books that celebrate early childhood in all of its wonder and curiosity (Allen & Unwin, RRP $15 each).

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone series: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff Editions, all by J. K. Rowling: Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic with four special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Each features the individual house crest on the jacket and sprayed edges in the house colours. Exciting new extra content will include fact files, profiles of favourite characters and line illustrations exclusive to that house (Bloomsbury, RRP $19 each).

My Life as a Hashtag, by Gabrielle Williams: What happens when your parents have split up, your mum’s trawling Tinder, and one of your best friends has decided not to invite you to the biggest party of the year (which you watch unfolding on everyone else’s social media feeds)? For ages 13-plus (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Superpowerless, by Chris Priestley: David is sixteen and pretty ordinary in most ways. Except for his superpowers. But that’s not his biggest secret. For ages 12-16 (Hotkey, RRP $19).

Children’s Discovery Atlas, by Anita Ganeri: A bold and colourful first atlas, packed with illustrations and photos on every page, and covering all areas of the world. For ages 5-8 (QED, RRP $19).

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