Wheelers Books
Refine By
Publication Date
Fiction / Non-Fiction
    Age
      Format
        Extended Format
        Show Large Print:
        Category
          Publication Country
            Latest Additions
            Language
              Price
              -

              Books by Peter FitzSimons

              Stock Availability: Sort by: View:

              Total 101 jump to: go ‹ previous12345...next ›
              Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy

              Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy (Paperback, Revised edition)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $29.99
              • $22.49
              • Save $7.50
              • In Stock At Publisher

              In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that m...oment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille. Her network was soon so successful - and so notorious - that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her 'the white mouse' for her knack of slipping through its traps. But Nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away. Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio - nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis. Peter FitzSimons reveals Nancy Wake's compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780732295257
              Published NZ 8 Nov 2011
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              273 In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
              View details for this title
              Kokoda: Teen edition

              Kokoda: Teen edition (Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $19.99
              • $14.99
              • Save $5.00
              • In Stock At Publisher

              For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened - and just what our troops achieved. In this new edition of his bestselling account of this seminal battle, Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story spe...cially geared for high-school age readers. Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia - a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them. Prase for the original edition: 'an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller' The Sydney Morning Herald
              Read more

              ISBN 9780734417435
              Published NZ 25 Oct 2016
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age 13+ years
              Availability
              208 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins: Australia's greatest explorer

              The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins: Australia's greatest explorer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $37.99
              • $28.49
              • Save $9.50
              • In Stock At Publisher

              The extraordinary, must-read story of the brave, bold Hubert Wilkins - Australia's most adventurous explorer, naturalist, photographer, war hero, aviator, spy and daredevil - brought to life by Australia's greatest storyteller. Sir Hubert Wilkins is one of the most remarkable Aus...tralians who ever lived. The son of pioneer pastoralists in South Australia, Hubert studied engineering before moving on to photography. In 1908 he sailed for England and a job producing films with the Gaumont Film Co. Brave and bold, he became a polar expeditioner, a brilliant war photographer, a spy in the Soviet Union, a pioneering aviator-navigator, a death-defying submariner - all while being an explorer and chronicler of the planet and its life forms that would do Vasco da Gama and Sir David Attenborough proud. As a WW1 photographer he was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery under fire, the only Australian photographer in any war to be decorated. He explored the Antarctic with Sir Ernest Shackleton, led a groundbreaking ornithological study in Australia and was knighted in 1928 for his aviation exploits, but many more astounding achievements would follow. Wilkins' quest for knowledge and polar explorations were lifelong passions and his missions to polar regions aboard the submarine Nautilus the stuff of legend. With masterful storytelling skill, Peter FitzSimons illuminates the life of Hubert Wilkins and his incredible achievements. Thrills and spills, derring-do, new worlds discovered - this is the most unforgettable tale of the most extraordinary life lived by any Australian.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780733647765
              Published NZ 21 Oct 2021
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins: Australia's greatest explorer

              The Incredible Life of Hubert Wilkins: Australia's greatest explorer (Hardback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $60.00
              • $45.00
              • Save $15.00
              • In Stock At Publisher

              The extraordinary and thrilling story of Hubert Wilkins - Australia's most adventurous explorer, photographer, war hero, spy and daredevil Sir Hubert Wilkins is truly one of the most remarkable Australians who ever lived. His life was so jam-packed with adventure and achievement ...it's as though he crammed several lifetimes into one. The son of pioneer pastoralists in South Australia, Hubert studied engineering before moving on to photography. In 1908 he sailed for England and a job producing films with the Gaumont Film Co. The world was now Hubert's stage - he became a polar expeditioner, a brilliant war photographer, a spy in the Soviet Union, a pioneering aviator-navigator, a death-defying submariner - all while being an explorer and chronicler of the planet and its life forms that would do Vasco da Gama and Sir David Attenborough proud. As a WW1 photographer he was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery under fire, the only Australian photographer in any war to be decorated. He explored the Antarctic with Sir Ernest Shackleton, led a groundbreaking ornithological study in Australia and was knighted in 1928 for his aviation exploits, but many more astounding achievements would follow. Wilkins' quest for knowledge and polar explorations were lifelong passions and his missions to polar regions aboard the submarine Nautilus the stuff of legend. With masterful storytelling skill, Peter FitzSimons illuminates the life of Hubert Wilkins and his incredible achievements. Thrills and spills, derring-do, new worlds discovered - this is the most unforgettable tale of the most extraordinary life lived by any Australian.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780733641367
              Published NZ 27 Oct 2021
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              999 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Breaker Morant

