Fraser Books (25)

From D for Dummy to S for Success

ISBN: 9780992247669

Author: Myles Glew    Publisher: Fraser Books

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Tags: Business   Biography
$24.95
A Changing Land: Sir Donald McLean's Maraekakaho

ISBN: 9780992247607

Author: Alan Scarfe    Publisher: Fraser Books

There has never been a New Zealand book like A Changing Land before. The first two sections tell the story of the development of Hawke's Bay's 'Maraekakaho', on...


There has never been a New Zealand book like A Changing Land before. The first two sections tell the story of the development of Hawke's Bay's 'Maraekakaho', one of the country's largest and most iconic sheep and cattle stations which was established by Sir Donald McLean and, then, his son Sir Douglas McLean. Sir Donald played a prominent role in 19th century New Zealand as the government's chief land purchase commissioner and then as a cabinet minister. Sir Douglas, a major runholder by any standards, devoted much of his life to building an international reputation for Maraekakaho's sheep, cattle and horse studs. Early in the 20th century, in response to the Liberal Government's determination to 'break up' the large estates, he began selling significant parts of the run. The equally fascinating final section of A Changing Land traces how much of 'Maraekakaho' has evolved into a varied patchwork of cropping farms, vineyards, smallholdings, olive groves, alpaca farms and tree plantations over the last century. 'Maraekakaho' - then and now - has touched the lives of many hundreds of Hawke's Bay families; and the story of the McLeans' development of the great run will be of interest to all those - academics and general public - fascinated by the country's social and farming history.


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Pages: 516


Tags: Biography   History   New Zealand
$55.00
But for the Grace

ISBN: 9780992247652

Author: Gaye Sutton    Publisher: Fraser Books

A group of women living in violent relationships meets each week in a community house. Their advocates - feisty, radical feminists, Leah Gunn and her partner Ke...


A group of women living in violent relationships meets each week in a community house. Their advocates - feisty, radical feminists, Leah Gunn and her partner Kelly, have developed a liberating practice, from their own lived experience, which helps women to evaluate their lives and make decisions...A story told in a group session acts as the catalyst for transformation and tragedy. Thus unfolds tales of abuse, betrayals, violence and compassion that make compelling reading. This story is as relevant today as it was in the 1990s, the setting for the book.


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Pages: 220


Dimensions: 148 x 225 mm


$39.50 $19.99
All Those Yesterdays

ISBN: 9780958298841

Author: Elspeth Biss    Publisher: Fraser Books

This is a story many New Zealand women - particularly those who grew up in the country - will identify with. Elspeth Biss was brought up on Hawke's Bay farms in...


This is a story many New Zealand women - particularly those who grew up in the country - will identify with. Elspeth Biss was brought up on Hawke's Bay farms in the 1940s; attended boarding school in the 1950s; trained as a nurse, married, and brought up a family in the 1960s and 70s on farms in the Wairarapa. As she writes: "The 1960s may well have been 'the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius', as the popular song had it, with the Beatles, Mary Quant and the mini-skirt, but for me and most of my friends it was a decade of child raising, washing nappies, Plunket and kindergartens." In her absorbing memoir, Elspeth Biss evokes the way things were during 'all those yesterdays'. She is fiercely proud of her Scottish heritage, going 'home' for the first time in 1946. Passionate about horses and hunting, she is also always looking for a new challenge - 'retirement' is an opportunity to sell cosmetics and learn to kayak at an age when most prefer sedentary pursuits. All Those Yesterdays celebrates a life well lived away from the headlines and the city lights.


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Pages: 205


Tags: History   New Zealand
$32.50
A Better Place

ISBN: 9780986459375

Author: Enid Meyer    Publisher: Fraser Books

This absorbing story is set in Greytown, in the Wairarapa, in the late 1860s. Greytown, a Small Farms Settlement, was the first inland township in New Zealand, ...


This absorbing story is set in Greytown, in the Wairarapa, in the late 1860s. Greytown, a Small Farms Settlement, was the first inland township in New Zealand, but its beginnings were very like those elsewhere. A Better Place is a story about life in the township and on the area's small farms. A young wife from Devon, named Kate, arrives in Wellington with two children to meet their husband and father, who had sailed fom England two years previously and taken up land in Greytown. After a hazardous journey over the 'hill' she faces life in a rough cottage with earthen floor. She learns to milk cows, tend the garden and make a home for her family. Life is hard, but theirs are happy times too as settlers work together to ensure that they have, indeed, achieved 'a better place'.


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Pages: 342


Dimensions: 150 x 240 mm


Tags: History   New Zealand
$35.00
Eels of ANZAC Bridge

ISBN: 9780958261777

Author: Ali Foster    Publisher: Fraser Books

A delightfully told and illustrated story that interweaves the story of eels migrating across the ocean from a New Zealand river near an historic bridge commemo...


A delightfully told and illustrated story that interweaves the story of eels migrating across the ocean from a New Zealand river near an historic bridge commemorating the soldiers who lost their lives when they also travelled thousands of miles to fight in the Great War. The story is based loosely on the life of a young boy who grew up near the river and with the eels and then lost his life on the Western Front during the First World War.


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Dimensions: 260 x 220 mm


$20.00
Forget Me Not

ISBN: 9780992247676

Publisher: Fraser Books

Rod and Rosamunde Read's journey is a story of love and devotion. It is also a story of strong emotions - anger, frustration, distress, joy, acceptance and lear...


Rod and Rosamunde Read's journey is a story of love and devotion. It is also a story of strong emotions - anger, frustration, distress, joy, acceptance and learning. As well as being a very personal story, it is an important and valuable guide for care givers - doctors, nurses, rest home workers - who have the challenging and critical task of helping patients through their journey with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia. Forget Me Not gives wonderful insights into the many aspects of the progressive decline from good health to a very different world and the inevitable consequences for those who care and love the patient.


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Pages: 157


$35.00
Safe Haven

ISBN: 9780958261791

Author: Neil Frances    Publisher: Fraser Books

Safe Haven traces the life of Featherston Military Camp and, through letters, diaries and reminiscences, the men who lived there. The camp left a legacy in buil...


Safe Haven traces the life of Featherston Military Camp and, through letters, diaries and reminiscences, the men who lived there. The camp left a legacy in buildings, photographs and the site itself, now quiet land alongside State Highway Two, east of Featherston. The building of Featherston Military Camp in late 1915 transformed a stony paddock east of Featherston township in south Wairarapa into a ready-made barrack town which could house up to 8,000 raw soldiers at a time. Volunteers and conscripts from all parts of the country came to Featherston, spending two to four months in training, our largest military base their temporary home before they left the safety of New Zealand to endure the heaviest wartime casualties this country has suffered. They lived in barracks and tents, enduring the good and bad of camp life and Featherston's lively climate. The infantry then marched over the Rimutaka Range to Trentham Camp before taking ship for the Western Front. In total about 55,000 men trained at the Featherston Military Camp between 1916-19.


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Pages: 175


Tags: New Zealand   Military
$30.00
A Womans Sphere

ISBN: 9780992247621

Author: Audrey Adams    Publisher: Fraser Books

In the mid-19th century a woman's place in society - or sphere - was dictated by very different standards and expectations. A Woman's Sphere is the story of Flo...


In the mid-19th century a woman's place in society - or sphere - was dictated by very different standards and expectations. A Woman's Sphere is the story of Florence Pettigrew's marriage to Charles Spurway, the son of a transported convict and known as 'Cornstalk' - a name commonly given to children who grew taller and stronger than their convict parents. Florence, a free woman and talented artist, works in her father's store in Hobart Town, Tasmania. One day, with the jingle of the shop door bell, Charles appears, wanting to buy a gift for his grandfather, a remittance man. Gradually, a relationship, not encouraged by her father, develops and leads to marriage. Initially idyllic, the marriage encounters difficulties stoically borne by Florence. Charles, on the other hand, does not accept his lot and following his dreams and wanting to leave his 'cornstalk' label behind, decides to move to New Zealand. In the Wairarapa township of Masterton he sets up as a stock and station agent. Florence has no choice but to move with him. Trapped in a marriage she can't escape, Florence is consoled by her art, and her involvement in the temperance movement and the battle to gain women the vote. There are tragic consequences.


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Pages: 216


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


$30.00
Waiorongomai: The Land and the People

ISBN: 9780958298896

Author: Linda Thornton    Publisher: Fraser Books

A very few pioneer New Zealand families have lived and farmed their land for six, even seven generations. These New Zealanders and their stories, shaped by the ...


A very few pioneer New Zealand families have lived and farmed their land for six, even seven generations. These New Zealanders and their stories, shaped by the land itself, are an important part of the history of Aotearoa. This is the story of one such family whose forebears, Charles and Elizabeth Matthews, arrived in 1842 on the sailing ship London. They settled first in Wellington but, drawn by the pull of the land, moved to Wairarapa and purchased the first acres their descendants still farm today. Seven generations have lived on Waiorongomai. Diaries written by Alfred Matthews, the memoirs of his grandson, Jack, and tape recorded conversations with more recent members of the family, all play a part in this history. It is the story of a family devoted to its farming, the development of one of the country's leading Romney sheep studs and the passing on of a love of the land from one generation to the next. It is also dedicated to all the men and families who have worked on Waiorongomai over the last 160 years.


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Pages: 382


$45.00
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