Book reviews: March 2020

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.

The Power Age

Kelly Doust

Murdoch Books

RRP $45


What if experience always trumped youth? Or if there were more appreciation for the style and confidence that comes with age? The Power Age is a celebration of growing older for women not willing to sit back and become invisible.

Revel in your personal style, maximise your health and wellbeing, love what you do and find favourite ways to connect and give back.

It features dozens of interviews and words of wisdom from women, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston and food legend Maggie Beer.

With exquisite illustrations by Jessica Guthrie and photographs of the most outstanding of older icons, The Power Age is a guide to navigating midlife and beyond with panache.



Michael Willis

Quentin Wilson Publishing

RRP $45

RESCUE_Front-Cover_300dpi_Hi_res.jpgMichael Willis, the founder of Christchurch’s immensely popular and award-winning Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, has spent his life with animals.

Rescue tells the story of his quest throughout New Zealand and internationally to save endangered animals — particularly those that are lesser-known — from extinction.

He has led many expeditions to remote areas such as Fiordland, the Subantarctic, and the Galápagos Islands, recapturing and relocating animals and establishing breeding groups.

This fascinating book is a telling reminder that, in an uncertain world, the saving of these animals could be the saving of us all.



The Magic of Sleep

Michael Acton Smith


RRP $28


Packed with fascinating facts and stories, life-changing tips and recipes, this book will tell you everything you ever needed to know about sleep but were too tired to ask.

At once a bedside companion and a sleeping aide, The Magic of Sleep will be your solution to a better sleeping life, improving each of your waking hours.

Learn how to reduce sleepless nights by finding the perfect soundtrack for dozing off, discover the new science of sleep, including how to create ideas while snoozing, and get to know your own mind by starting a sleep journal and exploring lucid dreaming.

You will also discover unusual natural sleep remedies such as French-fried lettuce and Japanese sea-slug eating.


Kiwi Working Dogs

Jo Caird and Paula George

Bateman Books

RRP $39.99


Jo Caird and Paula George take us on a journey inside the world of New Zealand’s working dogs: celebrating the diverse roles they play in our society and the difference they make in so many people’s lives.

This book explores the sniffer dogs trained for frontline duty at the airport or in prison, our much-loved farm dogs, and canines trained to protect native birds and rescue victims in emergencies.

There’s even a companion dog who can alert a young diabetic girl that she needs to take her insulin. These dogs are far more than just man’s best friend.

They are loyal, willing to complete rigorous training, and form strong bonds with their handlers. Featuring stunning photography, Kiwi Working Dogs is a must-have for dog-lovers everywhere.


The Girl who Reads on the Métro

Christine Féret-Fleury

Pan MacMillan 

RRP $32.99


When Juliette takes the Métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in the books she avidly reads on her journey.

But when, one day, she decides to get off the train a few stops early and meets Soliman — the mysterious owner of the most enchanting bookshop Juliette has ever seen — she is sure her life will never be the same again.

Soliman also believes in the power of books to change the course of a life — entrusting his ‘passeurs’ with the task of giving each book to the person who needs it most. And he thinks Juliette is perfect for the job.




The 50 Best Birdwatching Sites in New Zealand

Liz Light

John Beaufoy Publishing

RRP $39.99


New Zealand has a diverse range of bird species but is especially important for pelagics. Thirteen of the world’s 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region. New Zealand is also a breeding ground for 37 species of petrels, and 11 species of albatross.

As well as these specific species, the book covers 50 areas in the North and South Islands, Rakiura/Steward Island and the Chatham Islands that are best for birdwatching.

Detailed descriptions of each include the type of terrain and the tracks and trails where birds are likely to be encountered. A fact file for each site lists land or sea access, type of habitat, the best time to visit, facilities and accommodation.



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