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Revenge of the Rich?

Austin Mitchell argues that neoliberalism has caused wealth to trickle up, not down. 

CUP Publisher Catherine Montgomery writes:

170630-Revenge_lo res coverUC alumnus and best-selling author, Austin Mitchell, author of The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise, has just published a new book Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand with Canterbury University Press.

It’s an outspoken commentary on the impact of neoliberalism as a governing ideology, which in Mitchell’s view has failed to deliver on its promises, including the ‘trickle-down effect’, and has led instead to much greater inequality.

Yorkshireman Mitchell’s connections with Aotearoa New Zealand and UC go back a long way and were refreshed quite recently. He lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for eight years while lecturing in political science at the universities of Canterbury (1964–7) and Otago, and returned to UC as a Canterbury Scholar in 2016 to deliver a series of summer lectures. These lectures on ‘Britain and New Zealand: The Great Unravelling’ were a discussion of the evolution of recent British politics, drawing analogies with parallel developments and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand, and they form the nucleus of Mitchell’s new book. He says he believes it is the first to look at the rise and fall of neoliberalism as the prevailing ideology in the two countries where it was imposed ‘further and faster’ than in any others.

On hearing about the forthcoming book, one of his former politics students remarked that Mitchell’s lectures were always ‘packed’ as they were so entertaining.  Helen Clark, prime minister of Aotearoa New Zealand 1999–2008 remarks in the Foreword to the book: ‘Agree with it, or disagree with it, love it or loathe it, Austin Mitchell’s writing provokes us to reflect on what our common future could be. It is written in a lively fashion with highly quotable turns of phrase.’

CUP has a copy of the book to give away. Just answer the following question:
Which English county does Austin Mitchell hail from?
Entries to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by cob 7 July 2017. First correct entry to be drawn from the hat will be notified by email.

Ex Libris Exhibition starts 19 May

An exhibition of bookplates and provenance from the collection of the Macmillan Brown Library.

Mary-Barrett002Ex Libris includes a wide array of fascinating material of exquisite artistry ranging from a 1531 edition of Magna Carta to a 1923 association copy of ‘New Hampshire’ by American poet, Robert Frost, all of which have a connection with Canterbury institutions and personalities.

‘Ex Libris’ (trans: from the books) showcases a visually stunning sample of provenance found among the collections of UC’s Macmillan Brown Library. Inscriptions, labels, stamps, association books, marginalia, bookplates and personal items bring to life the journey of a book.

Special Collections librarian and curator Damian Cairns explains, “these possessive marks can show the love of as well as the possession of books, the owner’s social position and personality, insight into the socio-political landscape of a period and artistic movements, such as Canterbury’s The Group.”

The graphic quality of this mark-making enriches books beyond their original intent. They open a point of connection to a person or period and provide us with an understanding of the social-life of the object.

Exhibition runs from 19 May – 5 July 2017
UC Matariki Gallery opposite Puaka-James Hight

Have you ever wanted your very own bookplate? A bookplate design competition open to students and staff will coincide with the exhibition. Visit the exhibition or any campus library for entry details.

Curator: Damian Cairns, Assistant Curator: Rebecca Taekema

For further information please contact:
Damian Cairns, Kaitaki Taonga Motuhake | Special Collection Librarian
Tel. +64 3 364 2987 ext. 93916
E. damian.cairns@canterbury.ac.nz

Book Night at UC Library: 23 May

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Need a break? Dive into a book!

Help UC Library gather as many people as we can for Book Night 2017!

Bring along your whānau, friends, workmates or book club and support this nationwide event.

Bring your own book or choose something from our display of recreational reading material.

Meet between the lifts on Level 3 of Central Library at 5:15pm Tuesday 23 May.

‘Rushing For Gold’ published by UC staff member and alumnus

Rushing for Gold edited by Dr Lloyd Carpenter (UC alumnus) and Dr Lyndon Fraser (from the College of Arts) examines the nature of trans-Tasman ties formed on the back of 19th century gold rushes.

This multi-perspective volume, with contributions from both academics and local historians and genealogists, tells the story of the people from all over the world who sought their fortune on the gold fields.

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The book will be launched at the University Book Shop on campus at 5:30pm Thursday 10 March 2016.

You can buy it online here >>>