Newsletter September 2018

Welcome to our second newsletter, spring is on its way, and there are plenty of books in store to enjoy a quiet few minutes with in the warmer weather.

We have started hosting book clubs in store, a 6pm start, with the possibility of a local author coming along to talk to the group. We aren’t planning on having a shop book club; these evenings are for existing book groups that would like a change of venue for their meeting. A lovely way to browse the shop, hear about new and exciting books being published and pass some time. Please come and talk to us if you wish to hold your book club meeting in store.

We do have a couple of events coming up that you may be interested in attending.

·         30/8/18  Book launch local poet Kathy Heaton-Brown’s first book.In store at 6pm, light refreshments      provided.

·         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.

Nice One Dad!!!!

Father’s Day is September 2, all day for Dad! Give him something to read, we have plenty of book titles in the shop, plus a huge range of magazines: all sorts of subjects covered. Whether your Dad is a fisher, a golfer, a boater, a flyer, a driver, a biker, a skier, an eater, a singer, a player, a painter or a puzzler – it is all here.

As for books, plenty of those too. Just a sample of the variety we have in store for you:


For the wanderer and adventurous Dad, this is a rich, complex and engaging account of Cook's voyages across the Pacific, from national treasure actor and raconteur Sam Neill, in which Sam Neill retraces Cook's footsteps, in the 250th anniversary year of Cook's first voyage. This is the companion book to the Foxtel documentary series of the same name.

For the reflective Dad, and/or the performer Dad, Sam Hunt is possibly New Zealand’s best-known and best-loved poet, as well as being one of the most imitated voices in the country.  This selection of poems is the latest collection of Hunt’s poems to be published, both new and old poems. As always, his unflinchingly honest, elegiac and moving poems roam around familiar themes of family, friends and lovers, landscapes and the play of the weather, and the challenges of ageing and mortality.

For the history Dad, this is a little known story about NZ troops who waited months in Sling Camp in southern England after WWI ended to get a ship home.  Rioting in the camp led to plans to keep troops busy by cutting a giant Kiwi into the chalk hill behind the camp. The Bulford Kiwi has become a monument built by soldiers, not governments, for themselves and their mates.  In 2017 the Bulford Kiwi was made a protected heritage site by UK government. Local author Colleen Brown could write a book on the research she has undertaken in writing this book. A very worthy tribute to little known event in this country’s history.

For the gardener Dad, retired All Black, now landscaper Andy Ellis has put his creativity into this practical book, packed with great ideas that will make the backyard look awesome.  It features a wide range of backyards from Kiwi heroes Kieran Read, Richie and Gemma McCaw, Sir Graham Henry, Wayne Smith, Wyatt Crockett, Sir Richard Hadlee, Izzy Dagg, George and Kayla Whitelock, Jason Gunn, Razor Robertson, Dan Carter's folks, Al Brown, Matt Watson and Jason Kerrison. With themes including the inner-city sanctuary, the native haven, the Kiwi kid's playground and the entertainer's utopia, there's something for everyone,  as well as  planting lists and generic design plans.

For the I-Can-Fix-It Dad, the revered New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future. He introduces minds and methods that have changed the modern world, always questioning why is precision so important, what are the different tools used to measure it, and can the precise and natural co-exist in society

For the novel Dad, a truly wonderful piece of fiction, by Michael Ondaatje, the Man Booker prize winning author of The English Patient. Seemingly abandoned by their parents 14 year old Nathaniel and his sister are left in the care of a shadowy character named The Moth. It is 1945, post war London where nothing is at it seems, people are surprising, secrets are aplenty, daily survival is a bit of struggle. Mesmerising in its writing, and according to The Times 'A novel of shadowy brilliance' The Times 'Fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself, written in the visionary language of memory'. A current Poppies staff favourite.

For the James Bond Dad, a gripping new standalone spy thriller from the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year and 'the master of the modern spy thriller' (Mail on Sunday). One simple task for British Intelligence takes successful novelist Kit Carradine into a world of danger. But the glamour of being a spy is soon tainted by fear and betrayal, as Carradine finds himself in Morocco on the trail of Lara Bartok - a mysterious fugitive with links to international terrorism.. As the coils of a ruthless plot tighten around him, Carradine finds himself drawn to Lara. Caught between competing intelligence services who want her dead, he soon faces an awful choice: to abandon Lara to her fate or to risk everything trying to save her

For the politico-journo Dad, something to get him thinking and pondering. The author, who is an investigative journalist and documentary maker, gives an insider’s exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. Taking the reader from the corridors of power in Washington DC to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth – Afghanistan, Somalia and North Korea, Farrow argues that America’s shoot first, ask questions later policy has transformed America’s place in the world. And what does the future now hold for our world? Is there hope?

And now some reading ideas for everyone else!

From the wonderful Pulitzer Prize winning Anne Tyler, a charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance; in 1977, she is a college co-ed considering a marriage proposal; in 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together; in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger leading her to make an impulsive decision taking her into uncharted territory, where she eventually she finds solace and fulfilment in unexpected places.

In central London, two strangers collide - Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes. From this chance encounter, numerous moments of connections span out and interweave, bringing disparate lives together. Tracking down a missing mother and child caught up in an immigration crackdown, these two strangers find themselves thrown together, and using the network Attila has built up in the West African community, they set about finding those missing. In this delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a teeming metropolis, we are asked to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures  - the true nature of happiness

In this highly original and guffaw-inducing biography ,satirist Craig Brown has  compiled a treasure trove of essays, lists, catalogues, diaries, palace announcements, newspaper cuttings and interviews to draw a rather revealing portrait of a natural-born Princess Ghastly. If you like your biographies naughty, don’t miss this one. (Next Magazine)

Having survived a brush with cancer, Helen Brown took stock of her comfortable suburban life and found it wanting. So when she was invited to visit New York, the city that never sleeps, she seized the day and accepted.  There was a catch: would she foster a homeless cat during her stay? Visualising a dozy, sweet-natured snuggler with a name like Mavis, Helen agreed. Instead, Bono, as he was called, was wide-eyed and unpredictable, a bundle of nervous energy with a feisty attitude and punk haircut to boot. After a shaky start, Helen and Bono began to get to know each other. And, as winter turned to spring, cat and woman explored new beginnings and past heartache, only to discover that, in the end, home is where the heart is, wherever that may be.

A winner in the recent Junior Fiction section of the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known. All Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe. This is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay long after the last page is read.

And finally we couldn’t leave without you without a picture book equally enjoyable to adults and young ones. Sam has a problem. He has to share a room with his older brother and things aren't easy. When Sam sees Donald Trump on TV talking about `the wall' he realises a solution is at hand! But who knew that planning a wall could be so tricky? The letters that follow invite conversations about the question of living with others in times of conflict. The voice of the young boy shows adults something of the nature of peace and good relationships. A gem to share and laugh aloud at