Book Reviews: February 2021

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Gillian & Darryl Torckler

Bateman Books


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Twice a day, every day, waves sweep over the top of the rocks and beach at high tide. The waves bring refreshing water and food to the animals that live in this zone, but it is temporary. When the sun rises on the seashore, all manner of creatures emerge from their slumber to see the breaking dawn. This beautiful soft-cover book is ideal for young readers aged seven and over. Discover the busy ecosystem of our country’s seashore over a 24-hour cycle. Observe the seals and yellow-eyed penguins who come ashore to sleep; dive beneath the waves to frolic with the bottlenose dolphins and jellyfish. Let Gillian and Darryl Torckler guide you on an immersive journey into the intimate world of our seashore life, featuring fascinating facts and stunning photography. 




Justin Laing & Wayne Bartlett

Bateman Books



Officially licensed by the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby Union, 1-2-3 With New Zealand Rugby teaches counting with the country’s favourite rugby players. Young readers will love counting the players and everything else related to their much-loved rugby teams in both English and Te Reo Maori. The book includes favourite All Blacks, Black Ferns and Sevens players. A great gift for rugby fans and those learning the basics of Te Reo; it even includes an autograph section to capture your favourite players’ signatures. Author Justin Laing is a rugby fanatic and loyal All Blacks supporter. Now with his own young family, he loves making up stories for his children at bedtime, and he’s pleased to share this book with other children of all ages. 



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Robert Mads Anderson

Bateman Books


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Robert Mads Anderson is an elite mountaineer with a solitary goal: to conquer Everest. After nearly getting killed on his first expedition, Anderson led a team up a new route without oxygen or sherpa support, climbed solo on the remote North Face and finally guided a team to the top of the world. Incorporating a who’s who of internationally recognised climbers, this book traces the story of Everest, from the big, nationally supported expeditions of the 1980s; through the small teams forging new routes and climbing solo; to the commercially guided expeditions of today. Set against the majestic backdrop of the world’s tallest peak, Anderson’s nine Everest expeditions set over 18 years define what truly drives a human being to the greatest of heights. Foreword by Peter Hillary and featuring 32 pages of colour photography. 



Fiona Sussman

Bateman Books


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Greta Jellings lives a small life. ‘No expectation, no disappointment’ had been her mother’s mantra. It serves Greta well now, too. At 30-something she has spent her life pleasing others, working for the past 22 years in a pool chemicals shop, just one of the many compromises she’s had to make. She has embarrassingly big feet and a pet chicken named Marilyn Monroe, but who is she really? Even Greta has no idea. So, when she receives a call from a lawyer acting on behalf of her dear friend Walter, his bequest sees Greta embark on a mystery journey, each destination revealed in a letter on the eve of her departure. It is an important story about finding the courage to be seen, and a testament to the transformative power of friendship. 



Witi Ihimaera

Random House NZ Vintage


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From master storyteller Witi Ihimaera, Navigating the Stars is a spellbinding and provocative retelling of traditional Maori myths for the 21st century. In this milestone volume, Ihimaera traces the history of Maori through their creation myths. He follows Tawhaki up the vines into the firmament, Hine-titama down into the land of the dead, Maui to the ends of the earth, and the giants and turehu who sailed across the ocean to our shores. From Hawaiki to Aotearoa, the ancient navigators brought their myths, while looking to the stars — bright with gods, ancestors and stories — to guide the way. Schooled in Maori mythology since he was a child – at home and on the marae – Ihimaera feels this is the book he was born to write. 

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Hannah Valentine and Gabriella Stead

Auckland University Press


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For more than three decades, Karl Maughan has created intricately painted gardenscapes, developing his own visual language to explore the forms of nature and the nature of form. Born in 1964 in Wellington, Maughan studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts before moving to London in 1994. His works can be found in the local collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and the Wallace Arts Trust. Internationally he has been collected by major arts organisations including the Saatchi Collection and the Arts Council Collection, London. This first book on one of New Zealand’s leading living artists features more than 150 beautifully reproduced images of Maughan’s work, while writers and artists from New Zealand and the United Kingdom explore the deeper meanings of his painted gardens. 


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