• 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: $20.00
    Author: Handley, Derek
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Hello Darkness
    Hello Darkness
    "It's now a year exactly since my urologist told me I had an aggressive cancer that was incurable. I was rushed into hospital and thus began a year of chemotherapy, radiation and all the ups and downs of a sickness that arrived in my life with the noise and terror of an old fashioned train. During that time I wrote about my experience on my iphone, on Facebook, and I received in return an explosion of aroha on that most cynical of mediums - the internet. There was advice, commentary, encouragement, accompaniment. The posts became the basis for Hello Darkness.

    I made something out of nothing - if near-death experiences can be said to be nothing. I learnt a lot. I am a different person to who I was then. And so a year passes and today I am grateful to be in good health. I no longer walk with a stick. I am gardening at the moment. The terrible pain of my last radiation vanishes in a glow of anticipation. So what is Hello Darkness exactly? It's really my record of a remarkable year in which I found I had incurable prostate cancer that had metastised in my bones. I wanted my posts to express the minutest aspect of what I was feeling, seeing, experiencing.

    I am - for better or worse - ruthlessly observant. There were highs, and lows. I felt remorse for some things I had done in life as I looked backwards. But I felt this strange, almost bewildering pleasure in being alive. I had this crazy optimism that kept me going each morning. The fact is I felt lucky to be alive. I think when you state a general truth, it had a startling effect. We live in such a f*cked-up world, truth is like a prism falling into a vat full of crap and that single drop changes what it comes into contact with and things become crystal clear.

    Steve Braunias at The Spinoff posted my FB writings. The posts went viral. Then Hello Darkness won the 2018 Media Voyager Award for best personal essay. "Wry, acute and confessional, but most of all wise." Was I wise? All I was doing was trying to tell my truth.

    Hello Darkness is full of colour photos and is my lively letter to the future, written under the shade of death but always grasping towards what's essential, true, real. That's what this book is: my report on experience, my personal diary made public. My survival guide. My truth.

    ISBN: 9780473451622
    Publication date: 01/03/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Wells, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • History of Silence A Memoir
    History of Silence A Memoir
    The 2011 earthquake which shook Christchurch to its core led Lloyd Jones to investigate his own foundations and family past. And so begins a quest to revisit what has been buried by a legacy of silence. Piecing together his own memories with clues of what has been deliberately forgotten by his parents, Jones embarks on a journey of discovery - uncovering hardships endured and sorrows kept hidden. Grandparents never spoken of or met emerge from dusty archives as he unearths lives torn apart by tragedy and unspoken mysteries. Like the city that is exposed, Jones must come to terms with a history that is not one he may have imagined.

    ISBN: 9780143569473
    Publication date: 21/08/2013
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Jones, Lloyd
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • How We Met
    How We Met
    Stand-up comedian Michele A'Court rekindles the passion, with a brilliant collection of 'How We Met' stories. How We Met is based on a collection of 'How We Met' stories - those lovely stories couples love to tell (and we all love to hear) about how they got together. The author's theory: that these stories of how couples meet - the romantic, absurd, serendipitous, convoluted, scandalous, breath-taking moments of connection - help to weave their lives together. Partly as 'proof' that they were meant to begin this couple-journey, and also because in each retelling they go back to those first falling-in-love feelings and rekindle the passion.The theory is based on a hunch, which itself is based on nothingmore than the author's observations of watching couples as they talk. Michele then tests her thesis out on a neuroscientist and a psychologist, and by the end of the book, has some useful things to say not only about how great love starts,but how it stays great.

    ISBN: 9781775540939
    Publication date: 19/03/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: A'Court, Michele
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Hudson and Halls  The Good of Love
    Hudson and Halls The Good of Love
    Hudson & Halls: The food of love is more than just a love story, though a love story it certainly is. It is a tale of two television chefs who helped change the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation in the 1970s and 80s to that unspoken thing - homosexuality.
    Peter Hudson and David Halls became reluctant role models for a `don't ask, don't tell' generation of gay men and women who lived by omission. They were also captains of a culinary revolution that saw the overthrow of Aunty Daisy and Betty Crocker and the beginnings of Pacific-rich, Asian-styled international cuisine.
    Their drinking, bitching and bickering on screen, their spontaneous unchoreographed movements across the stage that left cameras and startled production staff exposed broke taboos and melted formalities. They captivated an unlikely bunch of viewers, from middle-aged matrons to bush-shirted blokes.
    Hudson and Halls were pioneers of celebrity television as we know it today: the naughty, not-quite-normal boys next door who rocketed to stardom on untrained talent and a dream.
    When Peter Hudson became seriously ill with prostate cancer, David Halls was inconsolable.
    What remained unchanged through it all was their abiding love for each other.
    In this riveting, fast-paced and meticulously researched book, New York Times bestselling author Joanne Drayton celebrates the legacy of the unforgettable Hudson and Halls.

