THIS IS US - Kiwis Abroad During Covid ~Pete Carter
The world will never forget 2020. The challenge of the covid pandemic has affected all our lives, especially the Kiwi diaspora - those many New Zealanders around the world, working and playing and representing the spirit of our nation.
Continuing his 'This is us' series from pre-covid, Wellingtonian Pete Carter sought out the stories of Kiwis around the world during the 2020 pandemic: locked down, isolated, stuck, away from home and family, making it work for themselves wherever they were.
Here are nearly 200 stories, from Kiwis alone, with their partners, with family, or with flatmates; across every continent, working, surviving, having fun, making the most it. This is our family. And wherever they are, this is their home.
PRESSING MY LUCK - Memoir of a Fleet Street Veteran ~ Colin Mackenzie
Just 31 when he delivered the finest scoop of his career, Colin Mackenzie had already interviewed some of the world's most important and fascinating figures, including Thatcher, Nixon, Ceausescu, Burton & Taylor, Led Zeppelin, and many more. His location of Ronnie Biggs in far off Rio de Janeiro was recently nominated as one of the best ten scoops of the 20th century by the UK Press Gazette, Fleet Street's trade magazine.
Mackenzie recreates a clubbable Fleet Street which sadly no longer exists as newspapers battle for survival in a computerised world. "The Street of Shame" as Private Eye characterised the newspaper world of the 60s and 70s, is no more.
Throughout his career Mackenzie entertained a love of the Sport of Kings, owning small shares in racehorses that challenged his financial resources and yet provided adrenalin pumping excitement. He was a founder reporter on the Racing Post, later rejoining the Daily Mail to become, after 20 years, the doyen of racing correspondents, rubbing shoulders with the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne, the Aga Khan and Sir Alex Ferguson.
This riveting memoir uncovers the many other great stories that Mackenzie delivered to his employers and to his readers. Some are hilarious, some are shocking, and some just amazing.
SOCIAL DEMOCRACY - How America got it & why we must protect it ~ Steven Godby
A social democracy is a democratic country with a foundation of capitalism that distributes some of its wealth for the benefit of the whole of society. The United States is a social democracy.
But for decades the terms ‘socialism’ and ‘social democracy’ have been weaponized in the United States to cast government programs in support of a social safety net as communist and evil. They’re not, but that doesn’t stop millions of people believing a set of falsehoods that have been entrenched within parts of the working classes for nearly a hundred years, causing them to vote against policies entirely in support of them – in other words to vote against their own best interests.
It’s the biggest and most successful con ever perpetrated against a society, affecting generations of Americans. And it has a single purpose: To make the rich richer. Key to this deception has been the false re-defining of key terms, augmented with fear, and the promise of outcomes that will never be delivered.
In this his second volume examining the convolution that is American politics, Steven Godby shows how the country already has the very set of circumstances so many claim to fear, and has had it for nearly a century. Here is a step-by-step dissection of the history and development of social democracy in the United States and the forces supporting and frustrating it.
BUDDY ~ Elizabeth Herd
We talk about ‘a mother’s worst nightmare,’ as if there’s just the one, but truthfully there are multiple versions of it. If you’re unlucky, several versions come at once.
With great heart, and all the courage a mother can rally, Elizabeth Herd relays events occurring over several months, from one loss to the next and the next.
Tragedy isn’t easy to write, much less to tell. Recording it though is essential to history, for those who may need to know in the future, and for others who may find healing now in knowing that they’re not alone.
Blending her personal story with court transcripts and other documents of public record, Elizabeth Herd is ‘Sean’s Voice,’ the otherwise missing voice in this heartbreaking tale.
Told with compassion, grace, and commitment to truth and justice.
REPUBLICANS & THE RICH - Their 40 year plan to rob America ~ Steven Godby
Give an oligarch an inch and he’ll take a hundred miles.
Under the guise of supporting the second amendment and the over-turning of Roe v Wade, the ultra rich – via their agent, the Republican party – have systematically removed every public support and safeguard they can get their hands on. And their voters – working class Americans most affected by those attacks – have given them free rein.
Former die-hard Republican Steven Godby steps methodically through the success of the oligarchy’s 40-year plan to wrest power from We, the People without the people having a clue that it’s happened.
If you think you’ve understood the dimensions of this catastrophe, this’ll clear up several gaps in your knowledge that you didn’t know you had. Brilliantly and simply articulated, this should be at the top of your to be read pile.
GRAPEFRUIT PARLOR ~ Ginger Rankin
“Can you tell me again what got you into this mess?” she asked, like I could even remember my name at that point.
