Books - New Releases
by Jim Flynn
As a university professor and expert in human intelligence, Jim Flynn has become concerned at the decline in reading among adults in general and young people in particular. In his experience, reading great books sharpens the mind and provides a deeper understanding of the world, so the reader is not just swept along by the river of time but is able to play an exciting and fulfilling role in human society. Challenged by his students as to what books they should read, he produced The Torchlight List, which was widely acclaimed, and changed lives. Now in The New Torchlight List Flynn turns his piercing eye on modern authors. Are the ones who receive the kudos really the best?
by Brian Gill
In his new book The Unburnt Egg - More stories of a museum curator, Brian Gill delves further into the mysteries of the natural history collections he has worked with over three decades. Gill is a gifted storyteller who enriches the book with engaging scientific information, from the ever-evolving explanations for the dying out of the huia to the reason so many seal bones are found in certain sand dunes, and why the shining cuckoo leaves its young to be raised by other birds.
by Rebecca Priestley
This landmark anthology brilliantly reveals the numerous scientific discoveries that have been made, from how sea creatures survive in the freezing waters, to the continent's extraordinary proliferation of meteorites, and the startling revelations of fossils, which show Antarctica was once covered in luxuriant forests teeming with creatures.
by Matt Vance
Venture to the deep south and you will experience a world like no other – forbidding subantarctic islands, astounding sea creatures, death-defying plants, the constant company of birds and, if you travel far enough, the towering ice cliffs and dead valleys of Antarctica.
by Simon Grigg
Pauly Fuemana of the group Otara Millionaires Club (OMC) was the charismatic singer and creator, with producer Alan Jansson, of the hit record How Bizarre. It was named Single of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards and remains the country's most internationally successful indie record of all time.Despite the song's phenomenal success, Fuemana was deeply troubled and found fame hard to handle. His friend, mentor and owner of his record label Simon Grigg gives a riveting blow-by-blow account of the singer's life and the song's beginnings, runaway success, and effect on Fuemana and the people around him.
by Roger Horrocks
Len Lye was startlingly original and endlessly inventive. Scottish poet Alastair Reid called the New Zealand-born filmmaker, kinetic sculptor, painter and poet "the least boring person who ever existed". Today Lye's work is held in major galleries around the world. In this captivating book Lye's biographer, Roger Horrocks, weaves the artist's writings into a memoir of his fascinating life.
by Peter Carey and Craig Franklin
The third edition of the first and only definitive Antarctica cruising guide. Essential purchase for people thinking of travelling to Antarctica - New Zealanders and tourists. Available June 2015.
by John Saker
In this candid and beautifully written memoir, John Saker tells of his lifetime love affair with one of the world's most popular sports, how it changed his life, and the head-spinning moments when this "minor" sport became the talk of New Zealand.
by Michael Field
On November 9, 2008, near Kiribati in the Pacific, a Korean ship came alongside Tai Ching 21. The Taiwan-flagged fishing boat was eerily silent. Three life rafts were missing, and all 29 of the Taiwanese officers and Chinese, Indonesian and Filipino crew. A quest to discover the men's identities led journalist Michael Field into a dark world of foreign-flagged vessels fishing the waters of New Zealand, other Pacific nations, and the Southern Ocean. He uncovered brutality, misery and death - and impending ecological disaster: the destruction of the last great southern schools of fish. With researchers from University of Auckland, he forced the New Zealand government to take action - but with huge money at stake the plunder and appalling working conditions continue. And more and more boats are now risking lives and maritime disaster heading south to catch toothfish, most destined for New York restaurants and Las Vegas casino hotels.
by Anne Else
When Anne Else married at 19, although she'd grown up above a grocery shop she'd never cooked a meal. Despite a shaky start she went on to become an enthusiastic cook - with a little help from Nancy Spain, Katharine Whitehorn, Elizabeth David, and the Duchess of Windsor ('Watch out. If you don't take care you may serve an entire meal pinkish mauve, from lobster bisque to sherbet.') In this captivating take-you-there memoir, Else tells of her life, from marriage and motherhood to becoming a feminist, divorcing and remarrying, finding her birth mother, heartbreakingly losing family members, and in her sixties forging a lively community of new friends through her food blog. Delicious recipes from every era of her cooking career are included.
