24 October 2016

It's Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne

- a time for family, friends and feasting. Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She's at her happiest when she's creating delicious, doughy treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. 

She's determined that this Christmas is going to be their best on yet, but life doesn't always work out as planned... When Polly's best friend Kerensa turns up with a secret that threatens the life Polly and Huckle have built together, the future begins to look uncertain. 

And then a face from Polly's past reappears and things become even more complicated. Polly can usually find solace in baking but she has a feeling that's not going to be enough this time. Can she get things back on track so that everyone has a merry Christmas?

23 October 2016

Great tales from rural New Zealand

Master storyteller Gordon McLauchlan recognises a good yarn when he sees it.

Following the success of Great Tales form New Zealand History, this new collection of intriguing, quirky stories looks at country life in New Zealand. 

From swaggers, to kauri gum, shearers to land girls, Mclauchlan leads us down uncharted country lanes and tempts us with many little-known tales form New Zealand's farming and rural past.

22 October 2016

Did you know that...

SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in nine out of the ten Dewey library categories.

When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’

Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.
Dickens’s house had a secret door in the form of a fake bookcase. The fake books included titles such as ‘The Life of a Cat’ in 9 volumes.

Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.

The first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

According to one estimate, J. R. R. Tolkien is the author of the second and third biggest-selling novels in the world.

As well as being a real species of scorpion, a ‘book scorpion’ is someone who is hostile to books or learning; the phrase is first recorded in 1649 in a work by poet Andrew Marvell.

In order to feel close to it, Joan Didion often sleeps in the same room as the book she is working on.

The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.

The first person Ray Brad­bury asked out was a book­store clerk; they married in 1947 and were together until her death in 2003.

The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.

The most expensive book in the world costs (in theory) 153 million Euros and is only 13 pages long.

The word ‘shrine’ comes from the Latin scrinium meaning ‘chest for books’.

The word ‘boghandler’ is the Danish word for ‘bookseller’.

The Norwegian translation of the Mr Men book Mr Bump is called Herr Dumpidump.

Only 2% of the 1.2 million different books sold in the US in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies.
In the sixteenth century, primers or learning books for children were known as ‘hornbooks’.

At high school, J. D. Salinger was so fond of acting that he signed the yearbook with the names of the roles he’d performed.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Treatise on the Astrolabe’ is possibly the first children’s science book written in English – he wrote it for his son.

The earliest known written instance of the word ‘book’ is in a book by Alfred the Great.

‘Bibliosmia‘ is the enjoyment of the smell of old books.

Another word for a plagiarist is a ‘brain-sucker’; the word’s first recorded appearance in print (in 1781) was in reference to booksellers.

‘Incunabula’ means something in its early stages, especially any book printed before 1500; it comes from the Latin for ‘swaddling-clothes’.

Ford Madox Ford recommended that readers judge a new book, not by its first page, but by its 99th, the better to gauge the book’s quality.

In 2007, Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal when he started signing books during an unannounced visit to a bookshop in Australia.

Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.

The most expensive printed book in the world is the 1640 Bay Psalm book from America. It sold in November 2013 for $14.2 million.

A ‘bouquinist’ is a dealer in ‘second-hand books of little value’.

The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.

Sourced from 30 interesting facts about books

21 October 2016

One of our borrowers said...

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=69902I started listening to this as an audio book as I enjoy audio in my car instead of listening to the radio. I got to chapter 10 when I arrived home and was so enthralled with the book I didn't want to stop. I knew if I took the CD out of the car I would probably lose my place! So I raced inside and got my ipad and searched on Borrowbox to see if it was available as an eBook because it was Sunday and the library was shut!

To my delight it was so I made a cup of tea, found chapter 10 and read it to the end!  I've never read this author before and now I want to read other books by her.  I love books that have a mystery that involves someone having to research the past to find answers and that tells the story over time between the characters.

