• Edmund Hillary A Biography
    Edmund Hillary A Biography
    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 Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography.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: $39.99
    Author: Gill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Encounters and Collisions
    Encounters and Collisions
    It was widely reported, when he died earlier in 2020, that Gordon McLauchlan’s last book was "Stop the Clock" but, in fact, he was finalising details of Encounters until several days before his death in January. In 26 engaging and provocative essays, Gordon McLauchlan writes about people, illustrious and unknown, he has rubbed up against since his Press Gallery days in Wellington in the early 1950s. He gives fresh, and beautifully written, insights into a kaleidoscope of human nature – providing new perspectives on famous politicians, writers, broadcasters and ‘ordinary’ people who piqued his interest. Most – like Holland, Holyoake, Holmes, Key, Lange, Shadbolt, Davin and Ihimaera – are New Zealanders. Others – like Noam Chomsky and Felipe Fernández-Armesto– are from elsewhere. Gordon McLauchlan was one of New Zealand best-known and most popular writers, cultural critics and social historians. In a long career he was a newspaper journalist, magazine editor, columnist, book reviewer, radio commentator, and television frontperson. For 10 years he was the editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Encyclopedia, and the author of more than 20 books, with The Passionless People the most famous of several bestsellers.

    ISBN: 9780994136077
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Mclauchlan, Gordon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Exquisite Legacy
    Exquisite Legacy
    George Hudson, 1867–1946, was one of New Zealand's pioneer naturalists, who devoted his life to collecting and describing the New Zealand insect fauna. He amassed what is probably the largest collection of New Zealand insects, now housed at Te Papa. Hudson also wrote seven books on insect fauna between 1898 and 1946, each illustrated in colour with immaculate paintings of the specimens, a total of over 3100 paintings, mainly focused on moths and butterflies.

    An Exquisite Legacy is a biography of Hudson, written by his grandson Dr George Gibbs, himself a prominent entomologist. Gibbs outlines the life of this naturalist and artist, whose dedication and output was truly remarkable. Hudson remained an amateur naturalist his whole life, but his contribution to our knowledge about the New Zealand insect world is of enduring significance, while his artistic legacy, built up over nearly seven decades, is truly remarkable. This extensive collection of exquisite illustrations is without parallel in New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781988550176
    Publication date: 09/10/2020
    Price: $59.99
    Author: George, Gibbs
    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
  • Farm for Life
    Farm for Life
    The awesomely inspiring true story of how Tangaroa Walker turned his life around through farming - and how what he learned can help anyone succeed.
    Tangaroa Walker's early years were pretty rough. Adopted twice, he went to six different schools by the time he was six. He never read a book in his life and lived to play rugby. But he had a dream, and he knew how to do the mahi.
    Today, T is a true community and industry leader running a successful dairy farm and reaching millions as the much-loved face of Farm4Life with his practical, inspiring, crack-up videos on everything from farming to fishing, finance to whanau, management to mental health.
    This is the story of how T did it - the good and the bad times - and all the lessons learned along the way.

    ISBN: 9780143775706
    Publication date: 16/02/2021
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Walker, Tangaroa
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • Friends In Deed
    Friends In Deed
    This book tells the stories of dogs working in assistance roles, helping their human friends when they are most in need. They guide those who cannot see and listen for those who cannot hear. They carry out physical tasks for people with mobility issues, offer emotional support for those struggling to cope with life's challenges and are the ever watchful companions for those suffering from medical conditions.

    The dogs in these pages have both saved lives and allowed lives to be fully lived. These are tales of courage and heroism, but above all they are love stories showing the remarkable things that can happen when bonds of friendship run deep.

    Assistance dogs have undergone intensive training for their roles but are far more than trained assistants. They are Dogs, at once perceptive and heroic, glorious and goofy helping their human friends eagerly and unconditionally.
    Through a series of 41 inspiring and heartbreaking interviews author Sue Allison reveals the unique bond, the heart-warming and funny moments shared as they negotiate life together.

    Sue Allison is a journalist and award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in many magazines. She is author of Secrets of Small Gardens also published by New Holland.



    ISBN: 9781869665142
    Publication date: 30/10/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Allison, Susan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • 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
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