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    Twelve bytes. Twelve eye-opening, mind-expanding, funny and provocative essays on the implications of artificial intelligence for the way we live and the way we love - from Sunday Times-bestselling author Jeanette Winterson.

    An original, and entertaining new book from Jeanette Winterson, drawing on her years of thinking about and reading about Artificial Intelligence in its bewildering manifestations. She looks to history, religion, myth, literature, the politics of race and gender, and of course, computing science, to help us understand the radical changes to the way we live and love that are happening now.

    When we create non-biological life-forms, will we do so in our image? Or will we accept the once-in-a-species opportunity to remake ourselves in their image?

    What do love, caring, sex, and attachment look like when humans form connections with non-human helpers teachers, sex-workers, and companions? And what will happen to our deep-rooted assumptions about gender?

    Will the physical body that is our home soon be enhanced by biological and neural implants, keeping us fitter, younger, and connected? Is it time to join Elon Musk and leave Planet Earth?

    With wit, compassion and curiosity, Winterson tackles AI's most interesting talking points, from the algorithms that data-dossier your whole life, to the weirdness of backing up your brain.

    ISBN: 9781787332478
    Publication date: 29/07/2021
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Winterson, Jeanette
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 200 Women
    200 Women
    An extraordinary book about equality founded on 200 original and diverse interviews with women from around the world. 'You can't empower women without listening to their stories' Gloria Steinem Famous and unknown, celebrated and marginalised, rich and poor, black and white, leaders, victims, survivors, heroes, saints and sinners. Women who will educate and inspire us, teach us empathy, and bring positive change in a time when so many women and girls are still fighting for basic freedom and equality.Founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits, this landmark book is the realisation of an epic global journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds, and ask them what really matters to them. All two hundred women were photographed against the same background and asked the same five questions. Their answers reveal truth, wisdom, and inspiring stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional, each woman shares her unique replies to questions that reveal a human being's deepest motivation, happiness, sadness and hope.Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait from award-winning photographer Kieran E. Scott, resulting in a volume that is complelling in both world and image - and global in its scope and resonance. With responses that range from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strenth, inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many people are fighting for basic feedom and equality. It's a book that confirms what we already know - there are no ordinary women. A percentage of proceeds will be distributed to organisations primarily devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women.

    ISBN: 9781988516400
    Publication date: 08/11/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Hobday, Ruth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Activism Feminism Politics And Parliament
    Activism Feminism Politics And Parliament
    Margaret Wilson has always lived a political life. From her days as a child growing up in the Waikato in a Catholic family attuned to fairness, an unlikely law student in the 1960s in a class with a few other women, and an emerging socialist feminist who read radical texts and attended women's conventions, her key concerns became cemented early: the rights of women and equality for all under the law. This is the story of one of New Zealand's most eminent political actors. A policy-focused campaigner, reluctant to join a political tribe and uncomfortable with the combative attitudes and personal jockeying that politics seemed to entail, Wilson nevertheless rose to become the president of the Labour Party during the turbulent mid-1980s. Going on to become a central, far-sighted, occasionally controversial minister in the Clark government, Wilson held significant roles as Attorney-General and Speaker of the House. Activism, Feminism, Politics and Parliament is a powerful analysis of political life in New Zealand over four decades. From pay equity to a home-grown Supreme Court, employment relations legislation to paid parental leave, the policies Wilson championed were based always in the long-held principles of a true conviction politician.

    ISBN: 9781988587844
    Publication date: 12/07/2021
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Margaret, Wilson
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Being Pakeha Now Reflections and Recollections of a White Native
    Being Pakeha Now Reflections and Recollections of a White Native
    A reprint of Michael King's seminal book on what it means to be a non-Maori New Zealander. First published in 1985, Being Pakeha became a kiwi classic, a strong reply both to Maori who were asserting their own identity and also to Pakeha who were mumbling that they didn't have a strong culture or identity of their own. Being Pakeha Now was updated in 1999 and is being reprinted again with a foreword by Kerry Howe, Professor of History at Massey University and author of The Quest for Origins. Because of Michael's untimely death, this book is the closest we'll have to memoir by this major New Zealand historian and biographer. In Being Pakeha Now Michael King carries the cultural debate forward. While recognising and respecting the place of Maori in New Zealand, he argues that Pakeha too belong inescapably to this country and have no other home. Part memoir, part apologia and part celebration of a country and its peoples, Being Pakeha Now is an exciting and controversial book that travels into the hinterland of the national psyche.

    ISBN: 9780143019565
    Publication date: 03/08/2004
    Price: $36.00
    Author: King, Michael
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Belonging Ancient Code of Togetherness
    Belonging Ancient Code of Togetherness
    Whakapapa. You belong here.

    Whakapapa is a Maori idea which embodies our universal human need to belong. It represents a powerful spiritual belief - that each of us is part of an unbroken and unbreakable chain of people who share a sacred identity and culture.

