• (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack
    (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack
    ISBN: 9780473533984
    Title: (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack
    Author: LINGARD VIVIENNE

    Set in the 1950s and 60s, Jack McPhee lives with his family in Silverstream, in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. They live in a dilapidated villa, in today’s terms, ‘the worst house in the best street’. Thigh-high weeds are the garden, crazed concrete is the front yard. The four children share one bedroom, the parents sleep in the lounge. But Jack has a plan to renovate. Jack always has a plan. Along the way, he runs various businesses – signwriting, bookstalls, a travelling library service. He plays the banjo mandolin, sings, acts, and dabbles in art, filling every minute of his short life.

    Vivienne Lingard comes from Silverstream in the Hutt Valley and now lives in Devonport, Auckland. She has a background in art, including exhibiting, teaching, and children’s book illustration. Vivienne has a Masters in Creative Writing from Auckland University, and has completed courses in advanced fiction writing at Massey University. She has also completed a mentorship programme with the New Zealand Society of Authors and a short story masterclass with Tom Jenks in San Francisco. Vivienne is currently working on a new novel, as well as continuing with her art practice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • 200 Women (new edition)
    200 Women (new edition)
    ISBN: 9781988516400
    Title: 200 Women (new edition)
    Author: HOBDAY RUTH & BLACKWELL GEOFF & SCOTT KIERAN

    200 women from around the world, famous and unknown, answer the same 5 questions, such as What really matters to you? and What would you change in the world if you could? The answers are inspiring, moving, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, but always powerful. Interviewees include Graca Michel, widow of Nelson Mandela and an impressive political and social activist, author Margaret Atwood, Nobel laureate Jody Williams, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and women from around the world making a difference. Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image as it is global in its scope. New Zealand interviewees include, JACINDA ARDERN, Louise Nicholas, Marilyn Waring, Damaris Coulter, Kimbra Johnson, Lydia Ko, Marama Fox, Eva McGauley and Karen Walker.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • After Alexander: The Legacy of a Son
    After Alexander: The Legacy of a Son
    ISBN: 9781999702748
    Title: After Alexander: The Legacy of a Son
    Author: PRYOR JAN

    In 1981, during a family year away from New Zealand, four-month-old Alexander died in a London hospital. Jan Pryor blends her personal experience of losing a child with her professional understanding of family dynamics and children’s development. The clumsiness of consolation; the challenges of organising a funeral – and what to do with Alexander’s ashes; the isolation, being far from friends and family; continuing family life with two other young children to care for; all are described directly but without self-pity. The experience of growing up in 1960s New Zealand - and the stand-off between traditional expectations of the role of a woman versus the pull towards a professional life - is interwoven throughout the memoir. After Alexander is a story of triumph over loss, and of optimism. It offers consolation and hope to parents who have lost a child, to those who fear losing a child, and to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Against All Odds
    Against All Odds
    ISBN: 9781927305669
    Title: Against All Odds
    Author: ROTHWELL JILLIAN

    This dramatic story of hope and devotion is based entirely on the cache of letters and documents found in an old 1930s leather suitcase. Intrigued by these family letters, Jillian Rothwell travelled half way across the world to trace generations of her family’s journey from the Hapsburg Empire’s Eastern provinces to occupied Vienna and beyond. Out of the carnage that was engulfing Europe, she uncovered the astonishing story of two courageous and remarkable Viennese who steered the family’s miraculous survival, astonishing luck, dramatic departures and last minute getaways, all the way to the safe haven of New Zealand. At first it was not all plain sailing, but eventually their new home provided hope, purpose and abundant opportunities for the family to finally ‘make it’ with her escapee father becoming a prominent member of the New Zealand medical profession.

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  • All the Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor & NZ
    All the Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor & NZ
    ISBN: 9781776562251
    Title: All the Juicy Pastures: Greville Texidor & NZ
    Author: SCHWASS MARGOT

    Greville Texidor was born in England in 1902, and before her arrival in New Zealand as a refugee at the outbreak of the Second World War she had worked as an artist’s model, actress and music hall dancer, and had fought in the anarchist militia in the Spanish Civil War. While in New Zealand she turned to writing, and by the time she left for Australia and Spain in 1947 she had produced a small but impressive body of fiction. She died in 1964.

