Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A selection of books for Suffrage Day 125 (19 September 2018)
Rise Up, Women! The remarkable lives of the suffragettes by Diane Atkinson          $48
Clear and detailed. 
"A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up, Women! should be a standard text in all schools. And it will be a treasured handbook for today's feminists." - Harriet Harman (British MP and QC)
The Women's Suffrage Petition / Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine, 1893 with an introduction by Barbara Brookes        $30
In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world with universal suffrage. This achievement owed much to an extraordinary document: the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Over 270 metres long, with the signatures of some 24,000 women (and at least twenty men), the Suffrage Petition represents the culmination of many years of campaigning by suffragists, led by Kate Sheppard, and women throughout the country. The women who signed the petition came from many walks of life. The names of university graduates appear on the petition sheets, together with some who could mark their name only with a cross. Teachers, domestic servants, shopkeepers and nurses signed; public benefactors appear, and a few women with criminal convictions. Maori women shared many of the suffragists’ concerns for social justice and temperance as well as political representation, and their signatures appear on the Suffrage Petition. Other women who signed had immigrated – many from Britain, some from Europe or Asia. The story of the Women’s Suffrage Petition is told here through the lives of over 150 women who signed; alongside is the narrative of the campaign for women’s suffrage. The first page of the petition is included, with twenty-one sheets representing different parts of the country.
A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes        $70
Professor Barbara Brookes' achievement is phenomenal, spanning two centuries from 1814-2015. Looking at our society through the stories of women, the book tells the political and social history of New Zealand from a female perspective. In the early chapters Brookes covers Maori women’s place within Maoridom and early Paheka contact, early settler roles as missionary wives and traders, the colonial era where roles for both Maori and Pakeha women were altered by the circumstances of a new country, the tensions that arose and the changes to female roles either by design or necessity. The tone is perfectly set - readable, interesting history with enough analytical depth and a wealth of knowledge that places this work among our best histories. The overarching themes are dotted with specific examples of women and their lives in early New Zealand, giving both a depth of analysis and fascinating insights on a personal level, bringing history alive. These vivid accounts are well-illustrated with photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps on most pages. The book is laid out chronologically and moves through periods in a rational progression from colonial settlement to new government to the turn of the century, the world wars and the times between, the moral liberations of the 1960s and 70s and into the more contemporary histories from the 1980s onwards. Brookes explores a multitude of themes, focusing on the ever-changing roles and expectations of the female population, including the impact of the land wars, the challenges and opportunities for migrant women, the political role of women, the changing nature of the family and the place of women in the workforce. There will be women you know of in this book; you will be introduced to many more who have made a contribution to our history, whether this is at an international level or on the ground, fighting for equality or as successful cultural contributors or as stalwarts of fair and frank discussion or as representatives of the everyday.  A History of New Zealand Women is an important and fascinating account of the lives of women and a valuable to contribution to herstory. {S}
Go Girl: A storybook of epic New Zealand women by Barbara Else      $45
New Zealand's answer to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls! Inspiring stories and wonderful illustrations. Includes Whina Cooper, Janet Frame, Beatrice Tinsley, Frances Hodgkins, Georgina Beyer, Huria Matenga, Jane Campion, Joan Wiffen, Karen Walker, Kate Edger, Katherine Mansfield, Mai Chen, Merata Mita, Mojo Mathers, Patricia Grace, Suzie Moncrieff, Farah Palmer, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Lucy Lawless, Kate Sheppard, Nancy Wake, Sophie Pascoe, Margaret Mahy, Lydia Ko, Merata Mita, Lorde, Rita Angus and Te Puea Herangi. Illustrations by Sarah Laing, Sarah Wilkins, Fifi Coulston, Ali Teo, Helen Taylor, Phoebe Morris, Sophie Watkins, Rebecca ter Borg and Vasanti Unka. 
Women Now: The legacy of female suffrage  edited by Bronwyn Labrum             $35 
It's 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. Essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa's collection: Sandra Coney, Holly Walker, Barbara Brookes, Tina Makereti, Sue Bradford, Morgan Godfery, Golriz Ghahraman, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ben Schrader, Charlotte MacDonald, Grace Taylor, Megan Whelan.  

The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke by Tina Makereti        $38
The long-awaited new novel from the author of Where the Rekohu Bone Sings follows the experiences of the orphaned son of a Maori chief who, while being exhibited as a curiosity in Victorian London, turns his own gaze upon the multilayered deceptions and pretensions of an alien society. Includes discussions of suffrage in a contemporary context. 

