• Bloodied but Not Beaten: the Stories Behind 40 Years of Investigative Journalism
    Bloodied but Not Beaten: the Stories Behind 40 Years of Investigative Journalism
    ISBN: 9781877378690
    Title: Bloodied but Not Beaten: the Stories Behind 40 Years of Investigative Journalism
    Author: VAUGHAN ROD

    This is a story about New Zealand's most experienced television journalist, Rod Vaughan, who's been at the forefront of news and current affairs for more than 40 years. His remarkable career has taken him to almost every corner of the world where he has reported on an extraordinary array of issues that have won him a raft of national and international awards. In this country he's best known for his dramatic encounter with property tycoon Sir Bob Jones who left Vaughan bloodied and bruised on the banks of the Tongariro River. The episode has been described as one of the five most memorable moments in New Zealand's television history. In Bloodied But Not Beaten Vaughan reveals the inside story of what happened on that fateful occasion. He also revisits some of his biggest investigations, offering further insights into powerful and compelling stories and providing a tantalising glimpse of the intriguing world of investigative journalism. There is also a personal account of his epic time in the New Zealand television industry which began in 1968, when news was shot on clockwork cameras and the footage edited with scissors and cellotape. Few others have witnessed at first hand the technological transformation of the most powerful medium in the country.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Bob Francis: a Story of My Town
    Bob Francis: a Story of My Town
    ISBN: 9780473338039
    Title: Bob Francis: a Story of My Town
    Author: CAFFELL GARY

    A true champion as Mayor of Masterton for 21 consecutive years, Francis was also arguably one of the best international rugby referees of his era.The mayoralty was no joy ride. Huge issues confronted Masterton like the fire bombing of police homes, family violence and abuse, the horrific Raymond Ratima murders and the closure of Wairarapa¿s biggest employer, the Waingawa freezing works. Candid observations of these issues by Francis and the community response makes for a truly compelling read.
    For rugby lovers, this book gives an insiders perspective of one of the most memorable Ranfurly Shield matches of all time and a host of enthralling internationals. It provides new insight into the World Cup referees appointments in two Rugby World Cups, including the 2007 World Cup when the All Blacks were controversially eliminated in the quarter-finals.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Bono: The Rescue Cat Who Helped Me Find My Way Home
    Bono: The Rescue Cat Who Helped Me Find My Way Home
    ISBN: 9780733338045
    Title: Bono: The Rescue Cat Who Helped Me Find My Way Home
    Author: BROWN HELEN

    A heartwarming true story about a woman, a rescue cat and the city that never sleeps, by the author of international bestseller Cleo After a brush with cancer, Helen Brown, happily married for 22 years and with three grown children, takes stock of her comfortable suburban life and finds it wanting. Seizing the day, she heads to New York, the city that never sleeps, where she is talked into fostering Bono, a rescue cat in need of a forever home. Together, cat and woman discover that, in the end, home is where the heart is, wherever that may be. In the tradition of Helen Brown's international bestseller Cleo, which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, Bono is a funny, tender and insightful story about life, love and recovery - and a charismatic cat with a mane like a lion and a big heart. PRAISE FOR HELEN BROWN 'Even non cat-lovers will be moved.' - Good Housekeeping, UK 'A buoyant tale, heartfelt and open.' - Booklist, US 'A heartfelt account of love, loss and faith ... beautifully written' - Herald Sun 'A warm, poignant tale about the sheer force of a cat's personality and the joy and healing it can bring.' - Australian Women's Weekly 'Heart-warming and life-affirming - it's easy to see why it's been on the bestsellers list since it was published.' - NZ Herald

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Book of Gwenifer : the Life Story of Gwenifer Hamilton Nee Bruce in Her Own Words
    Book of Gwenifer : the Life Story of Gwenifer Hamilton Nee Bruce in Her Own Words
    ISBN: 9780473304737
    Title: Book of Gwenifer : the Life Story of Gwenifer Hamilton Nee Bruce in Her Own Words

