The Oratia Books Catalogue 2022 is out now in print and digital form. We fly the Koru Flag on the cover, in homage to its creator Friedensreich Hundertwasser, whose story we'll publish this July in Hundertwasser in New Zealand. Alongside that deluxe book, this year's catalogue presents more than a dozen new titles across children's and non-fiction genres, along with some significant reprints.
The approach of Anzac Day signals a time to remember the millions of people who were affected by twentieth-century wars, and those whose lives and lands are still ravaged by invasion and civil conflict. Oratia Books has a firm commitment to telling the stories of New Zealanders at war, not to glorify the events but better to understand and learn from the experience.
First published in 1984, Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story is a key work in the nation's history. In the words of the NZ Listener, Christopher Pugsley's first book 'recast our vision of the iconic campaign and simultaneously redefined the art of military-history writing in New Zealand.'
Kiwi author and Turkish illustrator join to create a children’s book that fosters the bond forged at Gallipoli It’s cause for hope when countries that were at war can transcend that enmity, even when separated by thousands of kilometres. That is what New Zealand and Turkey share — a deep friendship that is commemorated each 25 April on the Gallipoli Peninsula.