• 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
  • Gifted Woman Light Around You: Life Stories of Seven Ojibwe Women
    Gifted Woman Light Around You: Life Stories of Seven Ojibwe Women
    ISBN: 9780473076108
    Title: Gifted Woman Light Around You: Life Stories of Seven Ojibwe Women
    Author: MORRIS GWEN

    "No, I don't want to be Indian. I am quite happy to be the way I was born: an Australian of English and Irish ancestry. After twent years of living in Aotearoa New Zealand I belong there now as well. This book has not been written as a manual of how to be an Indian, but is a snapshot of two points in time (1986 and 1998 ) of the lives of seven Ojibwe women from Minnesota. i learned from their stories what it means for them to be Indian and what the other sources of strength were that enabled them to survive bad times and have a good life."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • 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
  • 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
    $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
    $35.00
  • Good Doctor
    Good Doctor
    ISBN: 9780143572510
    Title: Good Doctor
    Author: O'SULLIVAN LANCE

    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
    $38.00
  • Good Life on Te Muna Road
    Good Life on Te Muna Road
    ISBN: 9781775537793
    Title: Good Life on Te Muna Road
    Author: CODDINGTON DEBORAH

    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
    $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
    Author: REID ATKA & SCHOFIELD HANA

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

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Grace Brought Me Here
    Grace Brought Me Here
    ISBN: 9781642370829
    Title: Grace Brought Me Here
    Author: HANSEN LIMA


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $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
    $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
    $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
    $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
    $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
    Author: NICOLAIDI MIKE

    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
    $35.00
  • Gutter Black
    Gutter Black
    ISBN: 9781775540397
    Title: Gutter Black
    Author: MCARTNEY DAVE

    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
    $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
    Author: DODSWORTH ANTHONY

    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
    $50.00
  • Half a Sixpence : My Story
    Half a Sixpence : My Story
    ISBN: 9781877566622
    Title: Half a Sixpence : My Story
    Author: DAVEY PAULINE

    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
    $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
    $42.00
  • Halfway Around the World: the Diary of an Immigrant Child, 1949-1950
    Halfway Around the World: the Diary of an Immigrant Child, 1949-1950
    ISBN: 9781631358951
    Title: Halfway Around the World: the Diary of an Immigrant Child, 1949-1950
    Author: MURPHY JO

    This is the diary of a ten-year-old child who emigrated from England to New Zealand circa 1950. Her entries begin just before Christmas in the Northern hemisphere, and end with summer in the Southern Hemisphere. From a child's point of view, this was an adventure with many possibilities. For the parents, it was an act of great courage as they gathered their five children (the baby only three months old) for a complete change in their future, with only sixty pounds sterling left to forge a new life. Their 'Englishness' made them appear and sound different, even though a Levin newspaper headline of the time read "Jo is happy here." But in truth, there were mixed feelings about some of the new arrangements, starting with more than a year living in a caravan, a garden shed and an Army hut. After World War II there was a depression in England and a shortage of human skills in New Zealand. The British government offered 'assisted passage' schemes to families who could not otherwise afford to immigrate. The culture shock for the author's family required considerable adjustments to adapt to a different way of life and a very different schooling system. About the Author: Now a senior, Jo Murphy looks back with some amusement at the learning curves her family experienced. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She lives in park-like Waikanae, New Zealand, and continues to write on a variety of subjects.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life
    Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life
    ISBN: 9781775536635
    Title: Hard Country: a Golden Bay Life
    Author: ROBILLIARD ROBIN

    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
    $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
    Author: SCOTT JONATHAN


    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
    $40.00
  • 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
    $70.00
  • Heart of Darfur
    Heart of Darfur
    ISBN: 9780340952313
    Title: Heart of Darfur
    Author: BLAKER LISA FRENCH

    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
    $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
    $45.00
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