October 2023 (192)

'Tank' of Tobruk: A New Zealand YMCA Secretary At War

ISBN: 9781991164438

Author: Hector Tankersley    Publisher: Fraser Books

The Book: Carterton’s Hector Tankersley was involved with the YMCA in the late 1930s, and lived in the ‘Y’ hostel while working in Wellington from 1938- 1...


The Book: Carterton’s Hector Tankersley was involved with the YMCA in the late 1930s, and lived in the ‘Y’ hostel while working in Wellington from 1938- 1940. He was recruited as a YMCA secretary to work on New Zealand military bases. This led to secondment to the British YMCA in North Africa, running canteens, entertainment and providing some well-being services for the British Empire forces there. Shortly after arriving in Egypt he was sent to Tobruk, arriving just before the besieging German and Italian forces in April 1941. Hector’s diaries and photographs record his YMCA life, for which he was awarded the MBE in late 1942. His service extended to mid-1943 before he returned to New Zealand, where he continued his YMCA work at RNZAF bases in the South Island. Hector’s story brings to life the busy and exhausting experiences of a New Zealand non-combatant in the Desert War. The Editor: Neil Frances, who has edited Hector Tankersley’s diaries and added explanatory notes, is a military historian. His books, published by Fraser Books, include Ketchil (2005), Things have been pretty lively (2008), Safe Haven (2012), A Long, Long Trail (2015), A Rifle and a Camera (2017), and On the Move Again (2021).


Bind: paperback


Pages: 150


Dimensions: 175 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 28-10-2023


$30.00
Life Done Differently

ISBN: 9780473682651

Author: Lisa Jansen   

What do you do when everyone around you is embracing parenthood or focused on their careers, and you're not sure either path is right for you? Lisa Jansen decid...


What do you do when everyone around you is embracing parenthood or focused on their careers, and you're not sure either path is right for you? Lisa Jansen decided to find out. At 33, Lisa had everything she ever wanted; A successful career in marketing, amazing friends, and the great outdoors of New Zealand as her playground. She was happy. Until one day, doubts started creeping in, and Lisa found herself at a crossroads.Unsure about whether she wants to embrace a career-focused life or follow in her friends' footsteps and start a family, she began to wonder what else there is. Desperate to find answers, Lisa decided radical change was needed. She quit her job, bought a campervan and set out to explore beautiful New Zealand. On her five-year journey, she met incredible people, explored breathtaking scenery, conquered obstacles, challenged society's norms, navigated a global pandemic - and discovered what life has to offer when you don't want to follow the traditional path. In Life Done Differently, Lisa shares her epic journey. Fans of Eat Pray Love and Cheryl Strayed's Wild will love this adventurous, thought-provoking and inspiring memoir.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 272


Dimensions: 152 x 228 x 20 mm


Publication Date: 11-10-2023


$32.00
1 2 3 What Will We See?

ISBN: 9781877375798

Publisher: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Lift the flaps to discover a joyful selection of artworks curated especially for young children in this lively new book. Children will learn to count from 1 to ...


Lift the flaps to discover a joyful selection of artworks curated especially for young children in this lively new book. Children will learn to count from 1 to 10 in English, te reo Māori and sign language while looking at delightful works of art from one of the best art collections in Aotearoa New Zealand. A short read-aloud rhyme accompanies each artwork. The wonderful world of art sparks curiosity and delight in young children – what better way to learn to count! The artworks include sculpture, painting, tukutuku, linocuts and woodcuts, tapestry and photography by artists from Aotearoa and abroad. Warm, fun and stylish, this book will delight young minds.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 34


Dimensions: 146 x 190 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2023


$29.90
A New History: The University of Canterbury 1873-2023

ISBN: 9781988503400

Author: John Wilson    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

A century and a half now separate us from the founding of Canterbury College, the institution from which the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Wait...


A century and a half now separate us from the founding of Canterbury College, the institution from which the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha evolved. In ‘A New History: The University of Canterbury 1873–2023’, historian John Wilson offers a fresh interpretation of an institution that has played a central role in shaping the development of research culture and university education in Aotearoa New Zealand and that has been at the forefront of the shift to a postcolonial university world. In examining the University’s development, Wilson highlights how the institution evolved as part of the community it continues to serve, while offering city, province and Aotearoa as a whole leadership and, on occasion, challenging expectations.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 520


Dimensions: 200 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2023


$69.99
Sheppard & Rout Architects Volume 1 1982-2021

ISBN: 9781991103277

Author: David Sheppard    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

From its inception, the directors of Sheppard & Rout Architects have been concerned that its architectural and planning projects all reflect their cultural and ...


From its inception, the directors of Sheppard & Rout Architects have been concerned that its architectural and planning projects all reflect their cultural and historical contexts. The events of the destructive Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and the subsequent considerable rebuild of the city has reaffirmed the need to ensure that these values continue to be upheld. The ‘conversations’ with the directors in this book will enable readers to experience the practice’s rich exploration of these values in their many and diverse projects carried out between 1982 and 2021. Numerous projects realised in other parts of the country and overseas are also included.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 212


Dimensions: 250 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2023


$80.00
Grow Richer with the Property Cycle

ISBN: 9780473676278

Author: Kieran Trass   

Grow richer from residential property investment. Regardless of the property cycle phase - boom, slump or recovery - the trick is having the right knowledge and...


