Friday 28 September 2018


Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk           $37
An astonishing amalgam of murder mystery, dark feminist comedy and paean to William Blake from the winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize (for Flights). In the bleak Polish midwinter, men in an isolated village are being murdered, and it is left to Janina Duszejko, a kind of eastern European Miss Marple, to identify the murderer.
>>Read an excerpt
>>Read an extract
>> The novel was made into a film by Agnieszka Holland
Women Talking by Miriam Toews          $33
One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. From the author of the wonderful All My Puny Sorrows
"This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale." - Margaret Atwood
Oh Boy! A storybook of epic New Zealand men by Stuart Lipshaw, illustrated by   Ant Sang, Bob Kerr, Daron Parton, Elliot O'Donnell (a.k.a. Askew One), Fraser Williamson, Michel Mulipola, Neil Bond, Patrick McDonald, Toby Morris and Zak Waipara      $45
There are many kinds of hero! Oh Boy! is a collection of true stories about New Zealand men who overturned stereotypes and broke through obstacles to follow their passion.
A companion for the equally wonderful Go Girl!

Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit        $50
A 'method' companion to the hugely useful and enjoyable Flavour Thesaurus, this book promises to be just as useful and enjoyable. The book is divided into 12 chapters, each covering a basic culinary category, such as 'Bread', 'Sauces' or 'Custard'. The recipes in each chapter are then arranged on a continuum, the transition from one recipe to another generally amounting to a tweak or two in the method or ingredients. Which is to say, one dish leads to another: once you've got the hang of flatbreads, for instance, then its neighbouring dishes on the continuum (crackers, soda bread, scones) will involve the easiest and most intuitive adjustment. The result is greater creativity in the kitchen: Lateral Cooking encourages improvisation, resourcefulness, and, ultimately, the knowledge and confidence to cook by heart. Entertaining, opinionated and inspirational, Lateral Cooking will have you torn between donning your apron and settling back in a comfortable chair.
Repurposed: New Zealand homes using upcycled materials and spaces by Catherine Foster        $50
20 homes from throughout the country, each demonstrating a clever solution to remaking an existing structure for new, better and more sustainable use as a home. Well illustrated (including floor plans), and packed full of ideas. From the author of the (also excellent) Small House Living and Apartment Living
Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom fighters, revolutionaries, Black Panthers by Elaine Mokhtefi         $35
Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Here, Elaine Mokhtefi, a young American woman who had become involved in the struggle and worked with leaders of the Algerian Revolution, including Frantz Fanon, found a home. As journalist and translator, she lived among guerillas, revolutionaries, exiles and visionaries, was even present in the groundbreaking Battle of Algiers. Mokhtefi crossed paths with some of the era's brightest stars: Stokely Carmichael, Timothy Leary, Ahmed Ben Bella, Jomo Kenyatta and Eldridge Cleaver. She was instrumental in the establishment of the International Section of the Black Panther Party in Algiers, was close at hand as the group became involved in intrigue, murder and international hijackings, and organised Cleaver's clandestine departure for France.
"An eloquent record, written with great humility and with love." - Guardian
But I Changed All That: 'First' New Zealand women by Jane Tolerton          $18
Each of the 68 women featured in this book, produced to mark 125 years of women's suffrage, heard a crack as they passed through the glass ceiling and became the first woman to claim prominence in her field in New Zealand. A biography and a photograph per page. 

