• Neon Daze
    Neon Daze
    ISBN: 9781776562381
    Title: Neon Daze
    Author: BROWN AMY

    Was it wrong to bring the baby
    to a Grand Final party?

    Neon Daze is a verse journal of the first four months of motherhood. As these poems trace the dramatic reconfiguring of one’s world, they also upend genre and notions of linear time. Guided by radical honesty, grace, wit, and her distinctive command of language, Amy Brown’s third poetry collection searches restlessly for a way to map a self that is now ‘part large and old, part new and small’.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Nest of Singing Birds: One Hundred Years of the Nz School Journal
    Nest of Singing Birds: One Hundred Years of the Nz School Journal
    ISBN: 9780790326276
    Title: Nest of Singing Birds: One Hundred Years of the Nz School Journal

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • New Animals
    New Animals
    ISBN: 9781776561162
    Title: New Animals
    Author: ADAM PIP

    Carla, Sharon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember, for them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X: tired, cynical and sick of being used.

    Tommy, Cal and Kurt are Millenials, they’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the new sincere, the anti-irony. Both generations are searching for a way out, an alternative to their messed-up reality.

    Pip Adam’s new novel walks the streets of Auckland city now, examining the fashion scene, intergenerational tension and modern life with an unflinching eye. From the wreckage and waste of the 21st century, new animals must emerge.

    Cover by Kerry Ann Lee.

    The New Animals is Pip Adam's second novel. She has also published a collection of short stories, Everything We Hoped For (VUP, 2010) and a novel, I’m Working on a Building (VUP, 2013).

    Her work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas.

    In 2012 Pip received an Arts Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award and her first book Everything We Hoped For won the NZ Post Best First Book award in 2011.

    Pip facilitates writing workshops in universities and other settings including with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. Pip makes the Better off Read podcast where she talks with authors about writing and reading (betterreadnz.wordpress.com)

    “Pip Adam is one of the most exciting new writers around.” Damien Wilkins.

    ‘Adam knows how to brew a story to its essence and to infuse an emotional undercurrent that is deeply affecting’
    – Paula Green, NZ Herald

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • New Ships
    New Ships
    ISBN: 9781776561889
    Title: New Ships
    Author: DUIGNAN KATE

    I think it’s fair to say I was rewarded, praised, applauded, more than most fathers.

    Peter Collie is adrift in the wake of his wife’s death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken lead him back to the past, to dismaying events on an Amsterdam houseboat in the seventies, returning to New Zealand and meeting Moira, an amateur painter who carried secrets of her own, and to a trip to Europe years later with his family. An unexpected revelation forces Peter to navigate anew his roles as a husband, father and son.

    Set in Wellington after the fall of the Twin Towers, and traversing London, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, The New Ships is a mesmerising book of blood-ties that stretch across borders. A novel of acute moral choices, it is a rich and compelling meditation on what it means to act, or to fail to act.

    Kate Duignan’s first novel, Breakwater (2001), was published by Victoria University Press. She has published in Landfall and Sport, and has been anthologised in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009) and The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature (2012). Kate received the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary in 2002, and held the Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University in 2004. Kate lives in the Aro Valley, Wellington, with her partner and children.

    Praise for The New Ships

    ‘The New Ships is a gripping novel about lost children and a very fine portrait of family life in all its beauty and betrayal. Intricate, compelling, and deeply moving.’
    —Anna Smaill

    ‘Beautifully fluid, elegant, assured and calm . . . intellectually right and morally true.’
    —Emily Perkins

    Praise for Kate Duignan

    ‘Breakwater is an astonishingly polished and confident first novel.’
    —Rebecca Palmer, Otago Daily Times

    ‘Duignan’s first novel proves that she is already an accomplished writer who has a good grasp on the interior lives of contemporary New Zealanders.’
    —Gilbert Wong, NZ Herald

    ‘One of the most enjoyable novels of the year.’
    —Chris Bourke, North & South

    ‘It is an impressively confident debut. With an unerring ear, she knows when to leave her characters alone and when to intervene as narrator. . . . It is the novel’s great strength that it asks the reader to think about the way in which contemporary families are configured.’
    —Jane Stafford, NZ Listener

    Cover design by Keely O'Shannessy

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Night of All Souls
    Night of All Souls
    ISBN: 9780143774303
    Title: Night of All Souls

    In this highly entertaining novel, Edith Wharton is variously reimagined- as a host in the afterlife, a historical figure in a modern novella, and as an elusive presence in the pages of her own writing. But when a lifelong secret is exposed, it's almost too shocking to be true.

