Book reviews February 2018

Bruce Finds a Home

Kathryn van Beek

Mary Egan Publishing


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A few years ago, I worked with a lovely lady called Kathryn who rescued a tiny scrap of a kitten—just days old—from the side of the road. He’d been lost or abandoned in the cold and would surely have died if she hadn’t found him.

She brought him into work each day, much to the delight of the staff, to feed and care for him. So it was with great delight that I discovered Kathryn has since written a book about his adventures.

This beautifully written story is brought to life with gorgeous illustrations and is sure to delight your children or grandchildren. Kathryn is an award-winning writer who has done a wonderful job with Bruce Finds a Home.

Family Favourites

Nadia Lim

Penguin Random House NZ


Family -Favourites1Nadia Lim and the Bargain Box team have put together a great collection of family-friendly recipes that are all about making the best of what you’ve got, getting kids in the kitchen, and adding a bit of variety to your weeknight meals.

Easy to prepare and value-packed, these recipes include not only hearty dinners but also irresistible sweet treats. You’ll find fresh ideas for Kiwi classics with a twist—pizza, pasta, burgers, Mexican- and Asian-inspired dishes, and more.

Portion sizes are generous enough to satisfy the largest appetite, and with a whole section dedicated to using up leftovers, you’ll stretch your grocery budget that little bit further.

Whether you’re looking for a quick mid-week dinner or a healthier takeaway substitute, you’re sure to find meals the whole family will love.

Be in to win a copy of Family Favourites by Bargain Box and Nadia Lim. Competition ends on 9 March 2018.


How Healing Works

Dr Wayne Jonas

Scribe Publications


How -Healing -WorksAccording to Dr Wayne Jonas, almost half of all adults experience some sort of chronic health issue, from headaches to back pain, diabetes, and dementia. In his new book, How Healing Works, Dr Jonas offers practical advice on how to work with your doctor to create a personal, integrative plan for healing.

The book reveals that only 20 percent of healing comes from medicine or surgery, while 80 percent depends on factors such as physical environment, lifestyles, and values.

Using case studies and scientific research, he shows how you can take greater control of your recovery, increase the likelihood that any treatment will be effective, and prevent many of the diseases of ageing.

Lunch Box

Pete Evans

MacMillan Publishers NZ


Lunch -BoxIf you’re anything like me, lunch is often thrown together from disappointing leftovers, an expensive trip to the supermarket, or something unhealthy from the local cafe. Pete Evans’ latest recipe book aims to solve lunch box dilemmas for both school and work with more than 70 simple, healthy options.

Each recipe is free from dairy, gluten, nuts, and refined sugars, and is packed full of nutrient-dense whole foods. With breakfasts on the go such as nut-free banana bread and sausage and egg ‘McMuffins’, snacks to satisfy, and healthy treats such as raspberry bounty bars, there’ll be no more ‘lunch box blues!’

Eating on the go has never been easier or more enjoyable. A packed lunch that packs a nutritional punch—what could be
better than that?

The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book

Dr Clare Bailey

Simon and Schuster


Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book _CoverBased on the bestselling Clever Guts Diet, Dr Clare Bailey and food and nutrition consultant Joy Skipper offer the definitive toolkit for bringing your gut back to optimum health. I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this book.

Having read Clever Guts Diet, I believe that nourishing our microbiome is the key to our health and wellbeing, so it’s great to have a book full of recipes designed to do just that.

Whether you’re an IBS sufferer, have a food intolerance, or are simply looking to undo a lifetime of damage from processed foods and overuse of antibiotics, The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book has all the tips and advice you need to mend your gut and boost your health and happiness.

The Wife Between Us

Geer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

MacMillan Publishers NZ


The -Wife -Between -UsIf you loved Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you’re sure to love this thrilling read. An instant New York Times bestseller, The Wife Between Us is one of those cleverly written books that has you making all sorts of assumptions that prove wrong. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.

You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement—a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. The perfect read for a rainy weekend.

Brain Rules for Ageing Well

John Medina



Brain -Rules -for -Ageing -WellHow come I can never find my keys? Why don’t I sleep as well as I used to? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? We’ve all had those questions from time to time, and if you’re wondering what you can do to keep your brain sharp, this book may be for you.

In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr Medina showed us how our brains really work and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools to match.

Now, in Brain Rules for Ageing Well, he shares how you can make the most of the years you have left. In a book destined to be a classic on ageing, Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humour breathe life into the science.

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