• Tough Country
    Tough Country
    Tall tales of bushmen, tradies and back-country rogues

    Mike Bellamy's father Barry is as tough as they come. Widely credited as the inspiration for Barry Crump's back-country character Sam Cash, Barry was a roving worker in rural North Island during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tough Country is a book about a father by a son, about a bygone era of bushmen, scrub-cutters, hunters and shepherds. It's also a book about the author's own life working the land, and the characters of the 80s and 90s, from tradies and digger-drivers to drain-layers and wharfies.

    ISBN: 9781775541523
    Publication date: 18/05/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Bellamy, Mike
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Towards Compostela
    Towards Compostela
    Catharina van Bohemen walked the Camino de Santiago in 1998. Jenny Shipley was New Zealand’s prime minister, Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky was exposed, the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland, and the Russian rouble nearly collapsed. Catharina’s marriage had ended and she’d left the Auckland home where she’d raised her children. Cellphones were increasingly common but none of the pilgrims she walked with had them. Her journal was the most important thing she carried. Pilgrims to Compostela simply start walking; they stay in refugios and carry a passport or credencial that is stamped along the way. Walking is physical and it reminds you of yourself in the world – you hear your breath and the scrape of your boots on the track; the straps bite your shoulders; you feel and hear your heart beat. You can move as fast as only you can move, and what you see while walking becomes infused with what you remember. Walking becomes as much a journey through your own inner landscape as the one you’re passing through, and moves you towards a new way of seeing. And acceptance. Catharina’s story is written with restraint, beauty, wit and insight, accompanied by the drawings of Gregory O’Brien.

    ISBN: 9781988595320
    Publication date: 09/11/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: van Bohemen, Catharina
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Under the Covers Secrets of a Magazine Editor
    Under the Covers Secrets of a Magazine Editor
    Former editor Jenny Lynch takes the wraps off the unreported side of life in print, explodes myths, unearths secrets and shows that even on seemingly conservative publications such as the New Zealand Woman's Weekly things were seldom exactly as they seemed. Her memoir, aptly titled "Under the Covers", is a revealing account of what went on behind the closed doors of various editorial offices and newsrooms during one of the most colourful periods in magazine and newspaper history.
    Lynch's 30-year path to her top job was full of drama and off-beat activities. But nothing she had experienced before she became editor of the Weekly prepared her for the challenges that lay ahead. Indeed, the magazine's battle for dominance in what became known as The Magazine Wars was fought against a backdrop of management turbulence and ownership changes.
    Peppered with the names of those who have touched the author's life, including the famous and the fleeting, "Under the Covers" will appeal to everyone who enjoys reading about the ever-changing world of print media.

    ISBN: 9780473499617
    Publication date: 15/04/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Lynch, Jenny
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Vet on the Go
    Vet on the Go
    In February 1945, with no veterinary training available in New Zealand, Graham Wallace braved a German raider in the Tasman Sea to begin his studies in Sydney. The potentially explosive journey set the tone for a colourful life working with big farm animals in rural New Zealand as a travelling vet, later specialising in disease prevention and vaccine creation.

    Vet on the go is a collection of tales about Graham's time as a vet that is both informative and funny, and addresses changes in practice and attitudes in the profession over seventy years. Many city-dwellers are unaware of the crucial developments behind the scenes that keep the agricultural sector healthy and prepared for difficult situations that may arise. An important book for a country that relies so much on its agriculture, in Vet on the go Graham Wallace brings his knowledge from the country and introduces it to the town, and does it all while telling a damn good story.

    ISBN: 9780995115408
    Publication date: 12/12/2018
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Wallace, Graham
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • We can Make a Life
    We can Make a Life
    Hours after the 2011 Christchuch Earthquake, Kaikoura-based doctor Chris Henry crawled through the burning CTV building to rescue those who were trapped. Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in the process unravelling stories and memories from her own remarkable family history.

    Chessie rebuilds her family's lives on the page, from her parents' honeymoon across Africa, to living in Tokelau as one of five children under ten before returning to New Zealand, where her mother would set her heart and home in the Clarence Valley only to see it devastated in the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, and the family displaced.

    Written with the same love and compassion that defines her family's courage and strength, We Can Make a Life is an extraordinary memoir about the psychological cost of heroism, home and belonging, and how a family made a life together.

    I'd always felt that I was emotional because I had been raised by emotional people: talking right from the beginning, unafraid of tears or love or closeness. Was it entrenched in us, to feel things too much? Would we have to fight it away - the black shape at the edges, bounding after us, a smudge of darkness in an otherwise colourful scene.

    ISBN: 9781776561940
    Publication date: 09/08/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Henry, Chessie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Wild at Heart Dangers and Delights of a Nomadic Life
    Wild at Heart Dangers and Delights of a Nomadic Life
    Miriam Lancewood's first book Woman in the Wilderness told her story of living for seven years in the wilderness of New Zealand with her husband, hunting and gathering, and roaming the mountains like nomads.

    Miriam and Peter left New Zealand to explore other wild places. They walked 2000 km through the forests of Europe and along the coast of Turkey, mostly camping under trees and cooking by fire.

    They lived on the edge, embracing insecurity, and found the unexpected: sometimes it was pure bliss, sometimes it was terrifying.

    But when they moved on to the Australian desert, they met with disaster.

    This gripping story is about life and death, courage and the power of love.

