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Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel

by Chauncey Holt

Released for the first time 16 years after his death, this startling autobiography by one of the so-called “three tramps” from the John F. Kennedy assassination reveals the details of Chauncey Marvin Holt’s...


Boganaire: The Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler

by Paddy Manning

From blue collar to billionaire ...

Hunter Valley mine electrician Nathan Tinkler borrowed big in 2005, made a fortune from several speculative coal plays, and by 2011 was a self-made billionaire. He had gambled...


Pushing doors marked pull: An unlikely life in three parts

by Barry Gibbons

Pushing doors marked pull covers three periods in the life of ex-Burger King CEO Barry Gibbons. In the first part of the book, 'Rebel without a clue', we meet Barry as a directionless teen in Manchester during...


The Father and His Gift: John Logan Campbell's Later Years

by R.C.J. Stone

Few New Zealand biographies are so rich in social and personal detail. Written with the vivid touches of a novelist, The Father and his Gift completes the story of Sir John Logan Campbell, venerated in old age...


Branch Rickey: A Life

by Jimmy Breslin

The book that inspired Harrison Ford in his portrayal of Branch Rickey in the hit movie "42"

In a brilliant match between author and subject, this latest addition to the Penguin Lives series features the inimitable...


Something for the Birds

by Jacqueline Fahey

Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, this lively, humorous, and tragic memoir traces the roots of a distinguished painter and her crucial role in New Zealand's feminist...


The Autobiography of My Father

by Martin Edmond

Awarded third place in the 1993 Wattie Book Award, Martin Edmond's The Autobiography of My Father is a pioneering work of creative non-fiction in which Edmond transforms his grief at the death of his father,...


Na to Hoa Aroha, from Your Dear Friend, Volume 3: The Correspondence of Sir Apirana Ngata

by Sir Peter Buck & Sir Apirana Ngata

The leading historian Keith Sorrenson has collected in three volumes the complete correspondence (174 letters in all) between two distinguished twentieth-century Māori scholars and statesmen, Sir Apirana Ngata...


Na to Hoa Aroha, from Your Dear Friend, Volume 2: The Correspondence of Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Peter Buck, 1925-50 (Volume II, 1930-32)

by Sir Peter Buck & Sir Apirana Ngata

The leading historian Keith Sorrenson has collected in three volumes the complete correspondence (174 letters in all) between two distinguished twentieth-century Māori scholars and statesmen, Sir Apirana Ngata...


Letters of Frances Hodgkins

by Frances Hodgkins

Letters of Frances Hodgkins is a generous selection of letters written by New Zealand's most internationally well-known artist. It shows that Hodgkins deserves not only her considerable reputation as a painter,...


Na to Hoa Aroha, from Your Dear Friend, Volume 1: The Correspondence of Sir Apirana Ngata and Sir Peter Buck, 1925-50 (Volume I, 1925-29)

by Sir Peter Buck & Sir Apirana Ngata

The leading historian Keith Sorrenson has collected in three volumes the complete correspondence (174 letters in all) between two distinguished twentieth-century Māori scholars and statesmen, Sir Apirana Ngata...


His Way: A Biography of Robert Muldoon

by Barry Gustafson

This the only authorized biography of New Zealand’s prime minister, Robert Muldoon—one of the dominant political figures of the last half-century in that country. Based on many hours of conversation with...


Chronicle of the Unsung

by Martin Edmond

The development of the artistic identity is revealed in this autobiography of an award-winning screenwriter. Anecdotes of travels and relationships with friends, roommates, and lovers are balanced with aesthetic...


West Pac

by Scott F. Schmidt

When a carrier goes to sea, those who work on the dangerous flight deck are at an average age of twenty years old. To add to the danger, those who work with aircraft ordnance, the bombs and missiles of these...


Strange Son

by Portia Iversen

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


Can I See Your I.D., Son?

by Heath Kizzier

Quite often an actor bursts on the scene and everyone says, ‘He’s an overnight success.’ But this is a true story of one actor whose road to the top was winding and filled with potholes. The reader will...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass

In Frederick Douglass' autobiography My Bondage and My Freedom we can see the power of literacy and belief. Douglass transforms himself from slave to an abolitionist, journalist, orator, and one of the most...


The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince

by Jane Ridley

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE BOSTON GLOBE

This richly entertaining biography chronicles the eventful life of Queen Victoria’s firstborn son, the quintessential...


Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure

by Stephen Walsh

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together...


Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

by Alison Weir

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the...