Max Cryer is a language expert with many years’ experience of researching and writing on the subject. A well-known broadcaster and entertainer, he hosts a weekly radio slot on quirks of the English language. In a long career, he has been a schoolteacher, a compere and television host, as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Now a full-time writer living in Auckland, he has written many books, including Who Said That First?, Love Me Tender and The Godzone Dictionary all published by Exisle.
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Why fine words butter no parsnips
From our earliest years we have heard proverbs, and many of them are repeated without much thought. In ‘Preposterous Proverbs’, Max Cryer looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world. Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with others on money, animals, sin and death. He has chosen some of the most interesting and perplexing, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth. A great book to dip into.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 198 x 126 mm | 272 Pages |
A proverb is to speech what salt is to food… Proverbs exist in every language yet rarely do we notice and acknowledge their existence.
Some sayings have become so familiar that we are scarcely aware they are proverbs. It is only when someone like Max Cryer takes the time to look at them that we can see how these ‘pearls of wisdom’ have played such a key role in the moral guidance of our society.
In Preposterous Proverbs, Max looks at a vast array of proverbs from around the world.
Proverbs on birth, food, women and love rub shoulders with proverbs on money, animals, sin and death. Max has chosen some of the most interesting, perplexing and beautiful proverbs, and with his characteristic wry wit he analyses their meaning and truth.
A great book to dip into, Preposterous Proverbs will take you from Greece (‘A thousand men cannot undress a naked man’) to China (‘A dry finger cannot pick up salt’), from Japan (‘Fools and scissors must be carefully handled’) to India (‘A fat spouse is a quilt for the winter’).
Sometimes the wisdom is distinctly odd, sometimes it has become outdated, and sometimes it is simply contradictory. After all, do ‘many hands make light work’ or do ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’? You can’t really have it both ways!
Preposterous Proverbs will be a hoot for anyone who loves literature and is the perfect Christmas gift with it’s cute size and quirky cover.
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False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas — part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their remarkable voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.
False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | Approx. 50 Black & White photos and maps | 368 Pages |
Today’s children struggle with a range of issues, from depression and anxiety to poor body image and low self-esteem. In fact, research suggests that at any given time around 10 per cent of students will be suffering from a mental health issue that directly impacts on their education and health.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (the subject of Dr Russ Harris’s bestselling The Happiness Trap) has been proven to be effective in teaching young people effective, flexible strategies for dealing with the stressors in their life and these principles are now brought to life in this graphic novel. By following the main character, Holly, through her encounters with monsters (symbolising her inner doubts and unpleasant thoughts), children will learn how to similarly deal with their own issues and develop a more resilient mental attitude and achieve better emotional balance.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 170 x 245 mm / 6 ⅘ x 9 ⅗ Inches | Colour | 64 Pages |
A tai tai’ tale… When Tania McCartney discovered she’d be moving her husband, self and two kids under the age of five to China for four years, she was 95 per cent horrified. But what she never expected was to fall in love. Beijing seeped under her skin and grabbed hold of her heart…a love affair that inspired Beijing Tai Tai; a collection of shrewdly observed, heartfelt and humorous insights into Beijing expatriate life.
Intensely personal and at times a little controversial, it’s a rollercoaster ride of honesty and openness as a mother and wife (tai tai) juggles suburban family life in urban Beijing. Presented in a series of column-like snippets — on topics ranging from the consumption of bull testicles to the life-altering experience of walking the Great Wall — it talks of both the challenging lows and intense highs of expat life in a country on the brink of great change.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm / 9 ⅕ x 6 Inches | 260 Pages |
Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and other Everyday Psychological Injuries
Most people struggle to treat, or even ignore, day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection and guilt, but these injuries can significantly impact us and often get worse if left untreated – psychologist Guy Winch believes it’s way past time we learnt emotional first aid.
With concrete, easy-to-use exercises supported by cutting edge science that will help you build resilience and develop strategies to cope with challenging emotions, as well as relatable anecdotes and a refreshing dose of humour, you can learn to promote your emotional recovery from life’s setbacks.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 140 mm / 8 ⅓ x 5 ⅗ Inches | 304 Pages |