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A Job to Do

New Zealand Soldiers of ‘The Div’ Write About Their World War Two

What was it really like for the soldiers of 2 New Zealand Division in WWII? How did they spend their time and how did they see their lives as servicemen, from training at home and sailing off to war, to setting up camp, relaxing off-duty, fighting in hostile environments and possibly being taken prisoner? This anthology is a personal selection of material describing the experiences of these men, with the great majority of the collection written from within its ranks.

SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 242 x 184 mm | 368 Pages | Cartoons, Line drawings and Photographs

Australia Rocks: Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s

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Australia Rocks brings the bands and the times to life through unique photographs and evocative text. Written by a rock musician, it also goes beyond the ‘big names’ (AC/DC, INXS, Midnight Oil, etc) to highlight the many independent, often lesser-known performers who played such an integral part in shaping the industry, and shines a light on how rock music was not only influenced by global events (the Vietnam War, for example) but also formed part of enormous cultural shifts (the Swinging Sixties, the protest movement, etc.). From the demure dance halls of the 1950s to the smoke-filled pubs of the 1970s and the packed concerts of the 1990s and beyond, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl collection and remembering the good times.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 277 x 274 mm / 11 x 10 ½ Inches| Colour | 176 Pages | 

Beijing Tai Tai: Life, Laughter and Motherhood in China

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A tai tai’ tale… When Tania McCartney discovered she’d be moving her husband, self and two kids under the age of five to China for four years, she was 95 per cent horrified. But what she never expected was to fall in love. Beijing seeped under her skin and grabbed hold of her heart…a love affair that inspired Beijing Tai Tai; a collection of shrewdly observed, heartfelt and humorous insights into Beijing expatriate life.

Intensely personal and at times a little controversial, it’s a rollercoaster ride of honesty and openness as a mother and wife (tai tai) juggles suburban family life in urban Beijing. Presented in a series of column-like snippets — on topics ranging from the consumption of bull testicles to the life-altering experience of walking the Great Wall — it talks of both the challenging lows and intense highs of expat life in a country on the brink of great change.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm / 9 ⅕  x 6 Inches | 260 Pages |

Born To Lead?

Portraits of New Zealand Commanders

Is there a distinctive style of New Zealand command? An examination of New Zealand military commanders and the style of New Zealand command is long overdue, and this superb new book now fills the gap. Glyn Harper, Joel Hayward and a team of top military historians profile the most important commanders in New Zealand history, both Maori and Pakeha, from the nineteenth century to the recent past. Each writer is an expert on the commander concerned, with the subjects drawn from all three arms of the defence forces: Army, Navy and Air Force.

The commanders profiled are: Alexander Godley, Andrew Russell, Edward Chaylor, Keith Park, Bernard Freyberg, Howard Kippenberger, Peter Phipps, Harold Barrowclough, Arthur Coningham, Leonard Thornton, Maori Battalion commanders and commanders of the infantry battalions of the 2nd New Zealand Division.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153mm| Photographs | 252 Pages |

Dogfight

The Battle of Britain

This book tells the story of Australians and New Zealanders in one of the Second World War’s defining and most memorable campaigns. From July until October 1940, the German air force (the Luftwaffe) sought aerial supremacy in skies over England as a prerequisite for an invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion). The ensuing conflict of Luftwaffe and RAF aircraft in the long summer of 1940 became forever known as the Battle of Britain.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback234 x 153mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 224 + 8 Insert Pages |

Echoes of Gallipoli: In the Words of New Zealand’s Mounted Riflemen

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The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 played an important part in making New Zealand the nation it is today. The heavy sacrifice of life has affected the country for generations, and annual remembrances of Anzac Day are still dominated by these battles ninety years ago. It has been over twenty years since the last book to tell the full story of Gallipoli from the New Zealand perspective; now we have a fresh new account that adds significantly to our understanding of what happened during those fateful months.
 