    Price: $63.00
  • Book of Iris a Life of Robin Hyde
    Book of Iris a Life of Robin Hyde
    ISBN: 9781869402679
    Title: Book of Iris a Life of Robin Hyde

    It is a gripping and profoundly moving story about a ""short, tumultuous, incredibly productive, sad and doomed life. It suggests comparison with both Mansfield and Frame . . ."". A dramatic and densely packed story, including appalling accounts of hidden pregnancies, life as a solo mother, drug dependency, intimate acquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, and an extraordinary trip in China during the Sino-Japanese war.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Born for Life: a Midwife's Story
    Born for Life: a Midwife's Story
    ISBN: 9780473299637
    Title: Born for Life: a Midwife's Story
    Author: WATSON JULIE

    A nurse aide position in the local maternity annexe at the age of sixteen gave Julie a love for being with women during labour and birth and caring for mothers and their babies. Life could not have been happier until the tragic death of her own baby in the first hour of life led to depression, loneliness and despair. This true story tells of Julie's struggle to triumph over adversity and follows her journey to fulfil her dream and become the midwife she was born to be.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Born to Fly
    Born to Fly
    ISBN: 9781775536918
    Title: Born to Fly
    Author: REID BILL

    Three generations of Reids have flown helicopters. First there was John, a Second World War fighter pilot. After the war he used helicopters for things no one dreamed possible - for rabbit poisoning, concrete pouring, fertiliser and seed spreading and oil exploration. He trained a generation of Kiwi helicopter pilots, and flew on 300 rescue missions. Next there was John's son Bill, who began flying in the early 1970s, during the incredibly dangerous live venison recovery years, then on to ventures in Hong Kong, England and Papua New Guinea. Over the course of his 30-year career, Bill has flown helicopters for almost every kind of job you can think of - heavy lifting, mountain rescue, fire-fighting, animal control, heli-fishing and location scouting on Lord of the Rings. He's since restored a Second World War vintage aircraft, and his Avron Anson Mk1 bomber is the only flight-worthy model in the world. And finally there's Toby and his wife Rachel, also pilots, who have established their own helicopter business, pioneering new paths in adventure tourism.The Reids have helicopters in their blood, and Born To Fly is an exciting inter-generational tale of adventure, enterprise and derring-do.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Born to Fly Hautipua Rererangi
    Born to Fly Hautipua Rererangi
    ISBN: 9781775500049
    Title: Born to Fly Hautipua Rererangi

    Shot down off the coast of Germany, Pohe was held prisoner at Stalag Luft III, near Sagan in present-day Poland. Digging a tunnel under the camp, Pohe was one of the prisoners who escaped in a mass breakout which was immortalised in the film The Great Escape.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Boundless: a Wayward Entrepreneur's Search for Peace
    Boundless: a Wayward Entrepreneur's Search for Peace
    ISBN: 9780473260736
    Title: Boundless: a Wayward Entrepreneur's Search for Peace

    This non-fiction narrative will appeal to adventurous people interested in a wayward entrepeneur's escapade from a near-death experience in an avalanche, through to doing business in the decaying Soviet Union and on to life as a monk. 'Boundless: an uncommon passage' will also appeal to people who are looking for more happiness and contentment in their life, but haven't got a clue where to start.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Boy from Evans Bay
    Boy from Evans Bay
    ISBN: 9780473358075
    Title: Boy from Evans Bay

    A beautifully written memoir that recalls not only a remarkable life but also a New Zealand childhood that is so different from that of today. He writes of his childhood, school days at Hataitai School and Wellington College, university days at Victoria University College, his time practising law in the firm that his father founded, family life, his time on the Bench, and of the five years when he was Governor-General of New Zealand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Breaking Ranks
    Breaking Ranks
    ISBN: 9781775540908
    Title: Breaking Ranks

