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June 2021 (59)
Bill Hammond : Across the Evening Sky
Bill Hammond was an artist with a singular vision. One of the greats of Aotearoa’s art history, his paintings of bird-people occupying mythologised landscapes...
Bill Hammond was an artist with a singular vision. One of the greats of Aotearoa’s art history, his paintings of bird-people occupying mythologised landscapes empty of human inhabitants have mesmerised audiences for three decades. This book shows the artist at his finest. Features: • An exclusive interview between the legendary Bill Hammond and fellow artist Tony de Lautour. • Engaging, readable texts by Rachael King, Nic Low, Paul Scofield, Ariana Tikao and Peter Vangioni. • Huge images and details of some of Hammond’s finest paintings. • Responses to Hammond’s practice by artists including Fiona Pardington, Marlon Williams and Shane Cotton among others. Produced by the same team who made Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning, which won Best Illustrated Book at the New Zealand Book Awards, and Best Book at the Publishers Association Book Awards.
Dimensions: 240 x 290 mm
Publication Date: 27-08-2021
Kelcy Taratoa : Who Am I? Episode 001
Who Am I? is a question at the centre of what it is to be human and for artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) it has formed th...
Who Am I? is a question at the centre of what it is to be human and for artist Kelcy Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Raukawa) it has formed the sub-ject of his painting for two decades. Kelcy Taratoa: Who Am I ?... Episode 001 is a bilingual English and Te Reo publication written by Warren Feeney and translated by Hēni Jacob (Ngāti Raukawa). It traverses the artist’s life from growing up in the suburbs of Levin to Te Haka a Te Tupere, the artist’s wharenui at Rangiwaea marae in Tauranga Harbour. Through his paintings he contends that contemporary technology’s virtual realities and appetite for destruction and distraction is undermining our humanity and experience of the world. Yet painting, that most ancient means of visual communication, is something that continues to remind us of our humanness.
Dimensions: 210 x 295 mm
Publication Date: 06-10-2021
Better For You : Entrepreneurs Who Broke Big Soda's Stranglehold on the USA and NZ
Author: Lisa A Lewis
...there was an unwavering belief in the goodness of milk and orange juice. Soda energized and pleased palates without suspicion. THEN CAME A RECKONING... BETTE...
...there was an unwavering belief in the goodness of milk and orange juice. Soda energized and pleased palates without suspicion. THEN CAME A RECKONING... BETTER FOR YOU examines the rise of a global healthy drinks market and presents case histories of entrepreneurs who dared to create “better for you” beverages… enduring American brands and burgeoning New Zealand lifestyle drinks, Phoenix Organic, Karma Cola, Chia Sisters, Aotea Native Tonics & King of Kiwi. How did Phoenix Organic, an iconic Kiwi brand, come to be foreign-owned? How is Karma Cola going head-to-head with Big Soda? How does leadership from Chia Sisters founders dismantle Tall Poppy culture? Why did a successful Māori-led drink brand choose to forgo export? Included in BETTER FOR YOU is a “behind the scenes” account of Kiwi, Glenn Elliott, who travels to the USA to “give it a go” with his artisanal kiwifruit drink brand. Much more than a business book, BETTER FOR YOU, shows connections between products and consumers, Americans and Kiwis, and posits how commerce can relate to leading authentic, healthy, and responsible lives.
Dimensions: 140 x 215 mm
Publication Date: 02-08-2021
The Only Living Lady Parachutist
The balloon — now fully inflated — was restive and impatient, straining at the circle of men and boys holding it. Lillian’s scanty costume attracted even ...
