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BOOK REVIEWS for Booklovers from The Booklover

Book Reviews for Booklovers from The Booklover

The Engine Room
Natalia Schamroth & Carl Koppenhagen  $70

When Natalia Schamroth and Carl Koppenhagen opened The Engine Room, on Northcote Point, over seven years ago, foodies made a beeline. The pair, who’d worked together in two other popular Auckland eateries, were renowned for innovative food, packed with flavour.
The buzz around The Engine Room has never died, and it’s easy to see why every year it wins awards in the coveted Metro restaurant of the year awards (for seven consecutive years it’s been judged Metro’s best neighbourhood bistro): the food is fabulous, the wine list superb, the service snazzy and the entire experience exemplary. With 100 of The Engine Room’s best dishes, plus recipes for meals that Carl cooks for staff dinners, this superb book, which features stunning photography by Kieran Scott and a unique ‘day in the life of a restaurant’ section, will delight and inspire you.

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling $50
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich are at war with poor, teenagers with their parents, wives with their husbands, teachers with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Bowerbird - Sibella Court $65
Sibella Court’s wanderlust has made her one of the world’s most sought-after stylists and creative directors. Much like her avian counterpart, the Australian bowerbird, Sibella is famous for creating interiors that entice and inspire from found objects, beloved mementos and upcycled furniture. In Bowerbird, she shares her approach to achieving unique style, a firm believer that our own collections, imparting the memories they do, are a vital part of any home. She showcases her love of collecting and her own collections: from shells to vintage hardware and to portraits of moustached men, this book of practical inspiration shows you how your belongings can be a centrepiece or subtle elements that reflect your space, your apartment, your house and your passions.

Waging Heavy Peace - Neil Young $48
An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. He offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and his role as the patron saint of the grunge scene; and moving from the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1960s Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today. Young, an outspoken advocate of environmental issues and the welfare of small farmers, is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters and musicians of his generation. Candid, witty and revealing, Waging Heavy Peace will take its place beside the recent classic memoirs of Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.

BUCK UP: The Real Bloke’s Guide to
Getting Healthy and Living Longer
Buck Shelford & Grant Schofield $40

All Black legend Buck Shelford was the epitome of brute strength, determination and athletic prowess. It was a shock to New Zealand sports fans when he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2005, which he subsequently overcame with treatment. More recently, after a battle with his weight, he successfully shed over 25 kilos. Accessible and user-friendly, Buck Up draws on Buck’s personal experience with health issues, but goes far beyond: with highly regarded sports scientist Dr Grant Schofield, Buck offers a wide array of information and realistic tips to improve the quality of life for Kiwi males.

by The Booklover