I recommend this book both in print and audio to people who enjoy a book that makes you try and put the pieces of the puzzle together along with the people in it.

The blurb:

For fans of Colleen McCullough, Kate Morton, and Lucinda Riley, a powerful saga of family, love, honor, and betrayal set in historical Barcelona and romantic Paris, from the author of Tuscan Rose.

“You who judge me: come! Let me tell you a story…” Paloma Batton is the granddaughter of Spanish refugees who fled Barcelona after the Civil War. A disciplined student attending the school of the Paris Opera Ballet, Paloma lets little get in the way of her career until she receives a mysterious pair of golden earrings. She begins exploring her Spanish heritage and becomes fascinated by la Rusa, a woman who rose from poverty to become one of the great flamenco dancers of modern times before committing suicide. As Paloma begins to unravel the secrets of the past, she discovers more than one person who had good reason for wanting la Rusa dead—including Paloma’s own grandmother.

Written with the same depth and emotion as Belinda Alexandra’s “rich, unforgettable saga” (Kimberly Freeman, author of Wildflower Hill) Tuscan Rose, Golden Earrings moves between two of the great cities of Europe: Barcelona in the lead-up to the Civil War and Paris in the 1970s. It is the story of two women and the extremes to which they are willing to go for love. And above all, it is a story of great passions—and great betrayals—where nothing is quite as it seems.

19 October 2016

A review from Opunake LibraryPlus!

If you are a fan of S J Bolton and have not realised she now writes as Sharon Bolton you have a little catching up to do!  The first book she wrote as Sharon is Little Black Lies and it was excellent.  Daisy in Chains is no different.

I've discovered with this authors writing that you get to the end of her books, pause and think "Well, I didn't see that coming!" and have to go back a few pages to re-read the ending just to make sure you read what you thought you did!

I got caught up in the characters and followed the trail I am sure the author intended only to find that nothing was what I thought it was. It is an intriguing read from start to finish and kept me absorbed the whole way through.  If you like dark chilling suspense, this book and author are worth it.

17 October 2016

Te mātāpunenga

Te mātāpunenga sets out the terms and concepts of Māori customary law as they are recorded in traditional Māori accounts and historical records, along with modern interpretations of the terms and concepts, the contexts for their cited uses, etymological information, regional differences, and the manner in which customary concepts have been recognised or modified by the legislative and judicial branches of the New Zealand government since 1840. 

It provides an authoritative point of reference for those wishing to engage in the ongoing public discourse on the future shape of the legal system of our country.

16 October 2016

Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds have a new client:

Emma Brauer, a woman accused in the mercy killing of her aged father, Robert Brauer. Insisting she's innocent, Emma tells Paul about a package sent to her father shortly before he entered the hospital. Bequeathed to him by a member of his unit from World War II, the box contains a key and a slip of paper. Emma fears that this package is connected to her father s death.

When Paul's young assistant Sofia is murdered, Madriani is blindsided by the realization that Emma's fears are well-grounded.

Digging into Robert's military history, Madriani discovers that other members of the Army unit Robert served with have recently died under similarly suspicious circumstances. When he finds that the box sent to Brauer relates to a mysterious talisman that went missing at the end of the war is a feared Nazi relic known as the Blood Flag Madriani and Hinds realize they are in for the fight of their lives.

With Emma s life on the line and their own safety in jeopardy, Madriani must uncover the truth before the evil of the Blood Flag is allowed to spin a new web. 

Adult audio.

15 October 2016

You always want what you can't have!

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor's first kiss-a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. 

After spending years performing on cue, Emma can't help but wonder if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her romances. She's been burned by heartthrobs (and the press) one too many times, but there's something about Emma's co-star on her new TV show Coyote Hills that is irresistible. 

Jake Elliott is gorgeous, smart and actually cares about Emma's charitable foundation. But she's sworn off on-set relationships. They always end badly . . . don't they? 

