• Bill Birch Minister of Everything
    Bill Birch Minister of Everything
    Bill Birch was the quiet achiever of New Zealand politics. A trusted lieutenant to Prime Ministers Muldoon, Bolger and Shipley, Birch was at the heart of the action across a turbulent quarter-century of political and social change.

    From 'Think Big' and the Employment Contracts Act to overhauls of immigration, health, ACC, fiscal management, industry training, electricity markets and producer boards, Birch managed controversial, risky reforms, and much of what he achieved endures today.

    As Bill English says:
    "I think he was the major force for stability and sometimes the only force for stability. These were, compared to what we deal with now, very tempestuous times. In a caucus that's always under pressure, you need people capable of exercising considered judgement, and the caucus looked to Bill in practical terms."

    Birch's story, from humble rural Waikato roots to political change-maker, is of an ordinary New Zealander who achieved extraordinary things. He was a legendary workaholic, the 'doer' who shunned the limelight and did the hard yards behind much of New Zealand's economic transformation.

    He tells all in "Bill Birch - Minister of Everything", written by former staffer and journalist Brad Tattersfield.

    ISBN: 9780473501976
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Tattersfield, Brad
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $40.00
  • Billy Apple Life/work
    Billy Apple Life/work
    Billy Apple (born Barrie Bates in Auckland, 1935) is New Zealand's most internationally significant living artist and a pioneer of pop and conceptual art.

    At the Royal College of Art in London from 1959-62, Apple studied with key contemporaries - notably David Hockney - and staged one of the earliest solo exhibitions in the new 'pop' art after changing his name, in 1962, to 'Billy Apple'. In 1964 he moved to New York. There, he worked as an art director, developed his art, exhibited extensively with leading artists (notably in the 1964 American Supermarket exhibition with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others), and established one of the first alternative art spaces - 'Apple' - which hosted some of the new ephemeral activities that enlivened the New York scene in the 1970s. He returned to live in New Zealand in 1990 where he continues to produce his particular brand of conceptual art. Apple's work is held in permanent collections from the Tate to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    This is the first substantial book on Billy Apple's career. Based on over a decade of research all over the world and unprecedented access to Apple's own archive, Billy Apple (R): Life/Work chronicles an extraordinary sixty-year career and the art scenes that have sustained it in London, New York and Auckland.

    The book includes more than 200 illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of Apple's works as well as other illustrative material.

    ISBN: 9781869409135
    Publication date: 15/10/2020
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Barton, Christina
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $75.00
  • Black Hands Inside the Bain Family Murders
    Black Hands Inside the Bain Family Murders
    This is the story of a mass-murder that divided a nation.

    It's a story that began in a rickety old home on a cold June morning in 1994, where five members of a seemingly ordinary New Zealand family were gunned down.

    There were two suspects. One lay dead from a single bullet to the head. The other was the only survivor- David Bain.
    Since then the country has asked- Who killed the Bain family? David, or his father Robin? And why?

    Award-winning journalist Martin van Beynen has covered the Bain story closely for decades. His 2017 Stuff podcast, Black Hands - based on the manuscript for this book - was a runaway success in New Zealand and overseas, downloaded more than 4 million times and topping the charts in New Zealand and around the world.

    Now, van Beynen brings the story up to date for 2020, exploring the case from start to finish, picking through evidence old and new, plumbing the mysteries and motives, interviewing never-before-spoken-to witnesses and laying out the complex police investigation and judicial processes, seeking to finally answer the question- Who was the killer?

    Black Hands is a riveting read from the first word to the last, by a skilled writer who knows his subject inside out.

