• 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

    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
  • Fridays with Jim: Conversations about Our Country with Jim Bolger
    Fridays with Jim: Conversations about Our Country with Jim Bolger
    ISBN: 9780995123021
    Title: Fridays with Jim: Conversations about Our Country with Jim Bolger
    Author: COHEN DAVID

    A self-taught son of Irish immigrants, devout Catholic, King Country farmer and farming lobbyist, Jim Bolger entered New Zealand political life in the 1970s. He was a flinty Minister of Labour under Robert Muldoon and Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997. As ambassador to Washington, he helped create warmer relations with the United States. In recent years, he has chaired boards, has been the chancellor of the University of Waikato and marked more than a half-century of marriage to Joan. Never given to orthodoxies, yet staunchly National in his politics, in his still-energetic eighties he remains an impressively brisk progressive thinker. For six months he regularly sat down on Fridays with the writer David Cohen to reflect on his life and times, our nation and the world. Fridays with Jim reveals a quintessential man of the old New Zealand who is fully in sync with the new New Zealand, and with plenty of ideas about where it's all heading.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • From a Dark Cave to NZ
    From a Dark Cave to NZ
    ISBN: 9780473528065
    Title: From a Dark Cave to NZ

    Hiding in a tiny dark cave in the border triangle between Iraq, Iran and Turkey, Mustafa Darbandi is facing his fear that he may not survive. On the run because of his membership of a banned Kurdish freedom movement, he has begun an extraordinary journey. It will take him from Iraq to Turkey to Iran to Pakistan to Afghanistan and finally to New Zealand. Along the way he will be threatened by security forces, mercenaries, police, helicopters, landmines, wild wolves and even UNHCR indifference. After several years in exile he finally arrives in his new home. "In my desperation the idea crept into my mind that death was death whether I got killed or starved to death. Perhaps putting an end to my life would be preferable to being captured by mercenaries or eaten alive by wild animals..." "When I set foot on New Zealand soil, I felt born again. After I'd been uprooted from my town and village in Kurdistan, New Zealand became the bedrock of my security, offering me an opportunity to become who I am".

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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

    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
  • Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neurologist
    Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neurologist
    ISBN: 4983652810345
    Title: Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neurologist
    Author: DAUBE SHONA

    Two years ago Shona was diagnosed with MS. As a nurse, Shona was familiar with and feared the chronic, painful, and challenging aspects of MS. Shona discusses the background of her book, “To help face my fears, I viewed my new health challenges as funny stories. I turned these stories into amusing emails for my friends. I hoped the emails would help my friends understand what it’s like living with MS. I then thought it might be a good idea to gather these stories together in a book as a way of increasing understanding of MS as well as raising funds for the MS Society.”

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Girl from Revolution Road
    Girl from Revolution Road
    ISBN: 9781988547398
    Title: Girl from Revolution Road

    A powerful collection of personal essays on displacement, being different and living between two worlds, told with humour and self-reflection.

    'A book for our times, written with wit, lyricism, cynicism and tenderness.' Rachel House

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    ISBN: 9781869665043
    Title: Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    Author: DWYER DENIS

    The illegitimate baby of an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, Tom Ryan and his family were banished from Ireland to the far ends of the earth: New Zealand. He went on to score the first points for the first All Blacks rugby team and have a huge influence on the development of tourism services in Taupo. He became a distinguished artist, creating rare sketches of the controversial Maori warrior Te Kooti, and he married the daughter of a Maori chief. He won one of the first inter-colonial yachting contests and became director of a mining company.

    From the author of 'New Zealand By Foot' and 'New Zealand Adventures By Rail', this is the remarkable story of Tom ‘Darby’ Ryan. Including photographs and Ryan’s own artworks, 'The Good Citizen' paints a vivid and intimate portrait of early colonial New Zealand and the people who made up its society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    ISBN: 9781877372421
    Title: Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    Author: DAVIN DAN

