Quentin Wilson Publishing (32)

The Crate : A Ghost Story

ISBN: 9780995143746

Author: James Norcliffe    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

• A dark lake with darker secrets. • The bizarre delivery of a mysterious crate. • A fortune-teller unnerved by what she reads in a palm. • Why is the p...


• A dark lake with darker secrets. • The bizarre delivery of a mysterious crate. • A fortune-teller unnerved by what she reads in a palm. • Why is the past reaching for the present with such bony fingers? For the four teenagers staying near a West Coast lake, what begins as an intriguing puzzle ends with the most terrifying night of their lives, a night that will change them forever… Award-winning author James Norcliffe’s compelling supernatural tale will delight and thrill all young readers with its bittersweet ending as unexpected as it is satisfying. “James Norcliffe is a national treasure.” – Sarah Forster, The Sapling


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 25-10-2022


$27.50
DUE > 28th Oct 2022
Celebration of the Straw Man

ISBN: 9780995105317

Author: Murray Rodgers    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

A sensitive and evocative account of the life of a New Zealand World War Two artillery soldier that gives insight into New Zealand's rural culture from the pre-...


A sensitive and evocative account of the life of a New Zealand World War Two artillery soldier that gives insight into New Zealand's rural culture from the pre-depression years, the impact of war on a family through generations, and the magic of companionship in the New Zealand backcountry. The story is loosely based on the author's parents, with his father never seeming to adjust to what he experienced in Italy during the Second World War. Bill's journey is about his growth from childhood and the character he forges until needing to deal with teh effects of brutalizing trauma, and finding his path to self-acceptance through his relationship with his long-standing mate, Charlie, his wife Joan and their children. The under-appreciated cost of war and its psychological impact are dealt with through a series of fictional incidents, largely based on the author's childhood and teenage experiences. The setting is non-specific but is consistent with the Southland and Canterbury regions of New Zealand and Monte Cassino, Italy. Beautifully written and laced with sardonic Kiwi humour, the author's style is fluent and engaging; an easy read that deals with a difficult and often painful topic in a meaningful way.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 150 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 13-06-2022


$35.00
All Experience Is An Arch

ISBN: 9780995143791

Author: Dick Sainsbury    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

This book is a compilation of essays, vignettes and discussion papers written by a retired geriatrician to consider some of the issues associated with ageing an...


This book is a compilation of essays, vignettes and discussion papers written by a retired geriatrician to consider some of the issues associated with ageing and older people, including the health conditions of later years. These are supplemented by pieces illustrating the value of literature in gerontology. Also included are thoughts about the philosophy and ‘essence’ of geriatric medicine including interdisciplinary teamwork, clear communication and maintenance of function. It is meant to entertain, reflect and to some extent, teach. Although it covers some medical subjects it is not a textbook; rather, it seeks to raise the profile of a medical discipline that has sometimes been poorly understood. Medical conditions are discussed but in a way that is readily understood by a lay audience. The author’s intention is that there should be something of interest for every reader and to encourage the study of older people in literature.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 190


Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm


Publication Date: 05-04-2022


$37.50
Shape of the Heart

ISBN: 9780995132962

Author: Kevin Ireland    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

One of New Zealand’s most prominent, well-loved and accessible poets Kevin Ireland’s words pop like seaweed pods, whether he is: honouring friendships — m...


One of New Zealand’s most prominent, well-loved and accessible poets Kevin Ireland’s words pop like seaweed pods, whether he is: honouring friendships — making sourdough bread — grinning at the weather gods — wondering why he slept in — marvelling at the miracle of a shower — giving advice to writers — analysing chance remarks and philosophical paradoxes — celebrating the benefits of a failing memory — circumnavigating childhood, ageing and death … or just having fun, which he does refreshingly often. Shape of the Heart sparkles with poems that take us from brain to heart, sometimes detouring to unexpected places (such as the belly button), but most often in a direct and delightful line.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 64


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 12-05-2020


Tags: April 2020   Poetry
$24.99
Province of Danger

ISBN: 9780995105300

Author: Ray Grover    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

This is a novel of insights, bold assessments and revelations told by four contrasting characters from the generation whose adult lives were affected forever by...


