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Books & Book Reviews

January Holiday Reading

January hasn't quite been the chilled out month it usually is with our new Labrador puppy, Abby. But I managed to squeeze in a few books to review in between retrieving all the objects from between her teeth which she managed to find around the house.

The Wild Bunch by Joelle Thomson

If you are looking for a book that a lot of Kiwis will enjoy reading this Christmas, pick up Joelle Thomson's 'The Wild Bunch' profiling 18 of the leading trailblazers and ground breakers in our relatively young, but incredibly successful wine industry.

The Hidden Cottage

Family life for Mia Channing has always been a carefully orchestrated balancing act. But with change in the air, Mia is forced to confront the role she's played all these years and to take the risk, finally, of being true to herself.

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

A fast, delicious, nutritious solution to Monday to Friday eating - more reasons to buy Jamie's latest... Jamie's 15 Minute Meals is Jamie's simplest and most straightforward book yet.

Shadows on the Nile

The new novel from the author of The Russian Concubine and The White Pearl. - 1932, London. 27-year-old Jessica Kenton's stable life is torn apart when her younger brother, Timothy, vanishes.


Linguistically dazzling, funny and poignant: Martin Amis meets the Arctic Monkeys in the most entertaining debut of 2012, Noughties reveals the truth about the lives of normal students at an elite university.