• Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters
    Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters
    ISBN: 9780864736857
    Title: Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters

    Exercise Book collects over fifty creative writing exercises used by Bill Manhire and his colleagues, not only at Victoria but throughout New Zealand and around the world. The celebrated writer/teachers who have contributed include Eleanor Catton, Curtis Sittenfeld, Emily Perkins, David Vann, Elizabeth and Sara Knox, Dora Malech and Kirsty Gunn. This book will be an indispensible resource for teachers and students, and excellent stimulation and entertainment for anyone wanting to give writing a go.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Eye of the Songbird
    Eye of the Songbird
    ISBN: 9780473406448
    Title: Eye of the Songbird

    What happens when a New Zealand team of scientists find one of the world’s largest flawless diamonds on the last piece of sovereign-less land – Antarctica? She’s the target, Songbird, the woman he’s been told to bring down and here she is swinging helpless in a crevasse in Antarctica. What should Kirk Barnby, New Zealand secret service agent, do? Cut the rope?
    In this taut and exciting clash between environmental activism and nation-state determination, which ranges from Antarctica, Hong Kong, London, Istanbul and Wellington, two very determined people have to make a choice - political or personal?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Faces in the Water
    Faces in the Water
    ISBN: 9780349011141
    Title: Faces in the Water
    Author: FRAME JANET

    'I was now an established citizen with little hope of returning across the frontier; I was in the crazy world, separated now by more than locked doors and barred windows from the people who called themselves sane.'

    When Janet Frame's doctor suggested that she write about her traumatic experiences in mental institutions in order to free herself from them, the result was Faces in the Water, a powerful and poignant novel.

    Istina Mavet descends through increasingly desolate wards, with the threat of leucotomy ever present. As she observes her fellow patients, long dismissed by hospital staff, with humour and compassion, she reveals her original and questing mind. This riveting novel became an international classic, translated into nine languages, and has also been used as a medical school text.

    Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Heartburn by Nora Ephron; The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Fake Baby
    Fake Baby
    ISBN: 9780143774631
    Title: Fake Baby
    Author: MCDAID AMY

    Fake Baby is a tender and funny exploration of the power of words, our perception of resilience and what it means to be real.

    Nine Days.

    One City.

    Three Oddballs.

    Stephen's dead father is threatening to destroy the world. If Stephen commits the ultimate sacrifice and throws himself into the harbour, he will save humanity. The last thing he needs is a Jehovah's Witness masquerading as a schoolboy and an admission to a mental health facility.
    Jaanvi steals a life-like doll called James and cares for him as if he were her dead baby. Her husband demands she return him. But she and James have already bonded, and it's nobody's business how she decides to grieve.
    Lucas, pharmacist and all-round nice guy, is having one of the worst weeks of his life. His employees forgot his birthday, his mother's gone manic, and now his favourite customer is in hospital because of a medication error he made. Can he make things right? Or is life all downhill after forty?

    'A darkly funny satire that's both moving and wise.' - Paula Morris

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Fell
    ISBN: 9781910453742
    Title: Fell

    In an unspecified time and location, an unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard. He idolises his father-never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man -and he comes to believe that heroism is all. The arrest of his sister Lilly later that summer brings the halcyon days to an abrupt end, and his family is torn apart, with Lilly sent to jail and the boy set to a boarding house for dysfunctional boys, far away from his home-The Fell. He is young and afraid but the boys in the home become his family and they band together against their enemies, both real and imagined. The boy is an unreliable narrator, seeing the world and his place in it through a unique lens. He meets ghosts, hears voices and battles his fears but never questions his own version of reality. Anger spills over when he hears the girl he loves referred to as a twenty-dollar-whore and his actions lead him to run from The Fell.And run, And run...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Fishing for Maui
    Fishing for Maui
    ISBN: 9780473437541
    Title: Fishing for Maui

    Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep - just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn't notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making.
    Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael, is on a quest to reconnect to his Maori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she's the only one who can tell something's not right.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice
    Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice
    ISBN: 9780473300098
    Title: Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice

    Kharika Devkota struggles to come to term with her arranged marriage and confronts poverty, illiteracy and a society that fails to recognise her most basis human rights. Now 90 years old and still living alongside her sons in
    rural Nepal, she has become a successful landowner, micro lender, and beloved great grandmother. She does her calculations and records with stones.
    Based on a true story, this book provides a rare insight into the exceptional courage and determination of this Hindu woman.
    Sharyn Steel is a writer/journalist, living in Wellington with one previous book published, Struggling to Fly, and her daughter, Zoe Dryden, is a leadership coach, who after teaching English in Nepal, set up an aid programme
    with the local people and a leadership development programme that functions alongside it. She takes corporate clients to Nepal regularly and lives near Motueka.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice
    Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice
    ISBN: 9780473403911
    Title: Five Sons & a Hundred Muri of Rice

    Kharika Devkota struggles to come to term with her arranged marriage and confronts poverty, illiteracy and a society that fails to recognise her most basis human rights. Now 90 years old and still living alongside her sons in
    rural Nepal, she has become a successful landowner, micro lender, and beloved great grandmother. She does her calculations and records with stones.
    Based on a true story, this book provides a rare insight into the exceptional courage and determination of this Hindu woman.
    Sharyn Steel is a writer/journalist, living in Wellington with one previous book published, Struggling to Fly, and her daughter, Zoe Dryden, is a leadership coach, who after teaching English in Nepal, set up an aid programme
    with the local people and a leadership development programme that functions alongside it. She takes corporate clients to Nepal regularly and lives near Motueka.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Five Strings
    Five Strings
    ISBN: 9780473389482
    Title: Five Strings

    Acclaimed Maori writer Apirana Taylor is at the forefront of New Zealand literature.In Five Strings, Taylor brings his lyrical powers to a gripping love story set amongst the personal detritus of a man and a woman marginalised by their disconnection from their culture, their material poverty and many stigmas.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey
    For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey
    ISBN: 9780947493615
    Title: For God's Sake Saddle Me a Donkey

    Dinah Priestley's rollicking account of driving overland in an clapped-out ex-army truck, all the way from NZ to London

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Freelove
    ISBN: 9781877484124
    Title: Freelove
    Author: FIGIEL SIA

    Freelove is the long-awaited new novel from Sia Figiel, esteemed writer of the Pacific. In 1994 she won the Polynesian Literary Competition. Her 1997 novel, Where we once Belonged was awarded the South East Asia and South Pacific region Commonwealth Writers Prize: Best First Book. Her writing is highly acclaimed for its innovative fusion of traditional and contemporary modes of storytelling, her groundbreaking exploration of sexuality and taboo themes, and for pioneering a female narrative that has influenced a generation of Samoan and Pacific writers in the Islands and in the diaspora.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • From the Centre: A Writer's Life
    From the Centre: A Writer's Life
    ISBN: 9780143775614
    Title: From the Centre: A Writer's Life

    The remarkable memoirs of a remarkable writer

    With photographs and quotes from her many, hugely loved books, Patricia Grace begins with her grandparents and parents and takes us through her childhood, her education, marriage and up to the present day in this touching and self-deprecating story of her life, the life of a writer, of a Maori woman and of a teacher. It expresses the love for family and for ancestral land; shows the prejudices she had to face and that made her stronger; and tracks her career as a writer.

    'We live by the sea, which hems and stitches the scalloped edges of the land.'

    Renowned writer Patricia Grace begins her remarkable memoirs beside her beloved Hongoeka Bay. It is the place she has returned to throughout her life, and fought for, one of many battles she has faced-

    'It was when I first went to school that I found out that I was a Maori girl . . . I found that being different meant that I could be blamed . . .'

    As she shows, her experiences - good and bad, joyous and insightful - have fuelled what became a focus of her life-

    'I had made up my mind that writing was something I would always do.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
    From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
    ISBN: 9781775535768
    Title: From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle
    Author: DE GOLDI KATE

    Barney Kettle knew he would be a very famous film director one day, he just didn't know when that day would arrive. He was already an actual director he'd made four fifteen-minute films but so far only his schoolmates and the residents of the High Street had viewed them. Global fame was a little way off. It would come, though. Barney was certain about that.

    So begins the manuscript written from the hospital bed of an unnamed man.

    He has written it over many months as he recovers from serious injuries sustained in a city-wide catastrophe.

    He has written so he can remember the street where he lived, home to a cavalcade of interesting people, singular shops, and curious stories.

    He has written so he can remember the summer before he was injured, the last days of a vanished world.

