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Marsden Books Newsletter July 2019

Welcome to our midwinter newsletter which contains important information about changes to NZ Post and exciting new books arriving in the next couple of months. We are very pleased to have Heather and Anne back after their overseas trips and are looking forward to having the full team in action for the next few months.

NZ Post: On July 1stthere are price increases on some NZ Post services:

Stamps:  A medium letter posted within NZ is now $1.30, a larger letter $2.60 and oversize $3.90
If you still have Kiwi stamps they can be used without adding additional post.

Overseas Postage for Medium letters is now $2.60 for Australia and $3.30 for Rest of the World.

Rural Delivery: this is now $3.90 for every parcel sent to an R.D. address.

All international postal rates have increased.

International and Express Courier: This is the only method for sending a parcel tracked overseas.

There are now more stringent regulations when using courier services overseas which take longer to complete. This means there may be delays while we prepare all the documentation required.

All UK passport applications and legal documents must be sent by Express courier now.

NZ Childrens Book Award Finalists: We have a display of these books in the shop at the moment and there are some strong contenders in all categories. Belinda has been highlighting many of the books on our Facebook page.

117 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton: This will be in store on 23 July.

The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood will be a new release in September. It will be in hardback at $48.

My First Words in Maori by Stacey Morrison: Her new picture book for children will be available in September to coincide with Maori Language Week 9–15 September. There will be a free set of flashcards with early purchases of the book.

Aroha’s Way by Craig Phillips is a lovely picture book for children about emotions. It has proved so popular it is now not available again until August.

So much to look forward to apart from the NZ Post increases!

Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter February 2019

School is back and Summer is on the wane as we look forward to another year of bookselling.

Over the summer we have noticed a lot of interest in books on anxiety, especially for children facing various challenges in their lives. We have gathered a collection of books to help for most ages. It seems it is pretty tough for young people out in the big wide world at the moment.

We get a tremendous amount of pleasure from helping all our customers to find the right book, especially children starting the journey to becoming avid readers. It is rewarding for us to hear back that books chosen here have been successful. There are so many wonderful authors writing books that can make a huge difference to lives young and old.

Gecko Promotion
We have a Gecko promotion until the end of February. If you buy a Gecko book you can enter the draw to win 2 gorgeous collections of Gecko books, one of which we would ask you to donate to your local school or preschool.

Library Event
On February 28ththere is an evening event at our local library with a panel of local authors; Sarah Laing, Raj Chakraborti and Leah Mc Fall. Marsden Books will be in attendance selling their books. The event is free and all are welcome. Karori Library 6–7.30 pm.

NZ Post
Our postie now collects mail once a day at approx. 3:45 pm. Therefore post needs to be with us by 3:30 pm to get the mail for that day.
Passports/ Legal Documents to the UK: These now need to be sent by Express Courier.

Stocktake
On Saturday, March 30th we will close early at 12:30 pm so that we can stocktake in the afternoon.

Mother’s Day in the UK is March 31st
We have cards for this on display now.

Easter Hours
We shall be CLOSED Easter Monday
OPEN Saturday, April 20th
CLOSED Easter Sunday and Monday
OPEN Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th
CLOSED Anzac Day 25th
OPEN on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April

Books
Our favourite recently published books are:

  • The Wall by John Lanchester
  • Middle England by Jonathan Coe
  • The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith.

Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter November 2018

 

Marsden Books Newsletter November 2018

It is nearly the end of another year of bookselling here and marvelling at the rich and rewarding literature that has been published. Where would we all be without the joy of a good book to hold, read and treasure?

Welcome to our end of year newsletter with the usual bits of important information to help you in the lead up to Christmas and enclosed is our gift as thanks for all the support you have shown during the year. If you are receiving this newsletter by email please call in and collect your gift.

NZ Post:
NZ Post has a sheet with all the information you require regarding posting dates and Christmas stamps. You can get it here.

Courier Overseas: For larger parcels overseas it is often not much more expensive to send by Economy Courier. This means the parcel is tracked and takes 4 to 5 working days.