    The fruit of years of research, All the Juicy Pastures tells this story of this extraordinary life in full for the first time, and is illustrated with many never-before-seen photographs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Along for the Ride
    Along for the Ride
    ISBN: 9780473392345
    Title: Along for the Ride
    Author: SIMPSON TONY

    On Thursday May 4 Tony Simpson is launching Along
    for the Ride, his memoir as a unionist and public servant
    of life and society from the 1970s through to the
    new millennium.
    The author of sixteen published books, including
    the award-winning Sugarbag Years, Tony is one of
    New Zealand’s best known social historians. But through his working
    life he has also been a witness to and participant in major events
    shaping current society: irritating Muldoon, watching Thatcher’s rise
    during his OE, seeing off the Lange government and its Rogernomics,
    and ultimately serving as senior advisor to
    Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton.
    With dollops of wry wit, Along for the
    Ride offers us a politically committed
    insider’s probing insights into some
    of recent history’s most momentous
    changes.
    Along
    for t h e
    Ride
    A Political Memoir
    TONY SIMPSON
    Author of sixteen published books, including
    the award-winning Sugarbag Years, Tony
    Simpson is one of New Zealand’s best known
    social historians. But he has also had a secret
    life as a unionist and a public servant. Over
    four decades he has been a witness to and
    participant in the major events shaping
    our society: irritating Muldoon, watching
    Thatcher's rise during his OE, seeing off the
    Lange government and its Rogernomics, and
    ultimately serving as senior advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton.
    Sometimes it got really weird – like eating a bear in Slovenia, or writing letters
    to cats. This is his account of his experiences: a wry and entertaining journey
    behind the scenes of New Zealand politics of the 1970s onwards, full of
    recognisable landmarks seen from fresh vantage points, interspersed with
    intriguing diversions down less familiar sidetracks.


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  • Amiria: The Life Story of a Maori Woman
    Amiria: The Life Story of a Maori Woman
    ISBN: 9780143020127
    Title: Amiria: The Life Story of a Maori Woman
    Author: SALMOND ANNE


    This is the story of Amiria s life and marriage as told to Anne Salmond. Amiria was born on the East Coast at Tuparoa late last century and her story begins with her childhood spent both in her grandmother's raupo hut and the magnificent Williams homestead Kaharau. It takes the reader through her schooldays, her taumau (arranged) marriage to Eruera Stirling, farming on 'The Coast' and latter days in Auckland, where the Stirlings lived as prominent elders until their deaths in 1983.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography
    Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781619027886
    Title: Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography
    Author: FRAME JANET

    New Zealand's preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers and the "Mirror City" that sustains them, we are given not only a record of the events of a life, but also "the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors."
    Frame's journey of self-discovery, from New Zealand to London, to Paris and Barcelona, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writer's beginnings as well as one woman's personal struggle to survive.
    This book contains selections from the long out-of-print collection entitled Janet Frame: An Autobiography (George Brazillier, 1991), which itself was originally published in three volumes: To the Island, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Annette King: The Authorised Biography
    Annette King: The Authorised Biography
    ISBN: 9781988516370
    Title: Annette King: The Authorised Biography
    Author: HARVEY JOHN; EDWARDS BRENT

    Annette King is New Zealand's longest-serving women MP - 1984-2017 less three years in the wilderness from 1990-1993. In her 30 years in Parliament, she spent 15 in government (10 as a cabinet minister) and 15 in opposition. She is a former deputy leader of the Labour Party, and held a number of senior cabinet portfolios. This book will take a dual approach to her life and political career. Annette's career embraces a tumultuous time in New Zealand politics and Labour politics . . . Rogernomics and Lange's independent foreign policy; the 1990s and advent of MMP; the refinement of Rogernomics under Ruth Richardson etc; the rise and nearly fall of Helen Clark; the Clark government (where Annette served as Health, Food Safety, Police, Transport, Justice and Racing Minister); the subsequent 9 years of difficult and troubled opposition for Labour; and eventually the rise of Jacinda Ardern. Annette played pivotal roles in all these eras, often as the peacemaker or as Auntie Annette. She became a mentor for many of the prominent members of the Ardern government and, of course, played a lead role in the 2017 election campaign and subsequent negotiations. The book will give rein to Annette's voice, but also feature other prominent figures including Jacinda. The book will open with the 2017 campaign.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Back From the Brink
    Back From the Brink
    ISBN: 9780473421700
    Title: Back From the Brink
    Author: BLAIKIE BILL

    "Shall I shoot?”… “No don’t shoot”… I’m going to shoot”… “Don’t shoot!”. Rapid fire yelling within the confines of a vehicle stuck in the middle of stalled traffic, facing an unknown person wearing a full burqa peering into the car. Inches away from the driver’s face, a large hand pressed against the window. “We didn’t know if they were male or female or what was about to happen, but we were absolutely sure that if we shot this person, the crowd, including the armed policemen nearby, would turn on us and there’d be no escape.” In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel William Blaikie shipped out to Afghanistan, to head up a team dedicated to rebuilding the country after the war. As part of the New Zealand Defence Force, his skills lay in intelligence and communications – his mission was to form a team, develop and implement plans to work with USA and Coalition partners to help get Afghanistan back on its feet. Bill experienced situations that were beyond tense, often facing life and death situations and decision making that required deep and quick thinking, based on not always having enough information at hand. On his return home to New Zealand, his journey through coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder began, and the nightmares were not limited to sleep time. Everything has remained at life and death levels for Bill, and this book details how he and his wife Nancy have worked through suicide attempts, getting help, and finding answers to what is an epidemic level challenge for military personnel everywhere. “No amount of training can prepare you for what happens in your head after the uniforms are off and the guns are packed away.”

