Fiction & Literature (248)

The General and the Nightingale : Dan Davin's War Stories

ISBN: 9781988531823

Authors: Dan Davin, Janet Wilson (Ed)    Publisher: Otago University Press

Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the na...


Dan Davin was the author of the only substantial body of war fiction written by a New Zealand soldier during any of the wars of the 20th century in which the nation was engaged. The General and the Nightingale brings together Davin’s 20 war stories, some drawn from his war diaries and loosely based on his experiences as ‘a wartime scholar-soldier’ and those of his fellow soldiers in the British and New Zealand armies. They yield an unparalleled insight into the Kiwi or Anzac soldier at war during the Mediterranean and African desert campaigns of World War II. Editor Janet Wilson notes they can be read as ‘fictionalised accounts rather than imaginative fictions’. Born and raised in a working-class Catholic family in Southland, Davin was a Rhodes Scholar and had recently completed a degree at Oxford when he enlisted in the British Army in 1939. After receiving a commission in 1940 he successfully applied to be transferred to the New Zealand forces. He saw active service in Greece and North Africa, was wounded in Crete, and rose to become General Freyberg’s intelligence officer in the Italian campaign. The General and the Nightingale updates an earlier collection of Davin’s war stories published in 1986 as The Salamander in the Fire and long out of print. This new publication features comprehensive notes, a glossary, a chronology, a map of story locations, a bibliography and an extensive introduction by Janet Wilson. It is a companion volume to The Gorse Blooms Pale: Dan Davin’s Southland short stories (OUP, 2007), which is also being reissued.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 364


Dimensions: 138 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 24-01-2020


$45.00
More of Us

ISBN: 9780473463496

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Landing Press

Families, language, fear, loss, food and the victories that can come slowly. These are at the heart of this collection of poems by people who have come to New Z...


Families, language, fear, loss, food and the victories that can come slowly. These are at the heart of this collection of poems by people who have come to New Zealand as migrants or refugees. "More Of Us" provides a glimpse into the experiences of this diverse group of people, which includes those who made New Zealand their home decades ago, and newcomers still finding their feet. And here they all are, speaking in their own distinctive voices. The companion book to "All Of Us", a collection of poems published by Landing Press in 2018.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 92


Dimensions: 150 x 210 mm


Publication Date: 17-01-2019


$22.00
Time To Sing Before The Dark

ISBN: 9780473451288

Author: Helen Bascand    Publisher: The Caxton Press

Flight, song, darkness and light, history, fable and furniture. From the botanist to the birdcage, from rescue to ruin, Helen Bascand's fifth poetry collection ...


Flight, song, darkness and light, history, fable and furniture. From the botanist to the birdcage, from rescue to ruin, Helen Bascand's fifth poetry collection charts a tilting world with her customary elegance, wit and intelligence.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 94


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2018


$24.95
Landfall 236

ISBN: 9781988531557

Author: Emma Neale    Publisher: Otago University Press

SELLING POINTS • Results and winning essay from the Landfall Essay Competition 2018 • Results from Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2018 FEATURED ...