    ISBN: 9781988547381
    Publication date: 29/09/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Lancewood, Miriam
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • William Deans the Passionate Pioneer
    William Deans the Passionate Pioneer
    WILLIAM DEANS, an extraordinarily passionate, often overlooked, early New Zealand pioneer, was a prolific letter writer. This most unusual work of Historical Creative Nonfiction is reconstructed from the letters he wrote. Told in the first person, his story brings alive not only his struggle to survive in this new land, but also fascinating historical events he was witness to, including: the complete failure of the New Zealand Company and Edward Gibbon Wakefield to prepare for the first settlers' arrival on the shores of Petone in January 1840; the breakdown of social order in the new settlement; the establishment of the first republic in New Zealand; the Company's and other settlers' complete disregard for Maori, their land and their culture; and later, in Canterbury, the vicious attacks against him and his brother by John Robert Godley. William was an intelligent, well-educated young man, resourceful and energetic. He wanted to make his own way. He decided that the Port Cooper (Canterbury) Plains would be perfect for farming and brought his staff and stock to Putaringamotu (Riccarton) in 1843, setting there and farming in partnership with his brother John. Since the South Island had not been claimed by any government, the brothers took a lease with Ngai Tahu, sanctioned by the Governor, for six miles in any given direction from Putaringamotu. This area is now the city of Christchurch. When John Robert Godley arrived to establish and take charge of the Canterbury Pilgrim Settlement, their situation rapidly changed for the worse. Representing the Church of England and The New Zealand Company, Godley was in no mood to abide Scottish Presbyterians. He refused to acknowledge their status as legitimate leasees with Ngai Tahu and fought hard to throw them off their land. William stood his ground and battled fiercely for his rights. He won the battle but died doing so. While William Deans did not live to see the success that his family made of their settlement in Canterbury, the name Deans remains synonymous with the development of what is one of the most productive provinces of New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781927167342
    Publication date: 02/04/2018
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Deans, Louise
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Wind at My Back
    Wind at My Back
    `I was a lost little boy, trapped in a world where I didn't belong, one that would tear me apart and build me back into someone new . . .'

    Twenty-three-year-old Josh Komen is on track to represent New Zealand in running at the next Commonwealth Games when he is diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. In a single moment, the course of his life has changed irrevocably. What follows are years of excrutiating pain, brutal treatments both in New Zealand and Australia, and shocking side-effects that send a young man to the brink of despair and back innumerable times.

    Ultimately, it is the enduring love of his close-knit family and friends, the incredible medical professionals who treat him, his spiritual beliefs, and his passion for nature that carry Josh through the hardest of challenges.

    The life lessons Josh gathers along the way are an inspiration for us all. This is an incredible story of courage, love and endurance.

    ISBN: 9780473464295
    Publication date: 29/01/2019
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Komen, Josh
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Woman in the Wilderness  A Story of Survival Love and Self Discovery in New Zealand
    Woman in the Wilderness A Story of Survival Love and Self Discovery in New Zealand
    This book tells how one woman learned to dig deep and push the boundaries in order to discover what really matters in life.Miriam is a young Dutch woman living in the heart of the mountains with her New Zealand husband. She lives simply in a tent or hut, and survives by hunting wild animals and foraging edible plants, relying on only minimal supplies. For more than six years she has lived this way, through all seasons, often cold, hungry and isolated in the bush. She loves her life and feels free, connected to the land, and happy.There's a lot of drama out there in the wild, and Miriam knows how to spin a good yarn. This is a gripping and engaging read reminiscent of both adventure writing like Wild and nature writing like H is for Hawk, and is perfect for anyone exploring the idea of living a more authentic, real life.'My life is free, random and spontaneous. This in itself creates enormous energy and clarity in body and mind.' Miriam Lancewood

    ISBN: 9781760633523
    Publication date: 28/03/2018
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Lancewood, Miriam
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • You Have a Lot to Lose a Memoir, 1956-1986: 2: Volume 2
    You Have a Lot to Lose a Memoir, 1956-1986: 2: Volume 2
    New Zealand's most extraordinary literary everyman - poet, novelist, critic, activist - C. K. Stead told the story of his first twenty-three years in South-West of Eden. In this second volume of his memoirs, Stead takes us from the moment he left New Zealand for a job in rural Australia, through study abroad, writing and a university career, until he left the University of Auckland to write full time aged fifty-three.

    It is a tumultuous tale of literary friends and foes (Curnow and Baxter, A. S. Byatt and Barry Humphries and many more) and of navigating a personal and political life through the social change of the 1960s and 70s. And, at its heart, it is an account of a remarkable life among books - of writing and reading, critics and authors, students and professors.

    From Booloominbah to Menton, The New Poetic to All Visitors Ashore, from Vietnam to the Springbok Tour, C. K. Stead's You Have a Lot to Lose takes readers on a remarkable voyage through New Zealand's intellectual and cultural history.

    ISBN: 9781869409128
    Publication date: 14/05/2020
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Stead, C. K.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Zen Heart What Ive Learned from Animals and Life
    Zen Heart What Ive Learned from Animals and Life
    A cheeky baboon, a cockatoo sending a heading dog out to round up sheep, a family of pukekos crossing the road, a dog saying 'bugger', an octopus taking a photo.
    Think of an ad you love, or a New Zealand-made movie, and if it has an animal in it chances are Mark Vette was behind it. He's trained almost every species you can think of.
    But the famous animal behaviourist and trainer who captured global attention with 'Dogs Who Drive Cars' and 'Dogs Who Fly Planes' is not just an animal maestro. He's a long-time Buddhist, who brings to his relationships with animals a true emotional bond, enormous respect, and the sure knowledge that we humans are just one piece of this great, interconnected puzzle we call Life on Earth.
    This is his story, and the stories of the animals he has worked with over the decades. From a classic Kiwi childhood of outdoor activities and sport, with plenty of time on the farm, through a growing conviction that killing animals wasn't for him, to his embracing of Buddhism and his developing work with animals of all kinds, Mark's life and beliefs unfold in a thoroughly relatable way - with jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud moments thrown in.

    ISBN: 9780143775027
    Publication date: 03/11/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Vette, Mark
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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