• Dead People I Have Known
    Dead People I Have Known
    When we crashed over the line two and a half minutes later, there was a short, disbelieving silence and I could feel my knee trembling behind its sarcastic `Disco' patch. A song I'd written had just been played to the finish, and what's more, it hadn't sounded weak, or delusional-it had, in fact, kicked.

    I backed down from the mic. Here was a new world of sound. Its sky was borderless, and its horizon curled off a previously flat earth. I'd been given a virtual super power and a flame to shoot from my fingers.

    In Dead People I Have Known, the legendary New Zealand musician Shayne Carter tells the story of a life in music, taking us deep behind the scenes and songs of his riotous teenage bands Bored Games and the Doublehappys and his best-known bands Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer. He traces an intimate history of the Dunedin Sound-that distinctive jangly indie sound that emerged in the seventies, heavily influenced by punk-and the record label Flying Nun.

    As well as the pop culture of the seventies, eighties and nineties, Carter writes candidly of the bleak and violent aspects of Dunedin, the city where he grew up and would later return. His childhood was shaped by violence and addiction, as well as love and music. Alongside the fellow musicians, friends and family who appear so vividly here, this book is peopled by neighbours, kids at school, people on the street, and the other passing characters who have stayed on in his memory.

    We also learn of the other major force in Carter's life: sport. Harness racing, wrestling, basketball and football have provided him with a similar solace, even escape, as music.

    Dead People I Have Known is a frank, moving, often incredibly funny autobiography; the story of making a life as a musician over the last forty years in New Zealand, and a work of art in its own right.

    'Sometimes profound. Sometimes utterly hilarious. I couldn't put this book down. A triumph.'-Jon Toogood

    'Life life life. Music music music. Girls girls girls. Brilliant - funny, painful, reflective and raw.' -Emily Perkins.

    ISBN: 9781776562213
    Publication date: 09/05/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Carter, Shayne
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Shirley Smith: An Examined Life
    Shirley Smith: An Examined Life
    Shirley Smith was one of the most remarkable New Zealanders of the 20th century, a woman whose lifelong commitment to social justice, legal reform, gender equality and community service left a profound legacy.

    She was born in Wellington in1916. While her childhood was clouded by loss - her mother died when she was three months old and her beloved father, lawyer and later Supreme Court Judge David Smith, served overseas during the war - she had a privileged upbringing. She studied classics at Oxford University, where she threw herself into social, cultural and political activities. Despite contracting TB and spending months in a Swiss clinic, she graduated with a good Second and an intellectual and moral education that would guide her through the rest of her life.

    She returned to New Zealand when war broke out, and taught classics at Victoria and Auckland University Colleges, before marrying eminent economist and public servant Dr W.B. Sutch in 1944, and giving birth to a daughter in 1945. She kept her surname - unusual at the time - and poured her energy into issues of human rights and social causes. She qualified as a lawyer at the age of 40, and in her career of 40 years broke down many barriers, her relationship with the Mongrel Mob epitomising her role as a champion of the marginalised and vulnerable.

    In 1974, Bill Sutch was arrested and charged with espionage. After a sensational trial he was acquitted by a jury, but the question of his guilt has never been settled in the court of public opinion. Shirley had reached her own political turning point in 1956, with Khrushchev's revelations about Stalin and the Hungarian crisis, but she remained loyal to her husband, and the ongoing controversy weighed heavily on her later years.

    Shirley Smith: An Examined Life tells the story of a remarkably warm and generous woman, one with a rare gift for frankness, an implacable sense of principle, and a personality of complexity and formidable energy. Her life was shaped by some of the most turbulent currents of the 20th century, and she in turn helped shape her country for the better.

    ISBN: 9781776562176
    Publication date: 11/04/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Gaitanos, Sarah
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Towards the Mountain
    Towards the Mountain
    On 28 November 1979 an Air New Zealand plane crashed into the lower slopes of Mount Erebus in broad daylight while on a sight-seeing trip to Antarctica, killing all 257 souls on board. This was New Zealand's greatest peacetime tragedy.

    Not only was the crash deeply shocking for our small country (it is said that everyone knew of someone on board) but the legal and political aftermath wreaked its own trail of debris. The poor conduct of airline management in the months that followed the crash was described as 'a litany of lies' by a Royal Commission of Inquiry who found the airline at fault rather than the pilots. In the aftermath, the stories of the families involved were forgotten, until now.

    Sarah Myles has researched extensively into the recovery and identification process that brought her grandfather and so many others home. She weaves through this her family's traumatic experiences and her own memories of that time, discussing the legacy of grief and the possibility of hope.

    ISBN: 9781988547268
    Publication date: 05/11/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Myles, Sarah
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand womens poetry
    Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand womens poetry
    Highly regarded poet and anthologist Paula Green is the author of this novel and much overdue survey of New Zealand's women poets. At 496 pages, illustrated throughout by Sarah Laing and featuring the work of 195 poets (all of whom have biographies and full bibliographies), this book is a landmark volume and an incredible achievement.
    Its timing is perfect given the current re-examination of the role of the male gatekeepers of our literature in the 1940s and 1950s, who decided that women's poetry was weak and excluded it from the volumes of poetry that were to become the canon. How things have changed - at present the most exciting poetry is coming from high-profile young women poets who almost have cult status - Hera Lindsay Bird and Tayi Tibble.
    Charmingly and unique, the book's chapters follow the structure of a house, with different poets being discussed and assessed in each of the house's rooms.
    The selection is enormously generous, the tone is at times gentle and accessible, and Green's reach is wide. She brings the pioneers of women's poetry - Jessie Mackay, Blanche Baughan and Eileen Duggan - back from the shadows and she also draws our attention to the remarkable stories of forgotten women poets such as Lola Ridge.
    The book's release in August 2019 is timed to coincide with National Poetry Day.

    ISBN: 9780995113596
    Publication date: 08/08/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Green, Paula
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
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