    Three distinct stories about three distinct men, but with one thing in common - they all paid the price for standing up for what they believed. From a great writer, three great stories about conscience and consequence. This is the story of three men - a doctor, a soldier and a judge. They are men of rare achievement. The doctor has the gift of saving others but not himself. The soldier disobeys orders and abandons his command post in a bid to die with his men. The judge cares more to uphold a principle than save himself from ruin. All three defy convention in a way that exacts a price. The first two, Dr John Saxby and Brigadier Reginald Miles, destroy themselves. The death of the judge, Peter Mahon, is hastened by his stand for truth and justice on behalf of the victims of New Zealand''s worst air disaster. "New Zealand seems to have the knack of neutralising those who try to foist moral greatness on their countrymen," James McNeish writes. In Breaking Ranks, the author celebrates three brave men whose guiding spirit - subversion? anarchy? - challenges our assumptions of what it is to be a good New Zealander.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bright Star Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer
    Bright Star Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer
    ISBN: 9781877340017
    Title: Bright Star Beatrice Hill Tinsley Astronomer

    A New Zealand hero brought out of obscurity in this fascinating 445 page biography by author Christine Cole Catley. Beatrice Hill Tinsley showed astronomers new ways of thinking and taught teachers new ways of teaching. A lover of nature and a conservationist who idealised New Zealand, she was also a musician, a feminist, a battler for zero growth population growth and a champion of the oppressed. Her life is a classic study in the interaction of nature and nurture, genetics and environment. It is also an inspiring and unforgettable picture of a girl determined to be a scientist who grows up in provincial New Zealand and wins through to world renown.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • Brilliance & the Madness: My Journey from Adversity to Empowerment
    Brilliance & the Madness: My Journey from Adversity to Empowerment
    ISBN: 9780473212216
    Title: Brilliance & the Madness: My Journey from Adversity to Empowerment

    A non fiction, beautifully illustrated book relating my journey of healing, recovery and empowerment after a brain injury sustained from my dreadful cycling accident in Christchurch, 2005. My book is a down to earth story set amongst the everydayness of life, along this path of loss and adjustment, the frustration of brain injury, the reality of rehabilitation, the whims of ACC, and explains an important point of law which went to the Supreme Court from my case. Written to raise awareness and encourage others, this is my book of anguish, laughter, thoughtfulness and truth - the brilliance amongst the madness.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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

    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
  • Brockie: A Memoir in Words, Cartoons & Sketches
    Brockie: A Memoir in Words, Cartoons & Sketches
    ISBN: 9780958232074
    Title: Brockie: A Memoir in Words, Cartoons & Sketches
    Author: BROCKIE BOB

    Bob Brockie, who was born in
    Christchurch in 1932, drew whimsical
    illustrations and cartoons for Salient,
    Victoria University’s student newspaper,
    and successive capping magazines,
    while he studied for a zoology degree
    in the 1950s. The degree completed,
    he left for Europe where his interest in
    caricature developed as he recorded
    the colour and novelty of Italian street
    In Italy he contracted polio and for
    a period was a quadriplegic. The polio
    went into remission after his return to
    New Zealand, but today he is again in
    a wheelchair.
    He has been editorial cartoonist for
    National Business Review continuously
    since 1975 and was twice QANTAS
    In his other life, Dr. Robert Brockie
    has been a highly respected scientist.
    He was a leading New Zealand
    authority on hedgehogs and possums
    and between 1976-82 he led the DSIR
    team involved in a 25-year study of the
    Orongorongo Valley in the Rimutaka
    State Forest Park – the birds, animals,
    trees and plants from canopy to forest
    His eclectic list of other publications
    range from the biology of Hawke’s
    Bay farmland possums to cartoon
    collections and includes a guide to the
    plants and animals of NZ cities and
    The popularisation of science
    has been a particular feature of
    Brockie’s work. Today, Brockie is still
    contributing, for the second decade,
    a popular weekly science column to
    Wellington’s Dominion Post.
    Bob Brockie received the NZ
    Association of Scientists’ Merit Award
    for Communications in 1999. In 2004
    he was elected Companion of the
    Royal Society. In 2013 he became a
    Member of the New Zealand Order of
    Merit (MNZM) for services to science
    and cartooning.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Broken Book
    Broken Book
    ISBN: 9781869405762
    Title: Broken Book

