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This is Where I Stand

This is Where I Stand

A highlight for me was being able to attend the Anzac Day service at the foot of the Untidy Soldier statue while I was on the Easter residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre on Takarunga Mt Victoria in 2019. Many Anzac services around the country had been cancelled in the aftermath of the Christchurch…

Our Incredible Dogs

Our Incredible Dogs

The story behind the book Once you start looking, it’s surprising how often you come across a dog statue or sculpture. There are statues of other creatures too: a kiwi at Otorohanga, a bull at Bulls, a cow and calf at Matamata, sheep in Hunterville, a crayfish at Kaikoura, trout at Gore and salmon at…

Enemy at the Gate

Enemy at the Gate

The story behind the book The initial idea for Enemy at the Gate came from my husband’s father, Peter Werry. As a child, he lived with his family in Ashburton, where his father was a teacher. When polio broke out, his parents decided that the safest place for Peter and his brother John was with…

Antarctic Journeys

Antarctic Journeys

The story behind the book A few years ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Scott Base and McMurdo Sound with Antarctica New Zealand. You can read the blog of my trip here. Going to Antarctica was an amazing experience and I have thought about it almost every day since then. It is beautiful…

The New Zealand Wars

The New Zealand Wars

The story behind the book This is a book that grew out of other books I’ve worked on. After learning about World War One for my Anzac Day and Armistice Day books, I realised that I knew very little about the wars fought actually in this country. I went to school in New Plymouth but…

Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story

Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story

Reviews “Good non-fiction titles are rare these days but I am pleased to say that this is one of the very good ones for students of all ages…The history is illustrated with superb photographs, newspaper articles, diary entries, maps and opinions from celebrated people. History doesn’t get any better than this.” Thanks to Bobs Books…

Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story

Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story

Our flight from Auckland to Kerikeri was cancelled so we had to go by bus instead. By the time we finally got there, we had missed almost a day of our three-day photo expedition, but it wasn’t possible to take any photos that day anyway, and a lot of the historic sites, like the Stone…

Harbour Bridge

Harbour Bridge

Reviews “1958/ 59 was a time of enormous change in New Zealand for everyone and with real skill Philippa Werry has managed to integrate the changes, attitudes and views of the time into a story that will be enjoyed for its own sake…As an adult I was fascinated by the story for all the memories…

Best Mates

Best Mates

The Illustrator Bob Kerr is a painter and award-winning illustrator, known for his depiction of Terry and the Gunrunners in the 1970s series written by Stephen Ballantyne. His book After the War published by Mallinson Rendell in 2000 was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and winner of the Russell Clark Award for…

Lighthouse Family

Lighthouse Family

The story behind the book I’ve been fascinated for a long time by the idea of lighthouses, and what it must have been like to live on a lighthouse station. Then some research I was doing for another piece of writing led me to the story of the Niagara, sunk by mines off the Northland…

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