• Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China
    Under the Huang Jiao Tree: Two Journeys in China
    In mid-life Jane Carswell leaves her seemingly tranquil New Zealand life, her family and friends, to teach English in Chongqing, China. Her journey into the unknown epitomises the ache so many of us feel in our own lives for new challenges and personal understandings. Under the Huang Jiao Tree is a reflective, amusing and absorbing book about living and working in China, and the profound impact the experience has on the author's search for connection and community.

    ISBN: 9780980571721
    Publication date: 01/10/2009
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Carswell, Jane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Ventricle of Memory
    Ventricle of Memory
    ISBN: 9780473363864
    Publication date: 24/08/2017
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Cox, Shelagh Duckham
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Walking Stick Tree
    Walking Stick Tree
    In this remarkable memoir, Trish Harris writes about growing up with acute arthritis - about pain and loss, identity and living creatively. With illustrations by Sarah Laing, and perceptive essays, this book captures a deeply moving experience of knitting a body and soul together. Finding a quality New Zealand book on the experience of disability is like finding water in a desert; eagerly consumed and leaving me wanting more. - Robyn Hunt It is often said that the body is the house in which the true self dwells. Trish Harris' 'house' has arthritis written all over it, but her true self has expanded beyond its walls to embrace the universe. Her beautifully written memoir will bring hope to those living with disability, and encouragement to everyone. - Joy Cowley

    ISBN: 9780994118646
    Publication date: 17/10/2016
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Harris, Trish
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Way Home Building a New Life and a Strawbale House in Central Otago
    Way Home Building a New Life and a Strawbale House in Central Otago
    When life as she knew it ended, with her marriage over and her last child off into the world, writer Jillian Sullivan set out to fulfil a long-held dream of building a strawbale house. She settled in a small community in Central Otago, and A Way Home tells the story of how she eventually managed to build her new home. With her son-in-law Sam as her builder and mentor, and she as the apprentice, Jillian describes the process of having to learn how to use tools, how to be strong and to be safe and, more importantly that there is no such thing as can't. The house that arises through this memoir is a physical testament to the rebuilding of a life, of finding your place in a community, and of the unexpected joyousness in joining with others on a building project. People come from all over New Zealand to help - from Nelson, Auckland, Queenstown, from next door and from the next valleys. There are poets and artists, a magician and finance analyst, grandmothers and grandchildren, old friends, new friends and strangers. Each person brings their unique skills and gifts and leaves with new ones. The house absorbs their creativity and kindnesses.
    A Way Home reflects on our need for home, for community, and for finding a way to live sustainably in this rapidly changing world. The story evokes life in a harsh climate in a small village, the struggle to overcome lack of skills and strength, and to move past loneliness and loss to find a place to call home. This is an affecting story, quietly inspirational and beautifully told by a deft and skilled writer.

    ISBN: 9780947503260
    Publication date: 24/10/2016
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Sullivan, Jillian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Wildboy to the Edge and Back
    Wildboy to the Edge and Back
    Brando 'Wildboy' Yelavich stunned us all when he circumnavigated the entire coast of New Zealand completely on foot over 600 days. But he left out the hardest bit - Stewart Island. Over 31 days, Brando took on one of the hardiest and most unforgiving parts of our wild country. And this time, completely solo. Experiencing epic highs, the lows hit Brando just as hard. A notebook he carried along the way charts the brutality of the island's landscape. Caught in a biting wind, with hail and snow swirling around, one entry begins- 'Just in case this is the last thing I ever write, I want everybody to know how much I love them. This is my last hurrah - I enjoyed it all so much.' To the Edge and Back is an exhilarating, nail-biting account of the Brando's solo exploration of the Deep South. An adventure tale of grit and determination, practical survival guide and inspirational story about chasing your dreams, it's the perfect read for any armchair adrenalin junky.

    ISBN: 9780143771333
    Publication date: 14/08/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Yelavich, Brando
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Windows on a Women's World the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand
    Windows on a Women's World the Dominican Sisters of Aotearoa New Zealand
    The first 10 Dominican sisters arrived in Dunedin in 1871. The congregation expanded rapidly, establishing schools throughout Otago and Southland, and eventually reaching as far north as Auckland.For most of their first century in New Zealand the Dominican sisters were teaching nuns, living in large enclosed convents cut off from the outside world. In the mid-1960s the Second Vatican Council ushered in a period of radical change. The sisters moved out of their convents and into small homes in their local neighbourhoods; out of their schools and into new roles in education, social justice, pastoral care and spirituality. Today they are an ageing congregation that is diminishing in size.Susannah Grant was given full access to the congregations rich archives in order to write this book, from the point of view of an outsider. She has also completed a large number of oral histories with the sisters.
    In this moving and beautifully written book she chronicles the astonishing transformation of the New Zealand Dominican sisters from a strictly enclosed body of religious teachers to a congregation of religious women who are integrated in the wider community and engaged in a range of active ministries, while still remaining deeply committed to shared Dominican ideals.

    ISBN: 9780947522421
    Publication date: 30/04/2017
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Grant, Susannah
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Woman in the Wilderness
    Woman in the Wilderness
    It tells how one woman learned to dig deep and push the boundaries in order to discover what really matters in life...Miriam is a young Dutch woman living in the heart of the mountains with her New Zealand husband. She lives simply in a tent or hut, and survives by hunting wild animals and foraging edible plants, relying on only minimal supplies. For the last six years she has lived this way, through all seasons, often cold, hungry and isolated in the bush. She loves her life and feels free, connected to the land, and happy...There's a lot of drama out there in the wild, and Miriam knows how to spin a good yarn. This is a gripping and engaging read reminiscent of both adventure writing like Wild and nature writing like H is for Hawk, and is perfect for anyone exploring the idea of living a more authentic, real life...'My life is free, random and spontaneous. This in itself creates enormous energy and clarity in body and mind.' Miriam Lancewood

    ISBN: 9781877505751
    Publication date: 29/03/2017
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Lancewood, Miriam
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • World, the Flesh and the Devil: the Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838
    World, the Flesh and the Devil: the Life and Opinions of Samuel Marsden in England and the Antipodes, 1765-1838
    New Zealanders know Samuel Marsden as the founder of the CMS missions that brought Christianity (and perhaps sheep) to New Zealand. Australians know him as 'the flogging parson' who established large landholdings and was dismissed from his position as magistrate for exceeding his jurisdiction. English readers know of Marsden for his key role in the history of missions and empire. In this major biography spanning research, and the subject's life, across England, New South Wales and New Zealand, Andrew Sharp tells the story of Marsden's life from the inside. Sharp focuses on revealing to modern readers the powerful evangelical lens through which Marsden understood the world. By diving deeply into key moments - the voyage out, the disputes with Macquarie, the founding of missions - Sharp gets us to reimagine the world as Marsden saw it: always under threat from the Prince of Darkness, in need of 'a bold reprover of vice', a world written in the words of the King James Bible. Andrew Sharp takes us back into the nineteenth-century world, and an evangelical mind, to reveal the past as truly a foreign country.
    * A major new biography of the leading evangelist to New Zealand, Samuel Marsden, and the struggles with 'the world, the flesh and the devil' that he spent his life pursuing* This book is the result of many years' archival research and presents fresh insights on a well-known but little-understood figure in New Zealand history* Suitable for readers of history, both in New Zealand and abroad-particularly in Australia, where Marsden spent many years which are covered extensively in this book.

    ISBN: 9781869408121
    Publication date: 23/10/2016
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Sharp, Andrew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $75.00
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