    Owen Eastwood places this concept at the core of his methods to maximise a team's performance. In this book he reveals, for the first time, the ethos that has made him one of the most in-demand Performance Coaches in the world.

    In Belonging, Owen weaves together insights from homo sapiens' evolutionary story and ancestral wisdom. He shines a light on where these powerful ideas are applied around our world in high-performing settings encompassing sport, business, the arts and military.

    Aspects of Owen's unique approach include: finding your identity story; defining a shared purpose; visioning future success; sharing ownership with others; understanding the 'silent dance' that plays out in groups; setting the conditions to unleash talent; and converting our diversity into a competitive advantage.

    ISBN: 9781529410303
    Publication date: 27/05/2021
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Eastwood, Owen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies
    Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies
    Before Kitty Flanagan was making rules, she was burning bridges ...

    Kitty has been locked in a freezer in Western Australia, insulted about the size of her lady parts in Singapore and borne witness to the world's most successful wife swap in suburban Sydney. It's these valuable lessons from The University of Life that have taught her so many things, including the fact that cliches like 'The University of Life' are reeeally annoying.

    In these funny, true stories, Kitty provides advice you didn't even know you needed. Tips on how not to get murdered while hitch-hiking, how to break up with someone the wrong way, and the right way, why it's important to keep your top on while waitressing, and why women between the ages of thirty-seven and forty-two should be banned from internet dating.

    Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies is a collection of laugh-out-loud, cautionary tales from one of Australia's favourite comedians.

    What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:

    'Finally, a book that doesn't tell you to stop eating sugar.'

    'I wrote a letter to my younger self and told her to buy this book.'

    ISBN: 9781760877477
    Publication date: 29/09/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Flanagan, Kitty
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Child Poverty Debate: Myths Misconceptions and Misunderstandings
    Child Poverty Debate: Myths Misconceptions and Misunderstandings
    What is child poverty, what evidence is there of such poverty in New Zealand and why does it matter? These questions regularly attract answers accompanied by conjecture and prejudice. This short book uses the latest evidence and a non-partisan approach, identifying child poverty as a critical issue for New Zealand’s future. Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s succinct introduction to this challenge, drawn from their widely acclaimed full-length book and updated with new data, is essential reading.

    ISBN: 9781927277751
    Publication date: 06/10/2014
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Boston, Jonathan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • 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
  • Complacent Nation
    Complacent Nation
    New Zealanders are too complacent about the continuing erosion of their right to know what government is doing on their behalf. Political risk has become a primary consideration in whether official information requests will be met, and successive governments have allowed free speech rights to be over-ridden.Drawing on decades of experience as a journalist and editor, Gavin Ellis chronicles the patterns of erosion and calls for entrenchment of the Bill of Rights Act. As supreme law, it would set a high bar that politicians must hurdle before freedom of expression could be curtailed.

    ISBN: 9780947492946
    Publication date: 15/08/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Ellis, Gavin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Conversation With My Country
    Conversation With My Country
    A personal account reviewing an eventful life and an amazing country.

    Following Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff wrote his hard-hitting book Maori- The Crisis and the Challenge in 1993. His controversial comments shook the country. A quarter of a century later, New Zealand and Maoridom are in a very different place. And so is Alan - he has since published many more books, had two films made of his works, founded a literacy programme, Duffy Books in Homes, and has endured 'some less inspiring moments, including bankruptcy'. Returned from living in France, he sees his country with fresh eyes.

    Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.

    ISBN: 9780143773269
    Publication date: 02/07/2019
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Duff, Alan
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Death and Dying in New Zealand
    Death and Dying in New Zealand
    We will all die. Yet we don't talk about death and dying very much. Currently, and for the most part, a small group of people manage death for us behind closed doors. We are increasingly unlikely to know what options are available to us and those we care about. So, how can we prepare well? Are our collective and individual needs being met?

    The ways we approach death - as a subject and in our practices - reveal much about our values and how we live. With an increasingly diverse and ageing population, advances in technology and medical care, and the social, economic and environmental challenges facing us, it is important to openly discuss how we plan for death as individuals and as a society.

    ISBN: 9780473447755
    Publication date: 22/10/2018
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Johnson, Emma
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • Doing Our Bit Campaign to Double the Refugee Quota
    Doing Our Bit Campaign to Double the Refugee Quota
    "While I've spent enough time in universities to understand the meaning of various freedoms, I've also spent enough time in the world to see the opposite of freedom: persecution, detention, and the slow drag of less obvious oppressions." In 2013, Murdoch Stephens began a campaign to double New Zealand's refugee quota. Inspired by his time living in Aleppo, Syria, over the next five years he built the campaign into a mainstream national movement - one that contributed to the first growth in New Zealand's refugee quota in thirty years. Doing Our Bit is an insider's account of political campaigning in New Zealand. This BWB Text is essential reading for anyone interested in grassroots campaigning or how political change happens in New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781988545233
    Publication date: 02/07/2018
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Stephens, Murdoch
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
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