• Alice What Have You Done The Case of Alice May Parkinson
    Alice What Have You Done The Case of Alice May Parkinson
    Napier, 1915: Alice May Parkinson shoots and kills her lover. Her trial and its aftermath cause controversy throughout New Zealand. Is she a feminist heroine or a callous killer...or simply a desperate woman who ran out of choices? This is her story.

    ISBN: 9781927242605
    Publication date: 01/09/2014
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Markwell, Carol
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Among Secret Beauties a Memoir of Mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas
    Among Secret Beauties a Memoir of Mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas
    Climbing entered the world stage in the 1950s: this was the era that produced not only Sir Edmund Hillary but a strong body of world-class New Zealand climbers. In this important and dramatic book Brian Wilkins, who was part of the adventure, shares his experiences of climbing in the Southern Alps and the Himalayas. During the New Zealand Alpine Club expedition to the Himalayas in 1954, the year after Everest, Wilkins was the climber most closely associated with Hillary. Hillary's two narrow escapes from death during the expedition saw Wilkins in a unique position to gauge the character and actions of this legendary figure at a formative stage in the famous climber's career. Wilkins' New Zealand climbing includes the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mt Aspiring, a gripping drama of survival and human endurance and a test of the ethics of mountaineering. In this account he also submits the writings of his contemporaries to robust critical attention, writing with warm gentle humour, honesty and insight.

    ISBN: 9781877578489
    Publication date: 01/12/2013
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Wilkins, Brian
    Format: Not Applicable
    Price: $45.00
  • Annies War a New Zealand Woman and Her Family in England 1916-19 the Diaries of Annie Montgomerie
    Annies War a New Zealand Woman and Her Family in England 1916-19 the Diaries of Annie Montgomerie
    Annie's War is a remarkable book. There have been many published collections of soldiers' diaries and letters from the First World War, but never a first-hand account of one New Zealand family's life in England during these challenging and frightening years. When her sons, Oswald and Seton, decided they wanted to serve as pilots, which meant enlisting in Britain, Annie Montgomerie decreed that the whole family would go too. So from 1916 to 1919 they lived in London, facing Zeppelin attacks, giving hospitality to young New Zealand friends who left to fight (and sometimes never came back), watching Oswald and Seton go off to war, and suffering in the influenza epidemic. Through all this Annie kept a diary, in which she recorded her deep love and concern for her family, her hatred of the war, her forthright, amusing and proudly Kiwi views on the English and myriad fascinating details about wartime London life. Annie's granddaughter, Susanna Montgomerie Norris, has transcribed and edited this extraordinary account, along with many letters and diary excerpts from her pilot father, Seton.
    Richly illustrated with contemporary photographs and other memorabilia, Annie's War offers a unique and compelling view of a crucial time in world history.

    ISBN: 9781877578755
    Publication date: 01/11/2014
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Norris, Susanna Montgomerie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • April 25 1915: The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    April 25 1915: The Most Glorious Day of My Life
    On April 25, 1915, in the famous Battle of the Landing at what became known as Anzac Cove, Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott of the Auckland Infantry Battalion was seriously wounded. However, he survived and went on to write an account of the day which has been called one of the best and truest testimonies of personal experience in battle ever written. This is his story.

    ISBN: 9780473300333
    Publication date: 01/12/2014
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Westmacott, Lieutenant Spencer
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • As it Is My Time in Parliament and Thoughts for Our Future
    As it Is My Time in Parliament and Thoughts for Our Future
    Drawing on his life experience and time as an MP Gordon Copeland, sets out a passionate vision for New Zealand's future. In doing so he addresses a wide range of issues from fundamental social reform, the road to economic success for all rather than the few, a pathway to happiness in family life and even international affairs. All of these issues are dealt with in detail underpinned by the values of justice, peace, compassion and inclusiveness for all. This book is anything but "politics as usual"!

    ISBN: 9780473334086
    Publication date: 30/11/2015
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Copeland, Gordon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Astride a Fierce Wind
    Astride a Fierce Wind
    Astride a Fierce Wind is a story of the life of an immigrant and what it means to leave one home behind and cross the world to find another. But it is also the story of a life of a woman who faces huge difficulties and yet chooses instead to see beauty and strength and freedom and love. Huberta Hellendoorn's memoir is a celebration of the Dutch way of life and of her adopted home, Dunedin. It is a tribute to fierce motherhood and firm friendship. A story written with courage and a belief in the transformative power of words.

