Fiction & Literature (263)

The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield

ISBN: 9781877578816

Author: Gerri Kimber Ed    Publisher: Otago University Press

This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield’s poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909–10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Libr...


This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield’s poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909–10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015. This edition is made up of 217 poems, ordered chronologically, so that the reader can follow Mansfield’s development as a poet and her experiments with different forms, as well as tracing the themes – love and death, the natural world and the seasons, childhood and friendship, music and song – that preoccupied her throughout her writing life. The comprehensive annotations provide illuminating biographical information as well as explaining the rich contexts of the European poetic tradition, including fin de siècle decadence within which Mansfield’s artistry is steeped. The inclusion of a collection of newly discovered poems, highlights Mansfield’s desire to be taken seriously as a poet from her earliest beginnings as a writer. The poems as a whole point to a poet who varied her craft as she perfected it, often witty and ironic yet always enchanted by the sound of words.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 05-11-2016


$35.00
Taking My Mother to the Opera

ISBN: 9781927322154

Author: Diane Brown    Publisher: Otago University Press

Piquant, frank, open, wistful, tender, funny … this personal memoir by Diane Brown is deftly ‘marbled’ throughout with social history. From carefully chos...


Piquant, frank, open, wistful, tender, funny … this personal memoir by Diane Brown is deftly ‘marbled’ throughout with social history. From carefully chosen anecdotes it slowly unfolds a vivid and compelling sense of character and the psychological dynamics within the family. My favourite photo of Mum, snapped at the beach, her sensible wedding day suit ditched for saggy togs. Here she is, laughing at Dad, as if nothing had ever hurt her. Many readers will recognise the New Zealand so vividly portrayed here, as Brown marshals deeply personal events and childhood memories in a delightfully astute, understated poetic form.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2015


$29.95
Generation Kitchen

ISBN: 9781877578922

Author: Richard Reeve    Publisher: Otago University Press

Much sought after by oil companies, ‘generation kitchens’ are sites where geological forces have combined to create conditions for oil production. By turns ...


Much sought after by oil companies, ‘generation kitchens’ are sites where geological forces have combined to create conditions for oil production. By turns brooding and wittily observant, Richard Reeve’s fifth book of poetry meditates on the intrigues of fossil fuel companies and ecological despoliation, but also on personal rites of passage – on relationships, deaths, the turn of the seasons. Comic monologues, spiritual invocations, flung swearwords, elegies, eulogies, wind tunnel diatribes and fanciful phantasmagorias co-exist in this collection. Oracular and bardic, Reeve’s work is also paradoxically down to earth and gritty. He knows that, beyond the geopolitical framework, beyond the anthropocene moment, the landscape endures, as in the poem ‘Warrington Dives’: the bright swell bending around the coast, prodding the dark, clouds of sediment thrown up by a wave …


Bind: paperback


Pages: 64


Dimensions: 150 x 220 mm


Publication Date: 03-07-2015


$25.00
Tender Machines

ISBN: 9781927322345

Author: Emma Neale    Publisher: Otago University Press

In this follow-up collection to the award-winning The Truth Garden, Emma Neale asks where exactly do the personal and the political drop hands? In poems that ar...


In this follow-up collection to the award-winning The Truth Garden, Emma Neale asks where exactly do the personal and the political drop hands? In poems that are engaged, compelling, witty and moving, she looks at how we navigate a true line through the psychological, environmental, social and economic anxieties of our times. The book examines love in its many guises, and also energetically responds to the distractions and delights of the digital age. Writing of Emma Neale’s ‘kitchen-familiar and cosmic-wide attentions’, Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan has said, ‘There is something so celebratory about Emma Neale’s poetry, about its eager, informed, needle-eyed engagement with the contemporary world … [She runs] the hot thread of linguistic flare and precision through whatever occasion she takes up.’


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 160 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 03-07-2015


$25.00
Lady Susan

ISBN: 9781843911302

Author: Jane Austen    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Inspired by "Les Liaisons Dangereuses, " and written in a similar epistolary form, "Lady Susan" is one of Jane Austen's earliest finished works. In it, she reve...


Inspired by "Les Liaisons Dangereuses, " and written in a similar epistolary form, "Lady Susan" is one of Jane Austen's earliest finished works. In it, she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novellas. The victim of a vicious scandal, the impoverished Lady Susan is obliged to take up residence with her brother-in-law and his family. Refusing to resign herself to the role of placid houseguest, she conspires to baffle her hosts, seducing her sister-in-law's brother in the process by means of her impeccable gentility and some well-judged flirtation. Yet before her victory is complete, she must first contend with the untimely appearance of a former lover.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 22-06-2015


$21.99
A House to Let

ISBN: 9781843910855

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Compiled by Charles Dickens and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid ...