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Being Chinese: a NZer's Story
    Being Chinese: a NZer's Story
    ISBN: 9780947492380
    Title: Being Chinese: a NZer's Story
    Author: WONG HELENE

    This is the story of a quest I began three decades ago – the search for my Chinese identity. The path I travelled was not linear, and the years brought pain as well as joy. But, while this is a narrative about being Chinese and also a New Zealander, I know that the search for purpose and meaning in life is universal. I hope that others in our culturally diverse society will find their own ways to embark on that same journey.

    Helene Wong was born in New Zealand in 1949, to parents whose families had emigrated from China one or two generations earlier. Preferring invisibility, she grew up resisting her Chinese identity. But in 1980 she travelled to her father’s home village in southern China and came face to face with her ancestral past.

    What followed was a journey to come to terms with ‘being Chinese’. Helene Wong writes eloquently about her New Zealand childhood, about student life in the 1960s, and coming of age in Muldoon’s New Zealand. What her Chinese ancestry means to her gradually illuminates the book as it sheds new light on her own life. Drawing on her experience of writing for New Zealand films, she takes the narrative forward through the places of her family’s history – the ancestral village of Sha Tou in Zengcheng county, the rural town of Utiku where the Wongs ran a thriving business, the Lower Hutt suburbs of her childhood, and Avalon and Naenae.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Believer - Conversations with Mike Moore
    Believer - Conversations with Mike Moore
    ISBN: 9781990003042
    Title: Believer - Conversations with Mike Moore
    Author: PARUSSINI PETER

    Michael Kenneth Moore was probably the country's last working class Prime Minister and while the book is inevitably political, it is also a remarkable New Zealand story about an ordinary kiwi achieving extraordinary things. This book is based on conversations held with Mike Moore over the past 12 months and reflections on his life and career involving people who were part of it. The chapters focus on key moments in his life - growing up partially crippled in poverty in rural Northland, moving to Auckland and becoming a trade unionist and New Zealand's youngest MP, losing his seat and fighting the Labour Party to get another one only to be diagnosed with cancer, helping make David Lange Prime Minister and beating Muldoon, the turmoil of the fourth Labour Government including becoming Prime Minister for only 59 days, taking Labour to within two seats of Government and being cruelling deposed as leader by Helen Clark in 1993, the years in wilderness when he came close to setting up a new party and not participating in a coup against Clark, his audacious campaign to become Director General of the World Trade Organisation, becoming New Zealand's Ambassador to the US and the stroke that cut it short, and his hopes for the future. In a country that celebrates sporting success Moore's story is also heroic because he has the same traits of smarts, hard work and determination to achieve at the highest levels - despite numerous setbacks - that all New Zealanders admire in the successful.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Bella: My Life in Food
    Bella: My Life in Food
    ISBN: 9781988547619
    Title: Bella: My Life in Food
    Author: LANGBEIN ANNABEL

    Bursting with tender and funny anecdotes and gorgeous recipes, Bella is Annabel Langbein's must-read memoir.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Bill & Shirley: A Memoir
    Bill & Shirley: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780995131835
    Title: Bill & Shirley: A Memoir
    Author: OVENDEN KEITH

    Bill Sutch and Shirley Smith were two of New Zealand's most significant twentieth-century figures: Sutch as an economist, influential civil servant, and inspirational proponent of innovation in the fields of social and economic development, and Smith as glass-ceiling breaker in the formerly male-dominated world of the law. Keith Ovenden's wise, urbane memoir begins with the early years of his marriage to Sutch and Smith's only child, Helen Sutch, and carries through Sutch's trial on charges under the Official Secrets Act to Smith's death over 30 years later. It offers unprecedented insights into both the accusations against Sutch and Smith's remarkable legal practice and, behind both, some of the dramas of their domestic life. Deeply intelligent and beautifully crafted, Bill and Shirley: A Memoir is a unique and intimate study of two complex and fascinating New Zealanders.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Bill Birch: Minister of Everything
    Bill Birch: Minister of Everything
    ISBN: 9780473501976
    Title: Bill Birch: Minister of Everything
    Author: TATTERSFIELD BRAD

    Bill Birch was the quiet achiever of New Zealand politics. A trusted lieutenant to Prime Ministers Muldoon, Bolger and Shipley, Birch was at the heart of the action across a turbulent quarter-century of political and social change. From Think Big and the Employment Contracts Act to overhauls of immigration, health, ACC, fiscal management, industry training, electricity markets and producer boards, Birch managed controversial, risky reforms, and much of what he achieved endures today.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Blame It On Abba: How I Ditched My Day Job to Chase a Childhood Dream
    Blame It On Abba: How I Ditched My Day Job to Chase a Childhood Dream
    ISBN: 9780473429904
    Title: Blame It On Abba: How I Ditched My Day Job to Chase a Childhood Dream
    Author: NIMMO LISA

    Ever felt like quitting your day job to chase a dream?

