• Constant Radical: the Life & Times of Sue Bradford
    Constant Radical: the Life & Times of Sue Bradford
    ISBN: 9780994136008
    Title: Constant Radical: the Life & Times of Sue Bradford

    Sue Bradford is half American and sixth generation Kiwi on her father’s side -- her European missionary genes date from 1820s Northland. Despite her grassroots New Zild twang, she was raised in Auckland by middle class, bohemian intellectuals and survived a childhood made difficult by her brilliant but domineering father. Fast forward through the tumultuous Vietnam War protest era, the 1981 Springbok Tour and 16 years in the invisible community sector where she became, with husband Bill, a loud voice and a highly effective organiser for society’s marginalised, and Sue suddenly and unexpectedly found herself in Parliament. From December 1999, as a hardworking, and much admired Green MP she managed a hefty portfolio and succeeded in getting three member’s bills into legislation, including her contentious bill to amend section 59 of the Crimes Act. Her mainstream political career ended, abruptly and disappointingly, five months after she lost the May 2009 Green Party co-leadership contest. Subsequently she achieved a PhD and transformed herself into Dr Sue Bradford -- activist and academic. Her readable thesis on the need for a major left wing think tank in Aotearoa has been downloaded in full almost 3,000 times and Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA), the infant left think tank she set up as a result, is growing lustily. Sue Bradford is still evolving but in terms of what matters most, her core social justice principles, she remains constant.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Controversial Churchman Essays on George Selwyn Bishop of Nz & Lichfield & Sarah Selwyn
    Controversial Churchman Essays on George Selwyn Bishop of Nz & Lichfield & Sarah Selwyn
    ISBN: 9781877242519
    Title: Controversial Churchman Essays on George Selwyn Bishop of Nz & Lichfield & Sarah Selwyn

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Cook: from Sailor to Legend - the Story of Captain James Cook
    Cook: from Sailor to Legend - the Story of Captain James Cook
    ISBN: 9780733332357
    Title: Cook: from Sailor to Legend - the Story of Captain James Cook
    Author: MUNDLE ROB

    Captain James Cook one of the greatest maritime explorer of all time, only the acclaimed fifteenth century explorers, Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, can stand with him. Bestselling author of FATAL STORM, BLIGH and FLINDERS, Rob Mundle, explores the life and travels of James Cook in a major biography for lovers of adventure and the romance of sail. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the great south land - he became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and prove it comprised two main islands, discovered the Hawaiian Islands, and much more. Cook was a man who pursued a teenager's dream that evolved from a chance encounter in a small seafront village on the east coast of England. It was a dream that became a reality and transported him to legendary status among all who mapped the world, on land and sea. Through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, Cook contributed to changing the shape of the world map more than anyone else

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Country Cop 24/7: the Life & Times of a Rural Cop
    Country Cop 24/7: the Life & Times of a Rural Cop
    ISBN: 9780473300241
    Title: Country Cop 24/7: the Life & Times of a Rural Cop

    This book tells the story of Gavin Benney's life as a rural policeman in charge of the Hikurangi police district for over 20 years. It is also the story of the Hikurangi district, its people and how it has changed in that time. Police have unparalleled access to all levels of society, they see us in the raw and deal with the dark side of life, the side that those of us in safe, comfortable positions do not want to know about. Gavin dealt with crimes of murder, violence, drugs, thefts, petty vandalism and also with accidents from the horrific to the bizarre and the funny. This is a story of New Zealand rural life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Country Girl in the City: a Love Story
    Country Girl in the City: a Love Story
    ISBN: 9780473358068
    Title: Country Girl in the City: a Love Story

    This is a true story. It covers the last two and a half years that the writer lived in her home country, The Netherlands, before emigrating to New Zealand. She records her development from being a school girl to young womanhood. This requires leaving home on a farm in a small village to getting used to life in a city; leaving the safety and comfort of childhood to independence in a strange new environment – that of ‘putting one’s feet under other people’s table’.
    There is the challenge of proving oneself in the workforce. The wider world, in all its cultural diversity and richness, opens wide. All this takes place against a background of great loneliness and longing.
    It also chronicles the preparations needed for emigration and the final farewell to family and friends and all that is familiar, to be re-united with the loved one – to start a new life together, in New Zealand.

