Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
Two titles from Hachette NZ
Chris Ryan Hachette New Zealand | 19
October 2017 TPBK $29.99 RRP
How to keep you and yours
safe from the perils of the modern world.
In today's increasingly hostile
climate people are anxious about how to keep themselves safe. Chris Ryan is an
expert in dangerous situations and here he tells you how to keep yourself and
your family safe from the perils of modern urban life. He leads you through a
variety of situations including what to do if:
- You are walking down the
street and think you are being followed
- You find yourself confronted
by a threatening group of people or a gang
- You find yourself caught in
the middle of a riot
- You hear gunfire or explosions
in a crowed place (eg shopping centre)
- You hear on the radio that
Russia has launched nuclear missiles that will land in two hours.
Former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during
the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War, Chris Ryan turned to
writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him
putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One
series Strike Back.
Born near Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During
his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also
sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris
Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three
colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion
in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal.
Lenora Chu Hachette New Zealand |29
September 2017 TPBK $34.99 RRP | EBK $19.99 RRP
In the spirit of Battle
Hymn of the Tiger Mother, French Kids Don't Throw Food, and The
Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely
acclaimed yet insular education system that raises important questions for the
future of Western parenting and education.
In 2009, Lenora Chu moved from
Los Angeles to the Chinese megacity Shanghai with her husband Rob and their
young son Rainer. Noticing how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to
their boisterous toddler, Chu and her husband decided to enroll Rainer in
China's state-run public school system. The results were positive but she also
began to notice troubling new behaviors.
Curious about what was happening
behind closed classroom doors, Chu embarked on an exploratory journey,
interviewing Chinese parents, teachers and education professors, and following
students at all stages of their education.
The more she learns, the more
she wonders: are Chinese children - and her son - paying too high a price for
their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? Is there a way to
appropriate the excellence of the system but dispense with the bad? What, if
anything, could Westerners learn from China's education journey? Chu's
eye-opening investigation challenges our assumptions and asks us to consider
the true value and purpose of education.
Lenora Chu is an American writer and journalist. She has worked as a television
correspondent for Thomson Reuters and media consultant to universities and the
private sector; her articles have appeared in CNNMoney, The New York Times,
Science, Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio
programs. Author website: www.lenorachu.com