Green is the new black

Green is the new black coverTamsin Blanchard’s new book, Green is the new black, helps those of us who want to be fashionable, as well as ethical and organic, and not destroy the planet in our quest for fine fashion. While much of the content is British-based, the ideas are sound and certainly worth a read, to get some ideas on shopping, make-up, holidays, jewellery and hobbies.

How to live off grid cover imageIf you’ve ever dreamt of unplugging from the rat race and living off the land, without being connected to ‘the grid’, the electricity and mains water grid that is, then sit back and enjoy Nick Rosen’s tales of his ‘journeys outside the system’ in How to live off-grid.

Having enjoyed many holidays living ‘off grid’ in a hut in Majorca, Nick sets off around the the UK in a camper van, occasionally accompanied by his wife and baby daughter, to discover the many ‘off-grid’ communities throughout the UK. Along the way, Nick meets hermits, backpackers, hippies, ex-businessmen, as well as ordinary working parent families.

Want to find other ways to reduce your impact on the planet? Check out our Internet Gateway resources on sustainable living.

NZ Poet Laureate has own blog

Milk and honeyMichele Leggott, the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, has her own blog. Michele is posting her own and other poets’ works and comments on her experiences during her official year. The blog also lists poetry reading events and a useful list of poetry websites from New Zealand, the Pacific and around the world.

The New Zealand Book Council has a biography of the poet.
Find the Christchurch City Libraries holdings of her publications here.

Best of the Booker

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced today (Thursday 21 February) a one-off award – The Best of the Booker – to celebrate the prestigious literary prize’s 40th anniversary. The Best of the Booker will honour the best overall novel to have won the prize since it was first awarded on 22 April 1969.

…  visit Debate and let us know who you think should make the Best of the Booker shortlist.

PossessionWhat are your picks? Check our list of previous winners.

The ones that stick in my memory are ones that have all been made into rather fine movies: Heat and dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the 1975 winner which later was made into a movie starring the gorgeous Greta Scacchi, the 1989/1990 double whammy of Remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro and Possession by A.S. Byatt, and 1992 winner The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. 2000 winner  The blind assassin by Margaret Atwood is an astonishing read. But if forced to pick “the best of the Booker” I’m plumping for Possession by A.S. Byatt. It combines the scope and splendour of the best Victorian novels with modern wit. It’s big, juicy and readable. Continue reading