Women want him, men want to be him – Jack Reacher

As well as watching a considerable amount of Glee at the weekend,  I also had my head stuck in Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher book 61 Hours.   In many ways I am the complete opposite of Jack Reacher;

  • he’s 6-foot, broad-shouldered and rugged whereas I am average height and rugged is probably the last word you would use to describe me.
  • he’s an ex-military tough guy, I’m a librarian and couldn’t scare anybody if I tried.
  • his only possessions are the clothes on his back, but it took 15 large boxes just to move all my books last time I moved flats (I’m only slightly obsessed, I swear!).

I’m sure I could give you more examples, but these just show you what extreme opposites Jack Reacher and myself are.   I prefer to live my live vicariously through Jack Reacher and other characters such as Harry Bosch, Charlie Parker and Mikael Blomkvist.  These characters can do the things that I would never do myself and I know that I would react very differently if placed in the same situations. 

What makes Lee Child’s latest book, 61 Hours, so exciting is the countdown throughout the book.  It starts at 61 hours (obviously) with the tour bus that Jack Reacher’s on crashing on a snowy highway just outside of the town of Bolton in South Dakota.  You know as you read that time is counting down to something but you don’t find out until the end of the book so you just have to keep reading to find out.

If you’re a Lee Child fan, he’s going to be in Christchurch next Thursday (15 April) so you can get to meet the man himself.  He’ll be signing his books at Borders Riccarton from 11.30am-12 noon, Paper Plus Riccarton from 12.00-12.30pm, and Whitcoulls Cashel St from 1.00-1.45pm.  He is also doing a Literary Liason at the James Hay Theatre  at 7pm if you want to hear him discuss his books and Jack Reacher (Tickets $15 at Ticketek).

How to shop smarter New Zealand!

Search our catalogue for books on vintage clothing
Search our catalogue for books on vintage clothing

I remember as a kid being dreadfully ashamed that my mother bought second-hand clothes.  She loved nothing better than a good scramble through other peoples discarded goods and would pounce gleefully on a “perfectly good skirt”  that someone, “obviously well-off”  had chucked, and would bring it home triumphantly. When I became a hard-up student I began to appreciate her eye for a bargain, and so my love affair with everything second-hand began.

Time passes and so do trends.  Secondhand is now referred to as ‘Retro’ or ‘Vintage’.  We no longer slink into secondhand shops under the cover of darkness, and celebrities proudly proclaim that the beaded Dior dress they are wearing is indeed – Vintage.

The Library of course, being at the forefront of all new trends, has a multitude of books on all things vintage, retro and recycled. 

Our webpages also have some really useful guides on this subject.