International Air Parcels are NOT tracked so if you require tracking, your parcel will need to be sent by courier.

Christmas Hours:
The shop will be open in December on Sundays 11.00–3.00
Closed: Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Open: December 27th and 28th   9.00–5.00, and 29th 10.00– 2.00
Closed: Jan 1st and 2nd
Open: Jan 3rdand 4th: 9.00–5.00 & Jan 5th 10.00– 2.00.

Christmas Books:
We have the usual comprehensive range of children’s Christmas books, and advent calendars are here now.

Children’s Bookclub:
Thank you to Claire and Cassidy who have looked after our little book club this year. The last one in December will be held at the Karori Library. Claire will be in touch by email about the starting date for next year.

NZ Childrens Book Awards winners, 2018
Aotearoa by Gavin Bishop – suitable for the whole family.
I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul – 2 to 4-year-olds
How to Bee by Bren MacDibble – Young fiction
In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black – Y.A fiction

We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday.
Anna, Heather, Pip, Anne, Megan, Beatrice, Belinda, Charlotte, and Emily.

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Marsden Books Newsletter – July 2018

It’s the year of the overseas trip for the staff at Marsden Books, which is a great way for us all to get a perspective on New Zealand from afar, enjoy some warmer weather and check out bookshops all over the world. We welcome Julie White to the fold as a new staff member. She will be working while others are away and when we get busy. I am sure many of you will have already seen her in the shop. It’s book awards time of year again. Belinda made a wonderful window display of the NZ Childrens Book Awards finalists and was rewarded with first prize in a nationwide window competition. She has been wowing us with her innovative and exciting window displays recently and helping showcase our children’s books in particular.

NZ Post:
In July there have been a lot of changes to post with prices going up on most services. We have a brochure available if you need further details.

  • A Standard letter in NZ is now $1.20 to send, a book of Kiwi stamps $12.
  • If you would like an overseas parcel tracked it needs to be sent by international courier.
  • If you have purchased Kiwi stamps prior to the changes they remain valid without adding extra stamps.

 

NZ Post Children’s Awards:
The winners will be announced on August 8th. Our favourites are:

I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul, a local author from Karori.
Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter by Heather Haylock.
Explore Aotearoa by Bronwen Wall .An excellent overview of NZ History for 8 –13 year olds.
The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward, a bookseller from Hawke’s Bay.

Our Favourite Reads:
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, set in postwar Britain, two children caught in the murky world of crime and espionage.
Diary of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, now in paperback.
View from the South a new collection of poetry from Owen Marshall with photographs by Graeme Sydney.

Bingo:
We have quite a few different Bingo Games here now which are proving to be very popular. The latest additions are Ocean Bingo and Dinosaur Bingo. These vary between $30 and $40 and are suitable for adults and children.

Jigsaw Puzzles:
We now have a  range of Childrens and Adults jigsaw puzzles.

Calendars and some diaries for 2019 are available now.

Happy reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter February 2018

We have started the year with a hiss and a roar, launching books by two lovely local authors.

In January we had the pleasure of launching Peter van Drimmelen’s memoir Driving for Music. This is a humorous behind the scenes account of life with the NZSO and smaller orchestras and the sacrifices these precious musicians make to bring us such wonderful concerts. We are selling the book here for $35.

On Wednesday, February 21st we are launching Raj Chakraborti’s new novel, The Man Who Would Not See. Raj now lives in Karori and some of his novel is set in Karori. Please join us for the launch on Wednesday at 6 pm to hear Raj talk about his new book.

Wellington Readers and Writers Week: March 8th till 11th
We have a selection of books for sale by the various authors visiting Wellington for this festival week. Our Picks would be Dr Charlie Corke, Letting Go, How to Plan for a Good Death, and A.C Grayling, author of Democracy and It’s Crisis and The Age of Genius. Our fiction pick would be The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

NZ Post: There is now no Fastpost for letters in New Zealand. All parcels sent to a rural address must have a rural delivery sticker attached. Kiwi Stamps always remain valid for any standard letter posted within NZ even when there are changes made. If you are unsure about postage please don’t hesitate to ask us, as it can be very confusing. We are not able to take credit card as payment for NZ Post items.

