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History in Quotations - 7th Apr 2017

History in Quotations A historical reference work with a difference:
History in Quotations by MJ Cohen and John Major

An original approach to history which brings the last 5000 years to life through the medium of quotations. The book is well cross-referenced and comprehensively indexed so that speakers, subjects, and events can be easily located. 

Just an example:
"We are not about to send American boys 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves," said President Lyndon B Johnson in 1964. Johnson campaigned for election in 1964 as the candidate pledged to keep America out of the war, as Wilson had in 1916 and as Roosevelt had in 1940:
""I shall say it again and again and again. Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars."

This is an addictively browsable work of popular history.

A Good Read - 6th Apr 2017

A Good Read As the weekend approaches, one's thoughts turn to a good book for a Saturday night in (well, mine do anyway). 

The Bookseller of Kabul is non-fiction, written by Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad. She lived with a Kabul bookseller and his family for several months and her book tells their story. It is an intimate portrait of Afghani people unlike anything you will have read before. It gives a rare glimpse into the life of a family and a country.

The book has received praise and criticism almost in equal measure - some readers finding it irresistible and others, irritating. Why not grab a copy and make up your own mind?

The Bookseller of Kabul
by Asne Seierstad


Capitalism revealed - 5th Apr 2017

Capitalism revealed If you're not sure what capitalism is, if you think politics is a waste of time, if you've been wondering why your life doesn't get better despite rising income, if you think some people are richer than others because they are more capable & better educated, if you want to know why poor countries are poor, and/or if you think the world is an unfair place but there is nothing to be done about it, then read this book:

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
by Ha Joon Chang

This book is a must-read. Written by a Cambridge University Professor of Economics, it reveals the truth about how the world works, including: there's no such thing as a free market; the washing machine has changed lives more than the internet; and making rich people richer doesn't make the rest of us richer.

Mr Chong writes wittily, lucidly, intelligently and succinctly. You will only hate his book if you are a financier or investment banker or venture capitalist.

A cookbook with a difference - 4th Apr 2017

A cookbook with a difference Do you buy cookbooks because of the lovely glossy pictures and "lifestyle" photography? If you answered yes then this book is not for you.

Are you one of the few remaining old-fashioned cooks who buys cookbooks because of the recipes and other food-related information? If you answered yes then this book is for you.

The New Laurel's Kitchen: A Handbook for Vegeterian Cookery & Nutrition
by Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Brian Ruppenthal

Think delicious recipes, menu suggestions, wholesome cooking, fat reduction without loss of flavour, energy-yielding nutrients, cooking for pregnancy, diet against disease, vitamins, minerals and more. 

This book bills itself as the complete cookbook and reference for the whole-foods kitchen and is recommended to both professionals and nonprofessionals.

It's a double whammy - all the recipes as well as plenty to read and learn when you aren't in the kitchen.

Salmon fishing but not as you know it - 3rd Apr 2017

Salmon fishing but not as you know it The Salmon Book by Douglas Sutherland

Most books on salmon fishing contain practical hints on casting techniques, information on fly reels and knotters and maybe some advice about where and when.

Douglas Sutherland's book will not teach you how to catch fish. However, in terms of the practical, you will learn how to cook one to perfection. You will read of foolhardy fishing trips in isolated parts of the world. You will hear of some of the eccentric characters who populate the banks of any salmon-fishing river. You will be instructed in the intricacies of poaching (and I do not mean the cooking method). 

The book is for anyone who has ever caught, tried to catch or dreamt of catching a salmon. You should have a copy in your fishing tackle bag or on your bedside table for when you get home at the end of the day. It is irresistable.

From the Beast to the Blonde - 1st Apr 2017

From the Beast to the Blonde Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel - fairy tales are something nearly everyone's childhood has in common. But where did these stories come from? Who told them before they were written down and how have they changed over time?

In this extensive study Marina Warner takes us through the history of some of the famous stories, examining possible sources, morals and lessons taught, and what they might have meant to different people in different times. She also includes a history of storytelling and storytellers, and many illustrations that have accompanied the stories.

This is a fabulous in-depth cultural history that is sure to interest and educate anyone who opens it.

A Guide for the Perplexed - 31st Mar 2017

A Guide for the Perplexed If you are not familiar with the series Guides for the Perplexed then you have a real treat in store. They are published by Continuum and are a clear, concise and accessible introduction to philosophers, authors and subjects which can be challenging.

The books concentrate on what makes the subect difficult . They explain key ideas and guide you to a thorough understanding of what you might otherwise have abandoned as beyond you (if you are like me, anyway). 

Adorno: A Guide for the Perplexed
Kierkegaard: A Guide for the Perplexed

Above are just two examples but if you've ever struggled (and failed) to fathom something or found a thinker or subject incomprehensible, it is definitely worth checking to see if Continuum have a Guide for the Perplexed on that very topic. These books enlighten and illuminate without patronising. They are a great resource

Have you got a heart? - 30th Mar 2017

Dr Ross Walker's entertaining books on heart health are billed as a must for everyone with a heart!

If I Eat Another Carrot I'll Go Crazy! The Five Point Way to a Healthy Heart
What's Cookin' Doc: The Five Point Diet for a Healthy Heart

Dr Walker suggests that heart health is based on some simple food facts and action plans. His method is enjoyable, life-enhancing and fun. He addresses diet, vitamins, exercise and a stress-free life in a straightforward manner and makes complex medicine and science easy. He makes clear why good food, wine & relaxation will keep you out of the cariologist's office. The accompanying recipe book rounds out the healthy heart duo.

We've got copies of these two books for only NZ$1.00 for the two - packaged neatly in a cellophane wrapper and brand new to boot! How can you resist?

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