• 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
  • 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