• Goneville: a Memoir
    Goneville: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781927249543
    Title: Goneville: a Memoir

    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
  • Good Bye Bill Massey: No More Khaki: Reg Hird’s Letters from the Great War November 1915
    Good Bye Bill Massey: No More Khaki: Reg Hird’s Letters from the Great War November 1915
    ISBN: 9780473343378
    Title: Good Bye Bill Massey: No More Khaki: Reg Hird’s Letters from the Great War November 1915
    Author: HIRD RACHEL

    ‘Good bye Bill Massey No more Khaki' is the story of Reg Hird's experiences in WW1 told through 54 letters and postcards sent to sweetheart, Nellie Dean.
    Reg was a sergeant in the NZ Rifle Brigade and fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium. His letters date from early 1917 to mid-1919. They are well written, often long and detailed, describing some of the battles as well as giving impressions of camp life.

    The letters are complimented by excerpts from Nellie’s diaries.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    ISBN: 9781869665043
    Title: Good Citizen: The Amazing Story of Tom Ryan
    Author: DWYER DENIS

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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Good Doctor
    Good Doctor
    ISBN: 9780143572510
    Title: Good Doctor

    Lance O'Sullivan is a man on a mission. Raised in Auckland by a solo mother, he had a modest upbringing typical of the time, if one chequered with difficulties. After being expelled from two schools, Lance could have gone off the rails. Instead, he found his way at Hato Petera College, connecting with his Maori ancestry, and going on to study medicine. After a brief but outstanding career working as a GP in the public health system, Lance and his wife Tracy quit their day jobs to set up a ground-breaking practice in the Far North that offers free healthcare to the many who can't afford it. For his work, Lance has been acknowledged as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader, Public Health Champion, Maori of the Year and, most recently, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. Passionate, brave and free-thinking, Lance stood up when no one else would. The Good Doctor charts his inspirational, one-of-a-kind life story, while relaying an overarching hope for a better New Zealand.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Good Life on Te Muna Road
    Good Life on Te Muna Road
    ISBN: 9781775537793
    Title: Good Life on Te Muna Road

    An engaging, affectionate reflection on life in a small rural community, finding love and making wine. The first time Deborah Coddington lived in Martinborough was in the height of the hippie era, when the old mansion Waiura attracted poets, protesters, novelists, photographers, artists and activists. It was a counter-culture scene of some privilege and distinction. However the music stopped when, crushed by debts, she and her partner were forced to leave town. Nearly forty years on, with a successful career as a journalist, a stint as a restaurateur and a term in parliament behind her, Deborah returned to Martinborough not quite sure of the welcome she would receive. In this wry, amusing and heart-warming memoir she writes of finding a community full of outstanding and entertaining individuals that demonstrates the can-do, all-in-this-together spirit of provincial New Zealand. Now a good deal wiser and very much in love with her new husband, Colin Carruthers QC, Deborah lays some ghosts to rest, writes movingly about the death of her mother, details the vicissitudes of being a wine grower and shares the joy of life with her beloved animals. Confiding, candid, and generous of heart, this is a tribute to small town New Zealand.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Goodbye Sarajevo a True Story of Courage Love & Survival
    Goodbye Sarajevo a True Story of Courage Love & Survival
    ISBN: 9781408814567
    Title: Goodbye Sarajevo a True Story of Courage Love & Survival

    A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war.

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

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Grace Brought Me Here
    Grace Brought Me Here
    ISBN: 9781642370829
    Title: Grace Brought Me Here
    Author: HANSEN LIMA

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Grace Joel: an Impressionist Portrait
    Grace Joel: an Impressionist Portrait
    ISBN: 9781877578861
    Title: Grace Joel: an Impressionist Portrait
    Author: SCHIFF JOEL L

