First Encounters: New Zealand 1642–1840
Edited by Gordon Ell and Sarah Ell
The text is well illustrated with two-colour imagery and photos, alongside fact boxes explaining historical language, places and events.
The NZ Series now counts four titles, with the fifth, Matthew Wright’s The New Zealand Wars, to publish in July 2021.
The series introduces New Zealand society, history, science and geography to general readers and students.
Gordon Ell was a writer and publisher with a life-long interest in New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. He wrote more than 30 books for adults and children during his distinguished career. He passed away last week, having just seen advance copies of his last book.
His daughter, Sarah Ell, is an editor, writer and journalist, who has written ten books, and inherited her father’s love of New Zealand history and the environment.