Signs for the Times: the humanities, government and democracy to-come is a reflection on an unsuccessful attempt beginning in the early 1990s to establish a national organisation to represent the humanities in Aotearoa New Zealand. It provides a narrative of that attempt and then explores issues raised by it, notably the invisibility of the h.. More
Sky Full of Stars is the culmination of a promise made to my granddaughter to create a book of letters from her great, great grandfather, Harold Musson. He wrote almost daily to his wife from the trenches of France during The Great War.Little did I know what that promise had in store for me, that I would become penpals with a man who was long dead... More
"Today I raced through the streets of Bangkok in my rescue vehicle, extracted an injured man from a truck at the port, then took him to hospital. Shortly after, in another area, I donned a fire suit and breathing apparatus and walked into a flaming building looking for trapped people and ended up rescuing a firefighter who had fallen. Later.. More
'Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.'
George Bernard Shaw
Determined to create their personal vision of paradise, Martin and Jenifer Thomas move far from their original home in New Zealand to a tiny village in the heart of the Italian countryside. Believing simply that anything is possible, they e.. More
A father rollerblading to church in his ministerial robes, a university student in a leotard sprinting through fog, a trespass notice from Pak’nSave, a beautiful unborn goat in a jar . . .In scenarios ranging from the mundane to the surreal, Madison Hamill looks back at her younger selves with a sharp eye. Was she good or evil? Ignorant or enlighte.. More
Edited by Tayi Tibble, with Fergus Barrowman, Kirsten McDougall and Ashleigh Young.A Wānanga with Patricia Grace and Anahera Gildea Plus new fiction, poetry and essays byAimee-Jane Anderson-O’ConnorHana Pera AoakeTusiata AviaAirini BeautraisZarah Butcher-McGunnigleVanessa CrofskeyAlayne DickSam Duckor JonesAnahera GildeaEliana GrayIsabel Haarh.. More
We must all start somewhere. In this collection of real-life stories, 25 people take readers on an inspiring journey through the struggles they have overcome in pursuit of success. From small personal triumphs, to large career goals or lifetime achievements, each success, big or small, offers an insight into the inner workings of lives from around.. More
Fascinating, highly readable tales of travels in the troubled land of Afghanistan by award-winning New Zealand travel writer Ian Robinson.In 2008, Ian Robinson ventured into the hustle and bustle and dangers of the streets of many of Afghanistan's cities and towns, and also, alone on horseback, into the sparsely populated north-eastern regions of t.. More
The (almost) true story of a man Called Jack is about my father, John Frederick Lingard Fowlds. I decided to write this as a fictionalized memoir, combining the genres of fiction and memoir. By altering names and events, I could write about my family as ‘other’, enabling me to write more objectively of the personal events involved. The story r.. More
A Life of Donald McLeanShortlisted for the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book AwardsShortlisted for the University of Melbourne-based Ernest Scott Prize for 2008This monumental work of scholarship is the first full biography of one of the key actors in the drama of 19 th-century New Zealand land dealing. It fills a gaping hole in NZ historiography, and .. More
A holidaying writer becomes entranced by the story of two great New Zealand eccentrics. First there is Franklin Bodmin, self-taught genius and inventor of the crinkled hairpin and the first modern carburettor, who became an entrepreneur in America, living out the dreams of success of an entire generation. Growing up in Invercargill, in the shado.. More
From early childhood in post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of 1969-70 to family homes full of children, this dazzling book traces the many shifts in Ian Wedde’s life.
Haunted by the ghosts of his restless German and Scottish great gr.. More