The Zookeeper's Wife Diane Ackerman

When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages. As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants as Europe crumbles around them.

Pleasures of Leisure – Robert dessaix

In today’s crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer hours, consuming more than ever before; technology erodes the work–life balance further; increasingly, people feel that only work gives existence meaning. In a world where time is money, what is the value of walking without purpose, socialising without networking, nesting when we could be on our laptops?

my heritage – minh hien


My Heritage is a story of love and separation, friendship and conflict, hope and endurance, life and death through the eyes of three generations of the author's family. In 1981, at the age of 17, Mienh Hien fled Vietnam in a small boat. This memoir not only recounts the events, persons and places that featured in Hien's life; it gives the reader an unforgettable insight into daily life, into the strong web of relationships and friendships that form the framework of one girl's story and of her country's strength.

unmasked – turia pitt, Bryce corbett

More than a simple chronology of events - and against the backdrop of a never-ending series of impressive physical feats, including climbing the Great Wall of China, walking the Kokoda Track and competing in not one but two Ironman competitions - this book unmasks the real Turia - funny, fierce, intelligent, flawed. With the benefit of hindsight and five years' worth of gaining wisdom, Turia is only now able to account for how she prevailed where others might have faltered. And for the first time, in this book we get to know the people who - by Turia's own admission - made her recovery possible.