Biography (228)

Tracking Captain Thomas

ISBN: 9781877303630

Author: Colin Amodeo    Publisher: The Caxton Press

The continuing myth that Canterbury was born in December 1850 with the arrival of the First Four Ships has to be dispelled. Canterbury did not, like the legenda...


The continuing myth that Canterbury was born in December 1850 with the arrival of the First Four Ships has to be dispelled. Canterbury did not, like the legendary Athena, spring 'fully-armed from the head of Zeus' (in this case, John Robert Godley) as succeeding generations after 1851 have been led to believe. So much of the initial work was carried out by the Canterbury Association Chief Surveyor Captain Thomas; so much of this effort, intentionally or unintentionally, was obscured by the settlers of the 1850s, Thomas deserves recognition as a Canterbury founder.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 296


Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm


Publication Date: 24-04-2017


Tags: May 2017   Biography   History   New Zealand
$49.95
Casting Off

ISBN: 9780947522551

Author: Elspeth Sandys    Publisher: Otago University Press

At the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys’ absorbing memoir, What Lies Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and begun t...


At the end of the first volume of Elspeth Sandys’ absorbing memoir, What Lies Beneath, an adult Elspeth has solved the riddle of her birth parents and begun to piece together the events of her early life and find her place in the world. Casting Off begins on the eve of Elspeth’s first marriage. She and her husband will soon depart New Zealand for England, joining a throng of Kiwis who chose to uproot themselves from their native land. New attachments will be formed: new loves – of people; of places – will take the place of the old. But the home country will continue to exercise a pull. Backgrounding the personal story in this deeply satisfying memoir is the story of the Thatcher years and the creeping virus of neo-liberalism, the sexual revolution of the sixties, the beguiling world of books – reading and writing – and theatre. Elspeth Sandys’ refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Tags: New Zealand   Biography
$35.00
Surreal Lovers : Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst

ISBN: 9788417048006

Author: Margaret Hooks    Publisher: La Fabrica

This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise ...


This book recounts the life and loves of artists and writers, Leonora Carrington, Peggy Guggenheim, Dorothea Tanning, Leonor Fini, Meret Oppenheim, Gala, Luise Straus and Marie-Berthe Aurenche during their years with Max Ernst. Beginning in Cologne at the outbreak of war in 1914 and the eruption of Dada, it describes the birth and heyday of Surrealism in Paris in the 1920s and ends with its demise in New York in the 1940s. The years in between were a whirlwind that shredded the artists dreams and scattered them around the globe from Cologne, London and Paris, to Saigon, Marseille, Lisbon and New York. Their saga contains episodes of searing passion, madness and betrayal when they made great art and lost, found and abandoned one another in the process.


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Pages: 376


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 24-04-2017


$59.99
Tina Modotti : Photographer and Revolutionary

ISBN: 9788416248834

Author: Margaret Hooks    Publisher: La Fabrica

This definitive portrayal of Tina Modotti brings to life the iconic artist who throughout her life vacillated between the purity of inspired creativity and the ...


This definitive portrayal of Tina Modotti brings to life the iconic artist who throughout her life vacillated between the purity of inspired creativity and the struggle for social justice. Incorporating extensive archival material, interviews with Modotti’s contemporaries and many rare photographs, this illustrated biography magnificently portrays Tina Modotti, her contemporaries and their tumultous times.


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Pages: 320


Dimensions: 145 x 220 mm


Publication Date: 28-03-2017


$79.99
Polly Plum

ISBN: 9780947522476

Author: Jenny Coleman    Publisher: Otago University Press

Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand’s earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth c...


Polly Plum is a biography of one of New Zealand’s earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, whose publicly voiced opinions saw her described in the nineteenth century as ‘our own little stray strap of a modern female fanatic’. English-born Mary Ann Barnes came to New Zealand in 1857, and soon gained notoriety for her outspokenness on issues relating to women’s position in society. A teacher and also a journalist for the Daily Southern Cross and the Weekly News under the nom de plume ‘Polly Plum’, she also engaged in public debates through the letters to the editor columns, undeterred by becoming ‘the best abused woman in New Zealand in the present day’. In this fine biography, Jenny Coleman argues that Mary Ann Colclough’s contribution to the women’s movement in nineteenth-century New Zealand is at least equal to that of Kate Sheppard. A good two decades ahead of the organised women’s movement, ‘Polly Plum’ began politicising women by writing about the realities of their daily lives, what needed to change and how. Coleman here reclaims Mary Ann Colclough’s place in New Zealand’s feminist history by bringing her life and contributions to a wider audience.


