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            Towards the Mountain: A Story of Grief and Hope Forty Years on from Erebus
             

            Towards the Mountain: A Story of Grief and Hope Forty Years on from Erebus (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Myles, Sarah

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            On 28 November 1979 an Air New Zealand plane crashed into the lower slopes of Mount Erebus in broad daylight while on a sight-seeing trip to Antarctica, killing all 257 souls on board. This was New Zealand's greatest peacetime tragedy. Not only was the crash deeply shocking for o...ur small country (it is said that everyone knew of someone on board) but the legal and political aftermath wreaked its own trail of debris. The poor conduct of airline management in the months that followed the crash was described as 'a litany of lies' by a Royal Commission of Inquiry who found the airline at fault rather than the pilots. In the aftermath, the stories of the families involved were forgotten, until now. Sarah Myles has researched extensively into the recovery and identification process that brought her grandfather and so many others home. She weaves through this her family's traumatic experiences and her own memories of that time, discussing the legacy of grief and the possibility of hope.
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            ISBN 9781988547268
            Published NZ 5 Nov 2019
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            The Diary of a Bookseller

            The Diary of a Bookseller (Paperback, Main)

            By Bythell, Shaun

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            Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, ...almost ... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.
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            ISBN 9781781258637
            Released NZ 25 Jul 2018
            Publisher Profile Books Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand
             

            Women Mean Business: Colonial businesswomen in New Zealand (Paperback)

            By Bishop, Catherine

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            In this fascinating and entertaining book, award-winning historian Dr Catherine Bishop showcases many of the individual businesswomen whose efforts, collectively, contributed so much to the making of urban life in New Zealand.

            ISBN 9781988531762
            Published NZ 30 Sep 2019
            Publisher Otago University Press
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            Tokelau Heroes
              

            Tokelau Heroes (Paperback)

            By Riley, David

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            Tokelau Heroes tells the inspirational stories of achievers who have Tokelauan ancestry. It includes legends like Hina; historical figures such as Ihaia Puka; and contemporary heroes like Opetaia Foa'i. It's written to inspire young Tokelauans, to encourage reading and promote li...teracy.
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            ISBN 9780473472801
            Published NZ 12 Sep 2019
            Publisher Reading Warrior
            Interest Age 16+ years
            Series Pasifika Heroes
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            Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

            Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Glenconner, Anne

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            The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation - and is a character in The Crown this autumn. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with ...the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.
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            ISBN 9781529359077
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
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            The Longest Day: Standing Up to Depression and Tackling the Coast to Coast
              

            The Longest Day: Standing Up to Depression and Tackling the Coast to Coast (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Calman, Matt

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            • Pub Date
              18 Feb 20

            Matt Calman's most consistent tool for dealing with problems throughout his life was alcohol. But it got to the stage where he was no longer willing to put up with the dark side of his drinking. So he quit. But the problems that had been simmering away for most of his life merely... came to a head. It led to a major depressive phase with panic attacks and thoughts of suicide. After reaching rock-bottom, Matt began the slow climb to rebuild himself with a much stronger foundation. Finally he was ready to find something, or for something to find him. It could have been anything. It just happened to be the Coast to Coast Multisport World Championships, the toughest endurance race in New Zealand. The Longest Day outlines Matt's path back from the depths of depression, his struggles to learn to run, cycle and kayak at an elite level, and the culmination of all that training: his Coast to Coast race. The book explores the parallels between the inner landscape (his journey to wellbeing) and the outer landscape (the world around him and tackling the Coast to Coast). Through his training he learns about process rather than outcome, and how true success and enjoyment is embedded in the journey (not the destination). Matt is a brave, honest writer with a talent for articulating what is going on inside his head.
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            ISBN 9781988547305
            Published NZ 18 Feb 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Te Rataka a Tetahi Kohine (Anne Frank's Diary)
              

            Te Rataka a Tetahi Kohine (Anne Frank's Diary) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Frank, Anne

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            The world-famous Diary of a young girl was written by a Dutch Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War 2. Over the last 60 years it has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into over 70 languages. Now it is available in Te Reo Maori! Ann...e Frank's masterpiece - her self-awareness, fears, frankness and humour - has been published in this new translation so that thousands of school, Kura Kaupapa Maori, and tertiary education institution students can enjoy it in Te Reo Maori. So can the growing number of adult learners who are studying the language.
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            ISBN 9780473478247
            Published NZ 14 Jun 2019
            Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
            Interest Age Children / Young Adults
            Language (Maori)
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            Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China
             

            Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Chang, Jung

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            The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that `One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country', but there was far more to the... Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history. Red Sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Chinese republic, and later became Mao's vice-chair. Little Sister, May-ling, was Madame Chiang Kai-shek, first lady of the pre-Communist Nationalist China and a major political figure in her own right. Big Sister, Ei-ling, was Chiang's unofficial main adviser. She made herself one of China's richest women - and her husband Chiang's prime minister. All three sisters enjoyed tremendous privilege and glory, but also endured constant attacks and mortal danger. They showed great courage and experienced passionate love, as well as despair and heartbreak. The relationship between them was highly charged emotionally, especially once they had embraced opposing political camps and Ching-ling dedicated herself to destroying her two sisters' world. Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a gripping story of love, war, exile, intrigue, glamour and betrayal, which takes us on a monumental journey, from Canton to Hawaii and New York, from exiles' quarters in Japan and Berlin to secret meeting rooms in Moscow, and from the compounds of the Communist elite in Beijing to the corridors of power in democratic Taiwan. In a group biography that is by turns intimate and epic, Jung Chang reveals the lives of three extraordinary women who helped shape the history of twentieth-century China.
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            ISBN 9781910702796
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Vintage
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Husna'S Story: My Wife, the Christchurch Massacre & My Journey to Forgiveness
              

            Husna'S Story: My Wife, the Christchurch Massacre & My Journey to Forgiveness (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ahmed, Farid

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            • Pub Date
              3 Mar 20

            Husna's Story is written by Husna's husband Farid Ahmed. They were praying at El Noor Mosque in Christchurch when a gunman burst in and shot and killed 51 people and injured many others in a terrorist attack. This book tells Husna's story, describing the day of the attack - in al...l of its normal, mundane detail up until the tragedy, and then the horrendous tragedy of what followed. Interwoven with this is the story of Husna's life, telling of the selflessness and bravery with which she lived her life. As well as looking after her paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women when they were giving birth, running classes for children and helping many others. Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day. She had already led the other women and children to safety. Tragically she was shot. Husna's husband, Farid Ahmed, quite incredibly, forgives the alleged killer. His remarkable philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how religion and faith, through personal application, can be a tool for navigating the most horrific of tragedies.
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            ISBN 9781988547480
            Published NZ 3 Mar 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit This is Going to Hurt
             

            Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas: Festive hospital diaries from the author of million-copy hit This is Going to Hurt (Hardback)

            By Kay, Adam

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            From the award-winning and million-copy bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt comes 'Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, a humorous gift book and a love letter to those who spend the festive season on the front line of the hospital ward.

            ISBN 9781529018585
            Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
            Publisher Pan Macmillan
            Interest Age 18+ years
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