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When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined to a unique sisterhood. Along with younger sister Mary, they will become the queens of England, Scotland and France… Read More

I enjoyed A Crime in the Family. It is promoted as revealing one of the most extraordinary untold stories of the Second World War. In reality it describes one man’s search to understand his own and his family’s past history and the dark secrets that lurk within. As a journey of personal discovery, I was… Read More

The RSA is a huge institution in New Zealand and still today has over 100,000 members. It can be subtly different from region to region and in many places remains in touch with and part of the local community. Looking back we see it initially as a club for the servicemen returned from the First… Read More

12 beautiful huia birds play and sing in the forest. But is that a canoe arriving? A rat sniffling? A ship on the horizon? One by one, the huia start to disappear – what will remain? 12 Huia Birds is the beautiful but haunting story of one of our country's most beloved native birds. The book… Read More

Michelle Gable’s second book, I’ll see you in Paris, is formulaic, but she does it well. This book has all the elements you’d expect from well written woman’s fiction, light, snappy dialogue, a few plucky women with secrets and a whack of good fashioned romance. Plus a ridiculously happy ending. A young American, Laurel Haley, heartbroken… Read More

A powerful and epic debut about fate and timelessness of first love, The Next Together is a fantastic read. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presences changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times… Read More

John Boyne had great success with his deeply moving The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. In his new World War II, Nazi- inspired novel he delivers a similar formula. It is a somewhat slow book with a punch at the end. When I say slow, I don’t mean boring, but it's the pace at which… Read More

Magicians of the Gods, by Graham Hancock, turned out to be a fascinating read from start to finish. I have read a couple of earlier books by Hancock, and as a kid loved the terrible conspiracy works of Erich von Daniken, such as Chariots of the Gods that claimed visitors from outer space helped guide our… Read More

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