Only two more weeks of Sunday openings so make the most of it and come and see us through our new entrance off the Casabella Lane courtyard.  Just walk around the corner from where the entrance used to be in the lane.  And Presto!


We have lots of wonderful new books in store including short-listed titles from the just announced New Zealand Book Awards. 

Our personal highlight in the fiction section is The Wish Child by Cathereine Chidgey

Catherine lives in Ngaruawahia and has written a marvellous story set in Germany during the Second World War. Told through a mysterious narrator ( the wish child , whose shocking  identity is revealed at the end) we see how two children cope with the way their parents become caught up in the mechanisms of propaganda during this harrowing period. Catherine is a gifted writer and extensively researched the period whilst living in Germany. You are drawn in to this malestrom of the time which leaves you thinking long after the last page has been read.



***We will be giving away a free copy of this book see below for details ***


Also shortlisted  in the Fiction section are Billy Bird by Emma Neale, Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall The Name On the Door is Not Mine by C K Stead, all available now in store.


In the non-fiction section of the New Zealand Book Awards awards is  Ashleigh Young's Can You Tolerate This. Last week Ashleigh (who we are also claiming as a local having been born in Te Kuiti) became the world's most famous New Zealand writer when she won the hugely prestigious Windham-Campbell prize worth US$165,000

The author who is still coming down to earth is quoted as saying:

"it's completely abstract to me still.  I'm not capable of processing in my head that amount of money.  The most immediate thing I can think of is that I can buy a table and a chair for my living room so I can write by the window."


 For more details of these and the rest of the shortlist go to


On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution Penguin Books has released their Vintage Russian Classics in must-have beautifully designed editions of six epic materpieces, including War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment. All priced at $24.00 these are ideal gifts for those who have yet to experience these wonderful authors.





 Children's Books

For back to school and general information for curious young minds we have a great range of non- fiction titles in store and fabulous World Atlases to pore over.  Lonely Planet for Kids  has published three First Words in French, Spanish and English. A page per word with phonetical pronunciation to assist the reader,these are very attractive as well as a starting point for language learners.

Two fabulous new science fiction editions as well- firstly Star Wars The Original Trilogy as a grahic novel, everyone's favourite tale of good versus evil takes on a whoule new look

Then, Star Trek Pop-Ups -seven iconic images pop up off the page in three dimensions including Klingon Bird-of Prey, though this will probably be the stuff of nightmares. Actually this book is for Star Trekkers of ALL ages






Easter is nigh and Poppies has a fabulous selection of cards and children's books for all ages from The Easter Story to Peter Rabbit's Easter Surprise

Image result for easter egg illustration freeFor the artistic among you there is a stunning Press Out and Colour Easter Eggs book with a collection of eggs perfect for decorating your home





 *** To win a copy of The Wish Child send your name to our email address and you will go into the draw