Christmas 2019 (77)

A Change of Key

ISBN: 9780473440916

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Escalator Press

Marko has come to the ends of the earth to escape a once illustrious past in Bulgaria. So why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? And who covertly...


Marko has come to the ends of the earth to escape a once illustrious past in Bulgaria. So why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? And who covertly photographed him for the newspaper? Someone knows who he is. They are trying to expose him in his new country, and there is nothing he can do to prevent it. A Change of Key tells the story of a multicultural group of migrants living in an inner-city block of social housing flats in New Zealand. It explores themes of social change and the hardships associated with existing in isolation from one’s family and culture. As they struggle through the realities of living in deprivation, Marko and the other migrants find salvation in friendship, community and classical music.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 254


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm


$28.00
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
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
Winged Helmet White Horse

ISBN: 9780473443467

Author: Karyn Hay    Publisher: Esom House Press

Following the success of Karyn Hay’s historical fiction novel, The March of the Foxgloves, Karyn returns with Winged Helmet, White Horse – more reminiscen...


Following the success of Karyn Hay’s historical fiction novel, The March of the Foxgloves, Karyn returns with Winged Helmet, White Horse – more reminiscent in style of her debut, Emerald Budgies. Set in contemporary London, Winged Helmet, White Horse is a darkly comic psychological drama. Tim has mastered the art of subordination; to his job, his wife, and even his daughter. Having written one critically acclaimed book of poetry he is struggling to write a second, while his wife, Natasha, who is into “positive affirmations”, and spending money, has plans of her own. As Tim stumbles through the social landscape of suburban London, trying to give up alcohol and gain some control over his life, he makes several disturbing discoveries; ultimately concluding that he is not in control of anything, and that it’s all been a terrible, deadly illusion.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 360


Dimensions: 155 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 16-11-2018


$35.00 $9.99
Monsters of Virtue

ISBN: 9780473449506

Author: L.J. Ritchie    Publisher: Escalator Press

If the government can define a ‘superior’ race, where does the power end? In 1928 Parliament was on the brink of enacting a eugenic sterilisation law allowi...


If the government can define a ‘superior’ race, where does the power end? In 1928 Parliament was on the brink of enacting a eugenic sterilisation law allowing the state to decide who was fit to breed. This was despite New Zealand’s reputation for being a liberal country committed to equal opportunity for all. Ritchie’s new young adult novel mixes fact with fiction: the bill has been defeated, but the agenda continues. Monsters of Virtue plays out an alternative history in which a utopian settlement is established in the Ōtaki River Gorge where the country’s ‘finest’ youth are chosen to lead, and breed, a new superior race. But is anyone prepared for the consequences of allowing prejudices and power to intervene with nature? Through powerful storytelling, Ritchie exposes the disturbing places powerful individuals will go in the name of social progress. In an era of Trump, genetic testing and designer babies, Monsters of Virtue is a timely reminder of the dangers of believing in one ‘superior’ race.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 350


Dimensions: 140 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 23-10-2018


$28.00
Province of Danger

ISBN: 9780995105300

Author: Ray Grover    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

This is a novel of insights, bold assessments and revelations told by four contrasting characters from the generation whose adult lives were affected forever by...


This is a novel of insights, bold assessments and revelations told by four contrasting characters from the generation whose adult lives were affected forever by World Wars I and II, the Depression, the Spanish Civil War and the domestic upheaval that accompanied the waterfront lockout and protests against the war in Vietnam. It is an account to treasure, not simply because of its narrative power, its superb interweaving of the real and the imagined, and its huge and contrasting canvases, but because of its brilliant and meticulous archival research and its compassionate yet rigorous re-evaluation of some of New Zealand’s most bitter and wounding military, social and political battles, and of the officers, soldiers, nurses, trade unionists, conscientious objectors and political leaders involved. No New Zealand novel about the harrowing experience of our growth towards nationhood has a broader sweep and more detailed grasp of events. It is a masterpiece of times that must never be forgotten - Kevin Ireland The war to end wars ended in 1918. It is, however, still early in the twentieth century and Nelle, the World War I nurse who patched up the remnants of men who ‘survived’, fears for her fighter-pilot son; disastrously, Frank, the intellectual, has fallen in love with a German refugee; World War I sniper hero, Harry, the Christian, now fights for peace; and left-wing activist, Jim, goes to war in Spain to fight Fascism. In Province of Danger, our four narrators tell of their lives and loves during the years of a bitterly divided New Zealand; in the pitiless Spanish Civil War; in the six long years of World War II, and then its aftermath. We learn from them that when soldiers of the New Zealand division are sent to participate in what became the disasters of Greece and Crete, Crete was lost to the vastly outnumbered Germans through a combination of failure by senior officers to exercise initiative or to obey orders – their believing they were still fighting World War I. Thrown then into the North African battles the New Zealanders, at great cost, become a formidable fighting force. Thereafter, against the considered judgement of their general, they are shipped to the bloodshed and torment of the futile Italian campaign. Province of Danger brings to life a rich tableau of characters who, when forced to confront the most demanding circumstances, respond in various ways: many with courage, integrity and resilience. Not all of those at a higher level, however, reacted so positively when military and political blunders – too often glossed over by historians – were committed. Province of Danger, like its predecessor, March to the Sound of the Guns, is a story that vividly recreates the turbulence of the years in which New Zealand stumbled towards nationhood.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 448


