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Two exciting books for release March 2008

Awa Press presents two exciting books for release March 2008

Awa Press is delighted to announce our forthcoming titles due for release 1 March.

Please contact us for review copies, author interviews, cover images, author photos or further information.

Under the Osakan Sun:
A funny, intimate, wonderful account of three years in Japan
Hamish Beaton
ISBN 978-0-9582750-2-6

Straight out of university, Hamish Beaton moves to Japan to teach English for three years. In this hilarious and often moving book, he pulls no punches describing his adventures and misadventures in the Land of the Rising Sun – from drunkenly throwing up in a subway carriage, to dealing with fellow teachers, forming deep bonds with his students, undertaking wild expeditions, cheating the system, and all the while desperately trying to get a girlfriend.
To find out if he succeeds, you’ll have to read the book. Along the way you will be entertained by young women with clothing fetishes, a bizarre elderly couple with a penchant for shopping and mountain-climbing, middle-aged mothers cooking meals for English conversation, foreigners behaving badly, teachers with very strange habits, students whom Beaton must somehow instruct, despite a total lack of teaching experience, and many other characters as vivid as in any novel. Our pick for the travel book of the year.

‘Hamish Beaton’s spirited sense of humour, self-deprecating eye and easy writing style make this book a terrific read’
Marina Skinner, travel editor, The Dominion Post

Under the Osakan Sun by Hamish Beaton ($34.99) will be released March 1. Extracts available; also cover image. Hamish Beaton is available for interview in
New Zealand from 16 March – 30 March. Contact

Your Money Personality:
Unlock the secret to a rich and happy life
Liz Koh
ISBN 978-0-9582629-1-0

The average New Zealander will earn more than two million dollars in their lifetime – yet most of us struggle to pay bills and feel we are furiously pedalling on a financial treadmill without making much progress towards the life we really want to lead.
This brilliant personal finance guide will change forever the way you think about money. Successful financial planner Liz Koh reveals that each of us has a hidden attitude towards money, which strongly influences our ability to create wealth and use it to enjoy life to the full.
Where most personal finance guides are written by theorists, Koh’s advice is practical, down-to-earth, and based on her years of experience as a respected financial adviser. Her book contains all the advice you’ll ever need on saving, investing and making the most of your money.
Liz writes and comments on money and personal finance for leading publications, and is a sought-after speaker who has run many successful seminars on wealth creation.

This book also includes a valuable guide on how to choose a financial adviser who will help you, not themselves – a topical subject in light of recent events in the finance industry.

‘An insightful read that will help you become smarter with money and invest better’
Rob Stock, Sunday Star-Times

Your Money Personality: Unlock the Secret to a Rich and Happy Life by Liz Koh ($34.99) will be released March 1.


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