New Zealand Independent Book Festival (NZIBF)
This annual book festival has been held for three years now. This year it was at the Mt Eden Memorial Hall. Many exhibitors, from authors to independent publishers, attended. AM Publishing again had a stand, which attracted much attention from interested authors who want their privately published books looking as good as if they had come out of one of the big publishing houses.
Battle Against the Rulers of Darkness – A memoir – A Kundalini and Psychiatric Experience
by Anna Natusch
This is a story of survival and perseverance – survival against the deadly odds of ‘traumatisation by psychiatry’; perseverance in the pursuit of justice for all and a better mental health model throughout the world.
It is also the story of Anna’s own struggle with the psychiatric system in New Zealand. It outlines her life with the children of Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital and how she fought for justice for them. Amazingly, she herself later ended up being labelled as a psychiatric case, even though it was proven that she actually had a physio-kundalini syndrome, or in her words, a Baptism of Fire.
Access to non-ordinary states of consciousness and the awakening of the dormant centres of the brain occurs in the kundalini process. It is said by some not only to open new centres in the brain but to cause cellular reconstruction. Anna found psychiatry, generally, to be surprisingly ignorant about spiritual phenomena which had been studied for thousands of years across many cultures and religions. This led inevitably to her constantly being harrassed and put back into psychiatric hospitals against her will.
Finally Anna went to the United States and found experts who proved that her difficulties were caused by a kundalini experience, not by any psychiatric problems, but not before considerable damage was done to her health by all the psychiatric drugs that had been forced on her.
Her story has led to the formation of The New Zealand Hermitage Charitable Trust.
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A Piece of My Heart – Surviving the death of a son or daughter
Stories from a Bereaved Parents Support Group
A book launch was held on 5 October 2016 at The Booklover bookshop in Milford for this sorely needed collection of thoughts, memories and feelings people have when they are grieving. It has been written by seven parents, for whom the worst has happened – a beloved child has died – although it applies to any person who has lost someone. These parents were able to normalise their experiences and find friendship, understanding and hope in a bereavement support group. In writing down their journeys, they hope other grieving parents will realise that they are not alone, that they are not ‘going mad’ and that they can learn to ‘live again’.
There are no pat answers or experts’ theories here. These ordinary women have written a book that is different: it is raw, it is honest. They write about the daily struggle to rebuild shattered lives and mend broken hearts. Join them as they describe how they coped with the loss and grief which changed their lives and their families forever, and learned to live with their loss and, in time, to celebrate life again.
“It is not in the true nature of things that we should outlive our children. When the unbelievable happens – the loss of a child, or a sibling – the grief can be overwhelming for the whole family. This book traces the courage of a group of parents who lost a child and how they coped in various ways with their changed world. It is an uplifting account of how people survive the unexpectedness of the death of a child. Each writer met their agony bravely, and their stories are written with poignancy and love.”
Rae McGregor, New Zealand author
“In this sorely needed book, bereaved parents bravely give voice to their own stories of loss and grief … An invaluable source of support for bereaved parents, it is also a unique resource that I hope will engender much greater understanding of the worlds of bereaved parents by professionals and within our wider communities.”
Margaret Nelson Agee, ONZM, PhD, Member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement
For information and to order copies of this book please visit www.apieceofmyheart.co.nz
In My Mother's Wake by Helena To'o
This book was written for the Cole Family Reunion and specifically for family members who were raised away from Rotorua and are unfamiliar with the family’s history. It is merely a small collection of Helena’s memoirs that depict how life was for her and her siblings, before and after the passing of their mother and grandfather, mainly covering a time span of the four years before Helena left home.
These recollections are hers only, and her brothers and sisters will probably have their own views and perspective of those days. The ripple effect of her mother’s passing was more devastating because they were so young and vulnerable. In her dying moments, her mother handed her mantle down to Helena. “While swimming ‘in my mother’s wake’, so to speak, I tried to keep her legacy going.”
Memories, Mysteries and Magyars –
Twenty-five Generations of the
Hungarian Károlyi of Nagykároly Family
by Sophie Edwards Károlyi
A book launch was held for this stunning, hard cover book on 17 July. The author was present, along with many friends and family members.
The book is about incidents and memories in the life of 90-year-old Sophie Edwards, née Károlyi, born in Hungary in 1926 into one of the oldest aristocratic families of that country. It traces the family origins back to the time when the Magyars (Hungarians) entered the Carpathian Basin in the ninth century.
The history of the ancestors and their role in the affairs of Hungary is clarified by including a section on the history of Hungary and Europe. Special attention is given to Count Sándor Károlyi, initiator and signatory of the Treaty of Szatmár which saved the country further disastrous bloodshed after almost a century of warfare.
