• 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
  • 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

  • Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    ISBN: 9781877372421
    Title: Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland Stories
    Author: DAVIN DAN

    Dan Davin, Rhodes scholar, for many years Academic Publisher at the Clarendon Press in Oxford, and one of New Zealand's acknowledged masters of the short story, was born in Invercargill in 1914. The Gorse Blooms Pale gathers together twenty-six stories and a selection of poems reflecting his experiences while growing up in an Irish-New Zealand farming family in Southland. Comic, haunting, poetic, profound and lyrical, the stories have a regional flavour quite unlike any other body of work in New Zealand literature. They insightfully capture the character of an idiosyncratic rural community, its post-British social relationships and tribulations, with a flair equal to such other New Zealand writers as Sargeson, Frame, Middleton or Marshall. When The Gorse Blooms Pale is a rare treasure in the landscape of twentieth-century New Zealand literature.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Hailman
    ISBN: 9781912915705
    Title: Hailman

    What to do when the past crashes into the present? It can happen anywhere: in carports and kitchens – on stairwells – at the airport. Set in Aotearoa New Zealand’s small towns and cities, these ten stories by Leanne Radojkovich dissect moments where the protagonists are confronted with truth and must decide whether to stand, fall or run.

    Leanne Radojkovich’s writing is full of crisp, precise details, and often contains a sting. In Hailman, the follow-up to her 2017 debut First fox, the stories still have a dreamy, mythic feel, but are now rooted more firmly in the dusty suburbs and countryside of Aotearoa.

    In the title story, a child builds a snowman out of ice with her mum’s friend Joyce and skirts round the edge of some adult truths. In ‘Growing’, a daughter visits her mother in the nursing home and tries to bond with her over flower seeds. In ‘Double Dose’, Patsy makes a Covid-y journey back to her hometown and touches on unpleasant memories of the past.

    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
  • On a Distant Ridgeline
    On a Distant Ridgeline
    ISBN: 9781913007133
    Title: On a Distant Ridgeline
    Author: REESE SAM

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tail of the Taniwha
    Tail of the Taniwha
    ISBN: 9780992264895
    Title: Tail of the Taniwha

    Tail of the Taniwha is a collection of short stories by writer, poet and playwright Courtney Sina Meredith that builds on the themes and ideas of her signature publications, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick and the award-winning play, Rushing Dolls. Tail of the Taniwha pushes at the boundaries of written storytelling through its use of typography as a narrative device. The end result is an idiosyncratic collection of stories that come alive in the way the reader interacts with the page. Tail of the Taniwha advances, with an underlying Pacific politique, an ongoing discussion of the contemporary urban experience and what it means to be culturally sensitive in contrast of the general understandings of mainstream society.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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