The Allen & Unwin New Zealand Publishing Programme

Allen & Unwin New Zealand publishes a diverse range of titles with a strong focus on narrative non-fiction across a variety of genres as well as cookbooks and gift books.

We are driven to tell great stories and to produce excellent books that meet the market and inspire readers.

Allen & Unwin New Zealand Publishing Programme

Journey to Health

Published: June 2018

Simone Anderson struggled with her weight for many years, but when she reached the weight of 169 kg she decided to change for good.

Secret World of Butterflies

Published: June 2018

Butterflies are beautiful but they have some very odd habits - welcome to their secret world.

Island Nurses

Published: May 2018

A story about two remarkable women and how they forged their careers in a remote place; a story of community and the births and deaths that shape its ups and downs; a classic story of making do and overcoming adversity; and a story of hope and new life.

Life, Loss, Love

Published: April 2018

From the heady days of her Miss Universe win to the tragic death of her soulmate Martin Crowe, Lorraine Downes' life has been full of highs and lows.

Woman in the Wilderness

Published: April 2018

An inspirational story of adventure and bravery, from a young woman living a primitive, nomadic life in the wilds of the South Island of New Zealand.

Food for Good

Published: November 2017

This beautiful, fresh cookbook delivers excellent recipes for daily meals as well as the opportunity to give back. Buy a book and we give a lunch to a Kiwi kid in need.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Living a Beautiful Life

Published: November 2017

Matilda Rice, Instagram sensation and popular winner of The Bachelor, shares her down-to-earth approach to health and happiness in this beautiful book.

Drawn Out

Published: November 2017

Riotous, ripping yarns from a polymath who can't add or subtract but who has won awards for cartooning, print journalism, documentary film-making and writing dramas.

The New Zealand Cat

Published: October 2017

The cats of New Zealand star in this book of stunning portraits and stories that are by turn quirky, funny, sad and heartwarming.

Eat Up New Zealand

Published: October 2017

A stunning new substantial cookbook from Al Brown with more than 150 wonderful recipes that make this THE cookbook of the year.

The Necessary Angel

Published: October 2017

A dazzling new novel from the award-winning Karl Stead.

Daughter of Gloriavale

Published: September 2017

One young woman's true story of growing up in Gloriavale Christian Community the repressive cult led by her grandfather, the charismatic and controlling Hopeful Christian.

The Great New Zealand Robbery

Published: August 2017

The forgotten true-crime story of how Auckland's mobsters pulled off the heist of the century.

Running: A Love Story

Published: August 2017

How an overweight radio DJ got running, got skinny, kept running, survived a life-threatening tumour and fell in love with running marathons.

How to DAD Volume 2

Published: August 2017

More hilarious stuff from international internet sensation How to DAD.

Things That Matter

Published: August 2017

'This is a masterful tour through the mystery and majesty of modern medicine, guided by a world-class physician who has the mind of a superb scientist and the soul of a fine poet.'

Resilient Grieving

Published: June 2017

Resilient Grieving is a practical, research-based guide to finding your own path to recovery from devastating loss.

Pocket Money to Property

Published: June 2017

Should your child do chores for pocket money? Do you talk to your kids about money? Will your kids be able to buy a house when they grow up?

Mrs D is Going Within

Published: June 2017

Lotta Dann should have it all sorted. She s quit a dysfunctional drinking habit, has written a bestselling memoir and has launched a website to help others get sober. Life should be sweet, right? Wrong.

Island Nurses

Published: May 2017

A story about two remarkable women and how they forged their careers in a remote place; a story of community and the births and deaths that shape its ups and downs; a classic story of making do and overcoming adversity; and a story of hope and new life.

Man of Iron

Published: April 2017

The first biography of one of New Zealand's best known First World War soldiers.

Woman in the Wilderness

Published: April 2017

An inspirational story of adventure and bravery, of a young woman living a primitive, nomadic life in the wilds of the South Island.

Moo and Moo and the Little Calf too

Published: April 2017

Be udderly mooooved by this charming story of Kaikoura's quake cows.

Moo and Moo and Can You Guess Who?

Published: January 2017

The bestselling Kaikoura earthquake cows are back!

Rolling with the Punchlines

Published: November 2016

Chuckle, laugh and snigger along with Urzila in this fascinating memoir of a life in comedy.

The Name on the Door is Not Mine

Published: November 2016

A striking new collection of accessible yet elegant stories from literary giant and master craftsman CK Stead

How to DAD

Published: November 2016

How to Dad's first book! Well-known for his funny videos on Facebook and YouTube, Jordan Watson shares his best stories and tricks.

Life on the Edge

Published: October 2016

Top radio host Jay-Jay Harvey tells all in these stories of her 22 years at hugely popular radio station The Edge.

The Horse Whisperer

Published: September 2016

The remarkable life of 'horse whisperer', Andrew Froggatt, who works with horses written off as 'un-trainable' by others and achieves great success.

Behind the Tape

Published: August 2016

New Zealand's top police crisis negotiator reveals the everyday drama of being a cop: the lives saved, the lives lost and the extreme pressure to perform under tough and confronting circumstances.

