• Grandparents Talk
    Grandparents Talk
    This book contains frank, sometimes astonishing, inspiring and thought-provoking interviews with a cross-section of New Zealand grandparents. Some are looking after their grandchildren full time. Some have Saturday night movie nights with theirs. This book shows the variety of grandparents in our diverse society, the heartbreak and the hilarity, and just how indispensable grandparents are. This colourful book is richly illustrated with photos of the featured grandparents and pictures drawn and paintings by school children.

    ISBN: 9781869539481
    Publication date: 07/11/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Marriott, Janice
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Half a Walnut Tree
    Half a Walnut Tree
    In ancient folklore the walnut tree was believed to help us in times of transition. The fruit of the walnut has the shape of the human brain and half a walnut is said to represent loss; 'tree' represents growth. 'Half a walnut tree' describes the tree that only grows walnuts that are half- size, a metaphor for repeated loss but continuous growth. This memoir is Quin Qing Tang's story of surviving repeated trauma and hardship-and of her defiance of her circumstances as she has persisted in continually growing and becoming stronger. Quin tells the heart-wrenching story of her childhood during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and of her challenging life in Christchurch as a young single mother returning to school. In her 40s, during the February 2011 earthquake, Quin was one of the few survivors of the collapse of the CTV building where she worked. This inspiring and moving memoir offers a fascinating insight into Quin's experience of her Chinese cultural heritage, as well as profound reflections on loss and love, healing, learning, and growth.

    ISBN: 9780473370312
    Publication date: 01/01/2016
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Quin Qing Tang
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Heart to Start
    Heart to Start
    The story of a global start-up plus a guide for turning your ideas into action.

    The true story of how young entrepreneur Derek Handley conceived big ideas in New Zealand and launched them to the world, through a series of electric highs and crushing lows, before discovering what he was really put here to do. This book also includes a practical field guide for shaping your life dreams and goals and turning them into reality. It takes you inside the entrepreneurial mindset, covering energy and time management, filtering which projects to pursue, believing in yourself, redesigning habits and creating ideas that are uniquely yours.

    'Really inspirational and a great read! It will help and inspire budding entrepreneurs and appeal to anyone who wants to map out their lives.' - Richard Branson

    Buy this book if you want to:
    Build a dream you're struggling to make happen
    Start a company, project or idea but not sure how to
    Quit your job to do something more meaningful to you
    Do bold things you're too scared to do because of what others might think
    Plan your life on a bigger scale but have no idea where to start
    Discover what life you're here to live


    ISBN: 9780143771548
    Publication date: 19/06/2017
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Handley, Derek
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Hocken: Prince of Collectors
    Hocken: Prince of Collectors
    Dr Thomas Morland Hocken (1836-1910) arrived in Dunedin in 1862, aged 26. Throughout his busy life as a medical practitioner he amassed books, manuscripts, sketches, maps and photographs of early New Zealand. Much of his initial collecting focused on the early discovery narratives of James Cook; along with the writings of Rev. Samuel Marsden and his contemporaries; Edward Gibbon Wakefield and the New Zealand Company; and Maori, especially in the south. He gifted his collection to the University of Otago in 1910. Hocken was a contemporary of New Zealand's other two notable early book collectors, Sir George Grey and Alexander Turnbull. In this magnificent piece of research, a companion volume to his Amassing Treasures for All Times: Sir George Grey, colonial bookman and collector, Donald Kerr examines Hocken's collecting activities and his vital contribution to preserving the history of New Zealand's early post-contact period.

    ISBN: 9781877578663
    Publication date: 01/05/2015
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Kerr, Donald Jackson
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $60.00
  • 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
  • Islands of the Gulf
    Islands of the Gulf
    The all-time classic telling of life in the 1960s Hauraki Gulf Trailblazing writer Shirley Maddock's journey to document the Hauraki Gulf and its people in 1964 was also a watershed moment for the story of New Zealand. It was a time when colonial innocence still lingered, and a way of life on the islands of the Gulf was a resourceful one, largely independent from the outside world. Across 3000 square kilometres of the Southern Pacific are some 40 islands - more if you count the gannet perches. Shirley Maddock joined air-captain Fred Lad, the first airplane to begin servicing the isolated island communities, to film New Zealand's first locally-produced documentary, Islands of the Gulf, and publish a book of the same name. Maddock would visit everyone from farmers to seamen, lighthouse keepers to island nurses, flying through the morning haze to the rugged battlements of Great Barrier and the dim, bluish mound of Little Barrier; over the top of North Head to the bone white tower of the light on Tiri Tiri; beyond to Kawau, east to Rakino and the little Noises; south-east to the long golden lengths of Waiheke and Ponui, last to the clouded peaks of the Moehau Ranges; and nearer to the inner harbour islands of Motutapu and Motuihe, Brown's Island with its lopped off crater and, at the entrance to the Gulf, the last great volcano, Rangitoto. This new 2017 edition is being published to coincide with the remake of Islands of the Gulf showing on TV ONE prime-time later this year with Shirley Maddock's daughter, actress and writer, Elisabeth Easther.

