• Admissions: Tales of Life, Death & Love in a Hospital Not Far from Here
    Admissions: Tales of Life, Death & Love in a Hospital Not Far from Here
    ISBN: 9780947493820
    Title: Admissions: Tales of Life, Death & Love in a Hospital Not Far from Here

    Here are the stories of eight women — doctors, nurses, cooks and cleaners at the heart of a hospital that connects them all in a city that could be anywhere. Inspired by Mira Harrison’s experiences in healthcare in the UK and NZ, these engrossing narratives unveil the shifting balance between professional and private worlds. Our scrupulous — or haphazard — plans are disrupted by falling in love; by our connections to others; by the birth of our children; by loss, grief, and ultimately death. A ring of truth underpins these tales, but they are fictional … the work of an exciting new author who will reach new audiences.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Black Ice Matter
    Black Ice Matter
    ISBN: 9781775502982
    Title: Black Ice Matter
    Author: COLE GINA

    This collection of short stories explores connections between extremes of heat and cold. Sometimes this is spatial or geographical; sometimes it is metaphorical. Sometimes it involves juxtapositions of time; sometimes heat appears where only ice is expected.

    In the stories, a woman is caught between traditional Fijian ways and the brutality of the military dictatorship; a glaciology researcher falls into a crevasse and confronts the unexpected; two women lose children in freak shooting accidents; a young child in a Barbie Doll sweatshop dreams of a different life; secondary school girls struggle with secrets about an addicted janitor; and two women take a deathly trip through a glacier melt stream. These are some of the unpredictable stories in this collection that follow themes of ice and glaciers in the heat of the South Pacific and take us into unusual lives and explorations.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ
    Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ
    ISBN: 9781927145982
    Title: Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ

    ‘Bonsai’ brings together a pioneering collection of flash fiction and associated forms (prose poetry and haibun) from 165 writers in Aotearoa New Zealand, along with intriguing essays on this increasingly popular genre. In 200 small stories of no more than 300 words, where the translucent boundaries between prose and poetry are often transgressed, we discover a vast array of human experience. Here, children race snails, shoot tin cans, learn to fly, and look for Antarctica in a drain pipe, while Schrödinger’s cat dreams of life and death, a dog licks away a woman’s tears, and a peacock guards its human family. Family tensions spill over during trips to the beach, couples get together and fall apart, babies are born – or not born – and parents die. You might find yourself dancing like the cool kids, listening to a neighbour sing in the dark, or watching a tractor catch fire. There are perfect moments in miniature as dew falls on a spider’s web and strangers make eye contact. Composed with precision in a form where every word counts, these carefully chiselled works are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Deleted Scenes for Lovers
    Deleted Scenes for Lovers
    ISBN: 9781776560585
    Title: Deleted Scenes for Lovers

    "The knowledge of everyone they’re about to hurt is not an element easy to breathe in. They’re the lovers. You can blame them now, if you want to. That’s your choice: this is the director’s cut."

    Seventeen powerful stories of contemporary New Zealand life from a writer whose penetrating gaze reveals the full experience of her characters' lives—tragic, comic, rich.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • From Under the Overcoat
    From Under the Overcoat
    ISBN: 9781869790578
    Title: From Under the Overcoat
    Author: ORR SUE

    A collection of new stories (all accessible, emotive, vivid), each celebrating and saluting a remarkable short story from times past. The new stories are modern and entertaining in their own right - this collection can be read purely for the pleasure in that; however, it can also be read for the way each story explores elements from important stories from the past. As such, this book celebrates the short-story form and earlier writers, it offers a guessing game for readers to work out exactly which stories are being drawn on and points us back to these earlier works and to the changes that time has brought in the way we view them. It offers up a canon of influential short stories (with notes on each), with particular appeal to schools and universities. So what on one level is a stunning collection of short stories also offers numerous other levels.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Garden Party & Other Stories
    Garden Party & Other Stories
    ISBN: 9780062490490
    Title: Garden Party & Other Stories

    Introduction by Colm Toibin

    In fifteen funny, colorful, poignant and mysterious stories, the irreverent modernist Katherine Mansfield, a friend and contemporary of D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf, examines a range of themes integral to the human experience, from marriage, family, and death to duty, disillusionment, and regret in this commanding collection, part of the Ecco Art of the Story series.

