Monday, November 17, 2014

Gallipoli makes the Top 100

Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story is one of the New Zealand Listener's top 100 books of 2014 - and one of only five listed in the Science, History & Social Issues category.

Congratulations to author Christopher Pugsley for this well-deserved recognition, and all the team who worked on the new edition of this great book.

The New Zealand Listener is also giving readers a chance to win this and the other 99 books; just click on the link below to enter:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Out on the Water is launched!

Congratulations to Tessa Duder on the launch of Out on the Water last night at Takapuna Library. With over 80 guests in attendance, Tessa's long-time nautical consultant John Duder officially launched this collection of 12 tales of the sea, with lovely illustrations by Bruce Potter. (Thanks to John, all of the stories and illustrations should be spot on in sailing terms!)
Tessa reads from the story 'Crossing the Ditch'
A dedicated writer, writing dedications
Our appreciation to Helen Woodhouse, Lisa Dam and the Friends of Takapuna Library for hosting the event, Whitcoulls Takapuna for selling books on the night, and all those who came out to help get Tessa's book on the water.

Helen from Takapuna Library gets her copy
Yvette and Tim from Whitcoulls Takapuna
Follow this link for more about Out on the Water

Monday, November 3, 2014

Out on the Water launches this Thursday 6 November

Monday, 3 November 2014

Out on the Water
Twelve Tales of the Sea
Tessa Duder; illustrated by Bruce Potter

New collection evokes the adventure of sailing and the sea for younger readers

Renowned children’s author Tessa Duder and illustrator Bruce Potter have combined to produce a stirring collection of twelve stories about kids out on the water around New Zealand.

The stories in Out on the Water range from a girl’s experience of her first Optimist regatta to a boy learning the ropes on a tall ship from Sydney to Auckland in the 1880s.

Each story features a full-page line drawing, and weaves into the text a rich thread of sailing words and knowledge (helped by a glossary of language of the sea).

This is Tessa Duder’s first fiction for young adults in over ten years. Her most recent young adult non-fiction is The Story of Sir Peter Blake – and one of the new stories is a fictionalised account of Peter Blake and brother Tony on an after-school sail across Waitemata Harbour.

In the book’s introduction, Tessa writes how the book answers the request from a grandson for stories about children going sailing. “So here are twelve stories about young people having a wide range of experiences on the water – inshore as crew or skipper, or as crew on offshore voyages.”

Tessa, who lives on Auckland’s North Shore, is a keen sailor with a long-standing commitment to the sport in New Zealand, from tutoring Optimist sailors to her work for the Spirit of Adventure Trust.

Out on the Water will be launched in Takapuna, Auckland this Thursday 6 November. Bruce, who lives in Alexandra, will also be available for media, and will be in Wellington during this week.

Publication Date: 6 November 2014  |  ISBN: 978-1-877514-75-3  |  RRP $29.99
Paperback, 234 x 153 mm, 152 pages b&w with line drawings

Tessa Duder
Bruce Potter
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