January/February 2022 (89)

Comparonomics

ISBN: 9780473594664

Author: Grant J Ryan    Publisher: Big Idea Publishing Company

You and most people around you are likely to be in the wealthiest 1% who have ever lived. Yet why, for so many people in rich countries, does progress not make ...


You and most people around you are likely to be in the wealthiest 1% who have ever lived. Yet why, for so many people in rich countries, does progress not make us feel better? With the help of a new tool, Comparonomics delves into the factors that make us feel bad and reaches some surprising conclusions. Not only are we much better off than we – or the economists – think we are, but the things we aim for like economic growth, improved social mobility, and equality don’t impact most of the feel-bad factors. In other words, we’re feeling worse than we ought to, and we’re doing too many of the wrong things to feel better. With its surprisingly simple tool, Comparonomics shows just how wrong conventional economics is about progress, what impact this has on our lives and offers readers some strategies for making sense of our modern world. Grant J Ryan is the son of an Invercargill chicken farmer who ended up a hopelessly addicted inventor. He has founded several technology companies, an opensource project to protect native species, and has worked as an advisor to the New Zealand Government. Grant has a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in ecological economics.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 286


Dimensions: 140 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 22-02-2022


$29.99
Ravenscar House: A Biography

ISBN: 9781988503226

Author: Sally Blundell    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Many exciting new buildings have arisen from the rubble of post-earthquake Christchurch but none, perhaps, is as remarkable as Ravenscar House in the heart of t...


Many exciting new buildings have arisen from the rubble of post-earthquake Christchurch but none, perhaps, is as remarkable as Ravenscar House in the heart of the city’s heritage precinct. ‘Ravenscar House: A biography’ explores the story of this unique, purpose-built house museum as the realisation of a long-held dream and the expression of a heart-warming act of public philanthropy. Christchurch journalist and writer Sally Blundell tells the compelling story of Jim and Susan Wakefield, whose vision was to share with their community the eclectic and impressive collection of art and artefacts that they had endowed to the charitable Ravenscar Trust. After their house on Scarborough Hill was demolished following the Canterbury earthquakes, the couple were determined to commission a new house museum, filled with a wide range of works by leading New Zealand artists such as Frances Hodgkins, Colin McCahon and Bill Sutton – and many more. Designed by renowned architects Patterson Associates, the Wakefields’ bold but elegant addition to the city was opened in 2021. Sally Blundell’s engaging and well-informed text is enhanced by family photographs, and stunning images of Ravenscar House itself, the garden it enfolds and the works within its walls. This is a unique story of resilience, architectural ingenuity and, above all, extraordinary generosity. Sally Blundell, a journalist and writer in Ōtautahi Christchurch, has a PhD in English literature from the University of Canterbury. She has been books and culture editor for the ‘New Zealand Listener’ and was a fiction judge for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her essay contributions include ‘Not Listening: Changing Conversations in the Wake of the Mosque Shootings’ (‘Public Knowledge’, ed. Emma Johnson, 2019), ‘Amending the Map’ (‘Griffith Review 43’, ed. Julianne Schultz and Lloyd Jones, 2014) and ‘Reoccupying Christchurch’ (‘Extraordinary Anywhere’, ed. Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey, 2016). Her 2007 book, ‘Look This Way: New Zealand Writers on New Zealand Artists’, was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 250 x 190 mm


Publication Date: 24-02-2022


$59.99
The Gardeners Journal 12

ISBN: 9780995149137

Author: Margaret Long    Publisher: Frensham

This sought-after journal of articles and photographs caters for readers with a wide range of interests in the gardening world, including: • Gardens and Garde...


This sought-after journal of articles and photographs caters for readers with a wide range of interests in the gardening world, including: • Gardens and Gardeners • Plants and Trees • Landscape and Design • Garden History • Travel Experiences MARGARET LONG published eight issues of The Gardener’s Journal in 2008 and 2009 until other commitments, including her own garden with its increasing number of visitors, led to her setting it aside for a time. Frensham has now been open to visitors for twenty-seven years. Margaret’s monthly newsletter Writings from Frensham is read by gardeners throughout the world. She is also Editor of the journal of the New Zealand Branch of the International Dendrology Society and author, with photographer Juliet Nicholas, of Frensham: A New Zealand Garden, chosen by The Listener as one of its 2019 “Top 100 Books of the Year”.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 23-02-2022


$30.00
A Future Untold

ISBN: 9780473587468

Author: Alina Siegfried   

An inspiring rallying cry for humanity to solve our biggest problems by returning to the most basic driver of human behaviour and culture – story. In A Future...


An inspiring rallying cry for humanity to solve our biggest problems by returning to the most basic driver of human behaviour and culture – story. In A Future Untold, the author offers an entertaining, inspiring, and at times deeply vulnerable glimpse into how we can solve social and environmental challenges by addressing the stories and narratives that underpin our lives. Drawing on her experience in award-winning spoken word, environmental advocacy, political communications, and her role helping to build a 500+ strong global entrepreneurial leadership community, Alina Siegfried (AKA NZ Poetry Slam champion Ali Jacs) translates the fundamentals of narrative change into authentic stories, entertaining anecdotes, a handful of powerful poems with corresponding QR code video links, and ten new myths for humanity. The book provides a call to action for everyday citizens who believe that we can build a better future, urging them to re-author the harmful stories and cultural narratives that lie beneath “the way things are”.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 260


Dimensions: 140 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 20-12-2021


$35.00
For Reasons Of Their Own

ISBN: 9780473514907

Author: Chris Stuart   

Can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security po...


Can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy. Melbourne is a city on the brink, from arson fed bush fires, searing heatwaves and the potential threat of terrorism. Detective Inspector Robbie Gray, falling foul of Police bureaucracy, gets called to a body found lying in a rural swamp. When the nationality of the victim is revealed, ASIO take over her investigation and she is sidelined. Convinced they are misinterpreting the evidence, along with a disenfranchised Aboriginal policeman, she secretly digs for the truth and discovers an entirely different motive, one which transcends international borders and exposes corruption in the humanitarian world. When the killer is arrested, DI Robbie Cray realises that the past contains only hurt and pain and she asks herself whether in certain circumstances, murder may well be justified.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 316


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


$35.00
The Water's Dead : A DI Nyree Bradshaw Novel

ISBN: 9780473594749

Author: Catherine Lea   

Set in the Far North, this is New Zealand’s answer to Vera Stanhope, a thrilling novel with surprise twists that will keep you turning the pages. Meet DI Nyre...


Set in the Far North, this is New Zealand’s answer to Vera Stanhope, a thrilling novel with surprise twists that will keep you turning the pages. Meet DI Nyree Bradshaw. For twenty-five years, Nyree thought she’d solved her toughest cases. She was wrong. The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Māori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko – is worn only by Māori women. So, her ethnicity is a given. Finding who murdered her and dumped her body in the volcanic rock pool at the base of Mason’s Rock waterfall is DI Nyree Bradshaw’s latest case. From the strangely unsympathetic parents to the belligerent boyfriend on home detention for drugs, it seems everyone has something to hide, and no one is telling the truth. Then Nyree discovers six-year-old diabetic, Lily Holmes is missing, last seen in the victim's care. Now Nyree must find the killer to save Lily. The clock is ticking. She has already failed her own son. She cannot fail this child.


Bind: paperback


Publication Date: 16-02-2022


$34.95
The Psychopath

ISBN: 9781913062842

Author: A M Edwards    Publisher: Red Door Press

"Eventually Leighton stops lecturing me, probably just to catch his breath. After our last encounter I can take it a bit better and am feeling more robust. I ev...


