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Trout Flies - 28th Mar 2017

Keith Draper
New Zealand Trout Flies Traditional and Modern
Published by Reed 1997

This is a comprehensive and informative catalogue of the flies, nymphs and lures used in New Zealand trout fishing. It is an essential reference for any fly-fishing enthusiast.

Keith Draper's book tracks the development of the artifical trout fly in New Zealand from the days of the early colonists up to the present. The influences of modern English stillwater angling and of American fly-fishing are reflected along with some uniquely kiwi flies.

The book has a plethora of illustrations, including colour plates showing over 400 flies. This is a guide you have to have - with a bonus of anecdotes and features on many well known local fly fishermen.  

Poetry: Balm for the Soul - 27th Mar 2017

Poetry: Balm for the Soul Best Loved Poems (edited by John Boyes)

From Arnold and Allingham through Hardy and Holmes to Wilde and Wordsworth, this great anthology of classic poetry features verse from all over the English-speaking world.

This is a wonderful collection containing famous and not-so-famous poets and poems of love & hate, youth & old age, humour & tragedy, life & death and much more.

It would make a great gift or if you know someone who is familiar with British but not New Zealand poetry or well read in American but not Canadian verse. Easy to use via themed section, index of first lines or poets' names alphabetically. Grab a copy and make your own or someone else's day.

Spike Milligan - 24th Mar 2017

Today I saw a little worm
Wriggling on his belly.
Perhaps he'd like to come inside 
And see what's on the Telly

A Children's Treasury of Milligan: Classic Stories & Poems
Spike Milligan

This is a delightful anthology of Spike Milligan's poems and stories for children. It is illustrated thoughout with his own drawings and artwork. It is an ideal read-alone or read-aloud book for Spike Milligan fans of all ages. It is a treat for the eye as much as the mind.

Said Hamlet to Ophelia
'I'll do a sketch of thee.
What kind of pencil shall I use, 
2B or not 2B?'


Elena Ferrante - 23rd Mar 2017

Have you noticed a bit of a chill in the air? Perfect weather to snuggle down on the sofa in front of the fire with a good book.

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels will keep you turning the pages. When you finish the first book in the series you'll reach for the second one straight away; then the third; followed promptly by the fourth and last. You can't help wanting to know what happens.

A Los Angeles Times reviewer said "The Neapolitan Novels are a tour de force." The TLS said the books were "Stunning. An intense, forensic exploration of friendship." Megan O'Grady said "They shimmer with Balzacian human detail and subtle psychological suspense." How can you resist?

Treat yourself to a good read. Come on in and buy the first one - you'll be back for the second in no time.
My Brilliant Friend
The Story of a New Name
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
The Story of the Lost Child

Latest interior decorating initiative - 22nd Mar 2017

Anyone with an interest in things nautical, rail transport, cars, aircraft, or military history will be pleased to know that there is now a comfy reading space for you to sit and browse.

Whether your particular bent runs to ships and sailing, motor racing and motorbikes, trains and trams, aviation and aeroplanes, or war and weaponry, come on in and plonk yourself down in our new armchairs and peruse our superb collection.

Actually, history, exploration, biography, atlases, and foreign languages are also to be found in the same room so if you've an interest in any of those, you can benefit from the read&relax area too.

You'll see that no expense has been spared in our efforts at interior decorating because of our desire to make your visit as pleasant as possible. See you soon.

Holistic Health - 17th Mar 2017

We have a very varied and eclectic selection of the following books in our wellbeing section in the shop. You are bound to find something that will be of assistance in your quest. So many enlightening and uplifting volumes have been written that there is always something for everyone.
  • Spirituality
  • Humanistic psychology
  • Inner peace
  • Transcendental meditation
  • New age
  • Self-help
  • Life-enhancement
  • Motivational reading
  • Inspirational texts
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Leadership
  • Mysticism
  • Happiness and love
  • Self-improvement
  • Holistic health
  • Life-changing strategies
  • Success


Childhood's literary characters from a different perspective - 16th Mar 2017

Childhood's literary characters from a different perspective Diagnoses
Tigger: ADHD predominantly hyperactive
Mad Hatter and March Hare: Shared Psychotic Disorder
Cinderalla: Approval Addiction
Goldilocks: Antisocial Personality 
Big Bad Wolf: Psychopathy

Intrigued? Then you need a copy of 
Tigger on the Couch: The Neuroses, Psychoses, Disorders and Maladies of our Favourite Childhood Characters
by Laura James

Dedicated to "all those bravely battling a psychological disorder and to the professionals who work tirelessly to help them" this inventive approach to personality disorders makes a valuable contribution to destigmatising mental illness. 

It is not a psychiatric textbook; it is accessible and appealing to everyone. It reveals how fairy tales can teach behaviour and values that children should avoid; it also shows how fairy tales can highlight core values and attributes that children should emulate. 

This is a fascinating read and may well send you back to scrutinise the flaws, problems and behaviour of the characters in your own favourite childhood books.


Matches & matchboxes (not the toys) - 15th Mar 2017

Now that society considers you an outcast or a pariah if you smoke, what are you to do with those lovely old-fashioned boxes of matches?

Match Tricks: Fun with Matches and Matchboxes
by Zodiastar

This intriguing little book is full of puzzles, tricks, games and clever stunts, all using those little old matches and matchboxes. Whether you are sitting comfortably by your log burner on a winter evening or socialising with friends or waiting for a train, make sure you have a box or two of matches and you will be able to entertain yourself and others for many a happy hour. 

Get yourself a copy of this book and you may be surprised at what you can do with such everyday items. 

As a bonus, you can find the answer to these questions:
  • How many matches in an average box?
  • Who invented matches and when?
  • Which wood are matches most commonly made of?
  • How many matches are made per year?

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