“I was born.” I offered. How does one change a lifetime of being a screwup at every turn? There are ways to stay out of jail but they are not necessarily around when I need them.
When I thought of a happy time though, I thought of the island, where my mother—Angel-whoever—gave birth to me. She was young and seriously “not capable,” whatever that meant.
Dolores’ life has not gone according to plan. If she had a plan. Which she doesn’t. In search of she’s-not-sure-what, Dolores returns to the Caribbean island of her birth and finds much more than she ever thought possible.
Following her entrancing ‘Spice Island,’ Ginger Rankin returns with ‘Grapefruit Parlor,’ revealing once again her talent for beguiling her reader.
YOUR INVISIBLE INHERITANCE - Releasing the Hidden Legacy of Ancestral Trauma ~ Nikki Mackay
Do you know the stories of who you are and where you come from? Have you walked in the paths of your ancestors? Who you are is the result of complex layers of energetic influence from people you’ve known and loved, the choices you’ve made, and your family and ancestors. The imprint of their memories flows through your veins and their fight to survive beats in your heart.
Connecting with the stories of those who’ve lived before us and shaped our world is an empowering process in claiming our own life. When aspects of the past are unseen or unacknowledged then the trauma from that past connects to our present and future, entangling us as it reanimates and is re-experienced by us.
Family and ancestral constellation is a therapeutic tool that allows these invisible influences to become visible, be acknowledged, and become whole. It allows us to uncover the hidden historical narrative we unconsciously hold, disentangle ourselves from it, and move forward with our own life.
WOMEN'S VOICES - Real Stories of Truth, Pain & Survival
edited by Sue Fitzmaurice
For most of history, women’s voices have been missing. And for most of history, women have suffered, often in ways men have not. Women’s Voices is one of an ongoing series of stories of women’s lives, attempting to redress some of the imbalance of the missing voices of history.
In surviving abuse, violence, desertion, divorce, homelessness, and other painful episodes, women are generally less resourced, more vulnerable, less able to access services, and more likely to be judged and ostracised by family and society.
These stories are honest, often revealing truths not previously expressed. Many are raw; all are humble and powerful in the telling. Their strength is in their insight into self-knowledge—not always pretty—and in the commitment to personal growth, and to hope.
TREE WISDOM and other poems ~ Anne Margaret Coverdale
“You were so beautiful in the wind today” she said to the trees.
“So were you” they said.
And she smiled.
Anne Coverdale’s poetry is that of the modern and aware woman, attempting to find herself in the way women do: through their relationships with others and with nature. Wisdom of Trees is a truthful, loving, and evocative view, that will bring to mind one’s own innate memories of trees, children, family, and seasons. And you’ll smile.
The Smart Seeker's Guide to SPIRITUAL BULLSHIT ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Do you roll your eyes at "Be positive!" "Be happy!" and "Just let it go!"? Are you tired of the Universe being responsible for everything? Feel like a failure because you can’t manifest everything you want in an afternoon? Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. You may just be wriggling free from the hypnotic grip of spiritual bullshit. And fair play to you; it can be strangely compelling.
The truth is that the spiritual path is as nuanced and frustrating as it is beautiful and fulfilling. The danger is that as we enthusiastically rush to share our new found spiritual wisdom, we unwittingly pass more and more bullshit around.
So how do you clear the crap off your spiritual path? Join life-long spiritual seeker (and finder) Sue Fitzmaurice as she wades valiantly through a monumental pile of it in search of answers. Packed with insight and more than a few belly laughs, let The Smart Seeker’s Guide to Spiritual Bullshit be your life raft and guide. Dear Seeker, sanity lies within.
THE TAO OF HIBISCUS ~ Poetry by PM Draper
P.M. Draper's poetry considers the American condition, in all its glorious and sometimes horrifying diversity. From the ravages of gun violence to the plights of aging, Draper's sensitive pen casts a straightforward and elegant light on reality. The best poetry doesn't obscure the grotesque or the truth or the sadness of life behind pretty words, but rather calls them forth into a fresh consideration, with allegory that isn't difficult to grasp but allows us to consider who we really are and what we really believe. You'll want to recite some of these to your friends and family. "Wow, listen to this. This is perfect!" A delightful read that you will come back to many times.
JOURNEYS WITH THE DIVINE FEMININE
~ Sue Fitzmaurice, editor; Patricia Iris Kerins, foreword; Sue Fitzmaurice, Sarah McCrum, Detta Darnell, C. Ara Campbell, Doreen Devoy, Andrea Pollard, Elizabeth Russell, et al.
