• Drawn Out
    Drawn Out
    Drawn Out is a hilarious, heartbreaking, heart-warming account of Tom Scott's tragicomic childhood, his manic student-newspaper days, his turbulent years stumbling through the corridors of power, his fallings out with prime ministers, his collaborations with comic legends John Clarke, A.K. Grant and Murray Ball, his travels to the ends of the earth with his close friend Ed Hillary, and more... 'A first-class memoir of a highly memorable life. Here is an important (often hilarious) writer and immensely gifted cartoonist, insightfully chronicling quite momentous changes in our political and social landscape.' Jim Mora, New Zealand Books

    Review: "A first-class memoir of a highly memorable life. Here is an important (often hilarious) writer and immensely gifted cartoonist, insightfully chronicling quite momentous changes in our political and social landscape." --New Zealand Books

    ISBN: 9781988547046
    Publication date: 01/10/2018
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Scott, Tom
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Edmund Hillary
    Edmund Hillary
    This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillary's for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming heavily involved in his Himalayan aid work. He was also granted access by Sir Edmund's children to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland Museum after his death. Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography. He describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Edmund Hillary's life, as well as the always-fascinating stories of the early attempts on Mt Everest, all a prelude to the first ascent which brought him instant world-wide fame. But too, this biography reveals, in part through personal letters, the tender and loving relationship he had with his wife Louise. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, in a plane crash in 1975. Sir Edmund eventually pulled out of the subsequent depression to continue his life's work building schools and hospitals in the Himalayas. Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man. Edmund Hillary's life was shaped by both triumph and tragedy, and while he became famous through his mountaineering achievements, ultimately it was his humility and great compassion for the people of Nepal that has become his enduring legacy.

    ISBN: 9780947503383
    Publication date: 18/09/2017
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Gill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Fair Weather Hitchhiker
    Fair Weather Hitchhiker
    A restless 17-year-old seeking fame, fortune (and romance) goes hitchhiking with three older girls. What begins as a holiday frolic becomes a survival recipe for life.
    Radiating hope and energy, the narrative follows this naive New Zealander to London with her family. Tragedy strikes when Julia's father dies and upheaval follows. After a trip to Paris, hitchhiking adventures encompass: sleeping rough in Stockholm, a traverse of Yugoslavia, and almost finding love in Greece.
    Meeting up with a boyfriend in Naples is the beginning of a chaotic motor-cycle ride and near disaster on a plain in Spain.
    Back in London Julia faces the Cuban missile nuclear threats and endures the worst winter of the century before returning to New Zealand.
    In due course she survives an impetuous marriage, cleaning her teeth with beer, a pavlova crisis and the dramatic outcome of a fatal mountaineering accident in the Southern Alps. Treks across the Antarctic wastes, seeing the US by pick-up truck, hitchhiking in South America completes the author's headlong pursuit of life and the sometimes catastrophic consequences.

    ISBN: 9780995115484
    Publication date: 09/11/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Millen, Julia
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • For King and Country Four Brothers Four Crosses
    For King and Country Four Brothers Four Crosses
    The third of three books by military historian Jock Vennell on New Zealand's participation in World War 1 through the experiences of its commanders and the men they led. A biography of Major General Sir Andrew Russell, commander of the New Zealand Division in France from 1916 to the end of the war, was followed by the first published biography of Gallipoli hero, Lieutenant Colonel William Malone. This book is the story of a New Zealand family of five brothers who enlisted to fight for their country in World War 1 and never returned. They were among the more than 18,000 young men who lost their lives fighting for the British Empire to which their country belonged in 1914. Countless others were badly wounded or returned home so physically and mentally damaged that they could play no useful part in post-war society. Through the tragedy of the Christophers family, military historian Jock Vennell traces the social and economic damage done to New Zealand society by the war, destroying so many of the best of its coming generation, disrupting nationally important industries and social services and limiting personal freedoms. He looks at why so many young men willingly answered the call to serve their King, country, and empire, despite the terrible loss of life sustained on the battlefields of Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East over four years of

    ISBN: 9781927167397
    Publication date: 22/10/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Vennell, Jock
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Freyberg a Lifes Journey
    Freyberg a Lifes Journey
    In this fresh account of one of the 20th-century's great New Zealanders, Matthew Wright approaches Bernard Freyberg the man rather than the more widely known figure of a military leader. What took a humble immigrant child in Wellington to become a hero in two wars, friend to literary giants and politicians, very private father and husband, and very public govenor-general? Freyberg: A Life's Journey is the most accessible biography on 'Tiny' Freyberg yet, with numerous black and white photos.

    ISBN: 9780947506728
    Publication date: 04/10/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Wright, Matthew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Fridays with Jim Conversations About our Country with Jim Bolger
    Fridays with Jim Conversations About our Country with Jim Bolger
    A self-taught son of Irish immigrants, devout Catholic, rough-hewn King Country farmer and farming lobbyist, Jim Bolger entered New Zealand political life in the 1970s. He was a flinty Minister of Labour under Robert Muldoon and Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997. As ambassador to Washington, he helped create warmer relations with the United States. In recent years, he has chaired boards, served as the chancellor of the University of Waikato and marked more than a half-century of marriage to Joan, with whom he has nine children. Never given to orthodoxies, yet staunchly National in his politics, in his still-energetic
    eighties he remains an impressively brisk progressive thinker. For six months he regularly sat down on Fridays with the writer David Cohen to reflect on his life and times, our nation and world. Fridays with Jim reveals a
    quintessential man of the old New Zealand who is fully in sync with the new New Zealand, and with plenty of ideas about where it's all heading.

