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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

After having read the blurb I must admit I wasnít that fazed initially about reading this book so left it on shelf, it was chunky and seemed a bit overambitious in scope at the time. Somehow I decided I did actually want to read it, whether it was the glowing patterned cover (cover of the year) or the mass of reviews unanimously declaring its brilliance, Iím not sure, whatever the reason Iím mighty glad I did.
Set in what could easily be the not too distant future, it tells the story of Peter Leigh, an English Pastor, selected to travel to a distant planet, Oasis. His mission is to improve relations with and convert the alien inhabitants. Having to leave his wife, Bea, behind Peter must adjust not only to life on this new planet and the excitement of his mission, but also life away from his wife back on Earth where the economy is collapsing and the weather is causing massive disasters.
This book is a fascinating insight into, and Iíd imagine nails, the missionary mindset. Religious belief is a central theme in this book and it is almost disconcerting to read such a desperate need to justify a Godís hand in the wake of such devastating happenings on Earth.
I donít want to write too much more at the risk of giving too much away, all I can say is that this is a wonderful book. It is thought provoking and fascinating and in some respects does a far better job at stating the case for atheism than any book by Christopher Hitchens and his ilk.
I felt myself getting irrationally angry at the arrogance and ignorance of the main characters which I guess is all the more reason it is weird that I also felt it somewhat heartbreaking as they deal with what is thrown at them.
This book stayed with me for days and I guess you canít ask for much more than that.

- Dan Mackay

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We are the official supplier of textbooks for the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Unitec and Waiariki. University Bookshop stores are fully serviced academic campus stores, complete with an extensive range of general, academic and text books, student course supplies, stationery and more. Our philosophy has always been to be a competitive provider of textbooks, literature, educational and professional material to the tertiary, professional sectors, academic, municipal and professional libraries. We have achieved a reputation for excellence in New Zealand's book supply industry through our commitment to quality customer service.



University Bookshop stocks all texts for University of Auckland, AUT and Unitec courses. We can also procure any textbook for any University, contact us if you have any queries. We offer a number of services for students and give a discount off the RRP / List Price on most titles. For further information on our services for students please click here.

Waiariki Students

University Bookshop is also the official supplier for the Waiariki Institute of Technology. For further information on our Waiariki service please click here.

General Books

We have a comprehensive range of general books, including fiction, science fiction, foreign fiction, biographies, NZ non-fiction, science & humanities and many more. For further information on our services for students please click here.

Second Hand Books

University Bookshop pays cash for most current University of Auckland and AUT textbooks in good condition. We sell second-hand books instore only and not on the website because we cannot guarantee the quality of the stock. You will have to visit our stores on campus to see what is available. All second-hand books are labeled USED and are shelved alongside new texts. For further information on our services for students please click here.


To ensure the University Bookshop stocks the texts required for your course please contact our textbuyers. Their details can be found by clicking the link below. If you are new to The University of Auckland please come and see us in store to familiarise yourself with the University Bookshop and the peculiarities of the publishing industry in this part of the world. For further information on our services for lecturers please click here

Library Supplies

University Bookshop is a well established supplier of books to a large number of academic, municipal and professional libraries. Based at No 2 Alfred Street our experienced team offer a unique range services that include:

  • Research and book recommendation service

  • Worldwide book sourcing

  • Fast, efficient order fulfilment with order status reports

  • Credit facilities

  • Sales representative services with onsite book displays

Our research and book recommendation service is tailored to the information that we get from you the customer. Whether it's textbook requirements, professional, or specialised material, our Institutional sales team have the experience and resource materials to recommend the most up-to-date titles.
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