Compiled by Charles Dickens and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid the dark streets of Victorian London. Advised by her doctor to have a change of scene, the elderly Sophonisba takes up lodgings in London. Immediately intrigued by the vacant 'house to let' opposite, she charges her two warring servants, Trottle and Jarber, to unearth the secret behind its seeming desertedness. Rivals to the end, they each seek to outdo the other to satisfy their mistress' curiosity, but it is only after repeated false starts - and by way of elaborate tales of lost men at sea, circus performers, and forged death certificates - that they happen upon the truth.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 22-06-2015


$21.99
Fish Stories

ISBN: 9781927145661

Author: Mary Cresswell    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

Mary Cresswell is at her imaginative best in this new collection, built from her experiments with the ghazal, a traditional form, which she first met via the wo...


Mary Cresswell is at her imaginative best in this new collection, built from her experiments with the ghazal, a traditional form, which she first met via the work of Agha Shahid Ali and Mimi Khalvati. The poems in ‘Fish Stories’ are presented as an intellectual challenge to students of the ghazal and glosa forms, encouraging them to develop their own craft. At the same time, Cresswell’s poetry is widely accessible and appealing: using rhyme and varying poetic structures, inspired by a range of topics, but especially by nature and ecology, she combines humour with serious comment to engage and connect with her reader.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 132


Dimensions: 140 x 200 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$25.00
How To Grow An Addict

ISBN: 9781631529917

Author: J A Wright   

Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment centre and she doesn t know why. She's not a party hound like the others in her therapy ...


Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment centre and she doesn t know why. She's not a party hound like the others in her therapy group - but then again, she knows she can't live without pills or booze. Raised by an alcoholic father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall is a misfit who both loves and hates her life. Introduced as a child to the miraculous effects of booze and drugs and a regular user by age fifteen, her young adult years have been filled with bad choices. By the time she s twenty-three years old, she s a full-blown drug addict- and in more trouble than she's ever known was possible. Now Randall has to decide: Keep going the way she's going, or start a new life? Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, How To Grow An Addict is a compelling coming-of-age story about a young woman's descent into addiction - and her struggle for redemption. J.A. Wright was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to New Zealand in 1990. In addition to working as a festival producer, she's been crafting this novel for the past decade


Bind: paperback


Pages: 295


Dimensions: 140 x 218 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2015


$29.99
Landfall 230

ISBN: 9781877578915

Publisher: Otago University Press

Landfall is a place, a mythic place, a piece of valuable cultural estate, consistently representing over time the robust heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand arts a...


Landfall is a place, a mythic place, a piece of valuable cultural estate, consistently representing over time the robust heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand arts and letters. Landfall 230 maintains the momentum, keeps the flag flying, and acts as a compass to home ground. The cover signals a turn in geopolitics and Maroi land rights revisited, with Emily Karaka's colourful landscape painting of Tamaki Makaurau-Auckland as disputed territory, while inside, Landfall 230 proves to be a strongly multicultural issue, reflecting the diversity and energy of contemporary New Zealand writing, with contributions by, among others, writers of Mexican, Samoan, Rotuman, Chinese, Irish and Indian backgrounds.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2015


$30.00
The Lives of Coat Hangers

ISBN: 9781927322376

Author: Sudesh Mishra    Publisher: Otago University Press

In Sudesh Mishra’s new collection the opening poem, ‘The Capacious Muse’, acts as a manifesto or declaration of intent. It’s a sequence of aphoristic se...


In Sudesh Mishra’s new collection the opening poem, ‘The Capacious Muse’, acts as a manifesto or declaration of intent. It’s a sequence of aphoristic sentences that begins: ‘The muse will not proscribe.’ In other words, this poet will not rule anything out as the fit subject for a poem. Sudesh Mishra is a philosophical poet, one preoccupied not only with how meaning is made, but with how meaning is manifested in the modern world. His poetry is rich in the truths revealed by humble, humdrum objects, as in the title poem, ‘The Lives of Coat Hangers’: They wait for a latch to raise an eyebrow, For a shadow to step in from the light. They long to be held in the arms of a coat … Subtle, witty, linguistically adept and internationally well travelled, Sudesh Mishra is a poet whose range of reference traverses global culture. An ambitious and accomplished writer, one able to brilliantly reinvent language, myth and metaphor, his fifth collection confirms him as a major poetic voice in the South Pacific. … a poet with imagination to burn – Murray Bramwell, Adelaide Review Mishra’s development as a poet shows in the restrained, formal, technical brilliance of the poems –Briar Wood, The Contemporary Pacific


Bind: paperback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 150 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 29-01-2016


$25.00
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