Books Distributed Through NZSA and PDL

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By Marnie Anstis, illustrated by Mark Anstis

Children’s picture book.

In a twist on a classic fairy tale, a little cat finds love, a home, and a name, deep in the lonely city.

About the author: Bornin the early 1950’s, Marnie has alwayslived in the countryside,enjoyinghands-on involvementin farming and horticulturealongside her husband until retirement. She has always loved writingand has kept a dailydiary since leaving school.Many of her articles have been printed in magazines, including the NZ Listener. Her first book Taketakerau:The Millennium Tree(self-published with Steele Roberts Ltd) has sold over 5000 copiesto date.Still busy with family and grandchildren, she is also apassionate gardener, currently creatinga wetlandon an orchard block –while keepingan eye on a hillside of native trees she plantedon the farm. “However,once my fingers start to tap a keyboard, the rest of the world slips away…”

The Dark Quest of Countess X – A Call to the World’s Youth 
By L P Hansen

ISBN: 978-0-473-55926-7
NZRP: $34
Young Adult Fiction

Calling herself Countess X, one of Europe’s richest billionaires invites the world’s youth to take up a modern-day Quest. Will they help her to challenge a colossal abuse of human rights? Teenagers submitting the most effective suggestions will be welcomed at her European residence to present their plans. But these submissions must be their own work.

More than forty young people converge on the château to share their plans and meet with wealthy philanthropists and others prepared to put the plans into practice.

Tensions accelerate as cheats are expelled, hostilities revealed and romances bloom. Then the pace of the Quest quickens – changing the participants forever.

About the author: This is L P Hansen’s fourth activist novel for young people. Themes of sustainability and social justice mark her multicultural fact-based writing. She works as an author in schools for ReadNZ and provides free teachers’ resource kits, available as downloads from her website,

L P Hansen has won a Jack Lasenby Senior Award for Children’s Writing. Her book, An Unexpected Hero, has twice been chosen by teachers for NZ Read Aloud in 2019 and 2017.

Pathway To Prison – Vonnie’s Story 
By Heather Smyth

ISBN: 9780473547691
NZRP: $30.00
Crime Fiction

At 9am on the 22 January 1964, Vonnie’s pathway to prison began. What happened to Vonnie on that pathway? Follow Vonnie’s journey as she experiences things that influence her to make the choices she makes. Some choices are forced on Vonnie, some she makes with good intentions, but have painful results. Vonnie survives the pathway. How will she survive a life sentence for murder?

About the author: Heather lives in North Canterbury, New Zealand, with her partner. She has three children and seven grandchildren, two step-children and two step-grandchildren. Heather’s career included work for the New Zealand Department of Corrections, as a prison officer, a probation officer and trainer. She also facilitated workshops on criminal justice topics for community groups around New Zealand. Most recently, Heather worked for the Correctional Service of Vanuatu, assisting with the development and introduction of rehabilitation programmes.



Work Life Balance My Arse
By Debbie Ireland

ISBN: 978047350921
NZRP: $49.99
Self Help

Work-life balance is not just a hot topic – it’s a deeply misunderstood construct. We are told we should be striving for that elusive balance, the answer to feeling stressed and overwhelmed, finding happiness and contentment. However, this quest for balance is futile. Attaining work-life balance is impossible.

This book dispels three myths associated with work-life balance:

  • That work and life can be separate entities
  • That balance implies success happens in the middle
  • That work-life balance is a destination

Debbie provides inspiration to unpick the myths and to really think through what work-life balance means for you. Each chapter provides practical steps you can take to identify what “matters most” to you, to integrate your work and your life in ways that work for you and are true to your values, and to live with a greater sense of purpose. Understand the myths, release your struggle for perfection, and enjoy the journey to creating a magical life for yourself and those you love.

About the author: Known for being a courageous catalyst for change, Debbie is a respected leader in the online collaboration space. Debbie is the CEO and founder of ShareThePoint, New Zealand’s premier Microsoft 365 Training Provider and organiser of Digital Workplace Events in Asia Pacific. She has helped 100’s of businesses with the people and behavioural elements of technology. Underlying any organisational change, is personal transformation, which is Debbie’s my biggest passion. Her own self-development journey started when she was 11 and has continued through the years. Through the continual search for contentment in her own life’s imbalances, Debbie has focused the last 20 years, to research and reading on Work-Life Balance. This led to publishing “Work Life balance my Arse!”, a book dispelling the myths associated with Work Life Balance.


Rebellious Rituals 
By Rebecca Hulse

ISBN: 9781098353742
NZRP: $64.99
Self Help

Most of us are spread thin. Between our careers, our families, our friends, a health routine, errands – and the daily bombarding messages we receive to do better, to be more – and that everything will change if we just try this new self-care routine.

Enter, Rebellious Rituals.

What if the changes you’re not succeeding at aren’t your fault? Perhaps those ones just aren’t designed for you?

Author and business coach Rebecca Hulse is a self-confessed rebel, who recently released the coffee table book, Rebellious Rituals to give us all a break from the routines, failed attempts at self-care, and to let us start where we’re at.

This book is for those who can’t stick to a routine. Within these pages readers will find an opportunity to be met where they’re at. This book is about celebrating inconsistency – not consistency. Most of us do not have the time to put towards ourselves, so this book presents the option of just flicking to any given page and garnering a you moment – a moment to know you’re not wrong and it could just be the tools you’re trying to incorporate aren’t the ones for you!

“I can’t pinpoint the moment exactly, but when I made the choice to do/create/be everything I desired, which seemed too simple, or even selfish, I realized it was bigger than that for me – it was about desiring my life. With more freedom. With multiple choices With wide open possibilities,” shares Rebecca Hulse.

Change doesn’t need to take forever. It can be as simple as having Rebecca’s voice within these pages give you a pep talk, or perhaps daring you to revel in the rebel.

About the author: Rebecca Hulse is an author, speaker and creative rebel at heart. She is on a mission to help creatives be successful without being exceedingly serious. As someone who revels in shaking up the realities and limiting paradigms of her clients, Rebecca thrives in situations where the impossible transitions to possible. A former performing artist, and today’s contemporary voice for millennials, Rebecca completed her first “bucket list” by age 20. She is the personification of her motto, “impossible is temporary,” which is evident in her latest book, Rebellious Rituals, where Rebecca guides readers to change their daily-life experiences with indulgent self-care, frank acknowledgments, and explosive creativity. Her work has been featured in international media like Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Leaders in Heels, and New Zealand Women’s Weekly. You can learn more about Rebecca Hulse visit, Follow Rebecca @rebeccahulse_legacy and