    Written towards the end of Katherine Mansfield s tragically short life in the chaotic years after World War I, the fifteen stories in The Garden Party are as fresh, perceptive, and vivid today as they were nearly a century ago. Many are set in the author's native New Zealand while others take place in England or on the French Riviera. In each, Mansfield explores the small yet transformative epiphanies in every day life and illuminates the unspoken, often misunderstood emotions common to us all.

    In the wry "The Daughters of the Late Colonel," two sisters discover that freedom from their father isn t quite what they expected it to be. A lonely and naive older woman s contrived sense of self is painfully challenged in "Miss Brill." "At the Bay" considers the plight of a happily married young woman who struggles to find equality with her husband.

    The Garden Party is an enduring work of literary craftsmanship from a marvelous modern artist."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00

  • His Best Stories
    His Best Stories
    ISBN: 9780143010906
    Title: His Best Stories

    In this definitive collection by one of New Zealand's best-loved authors, Witi Ihimaera offers his personal choice of twenty-four stories from throughout his illustrious career. The pieces span more than thirty-five years - since his first collection, POUNAMU POUNAMU (1972), was published - and showcase the range, originality and humanity of this truly amazing writer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • House of the Talking Cat
    House of the Talking Cat
    ISBN: 9781877338069
    Title: House of the Talking Cat
    Author: STURM J. C.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Name on the Door Is Not Mine
    Name on the Door Is Not Mine
    ISBN: 9781877505812
    Title: Name on the Door Is Not Mine
    Author: STEAD C K

    A striking new collection of accessible, elegant stories from literary giant and master craftsman C.K. Stead.Gathered from throughout Stead s career, these stories are a reminder of his deft storytelling and literary power. They are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead s subtle sense of humour evident at every turn.The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including Last Season s Man , which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, as well as older stories that have been revised and rewritten. Set in locations as diverse as the South of France, Sydney, Zagreb, Auckland, San Francisco and Oxford, each story is vividly drawn.This extraordinary collection, along with Stead s appointment as New Zealand Poet Laureate, confirms his position as one of our most exceptionally talented writers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Selected Stories
    Selected Stories
    ISBN: 9781776562886
    Title: Selected Stories

    Presenting thirty-five stories from seven collections published over more than forty years, Vincent O'Sullivan's Selected Stories is a milestone in the career of one of New Zealand's leading writers. `Vincent O'Sullivan's short fictions go straight to the heart of human experience. They are by turn tender, deeply moving, unsparing and often witty, endowed with a sly humour that cuts through his characters' foibles and pretensions. He is simply one of our very best storytellers, with total mastery of his craft.'-Fiona Kidman `These finely attuned, wry and deeply moving stories that have been gathered together here are executed with such compassion and grace that we might not even be aware at the time of our reading just how much they have taught us about what it is to be human and frail in this large world.'-Kirsty Gunn `Vincent O'Sullivan ranks with the best worldwide. His stories are as fine as any being written today.'-Kevin Ireland

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Selected Stories Text Classics
    Selected Stories Text Classics
    ISBN: 9781922079503
    Title: Selected Stories Text Classics

    Here in one volume are twenty-three of the finest stories by Katherine Mansfield. Considered one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century, Mansfield was from a young age heavily influenced by Anton Chekhov, a master of the form.