    Dunedin-born artist Grace Joel (1864-1924) exhibited to acclaim in London and Paris, yet she and her art are relatively unknown today. Joel excelled at portraiture and mother and child studies, and was skilled in portraying the nude. She received her artistic training in Melbourne, and lived for the mature years of her career in London, where her work appeared at the prestigious Royal Academy, as well as the Paris Salon and the Royal Scottish Academy. She also held a number of solo exhibitions at prominent venues in Australasian, English and European cities. Today she is claimed by New Zealand, Australia and Britain. One possible reason why Joel's work has not remained visible is that few details of her personal life survive. Only three letters have been found, and they reveal little of the person who wrote them. Undaunted, author Joel (no relation) Schiff has pulled together from the words of her contemporaries, various newspaper accounts, scraps in other historical archives and close study of her extant paintings a portrayal of this talented woman that is as intimate and engaging as her work. He also sets Grace Joel and her work in the times in which she lived, and the artistic communities of which she was a part. Joel L. Schiff was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA and has a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent his career at the University of Auckland and written three books on various mathematical subjects. He has been a successful part-time asteroid hunter and is the founder/publisher of an international journal on meteorites. Dr Schiff's lifelong interest in art has led to him taking up the brush himself in recent years. He first encountered the work of Grace Joel 1981 at the Auckland City Art Gallery. The interest sparked then never died, and grew to an obsession over the decades. This book on her life and work is the result.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Graham Henry Final Word
    Graham Henry Final Word
    ISBN: 9781869509736
    Title: Graham Henry Final Word
    Author: HOWITT BOB

    Although he would eventually be knighted in recognition of one of the most remarkable coaching careers in the history of rugby, Graham Henry experienced his share of crushing setbacks and disappointments. This was the man responsible for restoring the glory days of the All Blacks and reinvigorating the spirits of an entire nation, but also the one held accountable for a disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. When the team crashed out, humiliatingly at the quarter-final stage, Sir Graham thought his time as an international rugby coach was up. The New Zealand Rugby Union had never reappointed a losing World Cup coach, and he couldn't see why they would make an exception for him. That is, until he began preparing his coach's report, which involved a detailed analysis of the video of that fateful quarter-final. What he witnessed initially caused him to vomit, then to reassess his future. His findings and insights ultimately led to his reappointment. In this book, Henry reveals that as a rugby coach he was always more tactical than technical. In partnership with Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen, he would go on to rebuild the All Blacks as the most triumphant and entertaining team in the world. Sir Graham is rugby's most successful coach having maintained an almost unbelievable 83 per cent success rate across four decades and more than 500 matches from schoolboy to international level. Now retired, he has teamed up with New Zealand's most prolific rugby author, Bob Howitt, to relate his personal account of the drastic measures he took to change the culture within the All Blacks and set them on the path to becoming world champions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Grass Catcher: a Digression About Home
    Grass Catcher: a Digression About Home
    ISBN: 9780864739384
    Title: Grass Catcher: a Digression About Home
    Author: WEDDE IAN

    From early childhood in post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of 1969-70 to family homes full of children, this dazzling book traces the many shifts in Ian Wedde’s life.

    Haunted by the ghosts of his restless German and Scottish great grandparents, and of his wandering parents, Wedde is always looking over his shoulder as he writes. His companion throughout is his twin brother Dave, who shared their first home – their mother Linda’s womb – and who, as the book ends, hosts a lunch where the brothers raise their glasses to the transit lounges of their lives.

    Affectionate, funny, sad, analytical, but above all honest, The Grass Catcher is at once a moving personal memoir and an engaging and reflective essay on the nature of memory.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Grass Was Always Browner
    Grass Was Always Browner
    ISBN: 9781925048643
    Title: Grass Was Always Browner
    Author: JONES SACHA

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Greekish Trinity: Tales from the Book of Michael
    Greekish Trinity: Tales from the Book of Michael
    ISBN: 9781877577451
    Title: Greekish Trinity: Tales from the Book of Michael

    At the time of my father's death I was spurred to examine the enigma of Nicolaidi, the strange surname I had carried from birth, and to grapple with the slippery concept of personal identity. I took many journeys -- some purely of the mind, and some external and more physically demanding for the hard research. Destinations included the UK, where my father was born, and Turkey and Greece on the cusp of the Oriental and European worlds. It was from the Eastern Mediterranean region that my Nicolaidi grandfather, who I never knew, most probably sprang. All three of us were Michael. This book is not a memoir, although events from my past and present life are contained within it. Rather I see it as a Greekish trinity, a 'devotion' or bonded love story, melding fact and fiction, reason and emotion in overlapping worlds of so-called reality and the imagination.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Gutter Black
    Gutter Black
    ISBN: 9781775540397
    Title: Gutter Black