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ¼ mm | Extensively illustrated with Photographs and Maps | 320 Pages |

False Flags: Disguised German Raiders of World War II

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False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, Komet, Pinguin and Kormoran left Germany and waged a ‘pirate war’ in the South Seas — part of Germany’s strategy to attack the British Empire’s maritime trade on a global scale. Their remarkable voyages spanned the globe and are maritime sagas in the finest tradition of seafaring. The four raiders voyaged across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Arctic and Antarctic.

False Flags is also the story of the Allied sailors who encountered these raiders and fought suicidal battles against a superior foe as well as the men, women and children who endured captivity on board the raiders as prisoners of the Third Reich.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 234 x 151 mm / 9 ¼ x 6 Inches | Approx. 50 Black & White photos and maps | 368 Pages |

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea—it’s a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that effected how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations and millennia.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook’s historic HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace’s once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it’s also a look into how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 227 x 170 mm / 9 x 7 ¾ Inches | Colour | 224 Pages | 

Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far

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When troops from Great Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and India landed on a strategic peninsula in the Aegean Sea in April 1915, they believed they would quickly defeat Turkey and shorten the war with Germany. Few foresaw the tragedy that lay ahead and no one predicted the impact Gallipoli would have on the later development of the participating nations.

Now, for the first time, Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far tells the full story of the climactic battles from multiple perspectives, describing the pivotal events of that momentous year as they affected all the countries involved.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 242 x 184 mm / 9 ½ x 7 ⅕ Inches | 8 Pages of Photographs & Maps | 336 Pages |

Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in the First World War 1914–1918

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The New Zealand soldiers who left these shores to fight in the First World War represented one of the greatest collective endeavours in the nation’s history. Over 100,000 men and women would embark for overseas service and almost 60,000 of them became casualties. For a small nation like New Zealand this was a tragedy on an unimagined scale.

Using their personal testimony, this book reveals what these men experienced – the truth of their lives in battle, at rest, at their best and their worst. Through a comprehensive and sympathetic scrutiny of New Zealand soldiers’ correspondence, diaries and memoirs, a compelling picture of the New Zealand soldier’s war from general to private is revealed. This is not a campaign history of dry facts and detail. Rather, it examines minutely the everyday experience of trench life in all its shapes and forms.

Written in an accessible style aimed at the interested general reader, the book is the product of a substantial amount of research. The text is complemented by a range of maps, illustrations, graphs and diagrams.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback (cased with jacket) | 240 x 160 mm / 9 ½ x 6 ¼ Inches | Black & White (150 photographs, 9 maps, plus diagrams) | 720 Pages |

New Zealand’s Great War

New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War

In 32 essays by distinguished military historians from around the world, various aspects of New Zealand’s involvement in WWI are discussed. Subjects include the Pioneer Maori Battalion, women who opposed the war, the early years of the RSA, Gallipoli, the infantry on the Somme, New Zealand’s involvement in the naval war, prostitution and the New Zealand soldier, the Home Defence, religion in the First World War, and the Armistice.

SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 678 Pages |

New Zealand’s First World War Heritage

The living history of the New Zealand home front in World War I is bought alive here with vivid text, words, photographs and maps showing military bases, internment camps, railway lines, brothels, uniform factories, docks, soldier settler farms, and much more including memorial buildings and trees.

New Zealand forts and defensive works are revealed and much can be seen and visited today. This book shows the enormous and continuing impact of the war from its beginning to beyond the armistice.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 288 Pages |

No Better Death

The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone

Perhaps the greatest leader of men during the Gallipoli campaign, Lieutenant-Colonel W. G. Malone was commanding officer of New Zealand’s Wellington Battalion at Gallipoli. Renowned for his humanity and his superb leadership, he played a key role in the successful assault on Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915, but was killed later that day. ‘No Better Death’ reproduces Malone’s impressive and often moving correspondence and writings, along with many striking images.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 376 Pages |

One Woman’s War and Peace eBook

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eBook

In 1999, idealistic 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sharon Bown left her comfortable family life in Tasmania and joined the Royal Australian Air Force with the aim of providing humanitarian aid to the world.

Through her 16-year military career she deployed on three operations, barely survived a helicopter crash, struggled to return to military service, mixed in political circles in Canberra and around the world as Aide de Camp to the Minister for Defence, and commanded a combat surgical team during some of the most intense fighting in Afghanistan.

