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Sometimes the wisdom is distinctly odd, sometimes it has become outdated, and sometimes it is simply contradictory.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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The war in the South Pacific saw some of the most grueling fighting of World War Two. Conditions were unpleasant- fetid heat, torrential downpours and hostile flora and fauna- while the Japanese enemy were ruthless and would often fight to the last man. Amphibious warfare, jungle warfare and the need to co-operate with our American ally all meant that new demands were made on New Zealand soldiers. Yet the war in the South Pacific came to be seen as an easy war, generally overlooked (with the exception of Guadalcanal) by historians.
From ignorance of what the soldiers were called upon to endure, the notion arose that service in the South Pacific was somehow less worthy than the ‘real war’ in Europe against the Nazis. This attitude continued in the post-war world and today the soldiers of 3NZ Division are all but forgotten. Pacific Star sets the record straight, shedding new light on the sacrifices and tribulations which the soldiers of 3NZ Division had to endure in the service of the Allied cause.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback, case and jacket | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ Inches | Black & White | Approx. 60 Photographs + 5 Maps | 232 Pages |
Today’s adolescents struggle with a range of issues, from anger and low self-esteem to depression and anxiety. 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, as in I Just Want to be … Me!, these principles are once again brought to life in graphic novel form. By following the main character, Andy, through his encounter with the Beast (symbolising his inner anger, hurt, fear and resentment), teenagers will learn how to similarly deal with their own issues and develop a more resilient mental attitude and achieve better emotional balance.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm / 9 ⅕ x 6 Inches | 112 Pages |
Good health starts from the inside out, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. So many of the most nutrient-dense foods are commonly available, as well as delicious! In The Essential Edible Pharmacy, nutritionist Sophie Manolas shares her passion for helping people eat their way to the healthiest and greatest version of themselves.
With many simple yet delicious recipes, this inspiring book re-introduces you to 60 nutritionally rich foods and explains exactly why each of them is so good for you. Sophie’s approach doesn’t require a radical lifestyle change or hard-to-find ingredients – this is everyday eating for everyone to enjoy.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 235 x 191 mm / 9 ¼ x 7 ½ Inches | 90 Colour Illustrations | 216 Pages |
Many baby boomers are seeking to stay in the workforce longer and are looking for satisfying, fulfilling jobs. This book is a step-by-step guide to finding and winning the sort of job most likely to give job satisfaction and success. It sets out how older workers are often valued in the workplace because of their experience, skills, reliability and sense of responsibility before going on to show how to demonstrate these qualities to prospective employers.
Specimen résumés are included in the book and are available for download as templates from the linked website. Job seekers can almost guarantee getting a good job quickly if they follow the author’s recipe for success!
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | 352 Pages |