"Eventually Leighton stops lecturing me, probably just to catch his breath. After our last encounter I can take it a bit better and am feeling more robust. I even manage to look at the artery increasingly protruding and pulsing in his neck as he spits venom at me. I wonder what it would be like to pop a pencil straight into it and watch it burst like crimson rain all over his office. I might enjoy that." Meet Jez. Jez is adulterous husband to Maxine, devoted father to Jamie, promiscuous lover, university professor, pro-vice-chancellor for research - and a serial killer aiming to get to the top by any means necessary. His passion for murder parallels his love of music, and he matches each kill with its own, special theme song to enhance the experience as he works towards assembling his very own top forty greatest hits. When the vice-chancellor of lowly ranked Francis Drake University begins to sexually pester Jez's mistress Bella, it accelerates his plans for domination. But will he get there?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 288


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 10-02-2022


$27.99
DUE > 30th Apr 2022
Performer - A Memoir

ISBN: 9780473593971

Author: Paul Maunder    Publisher: Te Puawai Cooperative Society

Paul Maunder’s compelling memoir tells us of ‘the road less travelled’ as he reflects on his role as film-maker, theatre director, educator, writer, full...


Paul Maunder’s compelling memoir tells us of ‘the road less travelled’ as he reflects on his role as film-maker, theatre director, educator, writer, full-time parent, producer, actor and teller of stories, combined with personal relationships, the development of his political and ideological beliefs, the experiences of being brought up by adoptive parents and his later contact with his birth family. One of the many strengths of this memoir is the perception, honesty and analysis brought to this experience. Beautifully and sensitively written, this memoir tells not only a personal story but evokes the immense social changes within New Zealand over the 1950’s to the present time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 295


Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 20 mm


Publication Date: 06-12-2021


$40.00
Duigan's Circus

ISBN: 9780473602093

Author: Peter Cooke   

In 1915 the most destructive war ever was consuming Europe. Responding to the call, New Zealand sent a mine-warfare unit to fight the siege for civilisation. ...


In 1915 the most destructive war ever was consuming Europe. Responding to the call, New Zealand sent a mine-warfare unit to fight the siege for civilisation. “So fierce was this struggle,” Dr Ian McGibbon ONZM says in his Foreword, “that the inexperienced New Zealand tunnellers were initially knocked off balance, but they quickly regain their equilibrium. They proved their mettle in this subterranean conflict (at Arras).. This history, written by an expert on New Zealand’s military engineering, greatly improves our understanding of the Tunnelling Company,… with careful attention to the documentary record. In bringing to light much new material about the company, its members and its achievements, Peter Cooke’s efforts are to be highly commended.”


Bind: paperback


Pages: 232


Dimensions: 180 x 265 mm


Publication Date: 09-11-2021


$45.00
Lucas's Car

ISBN: 9780473605377

Author: Marie Munro    Publisher: Nana's Shed Books

Will thrill-seeking, speed king, Lucas, resist the temptation, or will he drive his car down the stairs? Find out in Marie Munro and Rachel Doragh’s fourth, ...


Will thrill-seeking, speed king, Lucas, resist the temptation, or will he drive his car down the stairs? Find out in Marie Munro and Rachel Doragh’s fourth, fully bilingual New Zealand children’s picture book, translated by accredited Māori translator, Piripi Walker. Rachel Doragh’s dynamic illustrations incorporate related Māori words and phrases and bring the story to life in an authentic kiwi environment. Piripi Walker’s translation has kept the words simple and clear, so the rhythm is right, and each sentence flows when delivered aloud. Selling Points • Bilingual text (English and Māori). In line with Ministry of Education requirements for “Beginning to use te reo Māori Levels 1-2” (simple, short dialogues, phrases and sentences, simple questions. Simple reo Māori words, phrases, and sentences with some complex or less familiar reo Māori phrases and sentences). • Child-centred storyline about family relationships, an ethnically diverse group of friends, colours and an ever-present temptation. • Flowing, easy-to-read English text with literal Māori translation. • Colourful illustrations that are lots of fun and provide opportunities for conversations about family relationships, ethnicities, flora, fauna, colours and natural consequences. • Day-to-day New Zealand content. • English/Māori glossary for colours, and a simplified personal introduction that includes family relationships and friends. • Will appeal to children who enjoy playing with family and friends.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 28


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2021


$25.00
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