Newsletter 3 - October 2018


We can’t believe how fast the months are going by, it really does only seem like a week or so since we did the last newsletter. We have a very busy time coming up with some book clubs holding their meetings in store and some event s – we are sure there will be something here to interest you.


·         9/10/18 6pm-730pm  This is our first book event!!! To coincide with the publication of well- known food writer Lauraine Jacobs' new book, Always Delicious, we are hosting an in store evening with Lauraine. Her book is a compilation of her favourite recipes from some ten years as weekly food columnist for The Listener magazine. We would love to have you join us for some food talk and your chance to purchase a signed copy.  Please RSVP to 532 9642 or email

·         14/10/18 Bright Ideas for Young Minds – for parents, teachers and even children! Come along to Uxbridge Centre 11am-1230pm, for some great ideas and fun with the creators of this amazing book.

·         25/10/18   Remember the delightful and poignant memoir Cleo, about a little black cat that helped heal a grieving family? Helen Brown has written another gem about the latest cat in her life, Bono. She will be in store 6pm onward to talk about her book, her cats, and to sign books for you. Get your free ticket in store now.

·         30/10/18 For all the Deborah Challinor fans! Deborah has a new book – From the Ashes – set in Auckland during the mid-1950s. Deborah is well known for her Convict Girls series, her Tamar Deane trilogy, Smuggler’s Wife trilogy, Union Belle and Fire novels.  Come along and meet Deborah, purchase a book, have it signed. 530pm onwards for a 6pm start. 


Christmas stock is beginning to roll in, starting with calendars, the most beautiful diaries, and Christmas Cards. And so many books!


New Books In-Store This Month



The Pearl Sisters by Lucinda Riley.   CeCe D'Apli se has always felt like an outcast. But after the death of her father -- a reclusive billionaire affectionately called Pa Salt by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe - she feels more alone than ever. With nothing left to lose, CeCe delves into the mystery of her familial origins. The only clues she holds are a black and white photograph and the name of a female pioneer who once traversed the globe from Scotland to Australia. This is number four in the Seven Sisters series.

 Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty. From the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies. The retreat at health and wellness resort Tranquillum House promises total transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage, and absorb the meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired bodies and minds. These nine perfect strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. With her wit, compassion and uncanny understanding of human behaviour, Liane Moriarty explores the depth of connection that can be formed when people are thrown together in... unconventional circumstances.

The Silence of the Girls

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker There was a woman at the heart of the Trojan war whose voice has been silent - till now. Briseis was a queen until her city was destroyed. Now she is slave to Achilles, the man who butchered her husband and brothers. Trapped in a world defined by men, can she survive to become the author of her own story? Discover the greatest Greek myth of all - retold by the witness history forgot. 'Make[s] you reflect on the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, the women throughout history who have been told by men to forget their trauma... You are in the hands of a writer at the height of her powers' Evening Standard


Lethal Strike by Robert Galbraith The best named PI since Sherlock Holmes, yes Cormoran Strike is back in his fourth outing investigating a crime that a Billy, a troubled young man thinks he witnessed as a child.  Strike is left deeply unsettled by Billy’s distress as well as his  incoherent and short on detail story But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott (once his assistant now a partner in the agency) set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  As usual Strike's own life is far from straightforward. The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

 The Fox

The Fox by Frederick Forsyth The master storyteller is back! A classic race-against-time thriller with a modern edge. Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn't a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme? What if it's a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn't you do to get hold of him? The Fox is a race-against-time thriller across continents to find and capture, or protect and save, an asset with the means to change the balance of world power.

 Wild Journeys

Wild Journeys by Bruce Ansley In Wild Journeys Bruce Ansley retraces the path of doomed surveyor John Whitcombe across the Southern Alps, follows the raiding party of northern chief Te Puoho along the West Coast, sails around New Zealand's North and South Capes, walks through the valley under the Two Thumb Range to mythical Mesopotamia, drives from Waiheke to Wanaka (in a hurry), sets off on a hunt for the South Island's 'Grey Ghost', looks deep into the heart of volcanic New Zealand and tracks the escape route of our most unlikely hero, jail-breaker George Wilder. These are stories about New Zealand, of wild journeys and strange ones, of exhilaration, joy, frailty and fear.

That F Word: Growing up Feminist in Aotearoa

The F Word: Growing up Feminist in Aotearoa by Lizzie Marvelly A wake-up call and a battle-cry for all Kiwi women, Lizzie Marvelly tells the story of New Zealand's feminist roots, then traverses the modern landscape, tearing apart areas of gender imbalance and pervading attitudes to Kiwi women. In particular, Lizzie examines how men have been brought up with certain values - the rugby, racing and beer mentality we know all too well .Lizzie grew up an ardent Chiefs and All Blacks fan, but a wiser head now recognises that there are still endemic issues for society to address. Lizzie speaks about her own first-hand experiences with sexism and male misconduct, while also offering advice to young girls on how to take full control of their lives. Not pretty by essential reading for all New Zealanders, especially young women.

Journeys to the Other Side of the World

Journeys to the Other Side of the World by David Attenborough Following the success of the original Zoo Quest expeditions, in the late 1950s onwards the young David Attenborough embarked on further travels in a very different part of the world. From Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia, he and his cameraman companion were aiming to record not just the wildlife, but the way of life of some of the indigenous people of these regions, whose traditions had never been encountered by most of the British public before.. Alongside these remarkable cultures he encounters paradise birds, chameleons, sifakas and many more animals in some of the most unique environments on the planet. Written with David Attenborough's characteristic charm, humour and warmth, Journeys to the Other Side of the World is an inimitable adventure among people, places and the wildest of wildlife.

