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New Zealand myths & legends - 9th Feb 2018

New Zealand myths & legends Myths and Legends of Aotearoa
Retold by Annie Rae Te Ake Ake

Fifteen Maori stories are retold in this book by Annie Rae Te Ake Ake. The stories are illustrated by secondary school pupils from all around New Zealand. These timeless tales hold the interest whether you're a first-time reader of the legends or you're reading myths you learnt about as a child to your own children.

Learn about Rangi, Papatuanuku, Tane, Tangaroa, Rongi and many other gods. Fascinating stories whose aim is to strengthen awareness of Maori wisdom and spirit. As Witi Ihimaera said, "If the children of the present are not involved in the telling of the stories of the past, New Zealand will have an incomplete future."

Numismatics - 8th Feb 2018

Numismatics Coins: An Illustrated Survey 650BC to the Present Day
Martin Jessop Price (Ed)

This book was published by Methuen in association with British Museum Publications Ltd and comes in a black slipcase. There are 20 contributing experts who wrote the essays which cover a survey of coins from the time of the Ancient Greeks. The book is lavishly illustrated from the British Museum collections.

It covers the history from before coinage through the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman Empire on to Byzantium, Christendom and on to modern coinage and paper money (and all the other bits I have left out).

This is definitely a must-read for any numismatist but it also serves as a thorough introduction to the history for anyone interested (or about to develop an interest) in coins or collecting.


Bonking - 7th Feb 2018

Bonking Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
by Mary Roach

Roach is a science writer with a sense of humour and a topic which is of interest to all. Rather than tell you about this book, I am going to quote from a few reviews, which will give you a much better idea.

"This book is - if not better than the act itself - then a hilarious and entertaining alternative."
AJ Jacobs

"Lucky for us, Mary Roach is a writer impervious to embarrassment."
H Sides

"Mary Roach plunged into the little-known realm of sex research and brought forth an account that is at once revealing - alarmingly so - and very, very funny. She studs her journey with a multitude of knee-crossing bits of fact that will enliven bedtime conversation everywhere."
Erick Larson

New Zealand Jade - 6th Feb 2018

Russell J Beck's
Mana Pounamu: New Zealand Jade

Given that today is Waitangi Day, it seemed appropriate to feature a book about pounamu or jade which has traditionally played a pivotal role in Maori culture. It has always been important in tools, weapons, ornaments, art, and as currency. It has become a national symbol for New Zealand.

This book is a must for anyone interested in New Zealand history. It tells the story of jade, its origins, varieties, its physical properties, and its role in Maori myths and legends. It also deals with methods of carving the beautiful stone. 

This is the revised and updated edition of the book which was first published in 1984.

good reading - 2nd Feb 2018

Some of you may have a long weekend coming up - the lucky ones anyway. There is no better way to spend a long weekend (or any weekend for that matter) than reading.

We recommend the South African writer JM Coetzee. He was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and he has also won the Booker Prize twice. He has actually become an Australian now so that shows a lot of good sense. His books are really very good.

You could try Disgrace or Elizabeth Costello or The Life and Times of Michael K or you could try one of his memoirs such as Boyhood or Youth. Whatever you choose, you cannot fail to be impressed by his writing. Come in and get yourself a few copies.

Forget diets - 31st Jan 2018

Do you want the secret of eating for pleasure without ballooning? Get a copy of the famous
French Women Don't Get Fat
by Mireille Guiliano

They may not get fat but they do eat bread, pastry, chocolate and dessert, drink wine, and regularly partake of three-course meals, says Mireille Guiliano - and she should know, as you can see from the photo.

This is an interesting mixture of recipes, anecdotes, memoir, philosophy of eating, and French lifestyle. We can't guarantee you won't get fat but you'll enjoy reading the book, trying the recipes and attempting to change your approach to food and eating.


superstition - 30th Jan 2018

Take a trip into the customs, sayings, beliefs and superstitions in everyday use from ancient times right up to the present day:
What's So Lucky about a Four-Leaf Clover? and 8414 Other Strange and Fascinating Superstitions from all over the World
By Claudia de Lys

There are legends about birds, bees, snakes, body parts, marriage, pregnancy, food, dreams, disease, numbers and much more. You name it, it's there. This book deals with the origins of superstitions presaging bad luck or misfortune still believed by many people today. It also covers those which bring good luck but there aren't so many of those.

Do you believe hair can turn white overnight from shock or that you should carry a St Christopher token whenever you travel or that what you eat influences your dreams? Get a copy of the book and find out why you believe what you do and whether there is any basis for it or not. It's an interesting resource of folklore and symbolic lore to dip into.

Roger Waters / Pink Floyd - 29th Jan 2018

Nearly everyone in Dunedin will know that tomorrow, Tuesday 30th January, is the Us + Them concert of Pink Floyd's Roger Waters at the stadium. Maybe you have tickets and are off to see him live. Perhaps you missed out on a ticket. Or possibly you didn't want to go as you don't like his music.

Whether you're going or not, why not pop into the shop and get into the mood for a concert by browsing in our music room. You could buy a book about Pink Floyd, Roger Waters or some of their albums. Pink Floyd The Wall was written by Roger Waters and then someone called Hugh Fielder wrote the nattily named Pink Floyd Behind the Wall. 

However, we have a large selection of music books both in the shop and in our catalogued on-line stock so you could forget Pink Floyd and choose something more to your liking.

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