• (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack
    (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack
    ISBN: 9780473533984
    Title: (Almost) True Story of a Man Called Jack

    Set in the 1950s and 60s, Jack McPhee lives with his family in Silverstream, in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. They live in a dilapidated villa, in today’s terms, ‘the worst house in the best street’. Thigh-high weeds are the garden, crazed concrete is the front yard. The four children share one bedroom, the parents sleep in the lounge. But Jack has a plan to renovate. Jack always has a plan. Along the way, he runs various businesses – signwriting, bookstalls, a travelling library service. He plays the banjo mandolin, sings, acts, and dabbles in art, filling every minute of his short life.

    Vivienne Lingard comes from Silverstream in the Hutt Valley and now lives in Devonport, Auckland. She has a background in art, including exhibiting, teaching, and children’s book illustration. Vivienne has a Masters in Creative Writing from Auckland University, and has completed courses in advanced fiction writing at Massey University. She has also completed a mentorship programme with the New Zealand Society of Authors and a short story masterclass with Tom Jenks in San Francisco. Vivienne is currently working on a new novel, as well as continuing with her art practice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 10PM Question
    10PM Question
    ISBN: 9781877460203
    Title: 10PM Question
    Author: DE GOLDI KATE

    Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man: an apparently sensible, talented Year 8 with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head: Are the smoke alarm batteries flat? Does the cat, and therefore the rest of the family, have worms? Will bird flu strike and ruin life as we know it? Is the kidney-shaped spot on his chest actually a galloping cancer? Most of the significant people in Frankie's world - his father, his brother and sister, his great-aunts, his best friend Gigs - seem gloriously untroubled by worry.Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent anxieties; only Ma listens patiently to his 10 p.m. queries. But of course, it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all, the one that Frankie can never bring himself to ask.Then the new girl arrives at school and has questions of her own: relentless, unavoidable questions.So begins the unravelling of Frankie Parson's carefully controlled world. So begins the painful business of fronting up to the unpalatable: the ultimate 10 p.m. question. The 10 pm Question is a novel which defies all age categories. It does so with a sparkling wit and an operatic cast of characters so delightful and maddening they become dear to us. A tender, beautifully told and endearing story. By the end, you'll wish you had a Frankie Parsons of your own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 2000 ft Above Worry Level
    2000 ft Above Worry Level
    ISBN: 9781776562978
    Title: 2000 ft Above Worry Level
    Author: MARRA EAMONN

    Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else

    2000ft Above Worry Level begins on the sad part of the internet and ends at the top of a cliff face. This episodic novel is piloted by a young, anhedonic, gentle, slightly disassociated man. He has no money. He has a supportive but disintegrating family. He is trying hard to be better. He is painting a never-ending fence.

    Eamonn Marra’s debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Mortifying subjects – loserdom, depression, unemployment, cam sex – are surveyed with dignity and stoicism. Beneath Marra’s precise, unemotive language and his character’s steadfast grip on the surface of things, something is stirring.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Absolute Book
    Absolute Book
    ISBN: 9781776562305
    Title: Absolute Book

    Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her - her sister's death by violence, and her own ill-concieved revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries - insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good. There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents' house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift - three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world. The Absolute Book is an epic fantasy, intimate in tone. A book where hidden treasures are recovered; where wicked things people think they've shaken from their trails find their scent again. A book about beautiful societies founded on theft and treachery, and one in which dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, set in London, Norfolk, and the Wye Valley; in Auckland, New Zealand; in the Island of Apples and Summer Road of the Sidhe; at Hell's Gate; in the Tacit with its tombs; and in the hospitals and train stations of Purgatory. Cover: Catherine Nelson, Lost (2014). `The master is present. To read Knox on such a huge canvas - to be immersed in her worlds, wrapped in her intelligence and craft so completely - is an experience not be missed. Lessing, Le Guin, Knox - books where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between. The Absolute Book is a triumph of fantasy grounded in the reality and challenges of the moment we live in.' -Pip Adam

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Afakasi Woman
    Afakasi Woman
    ISBN: 9780995106598
    Title: Afakasi Woman

