January / February 2016 (66)

My Father's Ears

ISBN: 9780473335878

Author: Karen Goa    Publisher: GoaNotesNZ

Long-lost sons. Orphan trains. Trapeze artists. Italian POW Camps. When an Italian-Canadian immigrant's harsh but intriguing past catches up with him, his scept...


Long-lost sons. Orphan trains. Trapeze artists. Italian POW Camps. When an Italian-Canadian immigrant's harsh but intriguing past catches up with him, his sceptical daughter Sophie sets out to discover the truth about her father, his affair with a Romanian trapeze artist and a mysterious New Zealander claiming to be his son. This twisting tale of secrets and social dilemmas is st against a remarkable and moving history of Italian immigration. Peopled with unforgettable characters, Sophie's world is enthralling yet familiar. My Father's Ears is the compelling debut novel by travel writer Karen Goa. Funny and good-hearted, yet punctuated with heartbreak, this ironic, sharply entertaining story of love, lies and very hairy ears captivates to its astonishing end.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 214


Dimensions: 149 x 212 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


$24.99
Something Else

ISBN: 9780473321505

Author: David Parkyn    Publisher: Piedog Press

Being the record of an expedition to locate and capture an iceberg seen to be somewhere off the coast of the South Island, last seen buried deep within Freemans...


Being the record of an expedition to locate and capture an iceberg seen to be somewhere off the coast of the South Island, last seen buried deep within Freemans Bay... Overlooking an old boatyard, in a city threatened by drought, in a country wracked by unusual weather patterns, in a building marked for demolition, a fugitive from art contemplates a blank canvas, a jar of old brushes and a fresh page in his journal. As he surveys the grounds on which he's lived and worked 'a mutinous crew' conspire to take him on a voyage of salvage and recovery, into inner city Auckland of the 'sixties to revisit the deaths which he believes his early obsession is implicated. A voyage to illuminate a looming personal and global disaster, to navigate the shoals if art and politics, obsession and friendship, and the shifting shores of modern art movements. REVIEWS - SOMETHING ELSE ‘A book to savour.’ Rowan Gibbs (E.S.A.W. Books) ‘One reason the book is remarkable is the language. It is classical but manages to describe hip better than hip. He gets the hope inherent in hippie culture. It is heartfelt writing to communicate that wondrous belief in a new way of living. Now that the threat to individual freedom is so apparent, it is a good time to do a recall.' Jacqueline Fahey (Something for the Birds; Before I Forget; Cutting Loose) 'An amazing book. The use of language most impressive, especially what for a better word I'll call free association by the characters and the narrator. So much I was familiar with e.g. the art arguments took me back to my uni days when I hung out with the fine arts crowd at Ilam. Great characters. Oh boy, what an epic.' Barry Southam (Footprints on a Gravel Road, Mixed Singles)


Bind: paperback


Pages: 388


Dimensions: 150 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


$38.00
Heightening Your Happiness

ISBN: 9781943164332

Author: Karen Degen    Publisher: Aviva Publishing

Happiness is a learned skill. This book will teach you that skill so you can raise your own happiness level to spectacular new heights. This book will give you ...


Happiness is a learned skill. This book will teach you that skill so you can raise your own happiness level to spectacular new heights. This book will give you the tools to: * Avoid the two words that happy people never say or think * Discover how you can feel good about yourself and create a sense of self-worth, no matter how imperfect you are * Identify the tree personality traits that happy people never have, and how to change them if you possess them * Experience what happy people do when life gets tough, and how you can remain happy no matter what is occurring in your life * Master the art of controlling your thoughts, and reprogramming your brain to release old ways of thinking, and create new happier ones * Acquire the skill of using EFT (a form of Energy Psychology) to make changes that you have never been able to make in yourself before, no matter how mauch you wanted to or tried to


Bind: paperback


Pages: 248


Dimensions: 152 x 237 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


$34.99
New Zealand Land of Scenic Splendour

ISBN: 9781877303524

Author: Peter Morath    Publisher: The Caxton Press

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of scenic splendour, and tis book captures so many of those scenic highlights. It shows a land with a huge variety of landscapes ...


Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of scenic splendour, and tis book captures so many of those scenic highlights. It shows a land with a huge variety of landscapes - from golden sand beaches and red pohutukawa flowers to snow covered mountains. This book is a photographic celebration of New Zealand's scenery.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 168


Dimensions: 288 x 247 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2015


$45.00 $29.99
Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand

ISBN: 9781927145739

Author: Jane Maidment & Liz Beddoe (editors)    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Social policy reflects the dominant social, economic and political discourses of a nation’s government and reveals how each country addresses the needs and we...


Social policy reflects the dominant social, economic and political discourses of a nation’s government and reveals how each country addresses the needs and wellbeing of its population. For practitioners in social work and human services, questions of human rights, citizenship, social justice and equity are ever-present in their day-to-day work with clients of all ages. As such, social policy plays a significant role in shaping the response to need in any community or population, through the provision of financial, physical or legislative protections or resources. The extent to which social policy offers security for the most vulnerable, while addressing economic and social inequality, signals the moral and ethical compass of those who govern. There are ways for practitioners and other advocates to influence, and resist where necessary, the direction of policy through community development, strategic change, research and social action. This volume provides examples of such initiatives and examines the making and shaping of contemporary social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. The text covers a broad range of social policy topics from a critical perspective including fields of practice, current debates and case-study examples of social-change initiatives. Students, lecturers, researchers and people interested in New Zealand society in general will find a critical appraisal of current social policy within these pages.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 356


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 20-02-2016


$45.00
The Magic Mat and its little secret (with DVD)

ISBN: 9780473325428

Author: Carmen Clews    Publisher: Carmen Clews

Hop on board the Magic Mat and cover yourself completely with magic! Discover your higher self; learn to feel love, compassion and gratitude. It's time to share...


Hop on board the Magic Mat and cover yourself completely with magic! Discover your higher self; learn to feel love, compassion and gratitude. It's time to share in an incredible secret and to find ultimate happiness for the rest of your life. Learn confidence from a growling leopard, feel as free as a butterfly and you too can be as happy as a jumping monkey! Fun physical stretching and relaxation techniques for 5 to 12 year olds.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 44


Dimensions: 212 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 16-11-2015


$25.00
I Love You

ISBN: 9781849538015

Author: Ella Earle    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

This charming collection pairs heartfelt quotations with beautiful photographs of animals to bring you the most unique and wonderful way of showing how much you...


This charming collection pairs heartfelt quotations with beautiful photographs of animals to bring you the most unique and wonderful way of showing how much you care.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 128


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-01-2016


$17.99
Love Poems

ISBN: 9781849538046

Author: Max Morris    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Whether your love is comparable to Shakespeare’s summer’s day, Donne’s daybreak or Keats’ merciless beauty, this collection of renowned romantic poetry ...


Whether your love is comparable to Shakespeare’s summer’s day, Donne’s daybreak or Keats’ merciless beauty, this collection of renowned romantic poetry contains lines that give voice to your feelings. Tender and passionate, it belongs in the pockets of lovers everywhere.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-01-2016


$17.99
Me Without You

ISBN: 9781849537926

Author: Lisa Swerling    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Me without you is like… … Mowgli without Baloo … clock without cuckoo Show your loved one just how much they mean to you and leave them feeling rosy insid...


Me without you is like… … Mowgli without Baloo … clock without cuckoo Show your loved one just how much they mean to you and leave them feeling rosy inside with these heart-warming love bombs.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 114 x 152 mm


Publication Date: 11-01-2016


$22.99
For My Lovely Mum

ISBN: 9781849538763

Author: Purple Ronnie    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

There’s a word I’d like to say It’s only very small The word is thanks for everything You’re the greatest mum of all! Show your mum how much she means t...


There’s a word I’d like to say It’s only very small The word is thanks for everything You’re the greatest mum of all! Show your mum how much she means to you with the help of Purple Ronnie! Cute cartoons combine with silly and sometimes irreverent poems along with funny one-liners to help you tell that special someone just how awesome they are.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 101 x 136 mm


Publication Date: 11-02-2016


$17.99
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