• Husnas Story Why I Forgave My Wife's Killer
    Husnas Story Why I Forgave My Wife's Killer
    Husna's Story is written by Husna's husband Farid Ahmed. They were praying at El Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a gunman burst in and shot and killed 51 people and injured many others in a terrorist attack. This book tells Husna's story, describing the day of the attack - in all of its normal, mundane detail up until the tragedy, and then the horrendous tragedy of what followed.

    Interwoven with this is the story of Husna's life, telling of the selflessness and bravery with which she lived her life. As well as looking after her paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women when they were giving birth, running classes for children and helping many others. Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day. She had already led the other women and children to safety. Tragically she was shot.

    Husna's husband, Farid Ahmed, quite incredibly, forgives the alleged killer. His remarkable philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how religion and faith, through personal application, can be a tool for navigating the most horrific of tragedies.

    ISBN: 9781988547480
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Ahmed, Farid
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Impossible My Story
    Impossible My Story
    An extraordinary memoir about family, love, belief, redemption and the power of forgiveness

    Stan Walker is one of the finest singers to emerge from Australia and New Zealand Aotearoa in a generation. When Stan won Australian Idol in 2009, he was thrown head-first into the deep end of the music industry. What followed were some of the highest highs, and the lowest of lows. Few knew about the darkness in Stan's past - the violent upbringing, the sexual abuse and the struggle to be more than just a survivor.

    Impossible is a personal reflection on life growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined. It's a story about forgiveness and a journey to redemption. It's a tale of a young Maori boy from Tauranga finding his place on the world stage while never forgetting who he is and where he came from.

    Stan's is a story of survival against impossible odds. Abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination - Stan tells it all with startling honesty and insight, and with a wonderful sense of warmth and hope. It's an important and un-putdownable read.

    ISBN: 9781775541479
    Publication date: 07/10/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Walker, Stan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • In the Time of the Manaroans
    In the Time of the Manaroans
    At fourteen Miro Bilbrough falls out with the communist grandmother who has raised her since she was seven, and is sent to live with her father and his rural-hippy friends. It is 1978, Canvastown, New Zealand, and the Floodhouse is a dwelling of pre-industrial gifts and deficiencies set on the banks of the Wakamarina River, which routinely invades its rooms. Isolated in rural poverty, the lives of Miro and her father and sister are radically enhanced by the Manaroans charismatic hippies who use their house as a crash pad on journeys to and from a commune in a remote corner of the Marlborough Sounds. Arriving by power of thumb, horseback and hooped canvas caravan, John of Saratoga, Eddie Fox, Jewels and company set about rearranging the lives and consciousness of the blasted family unit. In the Time of the Manaroans brilliantly captures a largely unwritten historical culture, the Antipodean incarnation of the Back to the Land movement. Contrarian, idealistic, sexually opportunistic and self-mythologising too, this was a movement, as the narrator duly discovers, not conceived with adolescents in mind.

    ISBN: 9781776563128
    Publication date: 13/08/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Bilbrough, Miro
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Interregnum
    Interregnum
    Is New Zealand's political settlement beginning to fray? And does this mean we're entering the interregnum, that ambiguous moment between society-wide discontent and political change? In BWB's latest book of essays, edited by Morgan Godfery, ten of New Zealand's best emerging thinkers gather to debate the 'morbid symptoms' of the current moment, from precarious work to climate change, and to discuss what shape change might take, from 'the politics of love' to postcapitalism. The Interregnum interrogates the future from the perspective of the generation who will help shape it.

    ISBN: 9780947492649
    Publication date: 07/03/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Godfery, Morgan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Nigel Latta is a forensic psychologist. He spends his working life with the sort of people most of us would prefer to pretend didn't exist. In this new edition of his ground-breaking book, which is the inspiration for the TVNZ series Beyond the Darklands, Nigel takes us inside the minds of some of the most chilling characters to walk our streets. As writer and presenter of Beyond the Darklands, Nigel has updated his book to include new material on significant recent cases since it was last released in 2005. Now a respected media commentator and recognised expert in sexual abuse, sexual crimes and for his work with severely disturbed children and young people, Nigel is a regular columnist with Littlies Magazine and has a parenting slot on National Radio. The television series Beyond The Darklands will be screening post July 2007 and will be marketed and publicised by TVNZ as a major local documentary series, further increasing Nigel's profile.

    ISBN: 9781869506698
    Publication date: 14/09/2007
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Latta, Nigel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • Into the Unknown The Secret WWI Diary of Kiwi Alick Trafford No. 25/469
    Into the Unknown The Secret WWI Diary of Kiwi Alick Trafford No. 25/469
    A personal account of WWI from the diaries of a Gisborne farm boy, shaped into a gripping narrative by the diarist's grandson 100 years later. Follow Alick as he moves from his last night on the farm in early 1916, through enshipment and training, then off to the battle fields of France and Belgium, occupied Germany and back home. His treasured diaries covered the tedium, the mud, the fear and sorrow, the discomfort, the periods of leave and the letters from those back home. See the war unfold through Alick's eyes and learn about his and his companions' attitudes to the army, to female company, to the enemy soldiers, to the hospitality provided by people under pressure, to the war itself.
    And after the drama and tragedy of war, comes the return home and the efforts required to make a living while remaining steadfastly silent about the traumas of those terrible years - an unseen fight that continued and affected generations to come.

