Pig Huntingitis / Chris Fraser.
“Warning: PIG HUNTINGITUS is very infectious, people have been known to catch it just by reading about it. If you own an old 4WD truck with a dog box on the back, a long pointed knife, a collection of motley looking dogs and when you are talking to your mates every second sentence has the word “pig” in it at least once, don’t panic, you already have it. As for the rest of you, proceed with caution. Chris Fraser discovered pig hunting later in life. Already a successful hunter, the invitation to join a friend on a pig hunt started something that continues to this day.” (Global Books)
Classic : the Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand / Ivor Wilkins.
“Renowned yachting writer and photographer, Ivor Wilkins, showcases the leading lights of the recent classic yacht revival movement: big names such as Waitangi, Rainbow and Ariki, treasures such as Little Jim and Rona, and the classic dinghies and launches which dot our coast. It is a tribute both to the original builders of these magnificent craft but also to their current owners and restorers, who have gone to what might seem incomprehensible lengths to bring them back to their former glory and return them to home waters. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs, this book tells the fascinating stories of these boats and at the same time tells a story of New Zealand’s own history.” (Global Books)
Dressage School : a sourcebook of movement and tips demonstrated by Olympian Isabell Werth / by Britta Schoffmann.
“In this fantastically detailed and uniquely organized reference, 2008 Olympic gold and silver medal-winner Isabell Werth demonstrates the what, the how, and—most importantly—the why of more than 100 dressage movements. She shows readers how each should look, explains common mistakes and how to avoid them, and then describes the benefit of the exercise and how it contributes to the dressage training scale. In addition, emphasis is placed on the horse as an individual and customizing movements and lessons to benefit any animal, with their particular physical and psychological characteristics in mind. Practical and easy-to-follow, this resource promises to take the mystery out of dressage schooling forever.” (Amazon)
Top Catch : hook up New Zealand’s top 12 species / John Eichelsheim.
“Popular fishing writer John Eichelsheim spills the beans on how and where to catch he best examples of New Zealand’s top fish species. John draws on his own forty years of experience fishing around the country to tell personal stories of his own ‘top catch’ for each species, then provides biological/ geographical information on the fish, the nuts and bolts of tackle and technique, including the peak season, and the current records (biggest fish ever caught etc.)” (Global Books)
Apollo’s Angels : A History of Ballet / Jennifer Homans.
“This is a history of ballet by a dancer turned historian and critic. It begins in the courts of Europe, where ballet was a form of aristocratic etiquette and a political event as much as it was an art.” (Global Books)
One Mountain Thousand Summits : The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2 / Freddie Wilkinson.
“When eleven men perished on the slopes of K2 in August 2008, it was one of the deadliest single events in Himalayan climbing and made headlines around the world. Yet non of the surviving western climbers could explain precisely what happened. Their memories were self-admittedly fogged by exhaustion, hypoxia, and hallucinations. The truth of what happened lies with four Sherpa guides who were largely ignored by the mainstream media in the aftermath of the tragedy, who lost two of their own during the incident, and whose heroic efforts saved the lives of at least four climbers. Based on his numerous trips to Nepal and in-depth interviews he conducted with these unacknowledged heroes, the other survivors, and the families of the lost climbers, alpinist and veteran climbing writer Freddie Wilkinson presents the true story of what actually occurred on the “savage” mountain.” (Amazon)
Basketball’s Greatest Stars / Michael Grange.
“Profiles of the best NBA players provide a great history of the game.” (Syndetics summary)
Fishermen’s Tales : Incredible Stories from New Zealand and the World of Fishing / Peter Jessup.
“Fishermen’s Tales is a collection of favourite stories, from the streams and coastlines of New Zealand to the rivers, lakes and seas of the world. As incredible as these stories seem, all of them are true.” (Book Jacket)
Kook : what surfing taught me about love, life, and catching the perfect wave / Peter Heller.
“Heller details the strenuous, exciting adventure of learning to surf in only six months.” (Syndetics summary)