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John Grisham turns a satirical eye on the overblown ritual of the festive holiday season, and the result is Skipping Christmas, a modest but funny novel about the tyranny of December 25. Grisham's story revolves around a typical middle-aged American couple, Luther and Nora Krank. On the first Sunday after Thanksgiving they wave their daughter Blair off to Peru to work for the Peace Corps, and they suddenly realize that "for the first time in her young and sheltered life Blair would spend Christmas away from home." Luther Krank sees his daughter's Christmas absence as an opportunity. He estimates that "a year earlier, the Luther Krank family had spent $6,100 on Christmas," and have "precious little to show for it." So he makes an executive decision, telling his wife, friends, and neighbors that "we won't do Christmas." Instead, Luther books a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But things start to turn nasty when horrified neighbors get wind of the Krank's subversive scheme and besiege the couple with questions about their decision. Grisham builds up a funny but increasingly terrifying picture of how this tight-knit community turns on the Kranks, who find themselves under increasing pressure to conform. As the tension mounts, readers may wonder whether they will manage to board their plane on Christmas day. Skipping Christmas is Grisham-lite, with none of the serious action or drama of his legal thrillers, but a funny poke at the craziness of Christmas. --Jerry
$31.69The Nile NZ$35.38Book Depository$37.35Booktopia$37.44Kennys$37.61AbeBooks
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic!
This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti via ten different breeds of dragon – all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill.
Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander's years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts.
This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text – which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K. Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.
$39.00Book Depository$39.12Kennys$43.28AbeBooks$43.57Amazon US$44.42Blackwell's
In The Tivoli Road Baker, British-born pastry chef Michael James and his team share the knowledge that goes into creating standout bread and pastries. The mission is to make these recipes accessible for people who are new to the art while also including tips, ideas and inspiration to challenge more skilled cooks and bakers. Chapters cover basic to advanced bread making techniques, sweet pastries, savoury favorites as well as a handful of British recipes close to Michael's heart, including Cornish pasties. The reader will also learn about the importance of starting with quality produce, offering a small window on the valuable (but mostly unsung role) played by farmers in the growing global appetite for real bread. A beautiful book that shares some of the X-factor that makes its namesake so successful. Chapters are divided into Bread, Viennoiserie, Savoury, Pastry, Seasonal, British Bakery, Basics and Larder.
$34.09Booktopia$35.80Amazon UK$42.43Blackwell's$43.96AbeBooks$45.00Scorpio Books
The world's foremost designer in Formula One, Adrian Newey OBE is arguably one of Britain's greatest engineers and this is his fascinating, powerful memoir. How to Build a Car explores the story of Adrian's unrivalled 35-year career in Formula One through the prism of the cars he has designed, the drivers he has worked alongside and the races in which he's been involved.A true engineering genius, even in adolescence Adrian's thoughts naturally emerged in shape and form – he began sketching his own car designs at the age of 12 and took a welding course in his school summer holidays. From his early career in IndyCar racing and on to his unparalleled success in Formula One, we learn in comprehensive, engaging and highly entertaining detail how a car actually works. Adrian has designed for the likes of Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, always with a shark-like purity of purpose: to make the car go faster. And while his career has been marked by unbelievable triumphs, there have also been deep tragedies; most notably Ayrton Senna's death during his time at Williams in 1994.Beautifully illustrated with never-before-seen drawings, How to Build a Car encapsulates, through Adrian's remarkable life story, precisely what makes Formula One so thrilling – its potential for the total synchronicity of man and machine, the perfect combination of style, efficiency and speed.
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Simeon Lee has demanded that all four of his sons (one faithful, one prodigal, one impecunious, one sensitive) and their wives visit the family home for Christmas. But the cantankerous patriarch has anything but a heartwarming family holiday in mind. He bedevils each of his sons with barbed insults, while at the same time lavishing attention on his very attractive, long-lost granddaughter. Finally he announces that he is cutting off his sons' allowances and changing his will to boot. So when the old man is found lying a pool of blood on Christmas Eve, there is no lack of suspects. Did Lee's taunts push one of the boys or their wives to a desperate act of murder? Or was the killer really after the fortune in uncut diamonds Lee kept locked away in his safe? And how did the murderer escape from the locked room? Intrepid Belgian detective Hercule Poirot suspends his holiday sorting through the myriad suspects and motives to find the truth behind the old man's death.
$22.65Fishpond NZ$22.71Book Depository$23.29AbeBooks$24.59Kennys$25.83Amazon CA
Christmas has been all things to all people: a religious festival, a family celebration, a time of eating and drinking. Yet the origins of the customs which characterize the festive season are wreathed in myth.
When did turkeys become the plat du jour? Is the commercialization of Christmas a recent phenomenon, or has the emphasis always been on spending? Just who is, or was, Santa Claus? And for how long have we been exchanging presents of underwear and socks?
