Autobiography/Memoir

  • Lost and Gone Away
    Lynn Jenner

    Finalist, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. An excavation of loss, in four parts, Lost and Gone Away also plumbs the ability of literature to contain, refresh and explore. July 2015 >>

  • Self-Portrait
    Marti Friedlander, with Hugo Manson

    As forthright and revealing in words as in photographs, Marti tells her story for the first time. October 2013 >>

  • Before I Forget
    Jacqueline Fahey

    In her first memoir, Jacqueline Fahey ended the story at her marriage to Fraser McDonald. Here she continues from that moment, charting her life since 1960. August 2012 >>

  • A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy
    Gregory O'Brien

    This is the story of a micronaut. Artist, designer and illustrator Graham Percy travelled far and built a career on the closely observed detail. February 2011 >>

  • Fantastica: The World of Leo Bensemann
    Peter Simpson

    A magnificent distillation of thirty years of research, Fantastica invites us into the world of Leo Bensemann and provides a new window into the art and culture of twentieth-century New Zealand. February 2011 >>

  • South-West of Eden: A Memoir, 1932–1956
    C. K. Stead

    ‘I said many times I would not write autobiography – partly because it might signal, either to my inner self, or to others, a "signing off" as a writer; May 2010 >>

  • No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson
    Paul Millar

    ‘There is no place in normal New Zealand society for the man who is different’, wrote William Harrison (Bill) Pearson. April 2010 >>

  • Marti Friedlander
    Leonard Bell, foreword by Kapka Kassabova

    From Whina Cooper to Rita Angus, from Israel to Fiji, Marti Friedlander’s photographs have captured New Zealand life. October 2009 >>

  • Her Life’s Work: Conversations with Five New Zealand Women
    Deborah Shepard

    Merimeri Penfold, Margaret Mahy, Anne Salmond, Gaylene Preston and Jacqueline Fahey have carved out impressive careers – as artists, writers, teachers, filmmakers and thinkers. October 2009 >>

  • Bill Culbert: Making Light Work
    Ian Wedde

    Bill Culbert is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists. August 2009 >>

  • Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation
    Alan Wright & Edward Hanfling

    Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation is the first substantial survey of the work of New Zealand’s leading abstract painter, Milan Mrkusich. March 2009 >>

  • Being Maori-Chinese: Mixed Identities
    Manying Ip

    Being Maori-Chinese uses extensive interviews with seven different families to explore historical and contemporary relations between Māori and Chinese January 2008 >>

  • Heaphy
    Iain Sharp

    Even by the versatile standards of Victorian pioneers, Charles Heaphy had an unusually varied career January 2008 >>

  • Kiwi Keith: A Biography of Keith Holyoake
    Barry Gustafson

    New Zealand’s leading political biographer and author of the bestselling biography of Robert Muldoon tells the story of Keith Holyoake. December 2007 >>

  • Waimarino Country: and Other Excursions
    Martin Edmond

    A new work from a master prose stylist, Waimarino County is a book of essays described as ‘elegant discursions on themes of memory, words and travel’. July 2007 >>

  • Final Approaches: A Memoir
    Gerald Hensley

    Final Approaches is a memoir by a distinguished senior civil servant, written in a tradition of wit, elegance, learning and intelligence more familiar in Europe than in our own literary history. October 2006 >>

  • Something for the Birds
    Jacqueline Fahey

    Fizzing with wit and style and featuring original illustrations by the author, this is a painter’s memoir. January 2006 >>

  • Chronicle of the Unsung
    Martin Edmond

    Chronicle of the Unsung mingles biography and autobiography and is an unusual work, beautifully written and often powerful and moving, which fits no categories. December 2004 >>

  • The Journal Box
    Elizabeth Smither

    The Journal Box contains four journals kept at different times since 1975 by the poet Elizabeth Smither. March 1996 >>

  • Letters of Frances Hodgkins
    Edited by Linda Gill

    Letters of Frances Hodgkins is a generous selection of letters written by New Zealand's most internationally well-known artist. March 1993 >>