• New Zealand Wars | Nga Pakanga o Aotearoa
    New Zealand Wars | Nga Pakanga o Aotearoa
    The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts that profoundly shaped the course and direction of our nation's history. Fought between the Crown and various groups of Maori between 1845 and 1872, the wars touched many aspects of life in nineteenth century New Zealand, even in those regions spared actual fighting. The wars are an integral part of the New Zealand story but we have not always cared to remember or acknowledge them. Today, however, interest in the wars is growing. Public figures are calling for the wars to be taught in schools and a national day of commemoration was recently established. This book, by a leading historian in the field, provides an accessible introduction to the causes, events and consequences of the New Zealand Wars. The text is supported by extensive illustrations as well as timelines, graphs and summary tables.

    ISBN: 9781988545998
    Publication date: 10/05/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: O'Malley, Vincent
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Nickel Boys
    Nickel Boys
    THE NICKEL BOYS is Colson Whitehead's follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning bestseller THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, in which he dramatizes another strand of United States history, this time through the story of two boys sentenced to a stretch in a hellish reform school in Jim-Crow-era Florida.



    Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone. Abandoned by his parents, brought up by his loving, strict and clearsighted grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide 'physical, intellectual and moral training' which will equip its inmates to become 'honorable and honest men'.



    In reality, the Nickel Academy is a chamber of horrors, where physical, emotional and sexual abuse is rife, where corrupt officials and tradesmen do a brisk trade in supplies intended for the school, and where any boy who resists is likely to disappear 'out back'. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors.



    The tension between Elwood's idealism and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision which will have decades-long repercussions.



    Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, THE NICKEL BOYS is a devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States.

    ISBN: 9780708899434
    Publication date: 16/07/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Whitehead, Colson
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • On Fire
    On Fire
    The fight for a green world is the fight of our lives. And with On Fire, Naomi Klein gives us the ammunition to do it.

    In frank, personal terms, she shows us how the only way forward out of a polluted world of our own making is only through policy reform - a concrete set of actions to combat the mounting threat of total environmental catastrophe. What's needed, she argues, is something with radical verve and guaranteed protections- in other words, a New Deal.

    On Fire finds Klein at her most canny and prophetic, and the stakes of our imperiled global situation higher than ever before. In wide-ranging essays reporting from varying stages of ecological crisis - from prescient clarion calls from years ago to our panicked present - Klein wakes us up from our environmental sleepwalk and sets us on a course of potent, necessary action.

    ISBN: 9780241410738
    Publication date: 17/09/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Klein, Naomi
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Other Half of Augusta Hope
    Other Half of Augusta Hope
    'A mesmerizingly beautiful portrait of a young woman discovering what home means to her' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus

    `A uniquely heartening and hopeful story about pain, the solace of words and our search to belong' Jess Kidd, author Himself and Things in Jars

    `An extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton

    YOU'RE NOT LOST. YOU'RE JUST LOOKING.

    Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

    And she's right - she doesn't. At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

    And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

    When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs - but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?

    AUGUSTA MAY NOT FEEL LIKE SHE FITS IN, BUT READERS ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER...

    `What a beautiful moving book...one that will stay with a lot of readers long after closing the last page' Karen W

    `What a brilliant, brave, clever book' Maddy P

    `A beautiful tale of family, of loss, of the awkward relationships we build with those we love the most...a must read!' Amelia D

    `A powerful novel about fitting in, loss, and the people you really have connections with' Siobhan D

    `This book gave me all sorts of feelings!' Nia I

    `God what a book! I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to end' Natasha P

    `The story made me laugh and cry in equal measure, and now it's finished I'm at a slight loss as what to read next' Laura W

    `I loved this book from the very first line...It's totally original, deeply moving and something really special' Katherine W

    `A thoughtful and warm-hearted read...I loved it!' Joy L

    `I laughed, I cried, I fell in love' Elizabeth T

    ISBN: 9780008314163
    Publication date: 13/06/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Glen, Joanna
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Other Half of Augusta Hope
    Other Half of Augusta Hope
    This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong.

    'I really enjoyed this book ... great observational comic gems within a fast moving story full of the reality of despair and hope in everyone's lives' Miranda Hart

    'Keep the tissues close' Good Housekeeping
    'A beautifully written debut novel with unforgettable characters and an irresistible message of redemption and belonging' Red magazine
    'This gem of a novel entertains and moves in equal measure' Daily Mail
    'Heartening and hopeful' Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars
    'Mesmerizingly beautiful' Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
    'An extraordinary masterpiece' Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
    'Gutsy, endearing and entertaining' Deborah Orr
    'Absolutely brilliant' Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods
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    Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

    At six, she's memorising the dictionary. At seven, she's correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

    And now that she's an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

    When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta's life, she's propelled headfirst into the unknown. She's determined to find where she belongs - but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?
    -

    AUGUSTA MAY NOT FEEL LIKE SHE FITS IN, BUT READERS HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HER...

