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New Zealand Wildlife - 11th Jul 2016

The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Wildlife

New Zealand is famous for the superb variety of its wildlife: its birds, animals, insects and marine creatures.

In this informative handbook, Geoff Moon describes and illustrates the fauna found in each habitat from seashore to mountain range and from desert to rainforest.  As an experienced wildlife photographer, he provides magnificent pictures to aid identification: whales, takahe tuatara, kakapo, saddleback, kea, weta, fantails and much much more.  This useful guide covers both native and introduced species, including pests, predators and game animals.  

Whether you are an armchair browser or whether you need something for the glovebox, the backpack or the bicycle pannier, this fascinating guide is an invaluable reference and travel companion.

Have a look at the wide range of natural history / wildlife books available from our online catalogue.  We have a huge selection to suit every interest and every pocket.

Roald Dahl - 9th Jul 2016

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth, a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
-Roald Dahl, The Twits

A little wisdom for you this afternoon from the much loved Roald Dahl. He has published over 30 books, including favourites such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, George's Marvellous Medicine, The Witches, and many more. 

Disney has just released the film adaptation of The BFG, which, like most Disney films, looks fantastic and doesn't fail to enchant and entertain, but often the substance and underlying messages tend to get lost when put on screen. Nothing is quite the same as reading the book for yourself and letting your imagination run wild. 

Roald Dahl's imaginative, humorous and eccentric tales for children, accompanied by Quentin Blake's charming illustrations, are a must for any child's bookshelf. 

If you loved his children's books, you may want to try reading some of his adult fiction - perhaps a collection of his short stories.

Crime Fiction Fans - 8th Jul 2016

Crime Fiction Fans Attention Lovers of Crime Fiction

It's surprising how many avid readers of murder mysteries don't read our own New Zealand authors.  We have a huge number of superb crime writers.  If you haven't ventured into this area before, you've got something to look forward to.  

Our own Ben Sanders is extremely popular and well known in the USA, far more so than here in his own country.  Give him a go.  Paul Cleave is a Christchurch writer and his recent "Trust No-one" is a great thriller and something a bit different from the norm.  Paul Thomas wrote "The Ihaka Trilogy" which combines a bit of humour with the murders.  

Couldn't possibly mention even a quarter of what's out there but here are a few more names to get you started: the obvious doyenne of crime Ngaio Marsh, Vanda Symon, Edmund Bohan, Barbara Else, Ian Clarke, Chad Taylor and Alix Bosco (aka Greg McGee).

Mini-Penguins for Kids - 7th Jul 2016

If you read our item yesterday, you will have already resolved to rush into the shop and buy up a lovely selection of mini-Penguins for yourself.

Here's an idea while you're here: buy another collection of Penguin 60s for your children in the school holidays.  They'll love them.  And you'll love them too if it means driving from A to B in comfortable silence as they read in the back of the car; sipping a cocktail on your flight as they read in the seat beside you; a peaceful train journey as you look at the scenery and they read their mini-Penguins; or a camping trip with happy rainy days as you all lounge around reading.

Come on in and get your selection now.

Well known authors - unknown books - 5th Jul 2016

When I say John Bunyan, Louisa M Alcott, Daniel Defoe or LP Hartley to you, you can say Pilgrim's Progress, Little Women, Robinson Crusoe and The Go-Between without having to think much about it.  

Now try this test: here's the book title, you guess the famous author (answers at the end)
1 Simonetta Perkins
2 Behind a Mask
3 The King of Pirates
4 The Life and Death of Mr Badman
5 The Touchstone
6 Tom Sawyer, Detective

Perhaps you've never heard of any of the above books but would like to give them a go.  We have a selection of little known novels by very well known writers so come in and have a look.
(Answers: 1 LP Hartley; 2 Louisa M Alcott; 3 Daniel Defoe; 4 John Bunyan; 5 Edith Wharton; 6 Mark Twain)

Not your average recipe book - 2nd Jul 2016

Face Food Recipes: A How-To Guide by Christopher D Salyers

The Japanese art of kyaraben, short for character bento, turns meals into a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. If you sigh with disappointment every time you open your lunch, have trouble convincing your kids to eat healthy food, or just love anime this may be the book you’ve been looking for.

Featuring characters from Pokemon, Dragon Ball, Ponyo, Spiderman and more this gorgeous little book shows you how to craft simple ingredients into works of art. It includes beautiful photographs of the completed bento, sketches illustrating how to assemble them, and a glossary of ingredients and cooking hints.

We can't guarantee your attempts will come out as perfect as the pictures... but you'll have fun trying!

A really good book - 1st Jul 2016

A really good book The God Boy by Ian Cross

This is a seriously good book.  It's a real classic of New Zealand literature.  Published in 1958, it is just as relevant today as when it was written.  

If you are old (like me) and you've already read it, then read it again and remind yourself of what a superb piece of writing this is.  

If you are young and you've never read it, you have a real treat in store.  It comes highly recommended.  

Once you've read it, check out our huge collection of New Zealand literature on our website.

Advanced Philosophy - 30th Jun 2016

Following on from yesterday's "fun" philosophy book, we bring you the "dark" side of philosophy.
Some years ago, the owner of Hard to Find purchased a large book collection, wherein languished some RG Collingwood philosophy volumes which had been given a rather unusual treatment.  You can get an idea from the accompanying photos.

Having perused all 11 volumes, Warwick realised they couldn't be sold in that state but, put on display, might serve as a warning that reading too much Collingwood  might drive one to distraction.    

If this hasn't put you off philosophy, then have a look at our huge collection of philosophy books on line or come in and browse in the shops.  

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