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First Map: How James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand
Tessa Duder's latest book is a handsomely produced narrative of how Lieutenant James Cook created the first chart of Aotearoa New Zealand. The beautiful illustrations are by the acclaimed Dunedin artist David Elliot.
The hardback large format book has been published by HarperCollins, timed to coincide with Tuia - Encounters 250, the commemorations of Cook's arrival in New Zealand in October 1769 being held nationwide from October to December.
Since it was published in a 1773 book on Pacific exploration and by the Admiralty in 1816, James Cook's chart of New Zealand has long been regarded as one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of cartography. First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand tells the human story behind the creation of the famous chart, following the progress of Cook's six-month circumnavigation of New Zealand over the summer of 1769-70 and piecing the map together as the narrative on H.M.B. Endeavour unfolds.
It is a story of courage and dogged perseverance, demonstrating Cook's extraordinary skills as both cartographer and seafarer and how his encounters with Mãori hapu (disatrous at first, but subsequently ranging from mutually respectful to friendly) taught him much about Mãori life and their rich culture.
Alex the Quartet - new omnibus edition out now
The four books making up the Alex Quartet have been re-issued in one handsome volume by the exciting new Auckland-based children's publisher One Tree House. 'I am absolutely delighted to see these back in print, in large format and with a splendid new cover,' says Tessa.
A new generation of young people will now be able to follow the fortunes of teenage swimmer Alex Archer covered in the four books: Alex (1987), Alex in Winter (1989), Alessandra: Alex in Rome (1991) and Songs for Alex (1993).
The books have long been regarded as New Zealand classics. The first was adapted for a 1993 movie, Alex starring Lauren Jackson, and appeared in US, UK and several languages. All four won major New Zealand children's book awards.
Ursa by Tina Shaw wins Storylines Tessa Duder YA Award 2018
The 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award for an original young adult manuscript was launched at the Storylines national awards ceremony in Auckland in April 2019.
The judges were two Walker editors, two experts in YA books appointed by Storylines, and Tessa Duder. The award with guarantee of publication and $1500 prize money is again being offered in 2020, with the deadline for manuscripts 31 October 2019. For more information visit www.storylines.org.nz
Storylines Tessa Duder YA Award
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