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New Zealand, the Allies and the First World War
The First World War, with all its appalling mistakes and tragic waste of life, has the capacity to horrify even a century after its end. No country, even New Zealand, escaped its reach. This illuminating collection brings together essays by distinguished historians discussing many aspects of the country’s participation in ‘the war to end all wars’.
From the complex reasons NZ became involved, the social and cultural repercussions and the experiences of soldiers on the battlefields, New Zealand’s Great War offers a groundbreaking examination of the lasting effects of such a devastating global conflict.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 678 Pages |
From Northland to Stewart Island, remnants, reminders and traces of the First World War can still be found in New Zealand. Stories are waiting everywhere, if you know where to look.
Although no battles were fought here, the Great War intruded into the life of every New Zealander – the country’s landscape is signposted with thousands of memorials and a legacy waiting to be heard. Illustrated with new and period photographs and fascinating maps, this unique book reveals the landscape of war beneath and opens your eyes to the stories and legacy hidden around you.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 242 x 184 mm | 288 Pages |
One of the greatest tragedies in Australian military history occurred at Gallipoli on 7th August 1915, when hundreds of soldiers were repeatedly ordered to charge the massed rifles and machine guns of the Turkish enemy. It was a bloodbath, a hopeless endeavour that has been the subject of considerable scrutiny by historians.
This new edition of Peter Burness’ classic book features arresting new photographs, maps and information. In it, he examines the formation, training and character of the regiments involved and devotes careful attention to considering how, and why, the suicidal charges were allowed to continue when all hope of success was lost.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 168 + 8pp Insert Pages |
Summer, 1940. The Battle of Britain rages in the skies as the RAF clashes with German Luftwaffe forces in a to-the-death conflict for mastery of the air; success will lead to a crucial advantage for whichever side emerges victorious.
What most people don’t know is how much of a vital impact New Zealand and Australian airmen had in this ferocious struggle – Dogfight reveals the inspiring story of the 171 Anzac soldiers thrust headlong into the Battle of Britain. It is a tale of who they were, their fears and friendships, and how the war put their skills to the ultimate test.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153mm | 9¼ x 6 in | 224 + 8 Insert Pages |
Herbert Hart’s diary is an unrivalled and gripping account of life on the front lines of the First World War. Hart commanded the Wellington Battalion during the closing stages of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign and went on to serve as a commander on the Western Front for two brutal years.
One of the most important personal sources relating to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, this riveting record of his experiences during the great battles of Gallipolli, the Somme and Passchendaele tells an extraordinary tale of combat and the wartime reality of NZ soldiers, with unexpected humour and captivating detail.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | Photographs | 336 Pages |
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 |
The Life of Jean-François de la Pérouse
French explorer and naval officer Jean-François de la Pérouse (1741–88) was, after James Cook, the greatest explorer of the Pacific in the eighteenth century. In 1785, La Pérouse was commissioned by Louis XVI to head an expedition into the uncharted regions of the Pacific Ocean. Setting out from France, the expedition over the next three years was the first to map the coasts of California, Alaska, and Siberia. From there, La Pérouse continued to Easter Island and Hawaii, where La Pérouse Bay bears his name. After a stop in Botany Bay, Australia, La Pérouse’s two ships set out for the Solomon Islands. En route, they encountered a storm and were sunk; despite search efforts over the centuries, no trace of the wreckage of La Pérouse’s ships has been found.
Where Fate Beckons tells the story of La Pérouse’s life and adventures, along the way providing a lively introduction to the world of French colonialism, the end of the Age of Exploration, and French society in the years leading to the French Revolution.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153mm | Maps & Illustrations | 292 Pages |
An Artist’s Life
This high-quality, exquisitely produced book, is a celebration of the life and art of William Dobell, considered to be one of Australia’s greatest artists. Dobell was the first artist to win both the Wynne Prize for landscapes and the Archibald Prize for portraiture in the same year. But William Dobell was also a quintessential Aussie bloke — more at home in the local pub with his mates than on the international stage. He also seemed to find controversy wherever he went, famously being sued by fellow competitors after winning the Archibald Prize in 1943. Lavishly illustrated with artworks, personal photographs and newspaper clippings, William Dobell paints a compelling portrait of both the man and the artist.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 230 x 203 mm | 208 Pages |
Shipwreck & Greed in the Southern Ocean
The wreck in 1866 of the General Grant in the desolate sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands is one of the world’s great nautical mysteries, a story that still tantalises and thrills. The General Grant was rumoured to contain a fabulous hoard of gold found in the Victorian goldfields; gold estimated to be worth in excess of $US 10 million. This is the story of both the extraordinary shipwreck itself and the hoards of bounty hunters and adventurers that have ventured to find the General Grant’s elusive cargo. This story is more remarkable than fiction; it is a tale of heroes and cads, heartbreak and loss, hope and despair, hunger and greed. As it has bewitched many in the past, so it will haunt you long after the last page is turned.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | 192 Pages |
Louis de Bougainville: Soldier, Explorer, Statesman
Witty, charming, and fiercely intelligent, Louis-Antoine Comte de Bougainville (1729–1811) managed, in the course of a long life, to play a part in nearly every facet of eighteenth-century life and culture. Storms and Dreams is a lively, authoritative recounting of Bougainville’s adventures and achievements, which ranged from seamanship and soldiering to mathematics and navigation. Dunmore follows Bougainville from the French and Indian War, during which he commanded a unit in the defence of Quebec City, to his circumnavigation of the globe in 1766. During that trip, he became one of the first Westerners to visit Tahiti; on his return, he published a book about the island that contributed greatly to Tahiti’s lasting reputation as a paradise of noble savages. In his last years, Bougainville served in the senate under Napoleon and was made a member of the Legion of Honour.
