Reviews: Books and Magazines


Go Home Flash

Go home flash review

Ruth Paul, writer of Bad Dog Flash has brought the loveable but naughty pup back in Go Home Flash. Flash’s eagerness will delight young readers once more, as his young puppy tricks get him in trouble time and time again!

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The new small person by Lauren Child

The New Small Person

Elmore Green started off life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But then one day everything changed…. The New Small Person is a new book from Lauren Child.

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Everyday Delicious

Everyday Delicious review

Bright and beautiful, Chelsea Winter is back with her second cook book, Everyday Delicious, not that long after her first (At My Table) was released. One doesn’t earn almost 200,000 Facebook fans if one is unpopular, so I’m thinking Chelsea’s onto a winner with her style of food.

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J by Howard Jacobson

J: A novel review

J – A Novel is a book set in the future, most likely a near future. People talk about “What happened, if it happened” and there is a sense of unease in the air. J was longlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2014. I recommend reading it before you read too many reviews, as spoilers could really ruin it.

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The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past

The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past review

The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past is a children’s book based around a young boy and his friend, Dinosaur. I read it with my 4 and a half year old son, Ted, and he was fairly insistent that he has his say in this review as well. You have been warned…

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The Frood

The Frood review

The cover of The Frood says that this book is “the authorised and very official history of Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy including unseen extracts from Hitchhiker and ideas from the Adam’s archive”.

The author is Jem Roberts a comedy historian and it’s apparent that this history is very important to the author with the details being meticulous recorded.

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Stephen Fry. More Fool Me: A memoir

More Fool Me - Stephen Fry review

In this early thirties, Stephen Fry – writer, comedian, star of stage and screen – had, as they say, ‘made it’. Much loved in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, author of a critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel, The Liar, with a glamorous and glittering cast of friends, he had more work than was perhaps good for him.

What could possibly go wrong?

More Fool Me” documents his years of excess in the 1980s to 1990s and as a highly functioning genius, and addict.

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How to make really good coffee

How to make really good coffee review

How to make really good coffee is a book for coffee lovers who want to know more and make even better coffee. It gives a brief outline of how and where coffee is grown and processed and then ‘spills the beans’ on how to get the best cup your chosen equipment can provide — whether you use a plunger, filter, stovetop or full-blown espresso machine.

Caffe L’affare first produced this book for the baristas who take a short training course with them. Then the book was developed for the general market and the home user. Now it has been expanded to add further info on coffee tasting, production sustainability and the roasting process, along with hot tips, new step-by-step preparations, an all-encompassing glossary and a bright new look.

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Journey to a Hanging by Peter Wells

Journey to a Hanging review

In Journey to a Hanging, Peter Wells writes about two key hangings in New Zealand history – those of Carl Sylvius Völkner and Kereopa Te Rau, in the 1800s. The book is written from a very personal point of view and is filled with pictures, giving a sense of the times and places. The subtitle of the book is “The events that set New Zealand race relations back by a century”.

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Stand By Me – John Kirwin

Stand by me review

Stand By Me is all in the sub-title really: “Helping Your Teens Through Tough Times”. Co-written by John Kirwan (former All Black turned poster-boy for depression awareness) and clinical psychologists Elliott Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, this is a how-to guide for parents and caregivers looking for ways to help teenagers struggling with mental illness.

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