A short account of a long life, told through a succession of overcoats.
Two visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp end in silence.
Diana Wichtel was born in Vancouver. Her mother was a New Zealander, her father a Polish Jew who had jumped off a train to the Treblinka death camp and hidden from the Nazis until the end of the war. When Diana was 13 she moved to New Zealand with h... read more
“It is not you who will speak; let the disaster speak in you, even if it be by your forgetfulness or silence,” wrote Maurice Blanchot in The Writing of the Disaster. When Diana Wichtel was twelve she moved from Canada to New Zealand with her mother ... read more
Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end... read more
Sleeps Standing / Moetu is a bilingual Maori-English novella from Witi Ihimaera with a translation by Hemi Kelly. Set against the backdrop of the New Zealand Wars, it tells the story of the Battle of Orakau through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Moetu. A b... read more
Oliver Sutherland tell his story as “Last inhabitant of Shackleton’s Hut” when he was working as a biologist studying penguins in the Antarctic in 1962.
A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland. Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true ... read more
This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillary's for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming ... read more
From the award-winning, best-selling writer: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading-and relivin -Homer's epic masterpiece. "My favourite classicist once again combines meticulous literary investigation with warm and wrenching ... read more
More fascinating untold stories from the backcountry of Northwest Nelson.
Building on the success of Kahurangi Calling, this new volume of stories from the Northwest Nelson backcountry, is a compelling blend of natural and social history. An are... read more
A BBC History magazine Book of the Year and an amazon.com Best Book of the Month Two childhood companions, now matriarchs of two opposing powers, calmly set their menfolk aside and declare that they, as women, are better equipped to organis... read more
Toothbrush drill, sunbathing, treks through forest to the beach, marmite on toast, cod liver oil and Lane's emulsion ... here are 47 rich and often entertaining reminiscences from residents and staff at the Otaki Children's Health Camp... read more