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Tips from your Nana: Waste not, Want not!
Robyn Paterson – Illustrations by Tammy Williams

Wanting to grow your own veges? Wondering how to make jam? Thinking, ‘Hmm… backyard chickens’? Well, snuggle up under your patchwork quilt with a glass of elderflower champers and Nana (and friends) will show you how.

Tips from Your Nana is a fun, quirky, must-have household bible to keep close at hand. With simple instructions and pointers from those who have ‘been there, done that’, it is a practical, step-by-step guide covering a wide range of lifestyle basics. Full of irresistible ideas, from old-fashioned lemonade to homemade body scrub, the book doesn’t call for special equipment or ingredients. Whether you live in a palatial mansion or a studio apartment on the seventieth floor, you can do it!

Robyn Paterson, television writer, director and producer, has brought together a fantastic array of characters who ‘know how to do stuff’. Robyn’s light-hearted writing style guarantees the wide appeal of this lively how-to guide, and photographer Tammy Williams enriches the pages with her strikingly beautiful images.

‘Tips from your Nana is designed to help you save the environment, it will help you save society and better yet — let’s face it, we’re children of our time — it will help you save money.’

 

Gods and Little Fishes: A boy and a beach
Bruce Ansley

This book is part memoir, part urban tale with a beginning, middle and end. It’s the story of a place and the people who lived there, and a family, and of what happened to them in the radical changes of the 80s and 90s. It’s also the story of New Zealand over the last two decades; what we’ve won, and lost. It is a celebration: a funny, colourful, raucus, at times tragic tale with an ultimate redemption.

New Brighton, once Christchurch’s most bustling suburb, was the only place in the country where shops opened on Saturdays. Businessmen were wealthy, locals were not. The place was self-contained: they had everything they needed. Why go to town? They had their own high school, the biggest rugby club in Canterbury, biggest surf club, lots of shops, a cinema and the pier, the centre of their lives.

This is a story of light and laughter, of what we had, of a vibrant, resilient community.

 

 Red Studio : Forty-five Prints
John Z Robinson

Red Studio celebrates John Z Robinson’s printmaking career. He has worked as painter, jeweller, sculptor and printmaker for nearly thirty years. Here we have a selection of forty-five prints – mostly lino cuts – selected from a collection of exquisitely simple but expressive prints.

With an introduction by novelist Laurence Fearnley, Red Studio is both an intimate portrait of an artist’s development, and a portable exhibition, which readers can walk through with the two best possible and companionable guides.

 

 Big Weather South
by Dave Cull
Published in association with the Otago Daily Times

In Big Weather South, Dave Cull’s robust, colourful prose captures our dramatic weather events: floods, droughts, gales, snowstorms and boiling seas. He examines our island location, and answers questions about the genesis of fog, frost, cold fronts and thunderstorms — with Mäori tales enriching the narrative throughout.

With breathtaking colour photographs by the award-winning team at the Otago Daily Times, Dave Cull offers weather watchers vigorous insight into Southern weather.

 

 Antipodes : The Ingenious and Exhilarating Expedition of El Líder and La Campaña
Mark Price

What can a modestly capable man of adventure do when every mountain has been climbed, every river navigated to its source, and every Guinness record stretched to impossibility?

He can spin a globe of the world and discover that his small country has its own antipodes — yet unknown and unexplored! He can dub himself ‘El Líder’ and his partner ‘La Campaña’, and set off on the first recorded expedition to find the absolute antipodes of his ‘Perfect Places’ in New Zealand.

Wryly, dryly and with an economy that would do La Campaña proud, author Mark Price forges paths where no New Zealander has gone before, and tells the bare truth which is funnier than any fiction. This is Kiwi deadpan drollery at its finest.

Top 5 Bestsellers for July/August 2009:

The 10PM Question by Kate De Goldi
River of Blood: Tales of the Waiatoto by John Breen
How to Keep Your Cool if You Lose Your Job by Katherine Jackson
Brother Sister Soldier Cousin by Phyllis Johnston
Sins of the Father : The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult by Fleur Beale

Top Bestseller for 2008:

A Long Slow Affair of the Heart : An Adventure on the French Canals by Bruce Ansley

 Joan Bishop’s NEW ZEALAND Crockpot & Slow Cooker COOKBOOK- Out April 2010
Joan Bishop

Crockpot and slow cookers enable busy people to put dinner on the table with a minimum of effort. Prepare, switch on and relax knowing that while you are away all day, your dinner is cooking.

This new edition has been redesigned and is illustrated throughout with colour photographs. Recipes include Soups, Vegetable dishes, How to cook rice, Light meals, Recipes for beans and lentils, Chicken dishes, Beef, Lamb and Pork meals, Desserts, and some interesting extras like hot spiced cider and mulled wine.

 Real Life
by Ella West

Despite their gifts, Nicky and her fellow travellers are back at the Project. They’ve been issued with new tracking bracelets that can’t be removed, leaving them all feeling trapped and betrayed.

