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August 2022 (118)
Keep In A Cool Place : The first winter at Vanda Station, Antarctica
In 1969 Al Riordan, a US Exchange Scientist, joined Simon Cutfield and three other New Zealanders to spend a year at Vanda Station on the shores of Lake Vanda i...
In 1969 Al Riordan, a US Exchange Scientist, joined Simon Cutfield and three other New Zealanders to spend a year at Vanda Station on the shores of Lake Vanda in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. The men lived in a strange world – a snowless place that had not seen a glacier for millions of years, yet lay within sight of the permanent East Antarctic Ice Sheet. The surface of the lake was covered in 3–4 metres of permanent ice, but the temperature of the water near the bottom was +25°C. No one knew for certain why the water was so warm, and Simon’s mission was to take measurements to help solve this mystery and carry out a range of other hydrologic and earth science projects. Al’s aim was to help build a comprehensive weather record, understand the valley wind systems, and to learn why the area was snow-free. Drawing on their diaries and letters, this is a unique first-person account of life at the station as the five men carry out their daily tasks in an environment that challenges and transforms them: temperatures as low as –57°C, eight months of total isolation, including four months of continual darkness, and daunting mechanical and logistical challenges, including a limited supply of power, fuel, heat and water. At least it’s no challenge to follow the instructions on their photographic chemicals – ‘Keep in a cool place’ – like much of their supplies, this equipment is encased in ice. Supplemented with scientific appendices, the book also gives the reader a window on how scientific knowledge is built one step at a time, from the initial planning, to data gathering, to building hypotheses, and to developing theory. As the only complete record of life at Vanda Station during the first year of its occupation, and complemented by a selection of maps and colour photos, this engaging account is an important missing chapter in the history of New Zealand’s Antarctic achievements.
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
Publication Date: 01-09-2022
DUE > 16th Sep 2022
Heart of the City : The Story of Christchurch's Controversial Cathedral
From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it ...
From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it be paid for? Should it be built in wood or stone in an earthquake-prone country? Who should oversee the building? It took far too long to build and its financial position has often been perilous. In recent times there have been fresh quarrels over a visitors’ centre and whether ratepayers should help to pay for necessary earthquake strengthening. And, when the building was left almost in ruins, should it be demolished and rebuilt or should it be restored? And, most important of all to the people of Christchurch, to whom did it really belong? It has been a tranquil and lovely place of devotion and worship, and a venue for the celebration of civic, national and international events. Thousands of tourists have walked its aisles and climbed its tower. It has won fame for the beauty of its music. Along with the Avon/Ōtakaro River, its silhouette appears on all the city’s official signage. Christ Church Cathedral has stood in its square for close to a century and a half. Acclaimed historian Edmund Bohan tells the full and fascinating story of this beloved building, from its begin-nings in an embryonic settlement to its resurrection after disaster. In a lively, approachable text – well-illustrated throughout – he outlines the cathedral’s remarkable past and brings to life the equally remarkable people who have worked and worshipped there. He details the triumphs and the troubles, and looks to a future in which this instantly recognisable church will once again stand as the safe and welcoming heart of the city to which it belongs.
Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm
Publication Date: 14-09-2022
DUE > 15th Sep 2022
The Wandering Nature of Us Girls
In these small stories, Frankie McMillan balances transgression and wit, showing a cast of unmoored characters with her signature warmth and compassion. Bursts ...
In these small stories, Frankie McMillan balances transgression and wit, showing a cast of unmoored characters with her signature warmth and compassion. Bursts of vivid, poetic writing blur the line between reality and surrealism as she explores all kinds of wandering: children wander, adults drift into unexpected relationships, and footholds can never be certain. Water, too, meanders like a river in the collection, a powerful presence linking disparate lives: the girls raised by swans swim towards what they hope is a better future in the West, a grandmother swims naked in an isolated bush lake, Magdalene’s behaviour on the fishing boat is under scrutiny by her sisters, while the taniwha Kaiwhakaruaki looms over lovers hiding under a wooden dinghy on the beach. In settings as unexpected as a European post-war circus or an inflatable pool in suburban Aotearoa, the enduring bonds of family, real or imagined, take centre stage. Frankie McMillan has given us a collection that is poignant, revelatory and bitter sweet. Frankie McMillan is the author of five books of poetry and short fiction. Her most recent collection, ‘The Father of Octopus Wrestling’, was listed by The Spinoff as one of the 10 best New Zealand fiction books of 2019 and shortlisted for the NZSA Heritage Book Awards, and her 2016 collection, ‘My Mother and the Hungarians’, was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She has twice won the New Zealand Flash Fiction Day competition and has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship (2019), the Michael King writing residency at the University of Auckland (2017), and the Ursula Bethell residency in creative writing at the University of Canterbury (2014). McMillan spends her time between Ōtautahi Christchurch and Mohua Golden Bay.
Dimensions: 130 x 204 mm
Publication Date: 19-08-2022
DUE > 26th Aug 2022
Celebration of the Straw Man
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.
Dimensions: 150 x 228 mm
Publication Date: 13-06-2022
Past and present become dangerously entwined in this intricate and compelling psychological thriller from author and film-maker Richard Woolley. It is 2015, an...
Past and present become dangerously entwined in this intricate and compelling psychological thriller from author and film-maker Richard Woolley. It is 2015, and successful Kiwi journalist Joy Manville enjoys a fulfilling life in New Zealand, Aotearoa, together with her older English husband, Stephen, a Professor in Film Studies at the University of Auckland. Almost an idyll, until their peaceful path through life is crossed by a dark shadow from Stephen’s past. A persistent online shadow that leads Joy to question Stephen’s integrity and forces her into a disturbing and deadly investigation – first in New Zealand and then at Stephen’s childhood home and school in England. A dark drama that pits the easy going egalitarianism of New Zealand against the privileged, often perverse background of an English upper-middle-class family.
Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm
Publication Date: 04-07-2022
DUE > 11th Jul 2022
Cliff Porter Captain of the 1924 Invincibles 100 Years On
Author: Ian St George
In 2024 it will be a century since the greatest rugby side to leave our shores departed New Zealand for the UK. Clifford Glen Porter was the Invincibles captain...
In 2024 it will be a century since the greatest rugby side to leave our shores departed New Zealand for the UK. Clifford Glen Porter was the Invincibles captain. He was nicknamed “Offside Porter” because his anticipation was so accurate and his speed around the scrum so great that opponents insisted he must have been off side. Good referees could see he was not. Well, not always. The Invincibles won all thirty-two games in Britain, France and Canada. Mny of the 28 men in that “Second All Blacks” team are regarded s rugby legends now, a hundred years later : Cliff Porter as their leader. George Nepia said he was “the best captain I ever know” and he knew a few. Cliff Porter played forty-one games for the All Blacks. The phrase that crops up time and time again in reports of Porter’s play, is his “uncanny anticipation” - referring to his ability to predict how moves were going to develop, and to place himself in exactly the right place to take advantage. He was a superb player and one of the very great All Black captains.
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
Publication Date: 09-06-2022
Conquering Cascade : An Epic Saga of Denniston Coal
Conquering Cascade brings to light a little-known chapter in the history of West Coast coal mining. Cascade Creek, a rugged and precipitous gorge, harboured a s...
Conquering Cascade brings to light a little-known chapter in the history of West Coast coal mining. Cascade Creek, a rugged and precipitous gorge, harboured a seam of some of the best coal in New Zealand, its ‘black gold’ well known but its extraction delayed by forbidding access and tempestuous climate. The story of the Cascade Westport Coal Company and its workforce, the Cascade Westport Co-operative Coal Party, is one of courage and audacity that included building a wooden flume to carry the coal a steep 250 metres drop towards the coast. At over 12 kilometres long this flume was not only the longest such structure ever built in New Zealand, it also confounded the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done. Conquering Cascade chronicles the troubles, triumphs and trials of the Cascade Creek men and women as they toiled to make a living, their association finally ending in a catastrophe of nature and the mundanity of a court room. Following a decade of research, interviews and gathering rare material, Phil Walsh has documented an epic saga in New Zealand’s industrial coal mining heritage. Includes maps and 18 pages of colour and b/w photographs
Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm
Publication Date: 20-07-2022
DUE > 20th Jul 2022
Believe : How new leaders step up and into their full potential
Author and leadership specialist Brenda James teaches clients how to develop self-belief. But for decades she was stuck in self-doubt herself. Her book BELIEVE...
Author and leadership specialist Brenda James teaches clients how to develop self-belief. But for decades she was stuck in self-doubt herself. Her book BELIEVE takes us on a guided journey of building leadership skills and self-confidence. As a leader, no matter where or when you start to experience a dent in your self-belief, once it is triggered and activated, your outlook changes. You see everything through blurred lenses, constantly looking for evidence that you are not quick enough, deserving enough or smart enough. And, of course, you will always find it. When leadership is new or the role gets hard, self-doubt can easily take over. Self-belief is the remedy. But how do you tangibly develop this? In her book ‘BELIEVE: How New Leaders Step Up and Into Their Full Potential’ Brenda takes us on a guided journey, showing how leaders can increase their self-belief and leadership confidence to create more cohesive teams, increase workplace wellbeing, and most importantly, find a deeper sense of internal wellbeing.
Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm
Publication Date: 06-08-2022
DUE > 8th Aug 2022
The Big Pub Quiz Book : 10000 Bar Trivia Questions
A brand new bumper quiz book containing a massive 10,000 bar trivia questions arranged into over 1,000 quizzes: - 50 complete 'ready-to-go' quizzes - 150 family...
A brand new bumper quiz book containing a massive 10,000 bar trivia questions arranged into over 1,000 quizzes: - 50 complete 'ready-to-go' quizzes - 150 family-friendly quizzes - 150 traditional subject quizzes - 120 specialist subject quizzes - 200 the ‘weird and the wonderful’ quizzes - 365 daily quick quizzes to test your knowledge throughout the year! Packaged as a stylish paperback, this is a perfect gift book or self purchase. So, grab your family and friends and get quizzing!
Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm
Publication Date: 04-08-2022
DUE > 1st Nov 2022
Building For Change : The Architecture of Creative Reuse
Architects are adapting existing buildings to create new spaces for a more conscious future. The urban fabric changes more slowly than our spatial needs, accele...
Architects are adapting existing buildings to create new spaces for a more conscious future. The urban fabric changes more slowly than our spatial needs, accelerated by digital technologies and new lifestyles. The trick for canny architects lies in an ingenious reuse and creative recycling that result in the stunning transformation of existing buildings for new purposes. Building for Change explores this architecture of reuse and adaptation. It presents sofa factories turned coworking hub, viaducts turned community garden, department stores turned cultural center, and other inspiring projects. The book also showcases spaces that are designed to be dismantled and repurposed down the line. This architecture of care is aspirational and ambitious: to make construction more sustainable and buildings fit for the future.
Dimensions: 240 x 300 mm
Publication Date: 02-08-2022
DUE > 1st Nov 2022