Newsletter 5 - December 2018


We can barely move for books, Christmas cards, gift wrap and people! With the weather warming up, it is lovely to see so many people out and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Midnight Madness was a roaring success for everyone. We have hosted some book clubs this past month. We all love reading and it is really interesting to hear what you are all reading and your views, plus what you want to be reading. We are taking bookings for book club evenings for next year already!


With regards to Christmas, we are open on Sundays 10am-4pm. We are offering free gift wrapping for items purchased from Poppies, plus there is also a Shop and Win draw you can enter and maybe win – what sort of great Christmas gift would that be with two ‘Getaway Packages’ and two ‘2 Minute Grocery Grabs’ to be won. Now on to the business of books!


New Books In-Store This Month


Table for EightThe Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly Three women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything... Ginger isn't spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disaster. Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother? Callie is celebrating her fiftieth at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party changes everything... Treat yourself to the heart warming and life affirming new story from best selling international author Cathy Kelly.

Labyrinth of the SpiritsThe Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered a book that would change his life forever. Now a grown man, he is just one step away from solving the mystery of his mother’s death when a new plot is revealed, much deeper and darker than he could ever have imagined. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born from the shadows of war, to lead Daniel to the heart of darkness and reveal the secret history of his family…at a terrible price. This is the final chapter in the story that began with The Shadow of the Wind and brings it to a grand finale. It is a tribute to the world of books, the art of story tellng and the magical link between literature and life. 

Table for EightTable for Eight by Trcia Stringer A cruise, no matter how magical, can it change your life? Clever, charming dressmaker/stylist Ketty Clift is embarking on her final cruise from Sydney before she must make serious changes in her life. Supported by the ship's all-powerful maître d' Carlos, she has a mission: transform the lives of those who join her at her dining table every evening. Not only can Ketty turn Cinderellas into princesses with her legendary style-eye, but she has a gift for bringing people together. But this trip is different. It soon becomes clear her fellow travellers - a troubled family, a grieving widower and an angry divorcee - are going to be harder work than usual. Plus there is the problem of her long lost love and some troubling news from home to contend with. 

The Lost ManThe Lost Man by Jane Harper The stockman lay still in the centre of a dusty grave under a monstrous sky. Two brothers meet at the grave, on the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last chance for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because, if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects. For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper has once again created a powerful story of suspence set against a dazzling landscape.  

 In a House of Lies (Rebus #22)In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin In a house of lies everyone has something to hide - a missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods. Worse still - both for his family and the police - is that his body was in an area that had already been searched. Everyone has secrets. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. There were always suspicions over how the investigation was handled and now - after a decade without answers - it's time for the truth. Nobody is innocent. Every officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead - and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus in his 22nd outing.  

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 This annual bestseller ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions, cities and best-value destinations for 2019. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors and online community, we present a year's worth of inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable. As self-confessed travel geeks, our staff collectively racks up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. And every year, we ask ourselves: where are the best places in the world to visit right now? It's a very hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and generates more discussion than any other . Best in Travel is our definitive answer. 

The New Silk Roads: the Present & Future of the WorldThe New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, addressing the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically. Following the Silk Roads eastwards, from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads since 2015, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. With brilliant insight, Peter Frankopan takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today, assessing the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the center of power all too often absent from the headlines in the West.  

Kiwi Baker at HomeKiwi Baker At Home by Dean Brettshneider Internationally recognised as one of the world’s best bakers, New Zealander Dean Brettschneider defines his baking style as a globally inspired mix of tradition and innovation. In this new book he shares an irresistible collection of his favourite recipes for you to bake at home. You will find easy, casual recipes to cater for every baking occasion from weekend breakfasts and brunches, sourdough breads and pizzas, to morning teas, lunchbox treats and decadent desserts. Dean also provides expert, step-by-step advice on bread- and pastry-making techniques, all of which make this book an accessible and essential resource for every baker. Kiwi Baker at Home encompasses Dean¿s philosophy on baking: love what you do and do what you love, with no half measures. Happy Baking.

Large_9780994138347Ripe Recipes - A Third Helping by Angela Redfurn and Ripe Delicatessen. Ripe Delis has established a reputation among food lovers for preparing some of the healthiest and most flavoursome dishes in town. Now they have put together a collection of their most popular recipes arranged in seasonal sections for you to cook at home. Knowing how to cook in season means you will get to feast on the most delicious and economical fare. 

Large_9781869664930The Art of Food by Paul Marshall and Tony Richards An amazingly illustrated and visual cookbook WITHOUT any photographs - just amazing illustrations! Superbly created and illustrated by Paul Marshall one of New Zealand's leading advertising agency illustrators (and self proclaimed 'Foodie').Straightforward, easy to prepare and delicious recipes with gorgeous illustrations and instructions Over sixty (60) recipes covering starters, mains & desserts which includes delicious recipes from NZ & around the world, including: Thailand's 'Warm Beef and Mushroom Salad', 'Braised Beef in Red Wine Sauce', Italy's fabulous 'Tiramisu' and 'Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup' to name a few. 