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $15.00
  • Crossing the Floor: the Story of Tariana Turia
    Crossing the Floor: the Story of Tariana Turia
    ISBN: 9781775501633
    Title: Crossing the Floor: the Story of Tariana Turia
    Author: LEAHY HELEN

    This biography of Tariana Turia sees family members, iwi leaders, social justice advocates and politicians share their experiences of this remarkable woman. While parliament was not originally part of her life plan, Tariana Turia was involved in many community initiatives. A turning point came in 1995, when Tariana's leadership was evident in the reoccupation of Pakaitore. Here was a woman with the courage to care, the determination to speak up and a deep commitment to whanau. Inevitably, she was invited to stand in the 1996 general election. In her eighteen years as an MP, she advanced thinking in the disability area, advocated for tobacco reform and spoke out about sexual abuse, violence and racism. She also led the Whanau Ora initiative. In 2004, she crossed the floor, leading to the birth of the Maori Party.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Croz: Larrikin Biker
    Croz: Larrikin Biker
    ISBN: 9781775540090
    Title: Croz: Larrikin Biker

    The Larrikin Kiwi Biker tells his story. In 1979 Graeme Crosby arrived in Britain with his worldly possessions in a carry-bag. His racing suit draped over his left shoulder, a scratched helmet in his right hand and just 150 in his wallet, he was ready to take on the world.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Dad Goes to the Movies (1941)
    Dad Goes to the Movies (1941)
    ISBN: 9780473359942
    Title: Dad Goes to the Movies (1941)
    Author: TWEEDIE JAQ

    When war was declared in 1939 Les Tweedie was at the movies with his sweetheart, Peg. He enlisted, married her, and went off to serve New Zealand as a soldier for the next six years. Throughout his life his love for going to the movies remained constant. In 1941, he noted in his tiny personal soldier’s diary every film he saw, and other things that happened in that very interesting year.

    Seventy five years later, writer Jaq Tweedie – his daughter – decodes the diary and reveals Les Tweedie’s secret cinematic life.

    Leslie Edward Tweedie graduated from Auckland University College and then studied teaching at Auckland Teachers College, where he met Peg Feaver. He served with the New Zealand Army during World War 2. After his return home he resumed teaching and raised six children including his sons John, Richard, and Grant, and his daughter Jacqueline (known as Jaq.) He died in 1998, aged 83.

    Jaq Tweedie graduated from the University of Auckland in 2006. She is a writer, poet and reformed comedian, and lives in a tower in central Auckland.
    Her first book was a collection of poems, The Gull Club (2014). This is her second book

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Dame We Knew : a Tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill
    Dame We Knew : a Tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill
    ISBN: 9780473307271
    Title: Dame We Knew : a Tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill
    Author: HARRIS BERYL

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
  • 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
  • Dark Forest Deep Sea: Reflections of a Hunter
    Dark Forest Deep Sea: Reflections of a Hunter
    ISBN: 9780473406318
    Title: Dark Forest Deep Sea: Reflections of a Hunter
    Author: HALL RICHARD

    In the wild there is an element that cannot be seen, tasted, heard or smelt - it can only be felt, and it is a feeling of enchantment.

    After his first hunting experience in New Zealand as a young man, Richard Hall has been drawn back again and again, wanting to relive the feeling only this country's wilderness can give him. Dark Forest Deep Sea goes beyond recollections of one man's hunting trips. It delves into the emotions and sensations at the heart of the experience, and the reasons for doing it.
    From catching eels in a river on a moonlit night to spearfishing on a single breath
    in the Pacific Ocean to stalking deer in silent forests - scientist Richard Hall reflects on both solitude and mateship, our relationship with landscape and nature, and how the wilderness gives
    him what he needs to live in the world. This is the human story of hunting.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Daughter of Gloriavale
    Daughter of Gloriavale
    ISBN: 9781988547015
    Title: Daughter of Gloriavale
    Author: TARAWA LILIA