    Last year I was writing a book about walking. A travel book, meandering following the random associative habit of thought associated with a walk through a landscape. It would ramble. It would detour to examine curiosities. It would link walking with books read along the way or the things learned in conversation with strangers. . . . Then an earthquake shook me from bed and ripped up the map entirely. The quake sent a jagged tear right through my text. - Fiona Farrell At the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival recently, Fiona Farrell was the star of the opening night with her stories of the Christchurch earthquake - this book takes those stories and gives them weight and heft and context. Fiona Farrell's meandering travel book shows how an earthquake can change everything in a flash: the book you were writing, the house you were living in, the thoughts that preoccupied you. THE BROKEN BOOK consists of four essays about life and walking bookended by a preamble and an afterword and interrupted by 20 poems about the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. The poems jolt into the essays like aftershocks, like cracks in the text; they make you pause and reconsider. THE BROKEN BOOK is funny, timely, deeply personal but never self-indulgent - it shows Fiona's talents as a writer and warmth as a human being.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bromhead
    ISBN: 9780143574200
    Title: Bromhead

    One of New Zealand's best-known cartoonists, Peter Bromhead has led a colourful life. In his satirical, illustrated memoir, Bromhead, as he is affectionately known, shares his life in words and pictures. Packed with hilarious illustrations recounting his harsh upbringing, romantic missteps, cartooning career and experiences as an older father, this is a heart-warming and wickedly funny read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Budapest Girl
    Budapest Girl
    ISBN: 9780473343712
    Title: Budapest Girl

    I love the writing: the honesty of it, the search that is always there, the courage to face hard truths and at the same time imagine others’ lives with compassion. Elizabeth Smither

    A Hungarian exile of 1956 with a gift for poetry reflects on a Budapest childhood during World War Two. A complex family spanning the spectrum of Jews, peasants and urban middle class, plus the day-to-day struggle for survival in wartime, make for a memoir which takes us outside the present consumer culture into the heart of an authentic New Zealand artist. Paul Maunder

    Reading this book has made me smile and weep. I love the way it draws us into the world of childhood with a child’s view of events. The writing is elegant and spirited, evoking strong images and emotion. It is the type of book a reader delights in reading and re-reading; dipping into passages for reflection, for the joy of wonderful writing and for the experiences it portrays. Paddy Richardson

    A remarkable memoir from a remarkable life. Powerful poetry and vivid prose unite in one woman’s undertaking to engage the past. The written word punches out at you from every page, taking the reader on a grand tour of events that shaped the last century. Dana Wensley

    Panni Palásti was born in Budapest and educated there. She entered the United States as a refugee after the defeat of the 1956 Hungarian revolution and continued her studies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She worked as a teacher and journalist in California before sailing with her husband and son to New Zealand in 1973. She lived in Russell for 28 years where she started the Russell Writers’ Workshop and founded and edited Russell Review for two decades before moving to the South Island. She has been writing poems since first grade. Her work has been published in Europe, the United States and in New Zealand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Burt Munro: the Lost Interviews
    Burt Munro: the Lost Interviews
    ISBN: 9780143573982
    Title: Burt Munro: the Lost Interviews
    Author: BIRSS NEILL

