• Parallel Universe
    Parallel Universe
    Earthquakes in New Zealand have always been a reminder of its Geological idiosyncrasies, and occasionally when the earth moved, so did our little house on Christchurch's sandy suburban fringe. My father - declared a near-genius by my mother - was a mechanical engineer, collector and inventor of such useful items as industrial tile cutters, lawnmower sharpeners, a hovering conveyance platform, a collapsible boat and an ingenious multi-chicken decapitator - to name but a few. My mother, on the other hand, was a complicated woman with Jekyll and- Hyde tendencies, a creative bent and certain knowledge that civilisation was irrevocably doomed. There was much talk of ending up in the nut house. Living on a shoestring required creative recycling and reimagining. Disappointingly for my mother, her Ten Toothsome Ways with Gourmet Offal were not a success. We didn't appreciate how lucky we were, she said. Trying to lip-read Mr Ed through a shopfront window wasn't my idea of lucky. Owning a television wasn't hers, but she was prepared to reconsider when New Zealand got colour. Fortunately my father couldn't wait for something that might never happen; instead, we became the proud owners of a black-and-white nineteen inch legless Idiot Box. No more sing-songs around the piano, reading a book after dinner or lengthy debates on the merits of cod liver oil as a laxative. The world and one corner of our lounge had just become a brighter place.

    ISBN: 9780473397449
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Nicol, Cheryl
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Passionate Affair: Llewellyn Owen & Music
    Passionate Affair: Llewellyn Owen & Music
    In 1986 assorted material relating to Llewellyn Owen (1871 1950) was gifted to the Ashburton Museum, and a brief project to learn more about his life school teacher, private music teacher, composer, conductor, accompanist and solo performer uncovered the intriguing story of a family of four boys and their parents who emigrated from England to New Zealand in the late 19th century.

    ISBN: 9781927242865
    Publication date: 29/10/2015
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Bean, Margaret
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Pay Dirt the Westland Goldfields from the Diary of William Smart
    Pay Dirt the Westland Goldfields from the Diary of William Smart
    ‘Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields’, from the diary of William Smart’ is the fascinating story of how payable gold was discovered in West Canterbury, and of claims to the government’s rich gold reward. It tells how English settler, William Smart, left Christchurch in 1862 to prospect for gold in the uncharted wilderness of the West Coast. Then, in 1887, long after the Canterbury government granted another prospector the reward, which Smart regarded as rightfully his, he was provoked to write his own ‘history’ of the early gold discoveries. ‘The Westland Goldfields’ was his attempt to set the record straight; but, incidentally, he produced a unique eye-witness account of early Pakeha on the Coast, prospecting alongside Maori, braving the hazardous environment, isolation and ever-present risk of starvation – before the region was overwhelmed by the gold rushes of the 1860s. Smart’s account, together with his drawings, is published here for the first time. Hilary Low has done a superb job of presenting Smart’s manuscript, and complementing it with a lively commentary on Canterbury’s quest for its own goldfield, and the extraordinary saga of its gold reward – a tale of hope and persistence, lies and fraud.

    ISBN: 9781927145753
    Publication date: 26/10/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Low, Hilary
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Peter Mcleavey the Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer
    Peter Mcleavey the Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer
    From Montana award-winning author Jill Trevelyan comes the first biography of Peter McLeavey, the charismatic, pioneering art dealer who since the 1960s has shaped - even transformed - New Zealand art. McLeavey's personal story is remarkable, but his contemporaries will recognise common themes: the religious upbringing, the struggle to be bohemian in repressive mid-century small town New Zealand, the challenges of marriage and fatherhood, the dilemma of whether to stay or leave New Zealand, and the need to make a mark. Through exclusive access to McLeavey's extensive and hitherto untapped archive of letters, diaries, exhibition files and more, this book offers insights into the artists McLeavey has represented across half a century. Here, in their own words - lively, salty, and often heart-breaking - are Colin McCahon, Toss Woollaston, Len Lye, Milan Mrkusich, Michael Smither, Gordon Walters, Michael Illingworth, Don Driver, Robin White, John Reynolds, Yvonne Todd and many more.
    Far more than a simple biography, this is the big story of contemporary New Zealand art itself, in a period of massive change and growth, and Trevelyan offers an utterly fresh and compelling historical account of the birth of the modern art market and the status of art today. A must-read for anyone interested in New Zealand's art, culture or recent history.

    ISBN: 9780987668844
    Publication date: 04/10/2013
    Price: $64.99
    Author: Trevelyan, Jill
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $64.99
  • Playing for Both Sides Love Across the Tasman
    Playing for Both Sides Love Across the Tasman
    For novelist Stephanie Johnson, her relationship with Australia and Australians has been an ambivalent one. She has lived there for periods in her life, and her first book, a collection of short stories, was actually published in Australia. She was described then as a young Australian writer, something she says she agreed to 'for reasons that are complex and some of them hardly honourable'.For Johnson the longing to return has waxed and waned. 'Why don't I live there?' she often asks herself. Yet she is a sixth-generation New Zealander.In this BWB Text Johnson explores her elusive and ambivalent feelings about the sunburnt country - which includes a musician's road trip there with her singer-songwriter son Skyscraper Stan - and in so doing casts fascinating light on some of the formative influences that have shaped the work of this awardwinning New Zealand writer.

