Book reviews: November 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

Fresh from Akaroa

By Lou and Ant Bentley

Published by Penguin

RRP $50

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Lou and Ant Bentley made a decision to pursue their dream and set up a cooking school in a special part of the world — Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Their vision was to teach people how to get back to basics — growing their food where possible, and certainly knowing where it comes from and how best to prepare it.

They now run more than 20 different cooking classes in their waterfront location, teaching guests from all around the world. Fresh From Akaroa features more than 100 delicious recipes used in the cooking school, as well as tips on giving dinner parties, buying and cooking fish, and the perfect barbecue.

Start with simple courgette and feta fritters, then indulge in sticky twice-cooked Asian pork ribs followed by a decadent dark chocolate mousse cake with raspberry coulis. Yum.

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Khaki town

By Judy Nunn

Published by Penguin

RRP $37

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Khaki Town, Judy Nunn’s exciting new novel, is inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for more than 70 years. It’s March 1942. Singapore has fallen. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces.

Overnight, the small Queensland city of Townsville is transformed into the transport hub for 70,000 American and Australian soldiers destined for combat in the South Pacific. The Australian troops begrudge the confident, well-fed ‘Yanks’ who have taken over their town and their women.

As racial violence explodes through the ranks of the military, a young United States Congressman, Lyndon Baines Johnson, is sent to Townsville by his president to investigate. "Keep a goddamned lid on it, Lyndon," he is told, "lest it explodes in our faces…"

My van my castle

By Jackie Norman

Published by New Holland

RRP $35

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Written by Motorhomes, Caravans & Destinations travel writer, Jackie Norman, My Van My Castle is Jackie’s story of life on the road thus far. She was sick of living with crippling debt and realised that she was never going to pay off her mortgage.

So armed with optimism, determination, and a yearning to see more of the country, she took a huge leap of faith by selling her Whangamatā home, buying a campervan and hitting the road full time with her soulmate Gareth and precious pooch Minnie.

Jackie shares the stories from her travels around New Zealand, along with handy tips on all things motorhoming, such as suggestions on where to stay, and all the challenges and rewards she’s experienced along the way. The MCD team is proud of Jackie and her new book and know readers will love hearing more about her inspiring story.

Travel goals

By Lonely Planet

RRP $40

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Lonely Planet recently surveyed more than 7500 members of its dedicated community of travellers, with 92 per cent of respondents saying they see travel as "an opportunity for positive change".

Some 68 per cent of those surveyed also said they now care more about sustainable travel than they used to, while 60 per cent view travel as more of an opportunity for personal growth than they previously did.

For those travellers wanting to discover themselves (as much as the next big sight), Lonely Planet’s Travel Goals has the potential to change lives.

From sleeping under the stars and witnessing natural phenomena to more ambitious challenges such as helping communities and safeguarding the environment, this is the essential companion to a life well-travelled —
and well-lived.

Lifespan

By David Sinclair

Published by HarperCollins

RRP $35

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What if everything you think you know about ageing is wrong? What if ageing is a disease? And that disease is curable? In this paradigm-shifting book, the acclaimed Harvard Medical School doctor and one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, Dr. David Sinclair, reveals that everything we think we know about ageing is wrong.

Sharing the surprising, scientifically proven methods that can help us live younger and longer, Dr. Sinclair reveals that the root cause of ageing lies in an ancient genetic survival circuit.

Readers will discover how a few simple lifestyle changes — such as intermittent fasting, avoiding too much animal protein, limiting sugar, avoiding x-rays, exercising with the right intensity, and even trying cold therapy — can activate our vitality genes.

The fear bubble

By Ant Middleton

Published by HarperCollins

RRP $35

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Ant Middleton is no stranger to fear: as a point man in the Special Forces, he confronted fear daily, never knowing what lay behind the next corner, or closed door. In prison, he was thrust into the unknown, cut off from friends and family, isolated with thoughts of failure and dread for his future.

And at the top of Everest, in life-threatening conditions, he was forced to face up to his greatest fear, of leaving his wife and children without a husband and father.

In this groundbreaking new book, Middleton thrillingly retells the story of his death-defying climb of Everest and reveals the concept of the Fear Bubble, showing how it can be used to help us break through our limits.

 

 

 

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