AUP New Poets 10
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by NZ Booklovers
1d ago
2024’s chance to discover three new poets, three very distinct new voices. The way the sampler works is to showcase just enough to get a feel for a voice and a style, but also to present you with a variety, in just over twenty pages for each poet. Tessa Keenan begins her selection with a poem called “A Room Recording”, seventeen lines without punctuation, except for the final full stop. It is worth reading more than once to fully capture the rhythm and the sense of where to pause and when to plough on. A room that hold both memories and life, clashing the important against the ordinary ..read more
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Spotty the Zebra by Peter Millett
NZ Booklovers
by NZ Booklovers
5d ago
Spotty the zebra is tired of standing out in a crowd. Sick of being teased, young Spotty asks a porcupine to paint her spots into stripes. Finally, she feels the same as everyone else. But her comfort is short-lived, as she finds conformity doesn't bring her the happiness she seeks. In the desert, she meets a wise golden mole who shares some well-timed wisdom with the young zebra. Author Peter Millett has created a delightful story with a very important message for readers, both young and old. Spotty's story is the perfect opening for some more in depth conversations. Everyone, regardless ..read more
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The Raven's Eye Runaways by Claire Mabey
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by NZ Booklovers
5d ago
Getwin is a bookbinder, working from dusk till dawn with her mother at Raven's Eye Bookbindery. Lea, a scribe, lives in a castle where she and other girls are forced to write manuscripts until their fingers bleed.  When Lea escapes, she is rescued by Getwin and her friend Buckle. Together they search for Getwin's mother, who has been taken by the regime. The three young friends and a one-eyed raven find themselves up against the rulers who restrict the gifts of writing and reading to an elite few.  Who and what will they meet along their way? And what is the terrible truth behin ..read more
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Welcome to Glorious Tuga by Francesca Segal
NZ Booklovers
by NZ Booklovers
6d ago
London zoologist Charlotte Walker has accepted a fellowship on a small, remote island to study endangered gold coin tortoises. She has the best of reasons for the year-long adventure - to help save a species, but her personal reasons are more complicated.  Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of her life-long connection to the island of Tuga de Oro. However, she has little time for sleuthing when she discovers that not only do the tortoises need attention, but so do the island’s dogs and donkeys! Her days are quickly filled with unexpected challenges and heartwarming moments ..read more
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Pipi and Pou and the Firewoman by Tim Tipene
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by NZ Booklovers
6d ago
Tim Tipene’s Pipi and Pou and the Firewoman is another superb addition to the beloved Pipi and Pou series, which continues to enchant young readers, bringing together its unique blend of adventure, cultural heritage, and environmental themes. This instalment introduces readers to a thrilling encounter with an ancient atua (god) and highlights the importance of fire safety, a particularly relevant topic given the increasing frequency of wildfires globally. The story begins with cousin Rāwiri, who finds himself in trouble after being caught playing with matches in the forest. His mother ..read more
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Respect the Insect by Jules Howard
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by NZ Booklovers
1w ago
When it came to zoologist Jules’s Howard's attention that some children don’t like insects, some like to swat them, and even shriek in fear when they see them, he got together with his insect friends and together they wrote a large picture book called Respect the Insect because they think that insects are amazing! We help keep your soils healthy. We bury your dead. We keep your rivers clean. We hoover up your scraps and we clean up a LOT of the poo that’s lying around the place. In fact, we are the six-legged creatures that run this world! Gosia Herba, the illustrator, has created a chee ..read more
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Interview: Alan Goodwin talks about Greene Lyon
NZ Booklovers
by NZ Booklovers
1w ago
Alan Goodwin is a District Court Judge, but writing has been Alan’s passion since he was a teenager; he is also an avid reader with an enduring love of both fiction and non-fiction, especially history and biography. He has a particular interest in science, its history and its impact on the way we live. Greene Lyon is Alan’s second novel. His previous publications are the bestselling novel Gravity’s Chain, published in Australia and New Zealand by HarperCollins, and the non-fiction book Working with Psychologists, co-authored with Llewelyn Richards-Ward. Alan talks to NZ Booklovers. T ..read more
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The Survivors by Steve Braunias
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by NZ Booklovers
1w ago
Aotearoa New Zealand’s award-winning true crime writer Steve Braunias returns with more mysteries of human nature. In The Survivors, he shares 12 unusual stories of how people choose to survive their own lives.    Drawing from two decades of courtroom reporting, Steve presents a series of characters whose lives are marked by extraordinary circumstances.    In the very first sentence, Steve explains this is his final work in a trilogy of true-crime books. He is officially done covering other people’s worst nightmares, he says. He admits crime wasn’t a subject he was neces ..read more
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Interview: Lara Briden talks about The Metabolism Reset
NZ Booklovers
by NZ Booklovers
1w ago
Lara Briden is a naturopath with 25 years' experience in women's health. She currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause and many other health problems. Lara talks to NZ Booklovers. Tell us a little about The Metabolism Reset. Through a compassionate lens, The Metabolism Reset explores the widespread issue of metabolic dysfunction, commonly known as insulin resistance. This condition is a major contributor to excessive hunger, hypoglycemia, and difficulty in losing weight. As a solution, the book ..read more
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More from a Quiet Kitchen by Nici Wickes
NZ Booklovers
by NZ Booklovers
2w ago
With comforting and uncomplicated recipes designed for one or two people, Nici Wickes shares her passion for food, along with insights many face today, whether it be loneliness, self-esteem or the challenges of ageing. A cookbook with a difference, it helps others get the most out of life, in and outside the kitchen. The recipes are delicious, and the advice is honest and heartwarming. There are so many standout recipes in this beautifully presented book, so here are just some of the recipes on offer: Peas, pasta & cheese that serve one person generously. It’s so simple but just div ..read more
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