    Lisa Nimmo did, and this daring musical adventure is proof that it’s never too late to follow your heart, reinvent yourself and become the person you were born to be.

    With no prior music experience and armed with only her business savvy and determination, 32-year-old Lisa embarks on a bold quest to transform herself from closet-karaoke-singing salesperson to professional singer.

    Six years on she’s a mum, a recording artist and her band Pearl shares the stage with Sir Elton John and Eric Clapton. She is living the dream. But what if this life, that she’s worked so hard to create, isn’t the life she wants now? What if it has all been a terrible mistake?

    Blame It On Abba is an uplifting story of courage, triumph and self-discovery and a revealing, behind the scenes insight into the NZ music industry from a founding member of kiwi pop-rock duo Pearl.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Boat that Brought Me
    Boat that Brought Me
    ISBN: 9780995115446
    Title: Boat that Brought Me
    Author: BRIDGE NICK

    Possibly the only New Zealander to have been attacked by a library, Nick Bridge’s frightening early encounter with words did not blunt his enjoyment of them. The former diplomat has written a memoir of disarming frankness and humour about a life that ranged the globe – with assignments in seven countries including India, China and the United Kingdom.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Bringing Culture into Care: A Biography of Amohaere Tangitu
    Bringing Culture into Care: A Biography of Amohaere Tangitu
    ISBN: 9781775503545
    Title: Bringing Culture into Care: A Biography of Amohaere Tangitu
    Author: HAAMI BRADFORD

    Over the past two decades, New Zealand health care has grown more culturally aware, slowly incorporating practices that better cater to the needs of Maori. Bradford Haami chronicles this health care evolution by telling the story of Amohaere Tangitu, a woman responsible for pioneering change.

    Spanning Amohaere’s career in health services, Bringing Culture into Care is the story of Amohaere’s work to bring cultural perspectives and practices into health care, making treatments culturally safe for Maori and all patients. Amohaere instigated changes in protocols around medical procedures to make them more culturally appropriate in Auckland’s general and children’s hospitals, established family accommodation in the children’s hospital, and implemented cultural processes alongside the hospital treatments. Through her work, Amohaere changed the way staff practised and people healed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Bus Stops on the Moon: Red Mole Days 1974-1980
    Bus Stops on the Moon: Red Mole Days 1974-1980
    ISBN: 9781988592510
    Title: Bus Stops on the Moon: Red Mole Days 1974-1980
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN

    Bus Stops on the Moon is a personal and a cultural history. As memoir, it is a sequel to The Dreaming Land (2015). A troubled and restless young Martin Edmond is on his way to becoming the wiser, older man who will sit down and write both narratives. As cultural history, the book gives us a participant's-eye view of the early years of Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell's avant-garde theatre troupe Red Mole.Formed in 1974, Red Mole performed Dadaesque cabaret, agit-prop, costume drama, street theatre, circus and puppetry, live music, and became a national sensation. They toured the country with Split Enz and travelled internationally. One of Red Mole's five founding principles was 'to escape programmed behaviour by remaining erratic'. They ticked that one off.In Bus Stops on the Moon Martin Edmond offers, with his customary elegance, a rich and entertaining picture of the high times and low lives of Red Mole.

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    Price: $40.00
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  • Busted: Stories From New Zealand's Leading Private Investigator
    Busted: Stories From New Zealand's Leading Private Investigator
    ISBN: 9781760792824
    Title: Busted: Stories From New Zealand's Leading Private Investigator
    Author: MCQUILTER RON


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    Price: $35.00
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  • Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia
    Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia
    ISBN: 9781742236605
    Title: Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia
    Author: BRADBURY BETTINA

