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Summer Book Club: Our Top Picks

Sophie Preston
01 Dec 2023

For your summer reading, next Book Club meeting or Christmas gifting. We've got you sorted!

Check out a few of the recently released, best selling books by Aotearoa's top speakers.

Justine and Geoff Ross: Meet You At The Main Divide

An inspirational memoir from the authors of Every Bastard Says No about the peaks and troughs of a life in the high country In 2017 the Ross family left behind their inner-city lives in Auckland and their successful vodka business, 42 Below, to follow their dreams of a life on the land.

Vitale Lafaele: A Canoe Before The Wind: An Immigrant Son’s Story of Family, Adversity and Courage

An extraordinary memoir of an immigrant son's story of a better future.

In 1962, a Samoan family journeyed to New Zealand - a country immigrants once called 'the land of milk and honey' - in search of a better life. Instead, their eldest son, Vitale, arrived in an era of dawn raids by police and immigration officials, and endless racism and bullying at school. Yet he endured and, against the odds, grew up to become one of a select few civilians to pass New Zealand's elite SAS selection process.

Genevieve Mora: Bite Back

A compassionate guide to navigating eating disorders, for those experiencing them and their loved ones, from someone who has been there.

‘If you’d asked me at 10 what my plans were for the next few years, fighting an eating disorder would not have made the list.’

Jools and Linda Topp: Untouchable Girls

The incredible story of how a couple of country kids from Huntly became much-loved Kiwi icons and TV stars, with their own unique brand of original country music and comedy that has captivated audiences in New Zealand and overseas for more than 40 years.

Steven Joyce: On The Record

On the Record reveals what it takes to win and keep office, and the secrets behind the strategy and campaigning that led to National being in power for almost a decade. This is an essential read for anyone interested in the business of governing: packed full of insider knowledge, honest appraisals of the main players, entertaining anecdotes and the reality of how politics works.

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