    A collection of stories about the women of the Pacific, their struggles with family, love and the effects of climate change on their world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Air That We Breathe
    Air That We Breathe
    ISBN: 9780473507756
    Title: Air That We Breathe
    Author: DOUGLAS KARA

    In 1961 Italian immigrants Abele and Maria Moretti settle into life in Western Australia. They are promised a financially secure future working in an asbestos mine in the harsh and desolate outback. Despite health warnings to management, the mine continues to operate.
    Thirty years later, the unthinkable happens and the Moretti family begin an arduous journey to seek justice. At the same time Katerina, a lawyer, representing the mining company, makes a surprising discovery about her family that causes her to rethink her allegiances.
    The human stories weave between the narratives of the immigrant miner and mine manager, and later, the lawyer and the miner’s daughter.
    The impact of this story will stir emotions that remain long after the last page has been turned.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Alexandrite
    ISBN: 9780473483302
    Title: Alexandrite
    Author: JONES DIONE

    Who is the stranger found dead in the woods, outside Pamela Lady Scawton's family home? Why was he carrying a stone that changes colour and a threatening letter?

    The quest leads from World War One to the present day and from an English village to New Zealand farmland, to discover how past events are intertwined with the present. To unravel the mystery Pamela is forced to confront truths that shatter her beliefs about her family and their place in the world.

    The Alexandrite is a story of class conflict, hidden sins, and deceit.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • All Day at the Movies
    All Day at the Movies
    ISBN: 9781775538905
    Title: All Day at the Movies
    Author: KIDMAN FIONA

    Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this latest novel from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives.

    Life isn't always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations? Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene's children. The story doesn't just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change — and reverberate — through the decades.

    '. . . she is at a literary point when age is all gain – consummate craft, passion aplenty, the complex resonance of memory, and the edginess that comes from knowing about loss'

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    ISBN: 9780143773658
    Title: All the Way to Summer: Stories of Love & Longing
    Author: KIDMAN FIONA

    A powerful collection of stories exploring love and longing from the award-winning author of This Mortal Boy.

    Fiona Kidman's early stories about New Zealand women's experiences scandalised readers with their vivid depictions of the heartbreaks and joys of desire, illicit liaisons and unconventional love. Her writing made her a feminist icon in the early 1980s, and she has since continued to tell the realities of women's lives, her books resonating with many readers over the years and across the world.

    To mark her 80th birthday, this volume brings together a variety of her previously published stories as well as several that are new or previously uncollected; all moving, insightful and written with love. The final stories trace her own history of love, a memoir of significant people from childhood and beyond.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • All This by Chance
    All This by Chance
    ISBN: 9781776561797
    Title: All This by Chance

    If we don’t have the past in mind, it is merely history. If we do, it is still part of the present.
    Esther’s grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in 1947. Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practise pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little girl to safety. When the couple emigrate, the peace they seek in New Zealand cannot overcome the past they have left behind.
    Following the lives of Eva, her daughter Lisa and her granddaughter Esther, All This by Chance is a moving multigenerational family saga about the legacy of the Holocaust and the burden of secrets never shared, by one of New Zealand’s finest writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Antipodeans
    ISBN: 9781927262030
    Title: Antipodeans
    Author: MCGEE GREG

    Beginning with the return to Venice of an old man determined to confront his past, The Antipodeans spans three generations of a New Zealand family and their interaction with three families of Northern Italy. From Venice to the South Island of New Zealand, from the assassination of a Gestapo commander in WWII to contemporary real estate shenanigans in Auckland, from political assassination in the darkest days of the Red Brigade to the vaulting cosmology of particle physics, The Antipodeans is a novel of epic proportions where families from the opposite ends of the earth discover an intergenerational legacy of love, blood and betrayal.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Apocrypha Scripta
    Apocrypha Scripta
    ISBN: 9781869422004
    Title: Apocrypha Scripta