    Caroline Kearney faced a heart-breaking dilemma. Caroline was a 31-year-old mother of six when her husband died in Melbourne in 1865. Having no legal rights herself to the sheep station in Wimmera, Victoria that her late husband owned, she had great hopes that her sons would inherit it. But that was not to be. Her husband’s will, written on his deathbed, offered a reasonable annuity to support her and the children, but it came with a catch. To get that money, she had to move to Ireland with her children and live in a house of her brothers-in-law’s choosing. English-born, Caroline had migrated to Australia with her family when she was only seventeen. She had never even been to Ireland. Her husband and his family – unlike her – were Catholic. This extraordinary book combines storytelling with an historian’s detective work. Pieced together from evidence in archives, newspapers, genealogical sites, legal records and old-fashioned legwork, Caroline’s Dilemma sheds new light on the workings of colonial gender relationships and family lives that spanned the 19th century globe. It reveals much about women’s property rights, migration, settler colonialism, the Irish diaspora and sectarian conflict. It shows how one middle-class woman and her family fought to shape their own lives within the British Empire. ‘A truly impressive work of historical recovery, on a major scale’. — Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Casting Off: A Memoir
    Casting Off: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780947522551
    Title: Casting Off: A Memoir
    Author: SANDYS ELSPETH

    At the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys’ absorbing memoir, What Lies Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and begun to piece together the events of her early life and find her place in the world. Casting Off begins on the eve of Elspeth’s first marriage. She and her husband will soon depart New Zealand for England, joining a throng of Kiwis who chose to uproot themselves from their native land. New attachments will be formed: new loves – of people; of places – will take the place of the old. But the home country will continue to exercise a pull. Backgrounding the personal story in this deeply satisfying memoir is the story of the Thatcher years and the creeping virus of neo-liberalism, the sexual revolution of the sixties, the beguiling world of books – reading and writing – and theatre. Elspeth Sandys’ refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973
    Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973
    ISBN: 9781988531144
    Title: Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973
    Author: BRASCH CHARLES & SIMPSON PETER ED

    "This third and final volume of Charles Braschs compelling private journals covers the years from when he was 48 to his death at 64. By the 1960s, Brasch, though very private by temperament, was a reluctant public figure, especially as editor of Landfall indisputably New Zealands leading cultural quarterly (he eventually quit as editor after 20 years). He was also becoming a highly regarded poet, who eventually had six books (one posthumous) to his name. Behind the scenes Brasch was increasingly important as an art collector and as patron and benefactor; the Burns, Hodgkins and Mozart Fellowships for writers, artists and composers respectively which he helped anonymously to found and fund, all began in this period. Among his friends Brasch counted most of the countrys leading artists, writers and intellectuals including Sargeson, McCahon, McCormick, Stead, the Pauls, the Woollastons, the Baxters, Lilburn, Beaglehole, Angus, Oliver, Bensemann, Lusk, Frame and Dallas. These near contemporaries were joined by the talented young, many met as contributors to Landfall including Gee, Cross, Shadbolt, Duggan, OSullivan, Hotere, Tuwhare, Caselberg, Middleton and Manhire. Braschs lively and sometimes acerbic accounts of such people are a fascinating aspect of his journals. Behind the esteemed poet, editor and public intellectual, however, was a sensitive and often angst-ridden man, who confided to his journals (and poems) the emotional roller- coaster of his private life, especially his endlessly frustrated search for love. Presented here are deep attachments to both men and women, including Andrew Packard (a visiting English zoologist) and Margaret Scott, widow of Harry Scott with whom Brasch had also been in love. Late in life his strong involvement with an elderly Jewish #65533;migr#65533;e, Moli Zimmerman, adds another surprising layer to the complex and lovable man his journals reveal. Braschs journals will change forever the perception and understanding of an outstanding New Zealander and of the era to which he contributed so much."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Colonist's Gaze: The Life of Charles Rooking Carter
    Colonist's Gaze: The Life of Charles Rooking Carter
    ISBN: 9780992247584
    Title: Colonist's Gaze: The Life of Charles Rooking Carter
    Author: MARTIN JOHN E

    This fascinating biography of Charles Rooking Carter connects the English Victorian world and colonial New Zealand, particularly Wellington and the Wairarapa. It also, through Carter’s colonial ‘gaze’ reflected in his writings, draws out the contrast between the old world of Europe and the new antipodean world.From humble origins in England, Carter emigrated to Wellington in 1850 where he worked as a builder, contractor and architect, becoming a foremost contributor to the town’s development of harbour reclamation and public buildings. In the Wairarapa he promoted the settlement of working settlers on the land, was acknowledged for his work by having the town of Carterton named after him, and founded a large estate on the Taratahi Plain. Elected to political office, he served the province of Wellington and the Wairarapa well, assisting in Wellington becoming the capital of New Zealand in 1865. When he returned to London he continued to promote New Zealand’s interests. Carter’s considerable legacy included his generous philanthropic support of Carterton, in particular the establishment of the Carter Home, his donation of the fabulous Carter Collection of books to the Colonial Museum (Te Papa), and his bequest to the Carter Observatory in Wellington.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    ISBN: 9781988531601
    Title: Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    Author: SANDYS ELSPETH

