01 December 2016

In the irresistible tradition of Jilly Cooper

When legendary polo player Carlos Del Campo's will is read to his grieving family they're shocked to discover he has a daughter, Antonia, he'd never mentioned. Not long after this revelation, Carlos' eldest son, Alejandro, sets out to find his long-lost half-sister.

Having always dreamt of one day being reunited with her father, Antonia - better known as Noni - is heartbroken when the half-brother she's never met arrives on her doorstep with news of Carlos' death. She is struck by Alejandro's kindness towards her and, despite worrying about her outsider status, willingly accepts his offer of a job in the family polo business in Florida.

When Enzo, the Del Campos' loyal stable master, sees what a brilliant rider Noni is he's convinced she could transform the family team's lagging fortunes. But Noni isn't so sure about finally accepting her place within the Del Campo dynasty, or about what could happen if she lets Enzo into her heart . . .

Betrayal, secrets and passion all feature in this compelling novel about overcoming fear to find fulfilment.

28 November 2016

Popular Library Service is moving address but only virtually...

The web address for the South Taranaki District Council LibraryPlus Press Reader service is changing.

From Monday 5 December the old URL address www.pressdisplay.com will be replaced with this new URL:


Press Reader delivers an endless stream of top news and information with access to over 5.000 newspapers and magazines from 100 counties, just as they appear in print. You can get the Pressreader app at the Google Store and Apple App Store.

22 November 2016

Greatest one-percenter

Learn the real stories behind legendary events in motorcycle outlaw history. 

Pretty much everything the world has ever heard about one-percenter motorcycle clubs has been pure, unadulterated bullshit. Take the so-called Hollister riot of 1947 that started it all. LIFE magazine convinced America that what Hunter Thompson called "The Menace" was about to ride into town spewing rage and 30-weight motor oil, and America believed it.

So what really happened in Hollister? Greatest One-Percenter Myths, Mysteries, and Rumors Revealed divulges the truth about that incident and many more legendary events, including Charles Manson's desire for a biker army, what really happened to the Easy Rider bikes, and an examination of the mystery of the Waco shootings. The truth will be revealed, but only if you crack the spine on this book and read the real story.

19 November 2016

Smoking hot new non-fiction!


A memoir by one of America’s most select airborne firefighters by Jason Ramos and Julian Smith. Enter a world of breathtaking danger and beauty! 

Veteran smokejumper Jason Ramos offers a rare inside look at the lives of airborne firefighters, the select few who parachute into the most rugged and remote wild areas to battle nature’s blazes. 

Ramos has been in the fire service for 27 years and is in his 17th season as a firejumper is Washington. The Washington Post called this a “fun and valuable read for anyone seeking to learn more about those willing to risk their lives to battle such deadly infernos”. 

This lovely book has wild and wonderful outdoor crafts and activities for children of all ages. 

I particularly like the ideas for encouraging birds and butterflies into the garden, but it is a British book not all ideas will translate well to New Zealand conditions.


Constance is an Australian ‘mummy blogger’ whose blog went viral; she is currently on a speaking tour in New Zealand. 

In her first book she talks about her life, and offers advice on living happy. 

Be warned though, this contains strong language. 

King Power Stadium, countdown to kickoff. 

On the stadium walls the signs say #Fearless. 

5,000-1 shots when the campaign started, Leicester’s transformation has been remarkable and this book documents the hunt for their impossible dream. 

When Sara Davidson’s marriage broke down, she felt as though her life was over. 

It took every ounce of her strength to deal with the daily rollercoaster of raw emotions and the practical difficulties that make divorce one of life’s most stressful experiences. 

This book is the guide Sara looked for – and couldn’t find – at that time.

Nujeen Mustafa has cerebral palsy and cannot walk. This did not stop her braving inconceivable odds to travel in her wheelchair from Syria in search of a new life. 

Sharing her full story for the first time, Nujeen recounts the details of her childhood and disability, as well as her harrowing journey across the Mediterranean to Greece and finally to Germany to seek an education and the medical treatment she needs.