Before the summer holiday, I’d stocked up on a pile of non-fiction books from Craig Potton Publishing. My pick of these for an informative and entertaining read is: Tramping – a New Zealand history by Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean.

There is the pleasure of course of dipping in to a bookshop or two while on holiday. I first visited Alice and Gertrude bookstore and cafe in Sydney and only wished it hadn’t been quite so crowded and that I’d had more time. I’ll be back next time I’m there to enjoy the combination of good food and browsing a wide range of second hand books. Later in Bowral, NSW I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of the beautifully presented Latin for Birdwatchers in a shop window. It lured me into the shop, and to make a purchase. I think this is just a perfect gift book. I was really pleased to find Mapping our World here, which sits on the coffee table of my hosts in Sydney. I couldn’t leave Australia without my own copy and only wish I’d been in Canberra for the exhibition that it’s based on.

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