Reviews: Books and Magazines


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 V√∂lkner 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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Alligator in an Anorak by Daron Parton

Alligator in an Anorak

Alligator in an Anorak is a classic alphabet book with a twist – each letter features an animal in something wacky!

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Cooper Bartholomew is Dead

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead review

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead is an expertly woven thriller that is a suspenseful and gripping read, where supposed friendships are tested, deep seated secrets come to light and one boy’s death seems to hold more than meets the eye.

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Feel Good For Life

Feel Good for Life

NZ Nutrition expert and TV personality Claire Turnbull has written ‘the ultimate guide to feeling good and looking fabulous’. This book contains all that you need to know regarding your own personal food preferences and how to find balance amongst the components of your life to live a more healthy, enjoyable life and keep it up for the long term.

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Rooms To Love

Rooms to love review

NZ interior design queen LeeAnn Yare together with photographer Larnie Nicholson have compiled room ideas for every area of your house in Rooms To Love. With 238 pages of creative, beautiful rooms, this new title is sure to provide plenty of inspiration for any room makeover.

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The Little Kiwi Book of Months


Is your 2-6 year old learning their months? Do you want them to learn them by seasons we experience in New Zealand? Then you might find this little title helpful. The Little Kiwi Book of Months has been produced to help kiwi kids get the hang of January-December in a fun and easy rhyming style.

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Fast – Good Home Cooking – Michael Van De Elzen

Fast review

Fast¬†is the very popular The Food Truck chef Michael Van De Elzen’s book that’s all about cooking for family and friends.

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Simply Sweet

Simply Sweet review

Lucy Wallrock featured in Australian Masterchef 2013 and was hailed as ‘The Dessert Queen’. She has produced her first baking book, Simply Sweet, to encourage the inner baker in all of us.

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Moonman review

Moonman has often wondered what the glowing blue globe is that he can see from his home on the moon. But when he hitches a ride on a passing shooting star, he finds a world on earth that is completely different to his own. Here he discovers trees and fields of flowers and the sea. The only problem is that Moonman has never before encountered daybreak, and with it the burning sun: he must get back to the moon.

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