August 2016 (93)

Tales From The Backroads

ISBN: 9780473349356

Author: Mike Crean & David Hallett    Publisher: Sandfly Publishing

Few people could know the South Island better than Mike Crean and David Hallett. And if David's photographs tell a thousand words, Mike's writing paints a thous...


Few people could know the South Island better than Mike Crean and David Hallett. And if David's photographs tell a thousand words, Mike's writing paints a thousand pictures. The two former Press journalists have combined their talents to produce this unique collection of people, places, anecdotes and folk lore from the "back roads" of New Zealand's mainland. Mike brings to the task his experience of 10 years writing the weekly Heartland column in Saturday editions of The Press newspaper, from 2005 to 2015. During this time he travelled the length and breadth of the South Island many times, preferring to get off the highways and find the "grass roots" characters to chat to. David applies his well-honed camera art to capture the distinctive character of the South. It is a level of art that has brought him wide-spread renown as a photographer of landscapes, natural science, people and structures. He drove his trusty Landrover over all sorts of terrains to find the images for this book. Tales From the Back Roads delves into many of the little places and the happenings there that enthused Press readers. The stories are newly told, with an expanded cast of characters. The book is arranged in themes that demonstrate the substance of the South Island's identity, from a steel smelter at Onekaka in Golden Bay to a shipwreck on the Catlins coast in South Otago; from a train crash at Marlborough's Blind River to a plane crash at South Westland's Hari Hari. The essence of Heartland columns is maintained in Tales From the Back Roads. This is not an academic history. It will speak to all who turn its pages. As well as taking his own photographs, David has collected historic images from various sources, including some not previously published. Put together, his compilation of pictures adds a vivid visual dimension to the tales that are told. These are tales of the South Island. More than that, they ARE the South Island.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 200 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2016


$49.95
Pay Dirt

ISBN: 9781927145753

Author: Hilary Low    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

‘Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields’, from the diary of William Smart’ is the fascinating story of how payable gold was discovered in West Canterbury, a...


‘Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields’, from the diary of William Smart’ is the fascinating story of how payable gold was discovered in West Canterbury, and of claims to the government’s rich gold reward. It tells how English settler, William Smart, left Christchurch in 1862 to prospect for gold in the uncharted wilderness of the West Coast. Then, in 1887, long after the Canterbury government granted another prospector the reward, which Smart regarded as rightfully his, he was provoked to write his own ‘history’ of the early gold discoveries. ‘The Westland Goldfields’ was his attempt to set the record straight; but, incidentally, he produced a unique eye-witness account of early Pākehā on the Coast, prospecting alongside Māori, braving the hazardous environment, isolation and ever-present risk of starvation – before the region was overwhelmed by the gold rushes of the 1860s. Smart’s account, together with his drawings, is published here for the first time. Hilary Low has done a superb job of presenting Smart’s manuscript, and complementing it with a lively commentary on Canterbury’s quest for its own goldfield, and the extraordinary saga of its gold reward – a tale of hope and persistence, lies and fraud.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 17-10-2016


Tags: August 2016   History   New Zealand
$39.99
My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions

ISBN: 9781927145876

Author: Frankie McMillan    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

A small child permanently loses all sense of direction after she falls out of a tree. Hungarian refugees learn the local idiom: she’ll be right; right as rain...


A small child permanently loses all sense of direction after she falls out of a tree. Hungarian refugees learn the local idiom: she’ll be right; right as rain. The Social Welfare snoops around a boarding house where immigrant men weep for their homelands and a young child misses her father who is only across town. Years later, an adult woman becomes obsessed with Vladimir Putin; another tries over and over to understand the relationship between her mother and the band of refugees who were under her wryly affectionate, and sometimes distracted eye in the 1950s. In this new collection of flash fiction from Frankie McMillan, family relationships are explored through exaggeration, humour, and surreal eddies of simile and metaphor that broaden the pieces out to look askance at politics, culture and history. Although there are genuinely laugh aloud moments, usually the humour is‘clandestine’: looking at human vulnerability and oddity,spotlighting miscommunication, yet doing so with fondness and empathy: a delight in all the rough edges between us that proximity can heighten – and yet which intimacy tries to soothe away. Frankie McMillan’s small fictions capture disjunctions between child and adult, between cultures, personality types, man and woman. These compressed, often comic capsules of narrative convey a rich sense of family connection and also a child’s evolving self-awareness in a fractured, yet still enchanting, world.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 114


Dimensions: 210 x 170 mm


Publication Date: 22-08-2016


$25.00
How To Update Your Parents

ISBN: 9781782701729

Authors: Pete Johnson, -   

What can you do when you’re trapped in a technology time warp? When Louis’s parents decide he spends too much time “glued to screens” they come up with ...


