• Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    ISBN: 9781869793999
    Title: Escape to the Pole: Two Kiwi Guys Dodge Crevasses Starvation & Marriage
    Author: BIGGAR KEVIN

    The hilarious sequel to 'The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower'. One hundred years ago Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen were racing to claim the last great geographic prize, the South Pole. It was an epic battle, a life or death struggle. Now, a century later, Kevin and Jamie know how they feel. The Hot Polish Girl (HPG) is starting to get clucky. Kate is back in the picture. Their carefree bachelor days are numbered. There is only one solution. They set themselves the challenge of trekking, unsupported 2400kms from the Antarctic coast to South Pole and back across the coldest, windiest, highest, driest, most 'est' place on Earth. Along the way they experience abyss-like crevasses, tooth-cracking cold, fickle GPSs and skin-melting frostbite. They are ravaged by auto-cannibalism, attacked by white ninjas and meet girls in bikinis. Through their adventures they unravel the mysteries around Captain Scott's last expedition. Written in the same whimsical, entertaining style as 'The Oarsome Adventures of a Fat Boy Rower', 'Race to the Pole' puts a modern human face on a classic adventure story.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Ettie Rout: NZ's Safer Sex Pioneer
    Ettie Rout: NZ's Safer Sex Pioneer
    ISBN: 9780143573241
    Title: Ettie Rout: NZ's Safer Sex Pioneer
    Author: TOLERTON JANE


    Decades before the term 'safe sex' was coined, Ettie Rout flouted official directives and fought to protect World War One soldiers from venereal disease.


    In Paris, she ran a sexual welfare service for the Anzacs - collecting them from the station, guiding them to Madame Yvonne's brothel, which she regularly inspected, looking after the sick and running a counselling service. Her prophylactic kit was eventually - and controversially - adopted by both the New Zealand and Australian governments.


    Armed with a wicked sense of humour, an intolerance of hypocrisy and boundless energy, Ettie Rout championed socialism and sexual freedom.


    Ettie Rout: New Zealand's safe-sex pioneer celebrates an unlikely - and largely unsung - heroine in the New Zealand World War One story. A woman ahead of her time.


    Also available as an eBook



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781988531618
    Title: Every Morning, So Far, I'm Alive: A Memoir
    Author: PARKINS WENDY

    Every morning, so far, Im alive is about what its like to live in a world where shaking a strangers hand, catching a taxi or touching a door handle are fraught with fear and dread.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Exposed: How a Lost Boy Bucked the System & Found His Voice
    Exposed: How a Lost Boy Bucked the System & Found His Voice
    ISBN: 9781566493598
    Title: Exposed: How a Lost Boy Bucked the System & Found His Voice
    Author: WAREHAM JOHN

    With unerring wisdom and dark wit, Pulitzer Prize nominee John Wareham revisits the swirling inner life of a child with a crippling stutter, whose emotional, sexual, and spiritual journeys pass through rivers of despair in New Zealand, to a flood of enlightenment in New York.

    Wareham begins his startling memoir in New York, where he was asked to share “a few inspiring words” with a current crop of boys from his old school, Palmerston North Boys High, selected to visit New York.

    He detested the school and was conflicted, but decided to accept the invitation. But how much truth, if any, should he tell? He reflects on his 1950’s school days as a boarder, where brutish corporal punishment was the norm, and a blind eye was turned to sexual abuse. He introduces the reader to the lost boy he used to be and the picture that emerges is literate and poignant, funny and passionate.

    The journey takes several extraordinary turns, as we meet God himself, and Dr. Mark Alter, the New York psychoanalyst John created for his novel, The President’s Therapist. Finally -well, not quite - we join John in today’s New York as he shares his “few inspiring words” with the touring Kiwi schoolboys. His cathartic message then leads to a confounding and suspenseful denouement, which holds the tension until the very last line.

    John Wareham is a corporate consultant, prison reformer, novelist and poet, who has counselled international corporate chiefs at one end of the social spectrum, and maximum security prison inmates at the other. He has published widely in non-fiction, fiction, and poetry and his bestselling works include the how-to Secrets of a Corporate Headhunter, the novel The President’s Therapist, and the poetry anthology Sonnets for Sinners, a Pulitzer Prize nominee.

