Fiction & Literature (279)

Landfall 232

ISBN: 9781927322246

Publisher: Otago University Press

Featured Artists: Elizabeth Thomson, Nick Austin, James Robinson, Simon Kaan Writers: Michalia Arathimos, Ruth Arnison, Nick Ascroft, Airini Beautrais, Tony Bey...


Featured Artists: Elizabeth Thomson, Nick Austin, James Robinson, Simon Kaan Writers: Michalia Arathimos, Ruth Arnison, Nick Ascroft, Airini Beautrais, Tony Beyer, Peter Bland, Victoria Broome, Sam Clements, Jennifer Compton, David Coventry, Carolyn Cossey, Ben Egerton, Riemke Ensing, Scott Hamilton, Lynn Jenner, Jan Kemp, Brent Kininmont, Jessica LeBas, Therese Lloyd, Olivia Macassey, Ria Masae, Kirsten McDougall, Leslie McKay, Caoimhe McKeogh, Robynanne Milford, Alice Miller, Michael Morrissey, Elizabeth Morton, Heidi North-Bailey, Claire Orchard, Maris O’Rourke, Jenny Powell, M.D. Rann, Rebecca Reader, Nicholas Reid, Elspeth Sandys, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Elizabeth Smither, Michael Steven, John Summers, Leilani Tamu, Chris Tse, Sue Wootton, Karen Zelas Reviews: Lawrence Jones on Bloomsbury South: The arts in Christchurch 1933–1953 by Peter Simpson; Vaughan Rapatahana on Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley; Michael Morrissey on The Antipodeans by Greg McGee; Christopher Ward-Greene on Love as a Stranger by Owen Marshall; James Norcliffe on Beside Herself by Chris Price and Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston; Sally Blundell on A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes; Edmund Bohan on Outcasts of the Gods by Hazel Petrie and Ka Ngaro Te Reo by Paul Moon; David Herkt on Lost and Gone Away by Lynn Jenner


Bind: paperback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 165 x 215 mm


Publication Date: 21-11-2016


$30.00
A Womans Sphere

ISBN: 9780992247621

Author: Audrey Adams    Publisher: Fraser Books

In the mid-19th century a woman's place in society - or sphere - was dictated by very different standards and expectations. A Woman's Sphere is the story of Flo...


In the mid-19th century a woman's place in society - or sphere - was dictated by very different standards and expectations. A Woman's Sphere is the story of Florence Pettigrew's marriage to Charles Spurway, the son of a transported convict and known as 'Cornstalk' - a name commonly given to children who grew taller and stronger than their convict parents. Florence, a free woman and talented artist, works in her father's store in Hobart Town, Tasmania. One day, with the jingle of the shop door bell, Charles appears, wanting to buy a gift for his grandfather, a remittance man. Gradually, a relationship, not encouraged by her father, develops and leads to marriage. Initially idyllic, the marriage encounters difficulties stoically borne by Florence. Charles, on the other hand, does not accept his lot and following his dreams and wanting to leave his 'cornstalk' label behind, decides to move to New Zealand. In the Wairarapa township of Masterton he sets up as a stock and station agent. Florence has no choice but to move with him. Trapped in a marriage she can't escape, Florence is consoled by her art, and her involvement in the temperance movement and the battle to gain women the vote. There are tragic consequences.


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Pages: 216


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


$30.00
The Agency

ISBN: 9780473355371

Author: Ian Austin   

As a boy Dan Calder witnessed his father abuse his mother and then as an adult had to endure the near hero worship of the same man who was a senior officer in t...


As a boy Dan Calder witnessed his father abuse his mother and then as an adult had to endure the near hero worship of the same man who was a senior officer in the same police force he joined. Now he’s looking for a fresh start in a new country, but still carrying the baggage of failed relationships and a depressed, repressed past. He chose New Zealand because it was as far as he could get from his old life but he didn’t take into account the universal six degrees of separation is no more than two or three in the land of the long white cloud. Professional and discreet. No job is too big or difficult for The Agency. Training for the Auckland Marathon is free therapy and good exercise for Calder while he is planning what to do with his life. But when he encounters The Agency his life instantly changes as he engages in a deadly game with an unknown foe for the ultimate reward — his own salvation. The Agency has targeted a new client and before long others are depending on him too. The clock is ticking and soon all Calder’s unique crime solving talents are brought to the fore. This was not the new life Dan Calder planned for himself.


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Pages: 453


Publication Date: 20-06-2016


$29.99
Challenging Words for Smart People

ISBN: 9781936863693

Author: Richard Lederer    Publisher: Independent Publishers Group

Challenging Words for Smart People is not for everyone. But if you are heels-over-head nuts about language and have a passion for snatching significance from th...


Challenging Words for Smart People is not for everyone. But if you are heels-over-head nuts about language and have a passion for snatching significance from the mass data swirling around us, you will share in its pages some sublime adventures in re-creation-al linguistics. Each chapter in Challenging Words for Smart People states a challenge. In the process of meeting those tests, your axons, dendrites, ganglia, and synapses will get quite a workout as you engage in a series of push-ups of the mind and aerobics of the brain. Throughout his career, Dr. Richard Lederer has epitomized "learning dressed up to have fun." His mission is to impose order on chaos and sprinkle fairy dust on the mundane. Enter this great banquet hall of words and you will taste the abundant harvest of our bountiful, multifoliate English language.


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Pages: 144


Dimensions: 140 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 21-06-2016


$29.99
Nothing For It But To Sing

ISBN: 9781927322628

Author: Michael Harlow    Publisher: Otago University Press

Michael Harlow’s poems are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire. Frequentl...