    One young woman's true story of growing up in Gloriavale Christian Community the repressive cult led by her grandfather, the charismatic and controlling Hopeful Christian.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Dead People I Have Known
    Dead People I Have Known
    ISBN: 9781776562213
    Title: Dead People I Have Known

    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
  • 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
  • Dear Tyrant
    Dear Tyrant
    ISBN: 9780992247522
    Title: Dear Tyrant
    Author: ALLOM BARRIE

    Dear Tyrant, as his wife called him, is the story of Albert James Allom (1825-1909), his family and childhood, his adventurous youth, his relationship with Edward Gibbon Wakefield, his struggle for success, and his philosophy of life. His story begins in London then moves to New Zealand and, later, the West Indies before he returns to New Zealand. Later again, seven years are spent in Tasmania before a final return to New Zealand. In New Zealand he was a survey cadet for the New Zealand Company in Wellington, Manawatu and Otago before becoming an enterprising run-holder in the Wairarapa, a mining and farming estate manager on Great Barrier Island, the registrar of mines at Thames and Ohinemuri goldfields, and eventually a very active retiree in Auckland. The story of his life is laced with human insight, humour and tragedy. Many notable figures during New Zealand's colonial era appear in Allom's own writings which add immediacy to the narrative and there are poignant passages about his beloved wife, Eliza, and their family of nine children.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Deep Beyond the Reef
    Deep Beyond the Reef
    ISBN: 9780143007012
    Title: Deep Beyond the Reef
    Author: SCOTT OWEN

    The brutal double murder of Fiji Red Cross director John Scott and his partner Greg Scrivener in 2001 shocked several nations and attracted a huge amount of media attention, partly because of John Scott's role as go-between in the hostage crisis during the George Speight-led coup in 2000. Drawn back to Fiji from his new home in England by the tragedy, Owen Scott embarks on a quest for the truth - not only about the then unsolved crime and the whirlwind of rumour and innuendo it created, but also about his own life as the son of a prominent, charismatic but domineering father, and the darkness at the centre of an outwardly idyllic tropical childhood. From the fading colonial splendour of plantation life to the violent political coups and ruthless media exploitation of the modern era, this is a true and remarkable story of love, death and memory set against the backdrop of a troubled Pacific paradise.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Devils Own War the First World War Diary of Brigadier-general Herbert Hart
    Devils Own War the First World War Diary of Brigadier-general Herbert Hart
    ISBN: 9780908988228
    Title: Devils Own War the First World War Diary of Brigadier-general Herbert Hart

    Brigadier-General Herbert Hart landed at Gallipoli on 26 April 1915, commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of that campaign, then served as a battalion and brigade commander on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Throughout the war he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele. Hart's diary is now widely regarded as one of the most important personal sources relating to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Exceptionally well written, it includes gripping descriptions of both combat and life behind the front line and on leave in France and United Kingdom. As a first-hand account of life in the firestorm of World War One, The Devil's Own War is hard to beat.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Diane Foreman: in the Arena
    Diane Foreman: in the Arena
    ISBN: 9781775538165
    Title: Diane Foreman: in the Arena

    In this candid and engaging book New Zealand businesswoman Diane Foreman tells how she went from being a single mother to creating a successful multi-million-dollar export company. The New Zealand EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 and named by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful women in Asia in 2014, Diane is the first to admit she's made mistakes, and in this book she openly shares them along with the lessons she's learned on the road to creating a globally successful business empire.
    Diane is a role model for business people everywhere, who she encourages to ‘leave the ladder down' so others can succeed more quickly. An invaluable guide for anyone looking to grow their business or even starting out with nothing, this is also a handbook for succeeding in life.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Die Bibel Mit Apocrypha Being the Authoratitive History of Dr. Michael John O'leary, the Earl of Seacliff
    Die Bibel Mit Apocrypha Being the Authoratitive History of Dr. Michael John O'leary, the Earl of Seacliff
    ISBN: 9781869421489
    Title: Die Bibel Mit Apocrypha Being the Authoratitive History of Dr. Michael John O'leary, the Earl of Seacliff

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Die Bibel: the Authoritative History of Dr Michael John O'leary, Earl of Seacliff
    Die Bibel: the Authoritative History of Dr Michael John O'leary, Earl of Seacliff
    ISBN: 9780947493066
    Title: Die Bibel: the Authoritative History of Dr Michael John O'leary, Earl of Seacliff