    John Wareham recently returned home to Wellington after residing in New York for the past 38 years.

    Early praise for EXPOSED:

    “Unputdownable—combines the passion of Catcher in the Rye with the savagery of Tom Brown’s School Days.”
    Charles DeFanti, professor of literature, Kean University, New Jersey.

    “Simply amazing. A brilliant compelling work that places the reader inside the mind, heart and soul of a lost boy. It touched me deeply.”
    Brian O’Dea, author, HIGH, the confessions of an international drug smuggler.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Fabulous Failure
    Fabulous Failure
    ISBN: 9780473339272
    Title: Fabulous Failure
    Author: CONNORS NIKKI

    Failure is just another life lesson. Learn from it and move on. Known as New Zealand's Queen of Property Investment, Nicolette Connors' life has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Enjoying mega riches and business success, she also danced with the dark side, enduring bankruptcy, domestic violence and depression. With bags of smarts, passion and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Nicolette cut a dash in advertising, film, television and publishing, creating cheeky start-up companies that were the envy of many. She also found time to marry (twice) and become a devoted mother to son Nico. And while relationships were Nicolette's nemesis -- breaking both her heart and her bank balance -- resilience became her middle name. Telling her story with disarming wit and candour, Nicolette sees her failures in business and relationships as fabulous lessons, ones which have ultimately led to her current happiness and success. A self-described 'fabulous failure', Nicolette believes that property investment has been the key to her salvation. Now once again financially independent, she wants to 'pay it forward' and has made it her mission to help others enjoy a better life -- both now and in retirement -- through investing in property. 'We all experience failure -- every single one of us. It is fair to say you haven't done anything of note unless you've tasted bitter disappointment and sometimes failed. The key to true happiness and success is to make certain those failures don't define you and they can transform themselves into opportunities that will carry you forward -- towards great personal victories, big and small.' So fail and be fabulous!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Family Business: An Italian-NZ Story
    Family Business: An Italian-NZ Story
    ISBN: 9781927145333
    Title: Family Business: An Italian-NZ Story
    Author: MOLETA VINCENT

    Bartolo Barnao first sailed into Wellington in 1902, aged 13, and began work in the fish trade. Eight years later he revisited Stromboli to marry the bride who had been chosen for him by the parish priest in his village. Bartolo and Giuseppa returned to New Zealand and raised their five children in Palmerston North and Wellington. In this fascinating book, Italian literary scholar Vincent Moleta traces the story of his grandparents' childhood on Stromboli at the end of the 19th century; of Bartolo's year as a cabin boy on a steam trawler sailing out of Napier; of his two years driving a cart of freshly caught fish through the night from Makara Beach to the fish market in Wellington; of the death in 1911 of the couple's first child; of the family company set up by Bartolo and his brother Giuseppe, which came to dominate the fish trade in the central North Island. We learn of the enormous family rupture 1930 that saw Bartolo sell up and move to Wellington, settling in Island Bay and establishing, in the teeth of the Great Depression, Barnao's Fish Market in Lambton Quay, which became a Wellington institution. Vincent Moleta paints a lively picture of life in Island Bay, New Zealand's 'Little Italy', from 1900 to the 1960s: of the Catholic tennis club socials and the Fascist club meetings of the 1930s; of Italian weddings; of the New Zealand tour of the Italian grand opera company in 1949. He weaves these events and themes into a moving account of the family's moments of joy and sorrow, taking their story up to 2004 and the death of his mother, Rosina Barnao Moleta. The book sheds light on a little-understood strand in New Zealand's post-colonial history, and the rich culture the ?lian migrants brought with them.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Fear & Courage: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience
    Fear & Courage: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience
    ISBN: 9781925820065
    Title: Fear & Courage: True Stories That Reveal the Depths of the Human Experience
    Author: HOLLIS RENEE (EDITOR)

