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Once I Was Loved

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An old toy rabbit finds himself in a box of toys donated to charity. ‘But it wasn’t always this way,’ Tock reflects, ‘Once I was loved.’

From World War II to rock ’n’ roll, from the moon landing to the Hippie movement, this is a story of the children who’ve loved Tock across the decades.

A celebration of the timeless nature of love, set against the backdrop of iconic moments of the 20th century, this heart-warming picture book is for anyone who has ever cherished a childhood toy, resonating with kids and adults alike.

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SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820027| Hardcover | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | 32 pages

The Secrets of Great Botanists

And What They Tell Us About Gardening

Welcome to the lives of 35 botanists from our past and present, driven by an insatiable desire to learn and discover, whose study of plants revolutionised the scientific world and increased our understanding of the importance plants have on our survival.

Illustrated with beautiful period botanical water-colours and vibrant photographs, this inspiring and practical guide delves into the qualities that brought them success and shows what ordinary gardeners can learn from their legacies.

SPECIFICATIONS: 9781925820256 | Hardback | 230 x 170 mm | 224 Pages

Wake of the Invercauld

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Shipwrecked in the sub-Antarctic: A great-granddaughter’s pilgrimage

This is the story of Robert Holding, a young English adventurer who was only 23 when he was shipwrecked with 19 others on the Auckland Islands in the sub-Antarctic Ocean in 1864. A year later he was rescued, along with only two of his shipmates. The others had perished from starvation and exposure.

It was when Madelene Ferguson Allen was researching the history of her birth family that she discovered she was Holding’s great-granddaughter. Then she learned of the existence of his account of the shipwreck and his enforced stay on the Aucklands, so she decided to retrace his footsteps. This book is an account of her journey, not only tracing the voyage of the Invercauld, but also the life of Robert Holding. Allen intersperses her narrative with extracts from Holding’s own journal, revealing an extraordinary tale of survival, in which conflict, cannibalism and cunning all play a part. The survivors’ rescue is in itself a hair-raising tale of intrigue and deception.

Wake of the Invercauld is a gripping story that will enthral anyone interested in true adventure at sea.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 260 x 186 mm | 10.2 x 7.3 inches | Colour | 256 Pages

1918: Year of Victory

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The end of the Great War and the shaping of history

An original account of one of the most significant and often misunderstood events of the last century. With an historian’s eye for clear headed analysis combined with incredible attention to detail, the Australian War Memorial’s Ashley Ekins presents a compelling account of the world’s first ‘great war’ and its legacy.
Many believe this War set the pattern for the large-scale violence, devastation and genocide witnessed throughout the wars of the 20th century.

 

World War Two in Secret

The Hidden Conflict – 1939 to 1945

The Second World War may have been about tanks and ships and aircraft, about battles across the planet, about fire and explosions and global catastrophe, but it was also about the secret fights. This is the story of those gripping, hidden tales that lay behind the first truly technological war.

Lifting the lid on all aspects of WWII crafty, cunning and classified, this intriguing book discusses the advanced top-secret technology used by both Allied and Axis Powers. Illustrated with fascinating archive photographs, it explains the thinking behind covert operations and the creation of secret weapons, and the influence these had on the outcome of the war.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | 208 Pages |

World War Two From Above

An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

This is the incredible story of the battle waged in the skies to obtain accurate aerial intelligence during World War Two. Learn about the daring photo-reconnaissance pilots and spies who risked their lives to shoot these photographs, and the interpreters who pioneered a completely new science to reveal the secrets they contained.

Featuring dozens of amazing images drawn from the archives compiled by all the major fighting powers in the war, alongside inspiring, informative chapters that focus the pilots themselves, as well as on particularly crucial operations, this book is a fascinating examination of World War Two from above.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm |Full colour throughout | 208 Pages |

World War Two at Sea

Conflict on the Oceans – 1939 to 1945

During the Second World War, battles raged not just on land and in the air but on the sea, and whichever side triumphed at sea would have an essential advantage; naval success was a crucial preliminary to the air and land campaigns that would lead to final victory.

This spectacular retelling of the naval history of WWII covers everything from submarine warfare in the Atlantic to major operations in the Pacific. With fascinating archive photographs and detailed information about significant operations, alongside some of the lesser-known aspects of the conflict, World War Two at Sea brings to life the ferocity of naval warfare.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | Colour | 208 Pages |

New Zealand’s Great War

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 |

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 |

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Where Fate Beckons

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 |

Love Me Tender

 

The stories behind the world’s favourite songs

Some of the world’s best-loved songs have had remarkable origins. In a book full of surprises and curiosities, Max Cryer reveals stories from all around the world, and from artists as diverse as Marlene Dietrich, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Elton John. This truly fascinating book makes enthralling reading.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 210 x 155 mm | Illustrations | 192 Pages |

Farewell to Trains

David St John Thomas is Britain’s one-time bestselling railway author, who built a formidable publishing empire first based mainly on railways. In ‘Farewell to Trains’, he summarizes his lifetime’s passion. Personal reminiscences and evocative descriptions of railway life are interspersed with extracts from over 65 years of the author’s railway writings, and illustrated throughout with archive photography.
In this poignant love letter, the author says farewell to the restaurant cars, the sleeping carriages, the non-stop expresses and the cheap excursion trains, the local stations bustling with the railway’s peripheral trades and liveried staff, the semaphore and signal boxes, and of course the great steam engines.
SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 284 mm x 216 mm | 256 Pages |