JOURNEYS WITH THE DIVINE FEMININE is a collection of 24 personal stories of women’s experiences discovering the Divine Feminine and journeying within to experience it, understand it, and grow from it.
You will see yourself reflected here. You will see paths you didn’t know existed. You even may feel freer to walk some paths you may have been afraid to venture down.
The writers are from Irish, Dutch, German, Scottish, North American, Trinidadian, English, Indian, French, Australian, New Zealand, and New Zealand Maori backgrounds, with combinations of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, Wiccan, Baha’i, and other religious and spiritual practices and traditions. They are writers and artists, therapists and coaches, mothers and grandmothers, academics, yoga teachers, psychics and healers, nurses and salespeople, sisters and daughters.
MONDAYS WITH MYRTLE ~ Rosemary Laberee
Every minute of every day, an American will develop Alzheimer’s disease. It is disease which threatens to bankrupt Medicare. We do not ask if it will touch our lives. We ask when.
Dementia entered Rosemary's family slowly. It dismantled her mother slowly. There was never a time when she and her siblings knew what would happen next.
Her hope is that this book helps you prepare and helps you cope, and most importantly, that the advice and experiences you read here will help you forgive yourself the things you could not do and be grateful for the things you could.
In between their hallucinations, rage, confusion, grief and psychosis, there may be recognition, gratitude and pleasure. These moments, however flawed and fragmented, truly matter. They are glimpses of the value of yesterday’s sunshine. Seize them and say thank you.
THE DELIBERATE MARY PILGRIMAGE ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
After an accidental encounter with “the Marys”, a more deliberate pursuit of the Divine Feminine became inevitable, as the author visits over 40 sacred sites through England, Scotland, Wales and France.
What had been a delightful introduction though, became a massive soul journey, both dark and enlightening, magical and painful.
If you’ve decided on a spiritual quest, there are consequences, and it’s not all sweetness and light.
‘The Deliberate Mary Pilgrimage’ introduces you to ‘thin places’ where the veil between this realm and the next is more subtle; to the truth and legends of Mary Magdalene, and the lives and hardships of many of the women Saints; and through the author’s ‘dark night of the soul’, a falling into madness, and a gradual transformation to a new spiritual landscape.
SPICE ISLAND – Ginger Rankin
Paki and Jerold live on Spice Island where chickens roost all night in the trees and every day is summer. They swim and snorkel and fish for silver jacks in the soft Caribbean Sea that surrounds them. They climb mango trees that are heavy with ripe juicy fruit - good for eating and even better for throwing at their friends in mango fights. They know where to find mountain springs where the water tastes like sparkling soda and they’ve found the best places to hide in old Fort George where the cast iron cannons still angle toward the sea.
So what is their secret adventure? Why are they putting together a raft from driftwood and twisted palm fiber? Who is Mr Ready? And what happens when the two eleven year olds find out that the sea is not always their friend?
PARROT DROPPINGS – A Poor Man’s Poems – Scott Murray
Despite the self-deprecating title, ‘Parrot Droppings’ invites you to share the author’s deep empathy for the plight of the common man and a righteous anger at the excesses of privileged elites, writes Gordon Kerr in his Foreword to this deep and engaging collection of poems and photographs.
Scott Murray was raised on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow. He might have been a street fighter but he’s turned out more of a spiritual warrior, with a deep love of nature and respect for all its creatures. Along with his Celtic pride and independent spirit, these form the foundations of his art.
“Like all true artists Scott can help stop time, prompting us to pause and consider our place in the cosmos and our relationship with other realms of existence. Such genius has the potential to draw us closer and live fuller, more meaningful lives.”
ME IN THE MIDDLE – Mary Louise Malloy
Mary Louise Malloy is the middle of five children. And she has five children of her own. This is her journey from small-town Catholic girl, through marriage, desertion, solo parenting, and creating financial security for her children and herself, within the almost constant context of the Church, its rules, and its own significant failings. This is an American woman’s life, through some of the most significant decades of the United States – the Fifties and McCarthyism, the Sixties with the Kennedy brothers and Dr Martin Luther King Jr, through to 9/11 and Ground Zero. The voice of one woman, who wants to be heard.
BEACH STONES - Poems from a Wild Greek Island - Detta Darnell
Rebel Magic is pleased to announce the forthcoming ‘Beach Stones’, first of a series of poetry collections from Detta Darnell, Kefalonian-based English artist, writer and creativity coach. If you’ve ever been to Greece, you’ll recognise at once the joy-filled images of Greek people and island life. Charming and insightful, Detta brings Kefalonia to the page with her unique swathes of love, wisdom and enchantment. If you’ve never been to Greece, let Beach Stones take you there.