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst         $16 
Extracts from her autobiography telling of the tireless campaigning, the betrayals by men in power, the relentless arrests and hunger strikes, the horror of force-feeding, and the constant personal and collective danger of the struggle for suffrage. 

Polly Plum, A firm and earnest woman's advocate: Mary Ann Colclough, 1836-1885 by Jenny Coleman          $40
Coleman argues that Colclough was just as important as Kate Sheppard for the New Zealand women's movement in New Zealand. 

Gone to Pegasus by Tess Redgrave        $35
It's Dunedin 1892, and the women's suffrage movement is gaining momentum. Left to fend for herself when her husband's committed to the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, 23-year-old Eva meets Grace, an outspoken suffragist with an exotic and mysterious past. As the friendship between the two women grows through a shared love of music, Eva begins questioning the meaning of her marriage and her role as a woman. But Grace has a bullying husband and secrets she's been keeping from Eva, which could threaten the freedom both women find themselves fighting for.

Suffragette: The battle for equality by David Roberts      $40
2018 marks 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand and 100 years in Britain. This beautifully illustrated book gives a blow-by-blow account of the British struggle, and potted biographies of suffragists worldwide, including Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia.
Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather: Fashion, fury and feminism - Women's fight for change by Tessa Boase          $45
Twelve years before Emily Pankhurst wore a purple feather in her hat when storming Parliament, Etta Lemon - anti-fashion, anti-feminist - and anti-suffrage - led a very different campaign against the use of feathers in millinery. Interesting social history. 
Votes for Women: Voices of the Suffragettes         $22
Portraits and statements from prominent figures on both sides of the suffrage debate in the UK. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

BOOKS @ VOLUME #93 (15.9.18)

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Normal People by Sally Rooney    {Reviewed by STELLA}
Connell and Marianne go to school together in Carricklea. Connell’s mother Lorraine cleans house for Marianne’s family. Connell and Marianne affect stranger-hood and spend their school hours ignoring each other while after hours they explore each other’s minds and bodies. While Connell, accepted and seemingly aligned with a ‘group’ at school, navigates his final year, Marianne, ‘weird’ and isolated, continues on her trajectory of bullied-yet-disengaged. Both, despite outward appearances, are dealing with feelings of otherness, and in each other they find a connection that will take them both to Trinity College in Dublin and a heady on-again/off-again relationship - one which neither will quite articulate as a relationship despite the obvious depth of their feelings and understanding of each other. Alongside their regard for each other lie more sinister and manipulative practices: some purposeful, others accidental - often a product of circumstances (class and social difference, family dynamics) outside their control and affected by the actions of others. While denying their feelings to each other they will talk past each other, suffer misunderstandings and hurts that could be avoided, yet they are all too real - ‘normal’. Marianne, a victim of an unloving family, thinks that no one will truly love her and heads towards several disastrous sexual relationships with men who take advantage of this vulnerability. Connell, once at university, feels at sea - no longer part of the familial clan - and finds himself on the outside looking in, now tagging along beside Marianne who, due to her social status, is easily part of the group. Confused by Marianne and the new world he finds himself in, Connell becomes increasingly isolated, despite a steady relationship with a medical student which ends with a sigh rather than any startling rupture. His ongoing communication, sometimes through emails when they are living in different countries, with Marianne remains the centre of his emotional life. Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People is a well-observed and honest account of a young love, of what it means to try to explore the idea of love and to connect with another being. It’s pithy, sad and beautiful in equal measure. Can one truly be loved and, if so, does this come with the price of submission? Can you really know another person or are we only projections of what we want others to see? As Connell and Marianne navigate this perilous path, we cheer them on and at the same time wish them a freedom from the damning aspects of romantic entanglements. This novel reminded me in part of One Day by David Nicholls, which sets two unsuitable people on a course of love that will never work, but Normal People has a far more cynical (and never nostalgic) view of relationships, and one that is ultimately deeply hopeful championing the power of the individual to change another’s life for the better in surprising and rewarding ways. It's a remarkable depiction of a young man at sea emotionally and of a young woman dealing with victimhood. It's also cleverly arranged over four years, with each chapter being a fundamental moment in either Connell's or Marianne's lives: the first chapter (January 2011) is followed by Chapter 2: Three Weeks Later (February 2011) and so on until the final chapter, Seven Months Later (September 2015). Sometimes it's months, at other times weeks, once five minutes, between defining moments. This structure adds to the intensity of the relationship as it plays out, moving between hometown, Europe and university. Long-listed for the Man Booker, Rooney is an author to watch.  