    Hugely acclaimed during her lifetime, writer Edith Wharton is back - with the most extraordinary opportunity. Summoned to a room in the afterlife, Edith finds the manuscript of a new novella inspired by her life. A letter from her one-time editor advises Edith to consider carefully whether to destroy the work or allow its publication. Is this a chance to correct her image of haughtiness and privilege, and to reignite interest in her writing?

    Edith begins reading the novella to her astonished companions; and what unfolds is a cautionary story of online fame. But as she gradually remembers the details of her life, Edith becomes fearful about what the work might reveal and is haunted by the words-

    The letters survive, and everything survives.

    'Philippa Swan's is an original voice that is articulate, humorous and disarmingly refreshing.' - NZ Books

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Nights in the Garden of Spain
    Nights in the Garden of Spain
    ISBN: 9780143203940
    Title: Nights in the Garden of Spain

    David Munro has everything a man could want - a beautiful wife, two adoring daughters, a top academic position and a circle of devoted friends. But he also has another life, lived mainly at night and frequently in what he comes to know as 'The Gardens of Spain', the places where gay and bisexual men meet. Now he must choose which of these two lives to follow . . . Now in its fourth edition, Nights in the Gardens of Spain takes us along the precarious divide between sexuality and social mores, exploring dilemmas of contemporary gay culture with anger, laughter, sensitivity and honesty. 'Ihimaera's best book yet.'-Evening Post

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Nine Lives of Kitty K: an Unsung Heroine of the Goldfields
    Nine Lives of Kitty K: an Unsung Heroine of the Goldfields
    ISBN: 9780473542030
    Title: Nine Lives of Kitty K: an Unsung Heroine of the Goldfields

    Set in a turbulent period of goldfields' history, The Nine Lives of Kitty K. paints a vivid picture of pioneer life as told by the sons and daughters of those who lived it and survived the terrible Depression of the 1890s. Kitty Kirk (1855-1930), arguably the toughest woman in Otago history, endured those times, supporting herself as a woman alone. Happiness was followed by tragedy, fame by infamy, and the circle was repeated more than once. Some locals called her a heroine, others called her a harlot. Whichever she was, she became a legend in her own lifetime for her daring deeds that are still remembered and talked about ninety years after her death.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • No White Lies
    No White Lies
    ISBN: 9781082134661
    Title: No White Lies
    Author: EATON DAN

    "Terrifying and heartbreaking." Award-winning journalist Will McCormick has the perfect life. Money, a beautiful family, and a Pulitzer Prize. He also has a dark secret. The story that made him famous years ago didn't quite happen the way he told it, and now someone from his past has returned to make him pay.

    No White Lies is a fast-paced thriller that will haunt you long after you've turned the final page.

    "A new and chillingly plausible take on the intelligence failure that led the US and its allies to war in Iraq, and the global horror that followed. Dan Eaton takes us on a wild ride in this novel that explores the nature of truth and lies in a world before social media and fake news.

    "The descriptions are top notch. I saw, felt, heard, tasted and smelled it all; from the wild beauty of the New Zealand wilderness, through the mean streets of Phnom Penh, the sophistication of Paris and New York, right into the raging heart of war-torn Baghdad. Eaton has achieved the near impossible - a visceral psychological thriller that is as utterly terrifying as it is personal and heartbreaking. It pushed all the right buttons" - Louise Roberts

    What really happened to Lizzy McCormick?

    "Truth be told, white lies are the blackest of them all. Believe me, I should know."

    This atmospheric tale centers around the disappearance of Will's five-year-old daughter, Lizzy, who vanishes from her family's lakeside mansion in a remote resort town in the South Island of New Zealand.

    Her disappearance sends Will trawling through his past for clues about who has taken his little girl. It's a journey of self-discovery that ultimately leaves him questioning his own sanity.

    Will is a compulsive liar, a serial cheat, and a fabulist. Actions have consequences. The innocent suffer. He can't escape his past. He can, however, choose what he will do next, and maybe - just maybe - find redemption.