    ISBN: 9780995123021
    Publication date: 13/08/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Cohen, David
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • From a Dark Cave to New Zealand
    From a Dark Cave to New Zealand
    Hiding in a tiny dark cave in the border triangle between Iraq, Iran and Turkey, Mustafa Darbandi is facing his fear that he may not survive. On the run because of his membership of a banned Kurdish freedom movement, he has begun an extraordinary journey. It will take him from Iraq to Turkey to Iran to Pakistan to Afghanistan and finally to New Zealand. Along the way he will be threatened by security forces, mercenaries, police, helicopters, landmines, wild wolves and even UNHCR indifference. After several years in exile he finally arrives in his new home. "In my desperation the idea crept into my mind that death was death whether I got killed or starved to death. Perhaps putting an end to my life would be preferable to being captured by mercenaries or eaten alive by wild animals... When I set foot on New Zealand soil, I felt born again. After I'd been uprooted from my town and village in Kurdistan, New Zealand became the bedrock of my security, offering me an opportunity to become who I am."

    ISBN: 9780473528065
    Publication date: 20/08/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Darbandi, Mustafa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • G F Von Tempsky Artist and Adventurer
    G F Von Tempsky Artist and Adventurer
    Biography of G.F. von Tempsky - folk hero, soldier, adventurer, artist and musician. Von Tempsky in Prussia, Central America, travels in Mexico, Californian gold rushes and the New Zealand Maori-European Land Wars of the 1860s.

    45 full page colour plates and illustrated catalogue raisonne of his art and scrimshaw work

    Limited to 1250 numbered copies.

    ISBN: 9780908578207
    Price: $120.00
    Author: Young, Rose, Curnow, Heather, King, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $120.00
  • Girl from Revolution Road
    Girl from Revolution Road
    Based on Ghazaleh Golbakhsh's experience as an Iranian immigrant growing up in New Zealand, these essays range from a childhood in war-torn Iran, including the trauma of a night spent in prison as a six-year-old, to learning English so she could make friends, to dating in the days of Corona. This is about growing up as a young woman torn between her immigrant roots and her desire to be like everyone else.

    The humour is sometimes offset with the more sombre reminder of the racism that has always existed in this country, from misguided quips to more serious stories of harassment. The impact of recent world events shows that, more than ever, marginalised voices are needed in our cultural discourse.

    ISBN: 9781988547398
    Publication date: 01/09/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Golbakhsh, Ghazaleh
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Good Doctor  Breaking the Rules Making a Difference
    Good Doctor Breaking the Rules Making a Difference
    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.

    ISBN: 9780143572510
    Publication date: 24/06/2015
    Price: $38.00
    Author: O'Sullivan, Lance
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Heart to Start
    Heart to Start
    The story of a global start-up plus a guide for turning your ideas into action.

    The true story of how young entrepreneur Derek Handley conceived big ideas in New Zealand and launched them to the world, through a series of electric highs and crushing lows, before discovering what he was really put here to do. This book also includes a practical field guide for shaping your life dreams and goals and turning them into reality. It takes you inside the entrepreneurial mindset, covering energy and time management, filtering which projects to pursue, believing in yourself, redesigning habits and creating ideas that are uniquely yours.

    'Really inspirational and a great read! It will help and inspire budding entrepreneurs and appeal to anyone who wants to map out their lives.' - Richard Branson

    Buy this book if you want to:
    Build a dream you're struggling to make happen
    Start a company, project or idea but not sure how to
    Quit your job to do something more meaningful to you
    Do bold things you're too scared to do because of what others might think
    Plan your life on a bigger scale but have no idea where to start
    Discover what life you're here to live


    ISBN: 9780143771548
    Publication date: 19/06/2017
    Price: $20.00
    Author: Handley, Derek
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Hello Darkness
    Hello Darkness
    "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 person to who I was then. And so a year passes and today I am grateful to be in good health. I no longer walk with a stick. I am gardening at the moment. The terrible pain of my last radiation vanishes in a glow of anticipation. So what is Hello Darkness exactly? It's really my record of a remarkable year in which I found I had incurable prostate cancer that had metastised in my bones. I wanted my posts to express the minutest aspect of what I was feeling, seeing, experiencing.

    I am - for better or worse - ruthlessly observant. There were highs, and lows. I felt remorse for some things I had done in life as I looked backwards. But I felt this strange, almost bewildering pleasure in being alive. I had this crazy optimism that kept me going each morning. The fact is I felt lucky to be alive. I think when you state a general truth, it had a startling effect. We live in such a f*cked-up world, truth is like a prism falling into a vat full of crap and that single drop changes what it comes into contact with and things become crystal clear.

    Steve Braunias at The Spinoff posted my FB writings. The posts went viral. Then Hello Darkness won the 2018 Media Voyager Award for best personal essay. "Wry, acute and confessional, but most of all wise." Was I wise? All I was doing was trying to tell my truth.

    Hello Darkness is full of colour photos and is my lively letter to the future, written under the shade of death but always grasping towards what's essential, true, real. That's what this book is: my report on experience, my personal diary made public. My survival guide. My truth.

    ISBN: 9780473451622
    Publication date: 01/03/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Wells, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
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