The ultimate gift for a foodie, traveller or New York buff, Shannon Bennett’s New York; A personal guide to the city’s best has just arrived in store. Last time he took us to Paris in a beautiful pastel volume, this time its beautifully art deco inspired in the same small format hardback.
Shannon takes you all the way from the Upper East Side to Chinatown and back, from hotdogs on the ‘sidewalk’ to the places to see and be seen, this book has it all. And not only that, its beautifully illustrated and in full colour with photographs of everything from squirrels to street signs. A lovely gift that makes for a lovely travel guide… if pretty much all you want to do in New York City is eat!
Over the past dozen or so years, Scholastic Australia have been publishing stories under the banner of My Australian Story. The authors have varied as have the topics and time period they are set in. Scholastic have recently republished the books, with new covers and they look really good. An example of the titles are below.
The Phar Lap Mystery by Sophie Masson
Our Don Bradman by Peter Allen
Refugee by Alan Sunderland
Outback by Christine Harris
Who Am I? by Anita Heiss
Surviving Sydney Cove by Goldie Alexander
They are novels but are based on historical research and will appeal to both girls and boys aged 9 up. $17 each.
If you have been looking forward to Scorpia Rising, the final book in the Alex Rider series, we have good news for you. With a world wide embargo date of the 21st March, the wait will be over for all you fans.
If you would like to pre-order the book, you can do so by email, phone or when you are next in the shop. It will be $18.95
Do you take something long so you won’t finish it too quickly? Something readable, maybe young adult? Something that fits in your hand carry? There are many factors to consider here! What about choice, for a long flight do you need variety to keep you entertained for hours?
I’m about to fly to North America and I’m taking a whole bunch of books but what do I put in check luggage and what do I carry on? Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom might be too ambitious, not to mention heavy… What about books I’ve already read, or there’s the light, cheap (disposable?) option of Popular Penguins.
I think I’ve tentatively decided on taking Freedom: LONG plus The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Re-reading, Everything Is Illuminated: Popular Penguin, and Tomorrow When The War Began: YA. And that’s just carry on. Covering all my bases? Hopefully! I’ll let you know if I chose well when I get back. What are your picks for plane (and holiday) reading?
The 2011 edition of The Age Cheap Eats Guide has just arrived in store. It’s $24.95 and is bigger than ever, with over 600 reviews. Happy eating!
Tim Waterstone is the man who set up the bookselling chain, Waterstone’s in the UK in 1982. He is no longer involved in that field and is an academic who writes in his spare time. In For a Penny, in for a Pound, is set in the world he inhabited for many years. We have publishing of both books and newspapers, bookselling and banking all featuring in the story, and not all of it in a flattering light by any means.
Hugh Emerson has set up the publishing house of his dreams, and although it is doing well critically, financially there are problems. His best friend Ned is a wealthy son of a newspaper magnate and is himself in investments. Ned wants to be more involved in the family business, but his father has shut him out of any meaningful influence. The newspaper magnate is out of touch, and has been diversifying into unrelated ventures, which are all starting to go pear shaped.
Hugh is married to Nicola and their continued inability to have a child is no longer spoken about. Her life becomes fraught when she falls for an unattainable man, but again Hugh and Nicola don’t talk about it. This is in contrast to the very fertile Ned and his wife Daisy who are happily smothered in babies and talk about things very naturally.
We have prima donna authors, slimy bankers, irascible old men, put-upon elder sons, ignored younger sons, imperious elders, ambitious politicians and more. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp through all of these different worlds and characters. It helps if you like an English feel to a book. Paperback, $33 Heather
Mirror by Jeannie Baker,
This beautiful and unique children’s picture book has earned a well deserved Indie Award nomination.
As the name suggests, Mirror tells the story of two families; one from Sydney, Australia and one from Morocco, North Africa. Although their lives are often very different, Baker shows us that some things when it comes to family are universal.
The stories are designed to be read simultaneously and although there are few words, the incredible collage style illustrations speak volumes. Mirror is a fantastic learning tool to teach our kids about different ways of life.
The Very Bad Book is more of the madcap mayhem and humour you would expect from Andy Griffiths, and kids LOVE it. It is one of the four short listed books in the children’s category of the 2011 Indie Award. It is $15
By Nightfall is the latest book written by Michael Cunningham, the author of The Hours which was published a few years ago. That book was made into a film which won Nicole Kidman an Oscar for her role playing Virginia Woolf. This book is set in present day New York and is about Peter and Rebecca Harris. He is an art dealer and she is editor of a small journal and they have been married for many years and are now in their fourties. When Mizzy, (his nickname meaning Mistake) arrives, he brings out the mother in Rebecca. She feels responsible for keeping him off drugs, and trying to get him into some sort of orderly life, and maybe, even, a job. Mizzy’s visit has an unexpected effect on Peter, and Peter begins to wonder what his life is all about. His daughter Bea, is an unhappy soul, and seems to blame her parents, and Peter in particular for all that she doesn’t like about her own life. All in all, Peter and Rebecca find their lives are unsatisfactory, and they are both struggling. Mizzy’s wily and manipulative nature is about to set Peter off in an unhelpful direction but he is aware of the dangers. This isn’t a great book, but Michael Cunningham is a lovely writer. The New York art world and the lives of the very rich make an interesting backdrop to the story.
Check out Michael’s website: http://www.michaelcunninghamwriter.com
Street Fight in Naples is one of the four Short listed books in the non-fiction category for the 2011 Indie Award. I haven’t read this book, but years ago I did read Midnight in Sicily, and Peter Robb is a writer who can really capture the imagination. If you are interested in Italy, art, history, political machinations, religion, taxation and culture or even just a few of those, get set for a gripping read. Max Oliver, a Sydney bookseller who reviewed Street Fight in Naples for Bookseller and Publisher magazine in November last year, said it isn’t an ‘easy’ read, but will reward those who are prepared to put in a little effort. The book is currently in hardback only, and is $50