    But will anyone believe him if he finally tells the truth?

    A novel brimming with exotic locations, spies, terrorism, conspiracy and political intrigue. Perfect for fans of John le Carré, Mick Herron, Alex Dahl and Peter May.

    "Flings you succinctly through Baghdad war zones to underground Paris, from a far flung remote New Zealand lakeside resort to a Manhattan landfill.

    "Eaton mixes cause and consequence throughout this international mystery / thriller ... through plot layers that are so easy to visually grasp as you read, you sometimes will be sickened to your core. His writing is so visual but thankfully his craft brings a sense of beauty to the death and loss that unfolds." - Colmaine Views

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Nothing to See
    Nothing to See
    ISBN: 9781776563159
    Title: Nothing to See
    Author: ADAM PIP

    It's 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches. They volunteer at the Salvation Army shop, and sometimes they sleep with men for money. They live with Heidi and Dell, who are also like them. It's 2006. Peggy and Greta have two jobs: a job at a call centre, and a job as a moderator for a website. They're teaching themselves how to code. Heidi and Dell don't live together anymore, and Dell keeps getting into trouble. One day, Peggy and Greta turn around and there's only one of them. It's 2018. Margaret lives next door to Heidi and her family. She has a job writing code that analyses data for a political organisation, and she's good at it. Every day she checks an obsolete cellphone she found under her bed, waiting for messages. She struggles to stay sober. Then, one day, there are two of them again, both trying to figure out where they have come from. Nothing to See is a compelling, brilliantly original novel about life in the era of surveillance capitalism, when society prefers not to see those who are different, and the line between reality and simulation feels dissolvingly thin.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Novel About My Wife
    Novel About My Wife
    ISBN: 9780747596509
    Title: Novel About My Wife

    Tom Stone is madly in love with his wife Ann. Pushing forty and expecting their first child, they buy a semi-derelict house in Hackney. Despite their spiralling money troubles, they believe this is their settled future. But Ann becomes convinced she's being shadowed by a homeless man whose presence seems like a terrible omen. As their child grows, Ann's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, feverish and disturbed. On the verge of losing everything, Tom makes a decision that he hopes will save their lives. Novel About My Wife is a taut, sensuous and chilling portrait of a marriage beset by paranoia and obsession.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Nowhere Nearer
    Nowhere Nearer
    ISBN: 9781869409333
    Title: Nowhere Nearer
    Author: MILLER ALICE

    Is nowhere a place we can get closer to? In her compelling second collection, Alice Miller tackles the circularity of thought, the company of the dead, and the lure of alternative futures. These poems rip into pockets of histories, trying to change facts and voices, searching for the word'sversion of music's home key. They dare you to visit, through a series of cities, the futures we never let happen.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Once Were Warriors
    Once Were Warriors
    ISBN: 9781775532859
    Title: Once Were Warriors
    Author: DUFF ALAN

    A New Zealand classic, this novel is a raw and powerful portrayal of Maori in New Zealand society. Alan Duff's groundbreaking first novel is one of the most talked-about books ever published in New Zealand and is now the basis of a major New Zealand film. This hard hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrait in which everyone is a victim, until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Only Living Lady Parachutist
    Only Living Lady Parachutist
    ISBN: 9780473571474
    Title: Only Living Lady Parachutist

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Other Side of Better
    Other Side of Better
    ISBN: 9781912095025
    Title: Other Side of Better

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Our Future Is in the Air
    Our Future Is in the Air
    ISBN: 9781776561179
    Title: Our Future Is in the Air

    In the larger sense, perhaps, they were trying to make a future. Somehow, all around, they felt vaguely that things were collapsing. All they could do in the midst of that was create something.

    It’s 1975. A time of protest and upheaval is ending.

    A few years earlier, the world was in disarray. While protesters filled the streets, the Soviets disseminated time machine images of 9/11. Plans for jet air travel were shelved and the Twin Towers were never built. When time travel was made illegal, it moved underground – into a world of time travel machines servicing a demimonde of addicts, spies, bankers and activists.

    And now? In the fragile peace that follows, a few people isolated at the bottom of the world are starting to make their own clandestine journeys into the future.

    Our Future is in the Air is a captivating work about the invisible forces that make us who we are: science, politics, power – and our hoped-for futures.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Parihaka Woman
    Parihaka Woman
    ISBN: 9781869797294
    Title: Parihaka Woman

    Against the historical background of the compelling and extraordinary events which surrounded the village of Parihaka in the 1870s and 1880s, Witi Ihimaera tells the fictional story of Erenora. Parihaka was a place synonymous with passive resistance, a place that Erenora called home, a place where Horitana came to find and marry her. It was also a place that the colonial settlers wanted to occupy, by fair means or foul. While most in Parihaka who passively resisted the encroachments were sent to gaol, Horitana was to meet a far worse fate. Having made an enemy of a particularly sinister settler, he is imprisoned and disappears. Like a Shakespearean heroine, Erenora dons the clothes of a young man and goes off through New Zealand in search of him. Always surprising and inventive, THE PARIHAKA WOMAN reveals a working writer constantly extending his range and humanity, continuing his exploration into the history of New Zealand and working at its intersections with fiction. It affirms Ihimaera's place in New Zealand literature as one of our finest technicians and storytellers.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Party Line
    Party Line
    ISBN: 9781775537557
    Title: Party Line
    Author: ORR SUE

    An enthralling novel of individual bravery versus silent, collective complicity, set in a vividly drawn farming community in 1970s New Zealand. The Baxters do not know their place. On the first of June every year sharemilkers load their trucks with their families, pets and possessions and crawl along the highways towards new farms, new lives. They're inching towards that ultimate dream - buying their own land. Fenward's always been lucky with its sharemilkers; grateful, grafting folk who understand what's expected of them. Until now, when grief-stricken Ian Baxter and his precocious daughter Gabrielle arrive. Nickie Walker is enchanted by the glamour and worldliness of Gabrielle. Nickie's mother, however, finds herself in the crossfire of a moral battle too terrifying to confront. Each has a story to share. This is a coming-of-age story for two young girls who hold a mirror up to the place and people they love. It's a coming-of-age story, too, for a community forced to stare back at the image of a damaged soul. The question is: who will blink first?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Passport to Hell
    Passport to Hell
    ISBN: 9781869408398
    Title: Passport to Hell
    Author: HYDE ROBIN

    Passport to Hell is the story of James Douglas Stark - Starkie - and his war. Journalist and novelist Robin Hyde came across Starkie while reporting in Mt Eden Gaol in the 1930s and immediately knew she had to write his "queer true terrible story". The result was greeted by John A. Leee, war veteran, author and politician, as "the most important New Zealand war book yet published".

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Pet: Stories
    Pet: Stories
    ISBN: 9780473522575
    Title: Pet: Stories

    Pet is a dark and humorous short story collection that explores our relationships with children, lovers, and other animals.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Plumb
    ISBN: 9780140295627
    Title: Plumb
    Author: GEE MAURICE

    Maurice Gee's acclaimed novel Plumb was the winner of the Wattie Book Award and the New Zealand Fiction Award. His brilliant picture of the intolerant, irascible clergyman George Plumb is regarded as one of the very finest New Zealand novels.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Poroporoaki / to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Delarosa
    Poroporoaki / to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Delarosa
    ISBN: 9780994134509
    Title: Poroporoaki / to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Delarosa

    Poroporoaki is, as the subtitle suggests, a response to Colin McCahon’s paintings that are, in turn a response to the death of poet James K. Baxter. In this rich poem up-and-coming writer Anahera Gildea takes these threads and weaves them into a vivid Maori cultural context. The result is powerful, emotional and beautiful.

    This exquisitely produced hand-bound book is available in a first edition of 150 hand-numbered copies. It is bound with hemp and flax-linen thread, and features a fly-leaf insert of hand-made harakeke (New Zealand flax) paper.

    Anahera Gildea (Ngati Raukawa-ki-Te-Tonga, Kai Tahu, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Toa, Ngai Te Rangi) is a Wellington-based writer who has had her poems and short stories published in a variety of journals. She recently completed the Masters of Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington and is currently finishing her first novel.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
  • Portrait of the Artist's Wife
    Portrait of the Artist's Wife
    ISBN: 9781776562121
    Title: Portrait of the Artist's Wife

    Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish this new edition of one of New Zealand’s favourite novels, 26 years after it was first published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US.