    "If anyone can pass judgement it can only be those who sat through the whole trial." - David Bain in New Idea

    ISBN: 9780143775263
    Publication date: 04/08/2099
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Beynen, Martin Van
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Bligh
    Bligh
    In Bligh, the story of the most notorious of all Pacific explorers is told through a new lens as a significant episode in the history of the world, not simply of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players. From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's three Pacific voyages - with Captain James Cook in the Resolution, on board the Bounty, and as commander of the Providence. Salmond offers new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty - and on Bligh's extraordinary 3000-mile journey across the Pacific in a small boat - through new revelations from unguarded letters between him and his wife Betsy. We learn of their passionate relationship, and her unstinting loyalty throughout the trials of his turbulent career and his fight to clear his name. This beautifully told story reveals Bligh as an important ethnographer, adding to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the first time, we hear how Bligh and his men were changed by their experiences in the South Seas, and how in turn they changed that island world forever.

    ISBN: 9780143770831
    Publication date: 28/11/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Book of Cohen
    Book of Cohen
    This is a story of two Cohens, the famous singer and his not-so-famous lifelong New Zealand fan. It spans several generations and locations, from the refugee waves of Europe of the 19th century to suburban New Zealand in the 1970s, late-night Montreal and New York and the menacing frontiers of the Middle East.

    ISBN: 9780947493882
    Publication date: 01/02/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Cohen, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Casting Off a Memoir (volume 2)
    Casting Off a Memoir (volume 2)
    At the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys absorbing memoir, What Lies Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and begun to piece together the events of her early life and find her place in the world. Casting Off begins on the eve of Elspeths first marriage. She and her husband will soon depart New Zealand for England, joining a throng of Kiwis who chose to uproot themselves from their native land. New attachments will be formed: new loves - of people; of places - will take the place of the old. But the home country will continue to exercise a pull. Backgrounding the personal story in this deeply satisfying memoir is the story of the Thatcher years and the creeping virus of neo-liberalism, the sexual revolution of the sixties, the beguiling world of books -- reading and writing - and theatre. Elspeth Sandys refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.

    ISBN: 9780947522551
    Publication date: 01/09/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Sandys, Elspeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Catch and Release
    Catch and Release
    Catch & Release is a compilation of renowned global jeweller Sir Michael Hill's doodled diary entries, snatches of inspiration and plenty of attempted wisdom. You'll find thoughtful musings alongside chaos and contradiction spread across over 400 pages collected through the years. These drawings by Hill come directly from his imagination, scrawled on whatever is made available in front of him: board papers, airline vomit bags, or a more traditional sketch book -A spontaneous catch and release!

    ISBN: 9780473488628
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Hill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals 1938-1945
    Charles Brasch Journals 1938-1945
    Transcribed by Margaret Scott, with a Dramatis Personae and annotations by Andrew Parsloe, these are the journals of an intelligent young man, just thirty when they begin, living through the Second World War in Britain. In journal entries that quickly become a daily habit/necessity, he struggles with relationships, what part he can play in the war effort, what he should do with his life, whether he should return to New Zealand...and creates a moving and always interesting document. Hundreds of people - especially emerging writers and artists, both British and Kiwi - appear in these pages, usually as visitors to London, and he finds an important friend in Colin Roberts. Rachel Barrowman's 'Finding "a Home for the Spirit" ' discusses the journals as an exploration of 'identity and self...during the restless war years'. When Brasch resolved to return to New Zealand at the end of 1945, it was 'part of a cultural mission: to make his contribution to the development in New Zealand of a mature...literary and arts culture'.

