Christmas 2021 (144)

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
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
Hellzapoppin'! : The Art of Flying Nun

ISBN: 9781877375705

Author: Peter Vangioni    Publisher: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Published to mark the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Flying Nun Records in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Hellzapoppin’! brings together original artwork an...


Published to mark the fortieth anniversary of the founding of Flying Nun Records in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Hellzapoppin’! brings together original artwork and design, film, record covers, posters and photography from the label’s early years. From rare collectible records and vintage posters to original artworks and paste-up designs, this book explores the art and artists behind some of New Zealand’s favourite bands. Entertaining essays from Peter Vangioni, Kath Webster, Russell Brown and Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd will be interspersed with brief interview-style contributions from some of the people responsible for creating the art of the label. Heavily illustrated, it will feature original artwork for the records and posters, photography from the archives, and rarely seen vinyl releases and posters. The Flying Nun aesthetic was foundational to a generation of impressionable young creators and agitators. By talking to the people responsible, this book will burst a few enduring myths, and maybe start some new ones.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 92


Dimensions: 270 x 330 mm


Publication Date: 16-08-2021


$39.00
Kelcy Taratoa : Who Am I? Episode 001

ISBN: 9780995132924

Author: Warren Feeney    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

Who Am I? is a question at the centre of what it is to be human and for artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) it has formed th...


Who Am I? is a question at the centre of what it is to be human and for artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) it has formed the sub-ject of his painting for two decades. Kelcy Taratoa: Who Am I ?... Episode 001 is a bilingual English and Te Reo publication written by Warren Feeney and translated by Hēni Jacob (Ngāti Raukawa). It  traverses the artist’s life from growing up in the suburbs of Levin to Te Haka a Te Tupere, the artist’s wharenui at Rangiwaea marae in Tauranga Harbour. Through his paintings he contends that contemporary technology’s virtual realities and appetite for destruction and distraction is undermining our humanity and experience of the world. Yet painting, that most ancient means of visual communication, is something that continues to remind us of our humanness.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 210 x 295 mm


Publication Date: 06-10-2021


$60.00
Sir Bob Charles - The Biography

ISBN: 9780473521813

Author: Geoff Saunders    Publisher: Hope Publishing Ltd

'Sir Bob Charles – The Biography’ is the first comprehensive biography of Sir Bob Charles. His story begins in working-class rural New Zealand. In 1960 he e...


'Sir Bob Charles – The Biography’ is the first comprehensive biography of Sir Bob Charles. His story begins in working-class rural New Zealand. In 1960 he embarked upon a career that no New Zealander had chosen before – that of a full-time touring professional golfer. The pressure was on the young Kiwi golfer as he took off around the world, with £350 in travellers’ cheques to fund his new career. If he did not play well enough his cash would run out and he would be back in Christchurch as a teller for the National Bank of New Zealand. That prospect alone spurred his success. The book is an account of his 50 years touring the world with his golf clubs. The reader will encounter the key characters in the story who supported the young golfer on his way to the very top of his sport. You will meet Ivor and Phyl Charles, his wife Verity, mentor Ian Cromb and his agent Mark McCormack. There are over 150 stunning photos in the book, many from the Charles family’s own collection. Combined with the narrative the images provide the complete picture of a notable New Zealand life. Bob Charles competed in the ‘’golden age’’ of professional golf in the 1960s and 1970s. He played with, and at times defeated, each member of the ‘’Big Three’’.The televising of golf from the early 1960s created an explosion in enthusiasm for the game. During this period, he acquired the title of the ‘’best putter in the world’’ in the eyes of both journalists and fellow competitors. His senior career delivered another 20 years of success in the game he loved. For the first 10 years on the Senior PGA Tour from 1986 he became the man to beat. The book chronicles the success of Bob Charles as a golfer - but there is more to the man than that. With his 1999 knighthood and his elevation to the Order of New Zealand in 2011 he has been honoured not only for his success as a golfer but also for the way he has lived his life. His enduring and happy marriage to Verity and the closeness of his relationship to his children and grandchildren form an important part of the story. Verity’s contribution to his career was enormous as Bob was able to travel the world, focusing solely on competing and succeeding at the highest level in his sport. Sir Bob Charles – The Biography is an in-depth study of the life and times of this great New Zealand sportsman. “Sir Bob Charles - the greatest Kiwi golfer of all. I may be accused of bias in describing the left-hander as the best New Zealand golfer of all. If we look at his record that lasted more than 50 years, I believe there is no argument.’’ Bob Glading. New Zealand Open Champion 1946, 1947. Writing for The Cut magazine, 2008.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 328


Dimensions: 190 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2020


$59.90
Pic : Adventures in Sailing Business and Love

ISBN: 9780473548599

Author: Pic Picot    Publisher: Really Good Books

LONG BEFORE ROCKETING TO FAME AS A PEANUT-BUTTER BARON. Pic earned his keep making cool sandals for his schoolmates and expensive handbags for their mothers. le...