Ongoingness: The end of a diary by Sarah Manguso   {Reviewed by THOMAS}
“Even before my body was an instrument for language it was an instrument for memory,” writes Sarah Manguso in this little book of musings on her relationship with time. With language, though, came the ability to record memory, to further the work of memory in replacing experience with a story about experience, with an ersatz 'experience' that relieves us from experience, a replacement that is, in effect, a form of forgetting, the substitution of experience with something more manageable, more assimilable. For much of her life, Manguso kept a diary, amounting eventually to more than 800 000 words, obsessively recording “what [she] could bear to remember and to convince [her]self that that was all there was.” In her diary she “files away the time that passes so I no longer need to think about it. The experience is no longer experience. It is writing.” Life as it was lived was influenced by the writing that might be done about it. Description, or the potential for description, began to cause that which was described. Time was pulled forward by the representation of its contents. Every detail recorded is an editing-out of all other possible details, each story is a deletion of all other possible stories, each path taken is a turning-away from all other possible paths. “I’d study photographs and gradually forget everything that happened between the shutter openings.” But how else may we be relieved of all those details, all those stories, all those paths, that burden us, threaten us, even, with their possibility? Manguso’s diary-keeping also arose from her desperate conception of time, from her addiction to beginnings and endings, from her inability to experience life as ongoing. “Something will happen,” she repeated to herself at a structural level. Manguso’s relationship with time changed following the birth of her son. As a new parent, and while nursing, she experienced “a new nothing, an absence of subjective experience.” Her grip, or stranglehold, on her experiences was loosened, softened, reformulated by her new role in the experiences of another. “I used to exist against the continuity of time. Then I became the baby’s continuity, a background of ongoing time for him to live against.” A reconfiguration of her attachments entailed a reconfiguration of Manguso’s world-view as well: “The experiences that demanded I yield control to a force greater than my will weren’t the beginnings or the ends of anything. They were the moments when I was forced to admit that beginnings and ends are illusory,” she writes.“I no longer believe in anything other than the middle.” No longer needing her diary to formulate experience (“Forgotten moments are the price of continued participation in life, a force indifferent to time.”), Manguso has become more aware of the ongoingness of time, the inchoate onward rush of all things for which linear time can never be more than “a summary”. Participation in life requires an acceptance of (even an enthusiasm for) mortality: “The best thing about time is the privilege of running out of it, of watching the wave of mortality break over me and over everyone I know. No more time, no more potential. The privilege of ruling things out. Finishing. Knowing I’m finished. And knowing that time will go on without me. A flash - and I’m gone, but look, the churn of bodies through the world of light.”

This week's extraordinary Book of the Week is Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin (published by Gecko Press). This is a large-format, gorgeous, beautifully produced interactive picture book featuring the best villains of fairy tales - the giant, the witch and the wolf - all complete with both a story and exceptional lift-the-flaps revealing the inner workings and hidden goings-on of these most compelling characters. Pull the string and find out what is in the wolf’s intestines! Find the mouse – and the knife! - in the giant’s boot! Change the witch’s expression – and find the bon-bon in her pocket! A complete delight for all ages.

>>> Watch this video and resist the villains if you can. 

>> And with even more enthusiasm!

>> Visit Clotilde Perrin's website.

>> The artist at work. 

>> At the Same Moment All Around the World

>> What is in the red parcel?

Friday, 14 September 2018

Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin         $35
This is a large-format, gorgeous, beautifully produced interactive picture book featuring the best villains of fairy tales - the giant, the witch and the wolf - all complete with both a story and exceptional lift-the-flaps revealing the inner workings and hidden goings-on of these most compelling characters. Pull the string and find out what is in the wolf’s intestines! Find the mouse – and the knife! - in the giant’s boot! Change the witch’s expression – and find the bon-bon in her pocket! A complete delight for all ages. 

That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems, 2013-2017 by C.K. Stead       $30
A selection of poems from his ninth decade: sharp, learned, playful, poignant, looking back on a long life and forward to the mortality that has claimed so many of his literary fellows and now waits for him. If anything, Stead continues to improve as a poet, his lines scattering resonance across the page from a central point of intensely intelligent watchfulness. 