Grow richer from residential property investment. Regardless of the property cycle phase - boom, slump or recovery - the trick is having the right knowledge and information. Grow RICHER with the Property Cycle will help you recognise the specific opportunities the cycle provides to make more money from property investment. Successful real estate investor and mentor Kieran Trass shares the secrets learned from more than thirty years observing property the cycle in action. Based on extensive research of property markets in New Zealand and the major economies of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Whether you are a seasoned property investor or just starting out, this book will provide you with a clear understanding of the property cycle and how you can use it to grow rich.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 200


Publication Date: 01-09-2023


$39.99
With Grace : Her story and place in Campbell history 1642-1856

ISBN: 9780473662905

Author: Evelyn McIver Keeley    Publisher: Little Red Schoolhouse Publications

For several centuries the Campbells were known for their strong-minded independent women who often stepped in to save their families and to protect their liveli...


For several centuries the Campbells were known for their strong-minded independent women who often stepped in to save their families and to protect their livelihood. They were the unsung heroines whose stories cam to light through careful research. Grace Buchanan Campbell is the central character in this story. Born in Glasgow in 1784, Grace was a published author in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. She moved in the literary circle of Edinburgh's Blackwood group. Grace's life is one of fortitude, loss and kinship; her novels portray echoes of her family history. Caln clashes, religious struggles, politics and patronage set the scene. It is in Argyll, Scotland in the mid-seventeenth century where this story begins; a time when many women and men suffered for their religious beliefs. Argyll's turbulent history was followed by the Darien disaster, resulting in hardship for many Scottish families. During the early eighteenth century, the family, in an effort to survive financially, became plantation owners in Jamaica. Grace's grandfather has a significant role. He grew up in the enlightened world of Glasgow University where his father was the principal. As an influential merchant in London he was closely associated with penal reform in Britain. He was mentor to William Bligh, the husband of his niece, who is remembered for the ill-fated Bounty expedition. It is a story with many characters: ministers, merchants, lairds, explorers, brewers, writers, surgeons, soldiers, naval men, authors and an architect. Rabbie Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson make brief appearances. Over two-hundred years the lives of these adventurous and entrepreneurial families were intertwined with the politics of significant periods of history. This narrative links Scotland, Jamaica, Georgian England and the valleys and mountains of Wales. The pioneering spirit of Grace's family led to settlement in Canada and New Zealand.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 290


Dimensions: 210 x 265 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2023


Tags: New Release   October 2023   Biography   History
$50.00
My Arena : The Life and Legacy of Bruce Ullrich

ISBN: 9780473687847

Author: Bruce Ullrich    Publisher: FCS Consulting

In 2023, to mark its 150th anniversary year, the University of Canterbury showcased 150 of its outstanding graduates. Bruce Ullrich was named as one amongst its...


In 2023, to mark its 150th anniversary year, the University of Canterbury showcased 150 of its outstanding graduates. Bruce Ullrich was named as one amongst its Legends of Sport" and was described as a "fierce champion of New Zealand's interest in business and sport". My Arena is Bruce's autobiography. It navigates a life story spanning over eight decades, vividly describing Bruce's 'fierce champion' moments. Bruce Ullrich is best known for his roles in sports leadership. He was vice-chairman of the organising committee of the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, and he went on to be chef de mission for three of New Zealand's Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games teams. He was an enthusiastic advocate for hosting the Winter Olympics in New Zealand. But there is a business story as well. Bruce was admitted to partnership in an accounting firm on the day he qualified as an accountant. He later moved to governance roles and consultancy, using his expertise to foster trade and investment relationships between New Zealand and other countries - especially China. Bruce was awarded an Order of the British Empire for services to New Zealand. Throughout his life journey Bruce has remained a loyal old boy of his beloved Christchurch Boys' High School, a faithful Cantabrian, and highly patriotic New Zealander.


Bind: paperback


Dimensions: 180 x 254 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2023


$45.00
DUE > 1st Nov 2023
Every Effing Inch

ISBN: 9780473685089

Author: Tim Pankhurst    Publisher: Panky Press

When an elderly trio decided to tackle Aotearoa New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff, they were asked if they were going to do EFI. What’...


When an elderly trio decided to tackle Aotearoa New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff, they were asked if they were going to do EFI. What’s that?, they asked. Every F…ing Inch, was the response. Many Te Araroa walkers skip road sections or gnarly mountains or inconvenient rivers or estuaries but Tim Pankhurst, his wife Sue and former Wellington mayor Dame Kerry Prendergast decided that if they were going to take up the challenge, they needed to be true to the entire Trail. Over 141 days across two summers, Tim and the two dames (one upper case) did cover every inch but not without injuries, fears of drowning and falls and endurance tested to the limit. Every Effing Inch, written by former newspaper editor Tim Pankhurst (The Dominion Post, The Press, The Evening Post, Waikato Times), is an entertaining journey through our cities, towns, rivers, mountains and back country and its characters and history. It is summed up as an epic read of an epic deed.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 364


Dimensions: 155 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2023


$40.00
Love Food : Cooking With Family

ISBN: 9780473688349

Author: Jo Farrimond    Publisher: Love Food

Food is love made visible, valuing family and home, encouraging our tamariki to cook and join in, and, showcasing Aotearoa New Zealand's beauty and it's seasona...


Food is love made visible, valuing family and home, encouraging our tamariki to cook and join in, and, showcasing Aotearoa New Zealand's beauty and it's seasonal cuisine. Love Food summer edition cookbook is a tribute to the love of whānau and kai. Celebrating the traditions of baking, preserve making and the love of food handed down from generations past, intermixed with the stunning backdrop of Aotearoa New Zealand. Marking special occasions or simply celebrating every day we have together and taking care of the environment while we do so with a strong emphasis of garden to table and seasonal food. This cookbook is back to basics and rethinking traditional favourites to encourage our tamariki to join in, have fun and enjoy food, getting the whole family involved. Each recipe is so simple that a 4 year old can help, many involving only a few ingredients.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 156


Dimensions: 210 x 297 mm


Publication Date: 09-10-2023


$29.99
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