• Constant Radical The Life and Times of Sue Bradford
    Constant Radical The Life and Times of Sue Bradford
    Sue Bradford is half American and sixth generation Kiwi on her father’s side -- her European missionary genes date from 1820s Northland. Despite her grassroots New Zild twang, she was raised in Auckland by middle class, bohemian intellectuals and survived a childhood made difficult by her brilliant but domineering father. Fast forward through the tumultuous Vietnam War protest era, the 1981 Springbok Tour and 16 years in the invisible community sector where she became, with husband Bill, a loud voice and a highly effective organiser for society’s marginalised, and Sue suddenly and unexpectedly found herself in Parliament. From December 1999, as a hardworking, and much admired Green MP she managed a hefty portfolio and succeeded in getting three member’s bills into legislation, including her contentious bill to amend section 59 of the Crimes Act. Her mainstream political career ended, abruptly and disappointingly, five months after she lost the May 2009 Green Party co-leadership contest. Subsequently she achieved a PhD and transformed herself into Dr Sue Bradford -- activist and academic. Her readable thesis on the need for a major left wing think tank in Aotearoa has been downloaded in full almost 3,000 times and Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA), the infant left think tank she set up as a result, is growing lustily. Sue Bradford is still evolving but in terms of what matters most, her core social justice principles, she remains constant.

    ISBN: 9780994136008
    Publication date: 03/07/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Chamberlain, Jenny
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Dan Carter My Story Authorised Biogragphy
    Dan Carter My Story Authorised Biogragphy
    ISBN: 9781927262382
    Price: $39.00
    Author: Grieve, Duncan
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.00
  • Die Bibel: Being the Authoritative History of Dr Michael John O'Leary, Earl of Seacliff
    Die Bibel: Being the Authoritative History of Dr Michael John O'Leary, Earl of Seacliff
    ISBN: 9780947493066
    Publication date: 25/07/2016
    Price: $34.99
    Author: O'Leary, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Double Whammy: A Story About Beating an 'Unbeatable' Cancer
    Double Whammy: A Story About Beating an 'Unbeatable' Cancer
    This is a portrait of a family with their backs against the wall. A story of complexity, of agency and positivity that validates human emotional responses, and ultimately it is a story of survival - a story with a happy ending. In September of 2013, Rowan Bishop's husband Russell was diagnosed with Double Hit lymphoma, at that time a seemingly unbeatable cancer. Up to this point, Russell was an internationally recognised academic, acclaimed for his work in improving the educational outcomes of indigenous students, the most benighted students in many education systems. He was fit and healthy, exercised regularly, was a non-smoker and underwent regular medical check-ups. Completely out of the blue, he was confronted with what seemed to be a death sentence - even though just four months previously he'd had an 'all clear' from his GP. When all hope was gone, he agreed to become Number Six or, in other words, the sixth person in the world to trial a new chemotherapy approach. It was so successful that it not only saved Russell's life so that he became part of medical history, but it is now saving many more - and in doing so is beating the 'unbeatable'.
    Now, more than two years later, both Russell and Rowan are convinced that his survival is entirely due to a collaboration of extremely dedicated medical professionals, a modicum of luck and unflagging positivity and support from all concerned.

    ISBN: 9780994133410
    Publication date: 07/11/2016
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Bishop, Rowan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Double-Edged Sword The Simonne Butler Story
    Double-Edged Sword The Simonne Butler Story
    Double-edged Sword is a survival story like no other. In 2003 Simonne Butler's violent partner, high on methamphetamine, cut off both her hands with a samurai sword. Her hands were reattached in a groundbreaking marathon surgery and she spent the next decade healing her mind, body and spirit. Despite five years in an extremely physically and emotionally abusive relationship, Simonne always had an unbreakable spirit. Even when her self-confidence and sense of self-preservation was at rock bottom, she was able to source phenomenal strength that saw her survive horrendous blood loss and being left for dead for hours, holding her severed limbs in such a way that allowed revascularisation to be possible. Facing obstacles from the very start, including a troubled childhood and an alcoholic and volatile mother, Simonne's optimism and determination have always shone through. Every victim of domestic violence must read this book, and their friends and family. Even those who have never been the victim of violence will be inspired, moved and enlightened by this candid and brutal memoir.Double-edged Sword is so much more than just a story of survival, it is a guidebook for humanity - how to shrug off the oppressors and the obstacles and live your life with the greatest intensity you can muster.
    It's about conquering the demons and rising like a phoenix from the ashes and learning how to live with passion, honesty and love.