    During the writing of his autobiography, Die Bibel, Michael O'Leary began a parallel fictional autobiography which he conceived as an 'apocrypha' of additional aspects to his intellectual & emotional life, combining myriad intertwingings of previous works to form a synthesis, a kind of Rainbows End of the Mind, a rollercoaster of the psyche, a tipi haere helter-skelter, a spiritual weltanschauung of history & life. Apocrypha Scripta is about identity & belonging. The Sixties generation of 'peace & love' & anti-materialism which morphed into the ‘I, me, mine’ of the reforms, 2020 Vision & Reality of Covid-19 & the 'Existential Crisis'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Ash, the Well & the Bluebell
    Ash, the Well & the Bluebell
    ISBN: 9780995119123
    Title: Ash, the Well & the Bluebell

    Losing her daughter to the Christchurch earthquake sends Lily back to her childhood village in Northern England to scatter Charlie's ashes. Its a place of ghosts for Lily after the mysterious drowning of a school friend at the old village well a tragedy somehow linked to the death of a local woman accused of witchcraft three hundred years earlier. Now Lilys back, she wants to find out what happened at the well and the truth behind the swift departure of her friend Israel.

    The Ash, the Well and the Bluebell spans three centuries and three countries, exploring the love and history that makes a community, and the hate and secrets that can destroy it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • At the Bay
    At the Bay
    ISBN: 9781612195834
    Title: At the Bay

    A brilliant modernist classic--now available for the first time in a stand-alone edition
    This dreamy, formally audacious story of a summer's day in the life of one family is a small masterpiece by Katherine Mansfield, hailed as "one of the great modernist writers. Virginia Woolf said of Mansfield, hers was "the only writing I have ever been jealous of."
    A modernist master of cool precision and extraordinary delicacy, Mansfield wrote about family life with a sharp radicalism, and At the Bay is one of her greatest works. Told in thirteen parts, beginning early in the morning and ending at dusk, At the Bay captures both the Burnell family's intricate web of relatives and friends, and the dreamy, unassuming natural beauty of Crescent Bay.
    Haunting but ever understated, At the Bay is as timeless novella, and a testament to Mansfield's remarkable powers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Attraction
    ISBN: 9781925773552
    Title: Attraction
    Author: PORTER RUBY

    The present reckons with the past inAttraction. Porter?s unnamed narrator is on a road trip between Auckland, Whangara and Levin with her friends Ashi and Ilana, haunted by the spectre of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, her complicated family background and New Zealand?s colonial history. Jealousies intensify as the young women work out who they are and who they might become.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Aue
    ISBN: 9780995111028
    Title: Aue

    Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father’s. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to another violent home.

    But Arama is braver than he looks, and he has a friend and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sorrow. As long as there’s aroha to give and stories to tell and a good supply of plasters.

    Here is a novel that is both raw and sublime, a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Haere mai, Becky Manawatu (Ngai Tahu).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Baby
    ISBN: 9781776561667
    Title: Baby

    ‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’
    Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.
    Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.
    Annaleese Jochems was born in 1994 and grew up in Northland. She won the 2016 Adam Prize from the International Institute of Modern Letters for Baby, which is her first book.
    Praise for Baby:
    ‘Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour. Heavenly Creatures for a new generation.’ –Eleanor Catton
    ‘This funny, sexy, unnerving novel challenges received ideas and delivers jolts of pleasure and disquiet throughout. Jochems, like her extraordinary creation Cynthia, is a force to be reckoned with.’ –Emily Perkins
    'Patricia Highsmith meets reality TV in this compelling debut. Jochems nudges up the tension until we can’t bear to look – and can’t bear to look away: thrilling, dangerous and deliciously funny.’ – Catherine Chidgey
    ‘Taut, savvy, biting, and at points piercingly beautiful – Jochems's sentences shift from deadpan humour to lyrical simplicity to emotional menace with deft, edgy style.’ – Tracey Slaughter

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Baby No Eyes
    Baby No Eyes
    ISBN: 9780143011613
    Title: Baby No Eyes

    'Do you hear the people calling?''No.''see there, dummy, you're nowhere near dead.''Well, I don't believe you. How would you know?''Of course I know, I do, I do, I know all about it . . .' Tawera and his sister are inseparable, in a relationship that is impossible for others to share. In fact his whole whanau is bonded by secrets, a genealogy stitched together by shame, joy, love and sometimes grief. Patricia Grace's major new novel merges recent headlines with stories of a heartfelt family history. It is an account of the mysteries that operate at many levels between generations, where the present is the pivot, the centre of the spiral, looking outward to the past and future that define it. There's a way the older people have of telling a story, a way where the beginning is not the beginning, the end is not the end . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Bad Seed: The Night Book & Soon
    Bad Seed: The Night Book & Soon
    ISBN: 9780143773764
    Title: Bad Seed: The Night Book & Soon

    Now combined into a major TV drama, these two connected novels by award-winning writer Charlotte Grimshaw take an unflinching look at politics and power, contemporary New Zealand society and the arid morality of the privileged.

