Suggested Reading List
An Angel at My Table (video)
Author: Janet Frame (Jane Campion)
Description: An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frame's three autobiographies, To the Is-Land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1984).
An Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. Originally produced as a television miniseries, the film, as with Frame's autobiographies, is divided into three sections, with the lead role played by three different actresses who portray Frame at different stages of her life: Karen Fergusson (child), Alexia Keogh (adolescent) and Kerry Fox (adult).
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
Author: Lloyd Jones
Description: 2008, PAPER, 276 PAGES, $12.00
Dancing between New Zealand and Buenos Aires and ranging over decades, tango is the leitmotif of this earlier novel by Lloyd Jones, published here for the first time, author of Mister Pip. Like Mr. Pip, this compact, seductive novel concerns the power of storytelling. (Item no.
Once Were Warriors Video/CD
Author: Alan Duff
Description: Once Were Warriors (film)
Country New Zealand
Language English (99 mins)
Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of an urban Māori family, the Hekes, and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, mostly brought on by family patriarch Jake. It was directed by Lee Tamahori, and stars Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
2004, PAPER, 304 PAGES, $14.95
In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the kiwis, nature and society. (Item no. NZL69)
The Denniston Rose
Author: Jenny Pattrick
Description: Denniston Is a real Coal mining town, now deserted, on a high barren plateau above the West Coast of the South Island. Events on the Hill in the 1880s are accurate. The people on the other hand are pure fiction.
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
Author: Hugh Robertson & Barrie Heather
Description: The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley. (Item no. NZL05)
The Penguin History of New Zealand
Author: Michael King
Description: The Narrative that emerges is an exclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that The British motives in colonizing New Zealand were essentially humane.....
The Piano (1993) Video
Author: Jane Campion
121 min - Drama | Romance - 12 November 1993 (USA)
7.5 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7.5/10 from 36,516 users Metascore: 89/100
Reviews: 215 user | 66 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com
A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Director: Jane Campion
Writer: Jane Campion
Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Geology An introduction to rocks, minerals & fossils
Author: Jocelyn Thornton
Description: This is the first field guide written for the general public and beginners in geology in New Zealand. Now fully revised and updated, it shows travellers in New Zealand something of the tremendous variety of our rocks, minerals and fossils and describes what to look for in many areas where rock formations are prominent. It covers the history of New Zealand from it's beginnings on the sea floor some 600 million years ago to it's present patchwork landscape of volcano, range and plain.
The land was formed from many different layers of rock- volcanic flows, forest debris, ocean mud. All these have special characteristics, which are explained and illustrated to enable readers to find the layers and understand their origins and what they can tell us about the landscape of the past. The crystals that grew in the rocks and the remains of living creatures that were preserved are also illustrated and described. Written in simplified terms, it includes an introductory chapter on general geology, a geological time chart and quick reference maps of the North Island and the South Island for travellers.
The Whale Rider
Author: Witi Ihimaera,
Description: The Whale Rider (1987) was written in New York and Cape Cod in the space of three weeks. A magical, mythical work about a young girl whose relationship with a whale ensures the salvation of her village, it is, says Ihimaera, the work of his ‘that the Maori community accepts best’