Essays/Journalism

Tragedy at Pike River MineTragedy at Pike River Mine
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.

The Devouring DragonThe Devouring Dragon
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.

Sarah Vaughan Is Not My MotherCivilisation
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.

Old Bucky & Me: Old Bucky & Me: Dispatches from the Christchurch Earthquake - New Edition
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.

Smoking in AntarcticaSmoking in Antarctica
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.

The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports WritingThe Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing
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.

How to Look at a PaintingHow to Look at a Painting
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!

Fish of the Week: Selected ColumnsFish of the Week: Selected Columns
by Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias. Need we say more? For a decade his feature articles and columns have captivated, amused and enraged readers of first the Listener and then The Sunday Star-Times. His blend of opinion, wit and personal revelation has made him one of the country's most talked-about writers. He has won more awards than almost any other New Zealand journalist. This book features his personal selection of columns from the past two years.

Roosters I Have KnownRoosters I Have Known
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.

Your Money Personality: Unlock the Secret to a Rich and Happy LifeYour Money Personality: Unlock the Secret to a Rich and Happy Life
by Liz Koh

This brilliant personal finance guide will change forever the way you think about money. Top financial planner Liz Koh reveals that each of us has hidden attitudes that strongly influence our ability to create wealth. Uncover your true money personality through this book - and move into a new chapter in your life.

Best: A New Zealand CompendiumBest: A New Zealand Compendium
by Ella Griffiths

Where is the best place in New Zealand to see a movie, watch a horse race or catch a wave? What's the country's best pinot noir? Who makes the best ice cream? Who's our best sports commentator? Which is our best public park? What is the best New Zealand movie of all time?

'Stylish ... Some of the categories are inspired'
Leaf Salon

This Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand GardenThis Piece of Earth: A Life in My New Zealand Garden
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'
FIONA KIDMAN