    While Sarah Tandy is determined to nurture her talent as a painter and keep her marriage intact, her husband, Jack Macalister, is equally determined to remain the cheerfully philandering and selfish man that he is.

    ‘She really is world class – her writing’s like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.’ — Sharon Crosbie, Evening Post

    ‘It is a testament to Anderson’s style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.’ — Caroline Wilder, Sunday Star

    ‘A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail – and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.’ — Dirk Bogarde

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Potiki
    ISBN: 9780140088038
    Title: Potiki

    In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion - and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief and rage threaten to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn. . Patrica Grace's second novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Prophecies
    ISBN: 9780947493950
    Title: Prophecies
    Author: MAITRA RUPA

    Some of Rupa Maitra’s stories spring from her background in music and medicine, some from her Bengali heritage — and all from a vivid imagination:

    An inquisitive lab assistant, trampled by everyone, finally stands up for himself
    A lonely Wadestown nanny finds solace in the kind actions of one of her charges
    A disgraced doctor leaves medicine and becomes reclusive, taking up painting
    Life unravels for a narcissistic professor
    A child of immigrants explores what resonates when he has to examine his roots
    Faced with the death of a friend, an elderly spinster reveals a long-held secret
    A violinist relives grisly memories while playing for Prokofiev’s Cinderella
    A woman’s sanity is tested as she becomes progressively more sleep-deprived.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Province of Danger
    Province of Danger
    ISBN: 9780995105300
    Title: Province of Danger
    Author: GROVER RAY

    This is a novel of insights, bold assessments and revelations told by four contrasting characters from the generation whose adult lives were affected forever by World Wars I and II, the Depression, the Spanish Civil War and the domestic upheaval that accompanied the waterfront lockout and protests against the war in Vietnam. It is an account to treasure, not simply because of its narrative power, its superb interweaving of the real and the imagined, and its huge and contrasting canvases, but because of its brilliant and meticulous archival research and its compassionate yet rigorous re-evaluation of some of New Zealand¿s most bitter and wounding military, social and political battles, and of the officers, soldiers, nurses, trade unionists, conscientious objectors and political leaders involved. No New Zealand novel about the harrowing experience of our growth towards nationhood has a broader sweep and more detailed grasp of events. It is a masterpiece of times that must never be forgotten - Kevin Ireland The war to end wars ended in 1918.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Pru Goes Troppo
    Pru Goes Troppo
    ISBN: 9780473538750
    Title: Pru Goes Troppo

    Pru lives on a country estate in Canterbury. She’s married to Guy. They haven’t had sex for ten years. ‘Why the hell do I live my life this way?’ she wonders. On a whim, they go and take a look at Samoa. A tropical paradise, obviously. Once there, Pru starts thinking things, feeling things, doing things. ‘Are we just an ornamental waste of space, d’you think?’ she asks Guy. ‘I rather think we are, darling,’ he says. Pru goes troppo is a comic novel about the ups and downs of two people who are privileged parasites, yet curiously innocent.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Quiet in Her Bones
    Quiet in Her Bones
    ISBN: 9781869714444
    Title: Quiet in Her Bones
    Author: SINGH NALINI

    In this gripping thriller set in New Zealand, New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes you into the twisted world of an exclusive cul-de-sac located on the edge of a sprawling forest.
    My mother vanished ten years ago.
    So did a quarter of a million dollars in cash.
    Thief. Bitch. Criminal.
    Now, she's back.
    Her bones clothed in scarlet silk.
    When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that's housed the same influential families for decades.

    The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago. Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream that night, and he's determined to uncover the ugly truth that lives beneath the moneyed elegance...but& no one is ready for the murderous secrets about to crawl out of the dark.

    Even the dead aren't allowed to break the rules in this cul-de-sac.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Quiet People
    Quiet People
    ISBN: 9781990003189
    Title: Quiet People
    Author: CLEAVE PAUL

    Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful crime-writers. They have been on the promotional circuit, joking that no-one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living. So when their 7 year old son Zach goes missing, naturally the police and the public wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time - are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Quiet Spectacular
    Quiet Spectacular
    ISBN: 9780143574156
    Title: Quiet Spectacular

    Funny and moving, this novel subverts notions of 'man vs. wild' while showcasing women's strength and purpose, and the power of friendship and laughter.

