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New Release: So Old So Quick May 30, 2014

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So Old So QuickWe have great pleasure in announcing So Old So Quick, our latest title, published under our Rampart imprint.

Published in the author’s 97th year, this is the memoir of an Auckland lad who went on to accomplished amazing things. During the war, Sir Pat served as a medical officer, the only Pakeha in the Maori Battalion. In the post-war years, as an ENT specialist he pioneered community health initiatives, cochlear implants and the establishment of Auckland’s Hearing House.

About Rampart: Castle’s Rampart imprint presents inspiring New Zealand stories for a general readership.

For more info about So Old So Quick and to purchase copies (print and ebook) visit the Castle website.

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Christmas and Summer Reading Gift Guide 2013 December 6, 2013

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Here’s a round-up of new and recent releases from Castle that we think will make great Christmas gifts and reading for your summer holiday. As always, everything is home-grown right here in New Zealand…

Christmas and summer selection

 

Mrs Shepherd’s Oven, by Patsy Nealon. For kids, age 4-9.

Mrs Shepherd has pies to bake for her knitting group. She is not happy because her brick oven has fallen down. What will she do? The quirky and fun adventures of a family of shepherds whose story touches on, and coincides with, the Christmas story. Great reading for all year round, and for general (as well as Christian) audiences. Illustrated throughout with water colour cartoon pictures that kids will love. Softcover, 22 pages full colour. A Castle Kids book! NZ$17.95. More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

Your Secret World, by Brian Goodwin. General adult.

This book examines your ‘secret world’ – the inner workings of your heart, soul and mind – and shows just how important they are in your everyday life. With compassion, insight and love, Brian Goodwin explains what ‘makes us tick’, looking at the things that spark our desire or hold us back, and opening us up to a heart to heart relationship with the Creator and others. Your Secret World draws on a wealth of biblical wisdom and the work of other Christian authors. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$26.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

The True Adventures of Lucy the Hen, by Daphne Joy. For kids, age 4-9.

In the chicken run, there is no one else quite like Lucy! Lucy is a very clever and special hen. In this beautifully illustrated full colour picture book, Daphne Joy tells us some of Lucy’s true life adventures. Each story concludes with ‘Learning with Lucy’ – bite-sized thoughts that apply the things that Lucy learns to our everyday lives. Softcover, 28 pages full colour. A Castle Kids book! NZ$14.95. More info, view a sample or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

To Rise Above, by Julianne Jones. Young adult and general adult historical fiction.

Katie, Samuel and Rhiannon have settled into a distant land but soon their faith will be tested beyond anything they had ever imagined… Julianne Jones’s superb second historical novel. A story of drama, romance and intrigue set in colonial New South Wales. Great reading for teenagers and adults. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$24.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

Into the Heart of PNG, by Kay Liddle. General adult.

In 1952 Kay Liddle waded ashore on the northern coast of New Guinea – the start of a lifelong relationship with that remarkable country. This is Kay’s personal story of years spent in service and partnership. It is filled with the difficulties, challenges and rewards of a dramatic life of mission. It is also the story of Christianity taking root and transforming the lives of ordinary Papuans – sharing the Good News, seeing whole groups of people move towards God, establishing churches, and training leaders. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$27.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.) Also available: Book Two.

Get Real, by Jill Stanley. General adult.

Real excerpts from an ordinary life in the hand of an extraordinary God. Jill Stanley’s real life story grabs and transports you from her quaint English village to Europe’s pulsating cities, and across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans to a remote island in the South Pacific. A transparent, brutally honest record of human passions, mistakes, flaws and sincere attempts to find lasting peace and truth. With hilarious adventures and powerful encounters, Jill will surely disarm and entertain you along the way. Available as a printed book or ebook. NZ$26.95 (ebook US$9.99). More info or purchase here. (Or ask for it at your local Christian bookshop.)

To see the complete line-up of our new and recent releases, visit the Castle website. Our catalogue contains an amazing range of books.

