• Bligh
    Bligh
    In Bligh, the story of the most notorious of all Pacific explorers is told through a new lens as a significant episode in the history of the world, not simply of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players. From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's three Pacific voyages - with Captain James Cook in the Resolution, on board the Bounty, and as commander of the Providence. Salmond offers new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty - and on Bligh's extraordinary 3000-mile journey across the Pacific in a small boat - through new revelations from unguarded letters between him and his wife Betsy. We learn of their passionate relationship, and her unstinting loyalty throughout the trials of his turbulent career and his fight to clear his name. This beautifully told story reveals Bligh as an important ethnographer, adding to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the first time, we hear how Bligh and his men were changed by their experiences in the South Seas, and how in turn they changed that island world forever.

    ISBN: 9780143770831
    Publication date: 28/11/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Book of Cohen
    Book of Cohen
    This is a story of two Cohens, the famous singer and his not-so-famous lifelong New Zealand fan. It spans several generations and locations, from the refugee waves of Europe of the 19th century to suburban New Zealand in the 1970s, late-night Montreal and New York and the menacing frontiers of the Middle East.

    ISBN: 9780947493882
    Publication date: 01/02/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Cohen, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Casting Off a Memoir (volume 2)
    Casting Off a Memoir (volume 2)
    At the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys absorbing memoir, What Lies Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and begun to piece together the events of her early life and find her place in the world. Casting Off begins on the eve of Elspeths first marriage. She and her husband will soon depart New Zealand for England, joining a throng of Kiwis who chose to uproot themselves from their native land. New attachments will be formed: new loves - of people; of places - will take the place of the old. But the home country will continue to exercise a pull. Backgrounding the personal story in this deeply satisfying memoir is the story of the Thatcher years and the creeping virus of neo-liberalism, the sexual revolution of the sixties, the beguiling world of books -- reading and writing - and theatre. Elspeth Sandys refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.

    ISBN: 9780947522551
    Publication date: 01/09/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Sandys, Elspeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Catch and Release
    Catch and Release
    Catch & Release is a compilation of renowned global jeweller Sir Michael Hill's doodled diary entries, snatches of inspiration and plenty of attempted wisdom. You'll find thoughtful musings alongside chaos and contradiction spread across over 400 pages collected through the years. These drawings by Hill come directly from his imagination, scrawled on whatever is made available in front of him: board papers, airline vomit bags, or a more traditional sketch book -A spontaneous catch and release!

    ISBN: 9780473488628
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Hill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Cause Of Death
    Cause Of Death
    Spontaneous combustion and exhumation, drug mules and devil worshippers, a gruesome killing beneath the Palmerston North Airport control tower, a mysterious death in a historic homestead, a first-hand dissection of the infamous Mark Lundy case ...

    In The Cause of Death, provincial pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp lifts the lid on the most unusual stories of death and murder he's encountered during his 30-year career.

    ISBN: 9781775541356
    Publication date: 23/07/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Temple-Camp, Cynric
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Charles Brasch Journals 1938-1945
    Charles Brasch Journals 1938-1945
    Transcribed by Margaret Scott, with a Dramatis Personae and annotations by Andrew Parsloe, these are the journals of an intelligent young man, just thirty when they begin, living through the Second World War in Britain. In journal entries that quickly become a daily habit/necessity, he struggles with relationships, what part he can play in the war effort, what he should do with his life, whether he should return to New Zealand...and creates a moving and always interesting document. Hundreds of people - especially emerging writers and artists, both British and Kiwi - appear in these pages, usually as visitors to London, and he finds an important friend in Colin Roberts. Rachel Barrowman's 'Finding "a Home for the Spirit" ' discusses the journals as an exploration of 'identity and self...during the restless war years'. When Brasch resolved to return to New Zealand at the end of 1945, it was 'part of a cultural mission: to make his contribution to the development in New Zealand of a mature...literary and arts culture'.

    ISBN: 9781877372841
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $60.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals 1945-1957 Part 2
    Charles Brasch Journals 1945-1957 Part 2
    This volume of Charles Brasch's journals covers the years from late 1945 to the end of 1957, when the poet and editor was aged 36 to 48. It begins with his return to New Zealand after World War II to establish a literary quarterly to be published by the Caxton Press. The journals cover the first decade or so of his distinguished editorship of Landfall, a role that brought Brasch into contact with New Zealand's leading artists and intelligentsia.His frank and often detailed descriptions of these people - including Frank Sargeson, A.R.D. Fairburn, Keith Sinclair, Eric McCormick, James Bertram, J.C. Beaglehole, Maria Dronke, Fred and Evelyn Page, Alistair Campbell, Bill Oliver, Toss and Edith Woollaston, Denis Glover, Allen Curnow, Leo Bensemann, Lawrence Baigent, Ngaio Marsh, Colin McCahon, James K. Baxter, Janet Frame, Ruth Dallas and many others - are among the highlights of the book.Unmarried and longing for intimacy, Brasch also writes with great candour about his relationships with Rose Archdall, Rodney Kennedy and Harry Scott, revealing a side of himself that has not been known about before.Central to Brasch's life was the vocation of poetry.
    He writes movingly about his own work, and also about his love of nature and the outdoors, including lively descriptions of walkingb the Milford and Routeburn tracks. The book ends with his visit to Europe in 1957, which confirmed his sense that New Zealand had become for him 'a centre & a world'.A lengthy introduction by Peter Simpson and other editorial apparatus guide the reader through this engrossing material.

    ISBN: 9781927322284
    Publication date: 01/05/2017
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Brasch, Charles
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Charles Brasch Journals 1958-1973 journals
    Charles Brasch Journals 1958-1973 journals
    This third and final volume of Charles Brasch's compelling private journals covers the years from when he was 48 to his death at 64. By the 1960s, Brasch, though very private by temperament, was a reluctant public figure, especially as editor of Landfall - indisputably New Zealand's leading cultural quarterly (he eventually quit as editor after 20 years). He was also becoming a highly regarded poet, who eventually had six books (one posthumous) to his name. Behind the scenes Brasch was increasingly important as an art collector and as patron and benefactor; the Burns, Hodgkins and Mozart Fellowships - for writers, artists and composers respectively - which he helped anonymously to found and fund, all began in this period. Among his friends Brasch counted most of the country's leading artists, writers and intellectuals including Sargeson, McCahon, McCormick, Stead, the Pauls, the Woollastons, the Baxters, Lilburn, Beaglehole, Angus, Oliver, Bensemann, Lusk, Frame and Dallas. These near contemporaries were joined by the talented young, many met as contributors to Landfall- including Gee, Cross, Shadbolt, Duggan, O'Sullivan, Hotere, Tuwhare, Caselberg, Middleton and Manhire. Brasch's lively and sometimes acerbic accounts of such people are a fascinating aspect of his journals. Behind the esteemed poet, editor and public intellectual, however, was a sensitive and often angst-ridden man, who confided to his journals (and poems) the emotional roller- coaster of his private life, especially his endlessly frustrated search for love. Presented here are deep attachments to both men and women, including Andrew Packard (a visiting English zoologist) and Margaret Scott, widow of Harry Scott with whom Brasch had also been in love. Late in life his strong involvement with an elderly Jewish emigree, Moli Zimmerman, adds another surprising layer to the complex and lovable man his journals reveal. Brasch's journals will change forever the perception and understanding of an outstanding New Zealander and of the era to which he contributed so much.

    ISBN: 9781988531144
    Publication date: 11/05/2018
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • 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: $59.99
    Author: Gill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • 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
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