Book reviews: September 2019

A good book is a must-have for any road trip. Here’s a quick look at some of the latest titles on the bookstore shelves

Weber’s Ultimate Barbecue

Jamie Purviance

Allen & Unwin

RRP $45


It’s September already, which means that barbecue season is just around the corner.

Weber’s Ultimate Barbecue provides all the techniques and skills you’ll ever need to raise your barbecue game to genius level.

More than just a recipe collection, Weber’s Ultimate Barbecue is the most visually instructive barbecue book available, with more than 750 photos to walk you through every recipe and technique-from start to finish, on and off the barbecue. 

With more than 200 illustrated tips and techniques, Weber’s Ultimate Barbecue is the ideal tool for turning out fantastic results from your barbecue every time.

Maori at Work

Scotty Morrison



RRP $35

This simple, practical and engaging book is a follow-up to the hugely popular and bestselling Maori at Home and is a great resource for those keen to increase their use of the Māori language in and around the workplace.

Maori at Work offers phrases and tips for greetings and welcoming people, emails and letters, speeches and social media, with specific chapters on the office, construction and roadworks, retail, hospitality, broadcasting and teaching.

Native Son

Witi Ihimaera



RRP $40

Witi Ihimaera was the first Māori to publish both a book of short stories and a novel, and since then has published many notable novels and collections of short stories, some award-winning.

Ihimaera’s second volume of memoir, Native Son recounts the living myths that inspired him at the beginning of his career and picks up where Maori Boy stopped.

The novel follows Witi through his triumphs and failures at school and university to sexual experimentation, searching for love and purpose and becoming the country’s first Māori novelist.  

Warlow Experiment

Alix Nathan

Allen & Unwin

RRP $32.99


What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment?

The year is 179,  and Herbert Powyss is set on making his name as a scientist. He is determined to study the effects of prolonged solitude on another human being.

He puts out an advertisement, hoping for a recluse to claim the substantial reward on offer, and receives one response.

It is from John Warlow, a semi-literate farm labourer desperate to support his wife and six children.

Brothers in Black

Jamie Wall

Allen & Unwin

RRP $36.99


The All Blacks have had a brilliant run of brothers in the past decade with the Barretts, Whitelocks, Saveas and Franks.

But there have also been many more standouts throughout New Zealand rugby history, such as the Meads, Whettons, Gears, Bachops and Brownlies.

Jamie Wall writes insightfully, revealing fascinating stories and providing analysis of some of the massive changes that have occurred in New Zealand rugby over the years.

He also shares great yarns about the high-profile tests that live on in every rugby fan’s memory.

Funny As

Paul Horan and Philip Mathews

Auckland University Press

RRP $49.99


Funny As tells the story of New Zealand comedy through more than 300 pictures and an engaging text based on more than 100 interviews with our best comedians.

The book, published alongside a major TV One documentary series, takes us inside the comedy clubs, cabarets and television studios where comedians work.

It charts the rise of cartoons and skits, parody and stand-up and explains how New Zealand’s funniest men and women have made sense (and nonsense) out of our changing culture and society. 

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