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BOOK REVIEWS for Booklovers from The Booklover

Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover




WILD NEW ZEALAND FROM THE ROAD
Gordon Ell  
$52

In 1937 Andras Levi, a Hungarian-Jewish student, heads for New Zealand is world famous for its natural environment: its changeable and unique landscape, its strange and wonderful flora and fauna.

This book is both celebration and guidebook, outlining the most significant features of our wilderness and introducing the key species and where they can easily be experienced. It features readily accessible nature encounters: viewing areas and hides from which rare birds can be observed, short bush walks and even what can be seen directly from the car as the Kiwi or international tourist drives through our magnificent country. It covers such highlights as dolphins in the Bay of Islands, godwits on the Thames Coast and near Christchurch, the flora and fauna of the Southern Alps, and penguins and seals in Otago. Fully illustrated with beautiful colour photographs, this book can be enjoyed at home to plan a trip or taken on the road to entertain and inform. 

STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG
Kate Atkinson
$40

Hurrah! A new Jackson Brodie story. The fourth in a bestselling series of mysteries, featuring the beguiling ex-cop and private investigator Brodie, follows Case Histories, One Good Turn and When Will There Be Good News?

One moment of madness is all it takes for security chief Tracy Waterhouse’s humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn. Witnesses to Tracy’s Faustian exchange are Tilly, an elderly actress teetering on the brink of her own disaster, and Jackson Brodie who has returned to his home county in search of someone else’s roots. All three characters learn that the past is never history and that no good deed goes unpunished.

With unlikely heroes and villains, Kate Atkinson’s mysteries are character driven and combine several different plot strands to form a complex, yet satisfying read, full of wit, wisdom and a fierce moral intelligence.  

DINING OUT: A History of the Restaurant in New Zealand
Perrin Rowland  
$62

From oyster bars and ordinaries to hotel dining rooms, from Dunedin’s Savoy to K Road’s Hi Diddle Griddle, from haute cuisine to Pacific flavours, from hogget to hapuka – Dining Out introduces us to the history of the New Zealand restaurant from the 1860s to the present.

Drawing on menus, memories, photographs and newspapers, Perrin Rowland tells the story of the first 19th-century restaurants; luxury in the golden age; licensing and the Depression years; World War II and the Americans; post-war dining and the six o’clock swill; the rise of ethnic restaurants; and our contemporary explosion of flavours. Extensively illustrated and engagingly written, Dining Out is a great, gastronomical tour through New Zealand history. In amongst the silver service and salads of the New Zealand restaurant experience lies a fascinating story about the way our peoples and cultures have changed over the last 150 years. 

by The Booklover

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