Friday 14 September 2018

Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin         $35
This is a large-format, gorgeous, beautifully produced interactive picture book featuring the best villains of fairy tales - the giant, the witch and the wolf - all complete with both a story and exceptional lift-the-flaps revealing the inner workings and hidden goings-on of these most compelling characters. Pull the string and find out what is in the wolf’s intestines! Find the mouse – and the knife! - in the giant’s boot! Change the witch’s expression – and find the bon-bon in her pocket! A complete delight for all ages. 

That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems, 2013-2017 by C.K. Stead       $30
A selection of poems from his ninth decade: sharp, learned, playful, poignant, looking back on a long life and forward to the mortality that has claimed so many of his literary fellows and now waits for him. If anything, Stead continues to improve as a poet, his lines scattering resonance across the page from a central point of intensely intelligent watchfulness. 

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi        $60
Ottolenghi’s cookbooks take us to new levels of appreciation of food. His recipes, mostly with a Mediterranean inflection, are always both reliable and exciting, the food is always a pleasure to make - and even more of a pleasure to eat. This new book, Simple, has everything you love about Ottolenghi - made simple, or quick, or both simple and quick. The letters of the title are a key to the recipes within: S = short on time: less than 30 minutes; I = 10 ingredients or less; M = make ahead; P = pantry; L = lazy [suits me]; E = easier than you think. So, whenever you have the inclination for Squid and Red Pepper Stew, or Roasted Aubergine with Anchovies and Oregano, or Pasta with Pecorino and Pistachios (if you’re feeling alliterative), or No-Churn Raspberry Ice Cream, you’ll be able to whip it up in no time and still have the benefit of Ottolenghi’s subtle mastery of flavours.
Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther        $30
Little Bear is lucky to have three bedtime stories. The first story is about the Night Guardian, who lives in the woods and makes sure all animals go to bed. But who tells the Night Guardian when it's bedtime? The second story is about the brave girl Zhara who seeks the forest's most delicious blackberries. In the third we meet Bo, the little man with the big overcoat, who finds it hard to sleep. Finally, Little Bear falls asleep, and there in bed beside her are her new storybook friends. A very lovely book.
Women Now: The legacy of female suffrage edited by Bronwyn Labrum             $35
It's 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. Essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa's collection: Sandra Coney, Holly Walker, Barbara Brookes, Tina Makereti, Sue Bradford, Morgan Godfery, Golriz Ghahraman, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ben Schrader, Charlotte MacDonald, Grace Taylor, Megan Whelan. 
Ongoingness: The end of a diary by Sarah Manguso           $23
How does memory work? How do we think of the passing of time? Is our experience of time affected by other experiences in our lives (such as parenthood)? What is the relationship between a life lived and a life recorded? Manguso, whose compulsive diary-writing threatened to overwhelm the life about which it was written, asks many fundamental questions in a playful way. 
"This small-sized book has immense power. Marvel at the clarity and fire." -  Zadie Smith
>>"I don’t even know how to say kohlrabi". 
Be Brave: An unlikely manual for erasing heartbreak by J.M. Farkas          $28
Permanent marker, meet Beowulf. J.M. Farka puts a feminist, revisionist spin on classic literature in the first in a series of erasure projects. Clever and fun. 
A Song from the Antipodes: Prologue by David Karena-Holmes      $45
Originally conceived as a poem of 2000 lines for the year 2000, the first edition (2190 lines) of this work was published in 2002 under the title From the Antipodes: Prologue to a work in progress. A second edition, corrected and revised, was issued in softcover in 2003. Along with the retitling as A song from the Antipodes: Prologue, some further revision has been incorporated in this edition. A continuation, in cantos of varying length, is now 'in progress'. 
Ocean of Sound: Ocean of Sound : Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication by David Toop         $30
David Toop's extraordinary work of sonic history travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to the megalopolis of Tokyo via the work of artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Sun Ra, Erik Satie, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk and Brian Wilson. Beginning in 1889 at the Paris exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed, Ocean of Sound channels the competing instincts of 20th century music into an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound.
>> Gamelan music from Bali
>> Satie: 'Gymnopédie No.3'.
>> Brian Eno: Textures
>> John Hassell: Dream Theory in Malaya.
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala     $30
The beautifully written and long-awaited new novel from the author of the acclaimed Beasts of No Nation. Two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds make a fraught transition into adulthood and the conformism that opposes their difference. Niru's discovery of his conservative and religious Nigerian parents' incapacity to accept his sexuality is particularly well drawn. 
"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read." - Gary Shteyngart
>> Read an extract.
The Book of Humans: The story of how we became us by Adam Rutherford         $35
Considering our insignificant place on the evolutionary tree, why do we consider ourselves to be so special? From the author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
"Charming, compelling and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons. A weird and wonderful read." - Peter Frankopan

The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War II by Emily Mayhew         $40
The reconstructive and plastic surgery pioneered by New Zealander Archibald McIndoe in response to the horrendous injuries suffered by  airmen in the second world war, and his holistic view of community rehabilitation, put him in the medical forefront of his field. 
>>Mayhew on Radio NZ National

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst         $16
Extracts from her autobiography telling of the tireless campaigning, the betrayals by men in power, the relentless arrests and hunger strikes, the horror of force-feeding, and the constant personal and collective danger of the struggle for suffrage.

