Friday, November 24, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller including lman and Gaiman back school library campaign

Philip Hammond
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that business rates will follow the Consumer Price Index (CPI) two years earlier than planned, providing some welcome relief to bookshops.
Philip Pullman
Authors Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Neil Gaiman are among over 150 book trade figures who have lent their support to a campaign to halt the decline in school libraries spearheaded by CILIP.
Independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland are preparing to offer customers "bibliotherapy" this weekend as part of the the inaugural Saturday Sanctuary celebrations.
HarperCollins UK is doubling the size of its team in Ireland through a number of new roles and appointments as part of the company’s "commitment to the thriving Irish book market".
Igloobooks, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing UK, has partnered with Aldi to publish a children’s picture book to coincide with the launch of the supermarket’s Christmas campaign.
Barrington Stoke
Accessible children's publisher Barrington Stoke has appointed Ailsa Bathgate as editorial director.

David Attenborough
An all star radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys (Headline), a reading of David Attenborough's memoirs and a performance of "Scrooge - The Musical" are among the literary highlights from BBC Radio for the festive period.
Author Mark Dawson, audiobook consultant Patti Pirooz and Whizz Education’s Junaid Mubeen are the latest speakers added to the line-up at this year’s FutureBook Conference.
Trapeze has signed Reader, I Married Me, a "twist on the traditional love story" which follows a woman who decides to marry herself.
Nikesh Shukla
Novelists Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and writer Kate Summerscale are to be the judges of next year's Rathbones Folio Prize.
The Literary Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy and Publishing Training Centre are to offer three free evening seminars on key aspects of publishing.

Off the Shelf

November 23, 2017
Off the Shelf Staff


10 Books We're Thankful For
My family’s tradition at Thanksgiving—after turkey, before pie—is to go around the table and share what we are thankful for. In that spirit, I asked my fellow Off the Shelfers to share what books they are thankful for. Written by poets and artists and other brilliant minds, these 9 books remind us what is truly important—be it laughter or sorrow or dinosaurs. They make us feel less alone and connected in a way that only books can. And we want you to know that we are also thankful for you, our readers. Happy Reading! —Wendy Sheanin, publisher of Off the Shelf

Nielsen Bestsellers Lists


Summer is just around the corner, which is seeing people choose quality reading material for themselves and their loved ones. The Beat of the Pendulum is there for the second week (since release), while The Luminaries is back on the list for the first time in a few weeks, and there are a couple of other sizable novels that have maintained their place in the NZ Fiction Top 10. Cookbooks have released their hold a little in the NZ non-fiction list, with biographies and sports books becoming more prominent. Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story is looking to be the top book to unwrap this Christmas, while two great Christmas-themed titles are likely to be close on their heels.
Booksellers NZ

Thursday, November 23, 2017

End Game - David Baldacci

End Game
David Baldacci
Macmillan, RRP $34.99, Trade Paperback
The latest thrilling Will Robie novel from master story-teller David Baldacci, I couldn't put it down !

David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and have been adapted for both feature film and television. Whilst researching his novels, David Baldacci has been inside the buildings of some of the world's leading intelligence agencies, meeting real-life spies and intelligence leaders. Some of his bestselling novels include Absolute Power, The Camel Club, The Last Mile and, also featuring Will Robie, The Innocent, The Hit, The Target and The Guilty. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

Vintage and Retro caravans downunder - and - Paul Fahey — A Celebration of a Kiwi Motorsport Legend

Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder

by Don and Marilyn Jessen

Plus One Publishers.  RRP $49.99

Sold exclusively through Paper Plus, Paper Plus Select and Take Note

Over recent years, there has been an explosion in popularity of vintage vanning in New Zealand and Australia. This is evidenced by the numerous vintage rallies attracting large numbers of caravans across Australia and the huge turnout of retro caravans at the Repco Beach Hop in New Zealand. Kiwis and Aussies share the same enthusiasm for this endearing hobby and its growth shows no sign of slowing down.

In Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder Don and Marilyn profile some of the prettiest and rarest vintage caravans in both New Zealand and Australia from 1928 through to 1978. It also covers the ongoing restoration of Don and Marilyn’s very own 1958 vintage van, and provides some insight into the interior décor of the decades. 

Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder captures the very essence of the vintage-vanner lifestyle and the caravans they love. This includes tips on how to present a vintage caravan, and how to accessorise with vintage crockery and caravan ware.