    Dan Davin, Rhodes scholar, for many years Academic Publisher at the Clarendon Press in Oxford, and one of New Zealand's acknowledged masters of the short story, was born in Invercargill in 1914. The Gorse Blooms Pale gathers together twenty-six stories and a selection of poems reflecting his experiences while growing up in an Irish-New Zealand farming family in Southland. Comic, haunting, poetic, profound and lyrical, the stories have a regional flavour quite unlike any other body of work in New Zealand literature. They insightfully capture the character of an idiosyncratic rural community, its post-British social relationships and tribulations, with a flair equal to such other New Zealand writers as Sargeson, Frame, Middleton or Marshall. When The Gorse Blooms Pale is a rare treasure in the landscape of twentieth-century New Zealand literature.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    ISBN: 9781775501695
    Title: Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    Author: EVANS JEFF

    This biography of Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi Busby brings together the varied life experiences that have made Hec Busby the master waka builder, waka expert, celestial navigator and highly regarded Te Rarawa elder that he is today. He is one of the few active waka taua builders and is responsible for the completion of more than a dozen of these waka for iwi around the country. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent holder of knowledge relating to waka culture, he is frequently consulted for his expert opinion. A real outdoorsman, Hec turned his hand to many pursuits, leading him to set up his own bridge construction business in his twenties. His entrepreneurial and leadership skills along with his tribal and tikanga knowledge have led to his involvement in iwi activities as well as in organising Waitangi commemorations, kapa haka, ocean-going voyages, and waka wananga to pass on his knowledge to the next generation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Hello Darkness
    Hello Darkness
    ISBN: 9780473451622
    Title: Hello Darkness
    Author: WELLS PETER

    It's now a year exactly since my urologist told me I had an aggressive cancer that was incurable. I was rushed into hospital and thus began a year of chemotherapy, radiation and all the ups and downs of a sickness that arrived in my life with the noise and terror of an old fashioned train. During that time I wrote about my experience on my Iphone, on Facebook, and I received in return an explosion of aroha on that most cynical of mediums - the internet. There was advice, commentary, encouragement, accompaniment. The posts became the basis for Hello Darkness. I made something out of nothing if near-death experiences can be said to be nothing. I learnt a lot. I am a different ...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • History of Silence
    History of Silence
    ISBN: 9780143569473
    Title: History of Silence
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    Stone by stone the basilica was being dismantled in order to be put back together again. Each stone was painted with a number and laid with care onto pallets spread over the ground . . . I kept thinking about those numbered stones. Some purpose began to take shape. I began to wonder if I might re-trace and recover something of my own past, to reassemble it in the manner of the basilica. It was a matter of looking to see if any of the original building blocks remained, and where might I find them.

    LLoyd Jones is one of New Zealand's best known contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books but his best known works include the novels The Book of Fame.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    ISBN: 9781775541196
    Title: How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    Author: WOOD PAUL

    As an 18-year-old, Dr Paul Wood was completely off the rails. He wasn't coping with the impending death of his mother, he was dependent on drugs, and was an unemployed high-school dropout committing crimes to feed his habit. Two days after his mother died he lost control when his then drug dealer attempted to assault him. He then spent 11 years in some of New Zealand's toughest prisons. But after a series of remarkable events, including a enlightening encounter with a criminal safe-cracker, Paul became the first person in New Zealand to progress through undergraduate studies to attain a bachelor's and master's degree in prison, and was the first person to begin a doctorate while still incarcerated. In this awe-inspiring book, Dr Paul Wood shares his life of crime, his time behind bars and his pathway to freedom.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • How We Met: The Ways Great Love Begins
    How We Met: The Ways Great Love Begins
    ISBN: 9781775540939
    Title: How We Met: The Ways Great Love Begins

    Stand-up comedian Michele A'Court rekindles the passion, with a brilliant collection of 'How We Met' stories. How We Met is based on a collection of 'How We Met' stories - those lovely stories couples love to tell (and we all love to hear) about how they got together. The author's theory: that these stories of how couples meet - the romantic, absurd, serendipitous, convoluted, scandalous, breath-taking moments of connection - help to weave their lives together. Partly as 'proof' that they were meant to begin this couple-journey, and also because in each retelling they go back to those first falling-in-love feelings and rekindle the passion.The theory is based on a hunch, which itself is based on nothingmore than the author's observations of watching couples as they talk. Michele then tests her thesis out on a neuroscientist and a psychologist, and by the end of the book, has some useful things to say not only about how great love starts,but how it stays great.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love
    Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love
    ISBN: 9781988531267
    Title: Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love