 The Barefoot Investor for Families: The Only Kids' Money Guide You'll Ever Need

The Barefoot Investor for Families by Scott Page This new book from Scott Pape, author of ‘The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need’ sticks to the same script as in his first book. It's aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said: 'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?' Scott lays out ten money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week (so roughly 20 minutes). If you follow the roadmap, with tailor-made lessons for each age group, you will ensure that your children are financially strong so they never, ever get sucked into the traps that middle-aged bankers have devised to rob them of their money and their confidence.


Always Delicious by Lauraine Jacobs Lauraine Jacobs is one of New Zealand’s leading food writers, best known for her work with Cuisine and for her long-running food column in the New Zealand Listener. In Always Delicious she has compiled over 100 of her favourite recipes, chosen from at least 700 recipes that have featured in her column. These are the recipes that best show off her belief that food that should be consistently delicious to eat, simple to make, and which highlights the best of our seasonal fresh ingredients. The book has six sections, including sensational salads and vegetables, savoury dishes, fish, meat, sweets and desserts. With beautiful photography from Liz Clarkson, this is an elegant and inspiring cookbook.

New Zealand's Great Walks: The Complete Guide

New Zealand’s Great Walks by Paul and Shelley Hersey New Zealand's Great Walks are truly world class. In a country blessed with hundreds of spectacular tracks to choose from, these are considered the best of the best. They pass through some of our most breath taking landscapes - including golden sand beaches, ancient rainforests and high mountains. This is the only handbook anyone will need to experience these outdoor adventures. Each of the walks (and one river journey) is presented in a clear, user-friendly way, including overview and highlights, planning notes, track description, points of interest. Also included is conservation information, useful websites and resources, as well as how to prepare for your trip. Authored by expert outdoor enthusiasts, fully illustrated with maps and stunning photography, this is an essential guide for the keen adventurer.


Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope and Tom White The definitive inside account of the "extraordinary" (Financial Times) 1MDB scandal, "a true life thriller" (Ben Mezrich) about a "modern Gatsby" who managed to swindle over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others--a "must read" (Booklist) "epic tale" (Publishers Weekly) that exposes the secret nexus of elite wealth, banking, Hollywood, and politics from two award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters. An epic true-tale of hubris and greed, Billion Dollar Whale reveals how this young social climber pulled off one of the biggest heists in history--right under the nose of the global financial industry.


Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber One of the most successful and distinguished artists of our time, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reigned over the musical theatre world for nearly five decades. The winner of numerous awards, including multiple Tonys and an Oscar, Lloyd Webber has enchanted millions worldwide with his music and numerous hit shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock. In Unmasked, written in his own inimitable, quirky voice, the revered, award-winning composer takes stock of his achievements, the twists of fate and circumstance which brought him both success and disappointment, and the passions that inspire and sustain him.


Mythos by Stephen Fry The Greek Myths retold… No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.  In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus. We follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds. Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

 A Very Greedy Tale

A Very Greedy Tale by Jennifer Somervell and Margery Fern Napoleon is STARVING! When he sees his breakfast arriving on the other side of the electric fence, the anticipation is too much.  He decides to charge the fence despite the consequences. But things don’t work out the way Napoleon expected.  Find out what happens when Napoleon escapes and leads Josephine astray… Pigs love food and will do anything to get it.  They are great escape artists. Learn about pigs, the electric fences that keep them in, and the Kiwi inventors who pioneered them.

Puffin the Architect

Puffin the Architect by Kimberly Andrews Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients' expectations. That is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever - her own pufflings. Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed spaces -Otter's floating home, Pig's toolshed on wheels, Painter Goose's light-filled studio and Platypus's cosy underground bakehouse. The pufflings are unimpressed. Will Puffin come up with a puffling-perfect home design? This gorgeous story, with endearing animal characters, intriguing house designs, ingenious mechanisms and storage solutions to pore over on every page, will spark a brand new generation of architects, engineers and interior designers.

The Rogue Heroes (Kid Normal #2)

Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James, Chris Smith and Erica Salcedo An hilarious, illustrated middle-grade adventure about a superhero with no superpowers. When Murph Cooper begins his new school several weeks into the year, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, making friends, and fitting in. It's because his mom has accidentally enrolled him at a school for superheroes. And unlike his fellow students, who can control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But Murph's totally normal abilities might just be what the world needs. Because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans . . . and when he comes after the best and the brightest, it's up to Murph to be the real hero.  With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud story proves that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

The Fire Stallion

The Fire Stallion by Stacy Gregg This is an enchanting and empowering standalone story from the author of The Princess and the Foal. Twelve-year-old Hilly has landed her dream job, riding on the set of Brunhilda, an epic film based on the fearless warrior of Icelandic legend. Norse fire ritual tells that on mid-summer's day, animals and humans can shape-shift and one night Hilly finds herself connected to the young warrior and her fire stallion. As the two girls' lives intertwine, Hilly soon realises that they'll both have to risk everything for the love of their horses. Inspired by real-life historical events, The Fire Stallion is an epic tale.