New Releases (48)

Just Like That

ISBN: 9780995143739

Author: Kevin Ireland    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Poems greet Kevin Ireland in the morning with a crafty smile, or fly into his kitchen out of nowhere. Some dream themselves into his mind, or twist a bottle-cap...


Poems greet Kevin Ireland in the morning with a crafty smile, or fly into his kitchen out of nowhere. Some dream themselves into his mind, or twist a bottle-cap and offer to share a cup of friendship. Lively words vie for places in his poems, or catch alight from cheerful thoughts. They are never predictable, because... Incongruity lies at the heart of poetry. Words in verse so often can suggest a kind of double-take on what we think we’ve seen – and aim to open up our minds to the uncustomary. Kevin Ireland’s 27th collection is brimful of poems that do all this and more. Whether he is writing about writing, ruminating on the mixed blessings of ageing, or reflecting on love and other viruses, Kevin’s poems are peppered with wry humour and celebrate a sparkling pleasure in life, with all its contradictions, balls-ups, mysteries, happiness and richness.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 160 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 04-11-2021


Tags: New Release   November 2021   Poetry
$25.00
Tumble

ISBN: 9781990048197

Author: Joanna Preston    Publisher: Otago University Press

She gripped lightly with her knees, as she’d been taught. She didn’t want wings. She wanted to fly on the thunder of hooves, feel muscles surging beneath he...


She gripped lightly with her knees, as she’d been taught. She didn’t want wings. She wanted to fly on the thunder of hooves, feel muscles surging beneath her. The word in her head, matching stride – free-ee-dom, free-ee-dom, free-ee-dom – as she bent low over the withers, pressing her cheek against the finial’s neck, her own hair a mane, streaming wild in the wind. – From the poem ‘Silks’ This remarkable second collection by award-winning poet Joanna Preston charts a course for the journey from child to woman. Her bold and original voice swoops the reader from the ocean depths to the roof of the world, from nascent saints, Viking raids and fallen angels to talking cameras and an astronaut in space. Always, the human heartbeat is at stake, as Preston explores love, loss, longing and lust – how we stumble, how we soar. tumble is a beautifully crafted collection that traverses traditional forms, the lyric and free verse. It is earthy and embodied, while at the same time woven through with myth and magical realism.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 88


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 15-11-2021


$27.50
Wai Pasifika

ISBN: 9781990048074

Author: David Young    Publisher: Otago University Press

Science can be as wondrous as the explanations that come out of earth-rooted cultures. Polynesians, like the inhabitants of Oceania generally, have always lived...


Science can be as wondrous as the explanations that come out of earth-rooted cultures. Polynesians, like the inhabitants of Oceania generally, have always lived in a state of heightened awareness of the profundity and subtlety of nature’s moods and interrelationships. Theirs was a holistic view of the world and their place in it. In this beautifully written and stunningly illustrated book, David Young focuses on the increasingly endangered resource of freshwater, and what so-called developed societies can learn from the indigenous voices of the Pacific. Combining nineteenth century and indigenous sources with a selection of modern studies and his own personal encounters, Young keeps a human face on the key issue of water. He confirms that the gift of indigenous people to their colonisers is that they offer systematic and different concepts of being in, and experiencing, nature. It is time people woke up to the dangers and began to embrace possible solutions, Young argues in this inspiring and deeply moving study. Current trends in water management are not only wasteful and destructive but also ultimately deadly. He concludes, however, on a hopeful note, arguing that there is potential for change. The future rests on developing the discipline of deep respect for place, for planet and for life in its myriad forms. Woven by Water …gives us information and analysis plus feeling; it doesn’t simply inform, it resonates ... I commend it wholeheartedly. – Michael King For a long time David Young has been one of the clearest and most respected writers on New Zealand ecology, a champion for what its people hold in trust. – Vincent O’Sullivan


Bind: paperback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 189 x 253 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2021


$60.00
Come Back to Mona Vale

ISBN: 9781990048067

Author: Alexander McKinnon    Publisher: Otago University Press

Come Back to Mona Vale is a beautifully written, compelling narrative/memoir that sets about unravelling the mysteries and anomalies behind the public history o...


