Compared to the US and the UK, books are pretty expensive in New Zealand. This is due in part, I’m sure, to the fact that we’re a flipping long way from anywhere and, according to a lady in my favourite bookshop, the closure of the last book warehouse in NZ. Apparently, all NZ booksellers now stock from vast book-caves somewhere in the Aussie outback.
For these reasons, I am grateful that, despite being preoccupied with moving his family of four from autumnal UK to the NZ spring, my good friend Dave, of funkypancake fame, did me a great favour by sneaking a copy of A.J. Jacobs – The Year of Living Biblically into his luggage.
I’m a couple of chapters in and it’s a great read so far. This is mainly because – though the book is both wry and funny – Jacobs hasn’t gone for the easy/cheap laughs but instead has really tried to explore what it means to live to the letter of the Scriptures in the 21st century.