SEPTEMBER 

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PAPERBLANKS DIARIES 2018

****DON'T MISS OUT THIS YEAR-****

A WONDERFUL RANGE OF MINI, MIDI, MAXI AND ULTRA SIZE PAPERBLANKS DIARIES IN LEATHER OR GORGEOUS EMBOSSED JACKETS WILL BE IN STORE MID-SEPTEMBER. 

Plus other diaries of all shapes and sizes are here, or still coming but please get in quick. We have a unique range to suit all ages, sizes, and gender!

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 New titles are coming in thick and fast.

The Booker Longlist titles of 2017 mentioned in last month's newsletter continue to sell well and you have until the 12th September to get your Shortlist picks into us...

** A fabulous selection of books from Poppies will be given for the most accurate entry, email us now!**

 

BOTH FACT AND FICTION! - SLEEPS STANDING, MOETU, by Witi Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly

Witi Ihimaera's new book written with Hemi Kelly tells the story of the Battle of Orakau. The battle that marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato. Both fact and fiction this story tells of three days during 1864 when 300 Maori men. women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. This battle also resulted in vast tracts of land being confiscated for European settlement. Taking a Maori perspective it is centred around Witi's moving novella Sleeps Standing which views the battle through the eyes of a 16year old boy named Moetu. Alongside the novella are non-fiction narratives from Maori eyewitnesses, together with images and a Maori translation by Hemi Kelly, further giving voice to and illuminating the people who valiantly tried to protect their culture and land.

"E hoa, ka whawhai tonu matou, ake, ake, ake."

FICTION:

THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by DAVID LAGERCRANTZ ( Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millenium Series)

Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force. Sentenced to two months in prison for saving a young boy's life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her defence. She has more important things on her mind. Salander stands up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. All the characters from Larsson's hugely successful first three books are back, in this the fifth book in the Millenium series. This book will again hold you in suspense from the first page.

A LEGACY OF SPIES by JOHN LE CARRE

One of our favourite spy writers of all time, he's back interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story and so le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality. Based around one of George Smiley's old colleagues from "the Circus" Peter Guillam is summonsed back from his retirement to face those who have no recollection of what it was like during the Cold War. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are about to be scrutinized and somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of common good.

 

 Sleeps Standing : A Story of the Battle of Orakau - Witi Ihimaera, Hemi Kelly                               Image result for girl who takes an eye for an eye                  Image result for a legacy of spies john le carre

 

 

STRANGER THAN FICTION....

DAUGHTER OF GLORIAVALE-My life in a religious cult by LILIA TARAWA

 

One young woman's true story of growing up in Gloriavale Chrisian Community, led by her grandfather, the charismatic and controlling Hopeful Christian.

Lilia exposes the shocking secrets of the cult, with its rigid rules and oppressive control of women. When her parents fled with their children, Lilia was forced to make a desperate choce: to stay or flee. No matter what she chose, she would lose the people she loved. 

This is as much a book about overcoming obstacles as for the insight Lilia gives into a world where strong friendships are formed and  life is not questioned. It is not sensationalised, it is a  thought provoking account of a young woman who is a survivor of the life she has forged for herself outside of the regulated environment of the cult.

 

Daughter of Gloriavale: My life in a Religious Cult  

 

Over the politics yet....?

THE 9TH FLOOR - Conversations with Five New Zealand Prime Ministers- Guyon Espiner & Tim Watkin

If you missed hearing these interviews on RNZ a month or so ago here is the book which also includes new material. The recollections amount to a fascinating record of the decisions that shaped modern New Zealand. That's you and me involved folks. This is a very revealing insight into their world, those chaps and chapesses we the people vote in and then we pay their wages. 

"Until you've had the levers of power at your disposal, you don't realise how fragile democracy is" Geoffrey Palmer.

 

ISLANDS OF THE GULF by Shirley Maddock & Don Whyte

The all-time classic of life in the Hauraki Gulf. Reprinted in a beautful hardback edition this is a book not only for those of us who remember the good old days when the Gulf was the unspoilt stretch of water with isolated  islands inhabited by "real characters" and before the light house on Tiritiri Matangi was its best known feature. It is also a book for those who know little of this extraordinary voyage that Shirley Maddock made, filming the whole adventure, travelling by seaplane with Captain Fred Ladd to some forty islands across 4000 square kilometres. From these journeys she became  the first woman in New Zealand to officially hold the title of "Television Producer". This is a precious record of a bygone era.

 

KOH-I-NOOR The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond. by William Dalrymple & Anita Anand

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of this arguably most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world. Dalrymple was interviewed by Kim Hill on RNZ a week or so ago and I don't think I've heard her utter the words "good Lord" more frequently than she did when listening to Dalrymple tell some of the tales about this fabulous lump of carbon. This is a story of greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation. 

 

CHILDREN

One of our favourite rabbits, Ruby Red Shoes is encouraging young ones to write their own stories with the release of three lovely notebooks.

My Ideas. My Adventures. My Dreams. 

Super presents to encourage young writers.