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Calling all dentists - 21st Nov 2016

Calling all dentists Medicine for Dentists: A Problem-based Approach
Written by Simon Dimmitt

This book is what you need if you are a dentist or a student.  It gives you access to accurate medical information quickly and easily.

These days, dentists have to be able to cope with so much more than just their patients' dental needs. They can often be faced with medical risk factors or drug sensitivity problems, for example. This book deals with the medical conditions that are most likely to be of importance to dentists.

The book has a problem-based approach to the essentials of pathophysiology and delas with what to look for, possible areas of concern and what to do, and much more besides. It is clear, concise, easy to use and provides valuable information at a very reasonable price. 


The Wind in the Willows - 19th Nov 2016

This famous children's book was born in 1908 when Kenneth Grahame decided to write down and expand on the bedtime stories he told his son. Over 100 years on it still holds a prized place in many people's collections, both young and old.

It has been reprinted many times and adapted for both theatre and television. While we are not lucky enough to have a first edition we do have this beautiful early edition. Printed in 1913, it is illustrated by Paul Bransom with 10 vibrant colour plates.

This stunning copy would make a collector very happy, but if the $200 price tag is a little too much for you we have many copies available of this classic story, both online and in the shop.

H P Lovecraft - 18th Nov 2016

H P Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft; writer of horror and science fiction, has a devoted following of readers. Decades after they were written, his books are still sought after with fans traipsing far and wide to track down copies of his novels that they haven't yet read.

He was a relatively prolific writer so there are many titles to choose from. Here are a few just to give a flavour of his books: In the Vault, The Hound, The Shunned House, The Rats in the Walls, Beyond the Wall of Sleep, The Beast in the Cave. You begin to feel the horror seeping through.

Although a brilliant ideas man when it came to his writing, Lovecraft had some pretty unpleasant political views. You may not have known that so as a Lovecraft fan you may be interested in this little paperback you see in the photo.  

It is by Richard Lupoff and is called Lovecraft's Book: The Astounding Story of HP Lovecraft and the Nazi Connection.  It relates a difficult period in his life where he flirted with fascism. I won't give any more away.  Come in and buy the book and see what you think.


A real treat - 17th Nov 2016

Afternoon tea

One of our loyal regular customers came into the shop with a magnificent offering today.  She had popped into the Wolf at the Door cafe in Carroll Street (Dunedin) on the way here and had purchased the beautiful cinnamon scrolls you can see in the attached pictures. She generously donated them to the hardworking bookshop staff.

The staff discussed the merits of immediate consumption versus delayed gratification and, in the end, plumped for the latter. A great deal of willpower was required to hold off until 4pm for afternoon teatime but it was worth the wait!

We have now wolfed the lot so if you are on your way in to the bookshop to purchase some reading for the weekend, I'm afraid you have missed out on the cinnamon scrolls - but there are PLENTY of books to choose from.

A huge thank you for the lovely treat.


Secrecy Cryptography Ciphers - 16th Nov 2016

Secrecy Cryptography Ciphers Simon Singh's The Code Book

Simon Singh is a physicist and he wrote the book Fermat's Last Theorem.  As such, he is well placed to author this history of codes.  He approaches the subject from the point of view of linguistics, mathematics, science, technology and history.

The text is illustrated with many examples of code and the colourful personalities behind them (Mary Queen of Scots, for example).

Singh looks at code-creation and code-breaking from military espionage to modern computers as he charts the evolution of codes and their relevance today. 

At the end of the book, Singh includes a world-wide Cipher Challenge.  He offered a massive reward to the first reader to successfully crack it.  Maybe you should pop in to the shop, buy a copy and have a go at winning the 10,000 pounds!


Most recent book buy - 15th Nov 2016

The intrepid, fearless, energetic and enthusiastic Hard to Find buyers set off in a large hired truck yesterday to do a huge book buy in Timaru.  A pair of tired, worn out but satisfied and euphoric buyers returned in the early evening with the truck packed to the gunwales.

Some heavy hitters were on hand when they arrived back to lug the boxes up the first flight of stairs and cram them into one of the book aisles, thus temporarily blocking access, as you can see from the photos. There they will remain until they've been processed and cataloguing can begin.  It's quite a daunting task but all in a day's work for our brave buyers.

Today, one was sporting injuries and staggering around in pain after packing and carrying such heavy loads but both were happy with the interesting selection they had purchased and looking forward to the next step. You just can't keep a good buyer down!

Leonard Cohen - 14th Nov 2016

It was a sad day for music, songwriting and poetry when Leonard Cohen died. He will be sorely missed.

Many of us have been fans for decades and have eagerly followed the release of each one of his books and albums. Some of us are lucky enough to have seen him live in concert. If the other concerts were anything like the one I attended, they would have been truly moving occasions. I felt it was a privilege to have been able to be there.

Now he has gone, perhaps you would like to read one of his own books (Beautiful Losers, The Favourite Game, Energy of Slaves, Selected Poems, Flowers for Hitler, or Parasites of Heaven, to name but a few) or maybe you would like to read something about him such as a biography or Vinson & Friedlander's Songs of Leonard Cohen. Come in to the shop or have a look on our website. You are bound to find something of interest.

He was one of the greats of the music world and some feel that if any musician was going to get the Nobel Prize then he should have been the one.  What do you think?

Steam Trains - 11th Nov 2016

Glorious South Island Steam Power
By Robert John

The author bills this book as a 'blast from the past' and it certainly brings back happy memories if you are of a certain age.

Whether you are a steam engine fan or just interested in a bit of local history, this is a lovely book with beautiful photography. There are pictures of the trains all over the south and on the West Coast. Flick through and mourn all the stations and tracks that have disappeared.

You can't really beat the sight of a glorious steam locomotive roaring along the tracks with a plume of smoke trailing behind so come in and get yourself a copy of this newly republished book or buy one as a perfect Christmas present for the railway fan in your life.


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