Book Reviews: December 2020

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Hinemoa Elder


RRP $30


Discover traditional Maori philosophy through 52 whakatauki – simple, powerful proverbs, one for every week. Each one is retold by respected Maori psychiatrist Dr Hinemoa Elder to show how we can live a less stressful daily life, with more contentment and kindness for each other and the planet. Sayings like ‘Ki te kotahi te kakaho ka whati, ki te kapuia, e kore e whati’ (When we stand alone we are vulnerable, but together we are unbreakable), help us see the world differently, through some of the wisest of human eyes. Find out how the power of aroha can help you each day, and through its many meanings – fundamental Maori values – make a happier world for everyone. Chapters include: manaakitanga (love for each other); kaitiakitanga (respect for our planet); whanaungatanga (community and connectivity); and tino rangatiratanga (self-determination). 




Christina Barton

University Press

RRP $75

Billy Apple.jpgBilly Apple (born Barrie Bates in Auckland, 1935) is New Zealand’s most internationally significant living artist and a pioneer of pop and conceptual art. At the Royal College of Art in London from 1959-62, Apple studied with key contemporaries – notably David Hockney – and staged one of the earliest solo exhibitions in the new ‘pop’ art after changing his name, in 1962, to ‘Billy Apple’. This is the first substantial book on Billy Apple’s career. Based on over a decade of research all over the world and unprecedented access to Apple’s own archive, Billy Apple®: Life/Work chronicles an extraordinary 60-year career. The book includes more than 200 illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of Apple’s works as well as other illustrative material. 




Liza Adams

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Bateman Books

RRP $34.99

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Following the success of her first book, Liza Adams has more tips and tricks to give your needle-felting creations that wow factor you’ve been looking for. Needle felting is the craft of sculpting with wool. It uses carded, unspun wool and needles with barbs down the sides to pull and tangle the fibres into different shapes. Even if you have never felted before, this book will teach you some of the basics so you can move through the projects, improving and learning right up to the most advanced piece of woolly art. You won’t find these valuable tricks of the trade anywhere else as they come from Liza’s many years of needle-felting experience and the hundreds of gorgeous creations she has designed and made. 





Aminata Conteh-Biger with Juliet Rieden


RRP $34.99

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In 1999, Sierra Leone was in the midst of a brutal civil war. It was also where rebel soldiers snatched the young Aminata Conteh-Biger from her father’s arms, then held her captive for months. After she was released, she was put on a plane and flown to Australia to start afresh as a refugee. Here, she proudly built a life, while never allowing her trauma to define her. Yet it was a near-death experience she suffered during the birth of her child that turned her attention to the women of Sierra Leone – where they are 200 times more likely to die while having a baby than in Australia. So she set up the Aminata Maternal Foundation, then returned to the land of her birth to help. This is her story. 




Chelsea Winter


RRP $50


<There’s everything to love about this much-anticipated new book from New Zealand’s bestselling home cook, Chelsea Winter. Sink your teeth into a massive selection of dishes that go way beyond what you’d expect from plant-based fare to deliver hearty, tasty, fussy-eater-approved satisfaction. From Chelsea’s world-famous Lockdown Loaf and 10-second aïoli to creamy pastas, curries, burgers, mouthwatering home baking and many more versatile staples, sides, sauces and snacks, there really is something for every occasion. It’s all 100 percent meat-free, egg-free and dairy-free with loads of gluten-free options and top tips to inspire every cook — whether you’re catering for those people in your life who can’t (or won’t) eat certain foods or you’re keen to try a few plantified meals and want to know where to start. 

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Cat Deeley, illustrated by Rosie Butcher


RRP $29.99 

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Encourage kids to live out loud and be their truest selves with this picture book from the host of So You Think You Can Dance and mum Cat Deeley. Dream big, as big as the night sky full of stars. When you discover the things you love, you’ll find true joy. Journey through a magical world, filled with a colourful cast of animals, where readers have endless opportunities to be themselves and find freedom in expression. They will delight in the silly humour and undeniable spirit of this rhythmic picture book – and take to heart from the message that they are enough exactly as they are! Cat Deeley’s debut is the perfect gift for baby showers and birthday parties. Its cosy illustrations also make it an ideal bedtime book that you can read to your little one. 

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