• 10PM Question
    10PM Question
    ISBN: 9781877460203
    Title: 10PM Question
    Author: DE GOLDI KATE

    Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man: an apparently sensible, talented Year 8 with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head: Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms? Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it? Is the kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer? Most of the significant people in Frankie's world - his father, his brother and sister, his great-aunts, his best friend Gigs - seem gloriously untroubled by worry.Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent anxieties; only Ma listens patiently to his 10 p.m. queries. But of course, it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one that Frankie can never bring himself to ask.Then the new girl arrives at school and has questions of her own: relentless, unavoidable questions.So begins the unravelling of Frankie Parson's carefully controlled world. So begins the painful business of fronting up to the unpalatable: the ultimate 10 p.m. question. The 10 pm Question is a novel which defies all age categories. It does so with a sparkling wit and an operatic cast of characters so delightful and maddening they become dear to us. A tender, beautifully told and endearing story. By the end, you'll wish you had a Frankie Parsons of your own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 2000ft Above Worry Level
    2000ft Above Worry Level
    ISBN: 9781776562978
    Title: 2000ft Above Worry Level
    Author: MARRA EAMONN

    Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else

    2000ft Above Worry Level begins on the sad part of the internet and ends at the top of a cliff face. This episodic novel is piloted by a young, anhedonic, gentle, slightly disassociated man. He has no money. He has a supportive but disintegrating family. He is trying hard to be better. He is painting a never-ending fence.

    Eamonn Marra’s debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Mortifying subjects – loserdom, depression, unemployment, cam sex – are surveyed with dignity and stoicism. Beneath Marra’s precise, unemotive language and his character’s steadfast grip on the surface of things, something is stirring.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Absolute Book
    Absolute Book
    ISBN: 9781776562305
    Title: Absolute Book

    Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her - her sister's death by violence, and her own ill-concieved revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries - insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good. There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents' house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift - three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world. The Absolute Book is an epic fantasy, intimate in tone. A book where hidden treasures are recovered; where wicked things people think they've shaken from their trails find their scent again. A book about beautiful societies founded on theft and treachery, and one in which dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, set in London, Norfolk, and the Wye Valley; in Auckland, New Zealand; in the Island of Apples and Summer Road of the Sidhe; at Hell's Gate; in the Tacit with its tombs; and in the hospitals and train stations of Purgatory. Cover: Catherine Nelson, Lost (2014). `The master is present. To read Knox on such a huge canvas - to be immersed in her worlds, wrapped in her intelligence and craft so completely - is an experience not be missed. Lessing, Le Guin, Knox - books where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between. The Absolute Book is a triumph of fantasy grounded in the reality and challenges of the moment we live in.' -Pip Adam

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Absolute Book USA Edition
    Absolute Book USA Edition
    ISBN: 9780593296738
    Title: Absolute Book USA Edition

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
  • Addressed to Greta
    Addressed to Greta
    ISBN: 9781988538600
    Title: Addressed to Greta

    Addressed to Greta is a captivating novel about Greta Jellings, a woman in her thirties trying to find her true self. Working in a pool-chemicals shop since school her dreams have shrunk down to fit within the small cubicle of space that houses her desk, telephone, and a few photographs. That is, until Walter walks into the shop - and into her life. Greta instantly falls for him; but it will be some time before she learns that he is gay, and HIV positive. Despite her shock and disappointment, a close and liberating friendship develops between the two and Greta ends up on a journey of a lifetime! Addressed to Greta is an important story about allowing oneself to be seen in order to live a bigger life. It is also a testament to the transformative power of friendship

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Afakasi Woman
    Afakasi Woman
    ISBN: 9780995106598
    Title: Afakasi Woman

    A collection of stories about the women of the Pacific, their struggles with family, love and the effects of climate change on their world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Air That We Breathe: A Family's Journey of Hope Courage & the Tragic truth
    Air That We Breathe: A Family's Journey of Hope Courage & the Tragic truth
    ISBN: 9780473507756
    Title: Air That We Breathe: A Family's Journey of Hope Courage & the Tragic truth
    Author: DOUGLAS KARA