    In The Night Book, doctor and party donor Simon Lampton is drawn to Roza Hallwright, though he can’t quite put his finger on why. She leads a quiet, comfortable, orderly life with her politician husband David and her two stepchildren. But this peaceful existence is about to be changed forever. In the next few months there will be an election, and, if the polls are correct, Roza will become the Prime Minister's wife. She is relatively calm about the prospect, but meeting Simon will bring turmoil to both their lives.

    In Soon, the Lampton family has come to spend a long hot summer at the Hallwrights’ large beach house. The weather is perfect and outwardly all is well, but the harmony is disturbed when Simon Lampton’s brother Ford arrives for a visit. Ford casts a cold eye over the company, barely disguising his contempt for David Hallwright. While Roza tells her young son made-up stories that reveal uncomfortable truths about their current lives, Simon will tell stories that conceal the truth about his.

    Gripping, clever and moving, these two novels are an intensely humane look at the choices people make.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel
    Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel
    ISBN: 9781776561704
    Title: Beat of the Pendulum: A Found Novel

    From the author of the acclaimed The Wish Child comes something unexpected and fearless: a found novel. The Beat of the Pendulum is the result of one year in which Chidgey drew upon the language she encountered on a daily basis, such as news stories, radio broadcasts, emails, social media, street signs, TV, and many conversations. As Chidgey filters and shapes the linguistic chaos of her recordings, different characters emerge – her family, including her young daughter, and her husband, mother and sister, her friends, and an extended family formed through surrogacy and donation.

    In her chronicling of moments of loveliness, strangeness, comedy and poetry and sorrow, Chidgey plays with the nature of time and its passing. The Beat of the Pendulum is also an exploration of human memory – how we acquire it, and how we lose it. This bravely experimental and immersive work draws us into the detail, reverberation and transience of a year in a life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Beautiful Fragments
    Beautiful Fragments
    ISBN: 9780473452773
    Title: Beautiful Fragments

    What benefit is hope, when you're trapped inside a nightmare with no end? Sophie is many things; a mother; prostitute; addict and prisoner. Abandoned by those who claimed to love her and manipulated into the sex industry, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a drug and human trafficking ring with no hope of escape. Full of suspense, heartbreak and breath taking transformation, Beautiful Fragments is a story of grace, love and kindness and the unbreakable strength of the human spirit.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Behind the Tattooed Face
    Behind the Tattooed Face
    ISBN: 9780908561247
    Title: Behind the Tattooed Face

    A sweeping story of action and suspense, Behind the Tattooed Face presents the complex web of Maori belief, tribal rituals and discipline which existed at the time of the voyages of Captain James Cook. The story is set in the late 1700s, about 600 years after the great canoes from the Central Pacific had arrived in New Zealand. Here in the new land off the Canoe Coast, in what is now known as the Bay of Plenty, the people settled and prospered and here Maori society reached the zenith of its power and development. Then, as the people multiplied, the question of survival became inextricably interwoven with the concepts of mana and tribal honour. The delicately poised balance of power was easily upset so that bloody warfare, cannibalism and slavery prevailed. This electrifying novel is now in its fifth printing and is the first NZ historical novel to be written by a Maori . It is also the first serious attempt to show pre-European Maori people as the really were.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Beneath Pale Water
    Beneath Pale Water
    ISBN: 9780473407261
    Title: Beneath Pale Water
    Author: HENRY THALIA

    Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand's southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals-a sculptor, a vagrant and a model-who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable-both physically and emotionally-to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free-or destroy them.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Biopsies
    ISBN: 9780473514723
    Title: Biopsies
    Author: JUDKINS GREG

    Set in a diverse community in South Auckland, these twenty-six short stories are loosely interconnected around a fictional medical centre.
    They give voice to people living with disability, conflict and deprivation, but also humour and hope in spite of uncertainty.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Boyfriend
    ISBN: 9781776562848
    Title: Boyfriend

    Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize

    Erica is 17 and in her last year of high school. Donny is 42 and everywhere - in her yoga class, at German Club, in her parents' spare room . . .