Michael Harlow’s poems are small detonations that release deeply complex stories of psychological separations and attractions, of memory and desire. Frequently they slip into the alluring spaces just at the edges of language, dream and gesture, as they carefully lower, like measuring gauges, into the ineffable: intimations of mortality, the slippery nature of identity, longing, fear … Harlow is a poet with such a command of music, the dart and turn of movement in language, that he can get away with words that make us squirm in apprentice workshops or bad pop songs – heart, soul – and make them seem newly shone and psychically right. The work is sequined by sound, rather than running its meaning along the rigid rails of metre and end rhyme. The sway and surge of various meanings in the phrasing, and the way sense trails and winds over line breaks: this movement itself often evokes the alternating dark and electric energy of feelings like love, loss and the pain of absence. This is a beautifully honed new collection.


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Pages: 100


Dimensions: 150 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 22-08-2016


$25.00
Getting It Right

ISBN: 9781927322659

Author: Alan Roddick    Publisher: Otago University Press

After establishing a poetic presence on the literary scene in the early 1960s, Dunedin’s Alan Roddick published his first collection, The Eye Corrects: Poems ...


After establishing a poetic presence on the literary scene in the early 1960s, Dunedin’s Alan Roddick published his first collection, The Eye Corrects: Poems 1955–1965, in 1967. A mere 49 years later comes the sequel, Getting it Right. Poet C.K. Stead writes in Shelf Life (AUP, 2016) that he has always been a great admirer of the economy and the quiet, sharp wit of [Roddick’s] writing … Alan Roddick is a ‘cool’ poet, a temperament that seems reserved, controlled, decent, funny and intelligent; a craftsman not a showman, with a fine musical ear, whose work is dependable and of the highest order. And as well as witty and clever work, there are poems that catch moments of deep feeling; and equally of exhilaration, such as the ten-year-old Alan standing up on the seat, his head through the sunroof of his father’s car that is cruising downhill, ‘pushing 40’ with the engine off to save petrol, ‘drunk with the scent of heather and whin / that airy silence …’ Alan Roddick is writing as well as any New Zealand poet currently at work on the scene. It is wonderful to have him back – something to celebrate!


Bind: paperback


Pages: 100


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2016


$25.00
A Drop In The Ocean

ISBN: 9781631520266

Author: Jenni Ogden    Publisher: She Writes Press

GOLD: NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD, FICTION, LARGE PUBLISHER (2016) GOLD: SARTON WOMEN'S BOOK AWARD, CONTEMPORARY FICTION (2016) GOLD: INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS ...


GOLD: NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD, FICTION, LARGE PUBLISHER (2016) GOLD: SARTON WOMEN'S BOOK AWARD, CONTEMPORARY FICTION (2016) GOLD: INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS (IPPYS), BEST FICTION, AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND (2016) SILVER: READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD, WOMEN’S FICTION (2016) When middle-­‐aged Anna Fergusson’s research lab is abruptly closed, she flees Boston to an island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—where, amongst the seabirds, nesting turtles, and eccentric islanders, she finds a family and learns some bittersweet lessons about love. On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love—for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love. Evocative and thought-­provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 328


Dimensions: 140 x 217 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2016


$34.00
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.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 128


Dimensions: 156 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 20-06-2015


$49.95
The March of the Foxgloves

ISBN: 9780473365820

Author: Karyn Hay    Publisher: Esom House Press

A late 19th century tale of triumph over obsession and humiliation. From award-winning writer, Karyn Hay, The March of the Foxgloves promises to be essential su...


A late 19th century tale of triumph over obsession and humiliation. From award-winning writer, Karyn Hay, The March of the Foxgloves promises to be essential summer reading. LONDON, 1893, and Frances Woodward is tormented by the restrictions of her puritanical father and the cruelties of 19th century narcissist, Benedict Hunt. Having meted out a particularly creative form of revenge upon Hunt, Frances transcends the social norms of the late-Victorian era and travels alone to the far-flung colony of New Zealand, where she is forced to look beyond the establishment life seemingly pre-ordained for her. Falling in with other artists and non-conformists, and inspired by the revolution in thinking brought about by heroic literary figures and social reformers of the time, Frances forges a new path of her own making. Karyn Hay is an iconic New Zealand media personality, and award-winning author. Her first book Emerald Budgies, described as ‘a darkly comic tale of disintegration and revenge... Prozac Nation meets Crash!’, won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Karyn is also a Frank Sargeson Fellow. She lives in West Auckland.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 400


Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2016


$32.00
The Lost Taonga

ISBN: 9780994130464

Author: Edmund Bohan    Publisher: Lucano

Long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Best Novel 2018 Their Taonga: Ngai Tahu’s ancient and sacred treasure. Everybody covets it. When it is stolen, the ancestors star...


Long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Best Novel 2018 Their Taonga: Ngai Tahu’s ancient and sacred treasure. Everybody covets it. When it is stolen, the ancestors start wreaking havoc. The curse destroys people’s lives. Boats are overturned, babies die at birth, throats are slit. It must be returned to appease the ancestors. It has drawn Countess Margarita Szechnyi and Boyland the Collector, otherwise known as the Butcher of Warsaw, together into a web of murder, intrigue, love and deceit. Inspector O’Rorke is pushed into the case, along with his good friend Colonel Henry Jamieson and Henare Greaves as they attempt to return the Taonga to its rightful place. Starting in the secret caves of Murihiku in New Zealand’s South Island in 1883, then travelling to South America, on to London, then over to the Greek Isles, this book keeps the reader intrigued right through to the gripping climax. This is the sixth in Edmund Bohan’s gripping series of Inspector O’Rorke novels.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 152 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 15-05-2017


$35.00
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