The balloon — now fully inflated — was restive and impatient, straining at the circle of men and boys holding it. Lillian’s scanty costume attracted even more admiring glances. All eyes stared at her in a blur of dread and desire as she positioned herself on the trapeze. ‘Ready … I mean right,’ she said with a catch in her voice. The professor gave the command and the men holding the balloon released their grip and stepped back. Testing her courage after her brother’s death, daredevil Lillian and her sister Ruby risk their lives for fame and fortune by parachuting from hot air smoke balloons throughout Australia and New Zealand. Feisty Lillian struggles to choose between love and her perilous career but in the competitive 1890s era of ballooning, is she brave enough to confront the truth about her past? Determined to take control of the balloon circuit and provide for her children, Lillian travels to New Zealand only to clash with charlatans, showmen, and disgruntled crowds when her exhibitions fall short of their expectations. A cascade of betrayals and reconciliations culminate in one last-ditch ascent from which there is no turning back.
Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm
Publication Date: 28-06-2021
The Other Side Of Better
A hybrid collection of small fictions that crisscrosses the line between truth and fiction, prose and poetry, past and future. In the other side of better, ther...
A hybrid collection of small fictions that crisscrosses the line between truth and fiction, prose and poetry, past and future. In the other side of better, there is the scent of the sea, the rift and grit of childhood. Sometimes sharp and focused, sometimes dreamlike and expansive, this work captivates on every page. Called a 'masterclass in the short form', this collection by one of our time's best practitioners of the small story is both instructional and engaging. Here, with Michelle Elvy’s the other side of better, are wise reflections cast through refracted light. Here is the scent of the sea, the rift and grit of childhood. Here is an absorbing cinematic poetry in the telling – breathtakingly honest and elegant stories (personal, yet universal) about how we live, how we struggle and, most enduringly, how we thrive. A wondrous collection! ~ Robert Scotellaro Well-turned stories, rich with wit and detail, that explore the spaces between people and places, from the ‘concrete weight’ of history to the secrets of creeks, islands and oceans. ~ Paula Morris A collection that surprises not just because it can, but because it understands the surprises of the world. ~ Erik Kennedy Michelle Elvy uses the economy of the form to keep her powder dry. Often, the full implication – sometimes enormity – of the story is only realised after the reading is over. ~ James Norcliffe Michelle Elvy’s new collection is released in June in conjunction with the 2021 National Flash Fiction Day events, with a launch party in Dunedin followed by readings in Auckland and Christchurch.
Dimensions: 133 x 203 mm
Publication Date: 18-06-2021
The Pink Jumpsuit : Short Fictions, Tall Truths
In Emma Neale’s first collection of short fiction, the tales range from the surreal to the real; from the true to the tall. This collection includes some of h...
In Emma Neale’s first collection of short fiction, the tales range from the surreal to the real; from the true to the tall. This collection includes some of her internationally recognised flash fiction and more extended examinations of the eerie gaps and odd swerves in intimate relationships. There are confidence tricksters, compulsive liars, emotional turn-coats, the pulse of jumbled childhood memory still felt in adult life, the weird metamorphosis of fantasy hardening into reality. A woman meets up with an ex-lover after twenty years, to be told an outrageous secret; a mother takes her ailing son to a doctor for an undocumented condition; a bride is left at the altar; a brother and sister reel from a family tragedy decades after the event; a children’s birthday party turns all Queen of the Flies; a hidden family legacy appears in a grand-daughter’s strange affliction. From everyday realism to the speculative and imaginary, recurring motifs in these stories (the scientist father; the mystery of identity even within families; what we can’t know about even those closest to us) toy with the boundaries between memory and the unknown: the blending of the real and the invented.
Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm
Publication Date: 19-07-2021
Prague In My Bones
Jindra Tichý has a fascinating story to tell – one of exile and survival, of distance and painful longing. Czech born and bred, she was a lecturer in philoso...
Jindra Tichý has a fascinating story to tell – one of exile and survival, of distance and painful longing. Czech born and bred, she was a lecturer in philosophy at Charles University in Prague when the country was invaded by Soviet troops in August 1968. In 1969 she was forced to flee her homeland with her young son Peter; they were on the last train to leave the country before the border was sealed. Joining her logician husband, Pavel, in England, she struggled to learn English, but slowly gained confidence and competence with the help of Jane Austin’s Emma. When Pavel was offered a job at Otago University in New Zealand, she found herself uprooted once again. After living in a communist society, Jindra found New Zealanders refreshingly honest, open and friendly, but she continued to grapple with the fact that in her homeland not only were all women expected to hold a full-time job – as well as take full responsibility for the household – here she was nothing but a full-time housewife. Determined to regain her professional status, she eventually became a lecturer at the university herself, and Dunedin has been her home ever since. After the Czech Velvet Revolution of 1989 Jindra was finally able to return to Prague, after twenty years in exile. Since then she has made annual trips to visit her beloved homeland and the remaining members of her family. In Prague in My Bones Jindra presents her great love – the beautiful city of Prague and its cultural legacy – to the reader. It not only gives a fascinating account of life from the inside under a repressive political regime, but depicts in a moving way the pain and confusion of banishment from home, family and friends into an exile removed from everything familiar. Jindra is the author of nineteen novels, including one in English and also published in NZ, and her short stories have been published in Czech literary journals. She is well known and loved in her home country: in 2012 she was voted number eleven on a list of the most influential personalities among the two million Czechs living abroad.
Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm
Publication Date: 16-06-2021
This Dog : Ko Tenei Kuri
This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī” knows what it takes to be a best friend and he’s chosen, as his best friend, the clever and opportunistic blackbird that lives...
This Dog – Ko Tēnei Kurī” knows what it takes to be a best friend and he’s chosen, as his best friend, the clever and opportunistic blackbird that lives in his yard. This Dog (Ko Tēnei Kurī) is Blackbird’s (Manu Pango) unconditionally loving, genuine, accepting, trustworthy, dependable, faithful, and steadfast friend; his loyal protector from That Cat (Tērā Ngeru) and a one-dog audience patiently listening to endless performances of Blackbird's song. Rebecca Utting’s fun illustrations bring Ian Munro’s story to life in an authentic kiwi backyard, complete with resident kurī, ngeru, manu panga and pēpepe. Piripi Walker’s literal translation keeps the words simple and clear, so each sentence flows when delivered aloud. This Dog that is my dog digs up worms for me. Ko Tēnei Kurī, arā, taku kurī he kurī keri toke māku.
Dimensions: 210 x 200 mm
Publication Date: 31-05-2021
Futsal : The story of an indoor football revolution
Previously Announced Title Futsal is one of the fastest-growing sports on the planet: over 60 million people play this lightning-fast and tactically intricate v...
Previously Announced Title Futsal is one of the fastest-growing sports on the planet: over 60 million people play this lightning-fast and tactically intricate variation of indoor football. Despite its growing status, however, futsal’s history remains largely unknown and untold. Jamie Fahey is a leading futsal expert and qualified youth coach. He spent his childhood playing endless football matches in the shattered urban landscape of 1980s Liverpool – on the same streets later graced by Wayne Rooney, the ‘last true street footballer’. Yet when Fahey’s own footballing career stalled, he realised he had been unwittingly learning the skills that pointed to his true passion. In Futsal:The Story of the Indoor Football Revolution, Fahey makes the case for futsal’s transformative grassroots effect, both in the UK and abroad. He also tells the story of futsal’s politics, tactics and personalities – and in doing so, illuminates a hidden corner of sporting history.
Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
Publication Date: 01-07-2021
They say that what matters is the journey and not the destination, and that couldn't be more accurate when one goes bikepacking. Choosing the path less travelle...
They say that what matters is the journey and not the destination, and that couldn't be more accurate when one goes bikepacking. Choosing the path less travelled, exploring the surroundings at every pedal of the way, and embracing the freedom it offers: long-distance cycling is more than a method of transportation - it's a vibrant travelling philosophy. Bikepacking is the ultimate publication to discover the adventurous spirit of bikepacking. Exploring journeys in different regions around the world, introducing the people and culture around it, and giving you the lowdown of all the tips and tricks, this book presents the insights and inspiration to plan your own expeditions, no matter how experienced (or not) you are. Pack your bag and prep your bike, the journey awaits!
Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm
Publication Date: 30-07-2021