    Lorettais a school librarian, who embarks on compiling The Dangerous Book for Menopausal Womenwhile waiting to collect her son from after-school activities.

    Chanceis a teenager, who discovers an unusual creative outlet to offset the strain of her controlling mother.

    Rivais dedicated to the wetlands sanctuary she created, who is seeking a way to fulfil her promise to her dying sister to do something 'absolutely spectacular'.

    Within a clearing in the woods by a lake stands a den, a secret sanctuary and eventual meeting place for all three women . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Rain
    ISBN: 9780571173006
    Title: Rain
    Author: GUNN KIRSTY

    A twelve-year-old girl spends summers at a lake with her parents and little brother. The days are long and hot and while the parents entertain their friends the two children are left alone to play and dream and let the future come down upon them . . . This is a story of loss. Of how families come undone. How children grow up. And how by losing the one most dear you find that in the end only a kind of oblivion can comfort you. Exploring the way memory works, remembering both as a child and as an adult looking back on the child, Rain is an attempt to show the dissolving of the past. The reader is given the experience of remembering, along with the narrator, so that the story is not something told but is more like a dream, unravelling and disappearing while it is being read yet also yielding up each moment as intense, sweet, hypnotic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Rangatira
    ISBN: 9780143565758
    Title: Rangatira
    Author: MORRIS PAULA

    Based on a true story. Auckland, June 1886. Ngati Wai chief Paratene Te Manu spends long sessions, over three long days, having his portrait painted by the Bohemian painter Gottfried Lindauer. Hearing of Lindauer's planned trip to England reminds him of his own journey there, twenty years earlier, with a party of northern rangatira. As he sits for Lindauer, Paratene retreats deeper and deeper into the past, from the triumphs in London and their meetings with royalty to the disintegration of the visit into poverty, mistrust, and humiliation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Rat King Landlord
    Rat King Landlord
    ISBN: 9780473526399
    Title: Rat King Landlord

    Colossal rats invade from the town belt.

    Your rent is going up but everyone is calling it a summer of love.

    Cryptic posters appear around Wellington inciting people to join an evening of mayhem.

    Until now the rats have contented themselves with scraps. But as summer heats up and the cost of living skyrockets, we can no longer ignore that our friends are seeking their own rung on the property ladder.

    Rat King Landlord is the first novel by Murdoch Stephens. He has previously published a book on the campaign he founded to double New Zealand's refugee quota: Doing Our Bit: the campaign to double the quota (BWB Texts, 2018).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Receives the Marks of Every Thing, Understands & Includes Everything, Except Itself
    Receives the Marks of Every Thing, Understands & Includes Everything, Except Itself
    ISBN: 9780473348526
    Title: Receives the Marks of Every Thing, Understands & Includes Everything, Except Itself

    Receives the Marks of Every Thing, Understands and Includes Everything, Except Itself is an experimental exploration of the patterns and processes that underpin life and experience, blurring the boundaries between human and non human, animate and inanimate, animal mineral vegetable, forms of evaluation.
    Max is a New Zealand writer living between Wellington, NZ and Kumamoto, Japan; Max uses experimental writing processes, incorporating influence and imagery from philosophy, media, meditation, interaction, thought, to produce thought experiments to try and re-mould, re-orient, shift angles of thinking and interpreting world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama
    Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama
    ISBN: 978047338757
    Title: Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Reed Warbler
    Reed Warbler
    ISBN: 9781776563005
    Title: Reed Warbler
    Author: WEDDE IAN

    Pregnant after rape, seventeen-year-old Josephina Hansen is exiled from her family home in Kiel in the north of Germany. She finds refuge with her sister’s Danish family in Sønderborg, then in Hamburg with a philanthropic businessman and, later, a radical journalist and his sister. In 1880 the worsening political situation forces this makeshift family into exile – and a new life in a small farming settlement in the Kaitieke valley in New Zealand.

    Accompanying Josephina on the journey is an ancient sewing sampler given to her by her grandmother. In its lovingly stitched pictures she finds a way of mapping the world she has come from – and that is traversed by the birds of her childhood, the Rohrsänger or reed warblers, which migrate yearly from the salt marshes near her home to ‘somewhere nice and warm where the oranges grow’.

    Josephina’s story is framed by the reunion of Frank and Beth, descendants of two of her three children by different fathers. It is Beth’s discovery of the reason for the disappearance from the family story of Josephina’s third child that unlocks memory and meaning from the intricately stitched story of the migrating reed warblers.

