Bloke’s Reads

This book has a long sub-title, “My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight”, which instantly drew me. I find the concept of working as a spy or a secret agent, while at the same time remaining totally inconspicuous, part of the fascinating myth that has grown up about the profession. So I was hoping… Read More

Are you after some inspiration?  Maybe you need a bit of an escape.  Or a Christmas gift for your friends who enjoy the water.  I asked a bunch of my skipper friends on their favourite sailing books. Here are five great sailing books that are worth reading. If you are looking for inspiration to start… Read More

Tom Wood has created himself a particular type of hero. A trained killer, an assassin and hitman. He is ruthless, relentless and very resourceful. His name is simply Victor, although he has many other aliases and identities. Even though he kills people for a living, he does it on behalf of the good guys, ridding… Read More

To spend years of your life tramping around the country looking for war memorials sounds mad. But that is what Jock Phillips and his helpers have been doing since the 1980s. The result is this wonderful collection of photos and stories, but also a deeper look at our history and our national consciousness. The Australian… Read More

First Day of the Somme is an excellent new book by Kiwi-born writer Andrew Macdonald. His engaging first book, On my way to the Somme, dates from 2005 and looked only at the New Zealand experience of the campaign. This new work limits itself to just one day, 1st July 1916, which still ranks as… Read More

Shining a spotlight on some of the gritty and quirky areas of our society, Michael Botur's collection of short stories is not for the faint hearted. Many of the stories have been previously published in literary fiction journals and magazines, but they are brought together in this collection for the first time. The hair-raising stories… Read More

"A complete style guide for the modern man," the sub-title reads, and that is exactly what this useful little book is. Not the latest fashion tips, but something a little more considered and longer lasting. Jeff Lack has worked in fashion for 25 years and been a freelance fashion stylist for the last ten. He… Read More

Trigger Mortis is the latest in a long line of novels featuring the character James Bond. Like the last, by Sebastian Faulks, this was commissioned by the estate of Ian Fleming and, also like Faulks’, the book is set in the era when Fleming wrote the originals (the 1950s and 60s). Attempts to bring 007 up… Read More

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