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The War Photographers
Author: SL Beaumont
1943 Bletchley Park, England Mae Webster, immersed in the clandestine world of codebreaking at Bletchley Park, is recruited to help unveil a spy who's on the br...
1943 Bletchley Park, England Mae Webster, immersed in the clandestine world of codebreaking at Bletchley Park, is recruited to help unveil a spy who's on the brink of exposing Britain's most guarded secret: the cracking of the Enigma code. As war rages around her; Mae's life takes an unexpected turn when she falls in love with the enigmatic New Zealand war photographer Jack Knight. Their relationship develops at pace, but tragedy strikes when one of Jack's photographs risks unmasking an elusive double agent. 1989 Belin, Germany Rachel Talbot, a globetrotting photojournalist, ventures into the heart of a fractured Berlin in search of the Stasi officer whom her beloved grandmother Mae blames for betraying their family. Rachel finds herself entangled in the East German uprising and is irresistibly drawn to a charismatic activist. As the Cold War threatens to boil over, Rachel races to expose a traitor before it's too late.
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
Publication Date: 23-02-2024
Still Standing - A Memoir
For decades, whenever a heritage building in Christchurch has been under threat, especially in the aftermath of the 2010–11 earthquakes, one woman has consist...
For decades, whenever a heritage building in Christchurch has been under threat, especially in the aftermath of the 2010–11 earthquakes, one woman has consistently defended this city’s architecture and history against shortsightedness and the threat of bulldozers – Dame Anna Crighton. Fearless and articulate, she has fought tirelessly and passionately, not only for the heritage of her hometown, but for the built past of Aotearoa New Zealand. But behind this well-known persona, the city councillor and heritage advocate, lies an extraordinary and unexpected life story, now told publicly for the first time. In Still Standing, Anna recounts, with her usual unflinching honesty, a childhood bereft of parental affection, a wild adolescence that included a stay at the Mount Magdala Convent ‘to straighten her out’, unsuitable relationships clung to in a desperate search for love, an unplanned pregnancy that led to adoption, and a violent marriage. Not many people would survive all this, let alone rise above it, to bring up a beloved son, to restore a magnificent Victorian home, to begin university study as an adult and end up with a PhD, to travel the world and, in 2020, to be appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage preservation and governance. Still Standing will delight anyone interested in history, architecture and the arts, but, even more than that, it is a riveting story of a life lived with courage, and of triumph over adversity. About the author History, classics, art and architectural history have been at the heart of Anna Crighton’s careers in the public and private sector. Before graduating in these subjects later in life at Canterbury and Otago universities, she was registrar of Christchurch’s Robert McDougall Art Gallery for 20 years. She then embarked on a career in local politics as a Christchurch city councillor for 12 years and a member of the Canterbury District Health Board for a further 12. Over three decades, she was a trustee and director of many trusts and companies. Anna has lived in Wellington, Sydney and England but has always returned to the city of her birth. In 2020 she was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to heritage preservation and governance.
Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm
Publication Date: 01-01-2024
Family of Forest and Fungi : He Tukutuku Toiora
How did our Maori ancestors use mushrooms? What are some of the astounding ways that fungi can help us? Why do mushrooms glow? Discover the answers to these que...
How did our Maori ancestors use mushrooms? What are some of the astounding ways that fungi can help us? Why do mushrooms glow? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this book for tamariki about the magical world of fungi. Help your child build a natural connection to the taiao by journeying to the forests of Aotearoa and discovering the amazing kingdom of fungi that dwells there!
Dimensions: 210 x 298 mm
Publication Date: 28-10-2023
The Mission: The Taxpayers Union at 10
In 2013, a couple of political troublemakers called David Farrar and Jordan Williams created what they called the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. The country had ...
In 2013, a couple of political troublemakers called David Farrar and Jordan Williams created what they called the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. The country had never had anything quite like it. Taking a cue from similar advocacy groups abroad, the new group set itself against unaccountable government spending, fiscal wastefulness, and unnecessary tax. They have since been joined in their quest by 200,000 Kiwi well-wishers along with an absolute pig of a mascot called Porky the Waste Hater. And they've just celebrated their 10th birthday. The Mission tells the story of what happened in the words of the founders, staffers, and key board members. The work takes stock of what has been achieved and casts an eye forward to what's in store for the next decade.
Dimensions: 180 x 240 mm
MY LIFE ON THE ROAD THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING HILARIOUS NEW BOOK FROM THE NATION'S FAVOURITE COMEDIAN, BILLY CONNOLLY Being a Rambling Man was what I always wa...
MY LIFE ON THE ROAD THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING HILARIOUS NEW BOOK FROM THE NATION'S FAVOURITE COMEDIAN, BILLY CONNOLLY Being a Rambling Man was what I always wanted to be, to live the way I damn well pleased. I've met the weirdest and most wonderful people who walk the Earth, seen the most bizarre and the most fantastic sights - and I've rarely come across something I couldn't get a laugh at. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip. Well, apart from in the 1970s, but that's a whole other story . . . When Billy set out from Glasgow as a young man he never looked back. He played his banjo on boats and trains, under trees, and on top of famous monuments. He danced naked in snow, wind and fire. He slept in bus stations, under bridges and on strangers' floors. He travelled by foot, bike, ship, plane, sleigh - even piggy-backed - to get to his next destination. Billy has wandered to every corner of the earth and believes that being a Rambling Man is about more than just travelling - it's a state of mind. Rambling Men and Women are free spirits who live on their wits, are interested in people and endlessly curious about the world. They love to play music, make art or tell stories along the way but, above all, they have a longing in their heart for the open road. In his joyful new book, Billy explores this philosophy and how it has shaped him, and he shares hilarious new stories from his lifetime on the road. From riding his trike down America's famous Route 66, building an igloo on an iceberg in the Arctic, playing elephant polo (badly) in Nepal and crashing his motorbike (more than once), to eating witchetty grubs in Australia, being serenaded by a penguin in New Zealand, and swapping secrets in a traditional Sweat Lodge ritual in Canada, Rambling Man is a truly global adventure with the greatest possible travel companion.