    The story of a young woman who finds herself subject to the gravitational field of a charismatic man, The Boyfriend is a cautionary tale about blindly accepting traditional 'love' narratives.

    This clear-eyed, dismaying and often hilarious examination of sexual desire, trauma and growth is a remarkable debut and a perfect novel for our time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Breakwater
    ISBN: 9780864734174
    Title: Breakwater
    Author: DUIGNAN KATE

    An astonishingly confident and graceful first novel, Breakwater addresses the major dilemmas of friendship and family. It follows the moving story of a young woman and the baby she didn't plan, an older woman and the daughter she might lose, and the accidents of life that bring them together.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Brief 56
    Brief 56
    ISBN: 97811759313
    Title: Brief 56

    Featuring work by: John Adams, Nick Ascroft, Iain Britton, Nicholas Butler, Brent Cantwell, Jill Chan, Stephanie Christie, Makyla Curtis, John Downie, Doc Drumheller, Norman Franke, Jasmine Gallagher, Michael Giacon, Joy Holley, Mark Houlahan, Erik Kennedy, Rhiannon Leddra, Bronwyn Lloyd, Caoimhe McKeogh, Piet Nieuwland, Keith Nunes, Sarah Penwarden, Chris Pigott, Sugu Pillay, essa may ranapiri, Vaughan Rapatahana, Sahanika Ratnayake, Jack Ross, Lisa Samuels, Erena Shingade, Carin Smeaton, Fiona Stevens, Chris Stewart, David Taylor, Richard Taylor, Loren Thomas, Richard von Sturmer, and Mark Young.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse
    Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse
    ISBN: 9780473356347
    Title: Briefcase, Two Pies & a Penthouse

    A savagely satirical new novel by Wellingtonian author Brannavan Gnanalingam asks how New Zealand security agencies would respond when they really do think they have an Islamic terrorist to fear.

    “Have we set up a surveillance society in which it's better to pretend we've got things right no matter what, than it is to acknowledge when we've gone too far? We have given up a lot of our civil liberties in the name of protecting ourselves from so-called Islamic terrorism, but who will police the police? In the words of Homer Simpson, do we simply shrug and say "I dunno, the coastguard?"” says Gnanalingam.

    Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation’s capital.

    Gnanalingam says, "I have always been fascinated by the way banal and 'small' interactions between people can say so much about contemporary 'grand' narratives. What if these problematic ideas are sustained, not by governments bashing victims like in a tinpot dictatorship, but by ordinary folk through a clumsy insult at Friday night drinks or through bad sex?"

    The title of the novel comes from the contents of a spy’s briefcase misplaced in the Aro Valley in 1981. Unfortunately for the spy, the briefcase was discovered by the son of a prominent journalist. The novel transplants the farcical nature of this famous Wellington spy story to examine a number of key contemporary issues: the War on Terror, xenophobia and immigration, and structural sexism and Boys' Clubs.

    Lawrence and Gibson editor Murdoch Stephens is effusive about the new novel. “While most spy agency novels zero in on the spies, Bran’s takes shots at the agency. He has this inimitable ability to set a novel in a place that makes even an insider feel like they’ve seen it in a way they’ve never thought of before. We’re really looking forward to the feedback on this one…”

    Gnanalingam’s previous novel Credit in the Straight World about a small-town finance company collapse drew comparisons with A Confederacy of Dunces and Charles Dickens, while his other books have examined Kiwis travelling in Paris and West Africa.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Broken Play
    Broken Play
    ISBN: 9780994140814
    Title: Broken Play