    Above all, he has written so he can remember the inimitable Barney Kettle, filmmaker, part-time dictator, questing brain, theatrical friend; a boy who loved to invent stories but found a real one under his nose; a boy who explored his neighbourhood with camera in hand and stumbled on a mystery that changed everything.

    "From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle" is a beautiful story: big-hearted, richly entertaining, powerful.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • Garden Party
    Garden Party
    ISBN: 9780241341643
    Title: Garden Party

    They could not have had a more perfect day for a garden-party if they had ordered it.'

    A windless, warm day greets the Sheridan family on the day of their garden party. As daughter Laura takes the reins on party preparations the news of a neighbour's demise casts a cloud over the host and threatens the entire celebration.

    The Penguin English Library - collectable general readers' editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century to the end of the Second World War.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • Garden Party & Other Stories
    Garden Party & Other Stories
    ISBN: 9781911475279
    Title: Garden Party & Other Stories

    In Katherine Mansfield's subtle and powerful story "The Garden Party," a wealthy family prepares to host the titular event. When they learn that their working-class neighbour has died, their young daughter Laura protests that the party should be called off; yet no one else agrees. Afterward, she visits the home of the deceased. Her brother encounters her later, alone, and through her despair he understands that his sister has come to recognise her own mortality. This volume also includes two more of Mansfield's most admired and incisive stories: "The Fly," a quietly disturbing study of an older man who, after his dead son is suddenly evoked in conversation, still struggles to grieve; and "The Doll's House," a disquieting consideration of children, class, social alienation and bigotry.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • General & the Nightingale: Dan Davins War Stories
    General & the Nightingale: Dan Davins War Stories
    ISBN: 9781988531823
    Title: General & the Nightingale: Dan Davins War Stories

    Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the nation was engaged. The General and the Nightingale brings together Davins 20 war stories, some drawn from his war diaries and loosely based on his experiences as a wartime scholar-soldier and those of his fellow soldiers in the British and New Zealand armies. They yield an unparalleled insight into the Kiwi or Anzac soldier at war during the Mediterranean and African desert campaigns of World War II. Editor Janet Wilson notes they can be read as fictionalised accounts rather than imaginative fictions. Born and raised in a working-class Catholic family in Southland, Davin was a Rhodes Scholar and had recently completed a degree at Oxford when he enlisted in the British Army in 1939. After receiving a commission in 1940 he successfully applied to be transferred to the New Zealand forces. He saw active service in Greece and North Africa, was wounded in Crete, and rose to become General Freybergs intelligence officer in the Italian campaign. The General and the Nightingale updates an earlier collection of Davins war stories published in 1986 as The Salamander in the Fire and long out of print. This new publication features comprehensive notes, a glossary, a chronology, a map of story locations, a bibliography and an extensive introduction by Janet Wilson. It is a companion volume to The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davins Southland short stories (OUP, 2007), which is also being reissued.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Geometry: Issue Four
    Geometry: Issue Four
    ISBN: 9781518420474
    Title: Geometry: Issue Four
    Author: VARIOUS

    Geometry Issue Four is a New Zealand based, international literary journal featuring the work of Paula Harris, Rae Joyce, Katie Culligan, Alie Benge, Marianna Collette, Holly Roach, Kathryn Hummel, Johanna Emeney, Mingzhao Xu, Jason Hart, Colleen Nehmer, Ivy Alvarez, Jenny Hayes, Anthony Lawrence, Mr G Hoete, David Mohan, Samir Bhimji, Carl Boon, Kerrin P Sharpe, Bonnie Etherington, foreword by Anna Livesey.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Gifted
    ISBN: 9780864736376
    Title: Gifted

    One day in 1955 the 'father of New Zealand fiction' finds a young woman on his doorstep. A writer herself, she has recently emerged from a lengthy spell in hospital and is looking for somewhere safe to live and write. Somewhat to his own surprise, not to mention discomfort, he takes her in.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Girl in the Mirror
    Girl in the Mirror
    ISBN: 9781760876739
    Title: Girl in the Mirror
    Author: CARLYLE ROSE

    'As addictive and intoxicating as the perfect martini. Don't start reading unless you have cancelled all your plans.' - Sarah Bailey, author of The Dark Lake and Where the Dead Go

    Identical twins only look the same ...

    Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer's seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam.

    Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes.

    Now is her chance to take what she's always wanted - the idyllic life she's always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she's dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?

    Written with the chilling suspense of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl in the Mirror is an addictive thriller about greed, lust, secrets and deadly lies.

