• 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
  • Bug Week
    Bug Week
    ISBN: 9781776563050
    Title: Bug Week

    A science educator in domestic chaos fetishises Scandinavian furniture and champagne flutes. A group of white-collar deadbeats attend a swinger’s party in the era of drunk Muldoon. A pervasive smell seeps through the walls of a German housing block. A seabird performs at an open-mic night.

    Bug Week is a scalpel-clean examination of male entitlement, a dissection of death, an agar plate of mundanity. From 1960s Wellington to post-Communist Germany, Bug Week traverses the weird, the wry and the grotesque in a story collection of human taxonomy.

    'The collection focuses on relationships in a wry, somewhat cynical manner that provides both recognition and humour for the reader, and the author's talent as a poet is also in evidence in some impressive passages. . . . Stories of this quality are a pleasure to read and I look forward to more from this talented, often acerbic, writer.' —Owen Marshall, Newsroom

    Airini Beautrais was born in Auckland in 1982. Her work has appeared in a range of journals and anthologies in Aotearoa and elsewhere. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (VUP, 2017). Her first collection, Secret Heart (VUP, 2006), won the Jessie Mackay Award for First Book of Poetry at the 2007 NZ Book Awards. In 2016 she won the Landfall Essay Prize. She has also been a judge for a number of awards, including the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards. She lives in Whanganui with her two sons and two cats.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • 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: $38.00

  • 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
  • My Mother & the Hungarians & Other Small Fictions OP
    My Mother & the Hungarians & Other Small Fictions OP
    ISBN: 9781927145876
    Title: My Mother & the Hungarians & Other Small Fictions OP

    A new work of flash fiction from prize-winning poet and short-fiction author Frankie McMillan provides an intriguing evocation of 1950s New Zealand. My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, published by Canterbury University Press (CUP), will be launched this month at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival. The collection explores family relationships and the experiences of Hungarian refugees in 1950s New Zealand and is underpinned with themes of dislocation and disorientation. These compressed, often comic, capsules of narrative convey a rich sense of family connection, of the lives of the Hungarian immigrants and also of a child's evolving self-awareness in a fractured, yet still enchanting, world. Canterbury University Press Publisher Catherine Montgomery says CUP is excited to offer this new collection from Frankie McMillan. "Flash fiction is a highly accessible form and increasingly popular with readers and audiences - the recent National Flash Fiction Day event in Christchurch was packed. "It has been more common for flash fiction to be published in multi-author anthologies but as sole author of this collection Frankie has taken the opportunity to explore a narrative arc. Many of these small fictions stand alone but read together they're like a 'novella-in-flash'." My Mother and the Hungarians has been designed and printed in limited edition in collaboration with Ilam Press, Ilam School of Fine Arts.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Pearl City: Stories from Japan & Elsewhere
    Pearl City: Stories from Japan & Elsewhere
    ISBN: 9780646819358
    Title: Pearl City: Stories from Japan & Elsewhere
    Author: ROWE SIMON

    Pearl City: Stories from Japan and Elsewhere is short fiction for busy people who love to travel. Six of the stories are set in Japan, and the others in Hong Kong, East Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Austria, the Philippines, and Cambodia. The stories, which carry themes of freedom, family, redemption, justice, courage, corruption, girl power, are tied together by a single message: triumph over adversity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • 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
  • Sex, With Animals
    Sex, With Animals
    ISBN: 9780473512811
    Title: Sex, With Animals

    Sex, With Animals is a short story collection by Otautahi writer Laura Borrowdale. The book’s 12 stories are filled with messy sex, messier relationships and a whole lot of animal metaphors, and features illustrations by award winning American artist, Michael Bergt.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • What Sort of Man? Stories
    What Sort of Man? Stories
    ISBN: 9781776563029
    Title: What Sort of Man? Stories
    Author: DUKES BRETON

    A young father high on Ritalin longs to leap into the tiger enclosure. A teacher who has been stood down for accessing porn on a school computer wants to re-establish contact with his teenage daughter. A carer out on a day trip is desperate to find a working toilet for his adult charge.
    What Sort of Man is a potent collection of stories that goes head to head with the crisis of contemporary masculinity, and is as exhilarating as it is harrowing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00