    ISBN: 9781775541165
    Publication date: 01/09/2017
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Maddock, Shirley
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • 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 Hector Explorer Scientist Leader
    James Hector Explorer Scientist Leader
    James Hector was the dominant personality in the small nineteenth-century scientific community in New Zealand. As the first scientist employed by the government, he was the founder of the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), New Zealand Institute (now Royal Society of New Zealand) and the Colonial Botanic Garden (now Wellington Botanic Garden), as well as being a trusted government advisor. Whenever a tricky technical problem arose, the first question was often, 'What does Dr Hector think?' Among his many achievements, Hector was the first to recognise and describe Hector's dolphin, to introduce and spread seeds of radiata pine and macrocarpa around New Zealand, and to standardise New Zealand time. He set up a national earthquake-recording system, the forerunner of today's GeoNet, and was one of the first observers to report on the disastrous 1886 Tarawera eruption. James Hector: Explorer, scientist, leader describes the life and work of this multi-talented man and the organisations he founded. It is aimed at the general reader with an interest in New Zealand's history and natural environment, and is generously illustrated.

    ISBN: 9781877480461
    Publication date: 01/09/2015
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Nathan, Simon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Late Love
    Late Love
    'Most of the time I have no idea what to do with them or what to say in response to them.'Award-winning New Zealand poet Glenn Colquhoun is also a doctor who works with struggling young people at the margins, painfully aware of the limits of his role. In this BWB Text he offers penetrating insight into the little he feels he is able to achieve as a GP and youth worker. It is, he says, a song of redemption.'Doctors are pompous. It is one of our strengths. But when I listen to a patient for any length of time I am reduced. They seem much more expert in their lives than I - and any desire for me to be glib shrinks away.'Colquhoun's account builds to radical proposals for New Zealand's primary health care, designed to reconnect our health system with the more vulnerable and less resourced parts of our society.

    ISBN: 9780947492892
    Publication date: 14/09/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Colquhoun, Glenn
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Lecretia's Choice: A Story of Love, Death and the Law
    Lecretia's Choice: A Story of Love, Death and the Law
    A successful young lawyer in Wellington, Lecretia Seales met and fell in love with Matt Vickers in 2003. In Lecretia's Choice, Matt tells the story of their life together, and how it changed when his proud, fiercely independent wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour and forced to confront her own mortality. The death she faced-slow, painful, dependent-was completely at odds with how she had lived her life. Lecretia wanted to die with dignity, to be able to say goodbye well, and not to suffer unnecessarily-but the law denied her that choice. With her characteristic spirit, she decided to mount a challenge in New Zealand's High Court, but as the battle raged, Lecretia's strength faded. She died on 5 June 2015, at the age of forty-two, the day after her family learned that the court had ruled against her. Lecretia's Choice is not only a moving love story but compulsory reading for everyone who cares about the dignity we afford terminally ill people who want to die on their own terms.

    ISBN: 9781925355598
    Publication date: 29/08/2016
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Vickers, Matt
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Lewisville
    Lewisville
    Martha Grimm has a sorrowful secret, and her daughter Mary Ann is the only other person in New Zealand who knows it. Growing up dirt-poor in Willoughby, Warwickshire, in 1814, Martha dared to imagine a different life. Now she is a wealthy and respectable Wellington settler half a world away. But the cost has been high. Martha cannot speak of the past nor the people she left behind. Lewisville is a novel based on true events. It is a story of one woman's ambition, of escape and reinvention, and the bittersweet consequences of achieving one's dreams. "You must promise me, if this man approaches you, you will have nothing to do with him. Tell him you have no idea what he is talking about; faint to the floor if you must. But don't let him say anything that could unravel our lives here. Promise me!"

    ISBN: 9780994137906
    Publication date: 04/11/2016
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Tidswell, Alexandra
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Lost Pilot
    Lost Pilot
    On 6 April 1945, a Japanese kamikaze pilot breaks cloud at 3,000 feet, near the island of Ishigaki. He plunges his Suisei divebomber into a fatal dive at the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. On the signals deck, Chief Petty Officer W. T. Holman sees him coming - he has just seconds to live. Intense and accurate fire from the ship blows the plane off course; it crashes into the sea. Its 1,000-pound bomb explodes beside the great ship in the nearest of near-misses. Later in life, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman begins to ask questions: Why did his father live and that pilot die? Who was the pilot and did he have any family who survived him? What was the meaning of such an odds-against moment of war? The answers lead Jeffrey into the heart of a troubled relationship with his father, combat veteran, alcoholic and problem gambler; into his past and his wartime marriage; to the names and faces of the six kamikaze who died that day in 1945; and, in 2011, to miraculous and deeply moving meetings with Japanese brothers of those aircrew, old men who welcome him into their homes like a long-lost family member.
    A unique and beautifully written book - part memoir, part history, part travelogue - The Lost Pilot charts a gripping journey of discovery and reconciliation.

    ISBN: 9780143568766
    Publication date: 22/05/2013
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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