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi        $60
Ottolenghi’s cookbooks take us to new levels of appreciation of food. His recipes, mostly with a Mediterranean inflection, are always both reliable and exciting, the food is always a pleasure to make - and even more of a pleasure to eat. This new book, Simple, has everything you love about Ottolenghi - made simple, or quick, or both simple and quick. The letters of the title are a key to the recipes within: S = short on time: less than 30 minutes; I = 10 ingredients or less; M = make ahead; P = pantry; L = lazy [suits me]; E = easier than you think. So, whenever you have the inclination for Squid and Red Pepper Stew, or Roasted Aubergine with Anchovies and Oregano, or Pasta with Pecorino and Pistachios (if you’re feeling alliterative), or No-Churn Raspberry Ice Cream, you’ll be able to whip it up in no time and still have the benefit of Ottolenghi’s subtle mastery of flavours.
Stories of the Night by Kitty Crowther        $30
Little Bear is lucky to have three bedtime stories. The first story is about the Night Guardian, who lives in the woods and makes sure all animals go to bed. But who tells the Night Guardian when it's bedtime? The second story is about the brave girl Zhara who seeks the forest's most delicious blackberries. In the third we meet Bo, the little man with the big overcoat, who finds it hard to sleep. Finally, Little Bear falls asleep, and there in bed beside her are her new storybook friends. A very lovely book.
Women Now: The legacy of female suffrage edited by Bronwyn Labrum             $35
It's 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. Essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa's collection: Sandra Coney, Holly Walker, Barbara Brookes, Tina Makereti, Sue Bradford, Morgan Godfery, Golriz Ghahraman, Dame Fiona Kidman, Ben Schrader, Charlotte MacDonald, Grace Taylor, Megan Whelan. 
Ongoingness: The end of a diary by Sarah Manguso           $23
How does memory work? How do we think of the passing of time? Is our experience of time affected by other experiences in our lives (such as parenthood)? What is the relationship between a life lived and a life recorded? Manguso, whose compulsive diary-writing threatened to overwhelm the life about which it was written, asks many fundamental questions in a playful way. 
"This small-sized book has immense power. Marvel at the clarity and fire." -  Zadie Smith
>>"I don’t even know how to say kohlrabi". 
Be Brave: An unlikely manual for erasing heartbreak by J.M. Farkas          $28
Permanent marker, meet Beowulf. J.M. Farka puts a feminist, revisionist spin on classic literature in the first in a series of erasure projects. Clever and fun. 
A Song from the Antipodes: Prologue by David Karena-Holmes      $45
Originally conceived as a poem of 2000 lines for the year 2000, the first edition (2190 lines) of this work was published in 2002 under the title From the Antipodes: Prologue to a work in progress. A second edition, corrected and revised, was issued in softcover in 2003. Along with the retitling as A song from the Antipodes: Prologue, some further revision has been incorporated in this edition. A continuation, in cantos of varying length, is now 'in progress'. 
Ocean of Sound: Ocean of Sound : Ambient sound and radical listening in the age of communication by David Toop         $30
David Toop's extraordinary work of sonic history travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to the megalopolis of Tokyo via the work of artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Sun Ra, Erik Satie, Kate Bush, Kraftwerk and Brian Wilson. Beginning in 1889 at the Paris exposition when Debussy first heard Javanese music performed, Ocean of Sound channels the competing instincts of 20th century music into an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound.
>> Gamelan music from Bali
>> Satie: 'Gymnopédie No.3'.
>> Brian Eno: Textures
>> John Hassell: Dream Theory in Malaya.
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala     $30
The beautifully written and long-awaited new novel from the author of the acclaimed Beasts of No Nation. Two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds make a fraught transition into adulthood and the conformism that opposes their difference. Niru's discovery of his conservative and religious Nigerian parents' incapacity to accept his sexuality is particularly well drawn. 
"A lovely slender volume that packs in entire worlds with complete mastery. Speak No Evil explains so much about our times and yet is never anything less than a scintillating, page-turning read." - Gary Shteyngart
>> Read an extract.
The Book of Humans: The story of how we became us by Adam Rutherford         $35
Considering our insignificant place on the evolutionary tree, why do we consider ourselves to be so special? From the author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
"Charming, compelling and packed with information. I learned more about biology from this short book than I did from years of science lessons. A weird and wonderful read." - Peter Frankopan

The Guinea Pig Club: Archibald McIndoe and the RAF in World War II by Emily Mayhew         $40
The reconstructive and plastic surgery pioneered by New Zealander Archibald McIndoe in response to the horrendous injuries suffered by  airmen in the second world war, and his holistic view of community rehabilitation, put him in the medical forefront of his field. 
>>Mayhew on Radio NZ National

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst         $16
Extracts from her autobiography telling of the tireless campaigning, the betrayals by men in power, the relentless arrests and hunger strikes, the horror of force-feeding, and the constant personal and collective danger of the struggle for suffrage.

