On the bookshelves: November 2016

New releases coming in November.


The name on the Door is not Mine, by C K Stead: A new collection of stories from the literary giant and master craftsman, C K Stead, gathered from throughout his career (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly: Unstoppable detective Harry Bosch returns in a new thriller from the #1 bestselling author (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry: The twice Booker-shortlisted author returns with a sensational new novel set in mid-19th century (Faber, RRP $37).

Cut, by Marc Raabe: A boy is witness to a horrible crime and decades later must revisit the past to save his girlfriend (Manilla, RRP $33).


Rolling with the Punchlines, by Urzila Carlson: A memoir of a life in comedy, written with the Urzila’s trademark deadpan humour (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Last Crocodile Hunter, by Bob Irwin and Amanda French: Bob Irwin’s extraordinary life as a wildlife pioneer, father to wildlife warrior Steve and founder of Australia Zoo, told in his own words (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

1,342 QI Facts to Leave you Flabbergasted, by John Lloyd: QI serves up a sparkling new selection of facts. The fifth book in the bestselling series is chock full of 1,342 witty, wonderful, weird and downright flabbergasting facts, chosen by the QI Elves (Faber, RRP $25).

Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younge:  On an average day in America, seven young people, aged nineteen or under, will be shot dead. Another Day in the Death of America tells the stories of the lives lost on one random day—November 23, 2013 (Faber, RRP $33).

Shock and Awe, by Simon Reynolds: As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! Shock and Awe explores this most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. Bolan, Bowie, Suzi Quatro, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music, Iggy, Lou Reed, David Essex—all are represented here (Faber, RRP $55).

Get a Life: The diaries of Vivienne Westwood: Vivienne Westwood sets down her unique vision of the world in her blog, Get A Life.Here’s the cream-of-the-cream from six years of troublemaking (Serpents Tail, RRP $40).

Progress, by Johan Norberg: Examining official data from the world’s most trusted organisations, Progress traces just how far we have come in tackling the greatest global problems. None of them have been eradicated, but we now have a good idea of the solutions (Oneworld, RRP $37).

You Say You Want a Revolution? by Geoff Marsh and Vicky Broackes: Examining music, fashion, film, design, counterculture, mind-altering experiences, festivals, and politics of the late 1960s, this book investigates the cultural upheavals of those revolutionary years (V&A, RRP $86).

Fucking Apostrophes, by Simon Griffin: At last, a book that tells you exactly where to stick your apostrophe. Warning: Contains explicit language! But it’s also useful (Icon, RRP $19).


Sun Catcher by Tim Tipene, illustrated by Zak Waipara: Award-winning author Tim Tipene’s modern take on the classic story of Maui catching the sun will be out in November (Oratia Books, RRP $25). Includes  vivid illustrations by well-known illustrator Zak Waipara.

Snark, by David Elliot: This original story and art features full text of Lewis Carroll’s poems The Hunting of the Snark and Jabberwocky and will be a delight for grown-up children of all ages. Subtitled “being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and its tragic aftermath”, Snark allows Kiwi author to reveal the whole truth for the first time. reveals the whole truth for the first time, from his recruitment to the Snark expedition, to his return from a journey of unimaginable, death-defying adventure … (Otago University Press, RRP $60).


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