The first biography of Bougainville in English, Storms and Dreams opens a window to a remarkable eighteenth-century life—and to the greater world of the Enlightenment.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 234 x 153mm | Maps & Illustrations | 296 Pages |
True stories that rocked a nation
The 30 stories in this book describe some of the most extraordinary events in New Zealand history. Who knew that a fire killed 39 people at Seacliff Mental Hospital in 1942? That 10 people died in a lahar on White Island in 1914? That a yacht race between Lyttelton and Wellington in 1951 resulted in 10 fatalities? That a tornado ripped through 150 houses in Hamilton in 1948? These and many other stories are told in this eye-opening book, which also reveals acts of heroism among the rescuers.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 280 x 210 mm | Colour | 224 Pages |
For Mariners in Distant Seas
In this book John Dunmore has compiled the kind of exotic recipe book Elizabeth Cook herself might have written. It includes such delicacies as stewed albatross, turtle soup and roasted goat. Mrs Cook’s Book of Recipes is a beautiful gift book that will be enjoyed by anyone with imagination and a sense of history.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 165 x 125 mm | 96 Pages |
Inspiring stories of the world’s unsung heroes
In this inspirational book, writer and film-maker Miles Roston tells the stories of people from around the world who, despite unlikely backgrounds, have used their skills and energy to change the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. They demonstrate that one person can make a difference, and by doing so live a life of sheer joy.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 234 x 153 mm | Illustrations | 248 Pages |
This beautiful Leather Bound collectors edition is presented in its own full colour slip case. Each copy is individually signed and numbered by the author. With only 199 copies of this edition being produced this will be a rare collectable. Order your copy now.
SPECIFICATIONS: Leather Bound | 270 x 250 mm | 264 Pages |
The writings of Elizabeth Macquarie
‘In Her Own Words: The writings of Elizabeth Macquarie’ is a beautifully presented volume containing the annotated letters and journal of Elizabeth Macquarie, wife of early colonial Australia’s planning visionary, Lachlan Macquarie. This publication is historically significant as until now, very little has been in print about Elizabeth Macquarie and her influence in the shaping of our nation.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 270 x 250 mm | 264 Pages |
Sit back and enjoy the ride while Graham Hutchins takes you on a journey of discovery around New Zealand. In the style of Michael Palin, Hutchins describes a dozen unique train journeys, accompanied by many superb photographs of New Zealand’s incomparable scenery. For tourists, the book will be a personal travelogue, in which the main features of the landscape, as seen from the train, are described as the journey unfolds; for railway enthusiasts, the book will be essential reading, including some little-known historical and technical information, a look at the lines we have lost, and with many exciting new photographs.
SPECIFICATIONS: Cased with Jacket | 280 x 210 mm | Full Colour Throughout | 160 Pages |
New Zealand’s first elected female politician was a woman of remarkable tenacity and courage who endured abuse from her fellow councillors and members of the public, mainly because of her gender. Elizabeth Yates served just one year as Mayor of Onehunga in 1894 but her legacy is seen in the increasing numbers of women entering local and national politics in New Zealand. Decades ahead of her time (the country did not get its second woman mayor for another 63 years), Elizabeth disavowed feminist banners and claimed she simply wanted to be a good manager. In this first biography, author Judith Devaliant provides a fascinating account of the circus atmosphere which developed around the Onehunga Borough Council meetings during Elizabeth’s tenure of office, and of the tactics she used to defend herself.
SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 mm x 138mm | Includes Photographs and Drawings | 160 Pages |
From the barnstorming pioneers to the airlines of today
The idea of flying like the birds in the sky was a fantasy until the men of science began unlocking the mysteries of the universe in the 15th century. Innovation was then needed but by the end of the first decade of the twentieth century men and machines were taking to the air successfully in Europe, America and Australia.
War had an enormous impact on aircraft development. Aircraft quickly became the deadliest of weapons and when the hostilities were over the pilots and machines formed the basis of a fledgling air transport industry.
The need to go faster and travel longer distances saw records set and broken. Attention to safety and passenger comfort allowed air travel to become a viable alternative to road and rail within Australia and sea travel internationally and put Australia in the forefront of the airline industry in the world.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 187 mm x 127 mm | 96 Pages |