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More dust jackets - 23rd May 2018

We've been running a little competition on our Facebook page - name the author and book title from looking at the dust jacket.

You probably saw Monday's two and correctly identified them. One was Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Jack Nicholson on the cover in the title role of Randal McMurphy from the film version of the book (and remember the wonderful Nurse Ratched - which actress played her in the film?) The other was A Clockwork Orange by Anthony BUrgess. The cover had Malcolm McDowell in the lead role of the film version.

So can you name book title and author of today's two dust wrappers.

Book covers - 21st May 2018

This week we are having a look at a few book covers, usually known as dust jackets or dust wrappers. They haven't been around as long as you might imagine. They really came into their own after 1900 when the decoration moved from the book itself to the dust jacket. I think around the 1920s the habit of putting the publisher's blurb and critical praise on the back also became quite common.

There are some very collectible dust jackets, the presence of which can make the price of the book skyrocket. There have been several books written on the history of the dust jacket (more interesting than you might think) and there is an entire field of art and artists of the dust wrapper. 

Most of us would recognise a few of the more memorable dust jackets we've seen and I expect we've all got our favourites. Can you identify today's two?

A little teaser - 19th May 2018

A little teaser A little teaser.... our onehunga shop will be moving over the next month... I should be upset to be giving up our home of 35 years, but we have experienced a miracle, and instead of grieving i am excited by what is coming.... here's a photo of the incredible historic building we are going to 

No room at the inn - 18th May 2018

The office is now too crowded and there is no longer any room so today's two photos are outside. I'm afraid there are no points for guessing who they are this time as probably all New Zealanders will recognise them straight away.

Yesterday's photo was of Robin Hyde, a well known New Zealand poet and writer. She was quickly identified by Tony Eyre (again) but Lara Sanderson gained bonus points for adding her real name of Iris Wilkinson. Robin Hyde had a very interesting life that is worth reading about. We highly recommend her biography The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde. Her most famous novel is probably The Godwits Fly, also recommended reading. 

Very little room in the office - 17th May 2018

Another mystery portrait manages to squash in to join the literary crew in our office. It is getting very crowded in there. Can you identify this one? Hint: she is also a New Zealand writer and joins her fellow literati Ngaio Marsh, David Ballantyne, and yesterday's Maurice Gee (correctly identified by several people but most speedily by Tony Eyre who wins again).

Actually, we are hoping that this mystery photo guessing competition has sparked a desire to read more New Zealand literature and to try out a few authors you may not have come across before. Make sure you ask for the NZ fiction section when you come in to the shop and feel free to ask the friendly helpful staff for their own recommendations and favourites.

Getting crowded in the office - 16th May 2018

The latest arrival in the office is another well known New Zealand writer, joining crime writer Ngaio Marsh (identified by Vanda Symon) and author David Ballantyne (correctly named by Tony Eyre). He is pictured here with the two previous mystery portraits

Here's hoping someone can name today's portrait - another prolific writer and author of many famous New Zealand novels. Once he is named by one of our clever customers, you can then peruse a list of his works either in the New Zealand literature section in our shop or on our website. He is another must-read author if you haven't read him yet.

Another office visitor - 15th May 2018

Yesterday's mystery woman was immediately identified as Ngaio Marsh by well known Dunedin author Vanda Symon. And like Ngaio Marsh, she also writes crime fiction, notably the Sam Shephard detective series. If you haven't read any of her books, you should give them a go. Rumour has it that Vanda Symon is also very deserving of congratulations as she has just become Dr Vanda Symon!

Today, the office has another visitor joining Ngaio Marsh. See if you can identify the next mystery man whose photo is attached here.

New visitor to the office - 14th May 2018

New visitor to the office Feast your eyes on this photo and see if you know who the new visitor to our office is. She has taken up residence on the wall looking out of the office door over the large room. She can even spy on you over the top of the closed door.

You've probably read some of her books or seen film adaptations. She was a very prolific writer. Guess who.

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