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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.

CUP Book Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards ’17

You could be forgiven a slight sense of déjà vu on hearing the news that Aaron Beehre and Gemma Banks of Ilam Press have been shortlisted for the Best Non-Illustrated Book in the PANZ Book Design Awards 2017.

170613 My Mother and the Hungarians coverThis year they’ve been recognised for their work on My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions by Frankie McMillan (CUP, 2016); last year they, together with Jose Sanchez, were shortlisted for the same category for  McMillan’s poetry collection There are no horses in heaven (CUP, 2015). The design awards will be announced on 20 July in Auckland.

My Mother and the Hungarians is the fourth book designed and produced by Ilam Press in collaboration with Canterbury University Press (CUP) and was launched at the WORD Christchurch readers’ festival last year. The book comes highly recommended in terms of content and form: it also made the long list for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, and we’re delighted that both the author and the designers of this work have been acknowledged in two national awards.

Success for Canterbury University Press and CUP authors

CUP books

It’s a good news week for CUP and our authors!

Two CUP books published this year have been longlisted for the 2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards:

New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history by Catherine Knight in the general non-fiction category


My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions by Frankie McMillan in the fiction category.

More good news

New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history by Catherine Knight  has been picked as one of the top 100 books of the year by The Listener magazine. See the whole list in issue 3992 of The Listener, out this week. It’s a great prompt for your holiday reading and Christmas present lists.

Frankie McMillan, author of two books for CUP, and a former recipient of the Ursula Bethell residency at UC,  has been awarded the Michael King residency.