Book reviews: August 2019

By: Claire Smith

MCD editor Claire Smith takes a look at some of the latest titles to hit the bookshelves this month

The Trout Dreams

Derek Grzelewski

Bateman Publishing

RRP $39.99


Those of you who have enjoyed The Trout Diaries and The Trout Bohemia will no doubt be very pleased to hear that the long-awaited conclusion to the Trout Trilogy is now available.

In the years since writing his second book, Derek Grzelewski has returned to guiding, sharing his passion and secrets for fly fishing with enthusiastic anglers from around the world.

In The Trout Dreams, Derek shares how his life changed after striking up a long-distance relationship with Jennifer, a Colorado girl who loves to fly-fish. The pair embark on angling adventures from the South Island streams to the iconic trout rivers of Colorado.

Filled with Derek’s wry storytelling, expert advice, and a guide’s secret tips for fly-fishing, The Trout Dreams is a true tale of finding trout and love in New Zealand.


By the Light of the Moon

Bernadette Marama Gavin

Chocolate Fish Publishing

RRP $34.99


When Bernadette Gavin accepts an invitation to join a solo sailor on his quest to circumnavigate the globe on a small sailboat, she has no idea how deeply it will impact her life.

Sailing more than 28,000 nautical miles over four years, the countless hours being alone demand immense endurance. Bernadette finds exquisite beauty on the boundless ocean, but also fear, fatigue and frustration.

Thirteen years later, through self-reflective writing as a therapeutic way to revisit her past, Bernadette begins piecing together fallen aspects of herself – not only belonging to the young woman lost at sea years ago, but also of the wounded child.

It's here that she makes an unforeseen discovery, one that sheds light on her past and holds the key to shaping her future.



Pete Evans

Macmillan Publishers

RRP $37.99


Renowned chef, restaurateur, TV presenter and author Pete Evans has a passion for food and healthy living. In his latest book, Pete begins with what he knows best – food – and offers suggestions on how to eat and drink in ways that support wellbeing.

Next, he explores different ways to move and play that are known to positively influence physical and mental health.

The book includes ideas on how to relax your body and mind, including massage and meditation, as well as the best strategies for restorative sleep. He also explores activities that promote creativity, self-awareness and connection with other people.

With ideas to inspire everyone to make a change in their lives – no matter how big all small – Heal will help you find the path to your healthiest self.



Dan Box


RRP $40


The Bowraville murders, three killings that took place over six months in the early 1990s, are among the most well-known unsolved mysteries in Australia.

All three victims were Aboriginal, and the same white man was linked to each, but nobody was convicted. More than two decades later, homicide detective Gary Jubelin contacted seasoned crime reporter Dan Box, asking him to pursue the story.

Dan spoke with the families of the victims, lawyers, police officers, and even the suspect. His investigation forced the authorities to reconsider the killings.

His account asks painful questions about what ‘justice’ means and how it is delivered, as well as his own shifting, uncomfortable realisation that he was a reporter who crossed the line.


Historic New Zealand Racing Cars

Steve Holmes

Bateman Books

RRP $39.99


From the fast and wild Cambridge Monaro to the all-time great Maserati 250F, Historic New Zealand Racing Cars reveals the fascinating stories of 18 cars that are intertwined with our motoring history.

Steve Holmes delves into the origins of each vehicle – from design to racing achievements – and their fate thereafter. Each car is highlighted with a wealth of eye-catching photography.

The book features such racing greats as the mighty 1968 McLaren M8A Can-Am through to the grassroots domestic Specials.

Single-seaters, sports cars and saloons are all profiled, with cars from the 1940s to the 1980s. From models that were designed and built locally to others of international origin, the cars in this book represent a golden era of New Zealand motor racing history.

Be in to wine a copy of Historic New Zealand Racing Cars


Competition ends on 23 August 2019.


Tiny House: Live Small, Dream Big

Brent Heavener


RRP $40


As most motorhomers will appreciate, having less is the secret to living more. In this visual manifesto for the tiny house lifestyle, discover over 250 awe-inspiring images of the world’s most creative small homes, alongside the stories, ideas and advice of those living in them.

Of particular interest to motorhomers, the ‘Open Road’ chapter features a variety of mobile homes, from a VW Westfalia to a Flying Cloud Airstream. Each page offers a glimpse into the world of living small but dreaming big – from the wilderness of Montana to remote eco-cabins in Patagonia.

In keeping with its title, this book is nicely compact to fit into your glovebox or bag, ready for you to pull out any time you need to find escape, inspiration and a window into a freer, simpler, happier life.


Buddhism for Meat Eaters

Josephine Moon

Simon & Schuster

RRP $28.99


For many years Josephine Moon fervently wished to live as a vegetarian yet required meat in her diet. From her philosophical, spiritual and physical battle with eating meat came Buddhism for Meat Eaters – a book for animal lovers, the environmentally and ethically conscious, and generally thoughtful people who eat meat but may not be entirely comfortable doing so.

Open, honest and utterly without judgement, the book encourages us to be more mindful about our choices, rather than berating ourselves for them, and offers tips on living ethically, honestly and guilt-free, whether as a carnivore, vegetarian or vegan.

Workbook-style activities and ideas guide you in your journey to making wiser decisions on how you consume, how you live, and how to change the world around you.


Gloriously Gluten Free

Frederique Jules

Allen & Unwin

RRP $39.99


Who says being gluten-free has to mean missing out on goodies such as cheesecake, chocolate brownies and pancakes?

This gorgeous hardcover cookbook contains 80 easy gluten-free recipes for sweet treats and celebration cakes – patisserie that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!

There are recipes for the classics, such as tarte tatin, madeleines and marble cake; recipes for the timeless, such as lemon tart, strawberry cake and carrot cake; and completely original recipes such as the ultimate gluten-free wedding cake, passionfruit raspberry roll and coconut pineapple cake.

There is something for every occasion: from breakfast and mid-morning pick-me-ups to lunchtime cupcakes and elegant dinner desserts. Generous, indulgent, and guaranteed gluten-free.


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