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Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover this OCTOBER

- Tim Winton $55

From Australia’s acclaimed storyteller Tim Winton, this beautifully written and wonderfully funny novel tells the story of Tom Keely, a man who has lost his bearings in middle age and is now holed up in a flat at the top of a grim high-rise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with. He’s cut himself off, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman he used to know when they were kids, and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way that he doesn’t understand.
Despite himself, Keely lets them in. What follows is a heart-stopping, ground-breaking novel for our times – funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting – populated by unforgettable characters. Eyrie asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing. 

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs
- Jennifer Saunders $40

The hilarious, touching life story of the iconic comedian and national treasure Jennifer Saunders, whose comic creations have brought joy to millions. From ‘The Comic Strip’ (with Dawn French) to ‘French & Saunders’, to the Bolly-swilling Edina Monsoon in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ (with Joanna Lumley), her characters are household names. But it’s Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. Bonkers is her funny, moving and frank memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache – but never misery. 

For October, we are giving Channel readers a glimpse of six titles — in store now — which we have selected for our 2013 CHRISTMAS catalogue: three novels from very popular authors Tim Winton (in hardback only), Justin Cartwright
and Fiona Kidman;  the ‘absolutely fabulous’ memoir from Jennifer Saunders;  and two local winners from
Ladies, a Plate’s cookery writer Alexa Johnston and interiors stylist LeeAnn Yare.

The Infinite Air
- Fiona Kidman  $38

From one of New Zealand’s favourite authors, this enthralling novel offers an intriguing interpretation of the glamorous and mysterious aviator Jean Batten, who became an international icon in the 1930s. A brave, beautiful woman, she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world. The newspapers couldn’t get enough of her; and yet she suddenly slipped out of view, disappearing to the Caribbean with her mother and dying in obscurity in Majorca, buried in a pauper’s grave. Fiona Kidman delves into the life of this enigmatic woman, exploring mysteries and crafting a fascinating exploration of early flying, of mothers and daughters, and of fame and secrecy.

Lion Heart
- Justin Cartwright  $37

Richie Cathar’s father, Alaric, was a renaissance man: an intellectual, explorer, archaeologist and historian. He was also a man of the sixties: a fantasist, absentee parent and drug abuser. Alaric named his son after his hero, Richard, Coeur de Lion, but left him little when he died apart from conflicting memories. Now Richie, thirty-something, is in search of his own role... Following his father’s trail to the Holy Land to research the Art of the Medieval Latin Kingdom, Richie’s quest – to uncover the fate of Christianity’s most sacred relic and the truth about his father – takes him from the high-table intrigue of Oxford to the imposing Crusader castles of Jordan, and into a passionate love affair with Noor, a Canadian-Arab journalist, whose fate will become entwined with Richie’s own. With Justin Cartwright’s trademark sharp observation and heartbreaking drama, Lion Heart is utterly original, profound, exciting, romantic and funny.

Ladies, a Plate: Jams & Preserves
- Alexa Johnston  $47

If you have ever been disheartened by a batch of jam that just won’t set, or intimidated by the thought of bottling fruit – this is the book for you. In the latest of her Ladies, a Plate series of bestselling cookbooks, Alexa Johnston removes all fear and trepidation from the processes of making jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and sauces – and even fruit cordials and liqueurs – and bottling fruit. With over 100 traditional and contemporary preserves, Ladies, a Plate: Jams & Preserves celebrates the pleasures and rewards of a time-honoured branch of cookery.

New Zealand Interior Style
- LeeAnn Yare  $65

This beautifully produced book showcases 24 stunning home interiors, ranging in style from high-end minimalism to colourful collectors’ havens. Selected by stylist and Mitre 10 Dream Home interiors judge LeeAnn Yare, and including a wealth of tips to achieve a similar look in your own home, this is the ideal book for anyone seeking home design direction. Meet the home owners who have imbued their houses with highly personal and original decorative touches, and be inspired to get creative in your own home.

by The Booklover