    Die Bibel is the lively, candid journey of a man who has lived a singular life in Aotearoa New Zealand and has made an indelible contribution to its literature.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer
    Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer
    ISBN: 9781922182463
    Title: Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer

    Antonia Murphy is an award-winning magazine journalist, author and adventurer. A San Francisco native, she took off on her sailboat in 2005 and never came back. Today, she lives and works in Whangarei, New Zealand, with her husband Peterand their two children, Silas and Miranda. Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer is Antonia's debut memoir.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Doctor at War: a Life in Letters, 1914 - 1943
    Doctor at War: a Life in Letters, 1914 - 1943
    ISBN: 9780958205283
    Title: Doctor at War: a Life in Letters, 1914 - 1943

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Don't Forget to Feed the Cat
    Don't Forget to Feed the Cat
    ISBN: 9781988595009
    Title: Don't Forget to Feed the Cat

    “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
  • Douglas Lilburn His Life & Music
    Douglas Lilburn His Life & Music
    ISBN: 9781877257179
    Title: Douglas Lilburn His Life & Music

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Doumar & the Doctor
    Doumar & the Doctor
    ISBN: 9780473407674
    Title: Doumar & the Doctor

    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
  • 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
  • Dreaming Land
    Dreaming Land
    ISBN: 9780908321490
    Title: Dreaming Land

    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
  • Driven by the Wind: The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose
    Driven by the Wind: The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose
    ISBN: 9780994123459
    Title: Driven by the Wind: The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose
    Author: STADE KAREN

    'Driven by the Wind' is based on a memoir Captain Rose wrote for his family in 1911. It has been extensively researched and expanded by Nelson author Karen Stade and is published at the behest of Henry’s great grandson Alastair Rose.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • 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

    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
  • Dusty Allen Rediscovered: a Neurologist's Life
    Dusty Allen Rediscovered: a Neurologist's Life
    ISBN: 9780473355807
    Title: Dusty Allen Rediscovered: a Neurologist's Life

    This is the biography of Dr I. M. Allen, better known as "Dusty" Allen to his colleagues. He was the first fully trained neurologist to practise in New Zealand. Allen was a controversial figure in the history of New Zealand medicine. He was respected for his clinical acumen and formidable knowledge, but to many people he appeared reclusive and dour. His opposition to the way neurosurgery was being developed and his reluctance to refer patients for neurosurgery led to an acrimonious dispute with neurosurgeon Murray Falconer. Allen believed that patients with mental disorders were a neurologist's responsibility and this attitude made him unpopular with psychiatrists. He tried to enhance the role of specialists, but this was vigorously opposed by general physicians. Allen was a researcher and a prolific writer. He showed it was possible to combine clinical work with research without academic appointment or financial assistance. The study of neurology was his all-consuming passion.
    While there was much about Allen's life that distinguished it from that of his contemporaries, this biography vividly illustrates many of the typical features of life as a specialist in the first half of the 20th century: medical education in Dunedin, work as a house surgeon and in general practice, travelling to Britain as a ship's doctor, postgraduate training in Great Britain and the difficulties encountered in eking out a living as a specialist in New Zealand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Dwarf Who Moved
    Dwarf Who Moved
    ISBN: 9781775540915
    Title: Dwarf Who Moved

    'Peter Williams QC is the definitive defendant's alter ego, the popular ideal of what a defending lawyer should be, and the most effective defence barrister our legal system has experienced.'
    In his time as a criminal defence lawyer in the New Zealand courts, Peter Williams QC has seen it all. From the days when abortion, homosexuality and even telling fortunes could see a person hauled before the courts, to sensational cases of wrongful imprisonment and police corruption, he has witnessed the defining moments in the evolution of our modern judicial and penal systems.
    In this rich and wise collection of memoir, anecdote and forensic analysis our pre-eminent courtroom advocate recalls the people (including Ronald Jorgensen, Arthur Allan Thomas, "Mr Asia", James K Baxter, Winston Peters and many more) and the cases (both celebrated and obscure) that have defined his remarkable career, and illuminates the ways in which a legal system mirrors its society, for good and bad.
    Fearless, astute and compassionate, Peter Williams proves - beyond reasonable doubt - that truth is nearly always stranger than fiction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Eastern Capers Etc
    Eastern Capers Etc
    ISBN: 9780473322144
    Title: Eastern Capers Etc
    Author: ALLEN JUNE