But Nicky won’t be confined. She continues to brood on escape, but discovers a swim team in the nearby town, returning to what she loves. But for how long will the Project tolerate her small slice of freedom?

In her trademark taut, suspenseful prose, Ella West brings the ‘Thieves’ trilogy to a chilling conclusion.

 

 Top Secret… Pass it on!
by Jaqualine Chapman

How will they get around the NO TALKING rule?

Or the ALL MOBILES MUST BE LEFT ON THE TEACHER’S DESK DURING LESSONS rule?

Or Miss Hall?

Luckily Stevie and Joeli have a plan. And it works nearly all most some of the time.

A mischievous and lively story!

 

 River of Blood : Tales of the Waiatoto
John Breen with an introduction by Brian Turner

River of Blood takes us deep into the heart of the Waiatoto Valley on New Zealand’s savage west coast. This is truly our own Wild West: a place which may never really be ‘won’.

A book for all those who are gripped by West Coast lore, and for adventurers of all kinds — pilots and bush­men, hunters and fishers, stockmen, musterers and drovers alike, boaties, trampers and mountaineers — River of Blood gives us the sense of people living by their wits, and with fearsome grit.

A place that, even now, fits the label ‘The Last Frontier’. — BRIAN TURNER

 

 How to Keep Your Cool if You Lose Your Job :
A Workbook for Surviving Redundancy
Kathryn Jackson

‘Downsizing’, ‘rightsizing’, ‘smartsizing’, ‘workforce reduction’, ‘displacement’, ‘retrenchment’, ‘outplacement’, ‘lay-off’, ‘redundancy’…No matter what you call it, the end result is the same … the loss of a job.

Tough times are the words on everyone’s lips, and New Zealanders are bracing themselves for more international fallout. Employees and employers are anxious about predicted large-scale job losses, and this up-to-the-minute, practical workbook charts a course through the unknown.

This workbook is peppered with charts, exercises, diagrams and real-life case studies, and features an arsenal of essential books and websites. With a foreword by international bestselling author John Lees, How to Keep Your Cool if You Lose Your Job is an inspiring, hands-on solution for New Zealanders facing redundancy.

 

 Brother Sister Soldier Cousin
Phyllis Johnston

The dog barks, the door opens, and Helen’s life changes.

Brother Harry is home from fighting in Egypt – just for a while. He’s a breath of fresh air in the midst of food rationing and twice-a-day milking. He teaches 13-year-old Helen to drive, and to fire the rifle, just in case…

But Dad’s heart is wonky, and sister Jess is an ice-queen. Then Harry lets slip that Helen’s not actually who she thinks she is.

For Helen it’s a dizzying job, finding the wisdom, courage and humour to ‘grit up’ and get on with it.

An extraordinary story evoking one girl’s irrepressible spirit.

 The Loblolly Boy
James Norcliffe

A Fantasy Novel involving Enchantment, Mystery, one Garden Gnome and a Wombat’s Bottom

To the boy called Red, it seems the most marvellous escape he could wish for: a gift that grants him more freedom than he ever believed possible — the chance to fly, to soar with the gulls, high over the tall brick walls that have imprisoned him for so long. But this gift comes with a terrible price — and puts him in grave danger.

‘This is a rich fantasy — alive with original twists, surprises and mysteries which I dare not reveal. Children’s Literature is about to be enriched with a new classic.’ Margaret Mahy

 

 I am a Working Dog
Michael Oliver, Tony Sheild and Peter Jerram

The working dogs of New Zealand certainly deserve our respect. Generations of careful breeding have produced the traits of stock-handling skill, loyalty, hardiness and courage that are now inherent in their bloodlines.

This book has been written to assist those who use working dogs to handle livestock and provides a practical, step-by-step guide to training them the natural way.

Sound training will ensure that a dog’s potential can be realised and that both handler and dog will enjoy a rewarding relationship during stock work. This book is an essential handbook for anyone working with these wonderful animals.

‘Make these early lessons fun for your dog and it will soon be very willing to answer your call to scamper over the backs of the sheep…’

 

 Sins of the Father : The Long Shadow of a Religious Cult
Fleur Beale

‘Phil Cooper was 11 years old when he began to understand that his father meant to bend him to his own will. Over thirty years later, the memory of what happened that day is sharp and clear.’

Neville Cooper started out with divine impulses: to preach the Word and bring sinners to God, and to build a Christian utopia on earth. However, not all his followers could stomach the rule of this charismatic, willful, driven, and self-righteous man. Especially his eldest son Phil.

Fleur Beale, with Phil Cooper and his son Israel, has written their extraordinary story. It begins with Neville’s heady, tent-touring days in Australia and New Zealand, where he drew crowds as large as Billy Graham’s, to the development of his 400-strong Gloriavale Community on the West Coast of the South Island. This compelling story takes us from Phil’s first shocking realization that his father means to bend him to his will, to Neville’s public trial and imprisonment for sexual crimes against his flock.

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