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Book-tacular 2020

With the Christmas hurly-burly done and dusted, Piccadilly Bookshop’s Neville Templeton takes time out to share a bit about what’s up for 2020.


What’s your New Year looking like so far, Neville?
Both staff and customers are enjoying the oasis of calm post-Christmas, but we’re still busy finding books for our avid readers, and books for children of all ages who’ve a reading age approaching university level.

The new school year brings a need for preparation and we maintain a tried and trusted range of study guides and all the stationery needs for primary, secondary and tertiary students.

Any new faces at Piccadilly?
Yes, we’re welcoming new customers who’ve moved into our locale as they become familiar with the schools, shops and amenities around them.

And what about the new Piccadilly Bookshop at The Crossing (over Colombo Street from Ballantynes)?
We’ve had a warm welcome from fellow retailers, office tenants, new customers and even regular Avonhead customers, which is very pleasing!

These interactions encourage us to refine our selection of books and merchandise all the time.

Who are Piccadilly’s salespeople at The Crossing?
We have Clive, Dawn, Digby, Jennie and Sue; between them they have over 100 years of experience in the book industry.

Alex, Brylea, Hamish and Jacqui are our young salespeople. So, there’s plenty of advice available from both ends of the age spectrum.

Any book on the website can be brought to The Crossing store for customers.


Kieran Read’s next chapter

Kieran Read first played for the All Blacks as a 23-year-old in 2008 and since then has amassed 127 test appearances in the famous jersey which places him third on the all-time New Zealand list behind Richie McCaw and Keven Mealamu.



Now, after a stellar provincial, club and international career — including back-to-back World Cup victories — the retiring New Zealand captain is moving onto his next chapter as a published author.

Kieran Read: Straight 8 (Upstart Press, $49.99 RRP) has just been released and in it is Read’s open, honest and emotional recollection of his career.

Forthright and frank, Read’s well-respected views on the game are a must-read for rugby fans, and his take on the myriad personalities and the peccadilloes of his teammates, coaches and opponents will be sure to surprise and delight.

From the playing fields of Papakura to the world champion podium, Read has faced every challenge head on. His life story is no exception.

The Rugby World Cup on everybody’s lips? Completely up-to-date, the book includes a full and frank assessment of the All Blacks’ performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Kieran will be appearing at bookstore signings in Christchurch on 23-24 November. A special launch event held in conjunction with the University of Canterbury Rugby Club will be held on 22 November. It’s an opportunity to join Kieran, Scotty Stevenson and friends at the brand new UCSA Building on the University of Canterbury campus.

Tickets include canapés for the evening. Kieran and friends will be mingling with guests following presentations by Scotty Stevenson and guests, with all proceeds from the event going to UC Rugby. To book tickets, visit or find the event page on Facebook.

For more information on the book, visit

Metropol has three copies of Kieran Read: Straight 8 to give away. To enter, just head to our Facebook page, like our post and tag someone you would love to gift this book to and you’re in the draw.