This is a novel of insights, bold assessments and revelations told by four contrasting characters from the generation whose adult lives were affected forever by World Wars I and II, the Depression, the Spanish Civil War and the domestic upheaval that accompanied the waterfront lockout and protests against the war in Vietnam. It is an account to treasure, not simply because of its narrative power, its superb interweaving of the real and the imagined, and its huge and contrasting canvases, but because of its brilliant and meticulous archival research and its compassionate yet rigorous re-evaluation of some of New Zealand’s most bitter and wounding military, social and political battles, and of the officers, soldiers, nurses, trade unionists, conscientious objectors and political leaders involved. No New Zealand novel about the harrowing experience of our growth towards nationhood has a broader sweep and more detailed grasp of events. It is a masterpiece of times that must never be forgotten - Kevin Ireland The war to end wars ended in 1918. It is, however, still early in the twentieth century and Nelle, the World War I nurse who patched up the remnants of men who ‘survived’, fears for her fighter-pilot son; disastrously, Frank, the intellectual, has fallen in love with a German refugee; World War I sniper hero, Harry, the Christian, now fights for peace; and left-wing activist, Jim, goes to war in Spain to fight Fascism. In Province of Danger, our four narrators tell of their lives and loves during the years of a bitterly divided New Zealand; in the pitiless Spanish Civil War; in the six long years of World War II, and then its aftermath. We learn from them that when soldiers of the New Zealand division are sent to participate in what became the disasters of Greece and Crete, Crete was lost to the vastly outnumbered Germans through a combination of failure by senior officers to exercise initiative or to obey orders – their believing they were still fighting World War I. Thrown then into the North African battles the New Zealanders, at great cost, become a formidable fighting force. Thereafter, against the considered judgement of their general, they are shipped to the bloodshed and torment of the futile Italian campaign. Province of Danger brings to life a rich tableau of characters who, when forced to confront the most demanding circumstances, respond in various ways: many with courage, integrity and resilience. Not all of those at a higher level, however, reacted so positively when military and political blunders – too often glossed over by historians – were committed. Province of Danger, like its predecessor, March to the Sound of the Guns, is a story that vividly recreates the turbulence of the years in which New Zealand stumbled towards nationhood.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 448


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 16-08-2018


$34.99
The Only Way Is Up : Reflections on a Life in Opera

ISBN: 9780995105331

Author: Sir Donald McIntyre    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Until the age of twenty, Donald McIntyre hoped to play for the All Blacks, and was on his way to achieving that aim. As a young man, however, he acknowledged hi...


Until the age of twenty, Donald McIntyre hoped to play for the All Blacks, and was on his way to achieving that aim. As a young man, however, he acknowledged his exceptional voice and opted for a career in singing. After leaving New Zealand and arriving in London, McIntyre set his sights on the world of opera. His spectacular musical life saw him conquering the stages of two London companies in the 1960s and 70s: Sadler’s Wells and ROH Covent Garden. His increasing command of Wagner roles brought him to the notice of Richard Wagner’s grandson Wolfgang Wagner, and in 1967 he made his debut appearance in Lohengrin. For the next seventeen years he sang in every Festival cycle and became the first “British” musician to sing the role of Wotan in Wagner’s mighty, four-opera Ring. Recognised for nearly three decades as the definitive Flying Dutchman, McIntyre also starred in the Bayreuth Centennial Ring in a production by Patrice Chéreau that completely revolutionised Wagner opera, and shot him to lasting fame, and in 1992, a knighthood. In this fascinating memoir “Sir Don” looks back over a huge slice of operatic history and his role in it. Mixing fun and gossip with judgement and insight, he brings to life a teeming gallery of the world’s most famous musicians – singers, conductors, directors, teachers, designers, sponsors … all the movers and shakers in the opera world of two generations. Edited by music professor and well-known New Zealand Wagnerian and radio personality, Heath Lees, this book is a fitting monument to Sir Donald’s magnificent half century in opera.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 19-05-2019


Tags: April 2019   Biography   Music   New Zealand
$49.99
In Hindsight : 50 Years of Deer Farming in New Zealand

ISBN: 9780995143760

Author: Lynda Gray    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

How deer in New Zealand changed within 50 years from being a feral pest to the basis of a farmed-livestock, $320-million export industry is a believe-it-or-not ...


