Best books for November 2019


The Weekend, by Charlotte Wood
Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout
Silver, by Chris Hammer
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
Never Have I ever, by Joshilyn Jackson
Pūrākau, Māori Myths Retold, edited by Witi Ihimaera and Whiti Hereaka


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, by Lori Gottlieb
Underland, by Robert MacFarlane
Let Me Be Frank, by Sarah Laing
Travel Light, Move fast, by Alexandra Fuller
Zealandia, the valley that changed a nation, by Jim Lynch
Book Of Knowing, by Gwendoline Smith


Tohorā, by Ned Barraud
The Gobbledegook Book, by Joy Cowley
Two For Me, One For You, by Jörg Mühle
Wildlife of Aotearoa, by Gavin Bishop
Cleo and Rob, by Helen Brown
Oliver goes to Stephens Island Lighthouse, by Grant Sheehan.




Launch of ‘Karori Streets’

Marsden Books and the Karori Historical Society invite you to attend the Launch of ‘Karori Streets’ at Marsden Books,
6.00–7.30 on Friday 18 October

Karori StreetsKarori Streets book cover
Will Chapman & Kitty Wood
Revised and updated in 2019
by Judith Burch

Published by the Karori Historical Society

The streets of Karori are named after its pioneering settlers. The original Karori Streets 1841–1991, published in 1991, described how Karori was sub-divided and how the streets were named. Judith has revised and updated the original text, included the new roads and subdivisions since then, and added many new photographs. Karori Streets is the definitive account of Karori’s pioneers and how this podocarp forested valley became Wellington’s largest suburb.


Marsden Books Best Books of July 2019

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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.

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

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.


Marsden Books Best Books of February 2019

Adult Fiction
Adult Non Fiction

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.


Marsden Books Best Books of 2018





Children’s Picture Books


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.

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.


Marsden Books Best Reads July 2018