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by Jack Elworthy
In 1940, 28-year-old Jack Elworthy left New Zealand to fight in Europe. He would not return for seven years. This is the story of his remarkable war.
by Rebecca Macfie
Tragedy at Pike River Mine is a dramatic, suspenseful account of a disaster that shook the nation - and the world. Pike River was no ordinary mine. It had been touted by the company and by government ministers as a showcase of modern mining. Shares in the company had been rapidly taken up by investors, swept away by predictions of extraordinary returns. Beneath the hype, though, lay mismanagement, mistakes and wilful blindness that would cost men their lives. Based on extensive research and over a hundred interviews, this powerful book provides chilling insights into the causes of the tragedy, and puts a human face on the people who suffered, and suffer still.
by Lauren Earl
Each year, thousands of young New Zealanders leave home to embark on the great flatting adventure. For many it signals the start of one of the most exciting, liberated times in their lives. For others, chaos and recklessness reign, resulting in gargantuan overdrafts and student loans, malnourishment, and inappropriate interpersonal relations. As appealing as this sounds, there are serious downsides to flatting failures - neglect of study or work, crises of confidence, abject misery and - in the worst case scenario - return to the parental fold. This book is designed to prevent these misfortunes and more.
by Davinia Caddy
Ever wondered why most classical music concerts are such stuffy affairs? Had to bluff your way through classical music conversations? Trying to get a handle on music by modern composers? Failed to convince teenagers of the merits of Beethoven or Bach? Or just want an absorbing read about music?
How to Hear Classical Music is all this and more. Davinia Caddy, an accomplished musician, historian and music writer, provides an illuminating guide that is bound to cause waves. Like all books in the fabulous Awa Press Ginger Series, How to Hear Classical Music will open readers' eyes - and ears! - to exciting new sensations.
by Matt Vance
To sail a boat is a magical, and sometimes mystical, experience. The sailor is free from the cares of life on land, entirely absorbed in the enterprise of moving a craft across the water. For the uninitiated, though, this is madness. Whatever reason can there be for willingly putting yourself at the mercy of nature's unpredictable forces, winds, waves and weather? In this captivating book, Matt Vance takes you inside the mind of the sailor, from the first scary moment of handling a boat solo to the exhilaration of sailing across oceans and discovering new worlds. His stories and those of his fellow madmen will captivate sailors young and old - and if you're a landlubber you may just find yourself yearning for the blue horizon.
by Craig Simons
The horrifying pollution within China is well-known. What's not so well-known is China's devastating impact on the entire world's forests, wildlife, oceans, rivers and climates. In New Guinea, many of the world's last great forests are being felled and exotic rare birds threatened to meet China's demand for timber; in Brazil, large swaths of the Amazon are being cleared to plant soybeans for China; in India, poachers are hunting and killing tigers and other endangered animals to extinction to feed Chinese demand; in New Zealand, land is being turned over to dairying at an alarming rate to provide food for China; in Australia, countryside is being eaten up and polluted for mines supplying coal to China.
by MaryJane Thomson
At nineteen MaryJane Thomson seemed to have it all. Intelligent, creative and beautiful, she was destined for a bright future. But a nightmare of delusions and hallucinations was unfolding. She dropped out of university, turned to drugs, and spent years in and out of psych wards, police cells, drug hangouts and on the streets. In this heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful memoir of her life six years on, she takes you inside her world of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and vividly describes what it is like to live with voices in your head, to lose your freedom, and to despair of ever being well again.
by Steve Braunias
Civilisation is vintage Steve Braunias, the scavenger and social lodestone, rich, fascinating and occasionally disturbing stories of places from Kawakawa and Antarctica over the seas - and the people who live in them, their lives, loves, aspirations, and sometimes dark secrets.
by Alastair Smith
If you want to use a bike in your daily life - to get to work, play, school and the shops - this is the book you have been waiting for: an informative, comprehensive and inspiring guide that helps beginners get started and experienced cyclists ride more confidently, safely and enjoyably.
by Scott Kennedy and John Saker
The perfect gift for everyone who enjoys life, love, laughter and good wine, this book is charmingly written by John Saker and full of delightful and imaginative full-colour illustrations by Scott Kennedy.
by Justin Paton
This book needs no introduction. Out of stock for several months, it now returns by popular demand - with an eye-catching new cover by Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Keely O'Shannessy and expanded illustration section - and still at the same RRP!
by Jim Flynn
Jim Flynn is on a mission to change how we think about the modern world, our place in it, and the moral choices we make. In The Torchlight List he argued that great literature can change lives. Now in Fate & Philosophy, he looks at tough moral decisions we face and urges us not to be influenced by subconscious conditioning inherited from our parents, our religion, or any other source.
by Friedrich Krull
On January 27, 1859, an adventurous young German arrived in Wellington after a four-month voyage on a Swedish ship. With great alacrity we helped the sailors weigh anchor, and with what suspense did H and I stand on the foredeck to get the first view of the town which was to become our new home. So began the first of many letters 22-year-old German settler would write at the behest of the German naturalist and historian Ernst Boll - published in English translation in this outstanding book. This unique book is a small but priceless addition to the historical record of early New Zealand, published to recognise New Zealand's guest of honour status at Frankfurt Book Fair 2012.
by Brian Gill
Natural history museums contain many thousands of zoological specimens and each has a tale to tell - often involving extraordinary people, daring explorations, unquenchable scientific curiosity, and strange coincidences. This perfectly presented book, with its engaging pictures, is rich in stories and unveils many secrets.