What can you do when you’re trapped in a technology time warp? When Louis’s parents decide he spends too much time “glued to screens” they come up with their worst idea ever – a total ban on tablets, computers and mobiles! Louis needs a plan to fight back, and fast! Can his best friend, Maddy, come to the rescue? From the author of My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy comes the latest hilarious volume of Louis the Laugh’s adventures.


Bind: paperback


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2016


$17.99
Best Bitch

ISBN: 9781849539128

Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, and always in style. Nicole Richie Your best friend is your whole world: the bubbles in your champagne, th...


True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, and always in style. Nicole Richie Your best friend is your whole world: the bubbles in your champagne, the grrl to your power. She knows when your eyebrow game is on point, when it’s time to party and when it’s time to watch just one more episode of that show you love – and maybe order your fave pizza to go with it. Remind your baddest bitch just how much you love her with these sassy statements and empowering quotes.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-08-2016


$17.99
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

ISBN: 9781849539081

Author: Sophie Golding    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. Emory Austin Keep hope in your heart, no matter the weather. This book of consoling quotes and cheer...


Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. Emory Austin Keep hope in your heart, no matter the weather. This book of consoling quotes and cheerful sayings will get you looking on the bright side in no time.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 08-08-2016


$17.99
Seize the Day: Live in the Moment

ISBN: 9781849539098

Author: Sophie Golding    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

'Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.' John F. Kennedy Today holds an infinite number of opportunities; the rest of your life is just waiting for yo...


'Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.' John F. Kennedy Today holds an infinite number of opportunities; the rest of your life is just waiting for you to reach out and grab it by the horns! This little book, packed full of inspiring quotations and motivational pick-me-ups and tips, is just what you need to launch into exciting new adventures and achievements.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 08-08-2016


$17.99
Believe in Yourself

ISBN: 9781849539494

Author: Jasmin Kirkbride    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Do you lack confidence in your appearance and your abilities? Do you have negative thoughts when you compare yourself to others? Are you afraid to speak up beca...


Do you lack confidence in your appearance and your abilities? Do you have negative thoughts when you compare yourself to others? Are you afraid to speak up because your opinion is not worth it? You are not alone, but there is a way to tackle your low self-esteem. Packed with tips, suggestions and quotes, this book will help give you the strength to turn negatives into positives and become more confident every day.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 120 x 158 mm


Publication Date: 08-08-2016


$27.99
Stress Less

ISBN: 9781849539104

Author: Jasmin Kirkbride    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Do you wish that every time someone tells you to chill out or stop worrying they would just shut up? Because if it was that easy, you'd do it, right? You are no...


Do you wish that every time someone tells you to chill out or stop worrying they would just shut up? Because if it was that easy, you'd do it, right? You are not alone, but there is a way to tackle your anxiety. Packed with tips, suggestions and quotes, this book will help give you the strength to beat the 'what if's and worries and live a little more every day.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 120 x 158 mm


Publication Date: 08-08-2016


$27.99
How to be Mindful

ISBN: 9781849538978

Author: Anna Barnes    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Say hello to a new, mindful you Would you like to feel less stressed, live more calmly and be more content? The simple ideas that mindfulness teaches can help y...


Say hello to a new, mindful you Would you like to feel less stressed, live more calmly and be more content? The simple ideas that mindfulness teaches can help you achieve all these things, by allowing you to live in the moment and embrace all that life has to offer. Bursting with tips, centring statements and activities, How to Be Mindful will provide you with everything you need to make every day full of gratitude and peace.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 08-08-2016


$27.99
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