• 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
  • Common Table
    Common Table
    ISBN: 9781869508418
    Title: Common Table

    Two Gisborne friends go their separate ways after high school - one to Wellington and a busy city life, the other to a rural existence on a North Canterbury farm. After a school reunion six years ago, they rekindle their friendship through their shared love of gardening, writing to each other with humour, compassion and joy. Their first book, COMMON GROUND, celebrated their different gardens and talked about the challenges each woman had faced through past tragedies. This, their eagerly awaited second book, again uses their wonderful, wise, witty and utterly human letters to trace a journey through the seasons of their very different kitchens -- one in a small inner city cottage, the other a rambling country kitchen on a busy working high country farm. Their friendship provides sustenance on many levels, and their skilful and complementary writing styles encompass details of their everyday lives. Effortlessly, readers are invited to see how their respective kitchens have become a refuge from life's troubles as well as a wonderful obsession. And each has provided a means by which family and friends are nurtured and nourished by two very wise women, through a challenging year which sees each forced to make significant and life-changing decisions.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dan Carter - My Story
    Dan Carter - My Story
    ISBN: 9781927262382
    Title: Dan Carter - My Story

    A personal account of a New Zealand sporting icon who became a world superstar - the greatest fly-half in international rugby. Dan Carter is the world record holder for most test points, has twice been named the IRB's Player of the Year and twice New Zealand Player of the Year. In this memoir he opens up for the first time about his stellar 12-year career, looking back on the highs, and, with an equal measure of honesty, the lows of his career.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • 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
  • Deadline: the Gripping Memoirs of a Pioneering Newsman
    Deadline: the Gripping Memoirs of a Pioneering Newsman
    ISBN: 9780473280185
    Title: Deadline: the Gripping Memoirs of a Pioneering Newsman
    Author: SAYERS ALAN

    A veteran reporter's life of recording NZ history, war, tragedy, sporting greatness and delight.

    Format: Trade 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
  • Defying Convention the Truth About Tony & Me
    Defying Convention the Truth About Tony & Me
    ISBN: 9780473171421
    Title: Defying Convention the Truth About Tony & Me

    Surely it is normal for the female of the species to become pregnant and to give birth. But in 1950s Britain it could be an impossible predicament. My father, an elder of the Prebyterian church, went into denial. What else could he do? This is the story of Joyce Fleming, an unmarried mother and Tony, her son to an Nigerian student.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Determined to Win
    Determined to Win
    ISBN: 9781775537311
    Title: Determined to Win

    The story of one of New Zealand's most successful manufacturers and exporters.

    Robert Stewart may have been born into a successful manufacturing family, but he had to set up his own company the hard way, using his own money, resourcefulness, courage, stamina, street smarts and creativity.

    There were tough times when he almost went to the wall, but today SKOPE Industries is one of New Zealand's leading manufacturers and exporters. You will find its world-beating refrigeration units in almost every supermarket, corner dairy, restaurant, cafe and bar both in this country and in Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East.

    Along the way Robert Stewart has found time to race yachts and cars, start a radio station, help drive the 1974 Commonwealth Games, chair the Canterbury Manufacturers Association, become involved in funding neurological research, chair the government's health research funding body, pick up an ONZM and be honoured as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur.

    It's been a full life, and in this lively memoir he shares insights into being successful in the most challenging of business environments, and into building — and holding on to — a family business.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Disraeli's Daughter
    Disraeli's Daughter
    ISBN: 9781877577963
    Title: Disraeli's Daughter

    Novelist, statesman and renowned wit, Benjamin Disraeli was twice prime minister of Britain and was Queen Victoria¿s favourite minister. It was an age of strict outward adherence to Victorian ideas of morality. If, in his domestic existence as the devoted husband of an equally devoted wife, there was a secret, then he needed to keep it hidden. Who better to help in this than his powerful friends, the Rothschilds? The truth remained concealed until, on the other side of the world, an elderly woman as proud of her Jewish heritage as Disraeli had been of his, began gradually to disclose her memories.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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