Introducing Castle Kids November 26, 2013

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Castle Publishing has great pleasure in announcing an all-new imprint – Castle Kids.

Castle Kids logoThis idea has been in the pipeline for quite a while. Castle has a strong belief that New Zealand authors have a unique point of view, and we knew that while we had been demonstrating this in the area of general non-fiction for some time, we needed to expand this vision into children’s publishing as well.

For some time, the Castle Kids concept had been awaiting the right product. We got our feet wet assisting Mike de Vetter with his wonderful Rose Princess book and with Lyndon Douglas’s remarkable Debbie Dart book. Then, this year, two books came along at around the same time that pushed the idea forward.

These two books are Daphne Joy’s The True Adventures of Lucy the Hen and Pasty Nealon’s Mrs Shepherd’s Oven. Both are beautifully (but very differently) illustrated and both tell the kinds of endearing stories that parents love to read to their children and that children love to hear.

We hope to bring you more Castle Kids books heading in 2014 and beyond, but meantime be sure to check out these two new titles (here and here) – they make excellent Christmas gifts.

A free ebook March 22, 2013

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From today until Tuesday (26 March, NZ time) you can download the Kindle version of To Rise Above by Julianne Jones for free!

To Rise Above is a superb new historical novel. Katie, Samuel and Rhiannon have settled into a distant land but soon their faith will be tested beyond anything they had ever imagined… A story of drama, romance and intrigue set in colonial New South Wales. Great reading for adults and teenagers.

To visit the Amazon page and download the Kindle version (free until Tuesday), click here.

For more info about To Rise Above, or to purchase the printed book version, click here.

And if you’re interested in publishing an ebook of your own, contact us.

Merry Christmas! December 20, 2012

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Castle Christmas Card 2012

Christmas gifts and holiday reading December 3, 2012

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Books! The ideal Christmas gift and the ultimate way to while away restful summer hours. In recent months Castle has added some excellent New Zealand-produced titles that perfectly fit the bill.

Here’s our Christmas and summer selection…

Christmas and summer selection

For more info and to purchase these titles (and more), visit our new releases page.

 

Merry Christmas! December 22, 2011

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Great Christmas Gift Guide November 21, 2011

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Time for the 2011 Castle Publishing Great Christmas Gift Guide… an excellent selection of NZ books that make ideal gifts this Christmas and superb summer reading. There’s something for everyone, so buy books for someone you love or for yourself this summer. There are even some great specials listed there, so you get NZ books at a very affordable price. Head on over to the Castle website to browse the guide and order online – quick and easy… the books will be delivered to your doorstep. Visit the guide here.

Proudly New Zealand October 31, 2011

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New Zealand is a great little country – and not just because we won the Rugby World Cup and the Lord of the Rings films were made here! At Castle we think that there is amazing value in unique books produced by New Zealanders (and Australasians) for New Zealand (and Australasia).

We keep our production quality high and our products unique.

And to show just how adamant we are about all this, we’ve got a new logo that we’re going to take every opportunity to display…

 

Sad news October 25, 2011

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We at Castle were very saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr Howard Harper.

The following is an excerpt from the obituary in the New Zealand Herald:

HARPER, Dr Howard Fife FRCF. Passed away peacefully in London on 19 October 2011 after a lengthy illness, aged 80 years. It can truly be said that “a mighty Totara has fallen”. Raised in New Zealand, he spent 50 years of his life with his beloved wife Monica, in pioneering missionary and medical work in Central Asia. He was an indefatigable character who kept his focus on enabling people to see again physically and spiritually until the last weeks of his life.

At Castle we were honoured to be able to help tell his story through working on the book which his daughter Faith Goldberg compiled. He was a truly inspirational man who touched the lives of thousands of people. It is wonderful to think that this mostly unsung hero received some recognition in his home country towards the end of his life. We believe that his life and legacy will continue to be treasured for many years to come.