This months New Zealand recent picks offer a diverse variety of titles, but sorry, no racing books to make up the classic trifecta …
Replay : capturing 20 years of New Zealand sporting glory / Photosport ; [author, Andrew Cornaga].
“Produced in partnership with award-winning photographic agency Photosport on its 20th anniversary, this unique book revisits the highs and lows, the agony and ecstasy, the magic and the melodrama of the past 20 years in New Zealand sport.From New Zealand’s winning streak in the 1992 Cricket World Cup to the All Blacks’ long-awaited Rugby World Cup triumph in 2011, REPLAY brings those memorable moments back to life. Photosport’s stunning images are enhanced with commentary from some of New Zealand’s best-loved sporting heroes, as they relive those moments in their own words.Push REPLAY on the best and worst of the past 20 years in New Zealand sport.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)
Piri, straight up : cups, downs & keeping calm / with Heather Kidd.
“Piri Weepu’s story is one of the most fascinating New Zealand rugby stories ever told. Born into a strong rugby league family – Piri’s brother Billy actually played for the Kiwis – Piri has risen to the very pinnacle of rugby union, while at the same time never losing his great love of the 13-man code. At 28 and in the year of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Weepu was finally given his opportunity and didn’t he take it well. For years he had been in the shadows of Jimmy Cowan (not to mention a number of other first-choicers) but on the world stage, Piri stepped up to the mark and won the hearts of a nation. He kicked the goals for the All Blacks, he kicked for position and, in the absence of the incomparable Dan Carter, he ran the backline. His man of the match performance for the All Blacks in the quarter-final against Argentina and then another superb display against arch-rivals Australia in the semi-final cemented his place in New Zealand rugby folklore.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)
Beer nation : the art & heart of Kiwi beer / Michael Donaldson.
“Pull up a bar stool, and listen to the life story of beer in New Zealand . . .Highly illustrated, meticulously researched and warmly told, Beer Nation recounts the early history of beer, exposes the modern age of commerce and big business, and charts the rise of contemporary boutique breweries – through interviews and first-hand stories from the personalities behind beer and brewing in New Zealand. Michael Donaldson’s rich and engaging narrative is complemented by images from brewers’ private collections as well as quotes and archival photography. Beer Nation will inform, delight and awaken your thirst for New Zealand’s favourite beverage.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)
Serious fun : the life and times of Alan Gibbs / Paul Goldsmith.
“The life of businessman, inventor, merchant banker, philanthropist, art collector, adventurer and inveterate traveller Alan Gibbs has been far from ordinary. The onetime died-in-the-wool socialist became one of the free-market disciples who were never far from Roger Douglas’s inner sanctum as he transformed the country’s economy in the mid to late 1980s.His role earned him the eternal loathing of many on the left even while others in the arts community were grateful for his philanthropy as a major funder of the Auckland Art Gallery with his then wife, Jenny Gibbs. These days he is focussed on bringing the Aquada into commercial production and on acquiring new works for his remarkable sculpture collection on the Kaipara Harbour, The Farm, which has works by Richard Sera, Anish Kapoor and Andy Goldsworthy, among others, and is of international stature.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)
Convicts : New Zealand’s hidden criminal past / Matthew Wright.
“New Zealand’s Pakeha origin as a bolt-hole for convicts escaping Australia, a place where former convicts joined whaling and sealing gangs, and where sea captains thumbed their noses at the law, has been quietly forgotten. It has become a hidden part of our past, buried under the convenient fiction that the Treaty of Waitangi is the sole pivot of New Zealand’s colonial story.In Convicts: New Zealand’s Hidden Criminal Past, noted historian Matthew Wright challenges that notion. Our early nineteenth-century Pakeha past is, at least in part, a story of convicts who had found their way past the edge of the law, an age of heroic tales of survival, scurrilous deeds, cannibalism and piracy.” – (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The making of New Zealanders / Ron Palenski.
“Examining the development of a sense of national identity in a British colony, this highly authoritative work is a valuable addition to the literature in New Zealand. By looking at the onset of home-grown shipping, railway, and telegraph networks as well as at the Maori and kiwi experiences, not to mention the emergence of rugby teams, this book accounts for how transplanted Britons, and others, turned themselves into New Zealanders—a distinct group of people with their own songs and sports, symbols and opinions, political traditions and sense of self. Tracing markers in popular culture, political processes, and public events, this informative and thrilling history focuses on the forging of a distinctive new culture and society.” – (adapted from Publisher’s description)