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August 25, 2011

Sonny Bill Williams: The Story of Rugby’s New Superstar – Matheson, John

Sonny Bill Williams

Saviour or sellout? The story behind the star who shines across the codes.

When in 2008 Williams turned his back on the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and rugby league, ‘SBW’ was one of sport’s most maligned brands. His move to French rugby was vilified throughout Australasian sports media. But three years later, many of those same scribes are now singing his praises as one of the All Blacks’ greatest hopes as New Zealand looks ahead to the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Sonny Bill Williams: The Story of Rugby’s New Superstar tells the story of Williams’s stunning transformation from one of league ‘most hated’ to one of rugby’s ‘most loved’. To do so, John Matheson calls on many of his original interviews with Williams and transcripts of interviews with his teammates and coaches. We get a fascinating insight into Williams’s many struggles: his battles with Sydney’s paparazzi-style media, his personal demons, and his on-field showdowns. It also looks at his personal crusade to make it in the ranks of heavyweight boxing.

Regardless of Williams’s next move – rugby and league administrators are battling for his coveted signature – SBW has already secured his place in history. And after reading Sonny Bill Williams you will be left in no doubt that despite his critics’ best efforts to persuade you otherwise, Sonny Bill Williams is much more about substance than hype.

About the Author

John Matheson − who has penned over 15 books, including bestsellers on Christian Cullen, Tana Umaga, Buck Shelford and Monty Betham − has worked for the Auckland Star and Sunday Star. He is a former editor of the Qantas-award-winning Sunday News, and is the longest-serving editor of NZ Rugby World.

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May 2, 2011

The Beekeeper’s Lament – Hannah Nordhaus

Award-winning journalist, Hannah Nordhaus, tells the riveting story of John Miller, one of America’s foremost migratory beekeepers; of the myriad and mysterious epidemics that threaten American honeybee populations;
and of the absolutely vital role honeybees play in American agribusiness.

The honeybee is a miracle. It is the cupid of the natural world. It pollinates crops, making plants bear fruit, and, in turn, helping farmers make money. But in this age of vast industrial agribusiness, never before has so much been asked of such a small wonder. Never before has the honeybee’s future survival been so unclear.

In steps John Miller, a boundingly energetic and charismatic beekeeper, who tasks himself with the care and the sustainable keeping of honeybees. He is descended from America’s first migratory beekeeper, N.E. Miller, who, at the beginning of the 20th century, transported thousands of hives from one crop to another, working the Idahoan clover in summer and the Californian almonds in winter. Back then beekeepers used to pay farmers to keep a few dozen hives on their land. But now farmers pay beekeepers millions of dollars to have their crops pollinated by upwards of ten thousand hives. With the rise of the monocrop and increasingly efficient pesticides, there are simply not enough natural pollinators to complete the massive task of sexing-up millions of acres of almond groves.

About the Author

A full-time freelance writer since 2001, Hannah covers environmental and outdoor topics and writes general news and cultural pieces about the American West. Her stories have been published in The LA Times, The Financial Times, Outside, High Country News, Bicycling, The Village Voice, Ski Magazine, Powder Magazine, Wilderness, SF Weekly, and other publications. She also pens a regular outdoors column for the Denver Rocky Mountain News.

March 30, 2011

HOMECOMING – Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a number 1 bestselling author. She worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist, and has published eleven bestselling books. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland. She lives in Wicklow with her husband, John, and their twin sons, Murray and Dylan.

Eleanor Levine left Ireland seventy years ago with little more than a suitcase and her mother’s handwritten recipe book. Now, a lifetime later, she’s returning from New York with hard won wisdom and memories of her own. A renowned psychoanalyst, Eleanor knows there’s one final journey she has to make…
Lovely young actress Megan Bouchier didn’t have to chase success – it arrived effortlessly. Fame was what she always wanted until a disastrous affair made her the wrong kind of headlines – now Megan needs a place to hide… Darkly beautiful Rae is a wonderful wife, a loyal friend and a dedicated community carer. From Titania’s Tea Rooms she dispenses tea and sympathy to everyone – until a painful secret from her past threatens everything she holds dear.

Big-hearted teacher Connie O’Callaghan has given up on love. She’s cheerfully approaching forty and besides, why does no man ever match the heroes in her beloved romantic novels?
As Eleanor re-reads her mother’s comforting words and watches life unfold from her window in Dublin’s pretty Golden Square, she slowly becomes drawn into the lives of Megan, Rae and Connie. But can treasured wisdom handed down from mother to daughter really be relevant today? And what are the ingredients for a life well lived…?

March 30, 2011

Q&A With Sarah Kate Lynch about Dolci Di Love

Q. How long have you been at work on this book?
A. Over a year, it involved two major rewrites and I was travelling a lot.

Q. So you write when you are travelling?
A. Yes, my first book was written in a series of hotels and motels as I travelled the length of the country with my husband who was working on The Lord of the Rings.

Q. This is your seventh book involving food, or drink. What’s the allure?
A. During my two years of food writing I met so many passionate people involved in the artisan food industry that it piqued my imagination.

Q. How did the idea originate?
A. I knew of someone whose father turned out to have a secret family and the sheer audacity of this captured my attention.

Q. Did the book involve special research?
A. One trip with my husband to Italy where we discovered the town of Montepulciano and a month there on my own to get a feel for the place.