Come Back to Mona Vale is a beautifully written, compelling narrative/memoir that sets about unravelling the mysteries and anomalies behind the public history of a wealthy Christchurch business family in the first half of the 20th century. The author-as narrator gradually becomes aware that his family heritage isn’t necessarily the norm, nor what he expected. That family members can’t bear to speak to each other about the most private and family-influenced events, facts and atmospheres. That he grew up shielded from aspects of contemporary reality by money and class. The story unfolds like a crime or detective tale, and also delves into the history of the Canterbury colony, contrasting Christchurch’s public values, aspirations and beauty with its murkier private behaviour. And yet the story is told with a graceful touch and an eye for the vivid, comic and telling detail. Alexander McKinnon’s explorations of his family’s past is the record of a beautiful and grand (yet gradually crumbling) manor interwoven with social history – with a sense of the Gothic, of obsession, and of a tight-knit circle where secrets wreak a terrible climax leading to a form of inter-generational haunting.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 03-09-2021


$40.00
Architectural Drawings of Christ's College

ISBN: 9780995143821

Authors: Sir Miles Warren, Alec Bruce    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

The Christ’s College campus in Christchurch is unquestionably one of the most remarkable collections of buildings in New Zealand, but there are few publicatio...


The Christ’s College campus in Christchurch is unquestionably one of the most remarkable collections of buildings in New Zealand, but there are few publications which focus solely on its architecture. To produce this book, Sir Miles Warren, the architect for Christ’s College for 43 years, enlisted fellow Christchurch architect Alec Bruce to create this succinct summary of the design of the college’s unique buildings. Earlier collaborations on projects at Christ’s College led naturally to this shared authorship. Drawings have been used instead of photographs, to show the range of types of graphical information from which buildings were produced and the different creative tendencies of the architects involved. Later design commissions contend with the challenge of working in an established heritage environment. Significant parts of Christ’s College were changed as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes, lending urgency to the publication of this book, which includes buildings which have been removed since September 2010.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 303 x 255 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2021


$45.00
Kuwis First Egg (board book)

ISBN: 9780995124615

Authors: Kat Merewether, Kat Quin    Publisher: Illustrated Publishing

Kuwi is a young and confused kiwi who has found herself alone with her newly laid egg. She has never had an egg before... A funny and heart-warming story for th...


Kuwi is a young and confused kiwi who has found herself alone with her newly laid egg. She has never had an egg before... A funny and heart-warming story for the early learner. Kuwi is an endangered brown kiwi. She lays her first egg. She has no idea what she is supposed to do with the egg, or what the ‘purpose’ of the egg is. Follow her * Amazing, detailed illustrations overflowing with native gems. * The Kuwi the Kiwiâ„¢ series is a proud supporter of Kiwis for Kiwi Trust, donating 20 cents from each book sale to support kiwi conservation projects in New Zealand. The series has donated in excess of $50,00 to date.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 32


Dimensions: 160 x 160 x 19 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2021


$17.99
Kuwis Very Shiny Bum (board book)

ISBN: 9780995124622

Authors: Kat Merewether, Kat Quin    Publisher: Illustrated Publishing

From the award-winning author and illustrator of the Kuwi the Kiwi™ series, Kat Quin. Board book version of the #1 bestselling ‘Kuwi’s Very Shiny Bum’. ...


