Book Design & Print

With over a million books printed of nearly a thousand different titles in the past five decades, we’re known nationwide for our designing and production of books – and we’ve even won awards for a number of publications! We specialise in book design and work with our clients providing our expert advice on layout, printing, binding and publishing. Check out our gallery below to view a selection of the books we have printed, or head over to our bookstore to buy one of many Craigs’ produced publications.

Hot off the press

Proudly designed by Craigs’ acclaimed book designer Ellie van Empel, and printed using our high quality offset printing press.

Southern Spirit:
The People and Places
of Southland

is Ian Dougherty’s take on a region he regards as part of his extended back yard. The book is a celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantastic fiords in the west and across the green plains to a fossil forest in the east. It introduces readers to unique flora and fauna, from one of the world’s rarest plants to some of its rarest birds. It serves up a platter of mouth-watering delicacies, from oysters to cheese rolls. It acquaints readers with old and new settlers, authors and artists, brewers and distillers, champion shearers and sawyers, and machines and the men who collect them. Finally, it lays out the region as an enormous playground relished by locals and visitors alike.

84 pages
Colour throughout
286x210mm portrait
Saddle Hill Press
PO Box 90
Dunedin 9054

Recent Publications

Keith Neylon - A Touch of Madness

The Inside Story Of A Successful Southlander – A New Zealand Primary Industries Entrepreneur From humble beginnings in Nightcaps leaving school at 15, Keith Neylon MNZM has now had more than 50 years’ involvement in New Zealand and international primary industries.

Shot Over into the Shotover

This book tells the absorbing story of an unusual accident. Experienced pilot Brian Waugh’s Dominie was forced down by engine failure into Queenstow’s Shotover River.

Fraught with Danger

Hunting deer in the mountains led on to crayfishing around the south coast and a helicopter pilot’s licence for Doc Sutherland.

Port to Plains

The politics, the technology and the human stories behind the construction of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel.

Featured Author

Ian Dougherty

IAN DOUGHERTY is a Dunedin-based writer. He was born and raised in the city and has lived there for about a half of his adult life. He has a Master of Arts degree in history from Otago University and a Diploma in Journalism from Canterbury University. He is the author of 26 books on New Zealand history, biography, culture and society, including biographies of legendary gold prospector William James ‘Arawata Bill’ O’Leary; and publisher, writer and long distance walker Alfred Hamish Reed.

Southern Spirit

Ian Dougherty

Southern Spirit: The People and Places
of Southland
is Ian Dougherty’s take on a region he regards as part of his extended back yard. The book is a celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantastic fiords in the west and across the green plains to a fossil forest in the east. It introduces readers to unique flora and fauna, from one of the world’s rarest plants to some of its rarest birds. It serves up a platter of mouth-watering delicacies, from oysters to cheese rolls. It acquaints readers with old and new settlers, authors and artists, brewers and distillers, champion shearers and sawyers, and machines and the men who collect them. Finally, it lays out the region as an enormous playground relished by locals and visitors alike.

84 pages
Colour throughout
286x210mm portrait
Saddle Hill Press
PO Box 90
Dunedin 9054

A Good Joke

Ian Dougherty

A Good Joke  tells the uncensored story of New Zealand’s only convicted art forger, Karl Fedor Sim (Carl Fedor Goldie) and his associates; and provides an insight into the shady side of art dealing and the incompetent side of art expertise in New Zealand over the past five decades. It is also a reliable guide to many of the hundreds of Sim forgeries in public and private ownership, including forgeries that continue to be traded. Let the buyer be informed.

Pulpit Radical

Ian Dougherty

Pulpit Radicaltells the story of one of New Zealand’s most influential social campaigners. From his base as a minister at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, Rutherford Waddell immersed himself in all manner of causes, most notably in campaigning against the miserable plight of women in the clothing industry, which led to major changes to labour legislation. Although Waddell’s views on subjects such as eugenics and prohibition find little contemporary favour, his campaigning on issues such as poverty and inequality remains relevant today.

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