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The standard untracked service (cheapest) can no longer be guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.

To AUSTRALIA, you have until Decmeber 7th for the International Courier service to get the books to you before Christmas.

For the UK, Europe, North America & Asia, you have until the 4th of December.

For everyone else - you've got until the 2nd December (!)

If you've missed these dates, there's still the EXPRESS Courier serivce. It's mighty expensive, but to get to you before Christmas, you have until:
* Australia = 14th December
* North America, UK, Europe, Asia = 10th December
* Rest of the World = 8th December

Be advised that the International Courier service and the Express Courier service don't serve absolutely every country - get in touch with us at books@hardtofind.co.nz to confirm your country

Merry Christmas,
Hard to Find Books

Takahē for Bird of the Year 2020 - 4th Nov 2020

It’s the most important election of the year: Bird of the Year voting is now open! 
Hard to Find Books Dunedin is proud to announce its official backing of the Takahē for #birdoftheyear2020! 

Pictured is an 1882 drawing of the (then thought to be extinct) Takahē from a #firstedition of Walter Buller’s Manual of the Birds of New Zealand. This was a precursor to the famous Buller’s Birds and is more like a field guide - featuring information about where to find native birds, what they do when a gun goes off near by and even what some of them taste like! 
This book is SUPER RARE and will set you back $750NZD

Miscellaneous NEW ARRIVALS to website - 23rd Oct 2020

Everyday, something new to browse - get them while they're going

Plutarch’s Fern - 21st Oct 2020

Plutarch’s Fern Sometimes we find the most beautiful and strange things in our old books. 
This fern was found in the pages of ‘Plutarch Lives’ published in 1711!
I can’t speak to how long the fern has been there - but goodness it is lovely!

We have already sold this book I'm afraid - we just thought you might to see something stunning!

This Just in - Dunedin's Own Battle Magazine Issue #2 - 5th Oct 2020

This Just in - Dunedin's Own Battle Magazine Issue #2 We are lucky enough to be a stockist of Dunedin's very own Battle Magazine! 
Battle is a collaboration showcase of some of the great alternative artists Ōtepoti has to offer. 
It features work by:
Justin Young @jyoung_artist
Jeremy Potts 
Abe Hunt
Veronica Brett @secret_eggs
Charlie Davis @satans.barber
James Collins
Lucy Hunter @wetspeci
Spencer Hall @spenserhallnz
Motohiro Hayakawa @moto583motohiro
Saskia Rushton @saskiarg
Joshua Bloodbarron @bloodbaron.tattoo
Jack Davies
Nicola Jane @nicolajanetattoo
Andy McCready @andy_mccready_art
Tony Rat Scarer @rattscarer66tattoo

Check out their instagram pages and support local art!

This is a limited run so do not miss out. They are available in store for NZ$25

First Edition Friday AND Banned Books Week: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - 2nd Oct 2020

“There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” 

I have spoken about this wonderful book earlier in the year ... but it's a great read, and it's a banned book , so I very am happy to talk about it again!
The theme at the heart of this book is censorship - which makes its banning all the more ironic!
It has been challenged and banned in schools across the US several times. The most recent was an attempt in 2006 when during Banned Book Week (!) a student was assigned 451 to read. The Student got only a few pages in, was disgusted by the language and the depiction of the burning of the bible, so her and her parents then tried to ban the book from the curriculum.

However there is something even more ironic than banning a book about censorship DURING Banned Books Week.
If the student had continued reading, they would have seen that the reason the protagonist begins to question his life of book burning is becasue he finds, steals and reads the bible - which ends up changing his life....

