• Tea and Scotch with Bradman
    Tea and Scotch with Bradman
    Discovering the man behind the legend In 1995, journalist and author Roland Perry wrote to Sir Donald Bradman requesting an interview for a biography he was planning of the great cricketer. Surprisingly, the Don agreed. It was the start of a conversation that continued for years, during which the real Bradman shone, not only as a great sportsman but musician, brilliant thinker and humourist with a fondness for tea and a Scotch or two.

    In Tea and Scotch with Bradman, Perry paints an intimate and revealing portrait of the man many regard as the greatest Australian cricketer of all time.

    ISBN: 9780733338465
    Publication date: 21/10/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Perry, Roland
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Tell Me the Planets Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive
    Tell Me the Planets Stories of Brain Injury and What It Means to Survive
    In Tell Me the Planets, Ben Platts-Mills shares stories about his remarkable work with survivors of brain injury, offering a rare glimpse into the world as seen through their eyes. We meet charismatic Danny, whose criminal past has left him paralysed down one side, but who now helps others worse off than himself; Sid, whose memory for the present lasts only moments; and Liah, who is caught in a battle with the care system threatening to make her homeless. But above all this is the story of the extraordinary friendship between Ben and Matthew, who suffered neurological damage during an operation to remove a cerebral cyst. It is a journey that takes them to the frontiers of science and to the limits of human resilience- when they discover that the cyst is growing again, Matthew is left with an impossible decision to make.

    ISBN: 9780241976838
    Publication date: 07/02/2019
    Price: $28.00
    Author: Platts-Mills, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Tesla Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Tesla Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Many people know that Tesla was a scientific genius, instrumental in developing modern electricity and communications. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he was born during a lightning storm; spoke eight languages; and claimed to have invented a death ray that could destroy 10,000 planes from 250 miles away. This book presents an electrifying exploration of his life, work and fame, with 50 irresistible facts converted into infographics to reveal the scientist behind the science.

    ISBN: 9781781453537
    Publication date: 25/10/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Clegg, Brian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $22.99
  • These Two Hands
    These Two Hands
    Renee (Ngati Kahungunu) is regarded as a living legend in Aotearoa. Made an ONZM for services to literature and drama, she has been awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, the Playmarket Award for significant artistic contribution to New Zealand theatre, and the Kingi Ihaka Award for Service to Toi Maori.
    Born in 1929, Renee left school at twelve and started writing at fifty. She has written nine novels, over twenty plays and many poems, with Wednesday To Come her most-loved work. In 2017 she published her memoir These Two Hands, and in 2019, aged 90, her first crime novel The Wild Card, which has been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Awards. Renee has described herself as 'a lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals' and her writing puts women and Maori centre stage. She lives in Otaki, working on a second crime novel, teaching creative writing, and blogging on life, politics and books.
    This is her story told in patches, like a quilt. One for every year of the life she's lived so far. The original edition of
    These Two Hands was launched in October 2017 with 88 patches - one for each year of her life. Three years later and with Renee now 91 years old, the new edition has three chapters that cover key elements of her life since: the onset of macular degeneration, the publication of The Wild Card, and living through the Covid-19 pandemic. This time there is also an index to help readers and researchers follow this extraordinary life.

    ISBN: 9780995111042
    Publication date: 09/10/2020
    Edition: NE
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Renee
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • These Two Hands A Memoir
    These Two Hands A Memoir
    Renee was born grumpy (Ngati Kahungunu/Scot) and nothing has changed. She is an avid and faithful reader, who enjoys cooking and gardening. Everyone, she says, should grow leafy greens.

    Renee always thought she would die at forty-two but for some reason this didn't happen. She considers herself very lucky to still have most of her marbles, and credits reading, writing, walking and teaching for this.

    She has written eight novels and eighteen plays, among which Wednesday To Come is probably her most loved work.
    Iris: I remember when Dad died we stayed up all night. About one
    in the morning Mum made scones. Crazy the things you do.
    Ted: Like singing round a coffin?
    Iris: Hang around Ted - that's just the start.
    Renee lives in Otaki and teaches her Your Life, Your Story and her Poem a Week workshops there.
    This is just one version of her life, her story, told in patches, like a quilt.

    ISBN: 9780994137845
    Publication date: 02/10/2017
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Renee
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Things I Learned From Falling
    Things I Learned From Falling
    An inspirational and gripping first-person account of determination, adversity and survival against the odds.

    Last year, Claire Nelson made international headlines. She was in her thirties and was beginning to burn out - her hectic London life of work and social activity and striving to do more and do better in the big city was frenetic and stressful. Although she was surrounded by people all of the time, she felt increasingly lonely.

    When the anxiety she felt finally brought her to breaking point, Claire decided to take some time off and travelled to Joshua Tree Park in California to hike and clear her head. What happened next was something she could never have anticipated.

    While hiking, Claire fell 30 feet, gravely injuring herself and she lay alone in the desert - mistakenly miles off any trail, without a cell phone signal, fighting for her life. She lay there for four days until she was miraculously rescued - the doctors saying she had only hours to live when she was eventually found.

    In THINGS I LEARNED FROM FALLING Claire tells her incredible story and what it taught her about loneliness, anxiety and transformation and how to survive it all.

    ISBN: 9781783253760
    Publication date: 10/03/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Nelson, Claire
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Thinking Again
    Thinking Again
    Necrophilia is not one of my failings, but I do like graveyards and memorial stones and such...

