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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 12 February 2020

Pre Release - Onward, Volume Five

Fair Dinkum Books is please to announce pre-sales for Volume Five of Onward: Portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force are now being taken.

As a special offer, all pre-sales made before the end of February 2020 will receive a bound copy of the index to all five volumes, representing nearly 20,000 photographs of those who served overseas with the NZEF during the First World War. Pre-sales are available now in the Bookshop.

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


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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