    An intimate, raw memoir by a founding member of one of NZ's iconic rock bands, Hello Sailor; a tale of creativity, misadventure, success and excess. It was like David and Goliath. Only Goliath wasn't about to be blown away, and David was stoned. Dave McArtney's description of Hello Sailor's campaign to conquer the American music scene is as funny as it is accurate. In this long-awaited memoir, completed just weeks before his untimely death, Dave gives the reader an access-all-areas pass to the life of a working rock'n'roll musician. From the band's earliest days at the notorious 'Mandrax Mansion' in 1970s Ponsonby, to becoming the biggest band in the land and then taking on the world, Gutter Black is a story of music, mateship (Mandrax) and a good deal of madness. It is also the memoir of a uniquely creative musician, who went on to further success with his band the Pink Flamingos, and a very personal story of love, family and facing one's own mortality. Complete with previously unpublished photographs and band memorabilia, Gutter Black is the definitive account of the man, the bands and the music that rocked a nation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Gwennie's Diary a Young Kiwi in England at the Outbreak of War
    Gwennie's Diary a Young Kiwi in England at the Outbreak of War
    ISBN: 9781781552681
    Title: Gwennie's Diary a Young Kiwi in England at the Outbreak of War

    In 2003, a heavy parcel posted from New Zealand arrived at a bungalow in Rawmarsh, Near Rotherham, Yorkshire. The parcel consisted of a huge, typewritten diary produced by Gwennie Peacock, a young woman from Auckland, while completing a journey around the world and visiting her family in Britain. This extraordinary account, which covers the period between February 1939 and August 1940, vividly brings to life the approach of war and its first few months. Gwennies journey crosses five continents - particularly Europe and North America - and is described in fascinating detail by someone with a zest for life. She survives her camel running amok in Egypt and listens to Mussolini haranguing a crowd in Rome. She is warned in Germany not to go to England and threatened that soon all English people will speak German. Gwennie settles with her family in a Yorkshire mining village and visits every corner of the British Isles. Her return journey via America is dangerous, but she still lives it up in New York and Hollywood. Gwennie finally returns home having explored the world and discovered herself. She writes of herself, Laugh at her faults, forgive her indiscretions and live with her on her trip which is going to be fun all the way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Half a Sixpence : My Story
    Half a Sixpence : My Story
    ISBN: 9781877566622
    Title: Half a Sixpence : My Story

    Pioneers were not all at the turn of the 19th century. Pauline Davey grew up in Wellington as a Protestant in an all-girls Catholic boarding school. One of three children, in a broken marriage, childhood holidays were to be looked forward to and remembered with warmth and affection. Times at Grandmother’s home in Lower Hutt, at Aunt Cath’s small farm in North Auckland and Uncle Joe’s cottage at Mokopeka Station in Hawkes Bay were oases of normality for three kids from the city and provided an introduction to farm life which was to prove invaluable later. At a roller skating rink, in Wellington, Pauline met future husband Colin, although they did not hit it off a chance meeting a few years later kindled a romance. They moved to the Wairarapa where Colin worked as a shepherd on Wharekahau and Pirinoa stations where their children were born. Colin, an avid outdoorsman and hunter, supplied the Wellington restaurant trade with venison before it became commercial. A missed shot brought Mandy a Red deer fawn into Pauline’s life with Pauline becoming mother to the weeks-old wildling. This began a remarkable relationship carried over six years and Pauline recalls this close bond between her and a wild Red deer based on love and respect. Colin took on new challenges at Oparau and Moturoa Island in the Bay of Islands. Mandy moved with them and kept everyone, locals, visitors, tradesmen as well as Pauline and Colin on their toes. Pauline writes with candour and honesty about the ups and downs of her life, always with an eye for humour when the simplest situations take on marathon proportions with unexpected results and life and farming activities all have their challenges and funny side. Their move to Rotorua was a complete change. Working seven days a week in a superette saw them embarking on their first successful environmental battle followed by years of similarly satisfying conservation projects through work and retirement at Ruato Bay, Rotoiti.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Half a Walnut Tree
    Half a Walnut Tree
    ISBN: 9780473370312
    Title: Half a Walnut Tree
    Author: TANG QUIN QIUG