The book has about 300 pages, with almost 500 photographs, many very historical.
Available from Judi Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Sheila Mandeno at email@example.com
New Children's Picture Book by Marion Day released
Spiny Sebastian Starfish– the first of a set of picture books planned by Marion.
As Sebastian searches for his breakfast, he’s hooked, hauled up onto a boat and whisked away. How does he survive the accident after the fisherman throws him overboard? What happens when he meets the alluring seahorse? Will he ever see his friends Bluey Cod, Lumpy Sea Cucumber and Kahi Kina again?
Set in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.
Marion lives in the outer Pelorus Sound in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, and has been writing for nine years. She has four published books – a children’s chapter book, two pre-teen action and adventure, and Injun Joe, a biographywhich made the Nielsen’s New Zealand bestseller and Whitcoulls top five sports books bimonthly list. She has children’s stories included in anthologies and a line-up of ebooks.
Marion has also won adult and children’s story competitions, including being shortlisted in the annual Joy Cowley Awards. One of her pre-teen stories has been included in the ESA’s New Zealand textbook for secondary school students – Level 1 Literacy Learning Workbook. Her latest success was as winner of the New Zealand Rural Women’s/MPI short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept her award. At present she’s writing a second biography at the request of The Halcyon Press, and has a young adult novel under consideration for the Storylines Tessa Duder Award.
Buy online or at most good bookstores.
4 December 2015 Through the Eyes of a Foster Child by Daryl Brougham The first book of its type written by a New Zealand state ward
By April 2016 this book had sold over 4,000 copies!
In 1990, at the age of ten, Daryl Brougham was told by a social worker that he was useless and would end up in jail. By 1997, he had attended 27 schools, been through over 30 social workers and lived in more than 30 different foster homes. During his 18 years as a state ward he suffered repeated sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse.
Imagine coming home to be told you are moving somewhere new in half an hour. Imagine being forced to eat a spider. Imagine drinking from the toilet bowl because you’re too scared to go near the kitchen. Imagine what you would become after all those years of living in fear and loneliness.
“I felt powerless, stupid and worthless; I was just an item that could be passed from pillar to post with no thought of my needs, emotions or well-being.”
Rising above all the abuse, Daryl proved that social worker wrong. He didn’t end up in prison. Instead, he vowed to become a better social worker than his detractor. He studied social work at Te Wananga o Aotearoa in Mangere and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (Biculturalism in Practice).
In 2015, he received an official apology from the Ministry of Social Development for a litany of errors, including failure to follow their own procedures and placing him with unapproved caregivers.
Through the Eyes of a Foster Child is the story of Daryl’s journey.
10 April 2014
Survey on reading in United Kingdom shows print books still more popular
Three-quarters of British people have finished a book for pleasure in the past year – and physical books are still more popular than ebooks.
With the proliferation of tablets, phones and laptops, it might seem like no one reads books any more. And it’s easy to feel that reading has been absorbed by technology - by eReaders and -book apps.
But a new YouGov survey finds that reading is a pastime that is alive and well in Great Britain.
The survey also finds that physical books are still more popular than eReaders. Although 34% say they use an eReader to read books, 69% say they use paper books to read the most while only 20% say they mostly use an eReader. And even among those who use both eReaders and physical books, more (52%) say they mostly read books than say they mostly use eReaders (42%).
But the survey does have some warning signs. While most people say they are reading for pleasure about the same (35%) or more (25%) than they used to, significant minorities of 18-24-year-olds (43%) and those aged 25-39 (41%) say they are reading less than they once did.
7 April 2014
Sangoma Trance States by Dr Ingo Lambrecht PhD
A unique reference book already acclaimed worldwide. Based on Dr Lambrecht's original thesis for his PhD, this is an easily readable book for doctors, students and lecturers.
"Dr Lambrecht shares his own experiences and the place of trance in his own journey in a comfortable and free flowing narrative style that brings life and perspective to the subject matter ..." Jean-Francois Sobiecki. B.Sc. Bot. (Wits), B.Sc. Hons. Ethnobot. (UJ), Dipl.Clin.Nutr. (Aus), Research Associate,
Centre for Anthropological Research (CfAR), Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
24 March 2014 On The Edge by Linley Jones (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information)
A Growing Attachment by Beryl Pack(contact email@example.com for information)
Our two most recent publications came out in November and December 2013.
On The Edge - Reading age 10-14 years As twelve-year-old Brady’s life spins into free fall who can he turn to? The horror of the school climbing wall and jeers of bully Stan Mackersly make his nightmares real.