    Hudson & Halls: The food of love is more than just a love story, though a love story it certainly is. It is a tale of two television chefs who helped change the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation in the 1970s and 80s to that unspoken thing - homosexuality. Peter Hudson and David Halls became reluctant role models for a 'don't ask, don't tell' generation of gay men and women who lived by omission. They were also captains of a culinary revolution that saw the overthrow of Aunty Daisy and Betty Crocker and the beginnings of Pacific-rich, Asian-styled international cuisine. Their drinking, bitching and bickering on screen, their spontaneous unchoreographed movements across the stage that left cameras and startled production staff exposed broke taboos and melted formalities. They captivated an unlikely bunch of viewers, from middle-aged matrons to bush-shirted blokes. Hudson and Halls were pioneers of celebrity television as we know it today: the naughty, not-quite-normal boys next door who rocketed to stardom on untrained talent and a dream. When Peter Hudson became seriously ill with prostate cancer, David Halls was inconsolable. What remained unchanged through it all was their abiding love for each other. In this riveting, fast-paced and meticulously researched book, New York Times bestselling author Joanne Drayton celebrates the legacy of the unforgettable Hudson and Halls.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Human Kindness: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience
    Human Kindness: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience
    ISBN: 9781925820058
    Title: Human Kindness: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience

    Kindness comes in many forms and affects all of us. As Mark Twain said, 'Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.' And while a kind gesture can often simply make someone feel better about their day, sometimes -- as the twenty-five true stories collected here show -- it can save a life. Sourced from around the world, these are stories of the everyday and the extraordinary. From the woman who stopped a suicidal man from jumping just by taking the time to listen to him, to the couple who fostered a baby they found abandoned in a rubbish bin when no one else could help; from the students who came to the rescue of an elderly man fallen on black ice, to the response of a terrorist leader when confronted by a young child's cries for her favourite doll -- these are stories of unexpected kindness that had a lasting impact on the recipient. Interspersed between the stories are quotes about kindness by people as diverse as Audrey Hepburn, Lao Tzu, Ellen DeGeneres and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The result is a book that explores all that is best about human nature.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Husna's Story: My Wife, the Christchurch Massacre & my Journey to Forgiveness
    Husna's Story: My Wife, the Christchurch Massacre & my Journey to Forgiveness
    ISBN: 9781988547480
    Title: Husna's Story: My Wife, the Christchurch Massacre & my Journey to Forgiveness
    Author: AHMED FARID

    Husna Ahmed was a victim of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack on 15 March 2019. She was shot while looking for her husband, who was in a wheelchair.
    The couple had been praying when a gunman burst into the mosque. He shot and killed 51 people that day and injured many others. In this book Husna's husband, Farid Ahmed, tells Husna's story, including the day of the attack.

    Farid describes the selflessness and bravery with which Husna lived her life. As well as looking after her daughter and paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women and running classes for children.

    Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day, after she had already led other women and children to safety.

    Husna's husband, quite remarkably, forgives the alleged killer. Farid's philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how faith and humanity can be tools for navigating even the most horrific of tragedies.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • I Cancel You
    I Cancel You
    ISBN: 9780473458188
    Title: I Cancel You

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • I Have Loved Me a Man: The Life & Times of Mika
    I Have Loved Me a Man: The Life & Times of Mika
    ISBN: 9781869408862
    Title: I Have Loved Me a Man: The Life & Times of Mika

    From the Old Mill Disco in Timaru to San Francisco's ACT UP protests, through Jazzercise and drag, AIDS and homosexual law reform, I Have Loved Me a Man takes readers inside the social revolution that has moved New Zealand from the 1960s to the present day through the story of the one, the only, queer Maori performance artist: Mika. Mika grew up in Timaru, was adopted into a white family, and learnt Maori culture from the back of a cereal box. He discovered disco in the 1970s, worked with Carmen, Dalvanius Prime, Merata Mita and others to develop outrageous stage shows that toured the world, played a policeman on television in Shark in the Park and came out on screen with Harvey Keitel, playing a takatapui role in Jane Campion's Academy Award-winning film The Piano. Mika has never been in the closet: his life has been an ongoing production of both the fabulous and the revolutionary. This highly visual book interweaves archival and historical research with images hand-picked from Mika's extensive archive to reveal the life and times of a queer brown boy from Aotearoa who took on the big white world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • In the Time of the Manaroans
    In the Time of the Manaroans
    ISBN: 9781776563128
    Title: In the Time of the Manaroans

    At fourteen Miro Bilbrough falls out with the communist grandmother who has raised her since she was seven, and is sent to live with her father and his rural-hippy friends. It is 1978, Canvastown, New Zealand, and the Floodhouse is a dwelling of pre-industrial gifts and deficiencies set on the banks of the Wakamarina River, which routinely invades its rooms.

