History

Greece Crete Stalag DachauGreece Crete Stalag Dachau
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.

Fate & PhilosophyFate & Philosophy: A Journey through Life's Great Questions
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.

An Indescribable BeautyAn Indescribable Beauty
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.

The Owl that Fell from the SkyThe Owl that Fell from the Sky - Stories of a Museum Curator
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.

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.

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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.

The Torchlight ListThe Torchlight List
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.

North Pole, South PoleNorth Pole, South Pole
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.

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.

The Amazing World of James Hector: Explorer, Geologist, Botanist, Natural Historian, Surgeon - and One of New Zealand Science's Most Remarkable FiguresThe Amazing World of James Hector: Explorer, Geologist, Botanist, Natural Historian, Surgeon - and One of New Zealand Science's Most Remarkable Figures
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.

The Selling of New Zealand MoviesThe Selling of New Zealand Movies
by Lindsay Shelton

From Goodbye Pork Pie to The Lord Of The Rings - here, for the first time, is the fascinating inside story of the deal-making, shrewd moves and sheer luck that - in just a few years - took New Zealand films from obscurity to the top of the world.

'The New Zealand film industry is one of the wonders of the world - an unparalleled success story with directors and stars of international reputation'
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE