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 Chathams Resurgent, South of Martinborough, and Conquering Cascade.


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





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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