• 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
    $30.00
  • All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope
    All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope
    ISBN: 9780143204800
    Title: All Blacks Don't Cry: A Story of Hope
    Author: KIRWAN JOHN

    'At my worst moments, I lost all sense of hope for the future. As I began to slowly get better, I began to be able to say to myself, 'This will pass, you'll get through this. Hang on to hope.' John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. Nobody knew, though, that behind closed doors 'JK' was living a life of tormented fear. Afflicted with depression for many years including those as a high-profile sportsman Kirwan was able to survive by reaching out, seeking help from those closest to him. All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression. 'I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aspiring Daybook
    Aspiring Daybook
    ISBN: 9780995109230
    Title: Aspiring Daybook
    Author: WILSON ANNABEL

    In Aspiring Daybook, poet Annabel Wilson tells of a year in the life of Elsie Winslow, who has just returned from Europe to Wanaka to take care of her terminally ill brother and finds herself thinking about love in ways she didn't expect. Like the mountains that surround her and the lake that greets her every morning with a different face, Elsie's story is a fractured, sedimentary and reflective thing, exploring the hidden darkness inside the beauty that is everywhere. Elsie's story is told in the form of a fictionalised diary packed with poems, snapshots, conversations and letters. The result is an immersive, genre-bending book that shines with a particular light only found in the deep South.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • Balancing Acts: Reflections of a NZ Diplomat
    Balancing Acts: Reflections of a NZ Diplomat
    ISBN: 9781927212318
    Title: Balancing Acts: Reflections of a NZ Diplomat
    Author: MCGHIE GERALD

    A fascinating and insightful account of some of the highlights of almost 40 years as a New Zealand diplomat, including his two postings in Moscow: first during the Brezhnev years of the Cold War; and second from 1990 when he witnessed the dramatic events that led to the fall of Gorbachev, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which saw him become New Zealand’s last Ambassador to the Soviet Union and first to Russia.
    Earlier Gerald McGhie worked twice in the South Pacific: in Samoa shortly after independence in the 1960s, and later in Papua New Guinea. He discusses New Zealand’s relations with that rich and fascinating country whose population is larger than New Zealand’s.
    The author also presents a snapshot of the activities of a Wellington-based Foreign Service officer during the period when he worked closely with the Foreign Minister on the sporting-contacts issue in the lead-up to the successful Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990. A final chapter provides a personal perspective on New Zealand’s foreign policy in the modern era.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
    $35.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
    $35.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957
    Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957
    ISBN: 9781927322284
    Title: Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957
    Author: SIMPSON PETER (SELECTED BY)

    This volume of Charles Brasch's journals covers the years from late 1945 to the end of 1957, when the poet and editor was aged 36 to 48. It begins with his return to New Zealand after World War II to establish a literary quarterly to be published by the Caxton Press. The journals cover the first decade or so of his distinguished editorship of Landfall, a role that brought Brasch into contact with New Zealand's leading artists and intelligentsia. His frank and often detailed descriptions of these people - including Frank Sargeson, A.R.D. Fairburn, Keith Sinclair, Eric McCormick, James Bertram, J.C. Beaglehole, Maria Dronke, Fred and Evelyn Page, Alistair Campbell, Bill Oliver, Toss and Edith Woollaston, Denis Glover, Allen Curnow, Leo Bensemann, Lawrence Baigent, Ngaio Marsh, Colin McCahon, James K. Baxter, Janet Frame, Ruth Dallas and many others - are among the highlights of the book. Unmarried and longing for intimacy, Brasch also writes with great candour about his relationships with Rose Archdall, Rodney Kennedy and Harry Scott, revealing a side of himself that has not been known about before. Central to Brasch's life was the vocation of poetry. He writes movingly about his own work, and also about his love of nature and the outdoors, including lively descriptions of walking the Milford and Routeburn tracks. The book ends with his visit to Europe in 1957, which confirmed his sense that New Zealand had become for him 'a centre & a world'. A lengthy introduction by Peter Simpson and other editorial apparatus guide the reader through this engrossing material.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • 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
  • Codename Intelligentsia: The Life & Times of the Honourable Ivor Montagu, Filmmaker, Communist, Spy
    Codename Intelligentsia: The Life & Times of the Honourable Ivor Montagu, Filmmaker, Communist, Spy
    ISBN: 9780750987059
    Title: Codename Intelligentsia: The Life & Times of the Honourable Ivor Montagu, Filmmaker, Communist, Spy
    Author: CAMPBELL RUSSELL