The Anger of Angels by Sherryl Jordan      $22
A jester’s daughter, Giovanna, is thrown into a world of deception, danger and passion, of passionate revenge and passionate love. What will one do to uncover the truth? When should one speak out and when is it absolutely necessary to remain silent?
>> Read Stella's review. 
Animal: Exploring the zoological world by James Hanken et al       $90
Human's fascination with animals as recorded in art from all ages. Stunning. Beautiful. 
>> See some spreads
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the plot to kill Hitler by John Hendrix       $30
Told as a graphic novel. 

Mars by 1980: The story of electronic music by David Stubbs        $45
From the experiments of Futurists and others before World War One to Musique concrète to Delia Derbyshire to prog rock, synth pop, electronica, house, techno and beyond. 
>> Luigi Russolo: 'Intonarumoris', 1913.
>> Pierre Schaeffer: 'Études de bruits' (1948).
>> Delia Derbyshire: 'Pot au Feu' (1968).
>> Yuri Morozov: The Inexplicable (1978).
>> Kraftwerk: 'Radioactivity'.

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck     $70
Definitive. Authentic. Compendious. 500 exemplary dishes from the various distinct regional cuisines. Not just meat (but plenty of meat). The best showcase of German culinary history. 

Mouse House by John Burningham        $18
Two families live in the same house. One of them is human. 

Time: A year and a day in the kitchen by Gill Meller       $45
"Meller does for contemporary British food what Ottolenghi has done for contemporary Middle Eastern cooking." - Nigella Lawson
Transcription by Kate Atkinson          $38
A radio producer in the 1950s finds that the alter egos she had assumed when working as a spy during the war have come back to haunt her. If a lie is good enough, can it be left behind? 
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voice from Syria by Wendy Pearlman       $35
Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government's ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks        $38
A woman visiting Paris to research the lives of women under the Vichy regime in the early 1940s makes a connection with a young Moroccan migrant and each finds themself operating beyond their experience. 
"A return to France and a return to form." - John Boyne

“I don’t do excitement.”
>>l'Écho de Paris (1884-1944)
Dear Professor Whale by Megumi Iwasa, illustrated by Jun Takabatawe          $20
Now that Professor Whale has retired, he writes many letters to "You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon." Seal and Pelican are busy delivering the letters and Penguin is now teaching. Although he is happy his friends are doing so well, Whale wants a special friend, who might call him by a friendly sort of name. Like Whaley, maybe, instead of 'Professor.'

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart        $33
"Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly: its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream - with recognition and with pure hilarity." - Richard Ford
"Stupendous. A novel that seems to have been created in real time, reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute." - Elizabeth Gilbert
>> Unfortunately, they made a trailer. 

The Secret Network of Nature by Peter Wohlleben       $35
The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium. From the author of The Hidden Life of Trees
The Heart of Jesus Valentino: A mother's story by Emma Gilkison          $40
When a routine scan indicated that their baby's heart was developing outside his body, a rare condition known as ectopia cordis, Gilkison and her partner Roy had to decide whether to end the pregnancy or continue in the knowledge that their baby would die. Their path forward also revealed much of the cultures in which they were raised: Emma in New Zealand and Roy in Peru. Cover design by Holly Dunn
>>Emma talks
Running Upon the Wires by Kate Tempest        $25
In a series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new one.
Bookshops: A cultural history by Jorge Carrión      $28
Personally, we're for them. An extended consideration of the importance of a bookshops as cultural and intellectual spaces. 
Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson         $43
First published in 1904, this exotic romance about a traveller to the Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela and his encounter with a forest dwelling girl named Rima has gone through numerous editions. This one has an introduction by Margaret Atwood and woodcut illustrations by Keith Henderson. 
>>> Eeek!

Pet-tecture: Design for pets by Tom Wainwright        $35
All sorts of designs for all sorts of purposes for all sorts of pets. 
In the same series as Mobitecture

Tumult by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy          $35
Excellent graphic novel. Adam Whistler has it all, so why does he feel so empty? When he breaks his ankle on a Mediterranean holiday he impulsively ends his relationship, toppling himself into emotional free fall. At a house party he meets Morgan. But when he encounters her a few days later she has no memory of him and introduces herself as Leila. Leila has dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personalities. People are being murdered and Leila fears that Morgan, the personality Adam first met, is the killer. 

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