    'Immensely entertaining, hugely original, highly recommended. Rose Carlyle takes the reader on a wild ride, across an ocean and into the depths of a family riven by greed, jealousy and subterfuge . . . Like sorbet for the jaded palates of hardcore thriller fans.' - Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands and Silver

    'Ferociously entertaining. A novel like a triathlon: part evil-twin thriller, part howdunit (or did-she-do-it?), part juicy family drama. Drop Knives Out and Double Indemnity into the blender, shake some Dead Calm over the froth, power it on, and you've got a cocktail like The Girl in the Mirror - fresh, flavourful, and utterly intoxicating.' - A.J. Finn, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

    'A young woman tries to outrun the secrets that her own actions create. The thrill of the chase gathers us up and pulls us through each page to the very last. And in that other game of pursuit, the author matching wits with the reader, Rose Carlyle is always one step ahead. Of The Girl in the Mirror's many surprises, the biggest is that such an expert psychological thriller, such an addictive ride, could be a debut.' - Malcolm Knox, author of The Life and Bluebird

    'Rose Carlyle's debut psychological suspense The Girl in the Mirror left me gobsmacked. With its exotic setting, incredibly drawn characters, masterfully intricate plot, and an ending I absolutely did not see coming, Carlyle doesn't just knock the ball out of the park-she sends it flying into the next universe. The Girl in the Mirror is a triumph, one of the best books I've read all year.' - Karen Dionne, bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter and The Wicked Sister

    'A page-turner that's delightfully over-the-top, shocking, and full of twists, The Girl in the Mirror takes sibling rivalry to the next level. A jaw-dropping debut.' - Stephanie Wrobel, author of Darling Rose Gold

    'Rose Carlyle's The Girl in the Mirror took my breath away, page after page. It has it all: A superbly taut plot. Unforgettable, haunting characters. A setting that will instantly transport you to the lush landscape of the Seychelles. And one of the best endings I've read in a very long time. Bottom line-this book is exactly what we're all craving right now: a delicious, perfect escape.' - Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

    'Riveting from the first page to the last, with a final mind-blowing twist you'll never see coming!' - Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs Parrish

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Girl in the Moon Circle
    Girl in the Moon Circle
    ISBN: 9781877484117
    Title: Girl in the Moon Circle
    Author: FIGIEL SIA

    Often fiction allows authors to tell truths that otherwise would be too painful. Sia Figiel is uninhibited in The Girl in the Moon Circle, an observation of life in Samoa for perceptive and inquisitive 10-year old Samoana. Samoana describes the detail of her life so well that we are both outraged and charmed by it. She talks about school, church, friends, family violence, having refrigerators and television for the first time, crushes on boys, and legends.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Glass Houses & Other Stories
    Glass Houses & Other Stories
    ISBN: 9781988595160
    Title: Glass Houses & Other Stories

    A crash site memorial for a daughter is disturbed by road workers, a son goes missing after an earthquake, a husband struggles with his wife going into dementia care, grandparents meet-up with a grandchild they lost contact with when his parents divorced, a late-in-life relationship is broken apart when his health declines, a couple who lease out their basement flat discover a former tenant has been linked to a murder …

    Each of Karen Phillips’ stories is like the glass houses in the title story – small pieces, some opaque and some translucent, that offer glimpses of ordinary families whose lives are coming apart, sometimes in ways imperceptible to the outside eye. Memories of a kinder past are one way to pull things back together and simple humanity is another, but sometimes the answer is where you least expect it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Godwits Fly
    Godwits Fly
    ISBN: 9781869402457
    Title: Godwits Fly
    Author: HYDE ROBIN

    First published in 1938, this novel conveys the intense feelings of an adolescent in love, poetry and England. It pictures life in early 20th-century Wellington, its physical details, emotional tensions, muddle and variety.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Greta & Valdin
    Greta & Valdin
    ISBN: 9781776564194
    Title: Greta & Valdin

    ‘The modern world is too much for me. I feel like I’m George of the Jungle.’ —Greta

    'At the moment, for personal reasons, I don't like reading things about people being in love with each other.' —Valdin

    Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive around Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires in one. Greta is in love with her fellow English tutor Holly, who doesn’t know how to pronounce Greta’s surname, Vladisavljevic, properly.

