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Welcome to the University of Otago Alumni bookshelf, where we showcase the recently published work of our alumni authors.

Find out more about the works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry our alumni have created.

Have you recently published a book that you would like to share with fellow Otago alumni? Please fill out this submission form.


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Awhi Mai Awhi Atu Women in Creation Care (Philip Garside Publishing Limited, 2022)

Sylvia Purdie (editor)

Class of 2008

Genre: Non-fiction

ISBN: 1991027125

The natural world is crying out for our loving attention. Does your church or community group want to get involved but don't know where to start? The contributors to this book explore the issues, share their personal visions, and offer practical ideas that your church or group can act on today.

Awhi Mai Awhi Atu tells the stories of 30 women, living in Aotearoa New Zealand from many cultures, who are leading in environmental action. Through their experience a powerful story emerges of God at work in a rich diversity of ways.


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All Experience is an Arch (Quentin Wilson Publishing, 2022)

Dick Sainsbury

Class of 1972

Genre: Non-fiction

ISBN: 9780995143791

This book is a compilation of essays, vignettes and discussion papers written by a retired geriatrician to consider some of the issues associated with ageing and older people, including the health ‘giants’ of later years. These are supplemented by pieces illustrating the value of literature in gerontology. 

Although it covers some medical subjects it is not a textbook; rather, it seeks to raise the profile of a medical discipline that has sometimes been poorly understood. Medical conditions are discussed but in a way that is readily understood by a lay audience. The author’s intention is that there should be something of interest for every reader and to encourage the study of older people in literature.