    Isolated in rural poverty, the lives of Miro and her father and sister are radically enhanced by the Manaroans—charismatic hippies who use their house as a crash pad on journeys to and from a commune in a remote corner of the Marlborough Sounds. Arriving by power of thumb, horseback and hooped canvas caravan, John of Saratoga, Eddie Fox, Jewels and company set about rearranging the lives and consciousness of the blasted family unit.

    In the Time of the Manaroans brilliantly captures a largely unwritten historical culture, the Antipodean incarnation of the Back to the Land movement. Contrarian, idealistic, sexually opportunistic and self-mythologising too, this was a movement, as the narrator duly discovers, not conceived with adolescents in mind.

    ‘A lost world of hippies and drifters breaks into gleaming life in these pages. Miro Bilbrough trains a poet’s tender, unsparing gaze on growing up female in the anything-goes 1970s. In the Time of the Manaroans lucidly portrays the visions and limits of the counter-culture, as well as all the fearful ecstasy of being young.’ — Michelle de Kretser

    ‘No comfortable, supine or conventional recollection, this is a quirky, zany and energetic piece of writing, confident in its method and enchanting in its prose style.’ — Gail Jones

    ‘It gives insight into a world and a soul few people will have encountered before; and does so with grace and acumen.’ — Martin Edmond.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Inside Hustle
    Inside Hustle
    ISBN: 9780473512446
    Title: Inside Hustle

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Intimate Stranger Reminiscences of Dan Davin
    Intimate Stranger Reminiscences of Dan Davin
    ISBN: 9781877228247
    Title: Intimate Stranger Reminiscences of Dan Davin
    Author: WILSON JANET

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • It Will Get Better: the Inspirational Story of One Woman's Courage to Overcome Abuse, Loss & Heartache to Create a Better Life
    It Will Get Better: the Inspirational Story of One Woman's Courage to Overcome Abuse, Loss & Heartache to Create a Better Life
    ISBN: 9781925266221
    Title: It Will Get Better: the Inspirational Story of One Woman's Courage to Overcome Abuse, Loss & Heartache to Create a Better Life

    The inspirational story of one woman's courage to overcome abuse, loss and heartache to create a better life

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Jacinda Ardern: A New Kind of Leader
    Jacinda Ardern: A New Kind of Leader
    ISBN: 9781760641818
    Title: Jacinda Ardern: A New Kind of Leader

    Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern is a leader for a new generation, one tired of inertia in the face of pressing issues such as climate change, immigration and the rise of far-right terrorism. Ardern was catapulted onto the international stage with her grace and compassion following the Christchurch mosque shooting. Oprah Winfrey invited us to 'channel our inner Jacindas' as praise for Ardern flooded headlines and social media.

    The world's youngest female head of government, and only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, Ardern describes herself as a progressive and a social democrat. In this revealing biography, journalist Madeleine Chapman discovers the woman behind the headlines. Politically engaged from an early age, Ardern has encountered her fair share of sexism, but rather than let that harden her she advocates 'rising above' critics. In her first press conference, she announced an election campaign of 'relentless positivity'. The tactic was a resounding success- donations poured in and Labour rebounded in the polls.

    But can Ardern live up to her promise? What does her new style of leadership look like in practice? And what can we learn from the world's reaction to this inspiring leader?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader
    Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader
    ISBN: 9781988547572
    Title: Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader

    Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, is lauded as one of the world's most influential people. Her rise to power has been stellar. In 2017 she became leader of the Labour party just seven weeks before the election at which she claimed the top job.