The Anger of Angels by Sherryl Jordan      $22
A jester’s daughter, Giovanna, is thrown into a world of deception, danger and passion, of passionate revenge and passionate love. What will one do to uncover the truth? When should one speak out and when is it absolutely necessary to remain silent?
>> Read Stella's review. 
Animal: Exploring the zoological world by James Hanken et al       $90
Human's fascination with animals as recorded in art from all ages. Stunning. Beautiful. 
>> See some spreads
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the plot to kill Hitler by John Hendrix       $30
Told as a graphic novel. 

Mars by 1980: The story of electronic music by David Stubbs        $45
From the experiments of Futurists and others before World War One to Musique concrète to Delia Derbyshire to prog rock, synth pop, electronica, house, techno and beyond. 
>> Luigi Russolo: 'Intonarumoris', 1913.
>> Pierre Schaeffer: 'Études de bruits' (1948).
>> Delia Derbyshire: 'Pot au Feu' (1968).
>> Yuri Morozov: The Inexplicable (1978).
>> Kraftwerk: 'Radioactivity'.

The German Cookbook by Alfons Schuhbeck     $70
Definitive. Authentic. Compendious. 500 exemplary dishes from the various distinct regional cuisines. Not just meat (but plenty of meat). The best showcase of German culinary history. 

Mouse House by John Burningham        $18
Two families live in the same house. One of them is human. 

Time: A year and a day in the kitchen by Gill Meller       $45
"Meller does for contemporary British food what Ottolenghi has done for contemporary Middle Eastern cooking." - Nigella Lawson
Transcription by Kate Atkinson          $38
A radio producer in the 1950s finds that the alter egos she had assumed when working as a spy during the war have come back to haunt her. If a lie is good enough, can it be left behind? 
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voice from Syria by Wendy Pearlman       $35
Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight. Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government's ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks        $38
A woman visiting Paris to research the lives of women under the Vichy regime in the early 1940s makes a connection with a young Moroccan migrant and each finds themself operating beyond their experience. 
"A return to France and a return to form." - John Boyne

“I don’t do excitement.”
>>l'Écho de Paris (1884-1944)
Dear Professor Whale by Megumi Iwasa, illustrated by Jun Takabatawe          $20
Now that Professor Whale has retired, he writes many letters to "You, Whoever You Are, Who Lives on the Other Side of the Horizon." Seal and Pelican are busy delivering the letters and Penguin is now teaching. Although he is happy his friends are doing so well, Whale wants a special friend, who might call him by a friendly sort of name. Like Whaley, maybe, instead of 'Professor.'

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart        $33
"Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly: its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream - with recognition and with pure hilarity." - Richard Ford
"Stupendous. A novel that seems to have been created in real time, reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels like right this minute." - Elizabeth Gilbert
>> Unfortunately, they made a trailer. 

The Secret Network of Nature by Peter Wohlleben       $35
The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium. From the author of The Hidden Life of Trees
The Heart of Jesus Valentino: A mother's story by Emma Gilkison          $40
When a routine scan indicated that their baby's heart was developing outside his body, a rare condition known as ectopia cordis, Gilkison and her partner Roy had to decide whether to end the pregnancy or continue in the knowledge that their baby would die. Their path forward also revealed much of the cultures in which they were raised: Emma in New Zealand and Roy in Peru. Cover design by Holly Dunn
>>Emma talks
Running Upon the Wires by Kate Tempest        $25
In a series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new one.
Bookshops: A cultural history by Jorge Carrión      $28
Personally, we're for them. An extended consideration of the importance of a bookshops as cultural and intellectual spaces. 
Green Mansions by W.H. Hudson         $43
First published in 1904, this exotic romance about a traveller to the Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela and his encounter with a forest dwelling girl named Rima has gone through numerous editions. This one has an introduction by Margaret Atwood and woodcut illustrations by Keith Henderson. 
>>> Eeek!

Pet-tecture: Design for pets by Tom Wainwright        $35
All sorts of designs for all sorts of purposes for all sorts of pets. 
In the same series as Mobitecture

Tumult by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy          $35
Excellent graphic novel. Adam Whistler has it all, so why does he feel so empty? When he breaks his ankle on a Mediterranean holiday he impulsively ends his relationship, toppling himself into emotional free fall. At a house party he meets Morgan. But when he encounters her a few days later she has no memory of him and introduces herself as Leila. Leila has dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personalities. People are being murdered and Leila fears that Morgan, the personality Adam first met, is the killer. 

Saturday, 8 September 2018

BOOKS @ VOLUME #92 (8.9.18)

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