Welcome to Fair Dinkum Books. We specialise in books pertaining to New Zealand's military history. We research, write and self-publish our own books, and also offer a hosting service for other authors who are looking for an alternative outlet for their publications. The cornerstone of our business is the Onward series of portrait volumes. Information about this project may seen on our Onward Project page. Details and samples pages for each book can be found in the Bookshop.

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News - Updated 22 March 2020

New Release!

Onward: Volume Five 

Fair Dinkum Books is pleased to advise that copies of Volume Five of Onward are now on-hand, with all pre-release purchases shipping from Monday 23 March 20. With the increasing restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unsure if postal delivery will be affected, but we will carry on shipping regardless.

Thank you also to those who ordered a special customised cover for their copy of Volume Five. These look great, and will also ship in the coming week. Information on our new 'Customised Cover' initiative can be found on the Onward Project page here.

Soft cover   l  461 pages  |  b&w

Price: $70 plus postage +$10 for a customised cover


The Owaka World War One Roll of Honour lists the names of 45 men, but it does not tell the full story or the consequences of the conflict. The toll of young lives was a disaster for such a small community, and for years afterwards men were still dying from wounds, sickness, gas poisoning and suicide. Those who survived to resume their old lives were often scarred forever by their experiences. The authors have compiled a roll call of 424 Catlins soldiers, telling their stories for the first time.

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