Newsletter 5 – July 2019

 It’s going to be all go for Poppies in the next few weeks! This Saturday 29/6, we are taking part in the Howick Village Business Association Eco Day Promotion – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat – with a book swap! What else.  We have been overwhelmed with books donated by you, so please no more, but do come in on both Friday and Saturday and forage through the huge assortment we have, the only cost being a gold coin donation to Save Stockade Hill Views.

6 July: To coincide with the NZ Chess Championships, we will have our very own in-window chess match going on. A Blitz Match between Martin Dreyer (2 time NZ Chess Champion) and Nigel Metge (current NZ Blitz Champion). 10:30am

 We have two book events in July, both quite different that will appeal to a wide range of people.

10 July: Carole Brungar, author of The Nam Legacy, and The Nam Shadow will be in store to talk about these novels set during the time of the Vietnam War. 530pm for a 6pm start. Please RSVP to us.

17 July: Young writer Ellie Bambury is taking the first of what will be three writing workshops. If you feel that book in you is never going to come out, then come see what Ellie has to say. 530pm for a 6pm start. Please RSVP.

 And Now for Some Books! School holidays are coming up so check out our children’s books too.


New Fiction

ACROSS THE VOID by S.K Vaughan ‘The best survival thriller since THE MARTIAN' -- JOHN MARRS.  May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident during the first manned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. It's Christmas Day, 2067. Silent Night drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. There is only one person who can help her - her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission. Now May clings to life and it is only his voice travelling across the fathomless miles that can bring her home. In this twisty, gasp-inducing thriller, when each breath is a fight for survival, their relationship is the difference between life and death.

   THE OTHER HALF OF AUGUSTA HOPE by Joanna Glen Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in. At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi. And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home and heart are half a world away?

  THE TENTH MUSE by Catherine Chung  From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming a mathematician, she faces the most human of problems - who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition? On her quest to conquer the Riemann Hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity, and to secrets long buried during World War II. Forced to confront some of the biggest events of the twentieth century and rethink everything she knows of herself, Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics, reclaiming the voices of the women who came before her whose love of the language of numbers connects them across generations. The Tenth Muse is a brilliant, involving novel asking questions about who gets to tell the story of intellectual endeavour, and those who lost everything during World War II.


   CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert From the author of Eat, Pray, Love comes a novel.  It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. Although her quicksilver talents with a needle and commitment to mastering the perfect hair roll have been deemed insufficient for her to pass into her sophomore year of Vassar, she soon finds gainful employment as the self-appointed seamstress at the Lily Playhouse, her unconventional Aunt Peg's charmingly disreputable Manhattan revue theatre. There, Vivian quickly becomes the toast of the showgirls, transforming the trash and tinsel only fit for the cheap seats into creations for goddesses. Exile in New York is no exile at all: here in this strange wartime city of girls, Vivian and her girlfriends mean to drink the heady highball of life itself to the last drop. And when the legendary English actress Edna Watson comes to the Lily to star in the company's most ambitious show ever, Vivian is entranced by the magic that follows in her wake. But there are hard lessons to be learned, and bitterly regrettable mistakes to be made. Vivian learns that to live the life she wants, she must live many lives, ceaselessly and ingeniously making them new.