    ISBN: 9781988531267
    Publication date: 01/10/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Drayton, Joanne
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Husnaa's Story
    Husnaa's Story
    Husna's Story is written by Husna's husband Farid Ahmed. They were praying at El Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a gunman burst in and shot and killed 51 people and injured many others in a terrorist attack. This book tells Husna's story, describing the day of the attack - in all of its normal, mundane detail up until the tragedy, and then the horrendous tragedy of what followed.

    Interwoven with this is the story of Husna's life, telling of the selflessness and bravery with which she lived her life. As well as looking after her paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women when they were giving birth, running classes for children and helping many others. Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day. She had already led the other women and children to safety. Tragically she was shot.

    Husna's husband, Farid Ahmed, quite incredibly, forgives the alleged killer. His remarkable philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how religion and faith, through personal application, can be a tool for navigating the most horrific of tragedies.

    ISBN: 9781988547480
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Ahmed, Farid
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • 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
  • Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Into the Darklands and Beyond
    Nigel Latta is a forensic psychologist. He spends his working life with the sort of people most of us would prefer to pretend didn't exist. In this new edition of his ground-breaking book, which is the inspiration for the TVNZ series Beyond the Darklands, Nigel takes us inside the minds of some of the most chilling characters to walk our streets. As writer and presenter of Beyond the Darklands, Nigel has updated his book to include new material on significant recent cases since it was last released in 2005. Now a respected media commentator and recognised expert in sexual abuse, sexual crimes and for his work with severely disturbed children and young people, Nigel is a regular columnist with Littlies Magazine and has a parenting slot on National Radio. The television series Beyond The Darklands will be screening post July 2007 and will be marketed and publicised by TVNZ as a major local documentary series, further increasing Nigel's profile.

    ISBN: 9781869506698
    Publication date: 14/09/2007
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Latta, Nigel
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • Jacinda Ardern
    Jacinda Ardern
    'Sincere, intent, focused and always readable. [This] book gets to a truth and an understanding.' Steve Braunias, Newsroom

    Michelle Duff delves into Ardern's beginnings in small-town New Zealand, discovering a nose-ringed teen fighting for equality and her own identity in a devout Mormon family.

    Duff tracks Ardern's political career, from being dismissed as a 'show pony' to her compassion during one of New Zealand's biggest tragedies, the Christchurch mosque terror attack of 2019. In its aftermath, Ardern has become a global icon for her strength and decisiveness while uniting a country in shock and mourning.

    Ardern attracted international headlines for being the second world leader to give birth while in office. But why was having a baby so meaningful and what does it say about the continued struggle for gender equality?

    Has Ardern really been a transcendent leader, and what enduring mark might she leave on the political landscape?

    This is an engrossing and powerful exploration of one of the most intriguing political stories of our time - telling us as much about one young woman's ascendancy as it does about the country that elected her.

    ISBN: 9781988547572
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Duff, Michelle
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    Jacinda Ardern on Kindness, Empathy and Strength
    'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time. Politician, feminist and champion for social equality, Jacinda Ardern epitomizes the modern leader. In this warm and candid interview, the fortieth Prime Minister of New Zealand discusses her childhood growing up in rural Aotearoa New Zealand, her journey into politics, and the lessons she has learned along the way. From her thoughts on climate change and women's rights, to the horrific Christchurch mosque attacks, she reflects on the matters and moments that have impacted her most. With sincerity and insight, she highlights the importance of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, while stressing the need for authenticity in a fast-paced and highly digitized world. At once inspiring and uplifting, her words are a compelling reminder of our shared humanity and a call to action to young leaders and activists around the world.

    ISBN: 9781990003035
    Publication date: 20/05/2020
    Price: $19.99
    Author: I Know This to be True
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
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