Thursday, November 02, 2017

Two titles from Hachette NZ

Chris Ryan
Hachette New Zealand | 19 October 2017
TPBK $29.99 RRP

How to keep you and yours safe from the perils of the modern world.

In today's increasingly hostile climate people are anxious about how to keep themselves safe. Chris Ryan is an expert in dangerous situations and here he tells you how to keep yourself and your family safe from the perils of modern urban life. He leads you through a variety of situations including what to do if:

- You are walking down the street and think you are being followed

- You find yourself confronted by a threatening group of people or a gang

- You find yourself caught in the middle of a riot

- You hear gunfire or explosions in a crowed place (eg shopping centre)

- You hear on the radio that Russia has launched nuclear missiles that will land in two hours.

Former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War, Chris Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike Back.

Born near Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal.


Lenora Chu
Hachette New Zealand |29 September 2017
TPBK $34.99 RRP | EBK $19.99 RRP

In the spirit of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, French Kids Don't Throw Food, and The Smartest Kids in the World, a hard-hitting exploration of China's widely acclaimed yet insular education system that raises important questions for the future of Western parenting and education.

In 2009, Lenora Chu moved from Los Angeles to the Chinese megacity Shanghai with her husband Rob and their young son Rainer. Noticing how well-behaved Chinese children were compared to their boisterous toddler, Chu and her husband decided to enroll Rainer in China's state-run public school system. The results were positive but she also began to notice troubling new behaviors.

Curious about what was happening behind closed classroom doors, Chu embarked on an exploratory journey, interviewing Chinese parents, teachers and education professors, and following students at all stages of their education.

The more she learns, the more she wonders: are Chinese children - and her son - paying too high a price for their obedience and the promise of future academic prowess? Is there a way to appropriate the excellence of the system but dispense with the bad? What, if anything, could Westerners learn from China's education journey? Chu's eye-opening investigation challenges our assumptions and asks us to consider the true value and purpose of education.

Lenora Chu is an American writer and journalist. She has worked as a television correspondent for Thomson Reuters and media consultant to universities and the private sector; her articles have appeared in CNNMoney, The New York Times, Science, Christian Science Monitor, and on National Public Radio programs. Author website:

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