• 101 Works of Art
    101 Works of Art
    In this large, beautifully presented book, Christchurch Art Gallery showcases 101 treasures from its collection - paintings, drawings, sculpture, film and photographs that stand out in a line-up of New Zealand's most significant collected works. Enjoy thoughtful, conversational texts by Lara Strongman, Ken Hall, Felicity Milburn, Nathan Pohio, Peter Vangioni and Jenny Harper - written to feel as if the reader is standing with the curator in front of the painting. Also includes insightful interviews with artists and curators. Deisgned by award-winning artist and designer Aaron Beehre, this will be the art book to buy this year!

    ISBN: 9781877375408
    Publication date: 18/12/2015
    Price: $79.99
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $79.99
  • Art Deco New Zealand
    Art Deco New Zealand
    For the first time a book that looks at New Zealands Art Deco heritage and its impact, not just in the world famous cities like Napier and Hastings, but in towns and cities throughout the country. Extensive research and consultation with councils and museums has identified where New Zealand art deco buildings can be found, from high street to private dwelling.


    With many examples of New Zealands art deco buildings obscured, dilapidated, or even lost, the stunning detailed illustrations of Rosie and Terry at Contour Creative bring to life a compelling and evocative vision of the past. Here the style and mood of both beautiful and functional buildings, along with the cars and fashion styles of the period give an appreciation of the range and extent of New Zealands art deco heritage.


    This is a fascinating glimpse of a significant part of New Zealands history - that can be discovered while travelling through the towns and cities of the North and South Islands.

    ISBN: 9781869664558
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $20.00
    Author: Moyle, Terry
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $20.00
  • Between Worlds
    Between Worlds
    'Vivid, convincing and utterly memorable.'-Michael King, North & SouthAnne Salmond's extraordinary Between Worlds begins with the arrival of Cook's second expedition in 1773 and takes the story through to 1815, with the establishment of the first British missionary settlement in the Bay of Islands. It describes Cook's second and third voyages, telling of a time when white settlers first lived on the shores of New Zealand, often joining Maori communities - the first so-called Pakeha-Maori. These Maori communities were working out their own strategies for dealing with the strangers in their midst. New ways of living began to emerge between Maori and European.Between Worlds redefines or understanding of the earliest days of Maori and European interaction and forces us to rethink New Zealand's shared history.'There is perhaps no scholar working in Oceania better equipped in knowledge, skills and sentiment to write obetween worldso history . . . That, I think, is the supreme grace of Anne Salmond's work.'-Greg Dening, Australian Historical Studies

    ISBN: 9780143772170
    Publication date: 26/02/2018
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    Big Smoke New Zealand Cities 1840-1920
    The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. The Big Smoke is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.It explores such questions as: what did cities look like and how did they change; why were women especially drawn to live in cities; in what ways did Maori experience and shape cities; how far was the street a living room and stage for city life; and why did New Zealand so quickly became a nation of townspeople?At a time of national debate over housing and the growth of our cities, Ben Schrader's superb new history reveals how our urban origins have shaped the people we are today.

    ISBN: 9780947492434
    Publication date: 01/10/2016
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Schrader, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $59.99
  • Bligh
    Bligh
    In Bligh, the story of the most notorious of all Pacific explorers is told through a new lens as a significant episode in the history of the world, not simply of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players. From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's three Pacific voyages - with Captain James Cook in the Resolution, on board the Bounty, and as commander of the Providence. Salmond offers new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty - and on Bligh's extraordinary 3000-mile journey across the Pacific in a small boat - through new revelations from unguarded letters between him and his wife Betsy. We learn of their passionate relationship, and her unstinting loyalty throughout the trials of his turbulent career and his fight to clear his name. This beautifully told story reveals Bligh as an important ethnographer, adding to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the first time, we hear how Bligh and his men were changed by their experiences in the South Seas, and how in turn they changed that island world forever.

    ISBN: 9780143770831
    Publication date: 28/11/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Salmond, Anne
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay 2019
    Braided River: Migration and the Personal Essay 2019
    The Braided River explores contemporary migration to New Zealand through an examination of 200 personal essays written by 37 migrants from 20 different countries, spanning all ages and life stages. The first book to examine migration through the lens of the personal essay, The Braided River presents migration as a lifelong experience that affects everything from language, home, work, family and friendship to finances, citizenship and social benefits. Like migrants themselves, The Braided River crosses boundaries, working at the intersections of literature, history, philosophy and sociology to discuss questions of identity and belonging.Throughout, Diane Comer, both migrant and essayist herself, demonstrates the versatility of the personal essay as a means to analyse and understand migration, an issue with increasing relevance worldwide.

    ISBN: 9781988531533
    Publication date: 01/06/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Comer, Diane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Broken Decade Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39
    Broken Decade Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39
    The Depression of the 1930s was a defining period in New Zealand history. It had its own vocabulary swaggers and sugarbags, relief work and sustenance, the Queen Street riots and special constables that was all too familiar to those who lived through that tumultuous decade. But one generations reality is anothers history. The desperate struggles experienced by many for work, food and shelter during the 1930s eventually gave way to the sunny postwar years, when the Depression was no more than an uncomfortable memory. And now, for the children of the twenty-first century, its just a word. While the lives of those most affected by the Depression have been admirably documented in oral histories in various forms, the political and economic context, and the manoeuvrings and responses to the unprecedented conditions have not, until now, been given the extensive analysis they deserve. The Broken Decade, Malcolm McKinnons detailed and absorbing history of this period, unpicks the Depression year by year.
    It begins by introducing the prosperous world of New Zealand in the late 1920s before focusing on the sudden onset of the Depression in 193031, the catastrophic months that followed and, finally, on the attempt to find a way back to that pre-Depression prosperity. Informed by exhaustive research, relevant statistics and fascinating personal accounts, and made accessible and meaningful by insightful analysis, this important book will become New Zealands definitive study of the 1930s Depression.