SELLING POINTS • Results and winning essay from the Landfall Essay Competition 2018 • Results from Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2018 FEATURED ARTISTS John Z Robinson, Justin Spiers, Susan Te Kahurangi King AWARDS & COMPETITIONS Results and winning essays from the Landfall Essay Competition 2018, with judge’s report by Emma Neale, and results from the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2018, with judge’s report by David Eggleton WRITERS Philip Armstrong, Jane Arthur, Tusiata Avia, Antonia Bale, Tony Beyer, Victor Billot, Madeleine Child, Thom Conroy, Jodie Dalgleish, Doc Drumheller, Breton Dukes, Ciaran Fox, David Gregory, Michael Hall, René Harrison, Siobhan Harvey, Trevor Hayes, Kerry Hines, Joy Holley, Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, Megan Kitching, Jessica Le Bas, Therese Lloyd, Jess MacKenzie, Frankie McMillan, Alice Miller, Michael Mintrom, Lissa Moore, James Norcliffe, Heidi North, Jilly O’Brien, Vincent O’Sullivan, Aiwa Pooamorn, John Prins, Lindsay Rabbitt, essa may ranapiri, Sudha Rao, Richard Reeve, Harry Ricketts, Alan Roddick, Derek Schulz, Di Starrenburg, Jillian Sullivan, John Summers, Jasmine Taylor, Angela Trolove, Iain Twiddy, Bryan Walpert, Susan Wardell, Rose Whitau, C.A.J. Williams, Briar Wood, Helen Yong REVIEWS Landfall Review Online: books recently reviewed Mark Broatch on This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman Tom Brooking on Strangers Arrive by Leonard Bell Janet Charman on Telling the Real Story by Erin Mercer Gail Pittaway on Gabriel’s Bay by Catherine Roberston Gina Cole on Free Love by Sia Figiel Michael Harlow on Athens to Aotearoa, eds. Diana Burton, Simon Perris and Jeff Tatum Emma Gattey, Awhina Clarke-Tahana and Jacinta Ruru on Juridical Encounters by Shaunnagh Dorsett Published with the assistance of Creative New Zealand Order


Bind: paperback


Pages: 208


Dimensions: 215 x 165 mm


Publication Date: 15-11-2018


$30.00
My Whole Truth

ISBN: 9781635830248

Author: Mischa Thrace    Publisher: North Star Editions

Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, she never wanted to crush on her best friend...


Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, she never wanted to crush on her best friend Alyssa, and she definitely never wanted to know how effectively a mallet could destroy someone's head. But the universe doesn't care what she wants. Shane Mayfield doesn't care what Seelie wants either. When the former high school basketball star attacks her, she has no choice but to defend herself. She saved her own life, but she can't bring herself to talk about what happened that night. Not all of it. Not even when she's arrested for murder.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 05-10-2018


$22.99
Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

ISBN: 9781635830224

Author: Christine Hurley Deriso    Publisher: North Star Editions

Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy--a star athlete dating the most popular girl in scho...


Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy--a star athlete dating the most popular girl in school and a devout Christian. Jade keeps mostly to herself. She abhors joining "things," hates everyone at their high school except her best friend, Gia, and considers herself agnostic. When Ethan and Jade find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they've given each other. Jock. Loner. Jesus freak. Skeptic. Golden boy. Intellectual. Amid hours of arguing, philosophizing, and silly game playing, Ethan and Jade learn there's a lot more to the other person than meets the eye. After that night, life returns to normal and each goes back to their regular lives. Still, neither one can shake the unexpected bond they formed and they can't help but question what they've been taught to believe, who they want to be, and where their hearts truly lie.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 368


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2018


$27.99
Brave Enough

ISBN: 9781635830200

Author: Kati Gardner    Publisher: North Star Editions

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mo...


Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines. Davis Channing understands all too well what it's like to give up control of your life. He's survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he's been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he's got it together, Davis's ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life. Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 31-08-2018


$22.99
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

ISBN: 9781911545224

Author: Hanif Abdurraqib    Publisher: Melville House UK

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Mi...


In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 300


Dimensions: 127 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 04-10-2018


$29.99
Grandzilla

ISBN: 9780473448486

Author: Lisa Williams    Publisher: Lisa Williams

Tillie and Tessa: the real estate mogul and the burgeoning activist; the embittered widow and the girl grieving her grandpa; one apparently friendless, the othe...


Tillie and Tessa: the real estate mogul and the burgeoning activist; the embittered widow and the girl grieving her grandpa; one apparently friendless, the other falling in love. The one thing they do agree on? They really, really don’t like each other. But little does Tessa know that her capitalist monster grandmother has a radical past – and it’s literally about to show up on her doorstep. In a summer of love and politics, clashes are certain… Moving between Cold War West Berlin in the turbulent 1960s and the contemporary American west, this is a warm-hearted tale about growing up, growing old, and getting woke.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 360


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2018


$28.00
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
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