Gwena Turner's Christchurch

03:14, Aug 06 2012


Penguin, $35

On a completely different note, this book captures Christchurch's pre-earthquake elegance and charm.

Artist Gwenda Turner's best-selling book has been brought back, offering a blend of old photographs, mementos and original paintings that take the reader on the tram route to rediscover and remember the city as it was.

Australian Turner came to New Zealand at the age of 19 and studied graphic design, becoming an award-winning artist and writer of more than 30 adult and children's books.

Turner made Christchurch her home in 1974, and many of her books feature scenes of the city.

This is an interactive offering, with flaps, stencils, pull-out and collaged pages.

It is a somewhat bittersweet book, given how much of what is included in its pages is now gone, but it remains worthy of a place on the bookshelf as a poignant record of the delights of the city as it was.

A donation from every book sold will go to the earthquake relief fund.