    ' Michelle Duff sweeps up all the misogyny that's accompanied Ardern's career so far and show how it undermines women in politics. It's engaging, enraging, illuminating and funny.'

    'Sincere, intent, focused, and always readable. [This] book gets to a truth, and an understanding.' Steve Braunias, Newsroom
    Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family.

    Duff tracks Ardern's political career, from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to her compassion during one of New Zealand's biggest tragedies, the Christchurch mosque terror attack of 2019. In its aftermath, Ardern has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning.

    Ardern attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful, and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality?

    Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape?

    This is an engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time - telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • James K. Baxter: Letters of a Poet
    James K. Baxter: Letters of a Poet
    ISBN: 9781776562039
    Title: James K. Baxter: Letters of a Poet

    James K. Baxter was not a man of few words, and his private correspondence was no exception. Letters of a Poet, edited by his good friend and frequent correspondent John Weir, contains almost 900 of Baxter’s letters from 1939 to 1972, covering his teenage years and entire adult life. Frank, funny, generous, sometimes filthy, packed with poems and musings on love, the Catholic faith, and how to live well and write well, they provide remarkable new insights into his life and work.

    The two volumes include letters to his parents, Archibald and Millicent Baxter, the conscientious objector Noel Ginn, and many of the leading literary figures of the time, including Charles Brasch, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Fleur Adcock, Lawrence Baigent, Barry Crump, Maurice Shadbolt, W. H. Oliver, Robin Dudding and many more.

    Introduction by John Weir, biographies of correspondents, timeline and index.

    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $100.00
  • Journey to Oxford
    Journey to Oxford
    ISBN: 9780864738196
    Title: Journey to Oxford
    Author: MULGAN JOHN

    Part memoir, part personal essay, critically-acclaimed novelist John Mulgan reflects on his departure from New Zealand in this previously unpublished work. A powerful piece of writing and nostalgia, this personal account charts Mulgan’s efforts to discover who he is as a New Zealander and his new life in Oxford.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Karl Wolfskehl: A Poet in Exile
    Karl Wolfskehl: A Poet in Exile
    ISBN: 9780473476694
    Title: Karl Wolfskehl: A Poet in Exile

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Kia Ora Chief!: Parekura Horomia
    Kia Ora Chief!: Parekura Horomia
    ISBN: 9781775501626
    Title: Kia Ora Chief!: Parekura Horomia

    The book is based on interviews with sixty-five of Parekura Horomia's family, friends and colleagues, and it shares stories about his qualities, abilities and his tireless work. The personal stories pay tribute to his leadership and ability to be equally comfortable with and work with common people and those in positions of power. The stories build a picture of this man with a large heart and huge commitment and give insights into little-known parts of his life. Parekura Horomia passed away 29 April 2013.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • King of the Castle: A Biography of William Larnach
    King of the Castle: A Biography of William Larnach
    ISBN: 9781869536060
    Title: King of the Castle: A Biography of William Larnach

    Tthe story of nineteenth century businessman and politician William Larnach. In New Zealand William Larnach is perhaps best remembered for the home he built on the Otago Peninsula, known as Larnach Castle. He also has the tragic distinction of being the only politician to commit suicide in Parliament building. 'King of the Castle' is a fascinating biography of an early New Zealander whose life covers a dynamic period of our history, when a young colony was developing into a nation and speculative business ventures, some successful, and others spectacularly not so, abounded.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Know Your Place
    Know Your Place
    ISBN: 9781775541424
    Title: Know Your Place

    The story of a child refugee who faced her fears, found her home and accidentally made history

    When she was just nine, Golriz Ghahraman and her parents were forced to flee their home in Iran. After a terrifying and uncertain journey, they landed in Auckland where they were able to seek asylum and - ultimately - create a new life.

