Spontaneous!

As touted on the cover of Spontaneous, this is "A novel about growing up... and blowing up" - and it didn't disappoint. I love a good YA read and this one caught my attention from the outset as I pondered the outrageous thought of teenagers spontaneously blowing up in front of their classmates. Spontaneous Initially…
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Basics To Brilliance by Donna Hay

Donna Hay’s latest cookbook is a wonderful reminder of why we continue to collect more and more celebrity cookbooks each year. The photography is stunning (I mean seriously- when did poached eggs start to look like airbrushed Hollywood starlets?), the food makes you want to nibble hopefully at the illustrations, and the writing is almost…
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Cup and Show Day Reading : Give a Man a Horse by Dianne Haworth

Here's a book to whet your appetite for Christchurch Cup and Show Week! Give a Man a Horse is the biography of celebrated Cambridge Stud bloodstock breeder Sir Patrick Hogan, owner of the famous Sir Tristram. This is an entertaining and often poignant tale of farming, family and horse breeding in early New Zealand. Author Dianne Haworth eloquently traces the roots of…
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Wrapped up in bookshops – NZ Bookshop Day Saturday 31 October

Saturday 31 October is the inaugural NZ Bookshop Day. Pay a visit to a local favourite, or try someplace new. Here's a grab-bag of my Christchurch bookshop hangouts (do tell about your faves in the comments): then East's Bookshop - perfectly centrally located for a browse, saw Jasper Fforde talk there. Smith's Bookshop on Manchester…
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It’s the Children’s Choice in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are trying something new this year with an expanded Children's Choice Awards. Children in schools from around the country have been given the opportunity to select their own list of finalists for the 2015 Children's Choice Award.  More than 6,500 children and young adults from…
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