    ISBN: 9781877372841
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $60.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals 1958-1973 journals
    Charles Brasch Journals 1958-1973 journals
    This third and final volume of Charles Brasch's compelling private journals covers the years from when he was 48 to his death at 64. By the 1960s, Brasch, though very private by temperament, was a reluctant public figure, especially as editor of Landfall - indisputably New Zealand's leading cultural quarterly (he eventually quit as editor after 20 years). He was also becoming a highly regarded poet, who eventually had six books (one posthumous) to his name. Behind the scenes Brasch was increasingly important as an art collector and as patron and benefactor; the Burns, Hodgkins and Mozart Fellowships - for writers, artists and composers respectively - which he helped anonymously to found and fund, all began in this period. Among his friends Brasch counted most of the country's leading artists, writers and intellectuals including Sargeson, McCahon, McCormick, Stead, the Pauls, the Woollastons, the Baxters, Lilburn, Beaglehole, Angus, Oliver, Bensemann, Lusk, Frame and Dallas. These near contemporaries were joined by the talented young, many met as contributors to Landfall- including Gee, Cross, Shadbolt, Duggan, O'Sullivan, Hotere, Tuwhare, Caselberg, Middleton and Manhire. Brasch's lively and sometimes acerbic accounts of such people are a fascinating aspect of his journals. Behind the esteemed poet, editor and public intellectual, however, was a sensitive and often angst-ridden man, who confided to his journals (and poems) the emotional roller- coaster of his private life, especially his endlessly frustrated search for love. Presented here are deep attachments to both men and women, including Andrew Packard (a visiting English zoologist) and Margaret Scott, widow of Harry Scott with whom Brasch had also been in love. Late in life his strong involvement with an elderly Jewish emigree, Moli Zimmerman, adds another surprising layer to the complex and lovable man his journals reveal. Brasch's journals will change forever the perception and understanding of an outstanding New Zealander and of the era to which he contributed so much.

    ISBN: 9781988531144
    Publication date: 11/05/2018
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Colin McCahon: Is This the Promised Land? Vol.2 1960-1987
    Colin McCahon: Is This the Promised Land? Vol.2 1960-1987
    Colin McCahon (1919-1987) was New Zealand's greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon's work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon's work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.

    In this richly illustrated two-volume work, written in an accessible style and published to coincide with the centenary of Colin McCahon's birth, leading McCahon scholar, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson chronicles the evolution of the artist's work over McCahon's entire forty-five-year career.

    Simpson has enjoyed unprecedented access to McCahon's extensive correspondence with friends, family, dealers, patrons and others. This material enables us to begin to understand McCahon's work as the artist himself conceived it. Each volume includes over three-hundred illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of McCahon's work (many never previously published), plus photographs, catalogue covers, facsimiles and other illustrative material.
    These books will be the definitive work on New Zealand's leading artist for many years to come.

    ISBN: 9781869409081
    Publication date: 01/06/2020
    Price: $79.99
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, A Communist in the Family brings together Alleys story and that of his author cousin, Elspeth Sandys. In 2017, Sandys travelled to China with other family members to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rewis arrival in Shanghai in 1927. One strand of this book follows that journey and charts Sandys impressions of modern China. Another tells the story of Rewis early life, in an insightful meditation on the complex and always elusive relationship between memory and writing. By placing the man, Rewi, and his work in the context of his time, Sandys is able to illuminate the life of this extraordinary New Zealander in a way that is both historically vivid and relevant to the world of today. Her focus on the role poetry played in his life both his own and that of the Chinese poets he translated so prolifically provides moving glimpses of the man behind the myth. Threaded through A Communist in the Family are Sandys evolving insights into a nation that looms ever larger in the day-to-day realities of New Zealand and the world. The strange and strangely intimate link between the two countries Rewi regarded as home is one in which he played, and continues to play, a crucial role.

    ISBN: 9781988531601
    Publication date: 01/07/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Sandys, Elspeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Down South In Search of the Great Southern Land
    Down South In Search of the Great Southern Land
    In Down South, writer Bruce Ansley goes on a journey back to his beloved South Island.

    From Curio Bay to Golden Bay, in Down South writer Bruce Ansley sets off on a vast expedition across the South Island, Te Waipounamu, visiting the places and people who hold clues to the south's famous character. Not so very long ago, the South Island had most of New Zealand's people and just about all of the money. Gold miners found fortunes in the hills and rivers, sheep barons straddled mountains, valleys and plains. Wealthy southerners ruled the government. Where now lies the South Island's golden fleece? And what is its future?

    ISBN: 9781775541172
    Publication date: 07/10/2020
    Price: $44.99
    Author: Ansley, Bruce
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $44.99
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