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Eat Drink & be Wary a Nz Diplomat Looks Back
    Eat Drink & be Wary a Nz Diplomat Looks Back
    ISBN: 9781877399602
    Title: Eat Drink & be Wary a Nz Diplomat Looks Back
    Author: WEIR JIM

    Jim Weir joined the New Zealand Foreign Service in 1947. His career included periods as High Commissioner and Ambassador and this book highlights some of the people, places and events in his diplomatic career. It also dips into New Zealand's post-War political history and its place in the world. This is a book rich in anecdote and is a perceptive and often amusing read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World
    Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World
    ISBN: 9780143772927
    Title: Eat Your Heart Out: Love Stories from Around the World
    Author: MATHIAS PETA

    In a world of hate, let's serve up some love . . .

    Peta Mathias has encountered many a lovelorn tale on her gastronomic travels around the world. Searching further, she has unearthed more stories - the heart-warming and heart-rending, the passionate and poignant, the macabre and merry - and in these retellings brings them all to life.

    With her characteristic wit and colour, she also dishes up many of the ingredients of love-
    * intriguing courtship rituals, such as bundling and the apple slice dance;
    * poetry penned by those with their own stories to tell;
    * and, of course, romantic recipes, purported aphrodisiacs and alluring delicacies.

    Entertaining, hilarious and informative, this book is a smorgasbord of love.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Eating Dirt Adventures and Yarns from Nz's Action Man
    Eating Dirt Adventures and Yarns from Nz's Action Man
    ISBN: 9781869799670
    Title: Eating Dirt Adventures and Yarns from Nz's Action Man
    Author: GURNEY STEVE

    Hard man Steve Gurney reckons we're cotton-wooling our kids - they need to be falling out of trees and having accidents and making mistakes so they'll know how to find their limits in later life. In this ripping yarn of a book, Steve recounts some of his recent extreme adventures - in the Sahara, on Mount Cook, and in other remote parts of the world. He also talks about his experiences of the Christchurch earthquakes which have impacted on him markedly. In true Gurney fashion, this book is part riveting story and part philosophy, all told with humour and style.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Emergency Response: Life Death & Helicopters
    Emergency Response: Life Death & Helicopters
    ISBN: 9780143771661
    Title: Emergency Response: Life Death & Helicopters

    Stories from a life spent in the emergency services - true tales of rescue and adventure. When Dave Greenberg was just 13 years old, he saved a life for the first time, using CPR. He already knew that he wanted to spend his life helping others in times of crisis, and that harrowing event on a city footpath only confirmed this desire. He went on to spend 25 years working with Life Flight - the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service in Wellington, New Zealand, taking part in many daring rescues on land and at sea, often taking the role of 'the dope on a rope' - their own term for the rescuer who dangles from a winch over stormy seas trying to pluck people from heaving ship decks or from the ferocious waves. These are his stories.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Enduring Legacy: Charles Brasch, Patron, Poet, Collector
    Enduring Legacy: Charles Brasch, Patron, Poet, Collector
    ISBN: 9781877276651
    Title: Enduring Legacy: Charles Brasch, Patron, Poet, Collector
    Author: KERR DONALD (ED.)

    In the mid twentieth century Charles Brasch was a major figure in New Zealand's cultural life a poet, patron and founding editor of "Landfall," the country's premier journal of letters and art. Published to coincide with the release of his papers at the Hocken Library from a 30-year embargo, this volume celebrates his life and legacy in a series of essays by writers and critics, including people who knew him. Brasch was an early collector of New Zealand modernists, including Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Evelyn Page and many other important artists. This book is well illustrated with personal photographs and color reproductions of works from that art collection, many of which have never before been published. The editor, Donald Kerr, is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Otago and has curated many exhibitions on Brasch."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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