    We have all felt fear, whether it's the sweaty palms and racing heart as we make a speech or the profound, all-encompassing awareness of our own mortality as we await medical results. Of course, the flip-side of fear is courage. The person who learns a new skill late in life despite fearing they're 'too old'. The quiet voice that speaks up when everyone else remains silent. As Nelson Mandela famously said, 'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.' Collected from around the world, the twenty-five true stories showcased here capture the full range of the fear and courage experience. From the 65-year-old woman stepping outside her comfort zone to visit Antarctica, to the young social worker confronting an abusive father and husband; from a gay woman's experience of coming out, to a man confronting his claustrophobia to have an MRI, or a woman fighting to keep both herself and her unborn child alive in Hitler's Germany -- these are stories of fear and courage in all their guises. At times humorous, often poignant, they will linger in your memory, shining a light on just what it means to be human. Interspersed between the stories are quotes about fear and courage by people as diverse as Eleanor Roosevelt, Paulo Coelho, Marcus Aurelius and Taylor Swift. The result is a book to be savoured and returned to again and again.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Fearless
    Fearless
    ISBN: 9781775541394
    Title: Fearless
    Author: PHILLIPS-HARRIS CHLOE

    A book about chasing dreams, getting back on the horse and living free

    In Fearless, Kiwi equestrian Chloe Phillips-Harris shares her story of growing up in rural Northland, living on the breadline with her single mother, working endless hours in a dressage barn, competing at the highest levels of eventing, training wild Kaimanawa stallions, saving working animals in Arab Spring Egypt, working in India and Fiji on horse welfare, and competing in the world's most gruelling horse race, the 1000-kilometre Mongolian Derby

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Fence Around the Cuckoo
    Fence Around the Cuckoo
    ISBN: 9781925773385
    Title: Fence Around the Cuckoo
    Author: PARK RUTH


    This first volume of Ruth Park's autobiography is an account of her isolated childhood in the rainforests of New Zealand, her convent education which encouraged her love of words and writing, and the bitter years of the Depression.She then entered the rough-and-tumble world of journalism and began a reluctant correspondence with a young Australian writer.


    In 1942, Park moved to Sydney and married that writer, D'Arcy Niland. There she would write The Harp in the South, the first of her classic Australian novels. A Fence Around the Cuckoo& is the story of one of Australia's best storytellers and how she learnt her craft.&



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    Price: $16.00
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  • Fiery Cocoon: Beyond Loss and Fear a Transformative Journey to Freedom by Way of Middle-earth
    Fiery Cocoon: Beyond Loss and Fear a Transformative Journey to Freedom by Way of Middle-earth
    ISBN: 9780692501900
    Title: Fiery Cocoon: Beyond Loss and Fear a Transformative Journey to Freedom by Way of Middle-earth
    Author: FITZGERALD CLARISSA

    "Life's best journeys start without a destination, but with two suitcases-one for desperation and one for courage." "Feeling misunderstood is a terrible burden. It keeps us from connecting with others, feeling seen, known and valued-from being embraced because and not in spite of who we are. If we don't have words for what's on our hearts, it helps to hear the voice of a survivor. While listening to their story we hear an echo of ourselves that carries the invaluable hope that if they made it through, we can, too." (Opening lines of new Introduction/ see below) I broke this up into smaller sentences. Clarissa's uniquely captivating story is of a young adult who, in the face of incredible losses, found herself out of options. It is a skillfully crafted portrait that is both tender and courageously honest. Her voice stands out as one that masters the balance between funny and sincere, wise and innocent, otherworldly and relevant. Heading into a new life of uncertainty after losing her family in the fires of divorce, abuse, cancer and temporary mental illness, Clarissa embarks on a worldwide quest for identity, and peace with her past and Germany's history, juxtaposed with discoveries of her ethnic roots in America. Taking to "the ends of the earth," her tired soul comes back to life amidst the magnificent beauty of New Zealand, unaware that her journey to "Middle Earth" would ultimately lead her to make the biggest decision of all by discovering who she never knew she could be.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $62.00
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  • Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    ISBN: 9781776562244
    Title: Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica
    Author: PRIESTLEY REBECCA

    Rebecca Priestley longs to be in Antarctica. But it is also the last place on Earth she wants to go.