    ISBN: 9780143775126
    Publication date: 04/08/2020
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Trafford, Ian
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Jacinda Ardern
    Jacinda Ardern
    'Sincere, intent, focused and always readable. [This] book gets to a truth and an understanding.' Steve Braunias, Newsroom

    Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family.

    Duff tracks Ardern's political career, from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to her compassion during one of New Zealand's biggest tragedies, the Christchurch mosque terror attack of 2019. In its aftermath, Ardern has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning.

    Ardern attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality?

    Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape?

    This is an engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time - telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

    ISBN: 9781988547572
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Duff, Michelle
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Jacinda Ardern a New Kind of Leader
    Jacinda Ardern a New Kind of Leader
    Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern is a leader for a new generation, one tired of inertia in the face of pressing issues such as climate change, immigration and the rise of far-right terrorism. Ardern was catapulted onto the international stage with her grace and compassion following the Christchurch mosque shooting. Oprah Winfrey invited us to 'channel our inner Jacindas' as praise for Ardern flooded headlines and social media.

    The world's youngest female head of government, and only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, Ardern describes herself as a progressive and a social democrat. In this revealing biography, journalist Madeleine Chapman discovers the woman behind the headlines. Politically engaged from an early age, Ardern has encountered her fair share of sexism, but rather than let that harden her she advocates 'rising above' critics. In her first press conference, she announced an election campaign of 'relentless positivity'. The tactic was a resounding success- donations poured in and Labour rebounded in the polls.

    But can Ardern live up to her promise? What does her new style of leadership look like in practice? And what can we learn from the world's reaction to this inspiring leader?

    ISBN: 9781760641818
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Chapman, Madeleine
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Jacinda Ardern Leading With Empathy
    Jacinda Ardern Leading With Empathy
    Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy is a major biography of one of the most important and inspirational leaders of the twenty-first century, based on interviews with the New Zealand Prime Minister herself.

    Jacinda Ardern was swept into office in 2017, with a wave of popular adulation dubbed 'Jacindamania'. Her victory seemed heroic: in less than three months, she rose from deputy leader of the opposition, to the highest office in her nation. Few in politics would have believed it possible; fewer still would have guessed at her resolve and compassionate leadership, which, in the wake of the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019 and the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, brought her international acclaim and a second term.

    Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy carefully explores the influences - personal, social, political and emotional - that have shaped Ardern. Acclaimed peace activist and journalist Supriya Vani and writer Carl A Harte build their narrative through Vani's personal interviews with Ardern, as well as the prime minister's public statements and speeches and the words of those who know her. We visit the places, meet the people and understand the events that propelled the daughter of a small-town Mormon policeman into a committed social democrat, a passionate Labour Party politician, and a model modern leader.

    ISBN: 9781743797211
    Publication date: 02/06/2021
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Vani, Supriya
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.99
  • Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time. Politician, feminist and champion for social equality, Jacinda Ardern epitomizes the modern leader. In this warm and candid interview, the fortieth Prime Minister of New Zealand discusses her childhood growing up in rural Aotearoa New Zealand, her journey into politics, and the lessons she has learned along the way. From her thoughts on climate change and women's rights, to the horrific Christchurch mosque attacks, she reflects on the matters and moments that have impacted her most. With sincerity and insight, she highlights the importance of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, while stressing the need for authenticity in a fast-paced and highly digitized world. At once inspiring and uplifting, her words are a compelling reminder of our shared humanity and a call to action to young leaders and activists around the world.

    ISBN: 9781990003035
    Publication date: 20/05/2020
    Price: $19.99
    Author: I Know This To Be True
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $19.99
  • Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    Jake Bailey What Cancer Taught Me
    'None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities you have.' Delivered from a wheelchair while undergoing cancer treatment, Jake Bailey's inspirational end of year speech as Head Boy at Christchurch Boys' High School made headlines around the world. Diagnosed just a week earlier with the most aggressive form of cancer - one with often fatal results - Jake didn't know whether he would have the strength to deliver the words he had written before receiving the shocking news of his illness. And he had no idea of the significance his speech would assume as he lay in hospital enduring intensive chemotherapy. In this remarkably honest account of his illness, treatment and recovery, Jake shares all that the experience has taught him. 'Before I got sick I was dying to get home from school. I was dying for the weekends. I was dying for the school holidays, and then before I knew it I was dying in Christchurch Hospital.' Confronting the possibility of death has led Jake to re-evaluate all that he took for granted in life and to encourage others to do the same. His book is an uplifting call to action to people of all ages.

    ISBN: 9780143770862
    Publication date: 15/05/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Bailey, Jake
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K Baxter Letters of a Poet
    James K. Baxter was not a man of few words, and his private correspondence was no exception. Letters of a Poet, edited by his good friend and frequent correspondent John Weir, contains almost 900 of Baxter's letters from 1939 to 1972, covering his teenage years and entire adult life. Frank, funny, generous, sometimes filthy, packed with poems and musings on love, the Catholic faith, and how to live well and write well, they provide remarkable new insights into his life and work.

    Includes letters to his parents, Archibald and Millicent Baxter, the conscientious objector Noel Ginn, and many of the leading literary figures of the time, including Charles Brasch, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Fleur Adcock, Lawrence Baigent, Barry Crump, Maurice Shadbolt, W. H. Oliver, Robin Dudding and many more.
    Includes introduction by John Weir, biographies of correspondents, timeline and index.

    ISBN: 9781776562039
    Publication date: 06/12/2018
    Price: $100.00
    Author: Weir, John
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
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