    Alec Haudepin has spent the winters of his youth on the rugby field, and now, at twenty-three, his dream of playing for the All Blacks is almost within reach. But his rise to prominence uncovers quiet sadness about the part of his identity he has always struggled to acknowledge.
    "Broken Play captures magnificently the internal conflict and tumult experienced by so many young gay sportsmen struggling to find their true identity. Their sporting world and their attraction to men appears incomprehensible and irreconcilable.
    We welcome novels like Broken Play as it highlights, albeit fictionally, that homosexuality is no barrier to rugby skill, prowess, and success. Despite the tremendous LGBT social advances made in the last 20 years, sport lags behind. Many sports have much work to do to truly be inclusive at all levels. Unfortunately, there are remarkably few out gay competing professional footballers." - Andrew Purchas, Chairman of International Gay Rugby.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bulibasha
    ISBN: 9780140254327
    Title: Bulibasha

    Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king. . Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand. Caught in the middle of this struggle is the teenager Simeon, grandson of the patriarch and of his grandmother Ramona, struggling with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage on many levels.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Burning River
    Burning River
    ISBN: 9781776562237
    Title: Burning River

    In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and frightening responsibilitya perilous inland journey that leads to a tense confrontation and the prospect of a rebuilt world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Cage
    ISBN: 9780143772323
    Title: Cage
    Author: JONES LLOYD

    A powerful allegorical tale about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we can justify brutality.

    Two mysterious strangers turn up at a hotel in a small country town. Where have they come from? Who are they? What catastrophe are they fleeing?

    The townspeople want answers, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trauma. Before long, wary hospitality shifts to suspicion and fear, and the care of the men slides into appalling cruelty.

    Lloyd Jones's fable-like novel The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Caging Skies
    Caging Skies
    ISBN: 9780143773580
    Title: Caging Skies

    The internationally bestselling novel, inspiring the major motion picture JoJo Rabbit

    An extraordinary, strikingly original novel that reveals a world of truth and lies both personal and political, Caging Skies is told through the eyes of Johannes Betzler, avid member of the Hitler Youth during World War II. Filled with admiration for the Führer and Nazi ideals, he is shocked to discover his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home in Vienna.

    After he's disfigured in a raid, Johannes focuses more and more on his connection with the girl behind the wall. His initial horror and revulsion turn to interest--and then obsession. After his parents disappear, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa's existence in the house, and he alone is responsible for her fate. Drawing strength from his daydreams about Hitler, Johannes plans for the end of the war and what it might mean for him and Elsa.

    The inspiration for the major film Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi, Caging Skies, sold in twenty-two countries, is a work of rare power; a stylistic and storytelling triumph. Startling, blackly comic, and written in Christine Leunens's gorgeous, muscular prose, this novel, her US debut, is singular and unforgettable.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Call Me Evie
    Call Me Evie
    ISBN: 9781869714185
    Title: Call Me Evie
    Author: POMARE J P

    The propulsive, twist-filled, and haunting psychological suspense debut perfect for fans of Sharp Objects and Room.

    Evie and her Uncle Jim have just moved to an isolated cabin in a remote beach town--a far cry from their hometown of Melbourne. But Evie isn't her real name. And Jim isn't really her uncle.

    Jim tells Evie she did something terrible back home, that he's hiding her to protect her. But Evie can't remember anything about that night--for all she knows, he's lying. As fragments of her memory return, she starts to wonder if Jim is really her savior . . . or her captor.

    In a riveting novel that fearlessly plumbs the darkest recesses of the mind, J.P. Pomare explores the fragility of memory and the potential in everyone to hide the truth--even from themselves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Came a Hot Friday
    Came a Hot Friday
    ISBN: 9780141004006
    Title: Came a Hot Friday

    Arson, murder, sex and hair-raising midnight adventures with the Te Whakinga Kid. It was Friday when Wes and Cyril came to town with a trick to play on the local bookmaker. But there was already other skullduggery afoot.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia
    Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia
    ISBN: 9781742236605
    Title: Caroline's Dilemma: Fighting a Husband's Final Wishes in Colonial Australia