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Pages: 296


Dimensions: 165 x 230 mm


Tags: Biography   History   New Zealand
$39.95
Frank Gehry

ISBN: 9783791354422

Authors: Frederic Migayrou, Aurelien Lemonier    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Arranged chronologically, this book follows the arc of Gehry's later career, during which he has focused mainly on public and cultural facilities. The book expl...


Arranged chronologically, this book follows the arc of Gehry's later career, during which he has focused mainly on public and cultural facilities. The book explores how Gehry has overcome technological setbacks and aesthetic backlash, never wavering from his vision. It examines his work in the context of the urban environment, showing how Gehry continually strives to make cities "less boring" and to create urban buildings that echo their surroundings. The buildings profiled here - including the Vitra International Furniture Manufacturing Facility and Design Museum in Switzerland, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the 8 Spruce Street Skyscraper (Beekman Tower) in New York, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton - are represented in dazzling colour photographs as well as preparatory drawing, plans and models. From his early years working within the L.A. Art Scene, to his Pritzker-winning stardom, to his current fascination with the application of computer-aided-design in such areas as cancer research, Frank Gehry, now in his ninth decade, continues to surprise and inspire the public. This informative, fascinating volume is a must-have for his ardent fans and anyone interested in architecture.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 242 x 289 mm


Publication Date: 05-03-2015


$125.00
Glass Half Full

ISBN: 9781849539913

Author: Caro Feely    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Hail at harvest time is every wine grower’s nightmare. For Seán and Caro Feely, a couple whose love of wine led them to create a flourishing organic vineyard...


Hail at harvest time is every wine grower’s nightmare. For Seán and Caro Feely, a couple whose love of wine led them to create a flourishing organic vineyard in France six years previously, it’s become a chilling reality. But natural disasters are hardly a challenge when compared to the emotional havoc of approaching menopause and the hard work involved in keeping a long-lasting relationship fresh. Join Caro as she juggles family duties, a growing business and the challenges of making natural wine in harmony with the environment. Could yoga be the secret to balance in life and wine? And will she reach the other side with her marriage, her farm and her sanity intact?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 11-04-2017


Tags: April 2017   Biography   Travel
$24.99
Botticelli

ISBN: 9783791381930

Author: Frank Zollner    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Botticelli is one of the most admired artists of the Renaissance period and his seductive Venus and graceful Primavera are among the world's most recognisable w...


Botticelli is one of the most admired artists of the Renaissance period and his seductive Venus and graceful Primavera are among the world's most recognisable works of art. This catalogue raisonne of Botticelli's paintings offers more than two hundred full-colour illustrations and meticulous scholarship by the distinguished Renaissance art historian Frank Zollner , described by The Financial Times, when reviewing this book's previous edition, as "a fabulous, accessible scholar; his book has luscious reproductions and exquisite detail." Presented in chronological order, the facts of Botticelli's life and career are insightfully discussed against the background of the artistic upheaval that marked the Renaissance period. The artist's reinterpretations of ancient myths as well as his religious paintings are thoughtfully explored in this sumptuously illustrated volume, which will please scholars and delight lovers of fine art books everywhere.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 222 x 320 mm


Publication Date: 11-08-2015


$95.00
The Flood : Surviving The Deluge

ISBN: 9781910723203

Author: Michael Brown    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

What is it like to experience a flood? The answers that Michael Brown comes up with are surprising. His house was underwater for several weeks during the inunda...


What is it like to experience a flood? The answers that Michael Brown comes up with are surprising. His house was underwater for several weeks during the inundation of the Somerset Levels. He decided to stay on through it, and he was amazed at the ensuing chain of events as he, along with his local community, first fought the water, pumping and sweeping and panicking – then came acceptance of the inevitable defeat, and finally there came an unexpected wealth of emotions as the waters – and the locals – had to settle into a strange and ultimately rewarding state of marooned calm. This well-written series of highlights of Michael’s diary are very real: the account is funny, observant, honest and unpredictable.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$45.00
Megan Boyd : The Story of a Salmon Flydresser

ISBN: 9781910723241

Author: Derek Mills & Jimmy Younger    Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books

Megan Boyd is considered to be one of the world's finest salmon fly tyers and she is the subject of the US film 'Kiss the Water'. She was born in 1915, and was ...


Megan Boyd is considered to be one of the world's finest salmon fly tyers and she is the subject of the US film 'Kiss the Water'. She was born in 1915, and was bought up in the Highlands of Scotland where her father was a bailiff on the River Brora. She began taking flytying lessons at the age of twelve and soon gained a reputation for tying beautiful feather-wing flies which were extra-ordinarily durable and lasted many seasons. In 1935, at the age of twenty, Megan left home and moved into a small cottage near Brora where she lived without electricity or running water until the 1980s. Visiting anglers from all over the world who came to fish the Highland rivers for salmon would stop by her cottage to watch her tie flies and place orders.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 128


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$59.99
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