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.
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.
Other than that there’s been some promotional material across the media – there’s been an extract in the New Zealand Listener: http://www.noted.co.nz/currently/history/passchendaele-centenary-new-zealands-blackest-day-in-flanders-fields/
A couple of excellent reviews: https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/books/overview-benefits-latest-research and https://booksellersnz.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/book-review-the-new-zealand-experience-at-gallipoli-and-the-western-front-by-matthew-wright/
And I was interviewed by Terry Toner of Southland Radio: http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=8666d9a0-c722-44ba-8351-3374412b53a7
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