Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY BUILDERS’ LABOURERS AND THEIR UNIONS 1787 TO THE FUTURE - Sydney Launch Invitation
The book should be
compulsory reading for new and old union officers and organisers; it
will certainly challenge them to decide whether they are workers’
representatives or ‘workplace relations practitioners’.
Howard Guille, former
secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union.
McQueen has written a
remarkable book rich in stories and case studies. Therefore, a review
is an incredible challenge; it is easier to recommend reading.
Jan Cremers, University of Amsterdam, CLR-News
The latest offering
by radical historian Humphrey McQueen is a cracking yarn. Despite
McQueen’s stature as an historian, this is anything but a sterile
academic work. The strength of this history is that McQueen takes a
side, and you can’t miss it! Throughout, there is the unmistakable
clarity that there are bosses and there are workers.
Alison Thorne, Freedom Socialist Organiser
McQueen holds history
– in this case BLF history – up as a mirror in which we can reflect on
our present situation, and in which we can see an alternative future. We
Built This Country is a text with which readers can engage on
numerous levels – it will be a welcome addition and enhancement to what
continues to be a proud BLF tradition.
Aidan Moore, former
builders’ labourer, The Recorder
to coincide with our Book Launch of Humphrey McQueen's Book on April 19th,
we will have a further 10% discounton all our
Labour Movement History books.
From April 6th
until April 20th we are having a monster 30% sale in our
Kids and Cooking sections.
there is much easier to find. I'm sure you or your kids will find
something that they want or like. Come and have a look. Its
your chance to cook something different tonight and to have new stories
for your children/grandchildren to read.
Lots of things have been
happening in our shop. We have completely tidied up and categorised
the Kids and Cooking sections. Now it is much easier to find the
books that you want. We have lots of new secondhand kids and cooking
books, so come in and have a look.
from our shop:
It seems that all bricks
and mortar bookshops are dropping off like flies. Sadly, Books on
King in Newtown closed last Monday, and many other both new and secondhand
bookshops have closed or in the process of doing so.
We are in the same boat –
we are struggling financially BUT we are endeavouring to stay open.
We hope you will help us
by choosing us as 'your bookshop of choice'- both on the net and by
visiting us at the shop.