    In 2011 Priestley visits the wide white continent for the first time, on a trip that coincides with the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s fateful trek to the South Pole. For Priestley, 2011 is the fulfilment of a dream that took root in a childhood full of books, art and science and grew stronger during her time as a geology student in the 1980s. She is to travel south twice more, spending time with Antarctic scientists – including paleo-climatologists, biologists, geologists, glaciologists – exploring the landscape, marvelling at wildlife from orca to tardigrades, and occasionally getting very cold.


    A constant companion for Priestley is her anxiety – both the kind that is brought on by flying to the bottom of the world in a military aeroplane; and the kind that clouds our thoughts of how our world will be for our children. Writing against the backdrop of Trump’s America, extreme weather events, and scientists’ projections for Earth’s climate, she grapples with the truths we need to tell ourselves as we stand on a tightrope between hope for the planet, and catastrophic change.


    Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica offers a deeply personal tour of a place in which a person can feel like an outsider in more ways than one. With generosity and candour, Priestley reflects on what Antarctica can tell us about Earth’s future and asks: do people even belong in this fragile, otherworldly place?

    cover by Keely O'Shannessey

    Rebecca Priestley is an associate professor at Victoria University of Wellington and director of the university’s Centre for Science in Society. Rebecca was science columnist for the NZ Listener for six years and is the author or editor of five previous books, the most recent of which is Dispatches from Continent Seven: An anthology of Antarctic science (2016). She is a winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize (2009) and the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize (2016). In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society Te Aparangi. She has an undergraduate degree in geology, a PhD in the history of science and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Final Approaches a Memoir
    Final Approaches a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781869403782
    Title: Final Approaches a Memoir
    Author: HENSLEY GERALD


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  • First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    ISBN: 9781927262375
    Title: First Lady: from Boyhood to Womanhood
    Author: MAU ALI

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Fishing in the Styx
    Fishing in the Styx
    ISBN: 9780140173345
    Title: Fishing in the Styx
    Author: PARK RUTH

    The second volume of Ruth Park's autobiography is the tender portrait of her partnership with D'Arcy Niland in life and work. They were two talented, volatile people who shared dreams, disappointments and triumphs.


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    Price: $30.00
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  • Fishing in the Styx
    Fishing in the Styx
    ISBN: 9781925773392
    Title: Fishing in the Styx
    Author: PARK RUTH


    Born in New Zealand, Ruth Park came to Australia to continue her work as a journalist, newly married to D'Arcy Niland. Determined to earn their living as writers, they submitted story outlines to radio stations, idea for articles to newspapers and accepted whatever freelance jobs came their way. The Harp in the South, Park's first novel, was published in 1948 and set her on the path to becoming one of Australia's most loved authors.


    Fishing in the Styxis the portrait of a partnership, in life and in work, between two talented, volatile people. Ruth Park's life is rich in experience and achievement, and her work has given pleasure to generations of readers.


    'Read Ruth Park and marvel. She missed nothing.' Independent


    'Sydney's Dickens...A human dictaphone when it came to the mean yet vibrant lives of the struggling, striving denizens of Surry Hills.' Geordie WIlliamson, Australian


    'It would be hard to think of a warmer writer.' Delia Falconer



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  • Fitz: the Colonial Adventures of James Edward Fitzgerald
    Fitz: the Colonial Adventures of James Edward Fitzgerald
    ISBN: 9781877578731
    Title: Fitz: the Colonial Adventures of James Edward Fitzgerald
    Author: ROBERTS JENIFER

    The story of James Edward FitzGerald, whose energy and enthusiasm contributed so much to the early history of Christchurch. Orator, writer, politician and journalist, he was the first Canterbury Pilgrim to set foot in New Zealand, first superintendent of the province of Canterbury, first leader of the general government, and founder of the "Press" newspaper. From his early years in the Anglo-Irish gentry of England to his old age as auditor-general of the colony, "Fitz" is a gripping biography that reads like a novel, breathing new life into the extraordinary man who played a major role in public life through fifty years of New Zealand history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Flying Doctor
    Flying Doctor
    ISBN: 9781775538929
    Title: Flying Doctor
    Author: BALDWIN DAVE

    From the author of Healthy Bastards, the man known as the ‘Flying Doctor' is back, this time with his misadventures, escapades and high jinks from a life of medicine, aviation and hunting.