We have several different First Edition copies of Fahrenheit 451 available:

In order pictured:
The 1953 Ballantine Books paperback. This is the true first edition and came out earlier than the hardcovers. NZD$150.00

The 1954 Hart-Davies edition in its dust wrapper. I believe this is the UK first edition. NZD$200.00

We do have with several other copies available on our online catalogue


Banned Books Week 2020! - 28th Sep 2020

Banned Books Week 2020! It is Banned Book Week!
This week is recognised by the book world globally as a celebration of the freedom to read. It brings attention to books which have been banned and/or challenged in countries, libraries and schools around the world.
One of the most interesting parts of Banned Book Week is seeing the list of the top 100 challenged/banned books from the American Libraries Association. This list is always very telling of the issues which are "plagueing" our society year by year. Harry Potter and A Handmaid's Tale have made the list for several years in a row. As for 2019 - every single other book on the list was challenged for reasons relating to characters/themes of the LGBTQIA+ community. 
If we have a look at the list below of past banned books, we can see how culture changes and how ridiculous it all seems when looking back. This trend of anti-queer literary sentiment will end soon and future generations will have a chuckle at just how out-of-touch we were. 
So let's take a look at some of the most prevalent books which have been banned and why!

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
- Banned in the UAE in 2007 & various schools and libraries across the globe
- Is the Most Challenged Book of the 20th Century!
- Reason: Witchcraft, Occultism, Satanism, Values in opposition to religious institutions

A Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Banned in Several Schools and Libraries
- Reason: Sexual Content, Prostitution, Offensive

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Banned in Huana Province of China (1931)
- Reason: Anthropormorphised animals with the same level of complexity as humans. Leaders where fearful of children treating animals as equal to people - which would be 'disastrous'

1984, Animal Farm & Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
- 1984: banned in Russia & several schools/libaries for explicit sexual content. Stalin also believed this was a criticism of his regime.
- Animal Farm: banned in Russia & Vietnam for being critical of communisim, and the UAE (2002) for depicting an anthromophic pig being unaligned with Islamic beliefs
- Homage to Catalonia: banned in Spain because of its alignment against fascist dictator Francisco Franco 

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
- Banned in Bangladesh, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Senegal, Kuwait, Singapore, Liberia, Sri Lanka, and more!
- Reason: Blasphemy against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad
- In 1989 the leader of Iran called a Fatwa against Rushdie and the publishers. This resulted in 2 deaths, 3 attempted murders and 37 people dying in an arson targeting the Turkish translator. 
- There is an incredibly interesting BBC4 Podcast called 'Fatwa' if you would like more information

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H Lawrence
- Banned in Australia (1929-65), China (1936), UK (1960), USA (1959) and Japan (1952-57)
- Reason: Obsene Sexual Content & Frequent use of certain 4-letter-words
- This book was the subject of several trials claiming it was breaking the obsenity act.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Banned in apartheid South Africa (1955)
- The racist government deemed it contained 'obscene' or 'indecent' material

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Banned in Australia (1932-7) & Ireland (1932)
- Reason: References of sexual promiscuity - "it makes casual sex look fun"

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Banned in Argentina, Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa, UK
- Reason: Obsenity, child sexual abuse
- It is still considered one of the greatest books of the 20th Century despite its content

Ulysses by James Joyce
- Banned in USA, Ireland Canada and England
- Reason: Obsenity
- Original Manuscripts where BURNT by authorities to stop its distribution
- When this failed, a trial was held for the anti-obsenities act and the book was banned
- Many first editions of this book come with the cover ripped off. This was so people would not get arrested when smuggling the book!

If you want more information on Banned Books Week - Head over to https://bannedbooksweek.org/

We have many of these books both in store and online (don't worry - it is legal!) so have a wee look and see what you can discover!

First Edition Friday: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe - 25th Sep 2020

First Edition Friday presents: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

"You're either on the bus, or off the bus"

While we are talking about Ken Kesey, I would be remissed not to talk about his life as a Merry Prankster. During the mid-60's, Kesey and his band of Pranksters where an integral and infamous part of the counter coulture revolution. The toured the United States in a rainbow painted bus, causing light-hearted trouble, all the while consuming and sharing copious amounts of LSD.
'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' is a chronical of this journey. While Kesey & Co. where becoming landmarks of American History - Wolfe was making a waves of his own with this book. This is one of the earliest (and the most popular) example of a new literary style - New Journalism. 
Featuring characters like Alan Ginsberg, The Grateful Dead, Timothy Leary and the Hells Angels - this is a monumental book in the history of the hippie movement which writing style echoes the chaos of the times.
This First Edition just came in today and will be online this evening
It can be yours for $300NZD

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