    In 1961 Italian immigrants Abele and Maria Moretti settle into life in Western Australia. They are promised a financially secure future working in an asbestos mine in the harsh and desolate outback. Despite health warnings to management, the mine continues to operate.
    Thirty years later, the unthinkable happens and the Moretti family begin an arduous journey to seek justice. At the same time Katerina, a lawyer, representing the mining company, makes a surprising discovery about her family that causes her to rethink her allegiances.
    The human stories weave between the narratives of the immigrant miner and mine manager, and later, the lawyer and the miner’s daughter.
    The impact of this story will stir emotions that remain long after the last page has been turned.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • All Day at the Movies
    All Day at the Movies
    ISBN: 9781775538905
    Title: All Day at the Movies
    Author: KIDMAN FIONA

    Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this latest novel from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives.

    Life isn't always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations? Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene's children. The story doesn't just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change — and reverberate — through the decades.

    '. . . she is at a literary point when age is all gain – consummate craft, passion aplenty, the complex resonance of memory, and the edginess that comes from knowing about loss'

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    ISBN: 9780143773658
    Title: All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    Author: KIDMAN FIONA

    A powerful collection of stories exploring love and longing from the award-winning author of This Mortal Boy.

    Fiona Kidman's early stories about New Zealand women's experiences scandalised readers with their vivid depictions of the heartbreaks and joys of desire, illicit liaisons and unconventional love. Her writing made her a feminist icon in the early 1980s, and she has since continued to tell the realities of women's lives, her books resonating with many readers over the years and across the world.

    To mark her 80th birthday, this volume brings together a variety of her previously published stories as well as several that are new or previously uncollected; all moving, insightful and written with love. The final stories trace her own history of love, a memoir of significant people from childhood and beyond.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • All This by Chance
    All This by Chance
    ISBN: 9781776561797
    Title: All This by Chance

    If we don’t have the past in mind, it is merely history. If we do, it is still part of the present.
    Esther’s grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in 1947. Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practise pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little girl to safety. When the couple emigrate, the peace they seek in New Zealand cannot overcome the past they have left behind.
    Following the lives of Eva, her daughter Lisa and her granddaughter Esther, All This by Chance is a moving multigenerational family saga about the legacy of the Holocaust and the burden of secrets never shared, by one of New Zealand’s finest writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Alpha Male
    Alpha Male
    ISBN: 9780864733788
    Title: Alpha Male

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Answering to the Caul
    Answering to the Caul
    ISBN: 9780473528188
    Title: Answering to the Caul
    Author: DAWE TED

    This is a novel about a man who feels he is protected by a supernatural force manifested by his having been born in a caul. He cannot die by drowning. He tests this many times as he grows up but later he discovers that each intervention has resulted in some person close to him paying a terrible price.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • As the Earth Turns Silver
    As the Earth Turns Silver
    ISBN: 9780143567110
    Title: As the Earth Turns Silver
    Author: WONG ALISON

    He came from behind and held her in his arms, told her to look again at earth and sky and water. Could she see how the world turned silver? People died, he told her, because they were afraid. They did not go out at night on dangerous water. They did not see the earth as it turned overnight to silver. From the late nineteenth century to the 1920s, from Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair....

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Ash, the Well & the Bluebell
    Ash, the Well & the Bluebell
    ISBN: 9780995119123
    Title: Ash, the Well & the Bluebell

    Losing her daughter to the Christchurch earthquake sends Lily back to her childhood village in Northern England to scatter Charlie's ashes. Its a place of ghosts for Lily after the mysterious drowning of a school friend at the old village well a tragedy somehow linked to the death of a local woman accused of witchcraft three hundred years earlier. Now Lilys back, she wants to find out what happened at the well and the truth behind the swift departure of her friend Israel.