From teaching East Timorese orphans to learn English to tending to wounded Coalition soldiers choppered into her surgical team from deadly battles on the Afghan dust, Sharon’s story is that of a sheltered civilian RN becoming a military Nursing Officer and a commander.

Her military service was unique, varied and far-reaching but came at the cost of her physical and mental health. A broken back, shattered jaw and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are the price she has paid for a remarkable and inspirational career in the Royal Australian Air Force.

SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Approx. 30 Colour Photographs | 248 Pages | 

One Woman’s War and Peace: A nurse’s journey in the Royal Australian Air Force

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In 1999, idealistic 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sharon Bown left her comfortable family life in Tasmania and joined the Royal Australian Air Force with the aim of providing humanitarian aid to the world.

Through her 16-year military career she deployed on three operations, barely survived a helicopter crash, struggled to return to military service, mixed in political circles in Canberra and around the world as Aide de Camp to the Minister for Defence, and commanded a combat surgical team during some of the most intense fighting in Afghanistan.

From teaching East Timorese orphans to learn English to tending to wounded Coalition soldiers choppered into her surgical team from deadly battles on the Afghan dust, Sharon’s story is that of a sheltered civilian RN becoming a military Nursing Officer and a commander.

Her military service was unique, varied and far-reaching but came at the cost of her physical and mental health. A broken back, shattered jaw and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are the price she has paid for a remarkable and inspirational career in the Royal Australian Air Force.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 229 x 152 mm / 9 x 6 Inches | Approx. 30 Colour Photographs | 248 Pages | 

The Devil’s Own War

The Diary of Herbert Hart

Brigadier-General Herbert Hart commanded the NZ Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of the Gallipoli campaign, then served on the Western Front. Throughout the war he kept a diary, in which he recorded his experiences in the great battles on Gallipoli, the Somme and Passchendaele. As a first-hand account of life in the firestorm of WWI,Hart’s diary is widely regarded as one of the most important personal sources relating to the war, both combat and life behind the frontline.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 336 Pages |

The Nek

A Gallipoli Tragedy

On 7 August 1915, in an ill-fated attempt to break the stalemate at Gallipoli, hundreds of Australian light horsemen repeatedly charged the massed rifles and machine-guns of the Turkish soldiers.

In this classic book, Peter Burness provides the best account ever published of the formation and training of the Light Horse regiments, the battle itself and a careful consideration of how the suicidal charges were allowed to continue when any hope of success was lost.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 168 + 8pp Insert Pages |

Today in New Zealand History

From the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Alexander Turnbull Library, this glorious, fully illustrated discovery of New Zealand’s key times brings history to life. Each day of the year features a story ranging from the nation-forming to the quirky. A timeline lists key events that have shaped the course of New Zealand’s political and constitutional development, while Born on this Day boxes scattered throughout provide details on around 100 figures of significance to New Zealand history.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 280 x 210 mm | Approximately 500 Colour Photographs | 304 Pages |

Under a Bomber’s Moon

The True Story of Two Airmen at War Over Germany

They were the best of enemies – dedicated, skilled and deadly. In the night skies above wartime Germany an RAF navigator-air bomber from NZ and a Luftwaffe pilot seek out their targets, as they cross each other’s paths. UNDER A BOMBER’S MOON reaches across the divide of years, of geography, of nationality, to tell their story largely in their own words – describing both the breathtaking clashes in the air and the camaraderie, humour, patriotism and personal tragedies that became their war.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Paperback with Flaps | 234 x 153 mm | 16 Pages Photographs | 224 Pages |

War Wounds

Medicine and the Trauma of Conflict

The history of warfare and medicine are closely intertwined. War has been an accelerator of advances in medical treatment and surgery. This book is a collection of chapters by historians, medical practitioners and researchers, former and serving military medical officers, surgeons, nurses and veterans, who explore the impact of war, wounds and trauma through the historical record, reported narratives and personal experiences.

SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | Approx. 30 Photographs | 240 Pages |