    From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister must navigate the intricate paths of modern romance as well as weather the small storms of their eccentric Maori–Russian–Catalonian family. This beguiling and hilarious novel by Adam Foundation Prize winner Rebecca K Reilly owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to Tinder. Set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real one), Greta and Valdin will speak to anyone who has had their heart broken, or has decided that they don’t want to be a physicist anymore, or has wondered about all of the things they don’t know about their family.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Heart I Absolutely Can
    Heart I Absolutely Can
    ISBN: 9780473276478
    Title: Heart I Absolutely Can

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Heartland
    ISBN: 9781775535850
    Title: Heartland

    Heart-warming and compulsive reading, this is an entertaining, lively and moving novel from one of New Zealand's favourite authors. 'Donny Mac was released at Eastertime, about a month before Pansy Holloway, also known as Nightshade, disappeared for good.' After a short stint in prison on trumped-up charges, the loveable simpleton Donny Mac returns to the house left to him by his grandfather in the small settlement of Manawa, in the shadow of Mt Ruapehu. Now inhabited by a handful of colourful locals, the once prosperous milling town is only bustling in the ski season when the out-of-towners arrive. Awaiting Donny's return is the drunken and pregnant Nightshade, who claims he is the father. Donny's friends keep watch anxiously: the lace-making Bull Howie; Vera who can be seen every evening wheeling Bull's dinner in a pram down to his house in her own version of meals on wheels; farmer George Kingi and his fey four-year-old daughter Lovey; and the strange elderly sisters who have moved in next door. Also watching is the Virgin Tracey, a sixteen-year-old hiding out in one of the abandoned houses, with her own tiny baby. When an accident threatens to put Donny back into prison, he and the Virgin Tracey come up with a solution to cover it up. But can the secret remain hidden?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • 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
  • History Speech
    History Speech
    ISBN: 9781775503958
    Title: History Speech
    Author: SWEET MARK

    It is 1960s provincial New Zealand, and a set of upper middle class families enjoy the good life together. But just under the surface of the conventionality, there are undercurrents. Adolescent Callum Gow's father is a bully, his mother is having an affair, and there are secrets about abuse, suicide and the past. In amongst this, Callum is trying to understand his growing identity and sexuality. His only refuge is his grandfather, but this is in danger as Callum's father has grandfather wrongfully committed as he won't agree to a merger of the family business. Callum has to resolve his internal conflicts about who he is and resist social conformity to rescue his grandfather, get himself and his mother away from his father's control and tell the truth about the past.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Hold the Line
    Hold the Line
    ISBN: 9780473559465
    Title: Hold the Line

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • I Wish, I Wish
    I Wish, I Wish
    ISBN: 9781988595283
    Title: I Wish, I Wish

    As a mortician, Seb has mastered the art of making the
    dead resemble the living. He’s embalmed countless corpses,
    unpacked organs, reset bones and made up pallid faces for
    their final viewing. If he’s honest, he prefers the company
    of the deceased – no surprises and nobody to witness his
    inadequacy. But they don’t make for great work stories –
    nothing for his teenage children to look up to or to attract
    the waning interest of his wife.
    It looks like another humdrum day at White Lily Funerals
    when Seb meets Gabe, a dying boy unusually interested in
    caskets, who forces the mortician to rearrange the pieces of his
    life and shows him that magic doesn’t have to be just a wish.
    A darkly comic tale with a tender heart, I Wish, I Wish
    was awarded the prestigious WA Hofmeyr Prize and the
    KykNET-Rapport awards for fiction and best filmable book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Ice Shelf
    Ice Shelf
    ISBN: 9781776562015
    Title: Ice Shelf
    Author: KENNEDY ANNE


    On the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirty-something Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she’s away. En route she discards section after section of her manuscript in the spirit of editing The Ice Shelf into a stronger, sleeker work of literature.

    The Ice Shelf is an electrifying allegory for the dangers of wasting love and other non-renewable resources.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Iceland
    ISBN: 9780947493431
    Title: Iceland
    Author: HOEY DOMINIC

    We were the dead without an afterlife, ruining the lives of the living. We drifted through neighbourhoods in small packs, clinging to each other, all but alone. Our parents had given up. Packed their photos and furniture and moved to the forest to live simpler lives. But we stayed because there was nowhere else to go. We sold everything for rent — time, dignity, self-respect. Beneath the shiny new paint jobs and streets paved with debt lay our home.