              Breaker Morant (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $37.99
              • $28.49
              • Save $9.50
              • In Stock At Publisher

              The epic story of the Boer War and Harry 'Breaker' Morant: drover, horseman, bush poet - murderer or hero? Most Australians have heard of the Boer War of 1899 to 1902 and of Harry 'Breaker' Morant, a figure who rivals Ned Kelly as an archetypal Australian folk hero. Born in Engla...nd and emigrating to Queensland in 1883 in his early twenties, Morant was a charming but reckless man who established a reputation as a rider, polo player and writer. He submitted ballads to The Bulletin that were published under the name 'The Breaker' and counted Banjo Paterson as a friend. When appeals were made for horsemen to serve in the war in South Africa, Morant joined up, first with the South Australian Mounted Rifles and then with a South African irregular unit, the Bushveldt Carbineers. In September 1901 Morant and two other Australians, Lieutenants Peter Handcock and George Witton, were arrested for the murder of Boer prisoners. Morant and Handcock were court-martialled and executed in February 1902 as the Boer War was in its closing stages, but the debate over their convictions continues to this day. Does Breaker Morant deserve his iconic status? Who was Harry Morant? What events and passions led him to a conflict that was essentially an Imperial war, played out on a distant continent under a foreign flag? Was he a scapegoat for British war crimes or a criminal himself? With his trademark brilliant command of story, Peter FitzSimons unravels the many myths and fictions that surround the life of Harry Morant. The truths FitzSimons uncovers about 'The Breaker' and the part he played in the Boer War are astonishing - and, in the hands of this master storyteller, make compelling reading.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780733646188
              Published NZ 27 Oct 2020
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Ned Kelly

              Ned Kelly (Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $30.00
              • $22.50
              • Save $7.50
              • In Stock At Publisher
              ISBN 9780857988140
              Published NZ 1 Dec 2015
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              695 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell

              Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $40.00
              • $30.00
              • Save $10.00
              • In Stock At Publisher

              In the Trenches of Hell On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles in northern France. By the next day, there were over 5500 casualties, including nearly 2000 dead - a b...loodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history. Just days later, three Australian Divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozi res, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties. Of that bitter battle, the great Australian war correspondent Charles Bean would write, 'The field of Pozi res is more consecrated by Australian fighting and more hallowed by Australian blood than any field which has ever existed ...' Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud. And angry.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780143783305
              Published NZ 3 Oct 2016
              Publisher Random House
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              416 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Seriously...You Have to Laugh: Great yarns and tall tales from the sporting fields, dressing rooms and commentary boxes of Australia

              Seriously...You Have to Laugh: Great yarns and tall tales from the sporting fields, dressing rooms and commentary boxes of Australia (Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $22.99
              • $17.24
              • Save $5.75
              • In Stock At Publisher

              All those great and not so great sporting moments that have made us chuckle, roll and roar with laughter - told in Peter FitzSimons' inimitable style.

              ISBN 9781760631017
              Published NZ 25 Oct 2017
              Publisher Allen & Unwin
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              55 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

              Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers (Hardback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $55.00
              • $41.25
              • Save $13.75
              • In Stock At Publisher

              'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious... quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780733634109
              Published NZ 14 Nov 2017
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              234 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers

              Burke and Wills: The triumph and tragedy of Australia's most famous explorers (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By FitzSimons, Peter

              • RRP: $39.99
              • $29.99
              • Save $10.00
              • In Stock At Publisher

              The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller. 'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering... from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills, Charley Gray and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in our nation's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.
              Read more

              ISBN 9780733640797
              Published NZ 26 Jun 2018
              Publisher Hachette
              Interest Age General Audience
              Availability
              999 In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
              View details for this title
              Total 101 jump to: go ‹ previous12345...next ›