    The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell spans three centuries and three countries, exploring the love and history that makes a community, and the hate and secrets that can destroy it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • At the Bay
    At the Bay
    ISBN: 9781612195834
    Title: At the Bay

    A brilliant modernist classic--now available for the first time in a stand-alone edition
    This dreamy, formally audacious story of a summer's day in the life of one family is a small masterpiece by Katherine Mansfield, hailed as "one of the great modernist writers. Virginia Woolf said of Mansfield, hers was "the only writing I have ever been jealous of."
    A modernist master of cool precision and extraordinary delicacy, Mansfield wrote about family life with a sharp radicalism, and At the Bay is one of her greatest works. Told in thirteen parts, beginning early in the morning and ending at dusk, At the Bay captures both the Burnell family's intricate web of relatives and friends, and the dreamy, unassuming natural beauty of Crescent Bay.
    Haunting but ever understated, At the Bay is as timeless novella, and a testament to Mansfield's remarkable powers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Attraction
    ISBN: 9781925773552
    Title: Attraction
    Author: PORTER RUBY

    The present reckons with the past inAttraction. Porter?s unnamed narrator is on a road trip between Auckland, Whangara and Levin with her friends Ashi and Ilana, haunted by the spectre of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, her complicated family background and New Zealand?s colonial history. Jealousies intensify as the young women work out who they are and who they might become.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Aue (B format)
    Aue (B format)
    ISBN: 9780995111073
    Title: Aue (B format)

    Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father’s. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to another violent home.

    But Arama is braver than he looks, and he has a friend and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sorrow. As long as there’s aroha to give and stories to tell and a good supply of plasters.

    Here is a novel that is both raw and sublime, a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Haere mai, Becky Manawatu (Ngai Tahu).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Aukati
    ISBN: 9780994137852
    Title: Aukati

    Alexia is a law student escaping the Greek family that stifles her, and Isaiah is a young Maori returning home to find the family he's lost.

    Cut loose from their own cultures, they have volunteered to help Isaiah's Taranaki iwi get rid of the fracking that's devastating their land and water. The deeper Alexia and Isaiah go into the fight, the closer they get to understanding the different worlds they inhabit. But when a protest march becomes violent a boundary is crossed, and they need to decide where they stand and fast. It's clear the police have been tipped off, and the activists gathered at the marae suspect they're being watched or, worse, there is an informant in the group. Can Alexia and Isaiah be trusted? And more - can they trust themselves?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Baby
    ISBN: 9781776561667
    Title: Baby

    ‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’
    Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.
    Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.
    Annaleese Jochems was born in 1994 and grew up in Northland. She won the 2016 Adam Prize from the International Institute of Modern Letters for Baby, which is her first book.
    Praise for Baby:
    ‘Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour. Heavenly Creatures for a new generation.’ –Eleanor Catton
    ‘This funny, sexy, unnerving novel challenges received ideas and delivers jolts of pleasure and disquiet throughout. Jochems, like her extraordinary creation Cynthia, is a force to be reckoned with.’ –Emily Perkins
    'Patricia Highsmith meets reality TV in this compelling debut. Jochems nudges up the tension until we can’t bear to look – and can’t bear to look away: thrilling, dangerous and deliciously funny.’ – Catherine Chidgey
    ‘Taut, savvy, biting, and at points piercingly beautiful – Jochems's sentences shift from deadpan humour to lyrical simplicity to emotional menace with deft, edgy style.’ – Tracey Slaughter

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Baby No Eyes
    Baby No Eyes
    ISBN: 9780143011613
    Title: Baby No Eyes

    'Do you hear the people calling?''No.''see there, dummy, you're nowhere near dead.''Well, I don't believe you. How would you know?''Of course I know, I do, I do, I know all about it . . .' Tawera and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love and sometimes grief. Patricia Grace's major new novel merges recent headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. It is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the centre of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it. There's a way the older people have of telling a story, a way where the beginning is not the beginning, the end is not the end . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel
    Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel
    ISBN: 9781776561704
    Title: Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel

    From the author of the acclaimed The Wish Child comes something unexpected and fearless: a found novel. The Beat of the Pendulum is the result of one year in which Chidgey drew upon the language she encountered on a daily basis, such as news stories, radio broadcasts, emails, social media, street signs, TV, and many conversations. As Chidgey filters and shapes the linguistic chaos of her recordings, different characters emerge – her family, including her young daughter, and her husband, mother and sister, her friends, and an extended family formed through surrogacy and donation.

