Great Tales from New Zealand History

By Gordon McLauchlan

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'Intriguing, entertaining and informative' - Helen Speirs, Otago Daily Times

' a perfect book for dipping in and out of, reading before bed, and while commuting … Great Tales from New Zealand History would be the perfect Christmas gift….' - Rachel Moore, Booksellers NZ  Read this review

An intriguing collection of tales plucked from the byways of our country's history by a master storyteller who recognises a good yarn when he sees it. Gordon McLauchlan tempts our imagination with 46 little-known tales from New Zealand’s past. Here you will discover:

* that Auckland applied twice to the Colonial Office to be a separate colony from the rest of New Zealand
* more about the man who wanted to be James Cook
* when drinking beer legally became an ‘art’ on the West Coast
* whether Kupe was man or myth
* how Hawera seceded and became a republic
* when and why the Americans planned to invade New Zealand
* which aviation heroine was called a ‘naughty girl who deserved a spanking’
* why a posse of politicians committed suicide . . . and more.

This great collection of tales explores these and many more questions and issues which have fascinated New Zealanders and filled many a page in many a history book over the years. Gordon McLauchlan brings a fresh perspective on some old and often vexed periods in New Zealand’s history.

198 x 130 mm, 276 pages, paperback



Gordon McLauchlan

Gordon McLauchlan is a well-known journalist, author and social commentator. He is a seasoned media commentator not afraid to speak his mind. His previous books include: The Line that Dares - A History of the Union Steam Ship Company (1987); A History of New Zealand Humour (1988); The Story of New Zealand Beer (1995); A Life’s Sentences – A Memoir (2004); Great Tales From New Zealand History (2005, reprinted in 2008); A Short Short History of New Zealand (2005, reprinted 2007); The Life and Times of Auckland (2008); The Saltwater Highway: The Story of Ports and Shipping in New Zealand (2012); The Passionless People (2012); and A Short History of New Zealand (2014). He was also editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Encyclopaedia (Bateman, 1984, revised 1987, 1991, 1995) for ten years.