    ISBN: 9780947492991
    Publication date: 15/08/2016
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Johnson, Stephanie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.99
  • Recreating the Magic
    Recreating the Magic
    ISBN: 9780992251741
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Crighton, Anna. Grant, Liz and Lochhead, Ian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Red Dust Over Shanghai
    Red Dust Over Shanghai
    A memoir of a German boy growing up in Shanghai during World War II. It is a story of danger and loss, love and courage and how life can change quickly from one of privilege to one of a desperate fight for survival.

    ISBN: 9780994104779
    Price: $38.00
    Author: von Randow, Tyl
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Reform
    Reform
    Reform has been a recurring theme throughout Geoffrey Palmer's life, not only during his career in politics as an MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister but also as a law professor and law practitioner. In this memoir, Geoffrey Palmer recounts the events and forces that shaped him as well as his many adventures in reforming a wide range of institutions, laws and policies. He speaks of his early life and family background in Nelson and the eventful lives of his pioneering ancestors. He examines the intellectual influences on his thinking, particularly the nature of his education both in New Zealand and the United States. Geoffrey Palmer chronicles his life according to the issues: accident compensation, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Law Commission, liquor law, Maori issues, parliamentary reform, the Resource Management Act, law and order, prisons, and local government reform are all discussed in-depth. International issues also come within the compass of the book, with extensive treatment of New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy, the 'Rainbow Warrior' affair, the Gaza Flotilla incident and Palmer's diplomatic efforts to reform the International Whaling Commission.
    Meticulously detailed, engagingly written, and covering a wide variety of topics, Reform is essential reading for anyone interested in New Zealand legal and political history.

    ISBN: 9780864739742
    Publication date: 02/05/2014
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Geoffrey Palmer
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Resilient Farmer
    Resilient Farmer
    Eight years, the drought lasted. Marlborough's hills bleached straw-yellow then became ash, so bare the earth's bones poked through, dusty and crumbling. Day after day, the sky was a relentless, empty blue. Sometimes we could see clouds, grey and fat with the promise of rain, passing by on the northwest horizon, but they never looked our way. And so begins Doug Avery's story of emotional resilience in the face of what at times seemed a hopeless situation. The South Island farmer suffered terribly during eight years of drought. His farm was depleted and so was he. Although he didn't realise it at the time, Doug had severe depression. His story, he says, is common to many in farming who soldier on in isolation, slipping further and further into debt and desperation. The Resilient Farmer is Doug's powerful story of getting life back on track - for him, his family and livelihood. It's also an incredible tale of Kiwi can-do and how one man overcame heartbreaking adversity to live a fruitful life and help others.

    ISBN: 9780143770787
    Publication date: 31/07/2017
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Avery, Doug
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Resilient Grieving How to Find Your Way Through Devastating Loss
    Resilient Grieving How to Find Your Way Through Devastating Loss
    Resilient Grieving is a practical, research-based guide to finding your own path to recovery from devastating loss.

    'A recommended new book for those who are grieving . . . [Hone's] metaphor for life after loss is both powerful and apt: Think of it as a scattered jigsaw puzzle, where the pieces of one's former life have been scattered and now must be reconfigured in a new way.'-The Wall Street Journal

    Dr Lucy Hone works in the field of resilience psychology, helping ordinary people exposed to real-life traumatic situations. When faced with the incomprehensible fact of her daughter's tragic death Lucy knew that she was fighting for the survival of her sanity and her family unit.

    She used her practice to develop ways to support her family in their darkest days, and to find a new way of living without Abi.

    In Resilient Grieving Lucy shares her research so that others can work to regain some sense of control and take action in the face of helpless situations.


    ISBN: 9781760296995
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Hone, Lucy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Riccarton and the Deans Family History and Heritage
    Riccarton and the Deans Family History and Heritage
    The story of Riccarton Bush and its association with the Deans family encapsulates the natural and social history of Canterbury. This story began several thousand years ago with an ancient floodplain forest, followed by its long use by Maori. The arrival of the Deans brothers in 1843 to establish the first successful farm on the Canterbury plains near this forest and the following efforts of early-widowed Jane Deans ensured the Deans family had a role in the history of the settlement of Canterbury. The family's gift of Riccarton Bush to the people of Canterbury 100 years ago started a new chapter: the forest's recovery and the restoration of both historic houses. When the 2010-11 Canterbury earthquakes badly damaged Riccarton House, this special place returned to prominence with the Riccarton Bush Trust's heroic efforts to secure the house's future.

    ISBN: 9781869539030
    Publication date: 01/11/2015
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Orwin, Joanna
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Richie Mccaw 148
    Richie Mccaw 148
    ISBN: 9781927262788
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $59.99
    Author: McCaw, Richie
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
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