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I Am Always With You

by Philip Temple

Based on real events in Germany, this vividly told and deeply moving novel tells of one woman's love for a fellow artist, her struggle to survive the war and her desperation to keep alive the spirit of creativity....


Legend: From Electric Fences to Global Success: The Sir William Gallagher Story

by Paul Goldsmith

The story of New Zealand's most successful exporter and its head, Bill Gallagher, who built on the invention of an electric fence to make the company a world leader in its field.New Zealanders are always being...


Long Loop Home: A Memoir

by Peter Wells

A prize-winning memoir, a tender evocation of a world, a place and a time.Born in 1950 to sporting parents and sharing his brother's homosexuality, Peter Wells decided at the age of eleven that his family could...


Moon Over Martinborough: From Michigan to the Wairarapa... How an American city boy became a Kiwi farmer

by Jared Gulian

The hilarious tale of how two American city boys learn to become olive farmers on a lifestyle block in New Zealand.For Jared Gulian, leaving the United States and coming to tiny Wellington, New Zealand, was...


Everlasting Feast: A Treasury of Recipes and Culinary Adventures

by Lauraine Jacobs

Favourite recipes and stories of a life in food come together in a beautiful cookbook by one of New Zealand's best-known food writersLauraine Jacobs is a New Zealand food legend. Whether it's through her hundreds...


Tracey Richardson: Going the Distance

by Tracey Richardson

Motivational autobiography of a morbidly obese mother of children with cystic fibrosis, who radically changed her life to become an Ironman competitor. Tracey Richardson has an inspirational and amazing story...


Legs On Everest: The Full Story of His Most Remarkable Adventure Yet

by Mark Inglis

The remarkable story of how a double amputee from New Zealand made it to the top of Mt Everest - and back down again.On 15 May 2006 double amputee Mark Inglis fulfilled a childhood ambition: to stand on the...


No Mean Feat

by Mark Inglis

How a man who lost both legs below the knee overcame the odds to achieve incredible academic, sporting and industrial success, including a Paralympic medal in cycling.Mark Inglis was only 23 when he became a...


Purple Heart

by Andrew Fiu

An affecting, insightful and warm memoir of growing up Samoan in New Zealand — and of coping with heart disease. Andrew Fiu came to Ponsonby, Auckland as a three-year-old, part of the wave of immigration from...


To the Max

by Mark Inglis

How a mountaineer who lost both legs below the knee overcame the odds to achieve incredible succcess, including a Paralympic medal in cycling.Mark Inglis was only 23 when he became a double amputee. This book...


Somebodies and Nobodies

by Brian Turner

Honest and insightful, this memoir is a revealing picture of our recent past, of sport and poetry, the spirit of New Zealand's south and its distinctive people.This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood,...


Louise Nicholas: My Story

by Louise Nicholas

The explosive true story behind a landmark case of rape by policemen. The 'Louise Nicholas trial' - as it became known - was one of the most far-reaching, pivotal and politically important court cases in recent...


My Father's Shadow: A Portrait Of Justice Peter Mahon

by Sam Mahon

An intimate portrait of Justice Peter Mahon, who headed the Erebus plane crash inquiry, written by his son. Described often as ‘a man for all seasons’, Justice Peter Mahon is perhaps best remembered for his...


Breaking The Habit

by Judith Graham

A former Domincan nun's story of dedication to her vocation and escape.‘You have made the most important decision of your life and the greatest sacrifice a human being can make. Well done Judith.’ In 1955,...


Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook's Polynesian Navigator

by Joan Druett

The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator. Winner of NZ Post 2012 Best General Non-fiction Book Award. 'We are often told what great navigators ancient Polynesians were but we've seldom...


The Sixth Man: The Extraordinary Life of Paddy Costello

by James McNeish

Paddy Costello was a scholar, a soldier, a diplomat, a maverick, an exemplary father, a lover of good wine. But this fascinating biography also asks was he a spy?Auckland. Cambridge. Moscow. Paris. New Zealand’s...


Gods And Little Fishes: A Boy And A Beach

by Bruce Ansley

A heartfelt, hilarious and warm-hearted memoir of New Zealand in the 1960s.When you walk along the pier under the huge blue sky and with clean surf on either side, you can easily think that New Brighton is the...


Play by Play: The Life and Times of Pat Connolly

by Joel Jacobson

Pat Connolly spent more than sixty years talking of, writing about, and analyzing sports in radio, television, and print media in Nova Scotia and central Canada. His clear, sharp voice was known to thousands...


From Old Hollywood to New Brunswick: Memories of a Wonderful Life

by Charles Foster

Imagine receiving a mysterious invitation from Charlie Chaplin, doing jigsaw puzzles with Marilyn Monroe, having a heart-to-heart with Jack Kennedy, or being kissed by Greta Garbo. All of these and more are...


Dick Johnson: The autobiography of a true-blue Aussie sporting legend

by Dick Johnson & James Phelps

The incredible story of Dick Johnson - the Aussie battler who became an all-time V8 great. Ford legend Johnson did not get his break in motorsport until he was famously smashed out by a rock in the 1980 Bathurst...