The Colour of Time: A New History of the Modern World 1850-1960The Colour of Time by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral. The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history form the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empire, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war, the politics of peace, and the lives of men and women who made history,. The book is a collaboration between a gifted Brazilian artist and a leading British historian. Marina Amaral has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the baisis for her full-colour digital renditions. Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that we live in today. A fusion of amazing pictures and well chosen words, this book offers a unique and often beautiful perspective on the past. 

New Zealand Art at Te PapaNew Zealand Art at Te Papa by Mark Stocker (ed) Te Papa holds New Zealand’s national art collection, origins dating back to 1865 with the establishment of the then Colonial Museum (later the Dominion and then the National Museum). Built up over the years by a succession of directors and curators, the collection’s 40,000 works track New Zealand history and the art movements within it. In this generous book, Te Papa’s curators and a wide range of other expert art writers showcase the strengths of the New Zealand art collection by discussing around 270 works. From very early colonial work through to recent acquisitions, and including photography, their essays offer insights into the art, the artists and the context and issues that drove them. The book is complemented by biographies of all the featured artists, making it a valuable resource.  

The Natural Home: Tips, Ideas & Recipes for a Sustainable LifeThe Natural Home by Wendyl Nissen  Wendyl Nissen shares her approach to living a balanced and sustainable life based on an old-fashioned model of growing and cooking your own food, avoiding artificial products and doing your best to avoid letting unnecessary chemical cocktails into your life. In The Natural Home Wendyl shares how easy it is to lead a much healthier life just by making some small changes and remembering the simple way that people used to live. Combining the best information from Wendyl's previous books, including natural recipes for anything from cleaning your toilet to making your own bread, this is excellent advice on how to garden, create healthy food, make natural beauty and cleaning products and raise your baby chemical free. 

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off - And Other Lessons in LifeBlowing the Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine With over 100 movies and two Academy Awards to his credit over six decades, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight, and skills that life has taught him in his remarkable career-and now his eighty-fifth year. One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films from the classic movies Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job (the inspiration for the book title) to the Hollywood blockbusting Dark Knight trilogy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Cider House Rules. Caine has excelled in every kind of role-with a skill that's made it look easy. He knows what success takes-he's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it. Now in his eighty-fifth year-and more beloved than ever-he wants to share everything he's learned. With brilliant new insight into his life and work and showcasing his wonderful gift for storytelling, Blowing the Bloody Doors Off is Caine at his wise and entertaining best. 

Large_9780241334140Becoming by Michelle Obama In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of American - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcomng and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US, and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytellng, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chroniclng the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as the executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her triumphs and disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations, and whose story inspires us to do the same. 

Thelma the UnicornThelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey Thelma dreams of being a glamorous unicorn. Then in a rare glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma's wish comes true. She rises to instant international stardom, but at an unexpected cost. From an award-winning author comes this joyful book about learning to love oneself.

Inside the VillainsInside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin An extraordinary pop-up book that reveals the secrets of the most famous fairy-tale villains--the giant, the wolf and the witch--with interactive flaps, a twist on well-known tales, and personality cards for each villain. Lift the flaps to see the diabolical thoughts inside the villains' heads, what hides beneath their disguises, or the victims of their last meals. Read all about each villain on their personality card, which shows strengths and weaknesses, pastimes, physical characteristics, their best meal and--of course--their favorite books. And if the wolf bites your fingers while you're reading you can always pull his tail... 

Build Your Own Dinosaur MuseumBuild Your Own Dinosaur Museum by Lonely Planet Staff  Calling all dinosaur experts! We need your help. We have just received a crate of dinosaur fossils - and they need assembling! Fast! Can you find the right room for each skeleton and build them in time for the museum's big opening? There are five pop-up dinosaurs to put back together, including a Triceratops, Stegosaurus and T-rex. It's going to be roarsome! Lonely Planet's Build Your Own Dinosaur Museum is an activity book with a difference, where you get to play chief palaeontologist. The museum rooms are ready, but there aren't any skeletons to display. It's up to you to figure out which one is which and where they need to go. Fun, interactive and with lots of facts to discover, this book is perfect for any dinosaur fan, budding biologist of modelmaker.  

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine #4)A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine #4) by Ransom Riggs Things have started to get quite . . . peculiar . . Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida, where his story began. Joined by Miss Peregrine, Emma and their peculiar friends, life has become carefree. They spend days at the beach, and take part in 'normalling' lessons. But it's not meant to last. The discovery of Jacob's grandfather's subterranean bunker leads to clues about his double-life as a peculiar operative. Jacob begins to learn more about the dangerous legacy he's inherited, and the truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine's time loop. Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom - a world that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this darkly brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, illustrated with haunting vintage photographs in full colour. 

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2)Wundersmith - The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermore #2) by Jessica Townsend. Morrigan Crow's adventures in the magical world of Nevermore continue. The most anticipated sequel of the year, a treat for all fans of magice and 'wunder'. In a stunningly designed package with silver foil,hidden artwork under the jacket and beautifully designed interiors, this is a perfect gift for all young readers. Imsgination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life - but then Morrigan doesn't receive the welcome she hoped for. To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan's new friends, turning them against her. And Ezra Squall, the evilest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, whic is becoming ever harder to resist. Has Morrigan's dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began? Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readsers into an extraordinary world, setting and imaginatoin alive.