Thirty-seven excellent short articles by invited writers, mostly British, are contributed to this travel book which is introduced by Michael Palin. Each article contains a short bio about the contributor with a photograph as well. This is an impressive book which I would recommend to the armchair traveller.
This is a book of knitting patterns for toys representing characters from well-known nursey rhymes. Colourful photographs show the finished products for each project that have good instructions and a full list of materials needed. The only thing missing was the measurement of the final products. Each project had the nursery rhyme printed from one verse to several.
I loved this book. It probably helps that I know a little about French life but regardless it’s still an enjoyable read. The reader is taken into Parisian life, the food, the wine and the people. The author and her family moved from Australia to Paris. With insightfulness and humour Jane shares their adventures and day-to-day living.
This is a great read about the interesting life of Isaac a Pygmy who was raised in the forests of the Congo. The book describes the background of the Pygmy people and their special status and rituals. Isaac is intelligent, he gets an education and starts a business and marries the woman he loves. His story, his struggle to survive and eventual fleeing to Australia isn’t a happy ending but it is hoped this book will allow him to get the understanding of who he is.
A lively account of a woman determined to make the most of her life after her husband suddenly died. She had started breeding sheep for coloured wool, so then expanded on this to then enter the world of fashion, selling her natural product internationally. The humour and ‘down to earth ‘attitude are appealing. I felt the family history and the historical references to the North Canterbury landscape interesting.
Mary teaches learning-disabled children and she tells the stories of five of her children. This is a moving, sad and sometimes funny and heart-warming story of these children and the difference a loving teacher makes in their lives.
This is a crime novel set in London's East End during the 1990's to the present day about two schoolboy friends, Vinnie and Marcus. Vinnie witnesses a double murder where Marcus is implicated so Vinnie and his wife go to New Zealand under witness protection. I strongly recommend this book as it is a very good read.
"Her Majesty" writes in an amusing forthright but not unkind manner about her life, family, people and events around her. Where is Princess Anne? An enjoyable read which is good for a light-hearted look at Royal life.
Set in 16th century Istanbul, center of the Ottoman Empire, the novel is told by a 12 year old Indian boy, Jahan, who stows away on a ship to protect his beloved white elephant, Chota. They arrive in the palace menagerie where they are noticed by the Royal Architect, Sinan and the Sultan’s daughter, Mihrimah. This story conveys a deeper meaning about human experience and love.
This is a rather upbeat and entertaining book. The author is presenter and producer of the natural history programme for the BBC where he has spent three decades presenting these rather deluxe wildlife films. Well done.