Fiction & Literature (283)

Manifesto Aotearoa : 101 Political Poems

ISBN: 9780947522469

Authors: Philip Temple, Emma Neale    Publisher: Otago University Press

Explosive new poems for election year from David Eggleton, Cilla McQueen, Vincent O’Sullivan, Tusiata Avia, Frankie McMillan, Brian Turner, Paula Green, Ian ...


Explosive new poems for election year from David Eggleton, Cilla McQueen, Vincent O’Sullivan, Tusiata Avia, Frankie McMillan, Brian Turner, Paula Green, Ian Wedde, Vaughan Rapatahana, Ria Masae, Peter Bland, Louise Wallace, Bernadette Hall, Airini Beautrais and 84 others… A poem is a vote. It chooses freedom of imagination, freedom of critical thought, freedom of speech. A collection of political poems in its very essence argues for the power of the democratic voice. Here New Zealand poets from diverse cultures, young and old, new and seasoned, from the Bay of Islands to Bluff, rally for justice on everything from a degraded environment to systemically embedded poverty; from the long, painful legacy of colonialism to explosive issues of sexual consent. Communally these writers show that political poems can be the most vivid and eloquent calls for empathy, for action and revolution, even for a simple calling to account. American poet Mark Leidner tweeted in mid-2016 that ‘A vote is a prayer with no poetry’. Here, then, are 101 secular prayers to take to the ballot box in an election year. But we think this book will continue to express the nation’s hopes every political cycle: the hope for equality and justice. Two small but potent words. 101 potent poems. Stand up, write back!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 184


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 17-04-2017


$35.00
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.


Bind: paperback


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.


Bind: paperback


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
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
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
Charles Brasch Journals 1945-1957

ISBN: 9781927322284

Author: Charles Brasch    Publisher: Otago University Press

This volume of Charles Brasch’s journals covers the years from late 1945 to the end of 1957, when the poet and editor was aged 36 to 48. It begins with his re...


This volume of Charles Brasch’s journals covers the years from late 1945 to the end of 1957, when the poet and editor was aged 36 to 48. It begins with his return to New Zealand after World War II to establish a literary quarterly to be published by the Caxton Press. The journals cover the first decade or so of his distinguished editorship of Landfall, a role that brought Brasch into contact with New Zealand’s leading artists and intelligentsia. His frank and often detailed descriptions of these people – including Frank Sargeson, A.R.D. Fairburn, Keith Sinclair, Eric McCormick, James Bertram, J.C. Beaglehole, Maria Dronke, Fred and Evelyn Page, Alistair Campbell, Bill Oliver, Toss and Edith Woollaston, Denis Glover, Allen Curnow, Leo Bensemann, Lawrence Baigent, Ngaio Marsh, Colin McCahon, James K. Baxter, Janet Frame, Ruth Dallas and many others – are among the highlights of the book. Unmarried and longing for intimacy, Brasch also writes with great candour about his relationships with Rose Archdall, Rodney Kennedy and Harry Scott, revealing a side of himself that has not been known about before. Central to Brasch’s life was the vocation of poetry. He writes movingly about his own work, and also about his love of nature and the outdoors, including lively descriptions of walking the Milford and Routeburn tracks. The book ends with his visit to Europe in 1957, which confirmed his sense that New Zealand had become for him ‘a centre & a world’. A lengthy introduction by Peter Simpson and other editorial apparatus guide the reader through this engrossing material.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 660


Dimensions: 170 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 01-05-2017


$59.95
Time of the Icebergs

ISBN: 9781877578021

Author: David Eggleton    Publisher: Otago University Press

Much of Time of the Icebergs was written while David Eggleton was a Writer-in-Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland in 2009. These are poems ...


Much of Time of the Icebergs was written while David Eggleton was a Writer-in-Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland in 2009. These are poems about the world we live in, tracing a dystopian present 'hurtling globalisation's highway' where 'Google tells Google that Google saves'. As he says, 'I think of it as a collection for browsing and discovering things: soundscapes, seascapes, landscapes, contemporary politics and contemporary people, histories, traditions, and other things besides.' In this time of winebars and infotainment, 'Ngati Cappucino and Ngati Bogan' stalk the streets bent beneath hoodies and 'boxy four-wheel-drives plane through the wet' piloted by 'yummy mummies'. Titles of poems reflect the absurdities of 21st century existence: 'Kate Winslet Promotes a Credit Card' riffs off an ad in the New Yorker, while 'Not for Human Consumption' and 'Twenty Second Century' hint at the ecological chaos of the modern world. Name-droppers, debt-dodgers, ghettoised gods and 'Vern Acular, that good keen bloke' all make an appearance, as does the lost five-cent coin. Poems set in Suva, Sydney, Christchurch, Auckland and Dunedin locate this book firmly in the South Pacific. Eggleton traverses the country: from Cantabrian landscapes of 'a geology sculpted into fists' and Dunedin 'tipped out of a colonial toy-box' to North Island summer idylls where you could 'follow a jiggle-string of beach pulled taut by the soaraway kite of blue sky'. Nationality and 'kiwiness' are under investigation. This is no mere intellectual exercise as through it all thrums the steady beat of life.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 88


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


$25.00
The Moriarty Papers

ISBN: 9781504800808

Author: Colonel Sebastian Moran    Publisher: IMM Lifestyle

The infamous Professor James Moriarty is a brooding presence in all of the adventures of celebrated British detective Sherlock Holmes. Yet his actions are descr...


The infamous Professor James Moriarty is a brooding presence in all of the adventures of celebrated British detective Sherlock Holmes. Yet his actions are described only once in "The Final Problem", when he and Holmes wrestle on the brink of the Reichenbach Falls and he gets scant mention in five other reports.So who exactly was Moriarty? A power-crazed mathematician, as described by Arthur Conan Doyle? The public face of an underground brotherhood? Or the cocaine-induced Hyde to Holmes' Jekyll? The Moriarty Papers hold the key.Assembled after Moriarty's death by his head of Security Operations, Colonel Sebastian Moran, these unique documents confirm Moriarty as the supervillain that Holmes took him for. Indeed, they reveal him to be a criminal mastermind. Read this book and discover the darkest of secrets of Sherlock Holmes's arch rival.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 124 x 172 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-2017


$24.99
Alice Inspiration

ISBN: 9788416500543

Author: Carolina Amell    Publisher: Monsa

Alice was created by British mathematician, photographer and writer Lewis Carroll, inspired by the daughter of some friends. Carroll fantasised about taking the...


Alice was created by British mathematician, photographer and writer Lewis Carroll, inspired by the daughter of some friends. Carroll fantasised about taking the child to a parallel-reality world which he called “Wonderland”. Alice has inspired movies, songs, video games and all kinds of books. The book is a tribute to this fanciful girl and all the friends she meets along the way, including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. Each character shines in its own right and reveals its unique personality in each encounter with Alice. 28 illustrators offer us a personal version of each character, revealing something more of their art and trend. Have a happy, creative journey to wonderland!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 180 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 01-06-2017


$49.99
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