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life
    Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life
    ISBN: 9781775536635
    Title: Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life

    The inspiring and entertaining story of a determined woman and an isolated farming life in Golden Bay. Robby Robilliard and her husband Garry arrived in Golden Bay in 1957. Married in their early twenties, and with a child on the way, they longed to own their own sheep station. When they bought Rocklands, a marginal farm on the fringe of the Takaka Valley, bordering Abel Tasman National Park, their dream had come true - but it wasn't the life they had envisaged. It was a property no one else wanted, described by the agent as 'one hell of run-down place'. Robby even came to call it 'nightmare land'. The three previous owners of Rocklands had gone bankrupt. Yet it was all they could afford. Sixty years on, Robby and Garry still call Rocklands home. In fact, Gary is referred to as the 'oldest sheep farmer in Golden Bay'. This engaging book is Robby's story of the decades in which she and Garry eked a living out of Rocklands and of her encounters with the many and the varied local characters of Golden Bay.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Harry's Absence Looking for My Father on the Mountain
    Harry's Absence Looking for My Father on the Mountain
    ISBN: 9780864733252
    Title: Harry's Absence Looking for My Father on the Mountain

    On February 1, 1960, Harry Scott, conscientious objector, psychologist, and mountaineer, was killed while climbing Mt. Cook. Thirty-five years later, his son set out to look for him. Funny, moving, and beautifully written, this is the story of a father's absence, told partly through the rich and exciting mix of biography, autobiography, and intellectual and social history. HARRY'S ABSENCE is a passionately argued book about New Zealand, addressing the distinction between nationalism and love of country. Finally, it is a recovery, from death, of reasons for living.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Hautipua Rererangi
    Hautipua Rererangi
    ISBN: 9781775500070
    Title: Hautipua Rererangi

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Heaphy: Artist Explorer Settler
    Heaphy: Artist Explorer Settler
    ISBN: 9781869404215
    Title: Heaphy: Artist Explorer Settler
    Author: SHARP IAIN

    Richly illustrated with Charles Heaphy's remarkable paintings and drawings as well as photographs and maps from the period, this engaging work tells the story of Heaphy's life and his art. A draughtsman, explorer, surveyor, gold agent, geologist, soldier, war hero, politician, land commissioner, and judge,even by the versatile standards of Victorian pioneers, Charles Heaphy had an unusually varied career. His biography tells as much about his own life as it does of the settlement of New Zealand. From his earliest surviving watercolor of bird life in 1839 to his last-known sketch, drawn on the back of an envelope in 1879, Charles Heaphy's art represents a remarkable visual diary of life as a settler in New Zealand.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Heart of Darfur
    Heart of Darfur
    ISBN: 9780340952313
    Title: Heart of Darfur

    The war that rages in Darfur has shattered the lives of millions of people. Images of their plight fill our newspapers and TV screens and the world feels horrified and helpless. But what is daily life like in Darfur for those who are trying to do something, however small, to help? ""Lisa arrives in Sudan with a wealth of nursing experience and a determination to make a difference. Her nine-month stay will prove to be the most heartbreakingly difficult period of her working life. Her faith in humanity is tested again and again as she witnesses the horrors of this brutal war, but in the midst of an unfolding nightmare there are moments of joy and relief. When Lisa helps a woman give birth or gives water to a baby who would otherwise die of dehydration she remembers why she came. And when she sees the dignity and determination of the people of Darfur she knows there is hope.""--BOOK JACKET.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    ISBN: 9781775501695
    Title: Heke-nuku-mai-nga-iwi - Busby: Not Here by Chance
    Author: EVANS JEFF

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Helen Clark: Inside Stories
    Helen Clark: Inside Stories
    ISBN: 9781869408381
    Title: Helen Clark: Inside Stories

