Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments
brings together some of his most significant writing. Whether he
describes his childhood in Wanganui, reflects on discovering the beauty
of science, sets out New Zealand’s future potential or discusses the
experience of fatherhood, Sir Paul Callaghan offers eloquent narratives
that will endure in this country’s literature. Meeting with the cancer
that ended his life, he documents for us all ways of living well in the
face of illness. As his daughter Catherine writes in her moving
foreword: 'He became his own scientific experiment.'
Sir Paul Callaghan was born in Wanganui in August 1947 and died in Wellington in March 2012. He received international recognition for his scientific research in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. In 2001 he became the thirty-sixth New Zealander to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Ampere Prize in 2004 and the Gunther Laukien Prize for Magnetic Resonance in 2010, among others. He was founding director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, based at Victoria University of Wellington. His research into nuclear magnetic resonance and its applications led directly to the founding of Magritek Ltd, a Wellington-based company which supplies specialised scientific instruments worldwide.
He was a regular public speaker who promoted science to a wide audience, including through his radio series with Kim Hill, some of which was published in book form in 2007 as As Far as We Know: Conversations about Science, Life and the Universe. In 2011 he was named New Zealander of the Year for his outstanding leadership for more than thirty years as a scientist, teacher, visionary and communicator. In recent years, Sir Paul promoted a vision of a future New Zealand economy based on innovation, science and technology. He was passionate about living and working in New Zealand, and in making New Zealand a better society.
This book isnt just about a daughters difficult relationship with her father and his death. Its about exercising authenticity in the difficult conversations that can only strengthen the bond between a father and a daughter, and bring them both the peace they were longing for all along.
This book is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a parent, wants to repair a damaged parent/child relationship, or is looking for comfort and companionship through difficult conversations with loved ones at the end of their life cycle.
Shelby and Stuart Stout felt led to write A Legacy of Hope after compiling a journal of the 191 days from Hope's diagnosis to her death. Both parents were with Hope every step of the way on her journey from a healthy preteen to being dependent on crutches to eventually being bedridden. Their heartfelt story includes the times when they were angry and desperate, as well as the times when Hope's humor and spirit shone through.
Academy Award winning screen writers Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry are developing the screenplay for Hope’s Wish with an expected production date sometime in 2013.
A bundle of the first four BWB Texts by Paul Callaghan, Maurice Gee, Kathleen Jones and Rebecca Macfie.
A moving selection of Sir Paul Callaghan’s writing, offering eloquent narratives that will endure in this country’s literature. Published on the first anniversary of Sir Paul’s death, with a foreword by Catherine Callaghan, Paul Callaghan: Luminous Moments celebrates the life of a remarkable New Zealander.
Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest fiction writers, Maurice Gee has written virtually no non-fiction. The exceptions are the two exquisite childhood reminiscences combined here into a memoir in Creeks and Kitchens.
‘I think … I am going to die’, the stunning chapter from Kathleen Jones’s biography Katherine Mansfield: The Story-teller (2010), describes Mansfield’s last days and death at chateau near Paris, the centre of a spiritual movement led by the mysterious Russian philosopher-mystic Georges Gurdjieff.
Written over a period of two years, Rebecca Macfie’s searing account of the Christchurch earthquakes, Report from Christchurch, traces the city's struggle to recover from the disaster and plan for the future. Published in association with the New Zealand Listener.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.