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Resolve to Read

The latest studies suggest that New Zealand adult and children’s reading levels are lower on an international level than ever before. The solution? Experts say we simply need to read more.



The stresses of the holidays have passed and we can celebrate a New Year with the personal resolutions to do something new with our lives and the time we spend unwinding.

Why not implement a daily reading regimen to keep yourself – and the kids – on track and off of the devices.

Our top picks – both old and new – will easily keep readers of all ages enthralled for hours on end.

    The latest offering from Jeff Kinney as an addition to his ever-popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes in the form of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball.

    This hilarious tale has received glowing reviews as the Heffley family work on renovating their home after receiving an inheritance.

    Greg goes through a series of hilarious circumstances as they transition through a journey that includes the entire family.

    It is available from Piccadilly Bookshop, which has a new store at The Crossing.

    Local author Felicity M. Williams’ Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped tells the tale of an ocean-dwelling mergirl and the fish and seafolk she lives amongst.

    Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped is available locally at Scorpio Books and The Children’s Bookshop’s online store.

  2.  A CLASSIC:
    At Piccadilly Bookshop and The Clocks Bookshop you’ll find The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a classic read fit for adult readers.

    This American classic set in the roaring 20s in New York features the famed character Jay Gatsby in all of his glory.

    However, through time and circumstance it is revealed that everything that glitters isn’t always golden.

    For all of you Lee Child fans, Blue Moon is the latest instalment in the series that will leave all readers on the edge of their seats with a tale full of corruption and crime that only Lee Child can bring and an unseen plot twist that most modern books lack. Available from Piccadilly Bookshop.

    Vegful by Nadia Lim will keep anyone who has resolved to be healthy and food conscious on the veggie-filled path.

    This book is packed full of recipes that will inspire your cooking and enhance the vegetable offerings on your plate.

    The food imagery and details will surely have your 2020 menu looking very bright, balanced and colourful.

    What better way is there to start of a New Year and new you? Get it now from Piccadilly Bookshop and The Clocks Bookshop.

  4. FUN:
    Guinness World Records 2020 is a great family book that will keep you entertained for the entire year.

    This annual offering is the ultimate guide to record-breaking facts that are sure to impress readers of all ages.

    Since its initial release in 1955, the book has boasted both human achievements and extremes of the natural world. Get your copy from Piccadilly Bookshop


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.


Book Now! Piccadilly Bookshop

Some may say that books are going out of fashion, but a visit to Piccadilly Bookshop in Avonhead Mall tells quite a different story, as publishers and authors vie for your attention throughout the store. With Christmas just around the corner, and all those leisure hours of summer holidays beckoning for relaxation, here is where to find inspiration for that perfect gift for loved ones and for yourself!



According to Neville Templeton at Piccadilly, the following titles promise to be popular with younger readers: Prince of Ponies by Stacy Gregg, The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith, David Walliams’ new book, as yet untitled, while Gavin Bishop’s Wildlife Aotearoa will be enjoyed by all ages.

Non-fiction readers are spoilt for choice, but popular authors, such as Bill Bryson, Max Hastings, Billy Connolly, Peter Fitzsimons, Witi Ihimaera and Tessa Duder never fail to deliver. For lovers of the outdoors, The Great Unknown: Mountain Journeys in the Southern Alps by Geoff Spearpoint or Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica by Rebecca Priestley make for that extra-special gift.

With more than 400 new fiction titles in trade paperback, the lovely staff at Piccadilly are only too happy to help readers find what they’re looking for.

Don’t forget the stationery! Because sometimes all it takes is a Christmas card, calendar, journal or diary, such as from the beautiful Paperblank range, to let a friend know they’re never forgotten.

Find Piccadilly Bookshop at Shop 1, Avonhead Mall, corner Merrin Street and Withells Road. Phone 03 358 4835 or visit




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Bursting With Books: Piccadilly Bookshop

For 25 years, Piccadilly Bookshop has made sure quality bestsellers fill the stockings of Canterbury book lovers each Christmas.


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No matter who you’re buying for this year, there’s something in stock for everyone. The shelves are packed full of new releases, young adult novels, paperbacks, biographies, magazines, and cover a wide range of specialist topics, like local history, military information, travel, science and sports.

Every single book has been hand-picked by the staff, a network of regular contacts from New Zealand and overseas publishing companies, as well as customer recommendations, so you know it’s advice you can rely on. To make your experience even easier, customers can first scour the store’s Summer Reading Guide, distributed to more than 30,000 households, available instore and on the website. Then, pop into Piccadilly Books in Avonhead Mall, where the expert staff can guide you to the perfect purchase.

While you’re there, you’ll also discover bargains! A huge influx of new books has meant they’ve had to create extra shelf space, so there’s now permanent price reductions on books at the sales tables, “Last Copy – Last Chance”. It’s not only books on offer this Christmas and holiday season, they also have you covered with Christmas cards, wrapping paper, calendars, diaries, gift stationery and toys.

And, they can help to choose, wrap, calculate postage and send your presents from the Avonhead Postshop and Kiwibank in-store. So, support local this festive season, and help celebrate 25 years of expert service with the staff and customers at Piccadilly Bookshop.




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A bookworm bonanza: Piccadilly Bookshop

There is nothing more satisfying than having your feet up while turning the pages of a spellbinding book. Piccadilly Bookshop Owner fweqNeville Templeton gets that. With links to the major publishing houses and distributors, he and Manager Robyn Joplin ensure customers always have access to the cream-of-the-crop in titles and authors.

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Situated at the entrance to Avonhead Shopping Centre, you can’t help but be drawn to browse the tables heaped with the hottest in best-seller novels, celeb biographies, thrillers, chillers, chick-lit, romances, historical, hysterical, children’s classics and children’s latest, plus books for gardeners, cooks and hobbyists. If you’re a word-nerd bookworm, then consider this a book bonanza at its most bountiful!

Open seven days a week, the shop has expanded twice during its 24 years in operation, to stock twice the range of bookshop merchandise, including magazines, calendars, cards, gifts and stationery.
In fact, the pickings at Piccadilly are so good that once you’ve chatted with the helpful, friendly staff; sneak-peeked the inside jackets of a few potential must-haves; bought the book you came for; added a couple of magazines for good measure and gasped over the gorgeous stationery and pretty pens that you know your desk would love… only then can you whizz across to the NZ Post shop and Kiwibank, tucked in the corner of the store, pay your bills and grab a car rego form while you’re at it.
Absolutely nothing beats a bit of a dally at Piccadilly!