    Following the publication In My Mind's Eye, her acclaimed first volume of diaries, a Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2018, Jan Morris continued to write her daily musings. From her home in the North West of Wales, the author of classics such as Venice and Trieste cast her eye over modern life in all its stupidity and glory.

    From her daily thousand paces to the ongoing troubles of Brexit, from her enduring love for America to the wonders of the natural world, and from the vagaries and ailments of old age to the beauty of youth, she once again displays her determined belief in embracing life and creativity - all kindness and marmalade.

    ISBN: 9780571357659
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Morris, Jan
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $36.99
  • Three Women
    Three Women
    ELIZABETH GILBERT: 'This is a non-fiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood - and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling and harrowing, in its own way'

    DAVE EGGERS: 'This is one of the most riveting, assured and scorchingly original debuts I've ever read. Taddeo's beautifully written and unflinching portraits of desire allow her protagonists to be wholly human and wholly, blessedly complex. I can't imagine a scenario where this isn't one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year'

    GILLIAN ANDERSON: 'Intense and riveting. It gives us epic themes in miniature. These women broke my heart and I won't forget them'

    All Lina ever wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?

    All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?

    All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?

    Consequences are handed out to some but not to others. Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions that tests the boundaries of non-fiction.

    ISBN: 9781526611659
    Publication date: 09/07/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Taddeo, Lisa
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Time to Go
    Time to Go
    In 2017 Susie Kennaway asked her son Guy to kill her.
    88 years old, with an older and infirm husband, Susie wanted to avoid sliding into infantilised catatonia. The son immediately started taking notes and Time to Go is the result.
    In turns a manual for those considering the benefits of assisted dying, a portrait of a mother son relationship, and a sympathetic description of old age, this book is a route map through the moral, legal, emotional, intellectual and practical maze that is the biggest issue facing the senior generations today: leaving life on their own terms.
    During their conversations about when and how to make Susie's final exit, some of the difficulties of their fractious relationship mellowed and some even melted, as the reality of what they were planning brought them together.
    Many elderly people, like Susie, have clearly stated that they wish to die in a manner and time of their choosing. But the church, the law, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry stand in the way, wagging their fingers.
    A change is coming for the rights of the elderly, the way it has come for the rights of women and gay people. Time to Go is a rallying call in this fight.
    Life is too precious not to be lived properly. As with a job, a relationship or a party, you have to know when it's time to go.

    ISBN: 9781912914135
    Publication date: 23/01/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Kennaway, Guy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Time to Speak
    Time to Speak
    At 101, Sir Lloyd Geering’s message is as relevant as ever. Each of these distillations of a lifetime of scholarship and thought give us hope for the future. He helps us see beneath what can sometimes seem an overwhelming deluge of tragedies, to the deeper patterns of human cultural, intellectual, political and spiritual evolution, and these insights point us toward how we can each play our part in fostering a world where love triumphs over evil.

    ISBN: 9781990007088
    Publication date: 02/03/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Geering, Lloyd
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • To the End of the World Travels with Oscar Wilde
    To the End of the World Travels with Oscar Wilde
    They say that sometimes ghosts don't realize they're dead and wander around screaming because no one is paying them any attention. Well, in show business you may have been dead five years before you finally twig. You howl around the corridors of power while the elected march straight through. Then one day you catch yourself in a mirror and there is nothing looking back.

    In his highly anticipated third memoir, Rupert Everett tells the story of how he set out to make a film of Oscar Wilde's last days and how that ten-year quest almost destroyed him. (And everyone else.)

    Travelling across Europe, he weaves in extraordinary tales from his past, remembering wild times, freak encounters and lost friends. There are celebrities, of course. But we also meet the glamorous but doomed Aunt Peta, who introduces Rupert (aged three) to the joys of make-up. In 80s Paris, his great friend Lychee burns bright, and is gone. While in 70s London, a 'weirdly tall, beyond size zero' teenage Rupert is expelled from the Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Unflinchingly honest and hugely entertaining, Tainted Glory offers a unique insight into the 'snakes and ladders' of filmmaking. It is also a soulful and thought-provoking autobiography from one of our best-loved and most talented actors and writers.

    ISBN: 9781408705124
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Everett, Rupert
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Toil and Trouble
    Toil and Trouble
    "Here's a partial list of things I don't believe in: God. The Devil. Heaven. Hell. Bigfoot. Ancient Aliens. Past lives. Life after death. Vampires. Zombies. Reiki. Homeopathy. Rolfing. Reflexology. Note that 'witches' and 'witchcraft' are absent from this list. The thing is, I wouldn't believe in them, and I would privately ridicule any idiot who did, except for one thing: I am a witch."

    For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. It was a bond that he and his mother shared--until the day she left him in the care of her psychiatrist to be raised in his family (but that's a whole other story). After that, Augusten was on his own. On his own to navigate the world of this tricky power; on his own to either use or misuse this gift.

    From the hilarious to the terrifying, Toil & Trouble is a chronicle of one man's journey to understand himself, to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless. There are very few things that are coincidences, as you will learn in Toil & Trouble. Ghosts are real, trees can want to kill you, beavers are the spawn of Satan, houses are alive, and in the end, love is the most powerful magic of all.

    ISBN: 9781250258366
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Burroughs, Augusten
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
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