New Releases

Ori the Octopus, by Anne Helen Donnelly

Ori the Octopus likes to help his friends, he does have eight legs after all!
But what happens when his helpful ways get him all tangled up?
A fun and brightly illustrated book about friendship and helping others, with actions and craft ideas for children to enjoy.
Author’s website also has children’s videos to watch featuring book characters and free activities such as colouring in, join the dots and loads more!

Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963–2016, by Jeffrey Holman

Blood Ties: New and selected poems 1963–2016, the latest collection by popular New Zealand poet Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, is published by Canterbury University Press this week.

Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality, by Prue Hyman

New book explores the economics of gender inequality in New Zealand 
In the early 2000s New Zealand could boast women simultaneously occupying its highest seats of power – Prime Minister, Chief Justice, Governor-General and Chief Executive of its largest corporate. An appropriate and fitting list for the first country where women won the vote.

The Truth about Language: What it is and where it comes from, by Michael C. Corballis

Michael Corballis answers some of the hardest questions in science – where did language come from and why do we like it so much? – with his usual verve and humour.
While birds can chirp and monkeys can chatter, only humans possess the extraordinary power to tell stories and offer explanations, to explain and persuade, to baffle and bullshit that we call language.
How come? Where did language come from? In this book, Michael Corballis takes on what has been called the hardest problem in science.

Surviving 7.8 - New Zealanders Respond to the Earthquakes of November 2016

Just after midnight on November 14th, last year, the world’s second most powerful quake of 2016 struck under the North Canterbury hills.  
It was one of the most complex earthquakes ever observed by seismologists. Huge slips slide off the sides of mountains, the coast rose by up to 6 metres, new reefs were exposed where there was only sea before, and thousands of people suddenly found themselves cut off from the rest the country. 

From the Blitz to the Burmese Jungle and Beyond, by Brian Hennessy

One man’s memoir of World War II, which took him from the Blitz to the jungles of Burma, to the devastation of Hiroshima. New Zealander Brian Hennessy’s story is published for the first time. 
‘I consider myself lucky to have survived the global carnage still myself – a reluctant soldier who had to go to war, who only ever wanted peace for everyone.’ Brian Hennessy

Bad Oil and the Animals, by L P Hansen

Heidi always dreamed of being a society photographer for the rich and famous. Instead, the sixteen-year old’s first film project plunges her into a world of subterfuge as she joins a multi-cultural group of teenage activists from the Cook Islands, China, Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand, committed to saving orangutans in the wild.
Their investigations lead them into the shadowy world of factory farming and they risk protest after protest with exhilarating success. There’s danger, disguise and daring and more than a little mischief. But when the police come calling at their school, has it been one stunt too many?

The Catcher in the Rye Enigma: J.D. Salinger's Mind Control Triggering Device or a Coincidental Literary Obsession of Criminals?

The Catcher In The Rye Enigma unearths the mysteries surrounding the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger - arguably the most controversial book of all time. Nicknamed the 'Bible of teenage angst', the classic novel, which is frequently labeled immoral by different groups, has been banned in various parts of America over the decades. However, the main controversy, and indeed the most common reason for it being banned, was that it either inspired or was associated with some of the most infamous crimes of the 20th Century. These crimes include the murder of John Lennon and the attempted assassination of President Reagan.

Southern Gold, by Jude Thomas

A captivating story of colonial New Zealand
It is 1858 in boom town Dunedin. Vagabonds and dreamers are pouring into the new colony. A newborn is found abandoned on the road. She is named Billie and raised in the notorious community of Maclaggan Street, a district of pubs and prostitutes, commerce and chance. But at six years old, the spirited girl is faced with making her own way in the world.

Triumph on the Western Front: Diary of a Despatch Rider with the ANZACs 1915-1919, by Corporal O H Davis MM R.E.

Share the experiences of a Despatch Rider during World War 1 by reading his own words written as a diary during his years on the Western Front. Oswald Harcourt Davis joined the Royal Engineers in 1916 and arrived in Abbeville, Somme, France in July that year. He was attached to the ANZACs and dished out a Triumph motorcycle to carry pigeons and vital messages at a time when communications were limited and risky. Read in fascinating detail his journeys around the Somme and Ypres Salient areas and the difficulties he had to face. He was awarded the Military Medal at Messines.