The Hard To Find bookshop in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga has been around now for more than 20 years. When Warwick Jordan opened for business he may not have thought Hard To Find would become an icon among Onehunga’s main street or legendary amongst serious book collectors – but it probably doesn’t surprise him – bibliophiles do make the effort because they, like Warwick have a love of books that inspires devotion.
Hard To Find has room after room of books, and for my interests one of the largest military sections and probably the most extensive New Zealand collection in the country.
I first meet Warwick in the early ’80s, I swapped a copy of my newly printed poetry volume for one of his. He went on to publish a number of local authors hand-setting the type and operating a letterpress printing machine – as Hard Echo Press.
You can read more about Warwick in Michael O’Leary’s Alternative Small Press Publishing in New Zealand, Michael’s fascinating MA theses, this also contains a Hard Echo Press bibliography.
Michael O’Leary is also the editor of another small press, the Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop and runs a bookshop, Kakariki Books, at the Paekakariki Railway Station, North of Wellington.
Hard to Find www.hardtofind.co.nz – 171-173 The Mall , Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand
Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop www.earlofseacliff.co.nz
Kakariki Books – 9A Wellington Road, Paekakariki, Wellington