    For the first time, Dave Baldwin, known throughout the backcountry as The Flying Doctor, shares his tales from life lived at full-throttle. From his early years struggling with dyslexia to graduating from med school, from learning to fly and joining the New Zealand Air Force to becoming a cardiologist at Palmerston North Hospital and setting up a general practice in Bulls, Dave's early life was certainly a life less ordinary. Later on he started the ‘Not So Royal Flying Doctor Service', a service for the rural aviation community based at remote airstrips and farms in the backcountry, which has paved the way for a life combining his two passions: high-country flying and hunting.

    Well-known for his eccentric personality, playful antics and colourful turn of phrase, Dave's story is highly entertaining and truly unique. Yet it's not without tragedy, having lost his best mate and son Marc in a terrible incident in the same place they'd shared so many cherished father-son moments.

    Dave is also the founder of the Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs, a precision landing, short take-off and landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • For Women & Children: A Tribute to Geraldine McDonald
    For Women & Children: A Tribute to Geraldine McDonald
    ISBN: 9781988542782
    Title: For Women & Children: A Tribute to Geraldine McDonald
    Author: MIDDLETON SUE & MAY HELEN (EDS)


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    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Force of Nature: the Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
    Force of Nature: the Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
    ISBN: 9780393333695
    Title: Force of Nature: the Frontier Genius of Ernest Rutherford
    Author: REEVES RICHARD

    Ernest Rutherford, who grew up in colonial New Zealand and came to Cambridge on a scholarship, made numerous revolutionary discoveries, among them the orbital structure of the atom and the concept of the "half-life" of radioactive materials, which led to a massive reevaluation of the age of the earth-previously judged just 100 million years old. Above all, perhaps, Rutherford and the young men working under him were the first to split the atom, unlocking tremendous forces-forces, as Rutherford himself predicted, that would bring us the atomic bomb. Rutherford, awarded a Nobel Prize and made Baron Rutherford by the queen of England, was also a great ambassador of science, coming to the aid of colleagues caught in the Nazi and Soviet regimes. Under Rutherford's rigorous and boisterous direction, a whole new generation of remarkable physicists emerged. In Richard Re's hands, Rutherford leaps off the page, a ruddy, genial man and a towering figure in scientific history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Forgotten Philanthropist The Life of Robert McDougall 1860-1942
    Forgotten Philanthropist The Life of Robert McDougall 1860-1942
    ISBN: 9780473477202
    Title: Forgotten Philanthropist The Life of Robert McDougall 1860-1942
    Author: HAWORTH JENNIFER

    `Forgotten Philanthropist¿ ¿ these two words summarise this book. Robert McDougall was one of Christchurch¿s most generous benefactors. His gift to Christchurch in autumn 1928 of the art gallery that bears his name is, in today¿s monetary terms, the largest gift ever given to the city, yet today he and that gift are virtually forgotten. Robert McDougall built up his biscuit and confectionery company, Aulsebrooks, to become possibly the largest employer of staff in Christchurch in the early 1900s. It was this success and Robert¿s ongoing business acumen that allowed him to exercise his philanthropy to the extent that he did. He was also heavily involved in all aspects of manufacturing and industry in Christchurch and New Zealand, participating in and helping organise trade fairs and exhibitions throughout the country. Although by nature a reserved man, Robert was a man before his time. He cared about his employees¿ welfare, building sports facilities for them and helping them when in need, and he was responsible for many other acts of generosity in both Christchurch and beyond. He was also a family man, who spent far more time than a father usually did with his children in those days. This biography provides not only a welcome insight into Robert¿s life and the times in which he lived¿a time when Christchurch was rapidly developing¿but also a return to prominence of one of New Zealand¿s most accomplished businessmen and unassuming philanthropists.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • French Way
    French Way
    ISBN: 9780473446857
    Title: French Way
    Author: THOMSON LORRAINE