    A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, A Communist in the Family brings together Alleys story and that of his author cousin, Elspeth Sandys. In 2017, Sandys travelled to China with other family members to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rewis arrival in Shanghai in 1927. One strand of this book follows that journey and charts Sandys impressions of modern China. Another tells the story of Rewis early life, in an insightful meditation on the complex and always elusive relationship between memory and writing. By placing the man, Rewi, and his work in the context of his time, Sandys is able to illuminate the life of this extraordinary New Zealander in a way that is both historically vivid and relevant to the world of today. Her focus on the role poetry played in his life both his own and that of the Chinese poets he translated so prolifically provides moving glimpses of the man behind the myth. Threaded through A Communist in the Family are Sandys evolving insights into a nation that looms ever larger in the day-to-day realities of New Zealand and the world. The strange and strangely intimate link between the two countries Rewi regarded as home is one in which he played, and continues to play, a crucial role.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Compass Points
    Compass Points
    ISBN: 9780947493738
    Title: Compass Points
    Author: PLIMMER NEIL

    Adventures in Samoa in its first years of independence, negotiating economic relations with Australia, stumbling through a Drambuie party at Lake Vanda in Antarctica, meeting in the White House with an American president in the Muldoon era, exploring global food aid from Rome, marketing New Zealand to world tourist industry leaders, commissioning gateway sculptures for Wellington (including Zephyrometer on the front cover), and persuading industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions just touch the surface of Neil Plimmer’s diverse experiences.

    In between the anecdotes there are reflections on New Zealand’s foreign, tourism and other public policies, and on a lifetime of engagement with the arts — including a 40-year search to track down the complete works of a Dutch artist.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Creeks & Kitchens: a Childhood Memoir
    Creeks & Kitchens: a Childhood Memoir
    ISBN: 9781927277430
    Title: Creeks & Kitchens: a Childhood Memoir
    Author: GEE MAURICE

    Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest fiction writers, Maurice Gee has written virtually no non-fiction. The exceptions are the two exquisite childhood reminiscences combined here into a memoir in this BWB Text. In this little known work, Gee describes in fascinating detail his boyhood and family life in West Auckland and offers illuminating insights into some of the creative forces which have driven some of his fiction: the creek with its dangers - where, he writes, he glimpsed 'sex and death' - the kitchen with his mother preparing dinner in the gathering dark, and his elderly uncle, later the model for the magnificent Plumb.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Dancing on a Razor's Edge: A Mother's Mission to Rescue Her Meth-Addicted Son
    Dancing on a Razor's Edge: A Mother's Mission to Rescue Her Meth-Addicted Son
    ISBN: 9780995110700
    Title: Dancing on a Razor's Edge: A Mother's Mission to Rescue Her Meth-Addicted Son
    Author: WHYTE MANDY

    A mother decides to write the story of her son’s long-term methamphetamine addiction as a means to understand why he became an addict and how she can help him. Discovering the true extent of his use and the likely result of permanent psychosis, prison or death, she launches a rescue mission to save his life.

    With the courage to follow her instincts, Mandy Whyte is able to get her malnourished and brain-damaged Kiwi-born son, Hemi, from his new base in Australia to hers in Indonesia, and provide home care that turns him around. This is a book about tenacity and love. It also explores the limits of care available for drug addicts in New Zealand and Australia, and challenges the idea that it’s up to these people to find their own way to treatment. Whyte declares any other approach is both socially negligent and a violation of human rights.

    As our families, health services and courts try to come to grips with the scourge of crystal meth that is devastating so many lives, Dancing on a Razor’s Edge is a must read.

    "Every addiction worker in Australasia would do well to read this book for the descriptions of this mother’s determined struggle to do the best for her addicted son, her fraught attempts to access the services she needs, and her criticism of a system that demands people take personal responsibility for their addictions when they are often unable to do so. "
    —Doug Sellman, Director, National Addiction Centre, New Zealand


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Dead People I Have Known
    Dead People I Have Known
    ISBN: 9781776562213
    Title: Dead People I Have Known
    Author: CARTER SHAYNE

    Best known for his bands Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer, Carter takes us deep behind the scenes and songs of these major bands, recounts life with his riotous teenage bands Bored Games and the Doublehappys, and traces an intimate history of the Dunedin Sound and the record label Flying Nun. His story follows the pop culture of the 70s, 80s and 90s and the broader culture of New Zealand through this period, especially the bleak and violent aspects of Dunedin that shaped his early life. The story ends in 2018, back in Dunedin, where Carter lives now.

    In Dead People I Have Known Carter also writes of the other major force in his life: sport. He describes his love for harness racing, wrestling, basketball and football in rich and often very funny detail, finding a similar solace in these pursuits as he does in music.

    Editor Ashleigh Young described the book as ‘a brilliant portrait of the people, places and social forces that are so tightly woven with Carter’s life in music. Carter is a gifted storyteller.’

