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Canterbury University Press produces top-quality books for thinking people. We publish about a dozen non-fiction titles a year, in the academic and general markets, with recognised strengths in natural history, biography, and books about and arising from our region.

The Diggers’ Story: Accounts of the West Coast Gold Rushes

The Diggers’ Story: Accounts of the West Coast Gold Rushes

Edited by Julia Bradshaw, Hokitika Museum

These fascinating ‘tales and reminiscences of the Golden Coast direct from Westland’s earliest pioneers’ were originally compiled by Carl Pfaff for The Diggers’ Story, first published in 1914 to mark the 50th anniversary of the gold rushes that transformed this remote part of New Zealand. Long out of print, the book has been thoughtfully edited and expanded for today’s readers by Julia Bradshaw with additional stories and information, 160 black and white images and 32 pages of exquisite colour illustrations.

Canterbury Foothills and Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide (Second Edition)

Canterbury Foothills and Forests: A Walking and Tramping Guide (Second Edition)

Pat Barrett

This new edition of Pat Barrett’s popular guide to walking excursions in the greater Canterbury region adds Lewis Pass National Reserve and Western Arthur’s Pass National Park to the areas included in the first edition, and also covers additional areas of Te Kahui Kaupeka and Hakatere Conservation Parks that are now accessible to the public.

the breathing tree

The breathing tree

Apirana Taylor

This collection offers 40 new poems from popular poet Apirana Taylor.

Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876 – 99

Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876 – 99

Geoffrey W. Rice

Historian Geoffrey Rice presents another fascinating collection of Christchurch crimes and scandals drawn from 19th century newspaper court reports, this time covering the later Victorian period from 1876 to 1899.

The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem

The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem

John Puhiatau Pule

First published in a limited private edition in 1985, this 88-page poem by John Pule is now available in a new revised edition.

Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor

Tuatara: Biology and conservation of a venerable survivor

Alison Cree

The first detailed monograph for decades about this enigmatic reptile, and the first to be illustrated in colour throughout.

West Coast Walking

Kerry-Jayne Wilson

An in-depth guide to exploring the beautiful natural features and wildlife of the West Coast has been released in a new book by ecologist Kerry-Jayne Wilson.

West Coast Walking: A naturalist’s guide, is a detailed guide to the remarkable nature of the West Coast and includes introductory chapters describing the physical, botanical and zoological features. The bulk of the book is a guide to the natural features to be seen on West Coast tracks, highways, lakes and lagoons.

The Judas Tree

Lorna Stavely Anker

New Zealand’s first woman war poet has been revealed in a collection of poems released in The Judas Tree, the latest book by Canterbury University Press.

The Judas Tree contains a collection of 55 startling poems written by Christchurch poet Lorna Staveley Anker and edited by writer Bernadette Hall. The collection contains the best of her published poems and a substantial number never seen before.

Rebellious Mirrors

Paul Maunder

A new book challenging the mainstream history of New Zealand theatre has been published by Canterbury University Press.

Rebellious Mirrors is written by Paul Maunder, who has had a life-long career in New Zealand theatre, and is based on his PhD thesis which was completed at the University of Canterbury in 2011. 

Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin

Lavishly illustrated with over 120 colour plates, Lateral Inversions draws from Barry Cleavin’s vast output to present a major representative survey of his prints and drawings from 1966 through until 2012.

Melinda Johnston

Paikea: The Life of I.L.G Sutherland
Oliver Sutherland

Paikea: The Life of ILG Sutherland explores the life of scholar, cultural anthropologist and social activist Ivan Sutherland (1897-1952), who was committed to a bicultural New Zealand and worked tirelessly to promote understanding of Māori aspirations in the first half of the 20th century.

Understanding Violence

Context and Practice in the Human Services

This book is a reference for professionals, an essential resource for students and will be of interest to the wider community in explaining community responses to violence.

New and Forthcoming Titles

The most recent titles published by Canterbury University Press, and those due within the next month or so.

Foothills revisited in new book

19 November 2014 A new, updated edition of a popular Canterbury walking and tramping guide has been published this month by Canterbury University Press (CUP). (read article)

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