    Invercargill, at the far southern end of New Zealand. It's the late 1960s and two blokes sit in a modest shed drinking tea. The old bloke is telling stories about his life; the young bloke, a junior reporter, is typing earnestly on his Olympia portable typewriter. Dramatic tales abound--of youthful scrapes, motorcycle races and ingenious repairs, of international travel and friendships and road trips, of high speeds and accidents and meetings with dutiful policemen. Burt Munro became known around the world through the 2005 movie The World's Fastest Indian, but had long been known to motorcycle fans as a colorful character and speed record-holder. Our young journalist, Neill Birss, moved away from Invercargill and the interviews he had typed out were never published. In fact, they were lost during the move and only resurfaced under strange circumstances many decades later. Here they are in this book--the lost interviews with Burt Munro, legendary Kiwi motorcycle rider--his voice as fresh and his stories as vivid as the day he told them to the young reporter.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • By the Seat of My Pants
    By the Seat of My Pants
    ISBN: 9781927242643
    Title: By the Seat of My Pants

    Neville Martin's over-the-shoulder look at his career in journalism and public relations might be taken with more than just a grain of salt - were it not all true. He writes of a world much less fettered by proscription than today's, and in which the unconventional, the eccentric, the oddball and even the downright incompetent could still find a job. Starting out as a cub reporter with Wellington's Evening Post, Neville Martin eventually found himself handling communications for the Dairy Board, one of the more demanding jobs in the PR business. Along the way he worked for three political parties at the same election, was press secretary to a menagerie of Ministers, wrote several revues and a couple of pantomimes, and was a regular contributor to the anarchistic satirical magazine Cock. By the Seat of My Pants offers reassuring evidence that a 'why the hell not' attitude, accompanied by a lick or two of common sense, can still accomplish much. It is a hymn to a collection of colourful characters and events which has kept one man laughing for 40 years and more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Cafe Reflections on Christchurch City, 1975 - 2012: a Tribute to the Christchurch Central Business District Community
    Cafe Reflections on Christchurch City, 1975 - 2012: a Tribute to the Christchurch Central Business District Community
    ISBN: 9780958278010
    Title: Cafe Reflections on Christchurch City, 1975 - 2012: a Tribute to the Christchurch Central Business District Community
    Author: DONNELL DEB

    This book looks at life pre-quake for the CBD community, and takes the reader through a personalised account of what happened in the CBD when the earthquake struck, as well as giving an update of the 18 months post quake for Deb, her family, and many of her CBD friends and neighbours

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Campbell West-watson: Boy Bishop to Archbishop
    Campbell West-watson: Boy Bishop to Archbishop
    ISBN: 9781927167243
    Title: Campbell West-watson: Boy Bishop to Archbishop
    Author: SIMS MARTIN

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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

    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
  • Casting Off: A Memoir
    Casting Off: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780947522551
    Title: Casting Off: A Memoir

    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
  • Changing Lives
    Changing Lives
    ISBN: 9781869538941
    Title: Changing Lives
    Author: MARIOT & PAWSEY

    Friends since high school, Janice Marriott and Virginia Pawsey reconnected after 30 years and, shortly afterwards, began writing to each other about their respective lives, publishing Common Ground and Common Table together. Their last book, 2013's Common Lives, an illustrated compendium of the best of their letters, closed with the two friends assuring each other that they could never leave their homes and lifestyles. Shortly after publication, however, each of them, unpredictably and somewhat radically, changed their lifestyle. Janice became a grandmother and shifted from Wellington to Auckland to be closer to her family, and Virginia and her husband sold the family farm and built a new house on a smaller property closer to town. Changing Lives picks up their stories where they left off. How did their lives change so dramatically, and how has this affected them both personally and philosophically? And what about their gardens and kitchens?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Charles Brasch #1 Journals 1938-1945
    Charles Brasch #1 Journals 1938-1945
    ISBN: 9781877372841
    Title: Charles Brasch #1 Journals 1938-1945