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History
    Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History
    ISBN: 9780994147363
    Title: Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History
    Author: WELLS PETER

    When writer and historian Peter Wells found a cache of family letters amongsthis elderly mother¿s effects, he realised that he had the means of retracing the history of a not-untypical family swept out to New Zealand during the great nineteenth-century human diaspora from Britain.His family experienced the war against Te Kooti, the Boer War, the Napier earthquake of 1931 and the Depression. They rose from servant status to thecomforts of the middle class. There was army desertion, suicide, adultery, AIDS, secrets and lies. There was also success, prosperity and social status.In digging deep into their stories, examining letters from the past and writing a letter to the future, Peter Wells constructs a novel and striking way to view the history of Pakeha New Zealanders.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Don't Forget to Feed the Cat
    Don't Forget to Feed the Cat
    ISBN: 9781988595009
    Title: Don't Forget to Feed the Cat
    Author: THORNTON MARY BELL


    “Hello my dears, I’m writing this in the train which is stopped at the moment at Salzberg for passport examination. So if the writing becomes erratic, you’ll know I’m on the way again …”
    The 1958 travel letters and sketches of Stewart Bell Maclennan, first director of the NZ National Gallery.

    Stewart Bell Maclennan was the first Director of New Zealand’s National Art Gallery, and the first full-time professional director of a public art gallery in New Zealand. In 1958 he spent six months in Europe and America, visiting galleries and museums to gather ideas. At home in Wellington his wife and four children eagerly awaited his letters, following his progress with coloured flags on a map on the lounge wall.


    His daughter, Mary Bell Thornton, has now put together a delightful collection of the letters to and from Stewart and his family – including some of the sketches he made while travelling. A frank and intimate record of the art world of the 1950s, and packed with humour.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Doumar & the Doctor
    Doumar & the Doctor
    ISBN: 9780473407674
    Title: Doumar & the Doctor
    Author: DE VILLIERS NEVILLE

    You will be challenged and inspired as you join Neville on board for this real-life, white-knuckle adventure on the high seas. A magnificent account of courage and perseverance as a young doctor takes time off from his busy practice to sail a 31’ yacht (single-handed much of the way) from England to New Zealand. • Mutiny by his crew in Port St Louis, France • Confrontation with the Sicilian Mafia at Marsala • Collision with a freighter near Gabo Island, South Australia • Harassed by a UFO mid-ocean in the Tasman sea? Neville de Villiers comes from an aristocratic lineage of French Huguenot extraction. He completed his studies at Oxford University in 1959 and practiced as a doctor in Loughborough, UK for 11 years before purchasing the Doumar, a 31’ sloop, and sailed it to New Zealand. After the Doumar had logged 14,000 miles, he finally tied up at Marsden Point wharf, Whangarei in 1981. He worked as a GP for various practices and then set up his own, Ruakaka Medical Centre, until retiring in 2014. He now lives at One Tree Point and still sails the Doumar to this day.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir
    Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir
    ISBN: 9781988547046
    Title: Drawn Out: A Seriously Funny Memoir
    Author: SCOTT TOM

    Riotous, ripping yarns from a polymath who can't add or subtract but who has won awards for cartooning, print journalism, documentary film-making and writing dramas.
    Drawn Out is a hilarious, heartbreaking, heart-warming account of Tom Scott's tragicomic childhood, his manic student-newspaper days, his turbulent years stumbling through the corridors of power, his fallings out with prime ministers, his collaborations with comic legends John Clarke, A.K. Grant and Murray Ball, his travels to the ends of the earth with his close friend Ed Hillary, and more...

    'A first-class memoir of a highly memorable life. Here is an important (often hilarious) writer and immensely gifted cartoonist, insightfully chronicling quite momentous changes in our political and social landscape.'
    Jim Mora, New Zealand Books

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Driving for Music: The Orchestral Memoirs of a Bus-Driving Violist
    Driving for Music: The Orchestral Memoirs of a Bus-Driving Violist
    ISBN: 9780994149411
    Title: Driving for Music: The Orchestral Memoirs of a Bus-Driving Violist
    Author: VAN DRIMMELEN PETER

    Peter van Drimmelen’s orchestral career spans thirty-five years; latterly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 2014. Over those years he has played the Beethoven symphonies 750 times. During the lean years he drove buses to make ends meet. His memoir records the unexpected and funny aspects of orchestral life: the concert when the conductor dislocated his shoulder and a choral conductor in the audience stepped in to sight-read and conduct a difficult score; the solo violinist who broke a string in a critical passage; turning pages during a performance to be surprised to find photos of topless women. It also records the tedium: the piece where the violas ‘rest’ for 175 bars, don’t go to sleep; being stranded at snowbound airports; and recording music for the final ‘Hobbit’ film (reading material is essential).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Eat, Drink & Be Murray: A Memoir... sort of
    Eat, Drink & Be Murray: A Memoir... sort of
    ISBN: 9780473491192
    Title: Eat, Drink & Be Murray: A Memoir... sort of
    Author: MURRAY THOM

