Latest news about ‘The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front’

It’s always a bit nerve-racking when a book’s released: will it do well? How will it be reviewed? My book The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front has been out a couple of weeks.

Me giving a talk at Messines Bookshop during the launch…

It’s been published and is being sold old-school style – in print, through the brick-and-mortar physical channels of retail outlets. The book has fielded excellent coverage in the media and it’s been prominent in every bookshop I’ve been into  – including the shop at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum. That last is brilliant news for any author of matters military, because Te Papa is hosting the long-term ‘Scale of War’ exhibition, about New Zealand’s Gallipoli experience (it was curated by a friend of mine). Visitors go through that exhibition out into a bookshop – and guess what’s sitting there for them to buy.

My book on the counter at the Te Papa Tongarewa bookshop.

Other than that there’s been some promotional material across the media – there’s been an extract in the New Zealand Listener:

A couple of excellent reviews: and

And I was interviewed by Terry Toner of Southland Radio:

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All of which is good news. I’m also very pleased with where the book is sitting in terms of the historiography – it sums up my latest thoughts on the social impact of the First World War on New Zealand’s soldiers, and on New Zealand as a whole – then and since. And if you want your copy, you can buy it at any good New Zealand bookshop, or direct online from the publisher, Oratia.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2017

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