Saturday, August 15, 2009

501 MUST-READ BOOKS

There it was sitting there very prominently in the small but perfectly formed Village Bookshop at Matakana just waiting for my regular Friday afternoon visit.


Published by Bounty Books, part of the Octopus Publishing Group, (in turn part of the vast Hachette publishing empire), NZ rrp $40.
A bargain, how could I not buy it. I suspect clever bookshop owner Tracey Lawton had placed it there knowing I would not be able to resist it. She was absolutely right of course and so it now resides beside my bed. Each of the 501 titles gets a whole page generally featuring the book cover or author with a synopsis of the story.
Titles are divided into eight categories:Chldren's Fiction, Classic Fiction, History, Memoirs, Modern Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, and Travel. And a title and author index amkes it easy to locate any particular title if you want to dip into it rather than work your way through from the beginning.
Gorgeous book to own................. by the way I found four NZ authors included - the two obvious ones of course - Mansfield and Frame -but I wonder if you can guess who the other two might be? I think you will be surprised.

I also bought a copy of The Time Traveller's Wife (Vintahe $28). Somehow both Annie ad I missed this title when it was first published in 2004. There are currently 37 books in my must-read-soon pile so it may be a little while before I get to it but at least I now own it and I feel good about that.

21 comments:

Vanda Symon said...

These book shop people know us all to well, Mr Bookman. Sometimes I think they scheme and realise sales are down today, but hey, Vanda will probably pop by, so if we strategically leave this right here...

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

I think you need to give a clue as to which category the other authors appear. If it was children's, I'd suggest Fleur Beale's I am Not Esther

Bookman Beattie said...

OK fleance, fair enough - One of the two un-named NZ authors represented is in the Modern Fiction section while the other is under Thrillers (which includes Crime by the way).

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

Ngaio Marsh?
as to the Modern Fiction - too many good ones to choose: Hulme? Jones? Kidman?

Bookman Beattie said...

Yes, Ngaio Marsh. But I don't think you will get the Modern Fiction author. It is none of those you mention, nor is it Maurice Gee.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Knox?

Bookman Beattie said...

No, not Elizabeth Knox.

Kebabette said...

Elizabeth Knox?

Bookman Beattie said...

No, not Elizabeth Knox.

pjkm said...

Robin Hyde?

Bookman Beattie said...

No, not Robin Hyde.
To narrow the field I will reveal that it is a male author.

David said...

Martin Edmond?

Bookman Beattie said...

No, not Martin Edmond.
To make it easier I will reveal that the author is not a literary writer, but rather is a writer of popular fiction, and that the title chosen for 501 Must Reads is one of NZ's biggest-ever
best-sellers.
Got it?

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

Murray Ball or Barry Crump

Bookman Beattie said...

No, neither of those.

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

Jenny Pattrick (whom I adore and whose works I love)?

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

Stupid me - you said a male author. Um, Shadbolt?

Andrew said...

Paul Cleave's The Cleaner?

Bookman Beattie said...

No, none of these but getting closer. I will reveal all tomorrow if no one has it by then.

AJ said...

alan duff?

Bookman Beattie said...

YES AJ, you are correct. For "Once Were Warriors".
Congratulations.