    In her chronicling of moments of loveliness, strangeness, comedy and poetry and sorrow, Chidgey plays with the nature of time and its passing. The Beat of the Pendulum is also an exploration of human memory – how we acquire it, and how we lose it. This bravely experimental and immersive work draws us into the detail, reverberation and transience of a year in a life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Beautiful Fragments
    Beautiful Fragments
    ISBN: 9780473452773
    Title: Beautiful Fragments

    What benefit is hope, when you're trapped inside a nightmare with no end? Sophie is many things; a mother; prostitute; addict and prisoner. Abandoned by those who claimed to love her and manipulated into the sex industry, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a drug and human trafficking ring with no hope of escape. Full of suspense, heartbreak and breath taking transformation, Beautiful Fragments is a story of grace, love and kindness and the unbreakable strength of the human spirit.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Before You Knew My Name
    Before You Knew My Name
    ISBN: 9781760878856
    Title: Before You Knew My Name

    'The most wonderful book. Unusual, beautiful, feminist, gripping, deserves to win prizes. I loved it so much.' Marian Keyes

    This is not just another novel about a dead girl.

    When she arrived in New York on her 18th birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city's latest Jane Doe, an unidentified murder victim.

    Ruby Jones is also trying to start over; she travelled halfway around the world only to find herself lonelier than ever. Until she finds Alice Lee's body by the Hudson River.

    From this first, devastating encounter, the two women form an unbreakable bond. Alice is sure that Ruby is the key to solving the mystery of her life - and death. And Ruby - struggling to forget what she saw that morning - finds herself unable to let Alice go. Not until she is given the ending she deserves.

    Before You Knew My Name doesn't ask whodunnit. Instead, this powerful, hopeful novel asks: Who was she? And what did she leave behind? The answers might surprise you.

    'I fell head over heels in love with this heartbreaking, beautiful and hugely important novel. Jacqueline Bublitz's prose is luminous and the up-all-night, just-one-more-page plot is brilliantly clever and original. Everyone should read this book.' Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call

    'A really remarkable book - so fresh and original. I've never read anything quite like this.' Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

    'Exquisitely composed, with a muscular feminist sensibility, Before You Knew My Name is both elegiac and rhapsodic in its examination of the deaths - and lives - of women.' Jessica Moor, author of Keeper
    'I absolutely relished this clever, original and moving novel. Jacqueline Bublitz is a fantastically adept writer, creating a wonderful cast of characters and a hugely engaging portrait of city life.' Nell Frizzell, author of The Panic Years
    'An unputdownable debut - striking, moving, gripping throughout and so sharp on the things that unite us' Elizabeth Kay, author of Seven Lies

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Beneath Pale Water
    Beneath Pale Water
    ISBN: 9780473407261
    Title: Beneath Pale Water
    Author: HENRY THALIA

    Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand's southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals-a sculptor, a vagrant and a model-who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable-both physically and emotionally-to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free-or destroy them.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Biografi
    ISBN: 9781921351778
    Title: Biografi
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    Under the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, all Albanian citizens had their own biografi, a file that was maintained (and often falsified) by the secret police. The information contained in a person's biografi could have devastating effects. When Lloyd Jones visited Albania in 1991, six years after the dictator's death, he heard rumours of a village dentist who, resembling Hoxha in looks and build, had been forced to give up his identity and become the dictator's double. Jones' quest to find Petar Schapallo gives shape not only to an intriguing traveller's tale, but a story about identity-changed, lost or falsified-in a country where identity was strictly controlled.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Biopsies
    ISBN: 9780473514723
    Title: Biopsies
    Author: JUDKINS GREG

    Set in a diverse community in South Auckland, these twenty-six short stories are loosely interconnected around a fictional medical centre.
    They give voice to people living with disability, conflict and deprivation, but also humour and hope in spite of uncertainty.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Blindsight
    ISBN: 9780143202578
    Title: Blindsight
    Author: GEE MAURICE

    Widely acclaimed when first published, Maurice Gee's BLINDSIGHT is now regarded as one of the master's finest novels and one of the best novels published in New Zealand in the past couple of decades. Reviewer Dennis Welch suggests it may be Gee's best work of fiction since the highly regarded PLUMB. Gee's complex but knowing portrait of siblings who were once close but are now completely estranged as adults - and why, and what's being hidden - is a brilliantly executed novel. Alice Ferry is a retired Wellington scientist. As her story unfolds we learn of her childhood with her brother Gordon in West Auckland and of the divergent paths their lives have taken. While Alice has gone on to have a successful career, Gordon has mentally deteriorated to the point where he is a silent derelict living on the streets of Wellington. As the novel evolves, Alice is becoming more and more edgy. What is she hiding? How has Gordon ended up in this state? And what does Alice herself have to do with it? Who are we to believe?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Blood on Vines #1 The Matakana Series
    Blood on Vines #1 The Matakana Series
    ISBN: 9780995136939
    Title: Blood on Vines #1 The Matakana Series

    Four friends, a shared past, a common enemy.

