The Unsettled

Small stories of colonisation

Richard Shaw

book cover for The Unsettled
Title Info Sheet Sample Pages

Soft cover


What it means to own your past

After Richard Shaw published his acclaimed memoir The Forgotten Coast in 2021, he made contact with Pākehā with long settler histories who were coming to grips with the truth of their respective families’  ‘pioneer stories’. They were questioning the foundation of aggressive acts of colonisation and land confiscation on which those stories had been constructed.

The Unsettled weaves those stories with Shaw’s own and features New Zealanders who are trying to figure out how to live well with their own pasts, their presents and their possible futures. They may be unsettled, but they are doing something about it.

It is an indispensable companion for the journey towards understanding the complex and difficult history of the New Zealand Wars and their ongoing aftermath.

To look inside, click here.

‘This courageous book is an addition to a growing literature by Pākehā ‘journeying back into the map of memory’ . . . This small but potent book will foster different conversations about the past and its connection with the present’ — Paul Diamond

‘Knowing the truth of what happened matters for all of us. Reading The Unsettled: Small Stories of Colonisation deepens our understanding of how our past histories have shaped our present lives’ — Lyn Potter, NZ Booklovers

  • CATEGORY: Biography and memoir, Contemporary issues, History, Te ao Māori
  • ISBN: 9781991016683
  • ESBN: 9781991016690
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 14/03/2024
  • PAGE EXTENT: 224
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
Profile image for Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw is Professor of Politics at Massey University whose research is published in leading international journals. He is a regular commentator on political issues.