    Murray Thom is a completely self-made businessman who left school at 15 with his FSC (Failed School Certificate). Despite a lack of formal education, he was the Managing Director of CBS Records at just 23 years old. Since then, he has produced numerous bestsellers including, The Great New Zealand Songbook, Baking Book and Cookbook. Two of his productions have featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show in America. This is his story and it will appeal to small business owners, those seeking motivation and inspiration, and anyone who enjoys a good story. New Zealand is a nation of small business owners and if you're one of them you will take pleasure, comfort and hope from many of the stories that Murray has to share

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Edmund Hillary: A Biography
    Edmund Hillary: A Biography
    ISBN: 9780947503383
    Title: Edmund Hillary: A Biography
    Author: GILL MICHAEL

    This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillary's for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming heavily involved in his Himalayan aid work. He was also granted access by Sir Edmund's children to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland Museum after his death. Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Eruera: The Teachings of a Maori Elder
    Eruera: The Teachings of a Maori Elder
    ISBN: 9780143020134
    Title: Eruera: The Teachings of a Maori Elder
    Author: SALMOND ANNE

    This book arose from Eruera Stirling's determination to pass on the traditional knowledge entrusted to him in his childhood by tribal elders, and from his wish to explain to a younger generation the deeper meanings of an ancestral way of life. In this outline of tribal history and of contemporary race relations, he discusses traditional concepts such as mana, matauranga and whakapapa. This award-winning biography also contains vivid descriptions of life in the Bay of Plenty in the era of whaling, maize cropping and kumara growing, and an account of his work with Sir Apirana Ngata.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781988531618
    Title: Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    Author: PARKINS WENDY

    Every morning, so far, Im alive is about what its like to live in a world where shaking a strangers hand, catching a taxi or touching a door handle are fraught with fear and dread.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Few Hares to Chase: the Life & Economics of Bill Phillips
    Few Hares to Chase: the Life & Economics of Bill Phillips
    ISBN: 9781869408299
    Title: Few Hares to Chase: the Life & Economics of Bill Phillips
    Author: BOLLARD ALAN

    The story of an extraordinary New Zealander with a beautiful mind, a famous curve and a revolutionary computing machine. 'Bill Phillips was an inventor, an adventurer, a hero and a relentlessly original thinker. He was the Indiana Jones of economics and Alan Bollard has written a definitive biography.' - Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and The Undercover Economist Strikes Back How did an electrician from New Zealand with a few mediocre grades in sociology write the second most cited economics article in the world, build the MONIAC - a revolutionary computing machine - and quickly rise to become one of the world's leading economists? From a remote Dannevirke farm to wartime POW camps to London's intellectual world, the Bill Phillips story is a true New Zealand tale of adventurous spirit and can-do energy.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    ISBN: 9781776562244
    Title: Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    Author: PRIESTLEY REBECCA

    Rebecca Priestley longs to be in Antarctica. But it is also the last place on Earth she wants to go.


    In 2011 Priestley visits the wide white continent for the first time, on a trip that coincides with the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s fateful trek to the South Pole. For Priestley, 2011 is the fulfilment of a dream that took root in a childhood full of books, art and science and grew stronger during her time as a geology student in the 1980s. She is to travel south twice more, spending time with Antarctic scientists – including paleo-climatologists, biologists, geologists, glaciologists – exploring the landscape, marvelling at wildlife from orca to tardigrades, and occasionally getting very cold.


    A constant companion for Priestley is her anxiety – both the kind that is brought on by flying to the bottom of the world in a military aeroplane; and the kind that clouds our thoughts of how our world will be for our children. Writing against the backdrop of Trump’s America, extreme weather events, and scientists’ projections for Earth’s climate, she grapples with the truths we need to tell ourselves as we stand on a tightrope between hope for the planet, and catastrophic change.


    Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica offers a deeply personal tour of a place in which a person can feel like an outsider in more ways than one. With generosity and candour, Priestley reflects on what Antarctica can tell us about Earth’s future and asks: do people even belong in this fragile, otherworldly place?

    cover by Keely O'Shannessey

    Rebecca Priestley is an associate professor at Victoria University of Wellington and director of the university’s Centre for Science in Society. Rebecca was science columnist for the NZ Listener for six years and is the author or editor of five previous books, the most recent of which is Dispatches from Continent Seven: An anthology of Antarctic science (2016). She is a winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize (2009) and the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize (2016). In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society Te Aparangi. She has an undergraduate degree in geology, a PhD in the history of science and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
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