Children’s Bookclub: This begins again on March 3rd with Claire at the helm assisted by our Saturday girls Charlotte and Emily. In April some of the Gecko Press staff will be coming to the shop to talk to the group. Please email Claire at claireC@datacom.co.nz if you would like to join the club which meets monthly at the shop on Saturdays at 2 pm. We always welcome new members.

Facebook: You will have seen that there are some changes to Facebook. Belinda is working hard to make sure as many of you as possible see our posts. She will be launching a new forum soon where we can share good reads and you can also comment and share books you have enjoyed reading.

Music: Please ask us if there is a CD you would like us to order. Beatrice is happy to help.

Specials: The publishers are providing us with excellent deals on certain books at the moment. We have $10 copies of all the Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley, several of The Sally Hepworth titles, such as The Mother’s Promise. We also have great books for young readers for only $5, such as The 13 Storey Treehouse, Pirate Blunderbeard, and Dotty Detective. These are an excellent way to introduce new authors.

After Alexander is a memoir by Wellington author, Jan Pryor, about her experience with cot death and the subsequent ripple effect of Alexander’s death on the family. An outstanding book beautifully written. Available here for $30.

Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

 

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Marsden Books Newsletter November 2017

Here we are at the end of another year of happy bookselling with the shelves groaning under the weight of all the gorgeous books that have recently arrived. So much choice but lots of fun in the choosing. In the last few months, we have had Belinda managing our Facebook page and what an amazing difference she is making. She has helped us showcase books that we are recommending in a creative and compelling way. We are very grateful to have her as a part of our team.

If you have never checked out our Facebook page, now might be the time to try. There is a special promotion to win a lovely pile of Summer reading for all the family and to gift a matching selection to a friend. The promotion ends on December 8th when the lucky winners will be announced.
You can access the Facebook page easily via the website here.

Patricia Morrison: We were shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Patricia, a previous owner of the shop, friend and great supporter for many years. In the last few years, Patricia had been very involved in libraries at the prisons and made a huge difference there. We will miss her.

NZ Post:  Christmas posting dates are as follows:
For Airmail Rest of World: Wednesday, Nov 29th
UK and Europe and America: Friday, December 1st
Australia: Wednesday, December 6th

International Courier dates are a week later for each date.

Christmas Bags: Beatrice has been busy making sustainable Christmas bags, $12, which you can use to wrap a book or gift.

Christmas Books: We have a comprehensive range of Children’s Christmas books for all ages, including Nativity stories.

Christmas and Holiday Hours:

Sundays in December: From Sunday, December 3, we are open Sundays, 11am to 3pm.
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
December 27, 28, 29: Open 9am to 5pm
December 30, Saturday: Open 10 am to 2 pm
January 1 and 2: Closed
January 3, 4, 5: Open 9am to 5pm
January 6: 10am to 2pm.

Thanks for all your support this year, Happy Christmas and enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, from the team at Marsden Books; Anna, Philippa, Heather, Anne, Megan, Beatrice, Belinda, Charlotte and Emily.

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Marsden Books Best Reads 2017

FICTION

 

NON FICTION

 

CHILDREN

 

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Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

Man Booker winner book Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

 

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing)

On 22 February 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln is laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, his father Abraham arrives at the cemetery, alone, under cover of darkness.

Over the course of that evening, Abraham Lincoln paces the graveyard unsettled by the death of his beloved boy, and by the grim shadow of a war that feels as though it is without end. Meanwhile, Willie is trapped in a state of limbo between the dead and the living – drawn to his father with whom he can no longer communicate, existing in a ghostly world populated by the recently passed and the long dead.

Unfolding in the graveyard over a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief and the deeper meaning and possibilities of life.

