Kia ora. I am currently an Information Librarian at Christchurch City Libraries, but have a background in military museum libraries in the UK. I have a particular interest in the First World War and early aviation and hope to share my knowledge about twentieth century and other conflicts, plus other topics like heritage, films, theatre, Antarctica and anything else that takes my fancy.
Adam Claasen's Fearless: the extraordinary untold story of New Zealand's Great War Airmen is part of New Zealand's official First World War Centenary series. As with all this series, it is a beautifully produced volume, full of fascinating images - the endpapers are particularly delightful. Over 800 New Zealanders served with the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service and Australian Flying Corps and many of their stories are told here for the first time. This is an ideal book if you want to know about a different aspect of New Zealand's contribution to World War One.
I don't really write a lot of booklists but here are a few!
- Interesting autobiographies
- Katherine's top 2017 books
- Katherine's 2016 top books
- 1916 and beyond
- 2015 - some top books
- First World War campaign histories
- Historic newspaper archives online
- Fairly modern plays I like
- Royal New Zealand Air Force and New Zealanders in the RAF
- Heroic Era Antarctic Exploration
- First World War uniforms equipment and medals
Some picks about conflict
New Zealand and the First World War by Damien Fenton - a comprehensive overview of New Zealand's war
The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook - classic account of a horrific day
Generation Kill (TV series), based on the book by Evan Wright
Ultimate literary trilogy: The Regeneration Trilogy
Favourite comfort author: Bill Bryson - always funny and interesting
Looking forward to
The next part of Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer
Will never be found reading
I'm not sure anymore, because you never know what you might enjoy that you didn't think you would!
Take a look at my chapter about a young Royal Flying Corps Officer serving on the Western Front and in Sudan in Experience of a Lifetime: people personalities and leaders in the First World War.
Check out my chapter on 'Antarcticans and the First World War' in Endurance and the First World War.
In 2014 I presented a paper at the LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand) Conference about Caring for Communities after the earthquakes.