    In this open and intimate account, Ghahraman talks about making a home in Aotearoa New Zealand, her work as a human rights lawyer, her United Nations missions, and how she became the first refugee to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

    Passionate and unflinching, Know Your Place is a story about breaking barriers, and the daily challenges of prejudice that shape the lives of women and minorities. At its heart, it's about overcoming fear, about family, and about finding a place to belong

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Leading Lady: Eve Poole A Life in the Spotlight
    Leading Lady: Eve Poole A Life in the Spotlight
    ISBN: 9780995132900
    Title: Leading Lady: Eve Poole A Life in the Spotlight

    Articulate and intelligent, Eve Poole had a passion for the theatre and the arts. Her desire to protect one of Invercargill’s cultural icons led her into politics and she was elected as the city’s first woman mayor in 1983. Cath Tizard broke similar ground in Auckland that year – the two becoming trailblazers at each end of the country. As a member of the QEII Arts Council (later Creative New Zealand), Eve played an active role in encouraging the visual and performing arts across the country. She was equally at home on the stage as an actor and director; on hugely popular national TV shows such as Beauty and the Beast, and as a member of the NZ Committee on Women, an early forerunner of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, during the UN Decade for Women. She gained national prominence for her leadership when the 1984 floods ravaged her adopted city and the surrounding region. Vivienne Allan tells the story of her mother’s life with warmth and honesty, beginning with the struggle to find passage out of Germany in the 1930s. When war broke out Eve, still only 17 and living with her family in Tel Aviv, joined the British Army, serving as a driver in Egypt. There she met the New Zealander who was to become her husband and, after discharge, moved to Invercargill to raise their family with him. Eve’s practicality, determination and humanity saw her retain the mayoralty for four terms until her untimely death in 1992.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Let Me Be Frank: Comics 2010-2019
    Let Me Be Frank: Comics 2010-2019
    ISBN: 9781776562909
    Title: Let Me Be Frank: Comics 2010-2019
    Author: LAING SARAH

    'Let Me Be Frank' brings Sarah Laing’s popular autobiographical comic series together for the first time.

    Sarah Laing began blogging her comics in 2009 as a way to shed light on her fiction writing and to record life before it evaporated. The comics soon had a large audience, eager for the next installment about Sarah’s parenting fails and successes, writing, her obsession with Katherine Mansfield, her family’s history, pet mice, sex, clothes and more.

    'Let Me Be Frank' is a witty, whip-smart comic collection that is ever disarmingly frank.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Let the Southern Light Erase Your Name
    Let the Southern Light Erase Your Name
    ISBN: 9780473351595
    Title: Let the Southern Light Erase Your Name

    Part memoir, part degenerative-motor-neuron-essay, part photography. Ltd ed. of 100 copies.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Letters Between Katherine Mansfield & John Middleton Murry
    Letters Between Katherine Mansfield & John Middleton Murry
    ISBN: 9780860689454
    Title: Letters Between Katherine Mansfield & John Middleton Murry

    A collection of the correspondence between Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry. Their lives were inextricably, and often painfully, intertwined until her tragically early death from tuberculosis in 1923.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Life as a Casketeer: What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living
    Life as a Casketeer: What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living
    ISBN: 9781775541486
    Title: Life as a Casketeer: What the Business of Death Can Teach the Living

    Francis and Kaiora Tipene aren't your typical funeral directors. With their famous humour and big-hearted personalities, the TVNZ and Netflix reality TV stars are changing the way we think about death and grief.

    Life as a Casketeer reveals how Francis and Kaiora grew up in families that had few possessions but were rich with love and tikanga, and how they came to work in their often misunderstood profession. It's also a book about the Maori world view and traditional funeral customs. The Tipenes make death feel less mysterious and life feel more precious.

    But most of all, Life as a Casketeer is a love story - for whanau, for culture and for each other. It is full of joy and sorrow, tears and laughter.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Life as a Novel: A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt (Volume 1 - 1932-1973)
    Life as a Novel: A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt (Volume 1 - 1932-1973)
    ISBN: 9781927305447
    Title: Life as a Novel: A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt (Volume 1 - 1932-1973)

