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 books are Conquering Cascade, Chathams Resurgent, South of Martinborough, Nailed Boots and Crinoline Gowns, and Pressing On.


Recent publications have On the Move Again by Len and Neil Frances, Encounters...and collisions by Gordon McLauchlan, A Business Revolution by Hugh Rennie and The Little Doctor: The Autobiography of Dr Guy Scholefield.


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



Fraser Books Publishing's milestone history of NZ newspapers

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


NZ$69.50 + pp within NZ

NZ$69.50 + pp within NZ

Pressing On by Ian F. Grant is the second volume of the second comprehensive history of New Zealand newspapers in 60 years. It covers the period 1921-2000. In 1920, when Lasting Impressions ended, the large number of newspapers in the country were the profitable, well-respected vehicles of nearly all the news from around the world and around the corner welcomed into households in the largest cities and smallest hamlets. Newspapers were also the principal means by which manufacturers and merchants sold their products and services to people. This strange amalgam – provision of a public service in an essentially commercial operation – worked, for the most part, very successfully.


All that changed over the next 80 years. By 2000, the New Zealand newspaper market had changed forever – and in ways that put its very survival at risk. Pressing On is the story of how and why this happened.

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