Preview of Reviews: Friday 17 January

 

This newsletter is intended to provide an overview of the book reviews and features that will be on the Booksellers NZ blog, as well as in The Listener, NZ Herald Canvas magazine, Otago Daily Times,The Herald on Sunday, and Your Weekend inserts in the Fairfax weekend newspapers, Graham Beattie’s stint on Radio Live, as well as on Radio NZ National next week. Not all newspapers are represented every week.
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Welcome to the first issue of Preview of Reviews for 2014. This newsletter gives you a heads-up about which papers and magazines to check out for the latest weekend book reviews. We have had input from a whole range of media across New Zealand. If you are a bookstore, this is what your customers are excited about. If you are a reader, this is what you have to look forward to!

Week beginning Monday 20 January

A Deal’s a Deal, by Stephanie Blake (Gecko Press) 9781877579844

Everything I need to know I learned from a Little Golden Book, by Diane Muldrow (Golden Books) 9780307977618

Close to the Wind, by Zana Bell (Choc Lit) 9781781890264

Changing Times: New Zealand since 1945, by Jenny Carlyon & Diana Morrow (Auckland University Press) 9781869407827

Your Weekend, Saturday 18 January

Holiday crime wrap:

After Her, by Joyce Maynard (Morrow) 9780062291844

Cross My Heart, by James Patterson (Century) 9781780890142

Dust, by Patricia Cornwell (Hachette) 9781847445339

Eyes of Madness, by David Cole (Pampas Books) 9780473247737

He Who Kills the Dragon, by Leif GW Persson (Doubleday, $37.99) 9780857520739

The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Allen & Unwin) 9781743317532

Saturday 19 January

Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World (Lonely Planet) 9781743217177

The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe (Taschen) 9783836526401  

Wild About New Zealand: A Guide to Our National Parks, by Gus Roxburgh (Random House NZ) 9781775533337

Moron To Moron, by Tom Doig (Allen & Unwin) 9781743311264

Granta 124: Travel (Granta) 9781905881697

Sunday, 19 January

The Company Man by John Rizzo (Scribe) 9781922070845

The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connolly (Allen & Unwin) 9781743317532

The Lives of Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown) 9781408702970

The English Girl, by Margaret Leroy (Hachette) 9780751551761

Story: The Triple Package by Amy Chua, Bloomsbury (Guardian)

Issue 3846 – Books & Culture

The HBO Effect, by Dean J DeFino (Bloomsbury, $27.99) 9780826421302

Difficult Men: From The Sopranos And The Wire To Mad Men And Breaking Bad – Behind The Scenes Of A Creative Revolution, by Brett Martin (Faber and Faber, $39.99) 9780571303809

A Song for the Dying, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, $34.99) 9780007344314

God’s Dog, by Diego Marani (Text, $35) 9781922147714

He Who Kills the Dragon, by Leif GW Persson (Doubleday, $37.99) 9780857520739

Broken Dolls, by James Carol (Faber and Faber, $24.99) 9780571302734

Bad Blood, by Arne Dahl (Harvill Secker, $36.99) 9781846556777

The Trip To Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink, by Olivia Laing (Canongate, $39.99) 9781847677945

Jim Henson: The Biography, by Brian Jay Jones (Virgin, $39.99) 9780753555149

Pat-A-Cake: Nursery Rhymes, by Annie Kubler (Child’s Play’s, $13) 9781904550822

The Noisy Book, by Soledad Bravi (Gecko, $25) 9781877467523

Lets go Baby-O, by Janet and Andrew McLean (Allen & Unwin, $15.50) 9781743317655

Baby Beats, by Karen Blair (Walker, $27.99) 9781922179074

Pantone Colours (Abrams Appleseed, $19.50) 9781419703294

Animal ABC (Allen & Unwin, $18.99) 9781743317693

Animal 123 (Allen & Unwin, $18.99) 9781743317686

Hey Baby!, by Corinne Fenton (Black Dog, $18.99) 9781922179180

Dark Sparring, by Selina Tusitala Marsh (AUP, $27.99) 9781869407865

Life & Customs, by Bernadette Hall (VUP, $25) 9780864739001

Rising to the Surface, by Latika Vasil (Steele Roberts, $29.99) 9781927242124

After, by Elizabeth Cunnane (Steele Roberts, $24.99) 9781927242094

Your Weekend, Saturday 18 January

Holiday crime wrap:

After Her, by Joyce Maynard (Morrow) 9780062291844

Cross My Heart, by James Patterson (Century) 9781780890142

Dust, by Patricia Cornwell (Hachette) 9781847445339

Eyes of Madness, by David Cole (Pampas Books) 9780473247737

He Who Kills the Dragon, by Leif GW Persson (Doubleday, $37.99) 9780857520739

The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Allen & Unwin) 9781743317532

Saturday,18 January

Reform: A Memoir, Geoffrey Palmer (VUP) 9780864739056

Above the City: A History of Otago Boys’ High School 1863-2013 (OBHS Foundation) 9780473247720

The Men Who United the States, Simon Winchester (HarperCollins) 9780007532391

Birthright, T.K. Roxborogh (Penguin) 9780143567783

Sense and Sensibility, Joanna Trollope (HarperCollins) 9780007527342

Crime bites:

The Gingerbread House, Carin Gerhardsen (Penguin) 9781405917179

Sins of the Flesh, Colleen McCullough (HarperCollins) 9780732298036

The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly (Allen & Unwin) 9781743317532

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Words of the Day: Monday, 6 January 2014

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Book reviews
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Book Review: I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Book Review: Barracuda, by Christos Tsolkias

Book review: New Zealand’s Lost Heritage, by Richard Wolfe

Author interviews
Author Markus Zusak reflects on the journey he’s taken with The Book Thief:

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Events
Our events calendar is looking a bit empty. Who out there has some great 2014 events to fill it with? E: info@booksellers.co.nz

Book News
Congratulations to all the book industry stars who were named for New years’ Honours

Ooh here’s a good ticket – the bookmark pass for entry to 15 events @ the @nzfestival Writers & Readers week

From around the internet
Print books as objets d’art?  As a lover of good design, I think this is a great trend

Fan fiction writers rejoice – Sherlock and Watson are now free reign

Do you stock up on self-help books in the new year?

Wherein Helen Rickerby asserts that this year is going to be awesome, and announces her big news