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.
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 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 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 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.
edited by Simon Nathan
James Hector arrived in New Zealand in 1861 and within a few years had founded all the country's leading scientific bodies, including the national museum (now Te Papa), the New Zealand Institute (now the Royal Society) and the Geological Survey (now GNS Science).
A man of seemingly unbounded energy and interests, at various times he was also responsible for the Met Department, Colonial Observatory, Wellington Botanic Garden and Patent Office library.
In these superb essays, scientists, historians and Hector's descendants tell the fascinating story of Hector's life and work.
by Steve Braunias
In 2007, journalist Steve Braunias embarked on a series of 27 interviews, one a week, profiling New Zealanders famous and infamous, both publicity-seekers and those rather keener to hide from the spotlight. The startling survey of the national psyche stirred controversy, hilarity, and even animosity.ed by subconscious conditioning inherited from our parents, our religion, or any other source.
by Hamish Beaton
A young man arrives to teach English in Japan under the JET programme, but what has he got himself into? We absolutely guarantee you will love this warm, funny, wonderful story of adventure, education, home appliances and how not to choose a girlfriend.
by Geoff Mackley and John McCrystal
Christchurch-born Geoff Mackley has carved out an international reputation as a daring filmmaker and photographer of extreme and dangerous natural phenomena.
by Judith Bell
The woman who changed her name to Stephen Tindall tells her story.
Judith Bell and her husband Nelson had a young family, a promising manufacturing business, and a passionate determination to get ahead. When big-box retailer The Warehouse came calling with a big order, they thought their dreams had come true.
Within four years they had lost almost everything.
by Harvey McQueen
From its glorious, sumptuous cover to its captivating story, this garden book and memoir will warm the hearts of readers of all ages.
'Gardening, cooking, politics and poetry, brilliantly mixed ... I loved every minute of this book - a gorgeous read'