Things That Matter

Published: August 2016

‘This is a masterful tour through the mystery and majesty of modern medicine, guided by a world-class physician who has the mind of a superb scientist and the soul of a fine poet.'

Our Boys

Published: July 2016

Accessible, helpful advice for parents bringing up boys of any age.

What Abi Taught Us

Published: June 2016

The inspiring story of how Lucy Hone coped with the tragic death of her daughter and how strategies from the science of resilient grieving can help anyone face an equally helpless situation.


Published: May 2016

Modern family-friendly recipes from MasterChef NZ winner

All Things Nice

Published: May 2016

Enjoy colouring in these delightful images of the special things in everyday life.

What's for Dinner?

Published: April 2016

Here's the answer to the question on everyone's lips - 'what's for dinner?' - 80 terrific weeknight recipes from Nadia Lim and the My Food Bag team.

Eat Clean, Live Lean

Published: January 2016

Revitalise your life with Art's balanced approach to paleo eating and essential exercises that are easy for everyone.

Little Loves

Published: November 2015

Stunning images by world-renowned photographer Rachael Hale McKenna bring to life beautiful stories of the bonds between children and animals.


Published: November 2015

Japanese cooking demystified for the home cook; from Nic Watt of award-winning restaurant Masu

Who Killed Scott Guy?

Published: November 2015

A behind the scenes view of the murder trial that gripped the nation.

Message to My Girl

Published: October 2015

Like Tuesdays with Morrie this is a beautifully written reflection on the search for meaning in life and death.

All Good

Published: October 2015

Relax by colouring in this gorgeous collection of New Zealand images that remind you of good times and happy memories

Kill Your Mortgage & Sort Your Retirement

Published: September 2015

Get serious about your money, pay off your mortgage quickly and ensure you have enough for retirement

Animal Magic

Published: May 2015

Charming, warm and touching memoir from inspirational animal whisperer Carolyn Press-McKenzie, who runs two animal sanctuaries.

Easy Weeknight Meals

Published: May 2015

Essential cookbook for tasty, healthy, quick weeknight dinners.

Long Shots

Published: November 2014

The most inspiring sporting stories of Kiwis who have triumphed against all odds.

Childhood of an Idiot

Published: October 2014

Dom Harvey, author of the bestselling Bucket List of an Idiot, returns to his childhood in this laugh-out-loud story of life as a kid in 1980s New Zealand.

Mrs D is Going Without

Published: July 2014

An honest, upfront, engaging account of a suburban housewife's journey from miserable wine-soaked boozer to self-respecting sober lady.

Wild Blackberries

Published: May 2014

A delightful memoir with recipes that explores decade by decade, era by era, what we ate, and how that food defined us.

The Bassett Road Machine-Gun Murders

Published: December 2013

The true story behind the crime that marked New Zealand's end of innocence.

Running to Extremes

Published: October 2013

Lisa Tamati takes on some of the world's most extreme ultra-races - an inspiring look at the reality of a long-distance runner.

The Battles of Monte Cassino

Published: September 2013

The first thematic analysis of the Battles of Monte Cassino brings to light new and controversial ideas and information about some of the most critical battles of the Second World War.


Published: September 2013

One couple's quest to conceive a child, charting the highs and lows of life lived in the shadow of infertility.

A Bit Mental

Published: June 2013

In an effort to conquer his depression, Jimi Hunt decided to travel the length of New Zealand's longest river.on a lilo.

A Forager's Treasury

Published: May 2013

A New Zealand guide to the art of foraging - the ultimate guide to finding sustainable, free and fascinating plants.

Twenty Good Summers

Published: January 2013

A personal finance guide for baby boomers to help them use the money they have to create income for a good semi-retirement.

Great Kiwi Firsts

Published: December 2012

A fabulous and fascinating compendium of great New Zealand achievements

Hap Working the World

Published: November 2012

Eight years, seven continents, one hell of an adventure. Follow Hap Cameron as he attempts to live and work on all seven continents before he turns thirty.


Published: November 2012

How a pretty unfit, very ordinary bloke became an ultra-endurance cyclist and undertook one of the great feats of human endurance.

Bucket List of an Idiot

Published: October 2012

Brave or crazy? Dom Harvey proves that he's both by letting his friends and family set him a bucket list of mad tasks.

The Perfect Balance

Published: July 2012

The secret to getting ahead is spending less than you earn. Sounds easy - but in reality it's not.

The Small Business Book

Published: January 2012

Completely revised and updated edition of the bestselling guide to starting, managing, and expanding a small business in New Zealand.

Running Hot

Published: May 2011

The first Australasian woman to take on Badwater - the world's toughest race through Death Valley - Lisa Tamati's incredible journey of ultra-running endurance, heartbreak and resilience is an astounding read for athletes as well as the armchair-inclined.

Shot in the Dark

Published: November 2010

Ten of the most intriguing unsolved New Zealand murders from the Jazz age are reopened and reinvestigated using modern techniques.

Kiwi Heroes

Published: August 2010

Tells the fascinating stories of some of the bravest people New Zealand has produced - each of whom have put the good of others before their own.