    Trekking the 40-day El Camino de Santiago Kiwi determination and can-do attitude. This is Lorraine Thomson's epic story of her solo 800km trek from St Pied de Port in France, over the relentless Pyrenees, across Spain and to the ancient burial place of St James - Santiago de Compostela. This book is filled with pearls of wisdom.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • From Beacon Point: My Journey, My Story
    From Beacon Point: My Journey, My Story
    ISBN: 9780987666741
    Title: From Beacon Point: My Journey, My Story
    Author: MATICH MAURICE

    This historical and autobiographical work by Dr Maurice Matich traces the history of the Matich and Silich families from their beginnings in Ra?iš?e, on the island of Kor?ula, and their migration to New Zealand in the early 1900s.

    It tells of Maurice’s childhood on the Kaipara Harbour, his journey into medicine during World War II, and his return to the Kaipara district where he served the community for 50 years as a rural general practitioner until his retirement in the year 2000.

    This book serves as a beacon to those who wish to overcome adversity and achieve through an intense determination to pursue education.

    It is also a story about the value of family.

    In his 92nd year, he is still living in Dargaville with his wife Maureen, to whom he attributes much of his success.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • From Bulldozers to Ballet
    From Bulldozers to Ballet
    ISBN: 9780473376024
    Title: From Bulldozers to Ballet
    Author: ROBERTSON GRAY


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    ISBN: 9780473474485
    Title: From Cairo to Cassino: A Memoir of Paddy Costello
    Author: DAVIN DAN MCLEAN ROBERT

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • From Cambodians to Kiwis: A Legacy
    From Cambodians to Kiwis: A Legacy
    ISBN: 9780473451592
    Title: From Cambodians to Kiwis: A Legacy
    Author: CHUOR JULIE

    Work hard. Raise children. Retire. And in between all that, have a little fun, eat good food, and travel. A normal life, for normal people.

    For Kim and Helen Chuor, normal was what they desperately sought, without the in-between stuff. During the five traumatic years of starvation and deprivation at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, all they wanted was the basics: food, a home, their family and most of all, safety.
    Their story of struggle and escape is an incredible one. A tragic story of separation, loss, death but also of luck, hope and survival.

    Today, they have a normal life. They’ve worked hard, raised children, and retired. They’ve also had a little fun, eaten good food and travelled in between. But, they never forget the journey it took to have a normal life.

    This is their story, for their grandchildren.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • From Empire's Servant to Global Citizen
    From Empire's Servant to Global Citizen
    ISBN: 9780994132505
    Title: From Empire's Servant to Global Citizen
    Author: BELGRAVE MICHAEL


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • From the Bandstand: Sixty-five Years of Gigs, Clubs, Studios, Freaks & Frolics
    From the Bandstand: Sixty-five Years of Gigs, Clubs, Studios, Freaks & Frolics
    ISBN: 9780994134905
    Title: From the Bandstand: Sixty-five Years of Gigs, Clubs, Studios, Freaks & Frolics
    Author: CLARK KEVIN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Frontiers: a Colonial Dynasty
    Frontiers: a Colonial Dynasty
    ISBN: 9781927242216
    Title: Frontiers: a Colonial Dynasty
    Author: BEST SIMON

    Two airmen of Maori descent lie buried together on a hilltop in Dorset, England. They are the grandson and great-grandson of a whaling captain who entered New Zealand waters in 1835, and who became one of the leading pioneers of European settlement in Wellington. The story's main thread covers the four generations involved, and touches on early whaling off New Zealand and in the Pacific, European trading along the East Coast, the settlement and expansion of Wellington, the Thames gold rush and the first sheep stations in the Inland Patea. In 1883 the whaler's natural daughter, her mother a local Maori, inherited her father's wealth and moved with her husband to England, living in some of the country's grand houses. Her eldest son became one of the world's first aviators, winning a posthumous Victoria Cross over France in 1915. His son, also a noted pilot, was killed at the height of the Battle of Britain