 Don Jessen was born into a caravan family. His dad started manufacturing caravans in 1946 – four years before Don was born. The company, Liteweight Caravans, eventually became New Zealand’s largest manufacturer. The business started in the garage at home, so Don was raised around caravans, later completing an apprenticeship in coachbuilding. He then went on to hold senior management roles in the company before becoming a director. Marilyn, on the other hand, came to caravanning when she met Don in her late teens, and soon accepted that ‘love this man, also meant love these caravans’.
Paul Fahey — A Celebration of a Kiwi Motorsport Legend
‘The Life Story of a Lucky Bugger’
Publication date: Monday 6th November 2017, RRP $49.99
Sold exclusively through Paper Plus, Paper Plus Select and Take Note
In Paul Fahey — A Celebration of a Kiwi Motorsport Legend Paul reminisces over a career that started on two wheels on the beaches and grass tracks of Auckland, which led him to a start at the Isle of Man TT and then the European GP circuit. An unexpected turn saw him hang up his leathers and get behind the wheel of a racing car. His feats behind the wheel of such well-known cars as the Shelby Mustang and the Lotus Corina soon saw him established at the country’s foremost saloon car driver.
While he puts much of his success down to being a ‘lucky bugger’, his work ethic, professionalism and desire to succeed combined to make him a true Kiwi motorsport legend.
Paul feels luck has been a constant companion throughout his life. ‘During my eighty plus years, most of my luck has come from having the right people around me at key points in my life, and meeting the right people at the right time, ' he says.
In Paul Fahey – A Celebration of a Kiwi Motorsport Legend he talks about how lucky he was to survive when he was racing motorbikes. The year he was racing in Europe, 11 riders died – including his teammate, Bill Aislabie.
When he did have a bad crash, he was lucky to be in a place where pioneering technology meant that he managed to avoid having a leg amputated.
Paul talks about his good luck in meeting Jim Clark – not the world racing champion, but the boss of Firestone who looked after him incredibly well. He also talks about how luck was on his side when the team at Shell took him on board. ‘Without the support and sponsorship, they gave me, I would never have been able to do what I did out on the track, he says.
He also feels lucky to have raced when he did, driving at a time when they all looked after each other. He counts Red Dawson, Rod Coleman and Jim Richards as some of his greatest competition and also some of his closest friends on the racetrack.  

The River of Consciousness - Oilver Sacks

The River of Consciousness
Oliver Sacks
Macmillan, RRP $37.99, Trade Paperback

Oliver Sacks examines questions of memory, time and consciousness.

In his previous books, Oliver Sacks had addressed questions of the brain and mind through the lens of case histories of individuals with neurological disorders. Recently, however, he had been reflecting on his experiences with such patients in the context of a lifetime of medical practice, and in light of recent neuroscientific evidence and theories. The River of Consciousness will be a broader and more direct look at how the brain and mind work, as always, incorporating Sacks' rich historical and personal context.

Advances in neuroscience have revolutionised our ability to visualise the brain in action. For the first time we are able to close the gap between the philosophical questions which have consumed the world's thinkers since the eighteenth century and the true physiological basis of perception and consciousness. In The River of Consciousness, Sacks will examine questions of memory, time, and consciousness. How do we think, how do we remember? Do different individuals have different speeds or ways of thinking? Is memory reliable? How do the neural correlates of memory differ for true memories and false memories? How do we construct our sense of time, our visual world? What is consciousness, neurologically speaking? And most importantly, what is creativity?
Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings.

Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine.' His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.

The NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2017

It’s that time of year! As a Thanksgiving treat, we offer a feast of books to accompany your regularly scheduled feeding. Posted here a bit early are our 100 Notable Books of 2017. As always, editors at the Book Review have selected the 50 best fiction and 50 best nonfiction books of the year from the thousands reviewed since Dec. 4, 2016. While 100 sounds like a lot, narrowing the choices down to just 50 in each category (with fiction covering poetry as well) is not easy. Many great books are necessarily eliminated as we winnow.
But our hope is that this process of curation will give you plenty of books to discover and discuss over the holiday dinner, and to dip into over the long weekend. Perhaps it will give you a helpful Black Friday start on your holiday shopping. And you can look forward to our 10 Best Books selected from these Notables, coming next week.
This issue of the Book Review is largely devoted to hearth and home. Our cover review is a biography of the storied homesteader Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of “Little House on the Prairie.” Caroline Fraser makes the case in her expansive look at Wilder’s life and work that the story of the American West cannot fully be told without reexamining the pivotal role of women in that history. She also joins us on this week’s podcast.
Thanksgiving is, of course, about our shared American history, about gratitude, about family. But it’s also about food. So indulge in reviews of two very personal books, Anne Fadiman’s “The Wine Lover’s Daughter” and Jane Kramer’s “The Reporter’s Kitchen,” as well as Justin Spring’s “The Gourmands’ Way.” Still hungry? Anthony Bourdain answers this week’s By the Book.
Please stay in touch and let us know what you think – whether it’s about this newsletter, our reviews, our podcast or what you’re reading. Send me your letters to the editor. We read and ponder all of it. I even write back, albeit belatedly. You can email me a
Pamela Paul
Editor of The New York Times Book Review

Childrens Books in the media

From the Costa Book Awards:
2017 Costa Book Prize Children's Shortlist Announced.
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From Entertainment Weekly:
Julia Roberts explains how Wonder avoided sentimentality.
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From Entertainment Weekly:
Rosie O'Donnell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and others contribute to a new anthology.
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From Crain's New York:
"My mind just always harks back to childhood": Fancy Nancy author Jane O'Connor.
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From Book Riot:
How Modern Storytime Develops Early Literacy.
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From Book Riot:
10 Cookbooks Inspired by Children's Books.
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From the Boston Globe:
The Curious George store will remain in Harvard Square.
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From Slate:
The official trailer for A Wrinkle in Time has arrived.
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From Electric Literature:
How the Animorphs books helped to ease
my transition into adulthood.
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From the Guardian:
John Lewis plagiarism row gives Christmas sales boost to Chris Riddell's Mr Underbed.
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From Book Riot:
10 Picture Book Author Quotes on Writing for Children.
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From BuzzFeed:
24 Children's Books That Will Make You Cry.
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