Fiction & Literature (247)

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.


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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.


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Pages: 132


Dimensions: 140 x 200 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$25.00
The Urewera Notebook

ISBN: 9781927322031

Author: Katherine Mansfield    Publisher: Otago University Press

Katherine Mansfield filled the first half of her ‘Urewera Notebook’ during a 1907 camping tour of the central North Island, shortly before she left New Zeal...


Katherine Mansfield filled the first half of her ‘Urewera Notebook’ during a 1907 camping tour of the central North Island, shortly before she left New Zealand forever. Her camping notes offer a rare insight into her attitude to her life at the time, and her country of birth, not in retrospective fiction but as a 19-year-old still living in the colony. This publication is the first scholarly edition of the ‘Urewera Notebook’. It provides an original transcription, a collation of the alternative readings and textual criticism of prior editors, and new information about the politics, people and places Mansfield encountered on her journey. As a whole, this edition challenges the debate that has focused on Mansfield’s happiness or dissatisfaction throughout her last year in New Zealand to reveal a young writer closely observing aspects of a country hitherto beyond her experience and forming a complex critique of her colonial homeland.


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Pages: 128


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 20-06-2015


$49.95
Herland

ISBN: 9781843915546

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman    Publisher: Hesperus Press

'"But they look - why, this is a CIVILIZED country!" I protested. "There must be men."'Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 utopian novel Herland was a ground breaki...


'"But they look - why, this is a CIVILIZED country!" I protested. "There must be men."'Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1915 utopian novel Herland was a ground breaking work, in which she created an imaginary community populated entirely by women. An early feminist, writing the pioneering The Yellow Wallpaper, she paved the way for female writers and influenced authors such as Margaret Atwood.When three friends, Vandyck Jennings (the narrator), Terry Nicholson and Jeff Margrave, set off on a scientific expedition to one of the last uncharted parts of the globe, little do they suspect what they will unearth.Hidden up high in the mountains they discover Herland - a country the size of Holland made up exclusively of around three million women - strong, intelligent, confident women. Within their rich land, the inhabitants of Herland have created their perfect society and have been able to eradicate crime, poverty, disease and war.Forced to face their prejudices and beliefs, the three men each come to their own conclusions as they are kept in gentle captivity. But the end of the tale will bring very different destinies to all three men - and Herland risks being changed forever.


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Pages: 192


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$24.99
Poems for Palestine

ISBN: 9781843915515

Publisher: Hesperus Press

I looked at his thin, aged face / Each line represented a massacre / Each wrinkle, a dead son / Each groove, a year of occupation. 'Poems for Palestine' was lau...


I looked at his thin, aged face / Each line represented a massacre / Each wrinkle, a dead son / Each groove, a year of occupation. 'Poems for Palestine' was launched as a project aiming to collect together verse written by the people of Palestine, as a website open to all comers, all free to upload their work. The broad spectrum of the resulting talent displays a multitude of different poetic styles, subject matters and emotions. The role of art and poetry in particular, as a cathartic healer is crucial to this venture - the poems are in turn full of anguish, emotion, longing and love.In an age which sees a multitude of conflicts all over the world, it is important to make sure that we do not forget to listen to the voices of those affected. Too many people live in danger, in exile or in despair today - Poems for Palestine may well serve as a refrain for displaced people, from war-torn countries all over the word. Now collected together in volume form, it is hoped that this poetry will be able to gain a wider audience. Any profits will be donated to the Palestine Children's Relief Fund.


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Pages: 224


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$27.99
Vera

ISBN: 9781843915713

Author: Elizabeth von Arnim    Publisher: Hesperus Press

First published in 1921 and believed to have been the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Vera is a darkly comic thriller which drew on the author's ow...


First published in 1921 and believed to have been the inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Vera is a darkly comic thriller which drew on the author's own experience of unsuccessful marriage. When Lucy Entwhistle's father dies suddenly, she is left alone in the world struggling to find her place in life. But on the very same day she happens to meet the recently widowed Everard Wemyss. Their shared grief brings them together as they find in each other someone to talk to and in whom to confide, and Lucy finds a comforting hand to guide and protect her. As Wemyss' control over Lucy strengthens, an engagement seems imminent, only Lucy's aunt seems to apprehend some danger in the unsettling Wemyss.Returning from their honeymoon, Lucy takes up her place as mistress of 'The Willows', the Wemyss family home. But the spectre of Wemyss's first wife seems to hang heavy in the air as Lucy takes over the dead wife's sitting room and marital bed. With Everard's ever increasing controlling behaviour, the claustrophobic atmosphere deepens, and Lucy becomes more obsessed with the mysterious Vera. The oppressive situation threatens to build to crisis level. How did Vera really die? Can Lucy ever be happy at 'The Willows'?Vera is a forgotten thriller by a master of the genre, a brilliant exploration of the nature of control and love in the relationships between men and women.


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Pages: 336


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


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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.


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Pages: 112


Publication Date: 22-06-2015


$21.99
In A Slant Light

ISBN: 9781877578717

Author: Cilla McQueen    Publisher: Otago University Press

In this absorbing poetic memoir of her early life, Cilla McQueen, one of New Zealand’s major women poets, leads us over the stepping stones of childhood memor...


In this absorbing poetic memoir of her early life, Cilla McQueen, one of New Zealand’s major women poets, leads us over the stepping stones of childhood memory, some half submerged, some strong and glinting in the light of her wit: In the large lead shoe X-ray machine at the back of the shoe shop, our skeletal feet appeared at the press of a button. We irradiated ourselves further when the shop assistant wasn’t looking. … I tried the magic trick of pulling the tablecloth out from under our plates of tomato soup. This didn’t work. With humour and openness, clarity and grace, the memoir continues through her teenage years and the excitement and turbulence, the expansion and vulnerability, of university days and early motherhood in the 1960s and 1970s … raising a young child alone, falling in love with Ralph Hotere and witnessing his deeply immersive artistic practice … This account of the life of an extraordinary verbal artist is immensely warm and welcoming: time falls away as we read. The lightness of Cilla’s touch coupled with the grit of her endurance through challenging personal circumstances makes the reader feel privileged to be invited in to the quiet wisdom worn here with both integrity and modesty. From the sweet shocks of her imagery to the joy of recognition of many shared experiences of a New Zealand childhood, this memoir brings a honeyed, sensitive yet utterly resilient voice in our local literature as close as the voice of a good friend. This is a book not only for those who love Cilla McQueen’s poetry, but for anyone fascinated by the social, artistic and literary history of New Zealand.


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Pages: 134


Dimensions: 165 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 13-05-2016


$35.00
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


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Pages: 144


Dimensions: 150 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 29-01-2016


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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


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Pages: 295


Dimensions: 140 x 218 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2015


$29.99
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