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Tintin - 18th Jul 2016

Name Tintin's white dog and what breed he is (Keep reading for answer)

The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most enduringly popular comics of all time.  They were written by Herge, the pen name of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi (very useful to remember if you are ever playing the well known game "Name 10 famous ......" (Belgians).

The series consists of 24 adventures which take place all over the world.  They concern the exploits of Tintin and Snowy (his wire fox terrier), Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and others.  

There have been films, television series and documentaries of Tintin and there are even Tintin shops selling Tintin merchandise.  There is an Herge museum too.

And someone called Frederic Tuten has written a novel about Tintin as an adult.  I haven't read it but you could buy a copy, read it and write a review for us.  That would be great.

Or you could just try and collect all 24 books in the series.

Trip to Rio for the Olympics? - 16th Jul 2016

Essential guide books and phrase books

Once you make it to Brazil, you'll need to know what to do, where to go and what sights to see. You'll also want to know how to order some delicious Brazilian food or ask for a drink in a beachside bar in Brazilian Portuguese.  Make sure you try the famous caipirinha.  Mmmm!

What better way to prepare than to read a few guidebooks to get the lowdown on the best places to go and then carry a phrase book to help you ask directions and get what you want.

We have a great selection of travel guides and phrase books at prices far below the cost of new books.  Come in and have a look or browse through our online stock.  We don't just cover Brazil. We have guides to all sorts of countries and phrase books for all sorts of languages.  

You're bound to want to see a bit of the rest of South America, so pick up a Spanish phrase book as well.  Happy travelling

Rio Olympics - 15th Jul 2016

Olympic Games - next month - Rio de Janeiro

Were I lucky enough to have flights booked to Rio and tickets for a couple of Olympic events then I would be rushing to read all about Brazil before leaving.

We have a lovely selection of books on Brazil.  You can learn about its history, its culture, the Amazon, the tribes, its landscape, its art, its architecture, its food and much more.  You could start with Michael Palin's travelogue and go on from there.  Whatever your area of interest we can probably find a book on it.  

We can even do Billy Bunter in Brazil for your kids or Ira Levin's The Boys from Brazil if you fancy a thriller for the plane!

Continuing the sailing theme - 14th Jul 2016

The much loved series of sailing adventure books for children by Arthur Ransome

Set in the 1930s and 1940s, these stories centre around groups of children having great sailing adventures during their school holidays.  The first book is Swallows and Amazons which takes its name from the Walker children's dinghy Swallow and the Blackett children's dinghy Amazon.

The books are perhaps a bit dated but still understandably popular and very enjoyable for kids who like the outdoors.  There are 12 books in the series so if you can get your children interested, they'll be set for a good long while.

Rumour has it that there is a brand new film version of Swallows & Amazons due for release in cinemas fairly soon so for those of us who remember the 1960s tv series and the later 1974 film, this remake is bound to be worthwhile.  Watch this space (as they say).


Stewart Island Boats - 13th Jul 2016

Anyone who has an interest in boats and in Stewart Island boats in particular is going to love this book.

It is not only a reference to the individual boats which have made Stewart Island their home but it is also a tribute to the local skippers and crews who have made their livelihoods in the surrounding seas.

Stewart Island Boats traverses the whaling, timber milling, boat building, fishing and tourism days of Stewart Island.  It is packed with facts and figures and fascinating tidbits of information.

Check out our huge array of nautical / maritime / sailing books.

Common whipping, lashing, tying up and getting knotted - 12th Jul 2016

No, not S&M but .......
.......a fascinating little book called 'Stringlopedia' by Adam Hart-Davis.

It's a mixture of science, history, and trivia which takes you through every conceivable use of strands, strings, twine and rope, from common shoelaces to string theory.  

Perhaps you were a fan of Swallows and Amazons and wanted to learn how to tie all the knots they mentioned: if so, this is the book for you.  Learn to tie stoppers, reefs, bends, hitches, loops and whippings like a real pro.

Find out about rope & religion, rope in weaponry, string in sport, string and magic, loopy inventions and much, much more.  

This is a fun, fascinating, frivolous but fact-filled little book.  And if you haven't read any of the Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazon books, then check out our catalogue now.

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.

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