    This new selection, with an introduction by the novelist Emily Perkins, ranges across Mansfield's oeuvre and shows the New Zealander's dazzling brilliance-from 'A Dill Pickle' and 'The Escape' to 'The Garden-Party' and 'The Fly'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
  • Some Other Country: NZ's Best Short Stories New Ed
    Some Other Country: NZ's Best Short Stories New Ed
    ISBN: 9780864735881
    Title: Some Other Country: NZ's Best Short Stories New Ed

    First published in 1984, SOME OTHER COUNTRY quickly became established as New Zealand's essential single-volume anthology of short stories, and has since been enjoyed by many thousands of visitors, students and readers of all kinds. Now this fourth edition adds four new writers, bringing the collection completely up to date with the diverse energies of New Zealand life and writing. The country to be found in these pages is not the place depicted in glossy picture books or economic profiles. But it is a real place, composed of that blend of accuracy and vision which only the imagination, committed to language and experience, can supply. It is the New Zealand of Janet Frame and Katherine Mansfield, of Frank Sargeson and Maurice Gee, of Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace. SOME OTHER COUNTRY is a collection of stories from the body of New Zealand writing that began with the work of the young expatriate writer, Katherine Mansfield. It includes well-known stories by major writers including Vincent O'Sullivan, Joy Cowley, C. K. Stead, Owen Marshall and Keri Hulme, alongside stories by writers who have come into prominence in the last 20 years, such as Barbara Anderson, Fiona Farrell, Emily Perkins, Damien Wilkins and Alice Tawhai. SOME OTHER COUNTRY represents the editors' choice of simply 'the best we could find'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Stories of Bill Manhire
    Stories of Bill Manhire
    ISBN: 9781776560752
    Title: Stories of Bill Manhire
    Author: MANHIRE BILL

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Tahuri: Limited 2017 Edition
    Tahuri: Limited 2017 Edition
    ISBN: 9780473385552
    Title: Tahuri: Limited 2017 Edition

    This Limited Edition is a revised and expanded
    version of Tahuri, which was published by New
    Women’s Press in 1989. It includes one new story,
    and three pieces that were published elsewhere.
    Ngahuia Te Awekotuku was born and raised in the
    thermal village of Ohinemutu, Rotorua, where
    most of these stories take place.

    "Tahuri is strongly located in a Maori world in Pakeha New
    Zealand. I would love to have had a book like this to read when I was a teenager, because it validates lesbianism (but certainly does not romanticize it), being young and uncertain and eager, and (again without romanticizing) being Maori."
    Pat Rosier, Broadsheet, March 1990
    "Simple, clear, colloquial and unique…the Tahuri stories capture the thrill and romance of the young adolescent girl watching and adoring older girls and women…what it’s like to grow up Maori, lesbian, intelligent in the ‘50s, effectively told – vivid, sensuous and at times shocking…"
    Aorewa McLeod, Sunday Star, March 1990

    Ngahuia te Awekotuku was born and raised in Ohinemutu, Rotorua. She is a veteran cultural activist, scholar and LGTQI advocate. As principal author of Mau Moko : the World of Maori Tattoo (2007), she won many prestigious awards, including Nga Kupu Ora-the Inaugural Maori Book of the Decade. Her book E Nga Uri Whakatupu : weaving legacies (2015), focuses on traditional textiles. Awekotuku also writes poetry and fiction; Ruahine : Mythic Women (2003) are crafted retellings of popular Maori legends about heroic women.
    She gained a PhD in Psychology in 1981, and retired from professing in 2014, to undertake more creative work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Tales from the Netherworld
    Tales from the Netherworld
    ISBN: 9781877577888
    Title: Tales from the Netherworld
    Author: RANDERSON JO

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Trouble With Fire
    Trouble With Fire
    ISBN: 9781869793593
    Title: Trouble With Fire
    Author: KIDMAN FIONA

    A collection of long short stories, exploring the ways people are burned by emotion. The collection begins with stories set back in colonial times, working forward to contemporary pieces. While mourning for her dead baby, Annie finds solace in burning off the old stubble. An early Premier takes an interest in a Maori child who is lost, but his interest leaves his wife distraught. A couple have a passionate affair, until they are found out. And a strange light in the sky makes Simon's heart freeze. The stories, written by one of New Zealand's foremost writers, are subtle and beautifully crafted, intriguing and evocative.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00