    New Zealand's first elected woman prime minister; nine years in power through Afghanistan and Iraq, the "Corngate" and "Paintergate" affairs, the foreshore and seabed turmoil; head of the UN Development Program and ranked among the most powerful women in the world. Helen Clark's public life is well known. But what about the inside stories? During 2012-2013, documentary-makers Claudia Pond Eyley and Dan Salmon interviewed a host of participants about the life of Helen Clark: Clark herself and her family, political friends and enemies, mentors and staffers, journalists and lobbyists. The resulting transcripts from those interviews, woven together here into a compelling narrative, offer a brilliantly multi-faceted, inside account of Helen Clark's life and career. From her father George Clark to friend Cath Tizard, Richard Prebble to Jim Anderton, Winston Peters to Don Brash, Jacinda Ardern to John Key, Helen Clark and her contemporaries bring to life the tumultuous life and times of one of our most important political leaders. Through the words of the players themselves, sometimes raw, sometimes angry, we find ourselves taken inside the major political developments of the last fifty years. This is a frank, revealing account of Helen Clark and her world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Hellholes of the World: A Love Story
    Hellholes of the World: A Love Story
    ISBN: 9780473417826
    Title: Hellholes of the World: A Love Story
    Author: BROWN DAVID

    Hellholes of the World compiles writings over three decades of travel until the author's untimely death. Part memoir, part travelogue, part reportage.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Hello Darkness
    Hello Darkness
    ISBN: 9780473451622
    Title: Hello Darkness
    Author: WELLS PETER

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Hey Woolfie, Welcome to the World
    Hey Woolfie, Welcome to the World
    ISBN: 9780473457754
    Title: Hey Woolfie, Welcome to the World

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

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

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Hocken: Prince of Collectors
    Hocken: Prince of Collectors
    ISBN: 9781877578663
    Title: Hocken: Prince of Collectors
    Author: KERR DONALD

    Dr Thomas Morland Hocken (1836-1910) arrived in Dunedin in 1862, aged 26. Throughout his busy life as a medical practitioner he amassed books, manuscripts, sketches, maps and photographs of early New Zealand. Much of his initial collecting focused on the early discovery narratives of James Cook; along with the writings of Rev. Samuel Marsden and his contemporaries; Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the New Zealand Company; and Maori, especially in the south. He gifted his collection to the University of Otago in 1910. Hocken was a contemporary of New Zealand's other two notable early book collectors, Sir George Grey and Alexander Turnbull. In this magnificent piece of research, a companion volume to his Amassing Treasures for All Times: Sir George Grey, colonial bookman and collector, Donald Kerr examines Hocken's collecting activities and his vital contribution to preserving the history of New Zealand's early post-contact period.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Hone Heke Nga Puhi Warrior
    Hone Heke Nga Puhi Warrior
    ISBN: 9780908990764
    Title: Hone Heke Nga Puhi Warrior
    Author: MOON PAUL

    A captivating account of the life of Hone Heke, first to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, then feller of the flagpole who at one stage seemed to hold the future of the young colony in his hand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • How Does It Hurt? Narrating Pain
    How Does It Hurt? Narrating Pain
    ISBN: 9780864739698
    Title: How Does It Hurt? Narrating Pain

    ‘It was pelvic pain and it started slowly in November 2003, two weeks after a fall. I slipped on the marble bathroom floor of a Warsaw hotel and bounced off the sharp edge of the bath, breaking three ribs on the lower left side. The pain was intermittent at first. It was also familiar. . . .’

    In How Does It Hurt?, acclaimed poet and biographer Stephanie de Montalk tells the story of the chronic pain that has invaded her life for more than ten years. She considers how her early experiences have been cast into fresh relief by what she has endured, then goes back in time to investigate the lives and works of three writers who also lived with and wrote about pain: ‘the consolator’, English social theorist Harriet Martineau (1802–1876), ‘the vendor of happiness’, French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1840–1897), and ‘the imago’, Polish poet Aleksander Wat (1900–1967). Through these explorations De Montalk confronts the paradox of writing about suffering: where we can turn when the pain is beyond words?

    A unique blend of memoir, imaginative biography and poetry, How Does It Hurt? is a groundbreaking contribution to the understanding of chronic pain, and a spellbinding literary achievement.

