Happenings in Store


Craig Smith is in store on Monday the 12th of Novembe at 3.45pmr to introduce his new book " Kaha the Kea".  Come along and enjoy ythe fun of Craig's show.

Kaha the Kea is possibly the cheekiest kea in New Zealand, and gets away with everything... or does he? Following the success of 'The Wonky Donkey' and 'Wilbee the Bumblebee', 'Kaha the Kea' is Craig's first self-published book, complete with a CD of him singing the song. Who's a cheeky boy, then?



There are some great titles out for Christchurch Cup and Show Week

Many know New Zealand's High Country for its beautiful scenery, yet few have experienced the day-to-day life of the men, women and children who live in these remote regions. Nature photographer Antonia Steig began her work documenting the High Country in 2008, when she was invited to attend the last muster at historic Mesopotamia Station. This quickly expanded into a four-year project capturing the land, its people and their way of life through the changing seasons. With an evocative and richly informative introduction by celebrated writer Philip Temple, High Country New Zealand is a visually stunning documentary celebration of this unique place

 HIGH COUNTRY LEGACY tells the story of this stunningly beautiful part of New Zealand through the personalities so entwined with the valley: mountaineers, trampers and climbers, conservationists, geologists, deerstalkers, possum-hunters and fishermen, and the Aspinall family themselves.


In Back to the Land, Lynda shares with characteristic wit and good humour a full year of her gardening exploits. Peppered with practical advice and recipes for making the most of her harvests, Lynda's monthly accounts of country life reveal her unstoppable energy and down-to-earth enthusiasm for living off the land.



On a Saturday Night is a warm and colourful celebration of the strength and spirit of small towns all around New Zealand. From Whakapara in the north to Mossburn in the South, community halls have been the focal point of small towns for as long as the towns have been on the map. 


. Shelter from the Storm is a landmark publication, the first wide-ranging history of our hut network. The authors provide an overview of who built the huts – tramping and mountaineering clubs, the Department of Internal Affairs, Lands and Survey, New Zealand Forest Service, Park Boards and DOC – as well as why they were built, which includes farming, mining, tourism, tramping and climbing, hunting and deer culling, science and as monuments. For each of these sections the authors profile a wide range of representative huts, and recount the fascinating stories that invariably surround them. This is a wonderful book, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with a huge range of historic and contemporary photographs. Its significance and appeal is far-reaching, as this is a subject that has a genuine resonance with many, many New Zealanders.


Celebrating the love of food, family and rugby - a warm, accessible cookbook with recipes from key New Zealand rugby players present and past. With recipes from the likes of Richie McCaw, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams - the list goes on - plus older stars like Colin Meads, Andy Leslie and Graham Henry this is a treasure trove of hearty, tasty recipes that Kiwi men and their families love to eat. Includes lots of photographs of the players relaxing - cooking and chatting - this is an intimate portrait of our rugby stars having a bit of down-time. Plus lovely inviting shots of the food, styled and photgraphed in a friendly accessible way. A sure fire winner for any New Zealander who enoys the rugby. Royalties to NZ Rugby Foundation, a fundraising group that focuses on injury prevention, player welfare and care of catastrophically injured players. 

 Richie McCaw has rightly taken his place at the top of tree - the greatest flanker ever to represent New Zealand and, on sheer results, the greatest captain international rugby has ever known.  This is THE book for those  rugby fans and suppoprters 


 JK Rowlings new book " The Casual Vacancy"

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.













We have instore a good range of childrens educational books and plenty of non fiction and fiction titles for all ages.

We look forward to being of service to you in person in our store –
shop 1, Avonhead Mall,  Merrin Street, Christchurch (phone 03 358 4835;fax 03 358 2876)
or hearing from you on line at shop@piccadillybooks.co.nz