    Transcribed by Margaret Scott, with a Dramatis Personae and annotations by Andrew Parsloe, this book contains the journals of Charles Brasch, a New Zealand poet, literary editor, and arts patron. Brasch was an intelligent young man who documented his experiences in Britain during World War II. In journal entries that quickly become a daily habit/necessity, he struggles with relationships, what part he can play in the war effort, what he should do with his life, and whether he should return to New Zealand. Brasch's journals create a moving and always interesting document. Hundreds of people - especially emerging writers and artists, both British and Kiwi - appear in the book, usually as visitors to London, and Brasch finds an important friend in Colin Roberts. Substantial contributions are also included in the book, such as Rachel Barrowman's essay 'Finding "a Home for the Spirit," ' which discusses the journals as an exploration of 'identity and self...during the restless war years.' When Brasch resolved to return to New Zealand at the end of 1945, it was 'part of a cultural mission: to make his contribution to the development in New Zealand of a mature...literary and arts culture.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957
    Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957
    ISBN: 9781927322284
    Title: Charles Brasch Journals #2 1945-1957

    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
  • Chase the Rainbow
    Chase the Rainbow
    ISBN: 9781471160707
    Title: Chase the Rainbow
    Author: BELL POORNA

    'A candid, warm, sad, surprisingly funny, raw, brave, bittersweet book.' - MATT HAIG&
    'Chase the Rainbow is a game-changing book. Poorna Bell's moving account of the pressures on modern men could be a life-saver. This is a brave and bold work that will inspire us all to talk openly and honestly about depression once and for all. Everyone should read this book.' - ARIANNA HUFFINGTON
    An honest yet uplifting account of a woman's life affected (but not defined) by the suicide of her husband and the deadly paradox of modern-day masculinity.
    Punk rocker, bird nerd and book lover Rob Bell had a full, happy life.& He had a loving wife, a big-bottomed dog named Daisy and a career as a respected science journalist. But beneath the carefully cultivated air of machoism and the need to help other people, he struggled with mental health and a drug addiction that began as a means to self-medicate his illness. In 2015, he ended his life in New Zealand on a winter's night.&

    But what happened? How did a middle-class Catholic boy from the suburbs, who had an ocean of people who loved him, and a brain the size of a planet, end up dying alone by his own hand? How did it get to this point? &

    In the search to find out about the man she loved, and how he arrived at that desperate, dark moment, Poorna Bell, Executive Editor of The Huffington Post UK, went on a journey spanning New Zealand, India and England to discover more about him.

    A month after his death, she shared her personal tragedy in an open letter to Rob on the site, which went on to be read by hundreds of thousands of people across the world. This is Poorna's story, not only of how she met the man of her dreams and fell in love, but also Rob's story and how he suffered with depression since childhood and had secretly been battling addiction as a means to cope with the illness.
    Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and a staggering 1 in 4 of us will experience mental illness disease at some point in our lives, but the stigma surrounding mental health means that millions still suffer in silence.

    Chase& the& Rainbow& is an affecting, poetic, and deeply personal journey which teaches to seek hope and happiness, even in the most tragic of circumstances. Shattering the stigma surrounding depression and suicide, Poorna Bell challenges us talk about what we most fear, and to better understand the personal struggles of those closest to us.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Childhood at Cairnsmore: a Social History of Domestic & Family Life on a Nz Farm in the 1920s, 1930s & 1940s
    Childhood at Cairnsmore: a Social History of Domestic & Family Life on a Nz Farm in the 1920s, 1930s & 1940s
    ISBN: 9780473254681
    Title: Childhood at Cairnsmore: a Social History of Domestic & Family Life on a Nz Farm in the 1920s, 1930s & 1940s
    Author: ALLEN JUNE

    A Childhood at Cairnsmore is the true story of a childhood spent on a sheep farm at the foot of the Ruahine Range in the 1920s and 1930s. It is rich with details of country life in New Zealand - the homestead, riding on horseback to school, home baking and domestic chores. ' .. reminds us of how much has changed in our lifetime.' '... a fascinating and touching story, and a valuable record of earlier days .. It reminded me of so much - shearing gangs, and even the long drop ...'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Christie: a Family's Tragic Loss & a Mother's Fight for Justice
    Christie: a Family's Tragic Loss & a Mother's Fight for Justice
    ISBN: 9780143568872
    Title: Christie: a Family's Tragic Loss & a Mother's Fight for Justice