LONG BEFORE ROCKETING TO FAME AS A PEANUT-BUTTER BARON. Pic earned his keep making cool sandals for his schoolmates and expensive handbags for their mothers. leatherwork paid for his OE. He went to flower-powered San Francisco, had a hair-raising entanglement with a Colorado drug gang, and lived in a bizarre squat in London, before returning to New Zealand and a fortnight in a psychiatric ward. He built a house on a commune, started an old-time photo business, joined a travelling rock band, and became a father. Next, he took up furniture making and helped establish the legendary Parnell Workshops and Storage, where his bespoke chairs morphed into tawdry giftware. After building a boat and sailing the Pacific, Pic moved to Nelson, where he started a spectacularly unsuccessful restaurant. Business success came with his charter-boat directory and sailing school. Then he retired. It was his disgust with commercial peanut butter that started him making his own. In a dozen years, he went from roasting nuts in a concrete mixer to employing fifty people. In February 2019, Pic's Peanut Butter World opened. Pic's unusual path to business success offers hope for anyone wanting to follow their dreams. His stories are exciting, full of insight, and very, very funny.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 390


Dimensions: 138 x 212 mm


Publication Date: 19-04-2021


$29.99
1921 : Rugby, Race & Empire

ISBN: 9780473586423

Author: Mike Munro    Publisher: MunroChurch Books

In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came...


In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came cloaked in a powerful mystique – blue-eyed, “youthful giants” from a fellow British colony. Twenty-three of the team had served in the just-ended Great War. Wherever they went the Springboks were saluted as “sons of Empire.” But the tour was rocked amid claims the Springboks resented having to play a Māori team, as the race issue that would bedevil New Zealand-South Africa rugby relations for seventy years reared its head. Two terrible events backdropped the Springboks visit: the 1914-18 war and the influenza epidemic. Together they’d taken nearly 30,000 New Zealanders’ lives, and the effects of both calamities were still being felt. To compound the gloom, the economy nose-dived and many soldier-settlers were forced from their recently-acquired land. This book casts back one hundred years to bring together the story of an eagerly-anticipated rugby tour, and the troublesome memories of its time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2021


$35.00
Polynesia 900 - 1600: An overview of the history of Aotearoa, Rekohu, and Rapa Nui

ISBN: 9781988503233

Author: Madi Williams    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

This book provides a concise introduction to the history of South Polynesia during the period typically defined as the ‘Middle Ages’ by western historians, ...


This book provides a concise introduction to the history of South Polynesia during the period typically defined as the ‘Middle Ages’ by western historians, focusing on Aotearoa New Zealand, Rēkohu (Chatham Islands), and Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Written in response to a wider global approach to medieval history, it offers a fresh perspective on the history of the region during that period. The comparative study of the southern Polynesian islands and Rapa Nui provides a thematic examination in order to avoid forcing the region’s history into a linear Western chronology. Themes of movement and migration, adaptation and change, and development and expansion offer an optimal means of understanding Polynesia during this period, in an account that incorporates oral traditions, historical analysis and archaeology. Drawing together a wide range of research from past and present scholars the book provides an accessible introduction both for students and for the general reader interested in the long history of these islands. Madi Williams (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Rangitāne o Wairau) is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury where she researches the boundaries of history and the inclusion of Indigenous and non-Western perspectives in Aotearoa New Zealand and South Pacific histories. Madi is the recipient of a 2021 Judith Binney Writing Award, which will help her prepare a book based on her PhD thesis on the histories of Ngāti Kuia.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 94


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2021


$24.99
Native by Design: Landscape Design with New Zealand Plants (reprint 2017)

ISBN: 9781877257957

Authors: Ian F. Spellerberg, John Maillard (photos)    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Popular title back in print In this lavishly illustrated book, 20 of New Zealand's top landscape architects and designers offer their wisdom and advice on lands...


Popular title back in print In this lavishly illustrated book, 20 of New Zealand's top landscape architects and designers offer their wisdom and advice on landscaping with native plants. These personal narratives showcase some of our country's most beautiful out-door environments, from private gardens to public recreation land, urban and industrial spaces, and even farmland. Stunning photographs by John Maillard capture the uniqueness and splendour of each location, from Kaeo in the Far North to Queenstown in the south.


Pages: 292


Publication Date: 01-09-2011


$45.00
New Zealand Driving Test Ezy Theory

ISBN: 9780473256593

Publisher: Driving Test Ezy

Provides all the relevant New Zealand theory test questions and answers for licence classes 1 to 6. An all in one licence class package providing you with the k...


Provides all the relevant New Zealand theory test questions and answers for licence classes 1 to 6. An all in one licence class package providing you with the knowledge you need.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 60


Dimensions: 210 x 270 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2018


$25.95
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