    In New Zealand's Martinborough, an ex-wine maker is murdered. The precise planning and execution by the unknown assailant begin a series of vile attacks.

    Meanwhile north of Auckland, the long, hot summer is over and the tourists have left the Matakana wine country. A tranquil atmosphere descends and warm autumnal winds sweep across the grape-laden valleys.

    With the harvest due, grapes sit bursting upon the manicured vines awaiting the pick. Within this vista of peace, a rampage of death is about to rock the local community to its core.

    Will it be their shared history that sees the four friends being picked off one-by-one?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bluffworld
    ISBN: 9781776563111
    Title: Bluffworld

    'Zum Bullshitter geht der Preis’ – so said the great German author-philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774). Or did he? Can we trust what we never quite knew about because we never quite got around to reading it in the first place? Is it safe to rely on what we overhear in the university common-room or even out there in the real world? And does it matter? In Bluffworld we are taken through the bildung of a master-bluffer, from his early days spent plagiarising student essays to his magisterial later lectures on the opening sentence of Moby-Dick and other works he’s been led to believe might well be great literature, whatever that is. We learn to spot the difference between bullshit and horseshit, to understand the power of seeming, to use ‘Quite’ and ‘Just so’ to trigger verbal smokescreens when outflanked, to sense the sublime power of unoriginality all around us. Finally, we see the inevitable terminus ad quem (whatever that means) of the Meister-Bullshit-Künstler(?), as our hero confronts the apotheosis of bullshit in the bewildering word-world of the corporate university. All this and much, much less! Time for another all-staff barbecue!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Book of Fame
    Book of Fame
    ISBN: 9780143018094
    Title: Book of Fame
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    in 1905 a motley group of young New Zealand rugby players sets out by steamer on a journey to the other side of the world. The following year they are back, accorded a hero's welcome the like of which has never been seen in their country before. Their fame has spread before them across three continents.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Both Feet in Paradise
    Both Feet in Paradise
    ISBN: 9781988595382
    Title: Both Feet in Paradise

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Boyfriend
    ISBN: 9781776562848
    Title: Boyfriend

    Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize

    Erica is 17 and in her last year of high school. Donny is 42 and everywhere - in her yoga class, at German Club, in her parents' spare room . . .

    The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional 'love' narratives.

    This clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination of sexual desire, trauma and growth is a remarkable debut and a perfect novel for our time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Brief 56
    Brief 56
    ISBN: 97811759313
    Title: Brief 56

    Featuring work by: John Adams, Nick Ascroft, Iain Britton, Nicholas Butler, Brent Cantwell, Jill Chan, Stephanie Christie, Makyla Curtis, John Downie, Doc Drumheller, Norman Franke, Jasmine Gallagher, Michael Giacon, Joy Holley, Mark Houlahan, Erik Kennedy, Rhiannon Leddra, Bronwyn Lloyd, Caoimhe McKeogh, Piet Nieuwland, Keith Nunes, Sarah Penwarden, Chris Pigott, Sugu Pillay, essa may ranapiri, Vaughan Rapatahana, Sahanika Ratnayake, Jack Ross, Lisa Samuels, Erena Shingade, Carin Smeaton, Fiona Stevens, Chris Stewart, David Taylor, Richard Taylor, Loren Thomas, Richard von Sturmer, and Mark Young.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse
    Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse
    ISBN: 9780473356347
    Title: Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse

    A savagely satirical new novel by Wellingtonian author Brannavan Gnanalingam asks how New Zealand security agencies would respond when they really do think they have an Islamic terrorist to fear.

