New Releases

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.

Harnessing Altruism, by Sava Buncic

Harnessing Altruism is a literary, futuristic fiction novel for adults about the world in the mid twenty-first century and beyond, in which the very existence of humanity is threatened by an unbearably hot climate and shortages of essential resources due to the long-term insatiable greed of modern civilization.

Chetan and Lollipop, by Mr Kersie Khambatta

Chetan is a young lad living with his father, who is a game warden in the Kaziranga rhino game sanctuary in India. He yearns to adopt a baby rhino. He is lonely. His father does not warm to the idea. Chetan wanders into the sanctuary deep in thought, and finds an abandoned baby rhino in a cave. He decides to take it home. He pushes, pulls  and prods it, and they come home.
His father frowns, but does not protest. Chetan feeds the baby. All of a sudden, the mother rhino bursts onto the scene with a roar, and Chetan runs to his father. 

Blade NZ - Travel Stories From the Road

It sounds like a rock solid plan. Josh and Matt will rollerblade the length of New Zealand, film their adventure, meet interesting characters and make an inspirational travel documentary. There's just a few small problems: winter is fast approaching, they are severely underprepared, and they are terrible at rollerblading.

The tattooed sisters, and other stories, by Bill Nagelkerke

A bus accident in the mountains . . .
Seeing the sights of Paris . . .
Busking in the busy mall . . .
Getting a tattoo . . .
A cold stranger . . .
. . . turning points, of one sort or another.
Many of these stories and poems for young adults have been previously published in magazines and anthologies.