It is entirely possible to immerse oneself in the glories of European art without having to travel to the Louvre, the Uffizzi, the Tate or the Frick. That's because New Zealand's public art galleries are richly studded with works collected by benefactors over the last 150 years and generously gifted to the nation. Many are in... read more
The definitive biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's pro-democracy leader. Until she was released in November 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi had been under house arrest in Burma for fourteen of the previous twenty years. She was already confined to her home when the party she co-founded and led, the National League for Democracy, wo... read more
From one of America's greatest and most iconic writers: an honest and courageous portrait of age and motherhood. Several days before Christmas 2003, Joan Didion's only daughter, Quintana, fell seriously ill. In 2010, Didion marked the sixth anniversary of her daughter's death. 'Blue Nights' is a shatteringly honest examinati... read more
Coco Chanel, high priestess of couture, created the look of the chic modern woman. Chanel believed in simplicity: she freed women from their corsets and inspired them to crop their hair; and created elegant trousers, trench coats and jersey sweaters. By the 1920s, Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms... read more
When Jasmin Darznik finds a photo among her father’s possessions shortly after his death, she recognises the child in the veil and bride’s clothes as her mother, but the groom is unfamiliar. Who had her mother married all those years before? Getting direct answers proves difficult, but a few months later, packages... read more
Elizabeth II has lived through the Abdication, the Blitz and World War Two, the sex and spy scandals of the swinging sixties, the Cold War and the nuclear threat and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has known 11 US Presidents including JFK and Ronald Reagan, and other world leaders like President Mandela and Pope John XXII. H... read more
|Author:||Hayley & Kerry Okines|
It's every parent's worst fear to have their child diagnosed with a terminal condition. Hayley Okines is an extraordinary 13-year-old. Born with the rare genetic condition progeria, she ages 8 times faster than healthy people - in medical terms her body is like that of a 100-year-old woman. Throughout her short life Hayley... read more
Martha Gellhorn was one of the most extraordinary of all female war correspondents. Her letters have been selected and edited for publication by her biographer, Caroline Moorehead. Martha Gellhorn's career tracked many of the flashpoints of the 20th century: she witnessed at first hand the Depression in the south of the Unite... read more
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells - taken without her knowledge - became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after h... read more
Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body.
Using current medical and epidemiological research plus wom... read more
Every mum-to-be wants to know that she's eating the right things for herself and her baby. Nutrition is vital during pregnancy, and there's a huge amount of conflicting advice out there.
For the first time, child nutrition expert Annabel Karmel brings her food knowledge and experience to expectant mothers, guiding you t... read more
Over the past three decades, skyrocketing numbers of women have chosen to start their families in their late thirties and early forties. In 2005, ten times as many women had their first child between the ages of 35 and 39 as in 1975, and thirteen times as many had their first between 40 and 44. Women now have the option to de... read more
|Author:||Dee Pigneguy & Sonya Raela|
All over the world people are searching for better ways of growing food and sustaining life. On the South Pacific Island of Aitutaki, Sonja and Tauono relied on their organic plantation and vegetable garden to supply fresh fruits and vegetables for Tauono's Organic Garden Cafe, putting ecologically sustainable theori... read more
|Author:||Anne Pen Lee & Lee Nelson|
The Split Apple Thoughtful Food Cookbook is a book for anyone looking for a healthier lifestyle and diet, presenting enticing and easy-to-cook dishes that look great, taste delicious and leave you feeling the best you possibly can. Its recipes range from adaptations of long- time family favourites with simple substitutions of... read more
Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next day, a NASCAR crew member comes to Temperance Brennan's office at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner to share a devastating story. Twelve years earlier, Wayne Gamble's sister, Ci... read more
When a severed hand, clutching a gun, is found in a Chinatown alley in downtown Boston, detective Jane Rizzoli climbs to the adjacent rooftop and finds the hand's owner: a red-haired woman whose throat has been slashed so deeply the head is nearly decapitated. She's dressed all in black, and the only clues to her identity are... read more
A compelling story of a child driven to violence through loss and loneliness.
Hans Bengler, a young entomologist, leaves Sweden for the Kalahari Desert, determined to find a previously undiscovered insect to name after himself and advance his career. Instead, he finds a young boy, whose tribe has been decim... read more
The definitive biography of the world's most important body of water - the Atlantic.
One hundred and ninety million years ago, the shifting of two of the world's tectonic plates led to the creation of an immense chasm. This giant gash in the flanks of the planet slowly opened up and eventually evolved into the most... read more
Judith and her father don't have much - their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she's never known. But Judith sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility. Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land - little pe... read more