    Stuck in a dead-end office job, Zlata hopes for a record deal so she can escape Auckland city. Then at party she meets Hamish, a graffiti artist and part-time drug dealer. Each has their own ideas about the other’s life, and surrounded by a makeshift family of friends and ex-lovers, their dreams of music, art and travel take shape.

    But as quickly as things come together, they can be torn apart — unravelling relationships and lives.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
    Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
    ISBN: 9780143771562
    Title: Imaginary Lives of James Poneke

    While exhibited as a curiosity, a Maori boy turns his gaze on Victorian London.

    'The hour is late. The candle is low. Tomorrow I will see whether it is my friends or a ship homewards I meet. But I must finish my story for you first. My future, my descendant, my mokopuna. Listen.'

    So begins the tale of James Poneke- orphaned son of a chief; ardent student of English; wide-eyed survivor. All the world's a stage, especially when you're a living exhibit. But anything can happen to a young New Zealander on the savage streets of Victorian London. When James meets the man with laughing dark eyes and the woman who dresses as a man, he begins to discover who people really are beneath their many guises.

    Although London is everything James most desires, this new world is more dark and dazzling than he could have imagined.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot
    In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot
    ISBN: 9781776562268
    Title: In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say A Lot

    First published in 1987 and reissued for the first time, In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say a Lot restores an essential New Zealand writer to new generations of readers. In Fifteen Minutes You Can Say a Lot begins with Texidor's most fully achieved piece of work, These Dark Glasses. Distinguished by sophisticated writing and acute psychological insight, it is set on the south coast of France during the Spanish Civil War. The stories which follow range from Spain and England to New Zealand, where she writes unsentimentally and unerringly of the environment of the time. Goodbye Forever, the unfinished novel which concludes the volume, is Texidors most sustained piece of writing on New Zealand. The central character, Lili, is a Viennese refugee who arrives amongst the writers of Aucklands North Shore. She is exotic and alone, and her slow collapse is plotted with minute observation

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • In the Clearing
    In the Clearing
    ISBN: 9781869718206
    Title: In the Clearing
    Author: POMARE J.P.

    Set against a ticking clock, this "taut and unpredictable" thriller pits a ruthless cult against a mother's love,& revealing that our darkest secrets are the hardest ones to leave behind& (Chris Hammer).

    Four days to go

    Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing, amidst her brothers and sisters--until a newcomer, a younger girl, joins the "family" and offers a glimpse of the outside world.

    Three days to go

    Freya is going to great lengths to seem like an "everyday mum," even as she maintains her isolated lifestyle, hoping to protect her young son and her dog.

    Two days to go

    When news breaks of a missing girl--a child the same age as Freya's son, Billy--Amy and Freya find themselves headed for a shocking collision.

    One day to go

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • In the Land of the Long White Cloud #1
    In the Land of the Long White Cloud #1
    ISBN: 9781612184265
    Title: In the Land of the Long White Cloud #1

    Hardworking London governess Helen Davenport longs for a family of her own but knows the prospect of finding a suitable husband grows dimmer each year. Then she spots an advertisement seeking wives for the churchgoing bachelors of colonial New Zealand and begins an affectionate correspondence with a gentleman farmer.Meanwhile, not far away in Wales, society life bores Gwyneira Silkham, beautiful, daring daughter of a wealthy sheep breeder. She finds an unexpected escape when her father loses a blackjack hand to a mysterious New Zealand baron #151; and Gwyn#146;s hand in marriage goes to the baron#146;s son.The women cross paths on the ship to Christchurch #151; Helen traveling steerage, Gwyn first class #151; and form an unlikely friendship, one they#146;ll rely on when the husbands awaiting them turn out very different than they#146;d imagined.This nineteenth-century saga of two unforgettable young women #151; navigating a new world and finding friendship, romance, and adventure at every turn #151; is as lush and sweeping as the hills of New Zealand themselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Into the World
    Into the World
    ISBN: 9781760527464
    Title: Into the World

    1791. In the midst of the French Revolution, unwed mother Marie-Louise Girardin takes one last look at her baby son before entrusting him to her friend, the revolutionary Olympe de Gouges. She must escape, and only the most daring plan will bring her both the anonymity she needs and the independence to return one day for her son.