    The Reed Warbler is a beautiful and rich family saga that weaves together the lives of six generations, overseen, as Josephina’s son Wolf would observe at a family reunion in 1915, by ‘Ma with that glint in her eye’.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Rehearsal
    ISBN: 9780864735812
    Title: Rehearsal

    A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance, and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theatre are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve . . . THE REHEARSAL is an exhilarating and provocative novel about the unsimple mess of human desire. Startlingly original, it is at once a tender evocation of its young protagonists and a shrewd expose of emotional compromise. It introduces a boldly inventive and extraordinarily accomplished new voice in New Zealand fiction. ""This is a daring book, full of velvety pleasures but never afraid to show its claws. Eleanor Catton is crazily talented and insightful - and best of all, she makes language seem new."" - Emily Perkins. Named Best First Novel in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Remote Sympathy
    Remote Sympathy
    ISBN: 9781776563203
    Title: Remote Sympathy

    mote Sympathy

    Catherine Chidgey
    Remote Sympathy
    ISBN: 9781776563203

    October 2020

    Moving away from their lovely apartment in Munich isn’t nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared. Their new home is even lovelier than the one they left behind, and best of all – right on their doorstep – are some of the finest craftsmen from all over Europe. Frau Hahn and the other officers’ wives living in this small community are encouraged to order anything they desire, whether new curtains made from the finest French fabrics, or furniture designed to the most exacting specifications. Life here in Buchenwald would appear to be idyllic.

    Lying just beyond the forest that surrounds them – so close and yet so remote – is the looming presence of a work camp. Frau Hahn’s husband, SS Sturmbannführer Dietrich Hahn, is to take up a powerful new position as the camp’s administrator.

    As the prison population begins to rise, the job becomes ever more consuming. Corruption is rife at every level, the supplies are inadequate, and the sewerage system is under increasing strain.

    When Frau Hahn is forced into an unlikely and poignant alliance with one of Buchenwald’s prisoners, Dr Lenard Weber, her naïve obtuseness about what is going on so close at hand around her is challenged.

    A decade earlier, Dr Weber had invented a machine: the Sympathetic Vitaliser. At the time he had believed that its subtle resonances might cure cancer. But does it really work? One way or another – whether it works or not – it might yet save a life.

    A tour de force about the evils of obliviousness, Remote Sympathy compels us to question our continuing and willful ability to look the other way in a world that is once more in thrall to the idea that everything – even facts, truth and morals – is relative.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Responsibility
    ISBN: 9780864734969
    Title: Responsibility
    Author: COX NIGEL

    A darkly comic thriller set in contemporary Berlin, this novel finds Martin Rumsfield, an international-museums expert from New Zealand, feeling hemmed in by the pressures of work and the demands of family. When a shady character from his past turns up with a sure-fire money-making scheme, Martin is seduced by the glamour of a walk on the wild side.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Roderick Finlayson Reader
    Roderick Finlayson Reader
    ISBN: 9780473514174
    Title: Roderick Finlayson Reader

    Roderick Finlayson (1904–1992) was one of the pioneering New Zealand writers who came to prominence in the 1930s. This selection of his fiction and non-fiction––some of it unpublished, much of it previously uncollected––includes stories from his four short story collections, two chapters from the novel Tidal Creek, excerpts from an unpublished novel, the 1940 essay Our Life in this Land, autobiography, memoir, articles, letters and poems.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Rotoroa
    ISBN: 9781776561919
    Title: Rotoroa
    Author: HEAD AMY

    Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf, tiny and isolated, is home to a Salvation Army facility for alcoholic men. It’s also where three people at very different points in their lives share a fleeting encounter. There is Katherine, known to history as Elsie K. Morton, famous journalist and author; Jim, an alcoholic with a young family; and Lorna, a teenage mother who has turned to religion, looking for a fresh start. As the stories of their lives are revealed, so too are their hopes and vulnerabilities.

    Set in the 1950s, as New Zealand society is starting to change under the pressure of new cultural energies, Rotoroa is a compassionate, beautifully unfolding examination of loss and the possibility of renewal. Told with subtlety and intelligence, this novel affirms Amy Head as a remarkable new voice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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