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  • Betsy and the Emperorby Anne Whitehead

    Allen & Unwin 2015; US$ 27.26

    The little known story of how the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte ingratiated himself with an English family on the South Atlantic island of St Helena, and the devastating effect on them for the rest of their lives in England and Australia. more...

  • Passport to Hellby Robyn Hyde

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Passport to Hell is the story of James Douglas Stark??Starkie??and his war. Journalist and novelist Robin Hyde came across Starkie while reporting in Mt Eden Gaol in the 1930s and immediately knew she had to write his ?queer true terrible story.? Born in Southland and finding himself in early trouble with the law, the young Starkie tricked his way... more...

  • Monashby Grantlee Kieza

    HarperCollins Publishers 2015; US$ 20.73

    The amazing life story of the general who shaped Australia; the first major biography of Monash in over a decade. John Monash's life is emblematic of Australia's much-heralded egalitarian spirit - here is the ultimate outsider: poor, Jewish in an era which still practised anti-Semitism, bookish at a time when intellectual pursuits were frowned upon... more...

  • Kremlin Wivesby Larissa Vasilieva; Cathy Porter

    Arcade Publishing 2015; US$ 16.99

    For over seventy years the Kremlin was the bastion of the all-powerful Soviet rulers. A great deal is known about the men who held millions of fates in their iron grip, yet little is known about the womenthe wives and mistresseswho shared their lives. They took part in the Revolution and its aftermath, bore children, and suffered abuse; some were... more...

  • Treetopsby Susan Cheever

    Washington Square Press 2015; US$ 15.99 US$ 10.99

    In this compelling companion volume to her acclaimed memoir Home Before Dark, Susan Cheever once again gives readers a revealing look into her famous family, whose secrets and eccentricities parallel their genius and successes. Set against the backdrop of Treetops, the New Hampshire family retreat where the Cheevers still summer, and going back several... more...

  • Man of Ironby Jock Vennell

    Allen & Unwin 2015; US$ 27.26

    The first biography of one of New Zealand's best known First World War soldiers. more...

  • My Name Is Billby Susan Cheever

    Washington Square Press 2015; US$ 16.00 US$ 10.99

    In this thoroughly researched and groundbreaking biography of Bill Wilson, cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous, acclaimed author Susan Cheever creates a remarkably human portrait of a man whose life and work both influenced and saved the lives of millions of people. Drawn from personal letters and diaries, records in a variety of archives, and hundreds... more...

  • Chasing Lost Timeby Jean Findlay

    Random House 2015; US$ 17.58

    C. K. Scott Moncrieff?s celebrated translation of Proust?s A La Recherche du Temps Perdu was first published in 1922 and was a work which would exhaust and consume the translator, leading to his early death at the age of just forty. Joseph Conrad told him, ?I was more interested and fascinated by your rendering than by Proust?s creation?: some literary... more...

  • Friends Ambulance Unit in World War I And World War IIby Arthur Pearson; Gordon Pearson; John McCormick

    Original Writing 2015; US$ 5.50

    The Friends Ambulance Unit made an enormous contribution to the alleviation of suffering in wartime conditions in both the first and second World Wars. Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) are strongly committed to peace and the resolution of conflict and stand firmly in the ranks of Conscientious Objectors. Faced with war on an unprecedented... more...

  • Gold Diggerby Constance Rosenblum

    Henry Holt and Co. 2015; US$ 8.99

    A sparkling biography of the original blonde whom gentlemen preferred, a woman who made a career of marrying millionaires and became the first tabloid celebrity. One of America's most talked about personalities during the Jazz Age, Peggy Hopkins Joyce was the quintessential gold digger, the real-life Lorelei Lee. Married six times, to several millionaires... more...