Fraser Books was established in 1984 and is one of New Zealand's enduring independent publishers, specialising in New Zealand history and politics, biography and autobiography – with occasional fiction and children's books.

Co-founders of Fraser Books Publishing at home in Wairarapa
Fraser Books Publishing's milestone history of NZ newspapers

Fraser Books is a small, independent New Zealand book publisher. Our primary focus is facilitating the publication of small-run books by authors who have produced manuscripts of real historical or literary value that are not considered commercially viable by larger publishers.


The latest book is The Little Doctor: The Autobiography of Dr Guy Scholefield. Recent publications have included From Taranto to Trieste: Following the 2nd NZ Division’s Italian Campaign, 1943-45 by Jennifer Mallinson, and Ian F. Grant's milestone Lasting Impressions, the first comprehensive history of New Zealand newspapers in 60 years, along with Savaged to Suit – Maori in Cartoons in New Zealand by Paul Diamond, and Constant Radical – The Life & Times of Sue Bradford by Jenny Chamberlain.


We also 'package' books for other publishers and organisations.


PRINCIPALS: Ian F Grant and Diane E Grant ONZM

Fraser Books, 53 Essex Street
Masterton, New Zealand

Telephone: 64-6-3771359





NZ$69.50 + pp within NZ

Lasting Impressions, by Ian F Grant, is the first comprehensive history of New Zealand newspapers in 60 years.


“I can only describe it as a magisterial book of newspaper history” – Gavin Ellis, Nine-to-Noon, RNZ, 16 October 2018


“This is a book I would have liked to write, and I have in fact made several false starts on a book like this over the years. It places newspapers in their social environment, highlighting the essential role they played in New Zealand’s development” – Professor Ross Harvey, compiler, Union List of NZ Newspapers Before 1940


“Having only skimmed a few chapters of Lasting Impressions, I am now keen to settle down for a careful reading. What a splendid book!”
Dr Geoffrey Rice, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Canterbury

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