‘His sweat-slicked fingers lost their grip and he was falling. Falling without the safety rope, arms flailing, grasping, grabbing at everything, at anything. He plummeted down.’
Brady is a gifted musician but his flute is trashed, and the only thing that helps is the friendship of an elderly Russian gentleman who survived the Siege of Leningrad. Or is it the magic of the golden flute? Or maybe it’s Tatiana, the Russian orphan girl?
When a family sailing trip meets with disaster Brady has to confront his demons and meet the challenge of a vertical cliff climb.
But can Brady make the ultimate sacrifice on the school tramping trip in the Whirinaki Forest and put his own life on the line to save his worst enemy and at the same time foil international criminals?
‘Action, adventure and authenticity, this book has it all. Whether Brady is facing challenges at school or home, playing music, out sailing or involved in a daring rescue, Linley Jones writes so convincingly the reader identifies with the characters and feels involved in every situation. Highly recommended reading for both boys and girls.’
Jennifer Beck, renowned New Zealand children’s author
A Growing Attachment - Adult fiction
Kate, an Englishwoman in her fifties, approaches her long-awaited move to New Zealand with mixed feelings. While her husband Michael, himself a Kiwi, fits back into his home country with ease, she finds herself feeling isolated and homesick. Unwilling – or unable – to put down roots in her new environment, she occupies herself in her home and her beloved garden but finds it difficult to adjust to this new life.
Chancing upon a tragic incident involving her voluble and initially unappealing neighbour Maud, Kate begins to appreciate the value of becoming involved with others in the community. Maud’s ability to overcome her sad history and embrace life with spirit, despite having cancer, helps Kate to recognise her own good fortune and sets her on a path of writing. But the much-wanted arrival of her daughter and family has a bitter outcome and forces Kate to rethink her priorities. A return visit to England after six years helps her answer the question: Has she moved on and can she make a life for herself in her new country?
New Local History Book on Albany, Auckland, 2012 My Roots, My Place, My Albany by Dawn Evans
On Monday 10 September, a local history book – My Roots, My Place, My Albany – was launched at The Albany Restaurant and Bar.
In this fascinating new book, history unfolds in a relaxed telling by the Stillwater author, Dawn Evans (née Atkinson).
Dawn’s father bought a homestead farm (what is now Gills Reserve and Albany Toyota) and two butchery businesses, one in Albany, the other in Browns Bay, and moved his family from Huntly in 1943. The story develops through many interesting times on the North Shore and Auckland city, providing a snapshot of life in Albany Village during the 1940s and 1950s, including the war years, school and village life, community activities and rural scenes.
Dawn is also an accomplished artist, and there is a section of colour plates of some of her paintings of Albany.
To Albanyites, history matters, so this book will be of great interest to many local people, especially those who have lived in the area during the past 50 to 60 years. Members of that close-knit community still meet today.
Several years ago Dawn was active in trying to improve the access to these beautiful and historical areas in Albany. When Albany’s ‘Mainstreet’ first mooted that walking paths be developed, Dawn donated a painting of the bridge done from the waterfall to be raffled to raise funds. There is a picnic table near the waterfall in the reserve with a plaque in commemoration of the Atkinsons.
To order copies (RRP $20 each) please phone Dawn on 09 424 5473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If any retailers would like to stock the book, please feel free to contact Dawn.
The book has been produced on the North Shore by AM Publishing NZ, www.ampublishingnz.com.
Autism NZ is on a drive to raise the profile of the condition ahead of World Autism Day tomorrow. By 3News Online Staff
Community activities and mufti days are planned at schools and businesses across the country, and Autism NZ chief executive Alison Molloy is hoping the drive will help raise awareness of the disorder.
“A world without autism would be a lesser world and many people on the spectrum and their families have their own powerful stories here in New Zealand,” says Ms Molloy. “We encourage people to learn and value the difference that people with autism and asperger’s bring to our lives." Read more ...
Held on Tuesday 11 October 2011, this event was a great success, with approximately 120 people present, all spellbound by Margaret's talk. The evening began with the usual, wonderful supper put on by the Friends of the Library, then Margaret spoke for almost 60 minutes, then signed copies were available for purchase.
TELEVISION – Thursday 22 September 2011
Campbell Live– Interview with John Campbell
“I’m glad Margaret has decided to fill some of the silence David left when he wrote less about her than he wanted to. That she has done it with such clarity, wit and wry insight is both a tribute to her subject and a very valuable contribution to our understanding of the recent political past.” Finlay Macdonald