How to stoke your Kindle with “Coal”

I’m delighted to announce that my book Coal: the rise and fall of King Coal in New Zealand (Bateman 2014) – which was released in print a few months ago – has also been published internationally through Kindle.

Coal is an irreplaceable resource, formed over millions of years, yet humanity has been burning it as if there is no tomorrow. Today it’s responsible for 43 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. We stand at a cross-roads; and the story of coal – of which the New Zealand side is a microcosm and case-study – plays a large part in the journey.

Reviews of the print edition so far have been excellent:

There have been many books written about coal mining in New Zealand; however this definitive work by Matthew Wright has certainly set a new benchmark” – Robin Hughes, NZ Booksellers, 13 October 2014.

a fascinating read, and it is such a good way of understanding NZ history” – “The Library”, 15 October 2014.

…mines a rich seam of interesting content on many things relative to coal…” – Ted Fox, Otago Daily Times, 24 November 2014.

And so, without further ado – welcome to the Kindle edition:

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2014

7 thoughts on “How to stoke your Kindle with “Coal”

  1. I’d like to see this book show up here, in Wyoming. We’re the number one coal producing state in the United States, and it’d be interesting to see how your book on New Zealand coal would do here. My guess is that you are looking at a lot of the same issues we presently are here.


    1. I think the New Zealand coal experience fairly precisely mirrors that elsewhere in the world, particularly the US. In many ways we have a special connection with the midwest US, because both places were settled about the same time by nineteenth century frontier society – a shared experience that historians refer to as ‘Pacific Rim’ culture. I’ve not been to Wyoming, but a blogging friend who was born there tells me it’s very close to south-central NZ in look and feel. There’s no question that New Zealand’s mid-nineteenth century culture was in many ways closer to that of the US frontier than to that of Britain – though it was from Britain that our settlers derived. But our businessmen looked to the US for inspiration, we had many gold-miners here who’d come from California, via Victoria, and so on. The coal industry shared the experience; and, later, when they became uppity, they drew inspiration from the Chicago ‘wobblies’.

      The book’s available on Amazon – click on the cover icon on the right – or can be ordered online, in print, via the publisher


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