What's Your Type? The strange history of Myers-Briggs and the birth of personality testing by Merve Emre         $35
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used personality test in the world. From its Jungian roots in the 1920s, this psychometric system, which provides a 4-symbol classification  by plotting its subjects on 4 axes (introversion v. extroversion, thinking v. feeling, judgement v. perception, sensing v. intuition) is used in all walks of life, but how accurate or useful is it really? 
"History that reads like biography that reads like a novel - a fluid narrative that defies expectations and plays against type." - New York Times
>> A free version of the type indicator is available here
Copenhagen Food: Stories, traditions and recipes by Trine Hahnemann      $45
A neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood guide to the best of the Danish capital's food and eating places. Nicely illustrated, and with 70 mouthwatering recipes. 
As You Will: Carnegie Libraries of the South Pacific by Mickey Smith     $50
Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic trust established 2,509 library buildings throughout the English-speaking world between 1886 and 1917. This book of well-observed photographs and documentary images records the 23 libraries established in the South Pacific (18 of them in New Zealand). A few have been demolished, others have been repurposed, some are still used as libraries.  
Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan           $40
A wonderful new illustrated book from Shaun Tan (a companion of sorts to his Tales of Outer Suburbia), each story addressing the relationship (for better or for worse) between humans and animals in urban environments. 
>>See some of the illustrations.
The Beekeeper of Sinjar by Dunya Mikhail          $28
Astounding accounts of Yazidi women who have escaped ISIS in Iraq. The beekeeper of the title, for instance, used his knowledge of obscure mountain paths to enable Yazidi women to escape. 
"A searing portrait of courage, humanity and savagery." - New York Times
From the Earth: World's great, rare and almost forgotten vegetables by Peter Gilmore          $90
Stunning photographs and accompanying text introduce us to remarkable heirloom vegetables, the people who grow and use them, and the recipes that can be used to make their acquaintance. 
Planetarium by Chris Wormell and Raman Prinja        $45
A wonderful large-format, beautifully illustrated book introducing children (and the rest of us) to the wonders of space. From the 'Welcome to the Museum' series. 
Ko Rongowhakaata: Ruku i te Po, Ruku i te Ao; The story of light and shadow        $40
Showcasing more than 60 Rongowhakaata taonga from the Te Papa collection and elsewhere, this book considers both pre-contact and subsequent issues and practices in the Poverty Bay area. 
Parallel Lives: Four seasons in the French Pyrenees by Jennifer Andrewes       $35
Fed up with the humdrum routines of corporate life in New Zealand on the 42nd parallel south, Andrewes packed her family off to live their own particular kiwi dream in a French village on the 42nd parallel north. They even ran a French B&B, and eventually had to restrict their pastry intake. 
Money and Government: A challenge to mainstream economics by Robert Skidelsky         $50
Demonstrates that the underlying causes of the 2008 crash have not been dealt with, making us, globally, even more vulnerable than we were before it. How is failure dealt with by economic systems, by economists, and by politicians? 
Monk! Thelonius, Pannonica, and the friendship behind a musical revolution by Youssef Daoudi          $40
A graphic-novel-style biography focussing on the productive 30-year relationship between Thelonius Monk and Pannonica de Koenigswarter.
>>'Straight, No Chaser.'
Wild Journeys: New Zealand's famous and infamous, historic and off-the-beaten-path journeys, tracks, routes and passages by Bruce Ansley        $45
Ansley retraces the path of doomed surveyor John Whitcombe across the Southern Alps, follows the raiding party of northern chief Te Puoho along the West Coast, sails around New Zealand's North and South capes, walks through the valley under the Two Thumb Range to mythical Mesopotamia, drives from Waiheke to Wanaka (in a hurry), sets off on a hunt for the South Island's 'Grey Ghost', looks deep into the heart of volcanic New Zealand and tracks the escape route of our most unlikely hero, jail-breaker George Wilder. 
Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The theoretical minimum by Leonard Suskind and Art Friedman       $28
Rigour + humour = comprehension. 
The Piranhas by Roberto Saviano         $35
Nicolas Fiorillo is a brilliant and ambitious fifteen-year-old from the slums of Naples, eager to make his mark and to acquire power and the money that comes with it. With nine friends, he sets out to create a new paranza, or gang. Together they roam the streets on their motorscooters, learning how to break into the network of small-time hoodlums that controls drug-dealing and petty crime in the city. They learn to cheat and to steal, to shoot semiautomatic pistols and AK-47s. Slowly they begin to wrest control of the neighborhoods from enemy gangs while making alliances with failing old bosses. A novel from the author of Gomorrah
"With the openhearted rashness that belongs to every true writer, Saviano returns to tell the story of the fierce and grieving heart of Naples." - Elena Ferrante
Living With the Gods: On beliefs and peoples by Neil MacGregor      $70
Looking across history and around the globe, this book interrogates objects, places and human activities to understand what shared beliefs can mean in the public life of a community or a nation, how they shape the relationship between the individual and the state, and how they help give us our sense of who we are. From the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany: Memories of a nation
>> There is also a TV series. 
The Perils of Perception: Why we are wrong about almost everything by Bobby Duffy         $28
Why, in the age of the internet, are our beliefs about the human world we live in so drastically at odds with the data that can be used to describe it?  

The Abyss, And other stories by Leonid Andreyev          $20
A group of 16 remarkable stories from one of Russia's literary sensations of the early 20th century. 
"He’s trying to scare me, but I’m not scared." - Leo Tolstoy

"If there has ever been a Russian writer who mirrored his or her own creation completely, it was surely Leonid Andreyev. Haunting, disturbing, disquieting,dark, passionate, pompous, discordant, controversial – whichever word of power you choose, it is likely to describe both Andreyev and his writing." - Vlad Zhenevsky
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, interstellar travel, immortality, and our destiny beyond Earth by Michio Kaku      $40
Might it actually be possible to establish human colonies in space?
Someday by David Levithan      $24
Is love dependent on gender? Is it possible to sustain a relationship if you wake up every morning in another body? What if others had this tendency? Someday follows Every Day and Another Day.  
Dear Reader by Paul Fournel          $23
Dear Reader is an enjoyable novel on several levels, from straightforward publishing-industry story, to a more personal story of time going by and loss, to the sheer technical virtuosity on display — both Fournel’s and translator Bellos'. Dear Reader is a good example of why the Oulipian method isn’t merely a game, but rather a surprisingly fertile approach to writing.” – The Complete Review   
Trial of Strength: Adventures and misadventures on the wild and remote subantarctic islands by Shone Riddell          $40
Filled with unique plants and wildlife, constantly buffeted by lashing rain and furious gales, and surrounded by a vast, powerful ocean, New Zealand and Australian subantarctic islands have a rich and fascinating human history, from the early 19th-century explorers and sealers through to modern-day conservation and adventure tourism. 
How Not to Be a Doctor, And other essays by John Launer        $33
Insights into doctoring and the difficulties this sometimes presents. 
The Hidden Life of Trees (The illustrated edition) by Peter Wohllebehn           $55
Wohllebehn's hugely popular book exploring the interconnectedness of a forest ecosystem is now presented in this illustrated edition. 

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