‘… in the same spirit but further north, Bee Dawson and photographer Becky Nunes take readers to the East Cape in PUKETITI STATION: THE STORY OF AN EAST CAPE SHEEP STATION AND THE 180-YEAR-OLD WILLIAMS FAMILY LEGACY (Random House, $49.99). As a seasoned social historian, Dawson plunges into the station’s long and colourful human history with knowledge and a certain swagger. She’s helped by a story populated by a strong cast of characters. From clergyman William Williams’s first contacts with the region in 1833 to the challenges facing present owners Dan and Anna Russell, the book – with Nunes’s evocative photographs – is a satisfyingly rich distillation of Puketiti’s Maori and Pakeha past, present and future. New Zealand Listener, December 7-13 2013.