Joan's Picks: A Natural Year and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 24 May 2020, 12:57PM

Joan's Picks: A Natural Year and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 24 May 2020, 12:57PM

A Natural Year by Wendyl Nissen. A gorgeous book all about the quieter, gentler life, giving up the rat race in Auckland to live in the country and appreciating the seasons and the garden. She fishes and forages for the food she doesn’t grow. She writes beautifully about getting older and finding peace within yourself; and there are of course great photos, recipes, tips and hints and gentle encouragement to rethink the way we live.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – a prequel to The Hunger Games. This tells the story of Coriolanus Snow who was the villain in the original series – it goes back to his life as a boy and the factors that shaped him into the man he became. The question of nature versus nurture is very relevant – did the hardship of his early circumstances make him into a monster, or was he always going to be one?