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • 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
    $20.00
  • Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neurologist
    Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Neurologist
    ISBN: 9780473375201
    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
    $20.00
  • Getting There an Autobiography
    Getting There an Autobiography
    ISBN: 9780864736024
    Title: Getting There an Autobiography
    Author: ANDERSON BARBARA

    A classic autobiography, this moving history reveals great insight into the making of a major writer. Broken down into three distinct parts, the book details Anderson's childhood, along with the years she spent primarily as a mother and the wife of a prominent naval officer, before concluding with her return to school and a renewal of the desire to write late in life. Her life's story poignantly illuminates not only her own existence, but also that of her country, New Zealand, throughout the past 80 years.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Give a Man a Horse the Remarkable Story of Patrick Hogan
    Give a Man a Horse the Remarkable Story of Patrick Hogan
    ISBN: 9781869506414
    Title: Give a Man a Horse the Remarkable Story of Patrick Hogan
    Author: HAWORTH DIANNE


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $62.00
    $62.00
  • Give a Man a Horse: Updated Edition
    Give a Man a Horse: Updated Edition
    ISBN: 9781775540960
    Title: Give a Man a Horse: Updated Edition
    Author: HAWORTH DIANNE

    New and fully updated edition of the classic biography of Sir Patrick Hogan and his legendary Camrbidge Stud, home of champion thoroughbreds Sir Tristram and Zabeel. 'My passion for the thoroughbred is a legacy passed down to me by my Irish father, Tom Hogan. The Irish possess a rare affinity with the thoroughbred - there aren't many Irishmen who don't like a horse.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Give Us this Day: a Memoir of Family & Exile
    Give Us this Day: a Memoir of Family & Exile
    ISBN: 9781776560509
    Title: Give Us this Day: a Memoir of Family & Exile
    Author: BROW HELENA WISNIEWSKA

    In June 1944, when 14-year-old Stefan Wisniewski stood by his mother’s dusty Tehran grave, he knew his world was about to change again, forever.

    Give Us This Day: a Memoir of Family and Exile explores the story of one of the 732 Polish child survivors of wartime Soviet deportation offered unlikely refuge in New Zealand. Seventy years later, and no closer to a longed-for Polish homecoming, Stefan’s New Zealand-born daughter revisits his past. What is the burden her father has carried all these years? And why is he unable - or unwilling - to let it go?

    With an aging father and the ghost of a namesake aunt as her guides, Helena Wisniewska Brow searches for meaning in the family lives shaped by exile: her father’s, her mother’s and her own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Gods & Little Fishes a Boy & a Beach
    Gods & Little Fishes a Boy & a Beach
    ISBN: 9781877460418
    Title: Gods & Little Fishes a Boy & a Beach
    Author: ANSLEY BRUCE

    This book is part memoir, part urban tale with a beginning, middle and end. It's the story of a place and the people who lived there, and a family, and of what happened to them in the radical changes of the 80s and 90s. It's also the story of New Zealand over the last two decades; what we've won, and lost. It is a celebration: a funny, colourful, raucus, at times tragic tale with an ultimate redemption.New Brighton, once Christchurch's most bustling suburb, was the only place in the country where shops opened on Saturdays. Business men were wealthy, locals were not. The place was self-contained: they had everything they needed. Why go to town? They had their own high school, the biggest rugby club in Canterbury, biggest surf club, lots of shops, a cinema and the pier, the centre of their lives. The author grew up in a 'chaotic' family: five sons, one daughter. His mother was an accountant, his father left school at 14, became a fighter pilot during the war in the Pacific and bent on the peaceful life, returned to NZ to surf and make home brew. Running through the story is the author's friendship with Colin, and how that friendship formed them both, how they were shaped by the times, the place they lived, and the people. That friendship came to a cataclysmic end three years ago; a shared lifetime ruined by change and betrayal. Bruce and his friend Colin were two very different people whose differences grew more significant as they got older. The only thing they had in common was their shared love of where they'd come from. Bruce found peace and affirmation in Colin's company; he has no idea what Colin found in his.Bruce still lives close to his beloved New Brighton and he spends a lot of time there; on the pier, in the new library listening to music and looking at the sea. He surfs and swims and walks beside the Estuary or the sea. Occasionally he sees Colin doing the same. They say hello but they don't speak. This is a story of light and laughter, of what we had, of a vibrant, resilient community.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Going into Support Tonight
    Going into Support Tonight
    ISBN: 9780473329044
    Title: Going into Support Tonight
    Author: PALMER RICHARD


