Picture book round up for October 2015

The Lion and the Bird cover image

Alright, it’s November. Stop being picky. Anyway, Christmas is coming up so go buy these books – they will all make brilliant presents! Let’s Catch That Rainbow, written and illustrated by Ann Keane, Pines Estate Books, ISBN 9780473320171, RRP $19.99 A rainy day story for a rainy day read, Let’s Catch That Rainbow follows Hadleigh […]

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Book review: How Bizarre by Simon Grigg

How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana and the Song that Stormed the World by Simon Grigg, Awa Press, ISBN9781927249222, RRP $38 Is there any New Zealander, anywhere in the world who wouldn’t immediately know exactly what one was talking about if one simply said “How bizarre”? In 1995 and 1996 Pauly Fuemana and Alan Jansson, as Otara […]

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Book review: Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw

Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw, Vintage, ISBN9781775538226, RRP $38 Starlight Peninsula is the beguiling new novel from one of New Zealand’s most celebrated contemporary authors, Charlotte Grimshaw. The novel’s central character, Eloise Hay, is a young woman forced to slowly confront trauma from her past, a past that suddenly seems to her to be full of […]

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Book review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh, Gollancz, ISBN 9780575111813, RRP $29.99 Nalini Singh is a prolific New Zealand/Fijian author and something of an undervalued hero in the NZ literary scene. And by prolific I mean “over 30 books published and that’s not counting novellas and stories”. Yes, that kind of prolific. She specialises in amazing romance/paranormal/sci-fi hybrid novels […]

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Book review: Grey by E.L. James

Grey by E.L. James, Arrow, ISBN 9781784753252, RRP $19.99 Grey is the latest instalment in the inexplicably mega-popular Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, and retells the original Fifty Shades of Grey book, this time from the perspective of Christian Grey himself. The fans were apparently clamouring for this novel but that doesn’t stop it from feeling […]

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