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Diplomatic Ladies: New Zealand's Unsung Envoys

by Joanna Woods
This book tells the inside story of New Zealands diplomatic wives and daughters over a hundred years...

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Edmund Bohan is a historian and fiction writer. He has written extensively on 19th Century New Zealand...

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Writers in Schools

Now providing free writer visits for more than 50,000 students each year, our schools programme has been encouraging children to read, write, create and learn through books since 1974.


Booknotes Unbound is a vibrant online publishing hub that offers booklovers and readers the world of books with unique New Zealand content.

TRue Stories Told Live

The Book Council has been putting a modern spin on the ancient art of stories, with our curated series of storytelling evenings. 

International Travel Fund

Our International Travel Fund supports New Zealand writers to greater success on the world stage and our literary culture and heritage to greater exposure outside New Zealand.


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