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • Going South: A Road Trip Through Life
    Going South: A Road Trip Through Life
    ISBN: 9781775540816
    Title: Going South: A Road Trip Through Life
    Author: HOGG COLIN

    A road trip about memory, mateship and mortality. It was late afternoon and a few of us were sitting about in the sun having a drink on my birthday when the friend Ive known the longest sat down opposite and looked at me like he was going to say something serious. He was, and he got straight to it. He had health issues, he said, in a tone that put the issues word in ironic quotes. He'd been to see his doctor the previous day. He had maybe a year, he said. Maybe a bit more. I was so shocked by what he told me that, after an initial gasp, I said the only thing that seemed to make any sense to me in the circumstances. We should go away for a road trip, I blurted out. He nodded as if he knew I was going to say that. Back south, he said. Yeah, I said back to him. South meant Southland, where our story started, 46 years earlier. And that was the end of that conversation. Within weeks the trip was all booked and ready to roll. I felt nervous. A road trip about memory, mateship and mortality, into the heartland of a New Zealand that still exists and still surprises.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Going Up Is Easy: the First Woman to Ascend Everest Without Oxygen
    Going Up Is Easy: the First Woman to Ascend Everest Without Oxygen
    ISBN: 9780143573234
    Title: Going Up Is Easy: the First Woman to Ascend Everest Without Oxygen
    Author: BRADEY LYDIA & FEARNLEY LAURENCE

    'As the first woman to climb Everest without oxygen, Lydia made history, but her team abandoned her, betrayed her, and defamed her. Her Everest story is strange and bittersweet, but the inner strength that propelled her up that mountain ultimately helped her rise above petty& scandal. Her& feat is now recognised and admired as an important 'first'& on the world's highest summit.'--Greg Child, author of Over the Edge& In 1988, Lydia Bradey became the first woman to climb Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. She made the ascent alone - her team members having abandoned her on the mountain - and to date she is the only New Zealander to have made an oxygen-free ascent. Her climb was a truly remarkable achievement but also an internationally controversial one.Going Up is Easy details for the first time the events surrounding Bradey's historic feat, as well as her many hair-raising expeditions through Alaska, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, India, China, Europe, and New Zealand.In the spirit of John Krakauer's Into Thin Air or Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, Going Up is Easy celebrates a life lived on the edge. Through her stories, we encounter a woman propelled by curiosity and passion to become one of the greatest female high-altitude adventurers of recent times.Co-written with acclaimed novelist Laurence Fearnley, a long-time friend of Bradey, and stunningly illustrated throughout, Going Up is Easy is a life story by turns dramatic, tender, funny, frank and inspiring.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Goneville: a Memoir
    Goneville: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781927249543
    Title: Goneville: a Memoir
    Author: BOLLINGER NICK

    In his award-winning memoir, New Zealand writer and musician Nick Bollinger talks with complete candour about his unorthodox childhood, his obsession with music, the impact of a family tragedy, and the journey that would decide the course of his life. Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. It was the 1970s and pot was plentiful. Often, though, the band was short of other things: money, food, shelter, and petrol for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus.

    Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in '70s New Zealand. It shows how this music intersected - sometimes violently - with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock. Nick Bollinger draws on his own experiences, seeks out key players and unsung heroes and vividly portrays a divided country, set to shatter apart for a generation.

    Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
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