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Some Kind of Fantasy
Some Kind of Fantasy
Funny, warm and caring, Mary Brennan talks openly about her ordinary Kiwi upbringing and life experiences, which ultimately led to her running New Zealand's biggest high-end, full-service brothel in Wellington. Now a key go-to person for commentary on the New Zealand sex industry, Mary has seen it all, and in Some Kind of Fantasy she demystifies her day job. In association with co-writer Eleanor Black, Mary candidly tells her life story, including chapters on the intriguing fetishes she caters to as part of her working day.

Title: Some Kind of Fantasy
Author: BRENNAN MARY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 10/07/2015
Price: $10.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: David Bateman
Publisher: David Bateman Ltd
ISBN: 9781869538934
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $10.00
Someones Wife
Someones Wife
'You'll want to read this in one sitting but it's worth savouring every line.' Madeleine Chapman

'Somehow it makes perfect sense that a great New Zealand memoir would be written by a dreamy, left-handed wife of an ex-All Black.' Steve Braunias

These pieces read like the freshest of recent novels: clever, restrained and wittily observant. They range across the personal and the observational. There are essays on her lifetime of being an All Black wife (once an AB, always an AB); her love of teaching, education and the young; and a powerful essay on the death of her baby, Toby, striking in its honesty.

Linda is interested in family and friendship; shared and sometimes distorted memories. Her personal truths link to universal truths. Linda explores the era in which she grew up, and her experiences are timeless. She looks at living overseas, at children leaving home, at house-hunting in Wellington, at travelling with a grandchild, at Leonard Cohen concerts as tribal gatherings.

Moving but never sentimental, Linda Burgess's essays are an engrossing read.

Title: Someones Wife
Author: BURGESS LINDA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/09/2019
Price: $37.00
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781988547251
Available stock: 1
Price: $37.00
Song for Rosaleen
Song for Rosaleen
A beautifully crafted memoir of a family coping with their mother's dementia, Song for Rosaleen is both a celebration of Rosaleen Desmond's life and an unflinching account of the practical and ethical dilemmas that faced her six children. Told with love, insight, humour and compassion, it raises important questions about who we become when our memories fail, how our rapidly ageing population can best be cared for, and what this means for us all.

Title: Song for Rosaleen
Author: DESMOND PIP
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Massey University Press
Publisher: Massey University Press
ISBN: 9780995100121
Available stock: 2
Price: $30.00
South Sea Vagabonds
South Sea Vagabonds
75th anniversary edition of the timeless New Zealand classic of adventure at sea. Johnny Wray's gripping and often hilarious account of his adventures around the South Pacific has inspired readers and changed lives since its first publication 75 years ago. Fired from his day job during the Great Depression, Johnny begged, borrowed and stole the materials to build his famous yacht Ngataki. With some mates for company and a sextant to steer by, he set sail for the palm-fringed atolls and islands of his dreams - to discover they really did exist. But South Sea Vagabonds is much more than just a ripping yarn; it is a heartfelt hymn to the possibility of living a free life and truly being the master of one's own destiny.

Title: South Sea Vagabonds
Author: WRAY JOHNNY
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Price: $28.00
RRP: $28.00
Imprint: Harper Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (New
ISBN: 9781775541004
Available stock: 1
Price: $28.00
Southern Nights
Southern Nights
Meet the night sky, down under

Aotearoa New Zealand was founded on stargazing. It was celestial navigation that brought the first people here, and it was tatai arorangi, Maori astronomy, that helped people survive once they arrived. There is no better place on Earth to view the brilliance of other worlds.

Covering eclipses, aurorae, comets and constellations, backyard observatories, traditional stargazers and world-class astrophotographers, this is the unique story of Te Whanau Marama, our family of light - the night sky that glows above us all.

Title: Southern Nights
Author: ARNOLD NAOMI
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 21/10/2019
Price: $65.00
RRP: $65.00
Imprint: Harper Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (New
ISBN: 9781775541288
Available stock: 2
Price: $65.00
Speeches That Shaped NZ 1814 to 1956
Speeches That Shaped NZ 1814 to 1956
The story of 48 speeches that shaped the New Zealand of today. Appeals to students and those with an interest in New Zealand history, as key moments in our past are re-told through the words of those who led change. This collection represents three years' research by historian and former Cabinet minister Hugh Templeton, veteran political writer Ian Templeton and award-winning journalist Josh Easby. Read the speeches that took New Zealand to war, established our nationhood, and led to peace and social and political change. The authors have uncovered these inspirational and pivotal speeches, many of which have not been published in book form before, bringing them together in one extensive and highly-readable volume.

Title: Speeches That Shaped NZ 1814 to 1956
Author: TEMPLETON HUGH
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Price: $20.00
RRP: $20.00
Imprint: Hurricane
Publisher: Hurricane Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780987663603
Available stock: 1
Price: $20.00
Spinoff Book
Spinoff Book
Five years ago, The Spinoff burst onto New Zealand's media scene with smart, screamingly funny and seriously relevant writing. Since then, it has enraged and inspired all the right people, respectably won Website of the Year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards, and
expanded into television, podcasts and now - shockingly - a book.
Edited by Toby Manhire, it's jam-packed with The Spinoff's best work, along with full-colour artwork by Toby Morris, photography, collage, poetry and a clutch of new and exclusive essays. Simon Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Lorde, and Jesse Mulligan rub shoulders with Spinoff stars like Alex Casey, Madeleine Chapman and Emily Writes.
From Shortland Street to sports, feminism to fashion and current events to Kiwi onion dip, this is an engrossing, original take on everything that matters in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 21st century.
Featuring