    Maurice Shadbolt believed that New Zealanders should tell their own stories, cherish their own myths and believe in their own big lies before they could stand upright in a post-colonial world. Through his fiction, non-fiction and international journalism, he played a leading role in projecting New Zealand to the world throughout the second half of the 20th century. His overseas success provoked envy among literary critics but this had little impact on his many readers at home or abroad, nor the judges who awarded him prizes and fellowships. His first novel, Among The Cinders (1965), achieved sales of more than 200,000, unprecedented for the time for a work of New Zealand fiction. His non-fiction New Zealand: Gift of the Sea (1963), in collaboration with Magnum photographer Brian Brake, also achieved enormous sales. The success of Shadbolt's books reflected the growing hunger of New Zealanders for stories about themselves. Author Philip Temple knew Maurice Shadbolt well and brings insight to his story of how Shadbolt made his mark as a writer of fiction. He also tells of Shadbolt's adventures behind the Iron Curtain; his role in anti-Vietnam War protests; his voyage to Mururoa to protest French nuclear testing. He has had unique access to Shadbolt's friends, colleagues and adversaries and an extraordinary treasure trove of letters and documents from both here and overseas in producing this absorbing book. He tells of Shadbolt's close friendships with guru poet James K. Baxter and leading painters such as Colin McCahon. Philip Temple also recounts Shadbolt's increasingly fraught personal life. By the age of 40, he had been married twice and fathered five children and been involved in numerous affairs. It is a fascinating tale about a man who became New Zealand's most well known and controversial author.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Like a Dove: A Memoir & Biography in Honour of Sione Tavo Manukia
    Like a Dove: A Memoir & Biography in Honour of Sione Tavo Manukia
    ISBN: 9781927260470
    Title: Like a Dove: A Memoir & Biography in Honour of Sione Tavo Manukia

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Lockdown Sketch Mind
    Lockdown Sketch Mind
    ISBN: 9781988595252
    Title: Lockdown Sketch Mind
    Author: COLSTON FIFI

    Drawing and writing have always been Fifi Colston’s go-to places in good times and bad. With New Zealand in strict lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, her work as a freelance artist – illustrating books, facilitating workshops and teaching art to school students – was put on hold indefinitely. Unable to make a living bringing other people’s words to life through her art, Fifi turned to her trusty sketchbook to tell her own story, day by day as the weeks unfolded. Posted online, her identifiable visual style and humorous captions drew a responsive audience trying to make sense of the uncertainty of a unique situation they had to rapidly accustom themselves to. In recognition of this, Fifi has left blank spaces in Lockdown Sketch Mind so readers can add their own experiences.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan
    Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan
    ISBN: 9781927131329
    Title: Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan

    John Mulgan was part of a gifted yet uneasy group of young New Zealanders who made their mark between the wars - men such as Ian Milner, James Bertram, Dan Davin and Geoffrey Cox. An Oxford graduate, he worked as a publisher at Oxford University Press before leaving for the front in World War Two. Fascinated but sometimes troubled by his home country, Mulgan saw New Zealand as a place of challenge and austere demands, a land that produced men more practical than cultivated. In his famous novel, Man Alone, he depicted it as a tough, often heartless country, characterised by the solitary figure who has come to symbolise the male New Zealand psyche. He wrote more warmly of the place and the people in the poignant memoir, Report on Experience, published after his death. Mulgan was a glamorous figure: handsome, gifted and good at anything he attempted. His last years were spent fighting in the Allied cause in Egypt and Greece, where he distinguished himself. But there were darker threads, too, which culminated in his decision to take his own life in Cairo, just after the end of the war and aged only 33. In this penetrating biography, Vincent O'Sullivan draws on a large collection of personal papers, official records and contemporary memoirs to paint a vivid portrait of a man who came to represent so much about his country and his time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Losing the Silver Spoon
    Losing the Silver Spoon
    ISBN: 9780473504397
    Title: Losing the Silver Spoon
    Author: WILSON JAMES

    This us a rollicking tale of the highs and lows of a life well lived. Born into a life of privilege, James Wilson was always too free-thinking to be kept down on the farm, content to follow in his ancestors' footsteps. Slowly but determinedly he pulled away from tradition and set off on his own sometimes rocky and precarious path. Ten years at elite boarding schools didn't snuff out his dreams of adventure, which subsequently found him travelling across the Sahara desert and down the length of Africa in a little Mini, and later upifting his wife and four children to work as a farm advisor on a cattle farm in Malaysia. Back home again, he turned the farming over to his long-suffering wife Barbie and embarked on a career as an inventor and entrepreneur, with some successful - and occasionally disastrous - results. Eventually the family farm was sold and Barbie and James have carved out a new active life in the Marlborough Sounds. James's ride through life has been a rollercoaster, but he has few regrets and the proverbial silver spoon is now but a faint memory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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