    “Have we set up a surveillance society in which it's better to pretend we've got things right no matter what, than it is to acknowledge when we've gone too far? We have given up a lot of our civil liberties in the name of protecting ourselves from so-called Islamic terrorism, but who will police the police? In the words of Homer Simpson, do we simply shrug and say "I dunno, the coastguard?"” says Gnanalingam.

    Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation’s capital.

    Gnanalingam says, "I have always been fascinated by the way banal and 'small' interactions between people can say so much about contemporary 'grand' narratives. What if these problematic ideas are sustained, not by governments bashing victims like in a tinpot dictatorship, but by ordinary folk through a clumsy insult at Friday night drinks or through bad sex?"

    The title of the novel comes from the contents of a spy’s briefcase misplaced in the Aro Valley in 1981. Unfortunately for the spy, the briefcase was discovered by the son of a prominent journalist. The novel transplants the farcical nature of this famous Wellington spy story to examine a number of key contemporary issues: the War on Terror, xenophobia and immigration, and structural sexism and Boys' Clubs.

    Lawrence and Gibson editor Murdoch Stephens is effusive about the new novel. “While most spy agency novels zero in on the spies, Bran’s takes shots at the agency. He has this inimitable ability to set a novel in a place that makes even an insider feel like they’ve seen it in a way they’ve never thought of before. We’re really looking forward to the feedback on this one…”

    Gnanalingam’s previous novel Credit in the Straight World about a small-town finance company collapse drew comparisons with A Confederacy of Dunces and Charles Dickens, while his other books have examined Kiwis travelling in Paris and West Africa.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Broken Play
    Broken Play
    ISBN: 9780994140814
    Title: Broken Play

    Alec Haudepin has spent the winters of his youth on the rugby field, and now, at twenty-three, his dream of playing for the All Blacks is almost within reach. But his rise to prominence uncovers quiet sadness about the part of his identity he has always struggled to acknowledge.
    "Broken Play captures magnificently the internal conflict and tumult experienced by so many young gay sportsmen struggling to find their true identity. Their sporting world and their attraction to men appears incomprehensible and irreconcilable.
    We welcome novels like Broken Play as it highlights, albeit fictionally, that homosexuality is no barrier to rugby skill, prowess, and success. Despite the tremendous LGBT social advances made in the last 20 years, sport lags behind. Many sports have much work to do to truly be inclusive at all levels. Unfortunately, there are remarkably few out gay competing professional footballers." - Andrew Purchas, Chairman of International Gay Rugby.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Broken Tikanga The Power of Matakite, Love, Betrayal & Sacrifice Woven Through Generations #1
    Broken Tikanga The Power of Matakite, Love, Betrayal & Sacrifice Woven Through Generations #1
    ISBN: 9781078396646
    Title: Broken Tikanga The Power of Matakite, Love, Betrayal & Sacrifice Woven Through Generations #1

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Bulibasha
    ISBN: 9780140254327
    Title: Bulibasha

    Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king. . Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand. Caught in the middle of this struggle is the teenager Simeon, grandson of the patriarch and of his grandmother Ramona, struggling with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage on many levels.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Burning River
    Burning River
    ISBN: 9781776562237
    Title: Burning River

    In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and frightening responsibilitya perilous inland journey that leads to a tense confrontation and the prospect of a rebuilt world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Buy Me Love
    Buy Me Love
    ISBN: 9780473541897
    Title: Buy Me Love
    Author: BROOK GREG

    On the day that old friends Mark, Andy and Angela are unexpectedly
    reunited, they also become millionaires, along with the other 704 lucky
    people in Bridgetown that day.
    During the six weeks until this windfall becomes final, the new
    millionaires in town take the chance to get what they've always dreamed
    of: love or independence, power or … pest control.
    And among the diamond thieves, ancient family secrets and murder
    attempts, Mark, Andy and Angela have to find their way through the love
    triangle they all thought they'd left behind a decade ago.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Cage
    ISBN: 9780143772323
    Title: Cage
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    A powerful allegorical tale about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we can justify brutality.

    Two mysterious strangers turn up at a hotel in a small country town. Where have they come from? Who are they? What catastrophe are they fleeing?

    The townspeople want answers, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trauma. Before long, wary hospitality shifts to suspicion and fear, and the care of the men slides into appalling cruelty.

    Lloyd Jones's fable-like novel The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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