Book Reviews

The Earth Cries Out

By Bonnie Etherington Also longlisted for the 2018 Ockham Acorn Fiction Prize is this debut novel from Bonnie Etherington. After the accidental death of Ruth’s five-year-old sister, their father decides that atonement and healing are in order,...... Read More


By Annaleese Jochems Cynthia is 21, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking boot camp instructor, Anahera, is equally stifled by her job and marriage and suggests they run away together. With stolen money and a dog in...... Read More

Grace & Katie

This book is described as ... “An imaginative story of individuality, sisterhood, creativity and appreciating each other’s strengths” ... and that about sums it up. Twin sisters Grace and Katie love to draw, but both have quite different...... Read More

Pug - How to be the Best You

At first glance, this book looks like a story for children. In fact, it is a pug dog’s guide to leading a “happier, more optimistic and fulfilling” life. Apparently, the pug is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world and they have,...... Read More

The Adriatic Kitchen

As exotic as this little book might sound, the recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients will be familiar to most NZ cooks. The author, Barbara Unkovic, lived on the Croatian island of Korcula for seven years where she immersed herself in the culture,...... Read More

Annie Leibovitz : Portraits 2005-2016

In this new collection, Annie Leibovitz, one of the most important photographers of our time,  has selected 150 of her portraits of the most  influential and compelling figures of the last decade. Each photograph documents contemporary culture...... Read More

Classic Planes

by Ivor Wilkins New Zealand has long held a passion for its aviation history – the bravado, ingenuity and trailblazing spirit says a lot about who we are. Classic Planes celebrates that legacy, from the first fledgling beginnings to the present...... Read More

Knowing Being

by Gerard Zwier Matakana author Gerard Zwier has written a book that spans various disciplines such as psychology, physics, biology, philosophy and ethology (the scientific study of animal behaviour ) to mention  a few. Zwier thinks the traditional...... Read More

A Gentleman in Moscow

by Amor Towles It is 1922 and the handsome Count Alexander Rostov has been summoned before the Emergency Committee of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs and accused of writing a counter-revolutionary poem. Only high-ranking friends...... Read More

A Woman’s Place

By Joan Withers ‘Successful women rarely set out to become role models. They just do the best they can and, hopefully, that becomes inspirational for other women. This quote is from Joan Withers, who left high school with School Certificate at the...... Read More