‘Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand’ released

My latest book – the Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand (David Bateman 2013) – was released this week. Here it is in a Paper Plus bookstore. Front row, second from right. Kind of cool to be alongside Chris Ryan, Danielle Steele and Frederick Forsyth best sellers.

Kind of cool to be alongside Chris Ryan best-sellers and stuff...

My advance copy arrived a couple of weeks back. And even after thirty-odd years of book writing, the thrill never goes away. The moment when the book –  my book – finally emerges for the first time.

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It’s a big book – 488 pages, 120,000 words and 600 photos, presented in large format 280 mm high, 210mm wide and 40mm thick. I was still surprised by the weight of it – an indication of quality even before the package was opened. The original 2004 edition was case-bound but used wood-free paper, which is fairly light. This new second edition is soft cover – technically ‘limp’, with French flaps and a ‘perfect’ binding – but is physically heavier, printed on high grade paper that really brings out the quality of the photos.

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When that’s combined with the level of re-writing and revision of the photo selection, that makes it a new book in many ways; updated- re-cast and re-developed. It’s available now in bookstores and by direct online purchase from Fishpond, New Zealand’s online bookstore. E-book editions in Kindle, Kobo and iBook format will be released in a little while – watch this space for news.

Before then I’ll be sharing some of the interior pages and text. Watch this space.

I think it’s exciting…and I hope you do too.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013


15 thoughts on “‘Bateman Illustrated History of New Zealand’ released

  1. Congrats Matthew. I agree, there is nothing quite like that thrill of holding ‘your book’ in your hands, even though the self-publishing e-book trend takes that option away from us.

  2. Thanks for the link to purchase, Matthew! I have been waiting for it. It really looks a beauty and congratulations, again. This is all so exciting, and I am glad you are sharing it with us.

    1. Thank you – and very much appreciated. I’ve got some more posts coming up with some interior snippets from the book and some of the back-story about how I did it. It’s going to be more widely available soon online, too – the release at the moment is focussed on the New Zealand retail trade.

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