    ISBN: 9780473395216
    Publication date: 10/05/2017
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Hellendoorn, Huberta
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • At the Margin of Empire: John Webster and Hokianga, 1841-1900
    At the Margin of Empire: John Webster and Hokianga, 1841-1900
    In this remarkable biography, Jennifer Ashton uses the life of one man as a unique lens through which to view the early history of New Zealand. Born in Scotland in 1818, John Webster came to New Zealand via Australia in 1841 (after a violent encounter in the outback which he just escaped unscathed) and spent most of the rest of his life in Hokianga. At the Margin of Empire charts his colourful experiences carving out a fortune as the region's leading timber trader and cultivating connections with the leading figures of the day, Maori and Pakeha. Webster fought alongside Tamati Waka Nene in the Northern War, married one of Nene's relatives and built up his kauri timber business through trade with local chiefs (though at one point awoke to find a plundering party had arrived on his front lawn). He was also friends with Frederick Maning, and visited by George Grey, Richard Seddon and other luminaries of the day. In telling the story of John Webster's long and colourful life for the first time, this biography also explores the wider transformation of relationships between Maori and Pakeha during the nineteenth century.
    It is an intimate and revealing account of life in early New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9781869408251
    Publication date: 16/02/2015
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Ashton, Jennifer
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Barry Brickell Reader: Selected 'Wrertings', Meditations, Outbursts, Decrees and Diversions
    Barry Brickell Reader: Selected 'Wrertings', Meditations, Outbursts, Decrees and Diversions
    "What a fine thing it is to have this full and final show of Barry's wrerterly productivity laid out expansively, matched by a photo-essay that shows Barry doing what he always did most: working, in his own self-made situ. Laid out, too, in the long thin lines he loved to trace, on paper/ canvas, in clay, in the landscape. Curling across the page in those transitional curves that were in fact his strongest formal signature; and the thing that sent the radius of his work out, in the end, to some kind of infinity." - David Craig

    ISBN: 9780947493349
    Publication date: 03/03/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: O'Brien, Gregory
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee
    Battle of Britain Airman to PoW Escapee
    ISBN: 9781473890725
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Walker, Angela
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Beacon in the Harbour
    Beacon in the Harbour
    ISBN: 9780473327866
    Price: $20.00
    Author: Aldridge, Joseph
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $20.00
  • Behind the Tape Life on the Police Frontline
    Behind the Tape Life on the Police Frontline
    New Zealand's top police crisis negotiator reveals the everyday drama of being a cop: the lives saved, the lives lost, and the extreme pressure to perform in tough and confronting circumstances. Lance Burdett was in the police force for 22 years, in a variety of high-level roles: head of the negotiation team; running the 111 call centre; intelligence management; protection squad; and emergency responders. He worked on some of New Zealand's best-known cases, such as the Jan Molenaar case, where Lance was flown in to head the negotiation team, and the George Baker prison hostage negotiation with the man who murdered Liam Ashley. His daily police life included frequent suicide interventions in high-profile cases, which were common call-outs for the negotiation team. Lance talks about the different negotiation styles and challenges these cases demanded. He was involved in Australia/New Zealand anti-terrorism training, and played the role of terrorist over several days on-site. His story shows how quickly you can become indoctrinated and 'hate' your 'enemies'. Lance also underwent FBI training in Washington where he found that New Zealand's negotiation skills held up well. Behind the Tape tells what it's really like to be a cop: the fear, the excitement, the stress, the everyday drama, the skills developed, the lives saved, the lives lost. It's gritty, tough and confronting...

    ISBN: 9781877505607
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Burdett, Lance
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Being Chinese A New Zealanders Story
    Being Chinese A New Zealanders Story
    This is the story of a quest I began three decades ago - the search for my Chinese identity. The path I travelled was not linear, and the years brought pain as well as joy. But, while this is a narrative about being Chinese and also a New Zealander, I know that the search for purpose and meaning in life is universal. I hope that others in our culturally diverse society will find their own ways to embark on that same journey.Helene Wong was born in New Zealand in 1949, to parents whose families had emigrated from China one or two generations earlier. Preferring invisibility, she grew up resisting her Chinese identity. But in 1980 she travelled to her father's home village in southern China and came face to face with her ancestral past.What followed was a journey to come to terms with 'being Chinese'. Helene Wong writes eloquently about her New Zealand childhood, about student life in the 1960s, and coming of age in Muldoon's New Zealand. What her Chinese ancestry means to her gradually illuminates the book as it sheds new light on her own life.Drawing on her experience of writing for New Zealand films, she takes the narrative forward through the places of her family's history - the ancestral village of Sha Tou in Zengcheng county, the rural town of Utiku where the Wongs ran a thriving business, the Lower Hutt suburbs of her childhood, and Avalon and Naenae.

    ISBN: 9780947492380
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Wong, Helene
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
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