Teen fiction.

14 October 2016

Highly original, extremely funny, and darkly moving...

When journalist "MS" interviews the mysterious "XX" for a job at her magazine, she hires him straight away--because he's gorgeous. As one date leads to another, her obsession spirals. 

MS finds herself writing letters to Facebook (to see if XX can tell how many times she views his page), to her phone company (can they delete messages she regrets sending?) and to XX's favorite author (who is dead), while the object of her affection remains aloof, a moodily seductive Vespa-riding urbanite. All This Has Nothing To Do With Me by Monica Sabolo is an exposé of a broken heart. 

With full access to MS's photos, diary extracts, and emails, it documents MS and XX's relationship from jubilant start to painful finish, and lays out her life--and past--for our scrutiny. 

Highly original, extremely funny, and darkly moving, this is an unputdownable glimpse into the depths of one woman's psyche.

Translated from the French.

12 October 2016

A quick review!

One of our borrowers really enjoyed this book and said it reminded them of The Rosie Project.

Dubbed 'brainbox' by his peers and 'weirdo' by his sister, Kevin Dwyer is a middle-aged forensic accountant who has never had a real friend, other than his eight-year-old nephew Patrick. When Kevin joins the Clifton Park Sports Club trivia competition as a one-man team, and convincingly wins the first round, he is headhunted by the other contestants. But Kevin would prefer to be on his own. That is, until he meets Maggie Taylor . . .

Maggie is a Latin teacher and movie buff, who's good at her job but unlucky in love. In fact, she's still besotted with the man who dumped her years ago. Nagged by her friend Carole about getting out and meeting people, Maggie reluctantly joins the trivia team founded by Carole's husband Edward.

Over a season of trivia nights, Kevin, Maggie and her team will experience arguments and crises, friendships and romances, heartbreaks and new beginnings. And maybe, just maybe, Kevin will find his happy ever after .

11 October 2016

Somewhere, up ahead, a person is bleeding...

but you have to put that out of your mind. Your job is negotiating with time and space. You have your clock, that person has their own, and in the end, whether the rate at which your clock is ticking matches theirs is out of your control. 

Often referred to as a 'search and rescue daredevil', John Funnell is one of New Zealand's longest serving and most respected search and rescue pilots, having clocked an incredible 19,000 hours of flying time. Rescue Pilot shares stories from his 49 years flying search and rescue helicopters all over New Zealand - and beyond. 

John is a hero to the thousands of victims he has transported to safety over the years, and is perhaps best known for his unprecedented 1200-kilometre mission to save a MetService employee attacked by a shark on the remote subantarctic Campbell Island.  

Fearless and prepared to give pretty much any mission a go, John boasts a remarkable aviation career. What's more, he's a natural-born story-teller, and the adventures he recounts are utterly gripping."
Often referred to as a 'search and rescue daredevil', John Funnell is one of New Zealand's longest serving and most respected search and rescue pilots, having clocked an incredible 19,000 hours of flying time.

10 October 2016


http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160676Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo.

The totally algebraic adventures of Finn and Jake have come to the comic book page! The Lich, a super-lame, SUPER-SCARY skeleton dude, has returned to the the Land of Ooo, and he's bent on total destruction! Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case...but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet? Featuring fan-favorite characters Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess and the Ice King!

The Lich, a super-lame, SUPER-SCARY skeleton dude, has returned to the the Land of Ooo, and he's bent on total destruction. Luckily, Finn and Jake are on the case ... but can they succeed against their most destructive foe yet?

09 October 2016

Girl stuff for girls aged 8-12

Here's everything you need to know about being a pre-teen, from Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff for teens. 

* body changes 
* dealing with friends & bullies 
* getting confident 
* first periods 
* pimples 
* hair (wherever it is) 
* phones & being online 
* what to eat 
* being fit & healthy 
* the best books & movies 
* how to be happy with your own true self 
* & lots more!  

