6th August with Leighton Smith
True Crime Jake Arnott Sceptre $26.95
Third book in
the series following The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers. Celebrity gangster
is telling his story via a ghostwriter but the past is not something other
members of the family want to dwell on especially when his ex is making her
way on TV as an actress in a soap opera. Real Lock Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels stuff with a real whiff of the Krays. Arnott takes you through the
streets of London like a real crim.
Snobs Julian Fellowes Archetype $34.95
Brideshead Revisited story of a young woman marrying into the aristocracy
and discovering rather than living like the rich and famous they live like
penny-pinching royalty and she also has a formidable mother-in-law looking
after her precious son’s interests to boot. Full of weekend house parties
and misunderstandings and eventually true love. Fun and froth from the
director of Gosford Park.
In Another Light Andrew Greig Archetype $34.95
A tale of
fathers and sons and discovering that the person you thought you knew had
another life. Feeling his father around him when going through a
life-threatening illness triggers a series of events whereby the past is
brought to light. Set in Scotland and Penang Malaysia the story flicks back
and forth from the thirties to the present and from a young doctor setting
out for the colonies to his son coming to terms with his own mortality.
Rio De Janeiro Roy Castro Bloomsbury $34.95
the delightful Writers on Travellers series and this time we are taken on an
adventure through the streets of Rio accompanied by the very able author Ruy
Castro. From the millionaires avenues to the shantytowns in the hills to
Carnival and the beaches the vibrancy that is Rio is caught between the
pages of this book purely for your edification and wonder. Super.
30th July With Leighton Smith
Selection of children’s books and teen reads including
Maguire from Reed
from Allen and Unwin
From Uranus Andy Griffiths
from Harper Collins
Ashley from Harper Collins
23rd July with Leighton Smith
Domesday Book Thomas Hind South Pacific $44.95
A look at one
of the great historical documents of all time. They went out and counted,
listed, taxed and defined the counties, villages that still exist in England
some 900 years later. A real who was who of the landowners and farmers of
The Master Colm Toibin Picador $34.95
A novel set
around the life and times of Henry James. Colm Toibin has blended a clever
mix of fact and fiction into this neat piece of literature. The dour and
slightly dismal Henry James is feted by society which he reproduces in his
novels such as Washington Square and the Bostonians whereas in truth his own
life was rather sad and shambolic.
Queen of the South Arturo Perez Reverte Allen and Unwin $34.95
Mendoza is a narcos moll from down Mexico way. When she gets the call that
means she should make a run for it she escapes from Mexico and ends up in
Spain. Because of past debts she is still involved with gangs and drugs and
the dark side of life. This spiffing story traces the 12 years since her
escape and the finale is as good as it gets. Go back and read his other
Lance Armstrong Images of a Champion Rodale $49.95
few doubters that Armstrong could pull off yet another brilliant win in the
Tour de France and he did indeed go on to break yet another record. The
photographs capture the atmosphere and the pressure he puts himself through
to get the coveted Yellow Jersey. This is a tribute to the man and his
2nd July With Leighton Smith
Mind Mapping For Kids Tony Buzan $39.95
and full of colour this book helps kids to organise their minds for study.
Setting out the plans for mind mapping will help not only the learning
process but also revision. Adults could gain from taking a peek at this
book. Suitable for those from about 11 to 14. A good family investment.
Killing Juanita Peter Rees Allen and Unwin $34.95
story of a criminal case that has yet to be fully solved. Juanita Nelson was
an activist and newspaper owner in Sydney. In 1975 she disappeared from a
club in Kings Cross her body has yet to be found but all the clues point to
property developers and club land gangsters who wanted her out of the way
after she continually drew attention to the fact that they were demolishing
the heart of Sydney for the sake of shoddy office blocks. Peter Rees has
done an incredible job piecing together the information that makes Killing
Juanita a fascinating story and one of the great-unsolved crimes in
Love in Shades of Grey Glynne McLean Penguin $28
engrossing and erotic. This is life death and selling your soul. The day
Claire gets the commission to compose an opera she also learns that she has
a terminal illness. She does a deal with a man thinking she has nothing to
lose but life proves to be a bit more complicated than that. Touch of
Josephine Hart in this dark tale.
Paranoia Joseph Finder Allen and Unwin $35.00
Cassidy signs a few chits to give his friend in the loading bay a good send
off. When he is threatened with the police or helping his company he opts
for the espionage role. What he discovers is that he is very good at it and
able to make himself a lot of money. Trouble is each time he gains he
sabotages one of his friends and pretty soon life is looking very bleak.
Finder looks set for a career up the bestseller charts a la Harlan Coben,
Lee Child with his new look thriller. Believable and readable, what more
could one ask for?
25th June With Leighton Smith.
The Rebel Jack Dann Flamingo $34.95
Great “ What
if “ novel. A young James Dean is having a thing with his girlfriend the
young Marilyn Monroe. Things are not running too smoothly for him on the
film set and he goes for a drive. The car- as we all know crashes- but now
he is pulled from the wreckage by Jack Dann and history is rewritten. Dean
mixes with the Kennedy’s and Sinatra and gossip and scandal are close by. A
tried and true concept which once more works in the author’s favour.
My Life Bill Clinton Random House $65.
Big, bold and
reading like his sanitised diary. Clinton documents his life and times. It
is a substantial book and as we know he lived in interesting times and his
place in history has been assured if only by Whitewater and Monica and a
very angry Hillary.
Notes on a Scandal Zoe Heller Penguin $27.95
Set in London
and written by smart journalist Zoe Heller this clever dark story has a
sharp edge. Sheba and Barbara are staffroom colleagues; Sheba has a torrid
affair with one of her pupils and is caught. As a friend, Barbara offers
support, but there are strings attached and a strong controlling streak
emerges from the quiet retiring Barbara.