From the award-winning author and illustrator of the Kuwi the Kiwi™ series, Kat Quin. Board book version of the #1 bestselling ‘Kuwi’s Very Shiny Bum’. With the faint jingle of bells, a mysterious gift falls from the sky. It is a shimmering red ball. Kuwi knows exactly what it is. A very shiny bum. She decides to make gifts, so her friends can feel as blessed as she does. A hula hoop for Herb the hippy hōiho. Tasteful trimmings for Tash the tuft-less tūī. A moustache for Morris the meek morepork... but wait, no ‘thank yous’? A humorous and light hearted story to guide children from a young age to look for small ways to be generous and caring of others, in a time of year that can often be all about the ‘presents’. A book to instill an attitude of generosity and giving, appreciation and thankfulness.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 36


Dimensions: 160 x 160 x 19 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2021


$17.99
Spies and Lies : The Mysterious Dr Dannevill

ISBN: 9780473580803

Publisher: Double Axe Press

Hjilmar Dannevill travelled the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, sometimes using aliases, sometimes disguised as a male, and claiming...


Hjilmar Dannevill travelled the world in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, sometimes using aliases, sometimes disguised as a male, and claiming to be researching venereal diseases on behalf of a wealthy Austrian businessman. She arrived in New Zealand in 1911 and falsely presented herself as a qualified medical professional while helping to set up a private health home run by women. In the hostile anti-foreigner environment of World War 1, doubts about her sex, identity, qualifications and motivations, as well as suspicions about her relationships with women, drew the attention of police and military authorities. In May 1917, although she tried to defend herself, she was declared a German spy and imprisoned. Like many other women who formed transnational networks stretching across Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific to New Zealand, in defiance of sex-role stereotypes, Dannevill pursued life, work and female relationships around the globe. According to the authorities she was ‘a thorough humbug and fraud’ and ‘just the sort of person who would take up such a job as a political spy or pimp.’ But who was Hjilmar Dannevill? Why did she lie? Why was she persecuted? Was she a spy?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 250


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2021


$35.00
The Other Sister

ISBN: 9780473579579

Author: Philippa Werry    Publisher: Pipi Press

When I set off in my brand-new uniform, I imagined everyone thinking: “There goes Tilly Thomas with her smart-girl scholarship.” Or maybe: “There goes Til...


When I set off in my brand-new uniform, I imagined everyone thinking: “There goes Tilly Thomas with her smart-girl scholarship.” Or maybe: “There goes Tilly Thomas with her poor-person’s scholarship because her family can’t afford the fees, and she has holes in her shoes.” Or: “There goes Tilly Thomas, she’s not as smart as she thinks she is.” Tilly Thomas dreams of doing something remarkable. Her big sister, Beaty, became the town’s first telegram girl during the grim years of World War One, and now Tilly wants to make her mark too. January 1920 heralds the start of a new decade, promising fresh opportunities for girls like Tilly. But her dreams seem impossible to reach, outweighed by all the things that girls can’t or aren’t supposed to do. The war is over, but its shadow still darkens the town. Returned servicemen struggle to fit back into their old lives. Some have shell shock while others are crippled or blinded. Tilly must work out what it means to grow up in a world shattered by war and a pandemic, in a society where opportunities for women are still hard-won. And, like any fourteen year-old, she faces uncertainty and confusion about what sort of person she wants to be, how to get there, and how to believe in herself.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 324


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2021


$25.00
Crimetime : From Undercover Cop to International Investigator

ISBN: 9780995143869

Author: Mark Van Leewarden    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

“We think you’re the type of joker who would suit working undercover. No controls, out there doing deals and drinking piss.” And with that the young beat ...


“We think you’re the type of joker who would suit working undercover. No controls, out there doing deals and drinking piss.” And with that the young beat cop shed what was left of his uniform and slid into the underworld of strippers, junkies, crooks and gangsters. Codename: Emu. Mission: to take out hardened criminals. What could possibly go wrong? This is the true story of a Kiwi cop who survives the dangerous double life of an undercover agent and goes on to become New Zealand’s most successful international fraud investigator. Along the way he is a key figure in a murder, weathers multiple contract hits, finds true love, gains a law degree, tangles with the Russian mafia, and continues to nail the bad guys, the con artists, the career criminals, wherever he finds them. And he still keeps a shottie under the bed.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 07-10-2021


$45.00
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