Toby Morris
Hera Lindsay Bird
Leonie Hayden
Mich le A'Court
Ashleigh Young
Lorde
Jemaine Clement
Alex Casey
Madeleine Chapman
Duncan Greive
Simon Wilson
Aldous Harding
Emily Writes
Scotty Stevenson
David Farrier
...and more

"The Spinoff is where we find stories no one else is covering . . . stories we need to hear."
2019 Voyager Media Awards Judges


"Right now, every left-leaning, media-savvy, university-educated hipster you know (and probably their baby-boomer parents) is reading The Spinoff."
Sunday magazine


"Crap and a waste of our money."
Mike Hosking

Title: Spinoff Book
Author: MANHIRE TOBY
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 05/11/2019
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143774198
Available stock: 5
Price: $38.00
Sport & the NZs A History
Sport & the NZs A History
`. . . those two mighty products of the land, the Canterbury lamb and the All Blacks, have made New Zealand what she is in spite of politicians' claims to the contrary', wrote Dick Brittenden in 1954. `For many in New Zealand, prowess at sport replaces the social graces; in the pubs, during the furious session between 5pm and closing time an hour later, the friend of a relative of a horse trainer is a veritable patriarch. No matador in Madrid, no tenor in Turin could be sure of such flattering attention.'

As Brittenden suggested, sport has played a central part in the social and cultural history of Aotearoa New Zealand throughout its history. This book tells the story of sport in New Zealand for the first time, from the Maori world to today's professional athletes. Through rugby and netball, bodybuilding and surf lifesaving, the book introduces readers to the history of the codes, the organisations and the players. It takes us into the stands and on to the sidelines to examine the meaning of sport to its participants, its followers, and to the communities to which they belonged.

Why did rugby become much more important than soccer in New Zealand? What role have Maori played in our sporting life? Do we really `punch above our weight' in international sport? Does sport still define our national identity? Viewing New Zealand sport as activity and as imagination, Sport and the New Zealanders is a major history of a central strand of New Zealand life.

Title: Sport & the NZs A History
Author: RYAN GREG
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Price: $65.00
RRP: $65.00
Imprint: Auckland University Press
Publisher: Auckland University Press
ISBN: 9781869408831
Available stock: 1
Price: $65.00
Sportsman Of The Year A Suburban Philosophy
Sportsman Of The Year A Suburban Philosophy
Title: Sportsman Of The Year A Suburban Philosophy
Author: HELLRIEGEL JAN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Miscellaneous
Publisher: Seahorse Swim
ISBN: 9780473461973
Available stock: 1
Price: $40.00
Stand by Me Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times
Stand by Me Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times
'I'm a dad and I'm scared.' Charting John Kirwan's experiences as a father, and incorporating voices of young people today, Stand By Me examines issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety. It is intended as a useful guide for parents, caregivers and teachers - anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care. Like All Blacks Don't Cry, it has an emphasis on hopefulness and living positively. Stand By Me is JK's second collaboration with writer Margie Thomson, and draws on the expertise of Dr Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, clinical psychologists from the Otago Medical School. JK confronts an array of questions about parenting and his own children, and looks at case studies of teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues including anxiety and depression. In their own words, the young people interviewed reflect on their treatment and progress, and consider how these experiences have shaped them as they face forward into their adult lives.

Title: Stand by Me Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times
Author: KIRWAN JOHN
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 24/09/2014
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143570639
Available stock: 1
Price: $40.00
Stand For All Time
Stand For All Time
Title: Stand For All Time
Author: ROGERS ANNA
Format: Limp
Publishing status: Active
Price: $49.95
RRP: $49.95
Imprint: Miscellaneous
ISBN: 9780473450755
Available stock: 1
Price: $49.95
Stardust & Substance The NZ General Election of 2017
Stardust & Substance The NZ General Election of 2017
Stardust and Substance captures some of the magic of Jacinda Ardern's extraordinary seven-and-a-half weeks' campaign, defeating a National government in power for nine years.

The story of her sensational achievement - with `relentless positivity' and a `Let's do this' attitude - is told in this book by multiple authors, including Jacinda Ardern herself; her coalition partners, Winston Peters and James Shaw; and, looking back at the 2017 race, by her adversary in the campaign, former prime minister Bill English.

The book portrays how a remarkable election looked:
* to overseas observers in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Britain and Japan, attempting to understand `Jacindamania'.
* to 14 of New Zealand's top cartoonists.
* to academic commentators, journalists and a TV news programme's producer.

Stardust and Substance tells the story of how the election was won, and a government formed, its chapters highlighting:
* the televised debates and Jacinda Ardern's inspirational example for New Zealand's young women.
* UMR's survey findings about leadership, issues and `word clouds'.
* the post-election negotiations with Winton Peters.
* the role of political scandals.
* the campaign and election in the Maori seats.
* the 2017 election and New Zealand's Pacific communities.
* four campaigns, four candidates - Julie Anne Genter (Greens); Chris Hipkins (Labour); Mark Mitchell (National); Fletcher Tabuteau (New Zealand First).

Stardust and Substance also farewells the Key-English government, examining its legacy with regard to some key issues:
New Zealand's flag; the economy, housing, the environment, immigration, foreign policy and security.

Stardust and Substance is the latest title in a VUP series of New Zealand election studies allowing New Zealanders today and `in 20, 50 and 100 years' time' the opportunity to `think about what happened and why' (John Key) at the country's general elections.

Title: Stardust & Substance The NZ General Election of 2017
Author: LEVINE STEPHEN ED
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 13/09/2018
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776561971
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $40.00