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The Crown: The In­side His­tory by Robert Lacey, Allen & Un­win.

The ex­quis­ite Net­flix drama has re­fo­cused the royal spot­light on the Queen, as it shows the early, com­plex years of her monar­chy and the pri­vate and public bat­tles she had to face. In this gorgeous book, royal bi­og­ra­pher Robert Lacey – the his­tor­i­cal con­sul­tant on both The Crown and He­len Mir­ren’s movie The Queen – has created the ul­ti­mate guide to Bri­tain’s long­est-reign­ing monarch. The book is also filled with beau­ti­ful pho­tos of the roy­als and their on-screen coun­ter­parts.

My Mother’s Kitchen, Pot­ton & Bur­ton.

There’s noth­ing quite like Mum’s home cook­ing, even when you’re a fa­mous chef. More than 70 of New Zealand’s favourite food­ies, from mag­a­zine writ­ers to celebrity chefs and TV cooks, share favourite recipes from their mother’s reper­toire. De­li­cious and achiev­able, the eclec­tic mix re­flects the evo­lu­tion of good Kiwi cook­ing and is wor­thy of a place in any­one’s kitchen.

The New Zealand Cat by Rachael Hale McKenna, Allen & Un­win.

Kiwi pho­tog­ra­pher Rachael Hale McKenna has al­ready charmed us with the pam­pered Parisian pussy­cats in her book The French Cat. Now she’s brought her skills home and trav­elled around New Zealand pho­tograph­ing the fluffi­est, cheeki­est, smoochi­est and smuggest kit­ties our coun­try has to of­fer. There are back-sto­ries for each of the fe­lines, like Val­rhona, who sur­vived the Christchurch earth­quakes, Eleanor the Cat­ton, named af­ter our own Man Booker Prize win­ner, or Chincy, Hooper, Prince An­dre and Mirry, a group of fos­ter kit­tens. De­light­ful!

Clas­sic Planes by Ivor Wilkins, Pen­guin/Ran­dom House.

New Zealand’s avi­a­tion her­itage is cel­e­brated in stun­ning style in Ivor Wilkin’s weighty cof­fee ta­ble tome. Mag­nif­i­cent pho­to­graphs ac­com­pany the sto­ries of our planes, their pi­lots and the ded­i­cated en­thu­si­asts who lov­ingly re­store the old ma­chines to their for­mer glory. Avi­a­tion buffs will be fly­ing high with hap­pi­ness to find this un­der the Christ­mas tree.

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