More information can be found on the Man Booker website.

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Marsden Books Newsletter July 2017

This week happens to be National Grief Week. Consequently, we are showcasing our grief books which are a mixture of memoirs and guides to dealing with the death of a loved one.

We also have a comprehensive collection of books for young children to help them
understand death, whether it is a close family member, a pet, or just a question being asked about death.

There are also some excellent books, recently published, discussing our approach to death as a society. For example “Being Mortal” by Atal Gawande and “The Way We Die Now” by Seamus O’Mahony.

Childrens’ Bookshop: It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to John MacIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop. In the spirit of cooperation that prevails amongst the Wellington booksellers, he was a great support and mentor to many of us. He will be missed.

John ran the bookshop in partnership with his wife Ruth, who is now leading a great little team at the Children’s Bookshop. We will continue to support her and the shop and wish her well as she steps into John’s shoes.

Lonely Planet Promotion: Lonely Planet is now producing a wonderful range of children’s books, activities and guides. We will be running a promotion in August to showcase these.

NZ Post: There have been some changes to NZ Post prices. These are only affecting Fastpost letters and some increases to international post parcels.

Facebook and Instagram: We now have the lovely Belinda Robins managing our Facebook page and Instagram. She is making a huge impact for us with the increased communication offered and the opportunity to see daily the books we are promoting. This has also meant that out-of-town customers can get a better idea of the books available here and have books posted to them. If you are not following us on Facebook it would be worth a look. You can access via our website if you are not on Facebook. Marsdenbooks.co.nz

NZ Children’s Book Awards: We have a display of all the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The winners will be announced in August.

Music: Beatrice is busy collating a wonderful collection of CDs and is happy to take orders. She is in the shop on Fridays if you would like the chance to talk to her.

In the meantime, Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter March 2017

Now that we are well into 2017, the year of the Rooster, the Marsden Books team is working hard to stock the best books, cards, and extra little treasures you might need. It is great to see our fellow local businesses in Marsden Village thriving and enjoying much deserved support. In the difficult times, some communities such as Christchurch and Kaikoura have faced, the importance of a supportive local community comes to the fore.

“Leap of Faith”
We are thrilled to be hosting an event to celebrate Jenny Pattrick’s new novel Leap of Faith.
Thursday April 6th
5.30pm at St Ninians in Karori.

Refreshments and seating will be available so join us to hear Jenny talk about the book and read from it.
Please rsvp by 3 April.
Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event, and Jenny will be happy to sign them then.

Gecko Promotion:
For the month of March, we are promoting local publisher Gecko. Buy a Gecko book during the month of March and go into the draw to win a wonderful collection of their children’s books.

The winner will be able to nominate a local school or preschool to receive an identical collection of Gecko books. Our thanks to Gecko publishers for their support of this promotion.

Facebook followers can be in to win a copy of The Gecko Annual edited by Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris. You can access our Facebook page here.

Stocktake:
Our stocktake will be on April 1st which means the shop will close early at 1 pm.

Easter Hours:
CLOSED: Good Friday, 14 April.
OPEN: Saturday 9 till 3.
CLOSED: Easter Sunday and Monday

Books To Look Forward To by some of our favourite authors:

Leap of Faith by Jenny Pattrick. A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love, during the construction of the main Trunk Railway line, set in a rugged difficult landscape.

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. An unsettling mystery set in Britain in the 1700’s as the French Revolution takes hold just across the water.

House of Names by Colm Toibin. A retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children.-spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling.

How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster. This is her last novel published after her death last year and written in her wonderful style reminiscent of her best earlier novels.

Breaking Ranks by James McNeish. Three distinct stories about three New Zealanders, a doctor, a soldier and a judge, but with one thing in common — they all paid the price for standing up for what they believed in.

 

We welcome Charlotte and Emily Sinclair who will be working on Saturdays. They have shown a great passion for reading and will now be able to share that knowledge with our customers. We look forward to having them as part of our team at Marsden Books.

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