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Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover this NOVEMBER!

For November, we are giving Channel readers a glimpse of another six titles – in store now – which we have selected for our 2013 Christmas catalogue: two novels from highly regarded authors Donna Tartt and Christos Tsiolkas; the second Little and Friday cookbook from local celebrity Kim Evans; the eagerly awaited memoir from top radio talk host Leighton Smith; the first-ever history of comics and cartooning in New Zealand; and a gorgeous gift for Francophiles celebrating the best things about French life.

The Goldfinch
- Donna Tartt  $40

From the author of the international bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend. Theo Decker, 13, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend, but is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately is his nemesis. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated, and in love – and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle – the criminal underworld. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

Barracuda
- Christos Tsiolkas  $37

Tender and brutal, searing and provocative, this brilliant novel from the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap takes an unflinching look at modern Australia’s hopes and dreams, friendships and families – and asks what it means to be, and takes to become, a good person. His whole life Danny Kelly’s only wanted one thing: to win Olympic swimming gold. Everything he’s ever done takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment. Danny’s win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest rich boys at school – he’s Barracuda, he’s the psycho. When Danny thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm. Barracuda is about living in Australia now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre.

From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics
- Adrian Kinnaird  $50

New Zealand has a rich history of comics and cartooning and has produced award-winning, internationally recognised creators. Showcasing comics from 30 of New Zealand’s best cartoonists, this splendid book reveals, for the first time, the evolution of one of the country’s most enduring, and subversive, art forms: from the pioneering
local cartoonists of the early 20th century, to the rebirth of local comics
in the 1970s, through to the bestselling graphic novels of today.

Beyond the Microphone
- Leighton Smith  $40

From his early years in Sydney to becoming one of New Zealand’s favourite radio stars, Leighton Smith’s life has been a full one. For over 20 years he has never relinquished his hold on the number one slot for the morning show. As well as telling his personal story, he also shares his thoughts on a number of key issues confronting the world today. Like his talk show, this autobiography delivers more than the everyday – it’s honest, informative and insightful in Leighton’s trademark style.

Little and Friday Celebrations
- Kim Evans  $45

Following the huge success of her Treats from Little and Friday, Kim Evans presents sweet and savoury recipes for a host of fun-filled occasions. Mouth-watering miniature tarts and cakes, savoury galettes, breads, biscuits and large decorative cakes cater for simple gatherings, such as a summer picnic or birthday lunch, Christmas get-together, a colourful children’s party, wedding, chocolate-themed 21st and high tea. Capturing the delightful style that has made Kim’s cafes so popular,
the recipes promise plenty of good celebrations with friends and family.

La Vie est Belle
- Henrietta Heald  $50

The perfect gift for Francophiles or those with a passion for the best things in life – elegant interiors, ageless beauty and tradition, and fine food and wine. This stunning book is arranged by region and offers a privileged glimpse inside dozens of French homes, from chateaux to farmhouses. It celebrates the traditions and characteristics of French life: flea markets and brocantes, pavement cafes, the flavours of France, and more. Interspersed throughout are recipes for classic dishes
and quotations from writers and philosophers, designed to immerse you
in the French culture.

by The Booklover

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