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 16-08-2018


$34.99
The Second Grave

ISBN: 9780473427702

Author: Ian Austin   

The follow on from The Agency. Dan Calder is back. Back in his native England once again to help his best friend and ex-partner Nick Hetherington. Nick’s daug...


The follow on from The Agency. Dan Calder is back. Back in his native England once again to help his best friend and ex-partner Nick Hetherington. Nick’s daughter has been arrested in connection with the death of a Nottingham prostitute. Back to face his darkest moment as old acquaintances and old enemies set his cupboard full of skeletons rattling once more. ‘The Second Grave’ has Calder facing the battle of his life to fulfil a solemn promise to his dearest friend. New foes including a local gangster are prepared to do anything to prevent the truth being revealed.Left at home in New Zealand, Calder’s girlfriend Tara senses he also views this return as an opportunity to settle old scores. Time and the odds are against him; incredibly so too the upholders of law itself, his beloved police force.Rushing headlong towards the past; whoever coined the phrase you couldn’t even make this stuff up was very wrong.


Bind: paperback


Publication Date: 23-03-2018


$23.99
Diamonds and Toads

ISBN: 9780473480424

Author: Jo Paterson    Publisher: P J Paterson

From the original writings of The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and other master storytellers, this re­envisioned collection of 18 of our f...


From the original writings of The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and other master storytellers, this re­envisioned collection of 18 of our favourite fairy tales challenges outdated gender stereotypes and creates diverse new tales for every girl and boy - regardless of gender, skin colour or sexual orientation. In Diamonds and Toads, a brave princess fights her way through a forest of thorns to place a kiss on the sleeping Briar Rose. The Frog Prince's curse is ultimately undone by another prince who learns not to judge by outward appearances. And a young woman proves she is more than capable of using her wits to save her betrothed as the gender roles are reversed in Jorinda and Joringel. Richly illustrated by some of New Zealand's best loved illustrators and artists, this treasury is sure to become a favourite for a new generation of readers.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 204


Dimensions: 185 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2019


$39.99
Awa and the Dreamrealm

ISBN: 9780473495749

Author: Isa Pearl Ritchie    Publisher: Te Ra Aroha Press

What if dreams were more real than waking life? Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant; when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and...


What if dreams were more real than waking life? Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant; when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and strange coincidences start appearing in her real life. She meets dreamcharmer, Veila, a quirky glowing creature who helps to guide Awa through the mysterious Dreamrealm. At first the Dreamrealm is a glorious escape from Awa's daily struggles but something is not right... Soon Awa discovers she has a bigger quest, and everything she cares about is at stake. Will she be brave enough to face her fears and save her friends?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 150


Dimensions: 127 x 203 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2019


$22.99
Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage

ISBN: 9780473474010

Author: Sarah Johnson    Publisher: Flat Bed Press

Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage explores courage and bravery, friendship and love. Spaghetti Giraffe and the other under-cooker animals are the product...


Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage explores courage and bravery, friendship and love. Spaghetti Giraffe and the other under-cooker animals are the products of Mina Cucina’s culinary disasters. Normally, they live peacefully under the cooker in her kitchen, but Gorgon, Mina Cucina’s oldest and best friend needs their help. He cannot find the courage to ask Mina Cucina to marry him. Meanwhile, the village baker is trying his hardest to win Mina Cucina’s hand. The under-cooker animals are determined to help Gorgon find the bravery he needs. To do so, they must conquer their own fears; Gorgon must grow some courage; and Mina Cucina must learn to stand up for what she thinks is best for herself. Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage is the second book in a trilogy of stand-alone junior novels about Spaghetti Giraffe and his friends. The third book in the series will be published in 2020.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 188


Dimensions: 130 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 14-09-2019


$17.99
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