    ‘This is a wonderfully powerful, important, and beautiful piece of work which makes a major contribution to the understanding of the subject of pain. The success of the project lies in the fact that the author illuminates the ugly problem of pain, from so many angles, using so many light sources, with such beauty.’ –Mike Hanne, author of The Power of the Story: Fiction and Political Change

    ‘... a wonderful reminder that some of the most notable and innovative intellectual and artistic figures were people with disabilities – and that the history of creativity and the history of living with suffering are inextricably intertwined [...] riveting and compelling.’ –Martha Stoddard Holmes, author of Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    ISBN: 9781775541196
    Title: How to Escape from Prison: The Remarkable Story of How One Man Defied the Odds
    Author: WOOD PAUL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Hurricane Tim Story of Sir Tim Wallis
    Hurricane Tim Story of Sir Tim Wallis
    ISBN: 9781877361708
    Title: Hurricane Tim Story of Sir Tim Wallis
    Author: PEAT NEVILLE

    When Tim Wallis? Spitfire crashed at Wanaka airfield in 1996, his accident was reported around the world. This lion-hearted Central Otago man, whose life of risk, adventure and success was the stuff of legend, was, in seconds, literally brought to his knees. Sir Tim Wallis is known as the pilot and hunter who pioneered New Zealand? deer industry. He? the man behind Warbirds over Wanaka, he? had a lifelong passion for collecting, restoring and flying fighter planes (he has the largest private collection of fighter planes in the Southern Hemisphere), and he? also the multi-millionaire who in the last NBR Rich List chalked up $60 million.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • I Cancel You
    I Cancel You
    ISBN: 9780473458188
    Title: I Cancel You

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

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • I Share My Heart With Africa: a Journey Like No Other
    I Share My Heart With Africa: a Journey Like No Other
    ISBN: 9780473317249
    Title: I Share My Heart With Africa: a Journey Like No Other

    Little did Kiwi woman Denise Carnihan know that what started as her son’s school project on ‘family origins’ would result in visiting her newly discovered family in South Africa in 2009, and lead her and her family on a completely different life journey, culminating in building a fully functioning school in a poor region of Kenya in 2011.

    Inspired by her initial adventure, Denise decided to do a volunteer stint at an orphanage in Kenya and after witnessing the poverty and squalor first hand, she understood the enormous importance placed on education in this developing country.

    “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could build a little school in a big slum for say 50 kids”…was the random comment she made to her husband, Chris when they both returned to Kenya the following year. Incredibly, this became the reality for Denise and Chris Carnihan from a small coastal town in New Zealand.

    They then literally “stumbled” head first into building and establishing their very own primary school - in a large slum, opening with not 50 children as planned … but 117. Within 18 months the roll had grown to 380+ children and 12 staff.

    Denise, talks passionately about her love for Africa and her beautiful African journey. And she describes candidly the joys; the immense satisfaction and the overwhelming drive needed to persevere, together with the enormous challenges, battles, and frustrations in establishing a project in a slum of Kenya, where communication and culture operate in extremes.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • I Think I Am Becoming a Nzer: Letters of J. C. Beaglehole
    I Think I Am Becoming a Nzer: Letters of J. C. Beaglehole
    ISBN: 9780864739025
    Title: I Think I Am Becoming a Nzer: Letters of J. C. Beaglehole

    J.C. Beaglehole, historian and Cook scholar, was also a passionate writer of letters. He wrote frequently, at length and throughout his life, to family, friends and colleagues -- wittily, affectionately, intimately, eruditely, acerbically, and always with an eye to style -- and left a large and rich correspondence. This selection, made by his son and biographer, has been chosen to reflect the range of J.C. Beaglehole's associations and interests -- in history, particularly his scholarly field of Cook and the Pacific, in music, art and architecture, typography and publishing, and friendship -- and to showcase his epistolary virtuosity. Writing was J.C. Beaglehole's preferred mode of expression, and his letters, conversational and crafted in equal measure, are a unique window on the mind and character of their author: they offer, in his son's words, 'a self-portrait of a remarkably gifted, imaginative and scholarly man'. This volume is a rich and engaging companion to Tim Beaglehole's fine biography, A LIFE OF J.C. BEAGLEHOLE, NEW ZEALAND SCHOLAR (2006).

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
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