Girl Stuff 8-12 fits under your pillow and is written with the help of medical and other experts. PS: This book is for girls aged 8 to 12. Girls 12+ need Girl Stuff: Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years .

08 October 2016

A young woman is found beheaded

in an infamous business tycoon's marble-lined hallway. 

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace. But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete? Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes & More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma's world a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation. 

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible. But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?

07 October 2016

Billy turns into a bird...

Liam and Iris have one son- Billy, a bright toddler puddling about like a penguin, leaving surrealist art installations all over the house- a tiny cow in a teapot in a hat on the doorstep, of course! A stuffed crocodile in a silk camisole perched beside a woollen chick in a beanie on the bread-bin, why not!' 

Just as they are despairing about being able to conceive another child, Jason comes into their family. He arrives under fraught circumstances, but might just make a perfect sibling for Billy. Jason is a ' lovely, poor, sad, unfortunate, ordinary, annoying, delightful nuisance of a ratbag of a hoot of a kid ' and the boys grow close over the ensuing years. 

But after a terrible accident, Billy turns into a bird. He utterly believes it- and as his behaviour becomes increasingly worrying, Liam and Iris must find a way to stop their family flying apart.

06 October 2016

First the birds disappeared...

Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer's Folly--a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .

05 October 2016

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

A hundred years in the future, New York's elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something… and everyone has something to lose.

As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. 

And on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall?

Friends will be betrayed and enemies forged as promises are broken. When you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

04 October 2016

Grandpa is a dinosaur..

Acclaimed comic writers Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones have produced a hilarious and kooky story about a little girl called Wanda and her huge, green, scaly, spiky grandpa.

Wanda has noticed some very unusual things about her grandpa... His pants need tail holes. He can eat an entire tree. His footprints attract palaeontologists.

GRANDPA IS A DINOSAUR. Wanda knows it, but nobody will believe her! So Wanda decides to ask Grandpa herself. With sly humour lurking in every illustration, MY GRANDPA IS A DINOSAUR is a picture book for all kids who notice things that no one else does.

03 October 2016

2 quick book reviews from Cath

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=158727For love: 25 heartwarming celebration of humanity is a lovely collection of visual stories. One of my favourites is a sole child who has a bulldog, Lola, as her constant companion and dresses her up for tea parties and other adventures. 

Pen to paper: artists’ handwritten letters is a collection of letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. A letter from painter Georgia O’Keeffe shows her quite artistic hand and tendency to write with total disregard for the rules; much as she lived her life. This is an interesting glimpse into both the thoughts, and penmanship, of some of America’s greatest artists.

02 October 2016

The Squishy Taylor series - new in Junior Fiction

 An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*Why does Squishy have to share everything with her new step-sisters?
*Why is her next-door neighbor the crankiest man in the world?
*Why are green jelly snakes the yummiest?
*Who's that hiding in the basement?

An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*Why is Boring Lady being so interesting?
*What kind of person comes back from holidays with no luggage?
*Why can they only have dessert on Saturday nights?
*Who's been smuggling illegal diamonds?

An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*How could a vase disappear from a locked apartment?
*How come everyone is getting Dad's special forehead-kisses too?
*Why does toast taste better on a balcony?
*How do you get rid of a Chinese-warrior ghost?

An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*What's the best way to sneak onto a film set?
*Why do grown-ups trust you more when you're carrying a Baby?
*Is a pizza even a pizza without mozzarella?
*What do you do when everyone hates your hero?

 An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*Why are tunnels be both exciting and scary?
*How do dogs always know who the bad guys are?
*Why are pinkie-swears so important?
*Who's storing toxic waste under the park?

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=160591 An apartment full of questions on a street full of mysteries ...

*How long would it take to cycle to a space station?
*Why does red cordial make everyone more fun?
*How come you can't hug over the Internet?
*Why is there a renegade astronaut on the roof?