Man's hand holding a fishing rod

This is the second in a series of top ten non fiction reads. All of the books listed here can be found at the Oamaru Public Library in the Hobbies & Leisure section or in our branch libraries.

1) Art of the Illusion by Brad Honeycut, 152.148 ART
Optical illusions intrigue the mind and delight the eye. Viewers try to perceive the visual shifts in a two-dimensional picture, but can't understand how a single still image can be so animated and rich. While even the simplest illusions please, this stunning volume goes far beyond the usual collection. Compiled by visual graphics expert Brad Honeycutt and puzzle master Terry Stickels--and featuring a foreword by renowned puzzle creator, computer game designer, and artist Scott Kim--this collection showcases over two hundred of the finest images from around the world. From Rafal Olbinski, Rob Gonsalves, and Octavio Ocampo to David Macdonald, Gene Levine, and M. C. Escher, THE ART OF THE ILLUSION covers the visual spectrum, from the most classic optical illusions to complex graphic and painterly designs that transform the impossible into believable. There are famous paintings, dazzling photographs, and amazing computer-enhanced eye treats that will make you look and look again. There's "Zipper Beach" with gulls zipping over the sands, "Table Top Towers" where a tower of blocks seems to meld into a city skyline, a librarian whose body is literally composed of books, and so many more astounding pieces. This is a must-have for those who already love optical illusions and those just discovering the wonders of the art.

2) Advanced Bushcraft by Dave Canterbury, 613.69 CAN
Trek deeper into the wilderness with New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury!
In this valuable guide, survivalist Dave Canterbury goes beyond bushcraft basics to teach you how to survive in the backcountry with little or no equipment. Using the foundation you learned in Bushcraft 101, Canterbury shows you how to completely immerse yourself in the wilderness with advanced bushcraft and woodcraft techniques. He covers crucial survival skills like tracking to help you get even closer to wildlife, crafting medicines from plants, and navigating without the use of a map or compass. He also offers ways to improvise and save money on bushcraft essentials like fire-starting tools and packs. With Canterbury's expert advice and guidance, you will learn how to forgo your equipment, make use of your surroundings, and truly enjoy the wilderness.
Whether you're eager to learn more after your first real outdoor adventure or have been exploring the backcountry for years, Advanced Bushcraft will help you take your self-reliance and wilderness experience to the next level.

3) Kiwi Collectors by Matt Elliott, 790.13 ELL
An interesting collection is as much about the collector as it is the assembled possessions. Join bestselling author Matt Elliott as he tracks down a variety of collectors from around the country. Their beloved items range from firearms to carnivorous plants, Temuka pottery to railway signals. Doors are unlocked, lights switched on and dust is blown off as Matt is welcomed into an array of basements, sheds and garages, and entertained by owners who are serious collectors but don't take themselves too seriously"

4) Pattern in the carpet by Margaret Drabble, 793.73 DRA
The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles — did you know that the 1929 stock market crash was followed by a boom in puzzle sales? — Drabble introduces us to her beloved Auntie Phyl, and describes childhood visits to the house in Long Bennington on the Great North Road, their first trip to London together, the books they read, the jigsaws they completed. She offers penetrating sketches of her parents, her siblings, and her children; she shares her thoughts on the importance of childhood play, on art and writing, on aging and memory. And she does so with her customary intelligence, energy, and wit. This is a memoir like no other.

5) Greatest Brain Teasers by David Garlock, 793.73 GAR
Are you a fan of Sudoku or KenKen? Do you love crossword puzzles? Do you want to keep your mind sharp and entertained? Then this book is for you. The Greatest Brainteasers of All Time is a collection of classic brainteasers and puzzles, with original presentations, hints and detailed solutions. There are puzzles of all levels of difficulty, from those simple enough for a child to fiendishly difficult. Over 100 puzzles are presented, in a dozen different genres, including logic, math, words, physics, and geography. While many of these puzzles will be familiar to regular readers of puzzle books, many others will be new, and the hints and solutions may provide new insights into even some of the oldest chestnuts.

6) New Zealand Cycle Trail - South Island by Claudia Harfst, 796.64 HAR
The opening of the Great New Zealand Cycle Trail has been eagerly awaited by New Zealanders and tourists alike. Now that many sections of the planned trails are completed and open, this compact guide is both timely and practical. Designed as a companion volume to The New Zealand Cycle Trail: North Island, author Claudia Harfst has also cycled the sections completed to date on the 10 South Island trails and again packed her book with descriptions, useful information, maps, elevations, numerous photographs and great traveling tips -- all the detail you need to help you choose which tracks you'd like to tackle and what to expect along the way. There is also information on accommodation and best places to eat in each region, as well other activities and places to explore while you are there, other than cycle.

7) New Encyclopedia of Fishing by DK 799.103
The most comprehensive single-volume guide to fishing on the market! One of the world's most popular participatory sports, fishing offers an unparalleled range of styles, from the patient pursuit of trout on quiet streams to the thrill of big-game fishing on the open sea. Here in one volume is all the information and advice on the equipment and techniques you need to catch any species of shish in any type of water. The New Encyclopedia of Fishing features a fully up-to-date photographic list of tackle, from rods, reels, lines, weights, and hooks, to suitable clothing and footwear. A complete catalog of baits shows natural and artificial lures for both fresh water and marine fish, and gives advice on how to use them successfully and with concern for other wildlife. A dazzling visual directory features over 200 freshwater and marine species. There is guidance on where in the world each species is to be found, and how it is most likely to be caught. exquisitely detailed artwork not only shows the fish in their entirety, but also highlights particular identifying features, species variations, and lifestyle details. All the basic techniques of freshwater and saltwater angling are covered in detail. Classic rigs for every style of fishing are shown, and step-by-step sequences clarify all the stages of casting, playing, and landing. The outstanding detail and clarity of The New Encyclopedia of Fishing make it indispensable for newcomer and experiences angler alike.

8) Mad Men of the Mountains by Big Al' Lester 799.2 LES
Once described as 'Barry Crump meets Fred Dagg', 'Big Al' Lester is the modern-day master of the hunting genre. Mad Men of the Mountains - Al's seventh collection of yarns - is another rollicking ride through New Zealand's wild outdoors, a countryside he so obviously loves. Armed with his rucksack, a rifle and a keen sense of humour, Al and his mates encounter all manner of beasts that got in the way and many a curly situation to test their mettle. Plenty of off-the-wall adventure for the hunting mad and hard case!

9) Chas. Swinard's Hunting Diaries by Barry Wilson 799.276 WIL
Hunting from a hunter’s perspective. Local author Barry A. Wilson gives a snapshot of deerstalking in the 20th century with his new book entitled ‘Chas Swinard’s Hunting Diaries 1911-1922.

10) One Girl, One Dream by Laura Dekker 910.41 DEK
The amazing autobiographical account of the youngest ever solo circumnavigation of the Earth. First time in English! If you want to see the other side of the world, you can do two things: turn the world upside down, or travel there yourself. In 2012, at the age of just 16, Laura Dekker became the youngest sailor ever to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. In realising her long-held dream, she had not only braved the wild oceans and long weeks of solitude at sea, but also the doubts and sometimes hostile resistance of officials. In this remarkable account of her incredible journey - for the first time in English - Laura describes in her own words what it is like to sail solo around the world, and the determination it takes to do it at such a young age. Exciting, awe-inspiring and inspirational, this is a real-life adventure for readers of all ages.

Debbie Price-Ewen