Tonight I got to go on Dunedin's Channel 9 Dunedin Diary Programme, hosted by Dougal Stevenson, and give my Christmas recommendations for that all around perfect gift - a book. Dunedin Diary is deliciously local orientated, and Dunedin writers have been very busy, so I had difficulty narrowing it down to five.
Children's picture book:
Cloudcatcher by Sue Wootton and illustrated by Carla Braun-Elwert
Mr Bellavista gets a bit carried away in the bid for his perfect tomatoes.
Young Adult Fiction:
Bloodlines by Tania Roxborogh.
Fleance, son of Banquo discovers how everything changes when you're king.
The Hut Builder by Laurence Fearnley.
Boden Black, butcher, has his horizons expanded in all directions one summer on Mount Cook.
Time of the Icebergs by David Eggleton
Hot off the press.
The Tasman by Neville Peat
A big biography of a big ocean.