Monday, October 09, 2017

Ballot Box Book Winners

 Women's Bookshop

The Women's Bookshop placed a Polling Booth on the pavement outside their shop for the week before the General Election (Voting closed at 5pm on Sunday 23 Sept.)
The Ballot Paper listed TEN 'political' books & the public were asked to VOTE for the most politically relevant book of the moment.
For a long time the results were 'too close to call' - but the final results are:
Winner: The New Zealand Project (Max Harris), closely followed by The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) just one vote behind, closely followed by Polluted Inheritance: New Zealand's Freshwater Crisis (Mike Joy)
When the winner of the pile of books was drawn from the pile of voting papers, they were delighted to see that the winner was Claire Gummer, an ex-staff member from many years ago - a deserving winner who will appreciate the eclectic range of books!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Do You Like to Read Book Reviews?

The Truth About Language: What it is and Where it Came From
by Michael C. Corballis
Without language there would be no stories, no religion, no science, no history…. Strangely, though, we seem to take language for granted, a gift bestowed on us for the privilege of being human.
See a review of this book on

New Zealand Secondary Schools and Your Child: a Guide for Parents
​by Bali Haque

Bali Haque’s latest work is New Zealand Secondary Schools and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and the book certainly lives up to the promise inherent in the title, for it is a carefully-compiled and comprehensive response to an often-heard observation that “I’ve no idea what they do at school these days.

See a review of this book on

Where Books by Genesis Cotterell Can Be Found

1) Beattie and Forbes Bookshop Ahuriri Napier
2) Unity Books Wellington & their online store.
2) Thru my website:
3) Thru my blog:
3) In the following libraries:
    Napier (Taradale Branch)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Starlight Peninsula by Charlotte Grimshaw

Is a book I recently read. A young woman living alone, decides to try and find out why her boyfriend died. She goes to his old flat. She goes to see the detective who investigated his death. After a while she finds out that her boyfriend, a journalist, had found out something about a politician. Then she realises that he was murdered because of that. It is a well written book and the author knows how to evoke atmosphere, mystery, apprehension and psychological suspense.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Spreading the Word About Two New Books By NZ Authors

To read an in depth review of each book go to:
Title: Seeing How: Beating Blind Spots
Author: Jewel Dell
Publisher: Enhanced Education Fund
ISBN: 978-0-473-37697-0 Softcover
RRP: NZ$35.00 print
Available: Softcover from the Publisher by emailing the author at; Wheelers Bookshop
Amazon as EPub, Kindle
Audio version  copyrighted by NZ Blind Foundation for client members

Title: Slave Power
Author: Raewyn Dawson
Publisher: Mary Egan Publishing
ISBN: 9780473389376
RRP: $25
Available: bookshops

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Sinister Code

The Sinister Code a new book by PM Hayes is due to be published in a few months.
It concerns murder, jealousy, revenge, victimization, guilt, love and the triumph of justice and truth.