    'What a brilliant, brave, clever book' Maddy P

    'A beautiful tale of family, of loss, of the awkward relationships we build with those we love the most...a must read!' Amelia D

    'A powerful novel about fitting in, loss, & the people you really have connections with' Siobhan D

    'The story made me laugh & cry in equal measure, and now it's finished I'm at a slight loss as what to read next' Laura W

    ISBN: 9780008314194
    Publication date: 26/12/2019
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Glen, Joanna
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Peace
    Peace
    Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He's still new in town but the community work-welfare checks and working bees-is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch's life has been peaceful.

    Until he's called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road.

    Suddenly, it doesn't look like a season of goodwill at all.

    ISBN: 9781922268150
    Publication date: 05/11/2019
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Disher, Garry
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Pearly Gates
    Pearly Gates
    This entertaining and insightful novel both skewers and celebrates small-town New Zealand.Pat `Pearly' Gates has achieved a lot in his life and evinces considerable satisfaction in his achievements. He has a reputation as a former Otago rugby player and believes he would have been an All Black but for sporting injuries. He runs a successful real-estate agency in a provincial South Island town, of which he is the second-term mayor. Popular, happily married, well established, he cuts an impressive figure, especially in his own eyes. But will his pride and complacency come before a fall?

    ISBN: 9780143773153
    Publication date: 05/02/2019
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Marshall, Owen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Quichotte
    Quichotte
    Quichotte is a love story of profound tenderness and humanity from a great storyteller at his brilliant best. Wise, beautifully written, as heartbreaking as it is wildly comic, its characters unforgettable, its plot dazzlingly suspenseful, Quichotte illuminates our corrupt times where fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.

    Quichotte, an ageing travelling salesman obsessed with TV, is on a quest for love. Unfortunately, his daily diet of reality TV, sitcoms, films, soaps, comedies and dramas has distorted his ability to separate fantasy from reality. He wishes an imaginary son, Sancho, into existence, while obsessively writing love letters to a celebrity he knows only through his screen. Together the two innocents set off across America in Quichotte's trusty Chevy Cruze to find her and convince her of his love. Quichotte's story is told by Brother, a mediocre spy novelist in the midst of a midlife crisis. As the stories of Brother and Quichotte intertwine, we are taken on a wild, picaresque journey through a country on the edge of moral and spiritual collapse.

    Man Booker Longlist 2019

    ISBN: 9781787331921
    Publication date: 29/08/2019
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Rushdie, Salman
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Second Sleep
    Second Sleep
    1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death?

    Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - will be tested to destruction.

    ISBN: 9781786331380
    Publication date: 20/08/2019
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Harris, Robert
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Sharp Left Turn
    Sharp Left Turn
    This is a gripping read that works on several levels:

    It's the sliding-door story of someone who might have become a world-famous pop star had he not suffered from agoraphobia.

    It's the story of a group of very young musicians trying to find their feet as a band in the late 70s and early 80s, and the associated euphoria and craziness of that life.

    It's Mike's story of finding out what agoraphobia is, learning how to cope with it and eventually finding a way through and going on to make a huge contribution to the New Zealand music industry.

    Told in Mike's own words, this is also a loving evocation of a 50s and 60s New Zealand childhood, and a beautifully written memoir that will resonate with many.

    ISBN: 9781988547138
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Chunn, Mike
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Someone's Wife
    Someone's Wife
    These pieces read like the freshest of recent novels: clever, restrained and wittily observant. They range across the personal and the observational. There are essays on her lifetime of being an All Black wife (once an AB, always an AB); her love of teaching, education and the young; and a powerful essay on the death of her baby, Toby, striking in its honesty.

    Linda is interested in family and friendship; shared and sometimes distorted memories. Her personal truths link to universal truths. Linda explores the era in which she grew up, and her experiences are timeless. She looks at living overseas, at children leaving home, at house-hunting in Wellington, at travelling with a grandchild, at Leonard Cohen concerts as a tribal gathering.

    The essay collection as memoir is a genre gaining momentum, and in the hands of a writer as accomplished as Linda Burgess. its universality is charming.

    ISBN: 9781988547251
    Publication date: 03/09/2019
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Burgess, Linda
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Spring
    Spring
    What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Brexit, the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times?

    Spring. The great connective.

    With an eye to the migrancy of story over time, and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare's most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tells the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.

    The time we're living in is changing nature. Will it change the nature of story? Hope springs eternal.

    ISBN: 9780241973356
    Publication date: 12/03/2020
    Price: $24.00
    Author: Smith, Ali
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
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