Ever fancied travelling through time? Taming a lion? Winning a Nobel Prize? Well, here's how to attempt all that and more. Daniel Smith - author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit - takes you on an entertaining journey through 100 things you will (probably) never get the chance to do. Offering tips and advice on things that y... read more
From Mappa Mundi to Google Maps - the bestselling Just My Type author turns his gaze to maps. Maps fascinate us. They chart our understanding of the world and they log our progress, but above all they tell our stories. From the early sketches of philosophers and explorers through to Google Maps and beyond, Simon Garfield exam... read more
A trip through the enchanting landscapes and villages of the south of France would have to be high on most people's travel wish list. The history, romance and beauty of the region make it perennially popular. After 20 years exploring Provence and the French Riviera, journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch has discovered... read more
GENERAL NON-FICTION CATEGORY WINNER - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
What the judges said: "Steve Braunias has a tremendous feel for character and language. There are passages that would be the envy of many a novelist. The book captures a New Zealand seldom written about and does so with a sense of, by turns, compassion, absurdity, occasionally anger, but mostly delight. That delight is completely contagious."
Steve Braunias travels off the grid to capture weird and wonderful goings-on in small-town New Zealand. Full of fascinating - and sometimes disturbing - stories about people living in 20 places - from Kawakawa to Mosgiel, and across the seas in Samoa and Antarctica - their lives, loves, aspirations, and sometimes dark secrets... read more
GENERAL NON-FICTION CATEGORY WINNER - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
The inimitable Steve Braunias prises open the fascinating (and sometimes rather disturbing) inner lives of small towns, from Ohinemutu to Collingwood and from Mosgiel to the Maromaku Valley. These tales of lives lived large in small places are, ... read more
|Author:||Sir Richard Branson|
A thrilling and very personal history of flight by the world-famous adventurer and businessman.
As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're in... read more
The true story of an urban man's search for a deeper, richer, simpler life (not to mention a dishy copine) in the heart of rural France...
One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination... read more
In September 2003, Luca Spaghetti got an email from an American friend that would change his life: 'A friend from university is about to move to Rome for three months. She'll contact you. She's a writer and her name is Elizabeth Gilbert.' Luca did not have high hopes for this bookish tourist but he needn't have worried. Here ... read more
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalist: Non-Fiction
Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as 'an extraordinary genius', sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. Until now his story has never been fully told.
Tupaia, a gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be calle... read more
A tree change is about finding a simpler life, right? And that's what Carol Altmann and her partner were seeking when they moved to a hobby farm in Tasmania.
But things go wrong in a surprising number of ways as they try to adapt to life on the farm surrounded by an odd assortment of animals - a goat that thinks it's a ... read more
Four Seasons With a Grumpy Goat by Carol Altman follows a well-trodden path as the author and her partner drop out of high-powered city life to live on a hobby farm in Tasmania. Strangely enough they find themselves ill-prepared and the path to knowledge makes for entertaining reading. - Beverly
|Author:||Katherine Russell Rich|
'I took up with Hindi at a time when it seemed my life had buckled out from under me - I no longer had the language to describe my own life. So I decided I'd borrow someone else's.' Having survived a serious illness and now at an impasse in her c... read more
In a feat that ranks with the brave and inspiring deeds of Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Edmund Hillary and Jessica Watson, famed Australian ultramarathon runner Pat Farmer did what no human has ever done: run from the North Pole to South Pole. His mission: to raise money for the Red Cross to fund water projects in the world's ... read more
Henry 'Birdie' Bowers realised his life's ambition when he was selected for Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic, yet he also met his death on the journey. Born to a sea-faring father and adventurous mother on the Firth of Clyde, Bowers' boyhood obsession with travel and adventure took him round the world se... read more
With more than 400 photos, this beautiful book celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest and chronicles the history of exploration of the world's highest peak. This magnificent volume celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the world's highest mountain, and it chronic... read more
Indochine sees Red Lantern's Luke Nguyen revisit his beloved Vietnam and seek out the food and cultural remnants of this former French colonial empire. On his regular visits to Vietnam today, Luke is often struck by the appearance of people wearing berets, speaking French and the aromas of coffee and butter emanating from caf... read more
|Author:||Asne Seierstad (tr Sindre Kartvedt)|
From the award-winning author of The Bookseller of Kabul comes a remarkable insight into the lives of ordinary Serbs - under Milosevic, during the dramatic events leading up to his fall and finally in the troubled years that have followed. First published in Swedish 2004. This translation 2005.
Where China Meets India is a vivid, searching and timely book about a remote region that is suddenly becoming a geopolitical center of the world.
From their very beginnings, the civilizations of China and India have been walled off from each other, not only by the towering summits of the Himalayas, but also by the vas... read more
|Author:||Levick Murray George|
'The story of the Terra Nova expedition is one of survival in the Antarctic. Levick's journal adds to this record the struggles of the brave men who explored the southern continent.' - Kerry Stokes AC.
George Murray Levick's journal demonstrates the courage and endurance of the men who took part in Scott's British Anta... read more
This book chronicles one man’s season long odyssey through the major league baseball parks of North America. During the Summer of 2012 Peter Grigg took a year’s leave from his job as a P.E. teacher and he and his partner drove the width and breadth of the country viewing games at all thirty ball parks.