Brian Gill is curator of birds and other land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, author and co-author of many books, including New Zealand's Unique Birds, The Kiwi and Other Flightless Birds and New Zealand Frogs and Reptiles, and a contributor to New Zealand Geographic and Forest and Bird.
by Jane Bowron
On February 22, 2011, journalist and television reviewer Jane Bowron was living in her hometown of Christchurch when the city was struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. As the historic city lay in ruins Bowron managed to find a phone, call her newspaper, and deliver a moving human account of the scene around her.
A portion of money from each book sold is donated to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.
by Peter Graham
On June 22, 1954, in the depth of a southern winter, teenage friends Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a park with Pauline's mother. Half an hour later the girls returned alone. Honorah Parker lay in a sea of blood on a lonely track. She had been savagely murdered.
In this mesmerising book, lawyer and true crime writer Peter Graham tells the whole story for the first time, giving a brilliant account of the crime and ensuing trial, dramatic revelations about the fate of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker after their release from prison and their strange lives today, and a penetrating insight into the crime using modern psychology.
by Pippin Barr
Every day around the world millions of people enter virtual worlds through video games. These games are now the fastest-growing form of entertainment and are being played by people of all ages. International communities are coming together to play, have fun and share ideas - without ever meeting. How To Play A Video Game unlocks this amazing world, giving an insight into what makes video games so fascinating and entertaining to the people who play them.
by Steve Braunias
Steve Braunias shines in this superb selection of new writing. Threaded throughout - and reported with disarming honesty - is Braunias's own journey as a journalist and would-be novelist. Above all, he writes about his young daughter in moving columns that have won him many new readers and admirers.
by Jim Flynn
A professor for over 40 years, Jim Flynn found fewer and fewer of his students were in love with reading. However, they were willing to try if he would give them lists. This book is the definitive list: 200 works so wonderful to read and so revealing about times and places, they make learning enjoyable and effortless.
by Kathy Giuffre
Kathy Giuffre wants to escape from her stressful life working full-time and raising two young children on her own. When a new boyfriend agrees to join her for a year in Rarotonga with her young sons, she takes a sabbatical from work, books their flights and packs their bags. Then at the last minute her boyfriend announces he isn't coming. In captivating style Giuffre tells what happens when she finds herself alone with her boys on Rarotonga, a tiny speck in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, 11, 000 kilometres from home.
by Lolo Houbein
This inspiring book has caused a big buzz overseas. Its secret of success: anyone can start growing their own food in a matter of minutes. There are no fancy photos, no complicated instructions ... just down-to-earth, easy-to-follow ideas for square-metre plots.
by Gillian Turner
This engrossing book tells, for the first time, the complete story of the quest to understand Earth's magnetism from the fascination of ancient Greeks with magnetised rocks to the astonishing modern discoveries that finally revealed the truth. North Pole, South Pole gives us an extraordinary window into science, passion and the brilliance of the human mind.
Check out Awa's own interview with Gillian here.
by Harry Ricketts
New Zealand is a nation of sports-lovers and this is reflected in this collection of 80 superb pieces of sports writing by many of our most acclaimed journalists, novelists, biographers, essayists and poets. From surfing to cycling, angling to archery, running to rugby ... from the joy of the victors to the tears of the vanquished ... the roar of the crowd to the solitary moment ... this is a book of endless pleasure.
Check out Awa's own interview with Harry here.
by Nick Bollinger
The much talked about and excitedly awaited third installment in the 100 Essential New Zealand series by famed music writer and broadcaster Nick Bollinger. The ultimate book on New Zealand music for any reader or music lover.
by Hamish McDouall
This indispensable guide to New Zealand films and film-makers features the '100 best', from the acclaimed shorts of Taika Waititi to the modern classics of Jane Campion, the blockbusters of Peter Jackson, the tantalising stories of Niki Caro and Gaylene Preston, and the extraordinary works of Roger Donaldson. All New Zealand's big names are here, and many more besides.
by Tom Hyde
New Zealand is a golf-lover's paradise and this is the definitive guide to the country's most interesting, beautiful, challenging and exhilarating golf holes - the ones that will linger in your memory long after the games are over and the scores forgotten.
This striking book, with full colour photographs and contact details for every featured course, is the perfect golfer's gift. It includes fabulous holes at Cape Kidnappers, declared by the UK Telegraph in 2008 to be No 1 of the 'World's Top Ten Golf Courses'.