    'Christie will never be able to tell her story herself. But as the mum of such a bright star, I will ensure she is heard. I will never give up because I know that she never would have.'—Tracey Marceau& On the morning of 7 November 2011, Tracey Marceau lived every mother's worst nightmare. A young man entered her home, pushing Tracey to the side before kicking and repeatedly stabbing her daughter. Emergency services arrived within minutes, but were too late - Christie died in her mother's arms.Christie's killer, Akshay Chand, had been released on bail just a month earlier for charges relating to kidnapping Christie, during which he threatened to rape and kill her. Christie had begged the courts to keep him in custody, fearing for her life. Her death was entirely preventable. Christie is her story.We learn of her happy family life and teenage years, the events leading up to her killing (including Chand's growing infatuation and the kidnapping), as well as discover in previously untold detail what happened that day.& Tracey shares how she and the family pulled together amid unthinkable tragedy and got their lives back on track. Importantly, this book questions how a calculating, cold-blooded killer could be found not guilty on grounds of insanity, and how our country's bail laws could let an ordinary family down so disastrously.Raw, moving and thought-provoking, Christie is a& tribute to a daughter taken too soon.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Chronicle of the Unsung
    Chronicle of the Unsung
    ISBN: 9781869403119
    Title: Chronicle of the Unsung

    Sydney-sider Martin Edmonds new memoir, Chronicle of the Unsung, meshes his real life and his thinking life in a fresh take on the notion of biography, a travelogue of the mind.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Cocktails with Molotov
    Cocktails with Molotov
    ISBN: 9780994137630
    Title: Cocktails with Molotov

    Bernard Brown lived through WW2 in Suffolk, England, where he was strafed by bullets from a German Messerschmitt; dived to fetch sculpturing clay for a young Lucian Freud; went to school with the notorious gangsters the Kray brothers; and visited the Soviet Union in 1945 with his father and the British Home Secretary.

    As a young man he met with Margaret Thatcher, and later with famous authors such as Anthony Burgess, and Han Suyin (author of Love is a Many-Splendored Thing) with whom he fell in love. Cocktails with Molotov is an entertaining romp through Brown's wartime and post-war activities.

    After finishing his RAF service in Singapore in the 1950s, he studied law before emigrating to New Zealand. He has taught law at the University of Auckland ever since, including teaching such well-known figures as ex-Prime Ministers David Lange and Winston Peters. Cocktails with Molotov is his seventh published book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill
    Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill
    ISBN: 9780473324698
    Title: Colours of Joy: the Life of an Artist Told by Jeanne Macaskill

    a memoir of the life of Jeanne Macaskill, a well- known Wellington painter and art educator. She was married to Patrick Macaskill until his death in 1994, chaired the Wellington Community Arts Council, was a Vice President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, was awarded an MNZM for services to the arts and the community.

    Her life was remarkable and interesting. She left New Zealand to train as an artist in London, and with her first husband, a talented sculptor, planned a life in London and France. That plan crashed after Neil’s untimely death, and after 17 years absence she came back to Wellington, made a mark on the cultural life of the city, worked in tertiary art education, cared for loved ones, and was a noted artist. It took unquenchable energy and determination during which her creativity never lagged.

    It was a life with its full share of sorrows and joy. She was a warm, loving woman who cared deeply about people and had a gift for friendship. She had a flair for tutoring and mentoring people who wanted to develop their artistic skills. A number of people who are now accepted artists have said that Jeanne inspired them and gave them the confidence to develop their creativity. Over the years the number of art workshops that she tutored must run into hundreds.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Commo Bill Peoples Poet Biography of William Daniel Oreilly 1898-1959
    Commo Bill Peoples Poet Biography of William Daniel Oreilly 1898-1959
    ISBN: 9780473168544
    Title: Commo Bill Peoples Poet Biography of William Daniel Oreilly 1898-1959

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $58.00
  • 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

    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
  • 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
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