THE ACCIDENTAL MARY PILGRIMAGE - Sue Fitzmaurice
In the English winter of 2018, a chance encounter led to an unexpected journey of the heart and soul through more than a dozen spiritual centres in France, Spain and England. Most unusually for a non-Catholic, it became an investigation into the veneration of Mary, the mother of Christ, and Mary Magdalene, which among other things guided me into an internal dialogue about the odyssey of womanhood. It was beautiful and surprising in every way. Journey with me from Dartmoor in the south of England, to the miracle of Lourdes in the south of France, into Spain, through San Sebastian, Segovia, Grenada, Málaga and Montserrat, back through the Pyrenees to Rennes-le-Château, Montségur, Chartres and Rouen, finishing in the heart of the world at Glastonbury in Somerset.
PURPOSE 2 - Making Sure Your Purpose Finds You - Sue Fitzmaurice
Following on from her successful Purpose – The Elements of Purpose, Sue Fitzmaurice gets into the nitty-gritty of finding and making your purpose happen. Or, more to the point, setting up the right conditions in your life so that your purpose finds you. She begins with what is fast becoming an essential discussion: What purpose isn’t! Sadly, in our haste to abbreviate, simplify, and create a meme for everything, the idea that purpose is simply marrying what you love doing with making a living, is almost completely wrong. Sue responds to the increasing everyday reality that is our deep-seated desire to know why we’re here and what we’re supposed to be doing and goes on to explain the many and varied distractions that keep us from our purpose.
THE COURAGE KEY - Unlock Yourself from Anxiety and Take Back Control of your Life - Stephanie Renaud
Anxiety is a part of every human’s experience.
This book is for you if your experience of anxiety is intrusive in your life, you don’t like it, you feel chained to it, and you know it’s possible to change it - you just don’t know how.
This book is for you if you are open to the idea that you are not being told everything about anxiety, that it’s more complex than we are led to think, but that because doctors are experts at medication, and not education, we often leave their offices with a prescription and not much more.
ANGELS IN THE ARCHITECTURE - Sue Fitzmaurice
1185. Bishop Hugh takes on the re-building of Lincoln Cathedral after a devastating earthquake, and attempts to calm superstitious town folk among Christian and Jewish communities, some of whom seek to lay blame at the feet of a poor ‘idiot’ child.
1981. Journalist and stay-at-home dad, Pete, tries to get inside the mind of his autistic son, and at the same time, make sense of a chaotic world of riots, assassinations and religious strife. Lincoln Cathedral is the setting for a thrilling story, alongside an exploration of what is real, what can be known, what is Faith, and is there really a God? This fascinating journey of alternating stories weaves real historical figures and events with an exploration of what is possible, of angels, and of saving the Western and Islamic worlds from their own violence and prejudice.
PURPOSE - The Elements of Purpose -Sue Fitzmaurice
Sue’s first book about this important topic looks at what Purpose is, as a precursor to getting anywhere close to knowing how to find it.
“In Purpose, Sue breaks down that vague word into practical, logical advice. If there’s a part of your mind that doesn’t believe you have a purpose, it will have a healthy argument here to believe you truly do. Purpose delves into the mind to discover where it may be blocked and how to nudge it forward. Excellent advice and well worth the read.” ~Doe Zantamata, author of Happiness in Your Life
“Purpose is the kind of book you wish you had had when you were starting out in life. Fortunately, it’s never too late to live your purpose. Sue provides us with an insightful as well as inspirational road map for the journey.” ~Eleanor Brownn, author of Mile 9
BILLOW & BREEZE - A Journey through the Scottish Islands
- Sue Fitzmaurice
Sue Fitzmaurice wangles her way onto a polar exploration ship and sails for ten days through the remote Scottish islands, accompanied by an archaeologist and historian, a naturalist, and an international expedition crew set on providing the adventure of a lifetime.
Join this stunning expedition and discover hidden secrets, the perils of the North Sea, the revelations of Angels, and the centuries of travel of the hardiest and most hospitable sea-faring people.
Sue brings alive the mystery, legend and beauty of the islands of Scotland, and their three millennia of visible history – from Goddesses to Saints to Vikings, from standing stones to round houses, from sea stacks to lochs, from the holy island of Iona to the far-distant Shetlands. Through the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, let your imagination take you back in time to more than twenty of Scotland’s most fascinating and faraway islands.
Available in Limited Edition colour photograph paperback, plain text paperback, & Kindle.