Fiction & Literature (226)

The Score

ISBN: 9780473253288

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Escalator Press

A grand piano falls off a crane and by bad luck ends up the responsibility of Stefan ‒ piano restorer, illegal immigrant and victim of immigration fraudsters....


A grand piano falls off a crane and by bad luck ends up the responsibility of Stefan ‒ piano restorer, illegal immigrant and victim of immigration fraudsters. His neighbours, a diverse bunch with their own messy lives, weigh in to help him rebuild it. The Score mines the rich world of the inner city – a block of council flats where migrants and misfits create their own community.


Bind: paperback


$28.00
Let Me Be Like Water

ISBN: 9781911545132

Author: S.K. Perry    Publisher: Melville House UK

Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway... what is ...


Holly moved to Brighton to escape her grief over the death of her boyfriend, Sam. But now she is here, sitting on a bench, listening to the sea sway... what is supposed to happen next? The solitude she had so craved leaves her feeling wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shi . Frank, a retired magician who has experienced his own loss but manages to be there for everyone else. Gradually, as he introduces Holly to a circle of new friends, young and old, all with their own stories of love and grief to share, she begins to learn to live again. A moving and powerful debut, Let Me Be Like Water is a book simultaneously about nothing and everything: about the humdrum yet extraordinariness of everyday life; of lost and new connections; of loneliness and friendship.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 150 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 10-05-2018


$39.99
Fishing for Maui

ISBN: 9780473437541

Author: Isa Pearl Ritchie    Publisher: Te Ra Aroha Press

Selected in the Listener 100 Best Books of 2018! A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness. Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take he...


Selected in the Listener 100 Best Books of 2018! A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness. Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late? "An accomplished story of a family in crisis - Ritchie's great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Maui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well". - Sarah Jane Barnett


Bind: paperback


Pages: 366


Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 mm


Publication Date: 05-07-2018


$34.99
Because Everything Is Right But Everything Is Wrong

ISBN: 9780994137241

Author: Erin Donohue    Publisher: Escalator Press

Can you be lost and not know it? Can other people stop you from being lost? Seventeen-year-old Caleb's world is disintegrating, his walls are closing in, his sk...


Can you be lost and not know it? Can other people stop you from being lost? Seventeen-year-old Caleb's world is disintegrating, his walls are closing in, his sky is threatening to fall. He's barely holding on. To deadlines. To friends. To family. To Mum. To Pat. But he has Casey. Maybe she can save him...


Bind: paperback


Pages: 164


Dimensions: 130 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 20-04-2018


$25.00
Edgeland

ISBN: 9781988531274

Author: David Eggleton    Publisher: Otago University Press

The poetry in David Eggleton’s new collection possesses an intensity and driven energy, using the poet’s recognisable signature oratory voice, strong in bea...


The poetry in David Eggleton’s new collection possesses an intensity and driven energy, using the poet’s recognisable signature oratory voice, strong in beat and measure, rooted in rich traditions of chant, lament and ode. Mashing together the lyrical and the slangy, celebrating local vernaculars while simultaneously plugged in to a global zeitgeist of technobabble and fake news, Eggleton recycles and ‘repurposes’ high visual culture and demotic aural culture. Edgeland offers a tragicomic and surreal skewering of the cons, swindles, posturings and flaws of damaged people on the make, dislocating the reader with high speed jinks and swerves. A satirical eye interrogates ‘data’, media bilge, opinion, social change, extreme experience, and worst-case-scenario extrapolations. A menagerie of vivid characters burst off the page – including the man who mistook the moon for a candy bar, instigators, prestidigitators, procurators, promulgators, Zorro and Governor Grey – alongside a survey of 35 types of beard, an ode to ooze, metadada, Gordon Ramsay’s pan-sizzled bull’s pizzle, a Baxterian moa, and various other waka jumpers hailing from Jafaville to Jack’s Blowhole. Edgeland is a dazzling display of polychromatic virtuosity, teeming with irrepressible wordplay, startling imagery and anarchic wit, from one of New Zealand’s best-loved poets


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


$27.50
For The Love Of Books

ISBN: 9781786852700

Author: Graham Tarrant    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Do you know… Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to w...


Do you know… Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Banned books, feuding authors, literary felons, rejected masterpieces – it’s all in these pages, along with tips for aspiring writers and lists of the most iconic works. A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes and extraordinary characters, this is every book-lover’s dream: a book about books and the people who write them. Read on!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 135 x 204 mm


Publication Date: 09-04-2018


$27.99
Words From The Garden

ISBN: 9781786854896

Author: Isobel Carlson    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

‘The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.’ Thomas Moore This beautiful collection of poetry and prose through the seasons rhapsodises on the spec...


‘The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.’ Thomas Moore This beautiful collection of poetry and prose through the seasons rhapsodises on the spectacle of colour and everything green and flourishing in the garden. The perfect book for a moment’s reflection, whether you are cooped up on a rainy day in your potting shed or admiring the fruits of your labour on a sunny evening from the pergola.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 111 x 154 mm


Publication Date: 09-04-2018


$22.99
Whisper of a Crows Wing

ISBN: 9781988531229

Author: Majella Cullinane    Publisher: Otago University Press

Published simultaneously in Ireland by Salmon Poetry, Majella Cullinane’s remarkable second collection, Whisper of a Crow’s Wing, is the work of a poet with...


Published simultaneously in Ireland by Salmon Poetry, Majella Cullinane’s remarkable second collection, Whisper of a Crow’s Wing, is the work of a poet with a distinct and powerful voice. These poems weigh and examine oppositions – the distance of time and place, the balance of life and death, the poet’s New Zealand home and her Irish heritage. Cullinane conjures the ghosts that haunt places and objects; our inner and outer world, with rich, physical language: ‘barter the night for the whorl of a wave’s tongue, the relish of brine. Know what it is to untangle light from the tooth of a roving tide.’ (Invitation) She writes with lyrical intensity about motherhood and family life, including the experience of miscarriage, and the process of moving through grief and loss to a place of acceptance and healing. This is a profound collection from a poet alive to the hidden world of memory and imagination, of the sublime in the everyday, tempered always by a shadow of the fragility of life and love. There is an elegance and poise and care in the language of these poems, an unobtrusive mastery and ease in their cadences and rhythms. Here is writing so close to the sound of how our speech usually arranges itself, and yet set with a hard delicacy that makes it quite something else – memorable, direct, focused to the movement of how the poems present both thought and feeling. – Vincent O’Sullivan


Bind: paperback


Pages: 88


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


$27.50
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
Alzheimer's and a Spoon

ISBN: 9780947522988

Author: Liz Breslin    Publisher: Otago University Press

when life gives you spoons, demand a refund, an inquiry when life gives you spoons, scoop the innards, carve a heart when life gives you spoons, collect a set A...


when life gives you spoons, demand a refund, an inquiry when life gives you spoons, scoop the innards, carve a heart when life gives you spoons, collect a set Alzheimer’s and a Spoon takes its readers on a tangled trip. Public stories – a conversation at the Castle of the Insane, online quizzes to determine if you’re mostly meercat or Hufflepuff. #stainlessteelkudos. Personal tales, of Liz’s babcia, a devout Catholic and a soldier in the Warsaw Uprising, who spent her last years with Alzheimer’s disease. There is much to remember that she so badly wanted to forget. What do you do when life gives you spoons?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 100


Dimensions: 155 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 28-06-2017


$25.00
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