Unity Books Wellington is turning 50 in September this year so we are thrilled to be part of the energy surrounding Wellington Heritage Week. Our focus has always been on the local so we have books about Wellington’s past people, events and institutions. Wellington’s geography is dramatically varied and this is reflected in the spirit of the writers and the writing.
Showcasing here three titles:
A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888-1903
By Redma Yska
Otago University Press 2017
This haunting and beautifully vivid book combines fact and fiction, biography and memoir, as Yska rediscovers Mansfield’s Wellington. His dogged research into KM’s ancestry, the local landscape, the festering, deadly surroundings, lead us to re-evaluate long-held conclusions about the writer’s shaping years… and a thrilling discovery.
Wellington, A Portrait of Yesterday and Today
By Graham Stewart
Grantham House 2013
This book shows in pictorial form the changes over the years and places the reader in the picture by coupling scenes of the past, using classic old photographs, with those from the present.
The Terrace Gaol, A Short History of Wellington’s Prisons
By Peter Methven
Steele Roberts Aotearoa 2011
The history of Wellington’s prisons is grim, nowhere more so than at the Terrace Gaol, which for nearly a century held political prisoners, thieves and murderers, drunks and lunatics, prostitutes and vagrants, many of whom became folk heroes, social reformers and politicians!
For more books for on Wellington’s history visit us at the shop on 57 Willis Street or see our website at http://www.unitybooksonline.co.nz/