Miss Chopsticks by Xinran
Sisters Three, Five and Six leave their peasant Chinese community to seek their fortunes as migrant workers in the big city. Deemed, as female members of a large family, not important enough to merit a name, only a number, the city has plenty of shocks in store for the uneducated and unsophisticated sisters.
The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield
Molly Oldfield's (who does research for the TV programme QI) Secret Museum is a unique treasure trove of the most intriguing artifacts hidden away in museum archives from all over the world - curated, brought to light, and brought to life in this beautifully illustrated collection.
Spy Games by Adam Brookes
Journalist Philip Mangan is in hiding in East Africa, fearing he will be killed by Chinese agents who believe he is a British spy. But when he is caught in a terrorist attack, the arrival of a shadowy figure in its wake blows Mangan back into the eye of the storm. , and no one can be trusted to protect them.
I Think I Love You by Alison Pearson
This novel, set in the '70s and the present day, is about teen obsession, rites of passage and one girl's infatuation with David Cassidy. It's about love in many forms, but first love in particular, how it shapes us and imprints us.
Valerie: the autobiography by Valerie Adams
In her book the traditionally media-shy Adams talks about her humble upbringings - she was born in Rotorua to a Tongan mother and an English father - and raised mainly in south Auckland. She will talk about her incredibly successful partnership with coach Kirsten Hellier and, for the first time, shed light on the dramatic disintegration of that partnership in 2010. But perhaps most importantly, she will talk about what it's like to achieve at the very highest level...and to regularly look out from the centre of the sporting dais.