Fiction & Literature (222)

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.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 216


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


$30.00
Changing Fortunes

ISBN: 9780992247690

Author: Enid Meyer   

A Better Place told of life in and around Greytown, in the Wairarapa Valley, in the 1860s when a young Englishman John Johnson came to New Zealand hoping to far...


A Better Place told of life in and around Greytown, in the Wairarapa Valley, in the 1860s when a young Englishman John Johnson came to New Zealand hoping to farm his own land. Greytown was the first inland town in New Zealand and the Small Farms’ Association made it possible for immigrants with few means, like the Johnsons to buy land. After two years John was joined by his wife Kate and son Jake, aged ten, and nine-year-old daughter Cathy. Kate came from a wealthier background, but she worked alongside her husband, milking cows and growing food in their garden. In Changing Fortunes, set in the 1870s, the family has become an important part of the community, sharing the good and the challenging times with the other settlers, their children growing up and beginning to make their own lives.


Bind: paperback


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 16-04-2016


$35.00
The Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield

ISBN: 9781877578816

Author: Gerri Kimber Ed    Publisher: Otago University Press

This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield’s poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909–10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Libr...


This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield’s poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909–10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015. This edition is made up of 217 poems, ordered chronologically, so that the reader can follow Mansfield’s development as a poet and her experiments with different forms, as well as tracing the themes – love and death, the natural world and the seasons, childhood and friendship, music and song – that preoccupied her throughout her writing life. The comprehensive annotations provide illuminating biographical information as well as explaining the rich contexts of the European poetic tradition, including fin de siècle decadence within which Mansfield’s artistry is steeped. The inclusion of a collection of newly discovered poems, highlights Mansfield’s desire to be taken seriously as a poet from her earliest beginnings as a writer. The poems as a whole point to a poet who varied her craft as she perfected it, often witty and ironic yet always enchanted by the sound of words.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 05-11-2016


$35.00
Snark

ISBN: 9781877578946

Author: David Elliot    Publisher: Otago University Press

Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world t...


Gabriel Clutch was a thief and a liar but he was right about one thing. He told me he had a great secret in his collection that would shake the literary world to its roots if it ever got out … So begins the delightfully dark Snark, a tumultuous romp through worlds created by Lewis Carroll and here brought to life through the vivid imaginings and fabulous art of award winning author and illustrator David Elliot. What exactly did happen to the Snark expedition? Did his dagger-proof coat protect the Beaver from the Butcher? What befell the Boots in the Tulgey Wood? Who fell foul of the Jabberwock? The Bandersnatch? The Jub-Jub Bird? And, finally, the big question: what precisely is a SNARK …? David Elliot’s hero, the Boots, here reveals the whole truth for the first time, from his recruitment to the Snark expedition, to his return from a journey of unimaginable, death-defying adventure ... In this charming book for grown-up children of all ages, David Elliot is at his spellbinding and artistic best.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 250 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 14-11-2016


$59.95
The Case of the Missing Body

ISBN: 9781877578311

Author: Jenny Powell    Publisher: Otago University Press

The Case of the Missing Body is the true and unusual story of Lily, who has no sense of her body. She has struggled with the effects of this her whole life. Des...


The Case of the Missing Body is the true and unusual story of Lily, who has no sense of her body. She has struggled with the effects of this her whole life. Desperate to try anything to ‘be normal’, a nevertheless sceptical Lily agrees to begin work with her physiotherapist in a gymnasium. One extraordinary day, working in the gym, Lily discovers she has shoulder blades. All her life she has thought people only felt their heads, with thoughts trailing along in and behind them. Now she has shoulder blades. There is nothing easy about what is to follow. Neither Patrick (the physiotherapist) nor Lily could have predicted it. But with help from professionals, the writer of this beautiful, moving memoir becomes her own detective, searching for clues to help her find her own body.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 100


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 11-07-2016


$29.95
A Place To Go On From : Collected Poems of Iain Lonie

ISBN: 9781927322017

Author: David Howard Ed.    Publisher: Otago University Press

Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appr...


Dunedin poet Iain Lonie (1932–1988), a Cambridge scholar who enjoyed an international reputation as a medical historian, died before his poetry was fully appreciated. He published five slim volumes but his style was not the one that dominated New Zealand poetry at the time. And yet, argues Damian Love in an essay in this volume, ‘To read him now is, for most of us, practically to discover a new resource.’ This collection, assembled from sources public and private, is the result of poet David Howard’s determination to rescue a memorable body of work from oblivion. As well as the poems from Lonie’s published volumes, it includes over a hundred unpublished works, two essays and an extensive commentary. While his keen interest in mortality was focused by the premature death of his wife Judith (aged 46), Lonie’s poetry is also an attempt to recover the loved in us all. As he eavesdrops on desire and grief he reports back, often wittily, leaving the most poised body of elegiac poetry New Zealand has. For younger poets, Iain Lonie’s poetry has become ‘a place to go on from’


Bind: hardback


Pages: 392


Dimensions: 140 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 20-05-2015


$50.00
The Everrumble

ISBN: 9781912095735

Author: Michelle Elvy    Publisher: AdHoc Fiction

the everrumble is a poetic imagining of intense focus and sweeping ideas. Zettie's story is fluid and in motion, transcending geographies and time. She stops ta...


the everrumble is a poetic imagining of intense focus and sweeping ideas. Zettie's story is fluid and in motion, transcending geographies and time. She stops talking, at age seven, and starts to listen - to the worlds she finds in language and books, and to the people and places she encounters as she moves across continents. Her silence connects her to people, to nature and to the elemental world. Magical and beyond boundaries, this collection focuses on small fragments, taking Zettie, and the reader, inevitably to the place where human history began.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 116


Dimensions: 122 x 198 x .8 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2019


$27.99
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Tinfoil Crowns

ISBN: 9781635830323

Author: Erin Jones    Publisher: North Star Editions

Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always spo...


Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. If she goes viral, maybe she can get out of her small casino town and the cramped apartment she shares with her brother and grandpa. But there’s one thing Fit’s fans don’t know about her: when Fit was three years old, her mother, suffering from postpartum psychosis, tried to kill her. Now Fit’s mother, River, has been released from prison. Fit is outraged that River is moving in with the family, and it’s not long before Fit’s video followers realise something’s up and uncover her tragic past. But Fit soon realises that the only thing her audience loves more than tragedy is a heartwarming tale of a family reunion. Is faking a relationship with River the key to all Fit’s dreams coming true?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Publication Date: 07-05-2019


$24.99
The Red Labyrinth

ISBN: 9781635830347

Author: Meredith Tate    Publisher: North Star Editions

The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalverstein’s isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but ...


The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalverstein’s isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path. But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth—and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists—completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes Dex– the only person who knows the safe path through– into forming a tenuous alliance. Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps—with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide—Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 270


Publication Date: 31-05-2019


$29.99
Let Me Be Like Water (PB)

ISBN: 9781911545255

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

Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a young woman learns how to rebuild her life in this stunningly poignant d...


Under the cathartic spell of the sea, and with a little help from a retired magician, a young woman learns how to rebuild her life in this stunningly poignant debut novel. 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? She had thought she’d want to be on her own. Wrecked. Stranded. But after she meets Frank, the tide begins to shift. 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: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 127 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 04-04-2019


$24.99
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