    Marie-Louise disguises herself as a man and joins a voyage of exploration employed as a steward on the Recherche, one of two ships commissioned to journey to the Great Southern Ocean to find the missing explorer La Perouse.

    Protecting her identity throughout, Marie-Louise forms friendships among the eccentric naturalists. But tensions rise between the royalist officers and the revolutionaries, and Marie-Louise's position becomes precarious when she discovers someone on board knows the secrets of her past. When the expedition docks in Java, chaos erupts as they learn of King Louis XVI's execution and are imprisoned by the Dutch. Marie-Louise seems certain to be unmasked. Will she ever return to France and be reunited with her child?

    Inspired by a true story, Into the World is a compelling novel of the amazing life of Marie-Louise Girardin battling perilous seas, her own self-doubt, and finding unforeseen loves on a journey to reclaim her child.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Invisible Mile
    Invisible Mile
    ISBN: 9781776560431
    Title: Invisible Mile

    The 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia were the first English-speaking team to ride the Tour de France. From June through July they faced one of toughest in the race’s history: 5,476 kilometres of unsealed roads on heavy, fixed-wheel bikes. They rode in darkness through mountains with no light and brakes like glass. They weren’t expected to finish, but stadiums filled with Frenchmen eager to call their names.

    The Invisible Mile is a powerful re-imagining of the tour from inside the peloton, where the test of endurance, for one young New Zealander, becomes a psychological journey into the chaos of the War a decade earlier. Riding on the alternating highs of cocaine and opium, victory and defeat, the rider’s mind is increasingly fixed on his encounter with his family’s past. As he nears the battlefields of the north and his last, invisible mile, the trauma of exertion and disputed guilt cast strange shadows on his story, and onlookers congregate about him waiting for revelation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Invitation to Scandal
    Invitation to Scandal
    ISBN: 9780758279071
    Title: Invitation to Scandal

    Catch Me If You Can
    Plagued by scandalous rumors, Rheda Kerrich will stop at nothing to restore her reputation and make an honest living for herself--and she's determined to do it without a husband. But times are hard, and smuggling is a risky though profitable trade. So when a dashing agent for the English government catches her in the act, she desperately resists his charms and conceals her illicit profession. Until she realizes he may be the key to her ultimate freedom--and unbridled passion. . .
    Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, has never had trouble beguiling the ladies of Kent. When his search for "Dark Shadow," a cunningly elusive smuggler, leads him to alluring and headstrong Rhe, her objections to his amorous advances merely incite a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Soon, they'll find the very secrets driving them apart could ensnare them in a love they can't escape. . .
    "Passion, adventure, secrets and danger will keep you turning the pages." --Anna Campbell
    "A darkly sensual tale of intrigue, romance, and unexpected twists." --Lorraine Heath

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • it was both, and
    it was both, and
    ISBN: 9780473503369
    Title: it was both, and
    Author: DA SYLVA SASHA

    ‘it was both, and’ is an interdisciplinary and experimental philosophical text that traverses
    everyday life, social conditions, our relationships to technology, ourselves and each other. At its
    heart lays the question of what it means to commune with the other. Playing with design,
    poetry, essay and other written fragments, da Sylva’s ‘it was both, and’ offers a layered and
    metaphysical exploration of relationality in contemporary life. With the greatest of care, form is
    followed only sometimes. Includes work by Miles Lloyd.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Jacaranda House #2 The Restless Years
    Jacaranda House #2 The Restless Years
    ISBN: 9781775541639
    Title: Jacaranda House #2 The Restless Years

    Bestselling author Deborah Challinor returns with a spellbinding novel about a woman living in Sydney's notorious King's Cross in 1964. Polly Manaia is living in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, working as an exotic dancer. She's desperate to bring her young daughter to live with her, but beneath her brash confidence lie dark secrets which threaten to drag her under.Gina is excited to live with her mum again. She's mature for an eleven-year-old, but can this young girl cope with Polly's demons?Rhoda and Star, transgender performers and Polly's flatmates, bring stability to Polly and Gina's lives. Yet this unlikely little family will find themselves threatened in more ways than one.The Jacaranda House is a fascinating portrayal of a shifting society and a beautiful portrait of motherhood and identity.'Australia's answer to Philippa Gregory' Brisbane Times'A meticulously researched and compellingly readable story injected with heart and humour, From the Ashes is perfect for fans of Fiona McIntosh and Kate Furnivall. A five-star read' Better Reading

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
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