Food, drink and nostalgia for Christmases past seem to be almost as old as the holiday itself, far more central to the story of Christmas than religious worship. Thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, in the fourth century, the Archbishop of Constantinople was already warning that too many people were spending the day not in worship, but dancing and eating to excess. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically recalling the Christmases of yesteryear, confident that they had been better then.
In Christmas: A Biography, acclaimed social historian and best-selling author Judith Flanders casts a sharp and revealing eye on the myths, legends and history of the season, from the origins of the holiday in the Roman empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus – in Switzerland! – to draw a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.
$57.91Wordery$62.44Fishpond NZ$66.35Booktopia$91.85Readings$92.71Boomerang Books
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition (includes blue-eyed, light skin tone boy scout elf) Bring the Christmas magic home to your family this year! The original Elf on the Shelf set includes a magical scout elf from the North Pole and a beautiful children’s story book, all in a keepsake gift box. When you adopt this special elf and name him, he receives his Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole—but only when all girls and boys are sound asleep. At the start of each holiday season, the elf returns to his family’s house to be Santa’s eyes and ears, and every night he travels back to the North Pole to report in. Families can register their elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa. Set includes boy elf with light skin tone. A timeless Christmas tradition that the whole family can enjoy The Elf on the Shelf comes in light skin tone and dark skin tone boy and girl scout elves Bestseller with over 4 million copies sold A Scout Elf Game Day Jersey is available, sold separately
$15.71AbeBooks$19.27Wordery$19.38Book Depository$21.95Fishpond NZ$22.42Booktopia
As green awareness spreads over middle America, more and more people want to have a fun, environmentally responsible holiday. Green Christmas shows how to enjoy the Christmas season while leaving a smaller carbon footprint.Readers will learn how to do the following:choose between a real tree and an artificial onefind alternatives to holiday cardsavoid the holiday catalog crunchfind or make gifts that are green or teach greenhave warm, cozy green firescreate eco-responsible lighting displaysand more!Readers can have a great holiday celebration?while caring for the planet and setting a great example for generations to come.
$36.75Amazon UK$38.21Kennys$39.66Amazon UK$42.41AbeBooks$44.08Fishpond NZ
From the best-selling author of Eat, The Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice. Written as a diary, and starting in September, this is the story of Nigel Slater's love for winter, its fables and its family feasts. Here are legends and folktales, myths and memoir, all told in Nigel's warm and intimate signature style.Nigel Slater's new book will have everything you need to prepare for and survive midwinter, from a rundown of Europe's Christmas markets and which books to read and films to watch, to where to go for a winter break and what candles to buy. And at the heart of the book are Nigel's recipes, from quick fireside suppers to winter baking and marmalade making.
$17.08The Nile NZ$18.54Booktopia$18.95Fishpond NZ$25.89Mighty Ape NZ$33.72AbeBooks
The perfect book for the run-up to the festive season, packed with imaginative, inspiring Christmassy activities. The activities are accompanied by clearly illustrated, simple step-by-step instructions. Ideas include Christmas cards and giftwrap, lots of sparkly decorations and mouth-watering seasonal recipes. Includes over 800 stickers for use with the projects in the book or for putting on your own decorations or cards.
$19.65Booktopia$21.48Book Depository$22.09AbeBooks$25.39Amazon US$27.05The Nile NZ
'Twas the night before the ugly sweater soiree And all through your place, Your perfect party clothes were put away without even a trace. Your guests will drink cranberry cocktails and craft, While wearing sweaters that are zany and daft. Put on your ugly holiday sweater and get ready to PARTY! Whether you're planning your own wacky celebration or contributing to someone else's festive affair, here are the most deliciously ugly (in a good way!) ideas for making Christmas merry. Dress up in a crazy Poinsettia Poncho. Serve easy-to-prepare eats and drinks like Strawberry Santa Hats and Jingle Bells Sangria. Play a game of Candy Cane Pickup. You're ready to go: just set the date!
$45.74Wordery$64.62Amazon US$66.30Amazon CA$69.72Powells Books$75.00AbeBooks
“Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2” features 100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” transforms each biography into a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 boasts a brand new graphic design, a detachable map, a glossary and 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time.
$25.44The Nile NZ$27.12Booktopia$31.89Mighty Ape NZ$33.16Fishpond NZ$33.89Whitcoulls
John Grisham's newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that shouldn't exist.
Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specialising in student loans, the three realise they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
So they begin plotting a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they have to leave law school, pretend they are qualified and go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI . . .
Ingenious, immersive and page-turning, The Rooster Bar is a John Grisham legal thriller bar none.
$21.34Fishpond NZ$21.58Book Depository$22.11Booktopia$25.50Kennys$25.89Mighty Ape NZ
In Turtles All the Way Down sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.