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
Publication Date: 10-10-2023
Boat life, this is like vanlife on the water - explore the world across the great blue waters. Boatlife visually explores a nomadic lifestyle on the water featu...
Boat life, this is like vanlife on the water - explore the world across the great blue waters. Boatlife visually explores a nomadic lifestyle on the water featuring unique homes from sailboats to trawlers. Through illustrated maps, itineraries and background information, this book will inspire your own adventure, while taking you on a journey across bodies of water from The Americas and Europe to voyages alongside Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle. Thanks to the ever growing popularity of alternative living propelled by a pandemic, and the increasing affordability of boats, the boatlife movement is fast on the rise. People are choosing to escape their stressful life on land for a simpler and more mindful world on the water. Whether it be spending the summer on the Mediterranean or a weekend in the Caribbean - explore a universe filled with new landscapes, cultural experiences, and endless adventures.
Dimensions: 225 x 290 mm
Publication Date: 16-05-2023
Think Big Shop Small : Unique Stores and Contemporary Retail Design
What's in store today? The most engaging retail experiences, created with taste and care. Think Big--Shop Small looks at stores with unique retail concepts that...
What's in store today? The most engaging retail experiences, created with taste and care. Think Big--Shop Small looks at stores with unique retail concepts that offer products and immersive interiors, introducing a new culture of customer experiences. Highlighting the value of social contact and personal experiences, independent shops bring quality, aesthetic, and passion for service, design, and atmosphere. This book shows highly unique concept stores and beautifully designed flagship stores, as well as independently run shops that have found new ways to broaden the scope of their offerings and new ways of interaction with their customers.
Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm
Publication Date: 25-04-2023
Author: Ian Austin
It's the hottest weekend of Summer 2000. Dan Calder's at home with his girlfriend and she is packing up to leave when a call-out from Headquarters comes as a bl...
It's the hottest weekend of Summer 2000. Dan Calder's at home with his girlfriend and she is packing up to leave when a call-out from Headquarters comes as a blessed relief. A run-of-the-mill job like a hundred the team's done before. Once he and hos surveillance colleagues are all in position. all they can do is wait for the target to move. Fortunately for Dan, this job calls for the Obs Van which is his happy place. Its mechanical idiosyncrasies make them kindred spirits in many ways. Plus double time for just sitting and watching the target's front door. 'Money for jam'. As his best friend Nick would say. To take his mind off the end of his latest domestic disaster, what could be better than whiling away the solitary hours by listening to all of his favourite songs, freshly installed on his brand-new iPod. But Dan's life is about to be turned upside down and ripped apart to the soundtrack of his pas and present-day life. The result could destroy him completely - or it could just be the making of him.
Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm
Publication Date: 01-12-2023
Henry Appleton Boy Hero and the Burgess Gang
Bank robbers - classroom bullies - highwaymen - a rampaging bull. The challenges young Henry Appleton faces, as he struggles to stand up for what he believes in...
Bank robbers - classroom bullies - highwaymen - a rampaging bull. The challenges young Henry Appleton faces, as he struggles to stand up for what he believes in, make this a classic 'cowboy' yarn. And it takes place not in the American West but in the rough-and-tumble world of Aotearoa New Zealand in the 1860s. Although Henry dreams of having his own rifle and becoming a gunslinger like Wild Bill Hickok, he is in most ways just an ordinary kid who's not looking for trouble. Trouble finds him. When he helps to capture bank robber Dead Eye Dick, the town is quick to call him a 'boy hero. But his biggest challenge is yet to come - when he finds himself face-to-face with the murderous Richard Burgess gang. Will Henry have the courage to 'do the right thing'? Henry Appleton, Boy Hero is written by John Evan Harris in the voice of the self-proclaimed American dime novelist Johnny Slick - who himself was saved by Henry's quick thinking and bravery. The book is a prequel to Henry's encounters with the Burgess gang, told in The Physicians Gun.
Dimensions: 135 x 204 mm
Publication Date: 01-12-2023
Sheppard & Rout Architects Volume 1 1982-2021
From its inception, the directors of Sheppard & Rout Architects have been concerned that its architectural and planning projects all reflect their cultural and ...
From its inception, the directors of Sheppard & Rout Architects have been concerned that its architectural and planning projects all reflect their cultural and historical contexts. The events of the destructive Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and the subsequent considerable rebuild of the city has reaffirmed the need to ensure that these values continue to be upheld. The ‘conversations’ with the directors in this book will enable readers to experience the practice’s rich exploration of these values in their many and diverse projects carried out between 1982 and 2021. Numerous projects realised in other parts of the country and overseas are also included.
Dimensions: 250 x 250 mm
Publication Date: 30-11-2023