    ISBN: 9781927322260
    Publication date: 15/09/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: McKinnon, Malcolm
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was the city established in the middle of a swamp? What was it like to live in Christchurch in the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s? What has changed, what has disappeared, and what has survived from the past? Who were the people who made Christchurch what it is today? What makes Christchurch distinctive among New Zealand's cities? These and many other questions are answered in this highly readable account. Updated with a new final chapter covering the decade to 2008.

    ISBN: 9780908812530
    Publication date: 24/11/2007
    Edition: 2
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    While researching nineteenth-century Christchurch newspapers for another book, historian Geoff Rice was struck by the diversity of crime in early Christchurch, and the amount of detail in the court reports. Fascinated by what he was reading, he became diverted from the task at hand and set about writing this book instead: about crime and punishment in the first 25 years of Canterbury settlement. The stories are drawn from newspaper reports, with further detail added from police records and the court minute books. The events are contextualised by Professor Rice's extensive knowledge of the times. It is not an academic study; nor is it a work of fiction. Rather it is an attempt at evidence-based reconstruction of crimes and courtroom proceedings, opening a window on the lives and deeds of ordinary people who lived in this place over 140 years ago. History is usually written by the winners, and it is rare to hear the voices of ordinary folk from the remote past. Yet such were the shorthand skills of 19th-century newspaper reporters that courtroom testimony and cross-examinations were often captured verbatim, especially in the more sensational murder trials.
    Reading these reports one can almost hear the voices of the past. We catch glimpses of cabbies, shopkeepers, clerks and housewives going about their daily work, with descriptions of homes or workplaces, and the occasional fight in a pub. The stories are often dramatic and even sensational, sometimes horrifying, sometimes amusing, often rather sad. Their crimes mirror the difficult realities of colonial life.

    ISBN: 9781927145395
    Publication date: 15/10/2012
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    The Boxing Day Riot of 1879 when a parade of Orange Lodge members was attacked by a mob of Irish Catholic navvies swinging axe-handles, a slander case involving one of the city's richest merchants, the famous Severed Hand Mystery of 1885...Following on from his first volume, Christchurch Crimes 1850-1875: Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town, historian Geoffrey Rice presents another fascinating collection of Christchurch crimes and scandals drawn from nineteenth-century newspaper court reports, this time covering the later Victorian period from 1876-1899. We meet some of the city's most notorious citizens of the period, such as the photographer Eden George, and the preacher-fraudster Arthur Bently Worthington, who caused the one and only reading of the Riot Act in Christchurch. The Opawa axe murder of 1897 includes a rare photograph of the body. Magistrates and judges had to deal with a procession of society's law-breakers passing through their courts, from apologetic drunks and brazen prostitutes, shifty forgers and brutal thugs, rapists and arsonists, bigamists and embezzlers to desperate women charged with manslaughter or murder.
    The defence lawyers were often faced with a difficult task, yet Christchurch in this period had several highly skilled courtroom lawyers who knew how to persuade a jury. The author's easy-to-read story-telling style and genuine enthusiasm for and knowledge of his subject bring to life another rich, colourful and intriguing chapter from the city's past.

    ISBN: 9781927145517
    Publication date: 25/11/2013
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance Essays in Memory of Joanthan Mane-wheoki
    Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance Essays in Memory of Joanthan Mane-wheoki
    Jonathan Mane-Wheoki (1943–2014) was a much loved and respected academic and curator of broad and varied interests, who made an immense contribution to New Zealand art history over almost half a century. His scholarship was matched by a terrific generosity of spirit and personal charisma. Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance is a remarkable tribute to his memory from friends, colleagues and former students alike. Its contents are as varied and interesting as the man himself: Victorian church architecture and liturgy, mysticism, the New Zealand International Exhibition of 1906, the Toi Te Papa exhibition of 2006, traditional and contemporary Maori art, and the artists Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Emily Karaka are all included here. Beautifully illustrated and scholarly yet readable, this book is a powerful testament to the inspiration of a remarkable person.

    ISBN: 9781776561094
    Publication date: 13/07/2017
    Price: $80.00
    Author: Stocker, Mark (edited by)
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $80.00
  • Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, A Communist in the Family brings together Alleys story and that of his author cousin, Elspeth Sandys. In 2017, Sandys travelled to China with other family members to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rewis arrival in Shanghai in 1927. One strand of this book follows that journey and charts Sandys impressions of modern China. Another tells the story of Rewis early life, in an insightful meditation on the complex and always elusive relationship between memory and writing. By placing the man, Rewi, and his work in the context of his time, Sandys is able to illuminate the life of this extraordinary New Zealander in a way that is both historically vivid and relevant to the world of today. Her focus on the role poetry played in his life both his own and that of the Chinese poets he translated so prolifically provides moving glimpses of the man behind the myth. Threaded through A Communist in the Family are Sandys evolving insights into a nation that looms ever larger in the day-to-day realities of New Zealand and the world. The strange and strangely intimate link between the two countries Rewi regarded as home is one in which he played, and continues to play, a crucial role.

    ISBN: 9781988531601
    Publication date: 01/07/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Sandys, Elspeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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