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Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover this December/January!

The Booklover thanks all its loyal customers for their continued support throughout 2013, and hopes that our much-anticipated Christmas books catalogue will help with your gift selections for family and friends. We look forward to ensuring you benefit from our informed reading choices and unique services in 2014.

Three Brothers
- Peter Ackroyd  $39

This sharp, witty, intriguing and mysterious novel from the acclaimed historian, biographer and fiction writer Peter
Ackroyd follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Marked out from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world – a world of dodgy deals and big business, of criminal gangs and crooked landlords, of newspaper magnates, back-biters and petty thieves.
London is the backdrop and connecting fabric of these three lives, reinforcing Ackroyd’s grand theme that place and history create, surround and engulf us. From bustling, cut-throat Fleet Street to hallowed London publishing houses,
from the wealth and corruption of Chelsea to the smoky shadows of Limehouse
and Hackney, Three Brothers is an exploration of the city, peering down its streets, riding on its underground, and drinking in its pubs and clubs. Everything is possible – not only in the new freedom of the 1960s but also in London’s timeless past.

 Bringing Back the Birdsong  
- Wade and Jan Doak  $50 

Diver, undersea explorer and passionate conservationist Wade Doak has lived near the Tutukaka coast with his wife Jan since 1968. Well known for his pioneering dives at the Poor Knights Islands, Wade has gradually shifted his focus over the years from the sea to the land, exploring the shoreline and estuaries, walking cliff-top paths, studying the mangroves and roaming the forest.
In this engaging memoir, Wade and Jan tell a remarkable story, illustrated with an incredible photographic archive of trees, shrubs, vines, orchids, ferns, birds, and attendant wildlife, displaying an area rich in diversity. With intensive pest control, the Doaks have witnessed a dramatic recovery of the native flora and fauna. In ‘their coastal slice’ the natural world has returned with a profusion of birdsong in the forest. This book is also a plea for the conservation and protection of New Zealand’s wildernesses, reiterating the challenge to eradicate pests throughout our island nation. On a small scale, the Doaks show that it can be done. 

Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer
- Jill Trevelyan  $65

In this compelling biography, award-winning author Jill Trevelyan – biographer of Rita Angus and Toss Woollaston – chronicles the life of Peter McLeavey, the charismatic, pioneering art dealer who has shaped – even transformed – New Zealand art since the 1960s. Through exclusive access to McLeavey’s personal archive, this book offers insights into the artists McLeavey has represented across half a century. Here, in their own words – passionate, salty, and sometimes heart-breaking – are Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Len Lye, Milan Mrkusich, Michael Smither, Gordon Walters, Michael Illingworth, Richard Killeen, Robin White, John Reynolds, Yvonne Todd, and many more. Far more than a simple biography, this is a fresh and illuminating account of the birth of contemporary New Zealand art.

The Telling Room
- Michael Paterniti  $35

In the picturesque Spanish village of Guzman, villagers have gathered for centuries in ‘the telling room’ to share their stories.
It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti listened as Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras spun an odd and compelling tale about a cheese made from an ancient family recipe. Reputed to be among the finest in the world, one bite was said to conjure long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong… Paterniti was hooked. Relocating his young family to Guzman, he was soon sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that included accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village began to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti found himself implicated in the very story he is writing. The Telling Room is as surprising, evocative and wildly entertaining as the world
it portrays. 

We are thrilled to be able to share our Christmas books catalogue with you in this issue of Channel: a huge thanks to the exceptional support from Aidan and his Channel team. We are strongly recommending the featured books... however, space does not allow us to include so many more superb titles now in store. Whether you are looking for good fiction, biographies, cookery, lifestyle, coffee table books for yourself or presents, we look forward to helping you choose, and gift-wrapping your purchases for Christmas.

by The Booklover