On the bookshelves: October 2017

New releases coming in October include a novel from C K Stead, a celebration of Kiwi cats and a new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Necessary Angel by C K SteadThe Necessary Angel, by C K Stead: A novel that takes you to the heart of contemporary Paris and into a world of books (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

The Last Hours, by Minette Walters: For most, the Black Death is the end. For a brave few, it heralds a new beginning. Minette Walter’s first novel in ten years (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37).

Bluebird, Bluebird, by Attica Locke: The first in a blockbuster series set along Highway 59, this rural noir is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of love, race and justice in America (Serpent’s Tail, RRP $33).

All the Wicked Girls, by Chris Whitaker: When model student and musical prodigy Summer Ryan goes missing in a small town her bad girl sister Raine finds that Summer has secrets of her own in this crime novel Zaffre, RRP $33).

From the Shadows, by Neil White: The first in an exciting new series of legal thrillers (Zaffre, RRP $33).

Stockholm Delete, by Jens Lapidus:  An epic European thriller that James Ellroy says is set to rival Stieg Larsson (Corvus, RRP $33).

NK3, by Michael Tolkin: From the acclaimed Hollywood writer and director comes a panoramic vision set in a near-future California that has been devastated by a memory-destroying virus from North Korea  (Grove Press, RRP $33).


Eat Up New Zealand, by Al Brown: A little old meets new, celebrating both the heritage and the evolution of our food culture with recipes and stories from Al Brown (Allen & Unwin, RRP $65).

The New Zealand Cat, by Rachael Hale McKenna: The cats of New Zealand star in this book of stunning portraits and stories that are by turn quirky, funny, sad and heart-warming (Allen & Unwin, RRP $40).

Climbing the Mountain, by Allan Moffat and John Smailes: The gripping inside story of the motor sport legend Allan Moffat (Allen & Unwin, RRP $45).

Little Me, by Matt Lucas: The first memoir from comedian, screenwriter, actor and singer Matt Lucas (Canongate, RRP $37)

Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, by Virginia Vallejo & translated by Megan McDowell: The memoir of Pablo Escobar’s famous lover, which has inspired television shows such as Narcos and is soon to be a major film starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem (Canongate, RRP $33).

Genealogy for Gardeners, by Simon Maughan: Plant families explained and explored (Crows News, RRP $40).

Beautiful Poetry of Donald Trump, by Robert Sears: Does a poet’s heart beat under Donald Trump’s brash exterior? Experience his best quotes and tweets, rearranged into poems and haikus (Canongate, RRP $28).

The Lies of the Land, by Adam McQueen: A brief history of political dishonesty that asks if our politicians lie more than they used to (Atlantic, RRP $37).

In the Restaurant, by Christoph Ribbat: A look behind the scenes to tell the story of one of our most essential social establishments: from the first Parisian gourmet temples to the rise of fast food, to the most innovative chefs of our time (Pushkin, RRP $33).

The French Exception, by Adam Plowright: An illuminating portrait of Emmanuel Macron, France’s youngest ever president, and what his victory means for Europe and the world (Icon, RRP $33).


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition, by J.K. Rowling & illustrated by Jim Kay: Discover J.K. Rowling ‘s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustrations by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal (Bloomsbury, RRP $70).

Accidental Heroes: The Rogues 1, by Lian Tanner: A new trilogy set in the same incredible world as the best-selling Keepers series. For ages 9-13 (Bloomsbury, RRP $23).

My Side of the Diamond, by Sally Gardner: Jasmine has been shunned ever since her best friend Becky disappeared. But what happened to Becky? A tale about the power of love for ages 14-19 (Bonnier, RRP $23).

Shadowblack (Spellslinger 2), by Sebastien de Castell:  The second book in the new series for all YA, adult and fantasy readers. For ages 14-19 (Bonnier, RRP $23).

Everyone Toots, by Joe Rhatigan & illustrated by Alejandro O’Kif: A fun read-aloud picture book that shows children it’s okay to pass a little gas (Moondance, RRP $22).

Imagine, by John Lennon & illustrated by Jean Jullien: Set to the lyrics of John Lennon’s iconic song Imagine and illustrated by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, with a foreword by Yoko Ono, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. For ages 2-5 (Frances Lincoln Children’s, RRP $28),

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