    He was the son of a hereditary peer, one of the wealthiest men in Britain. His childhood was privileged; at Cambridge, he flourished. At the age of 21, he founded The Film Society, and became a pioneering standard-bearer for film as art. He was a collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock, rescuing The Lodger and later producing his ground-breaking British thrillers The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Secret Agent and Sabotage. He directed comedies from stories by H.G. Wells, worked in Hollywood with Eisenstein, and made documentaries in Spain during the Civil War. He lobbied for Trotsky to be granted asylum in the UK, and became a leading propagandist for the anti-fascist and Communist cause. Under the nose of MI5, who kept him under constant surveillance, he became a secret agent of the Comintern and a Soviet spy. He was a man of high intelligence and moral concern, yet he was blind to the atrocities of the Stalin regime. This is the remarkable story of Ivor Montagu, and of the burgeoning cinematic culture and left-wing politics of Britain between the wars. It is a story of restless energy, generosity of spirit, creative achievement and intellectual corruption.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $63.00
    $63.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love & Dinner
    Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love & Dinner
    ISBN: 9781927249154
    Title: Colour of Food: A Memoir of Life, Love & Dinner
    Author: ELSE ANNE

    Anne Else loved eating, but when she married at 19 she'd never cooked a meal. Despite a shaky start she became an enthusiastic cook - with a little help from Nancy Spain, Katharine Whitehorn, Elizabeth David and the Duchess of Windsor. In this totally captivating memoir, Else takes you inside her life, from marriage and motherhood through divorce, remarriage, discovery of her birth mother and enduring the heartbreaking deaths of family members, to making new friends through her fabulous food blog.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
    $40.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Divorce Diaries
    Divorce Diaries
    ISBN: 9780143772941
    Title: Divorce Diaries
    Author: QUIGLEY SARAH

    Funny, honest, confronting and wise, this is a compelling and bitter-sweet true story of breaking up . . . and breaking through.

    'I hear you're divorced?' a friend greets me. 'Congratulations!'

    The Divorce Diaries
    outlines the difficult and often heart-breaking process of leaving a marriage and starting over. Sarah Quigley's articles on the subject have garnered numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year in the MPA Awards. Now she revisits and reconsiders the tumultuous months leading up to exiting her marriage and the equally confusing emotions that followed.

    Living in a tiny rooftop apartment, surrounded by glossy millionaire neighbours, Quigley begins the process of overcoming grief and loneliness. As she takes the first tentative steps back into the world of dating, she shares both her darkest and most hilarious moments as a divorcee. Against the colourful bohemian backdrop of her adopted city, Berlin, she rediscovers the satisfaction and joys of independence.

    'Brave, insightful and utterly compelling' - Judges on The Divorce Diaries column, MPA Awards, Columnist of the Year

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
  • Dreaming Land
    Dreaming Land
    ISBN: 9780908321490
    Title: Dreaming Land
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN

    So here I am walking again an old path made new by the very fact that I am upon it once more, accompanied by familiar hordes: the fecund majority of the dead, the myriad of the living in all of their many forms, defunct, mutant, revenant or otherwise, traversing memory’s infinite field.

    In the evocative prose that makes him one of our finest writers, Martin Edmond recalls his experiences of growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s. The son of schoolteachers, Edmond’s early life was shaped by his father’s developing career and the moves it dictated: from Ohakune, to Greytown, to Huntly, to Heretaunga.

    The Dreaming Land shows us the making of a thinker and a writer. Edmond documents the people, locations, and events that made a lasting impression on him, and maps the development of his mental landscape – a landscape marked by curiosity, empathy and the capacity for acute observation.

    It is a book that is at once personal and universal, charting formative moments yet filled with details that resonate more broadly. The Dreaming Land pushes at the boundaries of what can be remembered to create a narrative which absorbs, illuminates and enchants.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    ISBN: 9781927262375
    Title: First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    Author: MAU ALI

    Liz Roberts is a Kiwi pioneer; the first person to undergo a full surgical sex change in New Zealand. This inspirational memoir tells the story of how, with the help of medical specialists working in previously uncharted territory, she changed her name, her sex and her legal status in the 1970s, freeing her to live a new life as a woman. The little boy born Gary Roberts in 1950s Christchurch knew from his earliest years that he was different to the other boys. Gary overcame a violent childhood to train first as a florist, then a hairdresser. He moved to England and his talent as a couture clothing designer was spotted and encouraged. He released his own collection, which made headlines back in New Zealand. He also became sure that a permanent change of sexual identity was a real possibility and began treatment. It was Liz Roberts who returned to New Zealand. Ground-breaking surgery, two marriages, and much heartbreak punctuated Liz's official transition from man to woman. Today, she still works as a designer and bespoke dressmaker. Her choices have made her enemies and admirers across the country, but few would doubt her strength and grace in tackling one of the most taboo life changes of all.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey
    For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey
    ISBN: 9780947493615
    Title: For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey
    Author: PRIESTLEY DINAH

    Dinah Priestley's rollicking account of driving overland in an clapped-out ex-army truck, all the way from NZ to London

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    ISBN: 9780473474485
    Title: From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    Author: DAVIN DAN MCLEAN ROBERT

    Dan Davin's memoir of his friend, the controversial Paddy Costello, From Cairo to Cassino recounts the early days of their friendship as they talked, tippled and fought their way through North Africa and Italy 1942-1944.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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