Three new picture books from Book Island

When it comes to children’s books Book Island is by far the most interesting small press in New Zealand. The books are original and always beautifully produced, and I really like the idea that they are all European books being published into English. Here’s three new titles from them – all perfect Christmas gift ideas […]

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Glory Days magazine issue 8

Glory Days vintage lifestyle magazine, issue 8, RRP $16.90. Buy or subscribe online Yep, Glory Days magazine issue 8 is here and this month the focus is on Americana and country style. Including a Q & A with Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton! There’s an eclectic mix of articles this month, covering country music, interior design/deco, […]

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Reach by Laurence Fearnley

Reach by Laurence Fearnley, Penguin, ISBN 9780143571728, RRP $38 You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you think about the characters in a certain way and then they change and you realise you were totally assuming they were this type of character, when it turns out they’re actually not, and it’s a […]

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Stand by Me by John Kirwan

Stand by Me by John Kirwan, with Elliot Bell and Kristy Louden-Bell, Penguin, ISBN 9780143570639, RRP $40. I think it would be fair to assume I don’t need to introduce John Kirwan to my New Zealand readers but for overseas folks Sir John is an ex-All Black, possibly the best ex-All Black of all time. […]

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