    ISBN: 9780473364359
    Publication date: 22/11/2016
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Butler, Simonne
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Dumont Durville Explorer and Polymath
    Dumont Durville Explorer and Polymath
    Explorer Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842) is sometimes called France's Captain Cook. Born less than a year after the beginning of the French Revolution, he lived through turbulent times. He was an erudite polymath: a maritime explorer fascinated by botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in France's acquisition of the famous Venus de Milo. D'Urville's voyages and writings meshed with an emergent French colonial impulse in the Pacific. In this magnificent biography Edward Duyker reveals that D'Urville had secret orders to search for the site for a potential French penal colony in Australia. He also effectively helped to precipitate pre-emptive British settlement on several parts of the Australian coast. D'Urville visited New Zealand in 1824, 1827 and 1840. This wide-ranging survey examines his scientific contribution, including the plants and animals he collected, and his conceptualisation of the peoples of the Pacific: it was he who first coined the terms Melanesia and Micronesia.
    D'Urville helped to confirm the fate of the missing French explorer Laperouse, took Charles X into exile after the Revolution of 1830, and crowned his navigational achievements with two pioneering Antarctic descents. Edward Duyker has used primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians. He dispels many myths and errors about this daring explorer of the age of sail and offers his readers grand adventure and surprising drama and pathos.

    ISBN: 9781877578700
    Publication date: 01/09/2014
    Price: $70.00
    Author: Duyker, Edward
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $70.00
  • Dusty Allen Rediscovered: A Neurologist's Life
    Dusty Allen Rediscovered: A Neurologist's Life
    THIS IS THE BIOGRAPHY OF DR I.M. ALLEN, better known as "Dusty" Allen to his colleagues. He was the first fully trained neurologist to practise in New Zealand. Allen was a controversial figure in the history of New Zealand medicine. He was respected for his clinical acumen and formidable knowledge, but to many people he appeared reclusive and dour. His opposition to the way neurosurgery was being developed and his reluctance to refer patients for neurosurgery led to an acrimonious dispute with neurosurgeon Murray Falconer. Allen believed that patients with mental disorders were a neurologist's responsibility and this attitude made him unpopular with psychiatrists. He tried to enhance the role of specialists, but this was vigorously opposed by general physicians. Allen was a researcher and a prolific writer. He showed it was possible to combine clinical work with research without academic appointment or financial assistance. The study of neurology was his all-consuming passion.
    While there was much about Allen's life that distinguished it from that of his contemporaries, this biography vividly illustrates many of the typical features of life as a specialist in the first half of the 20th century: medical education in Dunedin, work as a house surgeon and in general practice, travelling to Britain as a ship's doctor, postgraduate training in Great Britain and the difficulties encountered in eking out a living as a specialist in New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9780473355807
    Publication date: 04/08/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Anderson, Neil
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • 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: $34.99
    Author: Gill, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
  • Family Violence Lifting New Zealand's Dark Cloud
    Family Violence Lifting New Zealand's Dark Cloud
    Aotearoa New Zealand is no longer the Land of the Long White Cloud. These days it is covered by a very dark one indeed. In just 40 years New Zealand has dropped from being the safest country in the world to the most violent in the OECD. Our family violence rate is such that every minute of every day someone is suffering abuse. Men, women and children all over the country - irrespective of the colour of their skin, their race or religion, or their socio-economic status. The terrible truth is that so much of it is happening within the family unit. Too often the violence is extreme with murder on the domestic front now so commonplace that a case is reported on average every 12 days. No one knows this better than author David White, (right),whose daughter Helen was murdered by her husband not so many years ago. David's book, Family Violence, is about taking steps to end this vicious cycle and since 2011 he has been actively campaigning on the subject.

    ISBN: 9780994133403
    Publication date: 01/06/2016
    Price: $25.00
    Author: White, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Few Hares to Chase: the Life and Economics of Bill Phillips
    Few Hares to Chase: the Life and Economics of Bill Phillips
    How did an electrician from New Zealand with a few mediocre grades in sociology write the second most cited economics article in the world, build the MONIAC - a revolutionary computing machine - and quickly rise to become one of the world's leading economists? From a remote Dannevirke farm to wartime POW camps to London's intellectual world, the Bill Phillips story is a true New Zealand tale of adventurous spirit and can-do energy.

    ISBN: 9781869408299
    Publication date: 18/04/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Bollard, Alan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Freedom to Dance: The Story of Creative Dance Pioneer Boukje Van Zon
    Freedom to Dance: The Story of Creative Dance Pioneer Boukje Van Zon
    ISBN: 9781927167274
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Simon, Dragmar
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • 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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