    Caroline Kearney faced a heart-breaking dilemma. Caroline was a 31-year-old mother of six when her husband died in Melbourne in 1865. Having no legal rights herself to the sheep station in Wimmera, Victoria that her late husband owned, she had great hopes that her sons would inherit it. But that was not to be. Her husband’s will, written on his deathbed, offered a reasonable annuity to support her and the children, but it came with a catch. To get that money, she had to move to Ireland with her children and live in a house of her brothers-in-law’s choosing. English-born, Caroline had migrated to Australia with her family when she was only seventeen. She had never even been to Ireland. Her husband and his family – unlike her – were Catholic. This extraordinary book combines storytelling with an historian’s detective work. Pieced together from evidence in archives, newspapers, genealogical sites, legal records and old-fashioned legwork, Caroline’s Dilemma sheds new light on the workings of colonial gender relationships and family lives that spanned the 19th century globe. It reveals much about women’s property rights, migration, settler colonialism, the Irish diaspora and sectarian conflict. It shows how one middle-class woman and her family fought to shape their own lives within the British Empire. ‘A truly impressive work of historical recovery, on a major scale’. — Professor Penny Russell, University of Sydney

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Caroline's Bikini
    Caroline's Bikini
    ISBN: 9780571339341
    Title: Caroline's Bikini
    Author: GUNN KIRSTY

    Caroline's Bikini is the tale of a classic love affair; a swirling cocktail of obsession and imagination.

    The moment that Evan Gordonstone - a successful middle-aged financier - meets Caroline Beresford - a glamorous housewife, hostess and landlady - he falls into unrequited love, a story as old as Western literature itself. Evan recounts the tale of his infatuation to his friend Emily, and thus begins a hypnotic series of conversations set against the backdrop of West London bars, fuelled in intensity by endless G&Ts. From the depths of midwinter to July's hot swelter, Evan's retelling of his passion for Caroline will take him to the brink of his own destruction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Change of Key
    Change of Key
    ISBN: 9780473440916
    Title: Change of Key

    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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Chappy
    ISBN: 9780143572398
    Title: Chappy

    Sent from his privileged European life to New Zealand to sort himself out, twenty-one-year-old Daniel& embarks on piecing& together the history of the Maori family he knows little about. As his grandmother Oriwia and reclusive adopted uncle Aki revisit& their past, mysteries and secrets resurface that cause everyone to search deep into their souls.& In this touching portrayal of family life, acclaimed New Zealand writer Patricia Grace explores issues of racial intolerance, cross-cultural conflicts and the universal desire to belong. Spanning several decades and set against the backdrop of a changing New Zealand, Chappy is a story of enduring love and togetherness.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973
    Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973
    ISBN: 9781988531144
    Title: Charles Brasch Journals #3 1958-1973

    "This third and final volume of Charles Braschs compelling private journals covers the years from when he was 48 to his death at 64. By the 1960s, Brasch, though very private by temperament, was a reluctant public figure, especially as editor of Landfall indisputably New Zealands leading cultural quarterly (he eventually quit as editor after 20 years). He was also becoming a highly regarded poet, who eventually had six books (one posthumous) to his name. Behind the scenes Brasch was increasingly important as an art collector and as patron and benefactor; the Burns, Hodgkins and Mozart Fellowships for writers, artists and composers respectively which he helped anonymously to found and fund, all began in this period. Among his friends Brasch counted most of the countrys leading artists, writers and intellectuals including Sargeson, McCahon, McCormick, Stead, the Pauls, the Woollastons, the Baxters, Lilburn, Beaglehole, Angus, Oliver, Bensemann, Lusk, Frame and Dallas. These near contemporaries were joined by the talented young, many met as contributors to Landfall including Gee, Cross, Shadbolt, Duggan, OSullivan, Hotere, Tuwhare, Caselberg, Middleton and Manhire. Braschs lively and sometimes acerbic accounts of such people are a fascinating aspect of his journals. Behind the esteemed poet, editor and public intellectual, however, was a sensitive and often angst-ridden man, who confided to his journals (and poems) the emotional roller- coaster of his private life, especially his endlessly frustrated search for love. Presented here are deep attachments to both men and women, including Andrew Packard (a visiting English zoologist) and Margaret Scott, widow of Harry Scott with whom Brasch had also been in love. Late in life his strong involvement with an elderly Jewish #65533;migr#65533;e, Moli Zimmerman, adds another surprising layer to the complex and lovable man his journals reveal. Braschs journals will change forever the perception and understanding of an outstanding New Zealander and of the era to which he contributed so much."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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