How deer in New Zealand changed within 50 years from being a feral pest to the basis of a farmed-livestock, $320-million export industry is a believe-it-or-not story. In Hindsight overviews this niche agricultural sector’s unconventional upbringing and comprehensively tracks its whirlwind rise to mainstream agriculture, brought about by a unique mix of grassroots action, government policy and smart thinking. Inherent to this story are the determined, innovative people who collectively pushed the limits to grow deer farming and its reputation in New Zealand and abroad. These people include not only the gutsy, forward-thinking deer farmers, but also leaders from across the industry—the scientists, researchers and vets recognised by their colleagues and peers. The book draws on archived issues of The Deer Farmer magazine, as well as interviews with industry people, past and present, who shared their deer farming experiences, challenges and successes. In Hindsight is a great read, relevant for anyone in the farming sector.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 10-01-2022


$54.95
The Piano Girls

ISBN: 9780995132986

Author: Elizabeth Smither    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Three musical sisters honour their mother with a piano recital every year in her memory. They compete with one another, practising in secret to see who can be t...


Three musical sisters honour their mother with a piano recital every year in her memory. They compete with one another, practising in secret to see who can be the best. In other stories, music, food, and restaurants are themes. A woman fends off a seducer by cooking up a storm; there is a cat called Min; an elderly woman is the pet of a group of young men; an agonising breakup takes place in a luxury hotel; and a young woman is obsessed with her breasts. These are funny, tender, sharply observed stories written in a style that is engaging, humorous, but always compassionate.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 248


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 30-06-2021


$35.00
Gordon Collier's 3 Gardens

ISBN: 9781991103031

Author: Gordon Collier    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Few have advanced the art of gardening in this country as much as Gordon Collier. New Zealand’s most passionate plantsman and garden designer extraordinaire n...


Few have advanced the art of gardening in this country as much as Gordon Collier. New Zealand’s most passionate plantsman and garden designer extraordinaire needs no introduction to garden lovers, but in this beautiful celebration of three of his most famous gardens friends, colleagues and fellow gardeners pay tribute to the man behind the legend. Tītoki Point, Anacapri and The White House gardens perfectly display the talent and vision of Gordon Collier down the years as he worked tirelessly to create living works of art. The sheer beauty of his work on display here will undoubtedly further inspire creative gardening in this country and become an important reference for students of garden design. As the man himself has said, a good garden should be judged not by the rarity or the expense of the plant inhabitants but by how those plants are assembled, one with the other. And how that was done in these three memorable gardens is nothing short of magical.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 210 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 17-11-2022


$59.99
DUE > 21st Nov 2022
How To Grow An Athlete : From Playground to Podium

ISBN: 9781991103048

Author: Lea Stening    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

How to Grow an Athlete: From Playground to Podium is every parent’s dream ‘go to’ book to help maximise your child’s growth and development and improve ...


How to Grow an Athlete: From Playground to Podium is every parent’s dream ‘go to’ book to help maximise your child’s growth and development and improve both sporting and academic performance. Exploring a wide range of health, food, sporting and academic advice, this ground-breaking book is by well-known dietitian and nutritionist Lea Stening who has worked in paediatrics and sports nutrition for many years. Team culture is key to providing all children with a supportive enviroment in which to thrive, to be confident, fit and strong. And team culture includes family, school and community, not just your child’s particular sporting code. Here’s how to help your child carry a love for exercise and sport well into their adult life. Lea has worked in all areas of school sporting codes and also nationally at high performance and academy levels including New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Rowing, and New Zealand Paralympian sports. And although How to Grow an Athlete: From Playground to Podium focuses on children and sports nutrition, the basic themes that encourage healthy eating can be applied to the whole family.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2022


$44.99
DUE > 23rd Nov 2022
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