Cool people with cool stories

A selection of novels based on real people with real stories that are bound to satisfy and inspire their reader.

 

Eat Like a Fish – Bren Smith

Part memoir, part manifesto, in Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed. In tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his early years abroad commercial fishing trawlers, from pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement, Smith introduces the world of sea-based agriculture and advocates for getting ocean vegetables onto our plates.

 

Malcolm Young: The man who made AC/DC – Jeff Apter

(The first in-depth biography of Malcolm Young, from the author of high voltage)

Malcolm Young was the founder and the driving force of AC/DC, a man who possessed what many have called ‘the greatest right hand in rock and roll.’ That riff-producing mitt provided the muscle behind such signature songs as ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘Back in Black’, ‘A Long Way to the Top’ and many others, helping AC/DC survive shifting musical trends and numerous in-house dramas to stand tall as the biggest rock band on the planet.

The first biography to focus exclusively on Malcolm tells of his remarkable rise from working-class Glasgow and Sydney to the biggest stages in the world. Malcolm lived hard and fast, enduring incredible hardship when the band first started, surviving the terrible loss of Ben Scott and suffering numerous personal demons including alcoholism. It was a series of severe health problems that led to his death in 2017, aged just 64, from complications arising from dementia. Yet without Malcolm Young, there would have been no AC/DC – it’s as simple as that.

Surf by Day and Jam by Night – Ash Grunwald

Music and surfing. To Ash Grunwald, they’re the peaches and cream of the perfect and lifestyle. If this idea appeals, you’re going to love this celebration of all things music and surfing. From Kelly Slater to Steph Gilmore, from Jack Johnson to G. Love, each chapter focuses on a prominent surfing musician or musical surfer as they ruminate on the power of chasing salt waves and creating sound waves. Come on a journey with these legends of sea and stage as they talk flow states, shredding, spirituality, fame, mindfulness, big wave adventures and much more.

Make, Think, Imagine – John Browne

 

Today’s unprecedented pace of change leaves many wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. John Browne argues that we need not put the brakes on technological advance. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with great innovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Make, Think, Imagine provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.

The Shipwreck Hunter  – David L Mearns

The man who discovered the wreck of HMAS Sydney takes us on an extraordinary voyage through his amazing career as one of the world’s most successful shipwreck hunters.

Small Fry – Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder, Steve Jobs.

 

Driven – Hayden Paddon

The explosive autobiography from New Zealand’s most successful rally driver, Hayden Paddon.

In Driven, Paddon details his remarkable 20-year pathway to the World Rally Championship, where he footed it with the best drivers on the planet. He opens up about his struggles with bullying, depression and loss as a young man, and goes on public record for the first time about the 2017 accident in which a spectator was killed and his controversial dismissing from the Hyundai Motorsport team in 2018.

The Shearers – Ruth Entwistle Low

 

The Shearers is a colourful account of the men and women, past and present, who have committed their lives to shear in New Zealand.

Their voices – in their own words, often brutally honest reflection on what it is to be a shearer – are at the heart of this book: their training, their tools, their camaraderie, and the gruelling, itinerant nature of the job. Old hands like Brian ‘Snow’ Quinn, Tony Dobbs and Peter Casserly, and Peter and Elsie Lyon, as well as those newer to the scene, offer personal insights, often for the first time.

 

Richard Emerson: The Hopfather – Michael Donaldson

 

Born profoundly deaf in 1960s Dunedin, Richard Emerson triumphed against all odds to launch Emerson’s Brewery in 1992. He went on to create a string of unique, award-winning beers, spark a cult following, attract global recognition, and become a millionaire – all from doing something he loved.

For Richard, it came after 20 years of unrelenting commitment to the cause of good beer. They were two decades of hard graft, physically and emotionally, of little or no pay, or long hours, during which he watched his father, mentor and friend die just as the business began to stand on its own two feet.

More than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social media consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own – on your own terms. Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the ground-breaking editor unpacks lessons on race, identify, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change-makers