Fiction & Literature (260)

Landfall 231

ISBN: 9781927322239

Author: David Eggleton Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Featured Artists: Peter Peryer, Saskia Leek, Ngataiharuru Taepa Writers: Nick Ascroft, Shelley Arlidge, Mark Young, C.K. Stead, Jodie Dalgleish, Jessie Puru, Li...


Featured Artists: Peter Peryer, Saskia Leek, Ngataiharuru Taepa Writers: Nick Ascroft, Shelley Arlidge, Mark Young, C.K. Stead, Jodie Dalgleish, Jessie Puru, Liz Breslin, Claire Orchard, Rachael Taylor, Brian Turner, John Adams, Judy O’Kane, Vaughan Rapatahana, L.E. Scott, Antony Millen, Carin Smeaton, Erik Kennedy, Leilani Tamu, Allison Li, Rata Gordon, Victoria Broome, Siobhan Harvey, Ruth Arnison, Sam Keenan, Jillian Sullivan, Johanna Emeney, Heather McQuillan, Doc Drumheller, Wes Lee, Koenraad Kuiper, Caoimhe McKeogh, Madeline Reid, Stephen Coates, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, Martha Morseth, Joanna Preston, Owen Marshall, Christina Stachurski, Tom Weston, Elizabeth Smither, Piet Nieuwland, Bob Orr, Janet Charman, Will Leadbeater, Vivienne Plumb, I.K. Paterson-Harkness, Elizabeth Welsh, Robert McLean, Mary Macpherson, Bill Direen, Ron Riddell, Victor Rodger Reviews: Andrew Dean on The Back of His Head by Patrick Evans Kirstine Moffat on The Chimes by Anna Smaill Thom Conroy on Trifecta by Ian Wedde Jack Ross on R.H.I. by Tim Corballis David Herkt on The Fixer by John Daniell Elizabeth Heritage on Credit in the Straight World by Brannavan Gnanalingam Max Oettli on John Fields Signature Series 1975


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Pages: 208


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Publication Date: 16-05-2016


$30.00
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 …


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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.’


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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.


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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.


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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
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
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
Last of the Dragons

ISBN: 9780486803579

Author: Carl Potts    Publisher: Dover Publications

Along with a team of comic book legends ― Dennis O'Neil, Terry Austin, and Marie Severin ― Carl Potts (The Punisher) presents an awe-inspiring and gloriousl...


Along with a team of comic book legends ― Dennis O'Neil, Terry Austin, and Marie Severin ― Carl Potts (The Punisher) presents an awe-inspiring and gloriously illustrated tale set in nineteenth-century Japan, a land of noble and serene dragons. But when a sect of deranged monks begin training the huge reptiles to kill in Northern California, only an aging samurai and a half-American ninja stand in their way. Originally published as a six-part series in Marvel's Epic Illustrated magazine from December 1982 through October 1983, Last of the Dragons combines an exciting, action-packed story with fascinating elements of Chinese and Japanese mythology and philosophy. Suggested for mature readers.


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Pages: 96


Dimensions: 212 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 01-01-2016


$34.99
Night and the Enemy

ISBN: 9780486799612

Author: Harlan Ellison & Ken Steacy    Publisher: Dover Publications

"The graphic novel, I think, is the perfect medium for storytelling. . . . To read a graphic novel is to engage your imagination, to engage all five of your sen...


"The graphic novel, I think, is the perfect medium for storytelling. . . . To read a graphic novel is to engage your imagination, to engage all five of your senses, and to picture what the creator dreamed. And that's what this book does for me." ― Harlan Ellison "Though they are set against the backdrop of a vast interstellar war, these stories are essentially about people; people who are never overwhelmed by the massive technologies of the Earth-Kyba conflict. It is Harlan's sensitivity to characterization that is one of his great strengths as an author, a quality I trust I have preserved in these adaptations." ― Ken Steacy These five Earth-Kyba war stories by master speculative-fiction author Harlan Ellison ― winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula, and Edgar awards ― have been adapted and painted in full color by illustrator Ken Steacy. Unavailable for nearly three decades, this epic story cycle of mankind's war with an alien race is linked by a specially written framing device. This volume also features new introductions by Ellison and Steacy, never-before-seen pre-production artwork, and Ellison's short story "The Few, the Proud," previously available only in a limited edition. Suggested for mature readers.


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Pages: 96


Dimensions: 212 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


$29.99
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