• All Day at the Movies
    All Day at the Movies
    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 u consummate craft, passion aplenty, the complex resonance of memory, and the edginess that comes from knowing about loss' u New Zealand Books

    ISBN: 9781775538905
    Publication date: 01/08/2016
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Kidman, Fiona
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Allen Curnow Collected Poems
    Allen Curnow Collected Poems
    This is the definitive collection of work by New Zealand's most distinguished poet. Throughout his lifetime, Allen Curnow revised, selected and collected his poetry in various ways. For the first time, this collection brings together all of the poems that Curnow collected in his lifetime grouped in their original volumes. The notes reproduce Curnow's comments on individual poems and include relevant editorial guidance. Allen Curnow (1911-2001) was at the time of his death regarded as one of the greatest of all poets writing in English. For seventy years, from Valley of Decision (1933) to The Bells of Saint Babel's (2001), Curnow's poetry was always on the move - from his early approaches to New Zealand identity and myth to later work concerned with the philosophical encounter between word and world. Curnow also played a major role in New Zealand life as editor, critic, commentator and anthologist, as well as a much-loved writer of light verse under the penname of Whim Wham. In his later years he acquired an impressive international reputation, winning the Commonwealth Prize for Poetry and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

    ISBN: 9781869408510
    Publication date: 18/09/2017
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Caffin, Elizabeth
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Ancestry
    Ancestry
    Albert Wendt's new collection of short stories explores the nature of family, tradition and culture through the eyes of those seemingly caught between the realities of modern contemporary life and the ancestral ties of their heritage. With a deft touch, he draws us into his characters' lives and with equal parts wisdom and wit, he exposes them to us. This is a masterful meditation on the ties that bind people together across time and place.

    ISBN: 9781775500377
    Publication date: 07/09/2012
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Wendt, Albert
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bad Things
    Bad Things
    No one can imagine how bad things must be. They sprout in the dark, damp folds of my mind. They grow there- a forest of tiny umbrellas. They flourish- a crown of terrible heads. Bad Things, the new collection by Louise Wallace - poet, not celebrity housewife - is about the different ways in which we survive. Political and personal, the collection navigates celebrity encounters, women and work, the weight of expectation, and the pasts we try to escape and the people we try to hold on to. These poems are dreamlike, confronting, funny, and sometimes unashamedly weird.

    ISBN: 9781776561612
    Publication date: 10/08/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Wallace, Louise
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Barry Brickell Reader
    Barry Brickell Reader
    "What a fine thing it is to have this full and final show of Barry's wrerterly productivity laid out expansively, matched by a photo-essay that shows Barry doing what he always did most: working, in his own self-made situ. Laid out, too, in the long thin lines he loved to trace, on paper/ canvas, in clay, in the landscape. Curling across the page in those transitional curves that were in fact his strongest formal signature; and the thing that sent the radius of his work out, in the end, to some kind of infinity." - David Craig

    ISBN: 9780947493349
    Publication date: 03/03/2017
    Price: $29.99
    Author: O'Brien, Gregory
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Beyond Puketapu
    Beyond Puketapu
    ISBN: 9781927242940
    Publication date: 23/09/2015
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Ward, Dunstan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Bird Words New Zealand Writers on Birds
    Bird Words New Zealand Writers on Birds
    A lively anthology of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, celebrating the birds of Aotearoa.On the skylinea hawklanguidly typinga hunting poemwith its wings.- Hone TuwhareNew Zealand birds have inspired mythology, song, whimsical stories, detailed observation, humour and poetry. There are tales of shooting and taxidermy as well as of admiration and love. From the kakapo, kokako and kaka to the sparrow, starling and seagull, both native and imported birds have been immortalised in print. This is a varied and stimulating selection from the flocks of New Zealand writers who have given our birds a voice. They have brought extinct birds back to life and even enabled the kiwi to take flight on the page.

    ISBN: 9780143770312
    Publication date: 02/10/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Easther, Elisabeth
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • Blood Ties
    Blood Ties
    Woven from the sharp and tensile strands of memory, many of the poems in this collection return to the primal pains of neglect and damage in childhood. Emotional memory is anchored in the specific detail of an era – the selection is laced with dreams of flight and memories of West Coast town rituals, places and people – and fans out to draw on local and international history, exploring with wit, anger, imagination and grief the ways in which Aotearoa still carries the wounds of colonisation and class. Confronting the ghosts of bereavement and loss, in this gripping and powerful collection Holman leads us from remembrance and elegy, in all their guises, to a kind of ‘spring of the soul’. Poetry and song have their own healing gifts: here, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman calls on their potency to set the mind free.

    ISBN: 9781927145883
    Publication date: 09/03/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Cloud Leopards Daughter
    Cloud Leopards Daughter
    On the gold fields of the colonies, enemies are easily made. In the confines of a ship, they can turn deadly. For readers of Bryce Courtenay's POTATO FACTORY, Philippa Gregory and Tracy Chevalier. When Kitty and Rian Farrell sail their schooner Katipo III in Dunedin Harbour in 1863, they are on tenterhooks. The new Otago gold fields have attracted all-comers, including their friend Wong Fu from Ballarat, who has sent a message for their help. To their surprise, Wong Fu reveals he is more than a mere fortune seeker; he is in fact the Cloud Leopard tong master of the Wong family, and his daughter has been kidnapped and taken to opium-ridden China to be forced into marriage. Rian and Kitty agree to try to find Bao, but as they sail closer to their quarry, the stakes jump dramatically. Kitty's adopted daughter Amber is taken during a stopover, and Rian suspects the same party is behind both kidnappings. Little do they know the worst threat lies closer to home. The Cloud's Leopard's Daughter takes us through dangerous and unpredictable shoals of love, lust, greed and opium in search for two fiery but vulnerable women - puppets in others' calculated games.
    PRAISE FOR DEB CHALLINOR'S A TATTOOED HEART 'Brilliant finale to this series based on Australia's convict past' - Jan GoodReads '...one of those books that you want to read slowly so it doesn't end but can't help rushing through to find out what happens!' - Sarah Courtney, GoodReads 'Fantastic end to the convict girls series! Couldn't put it down!!!' - Catherine Maisey, GoodReads 'Challinor is a good storyteller; her characters have depth and her historical backdrops are well researched, seamless joining fact and fiction and creating a convincing, atmospheric yarn' - Bookseller + Publisher 'Seamlessly fuses historical fact and engrossing fiction' - Queensland Times

    ISBN: 9781460751572
    Publication date: 01/11/2016
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Challinor, Deborah
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
    Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
    The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell is the definitive edition of one of the most important bodies of work in New Zealand poetry. Based on a spiral-bound manuscript entitled ‘Complete Poems 1947–2007’ found among Campbell’s papers after his death, this is his most substantial collection to date and the first to be published in hardback since 1981.

    Six thematic sections map the work:
    1. Of Wild Places — celebrated early lyrics set among rugged South Island and Kapiti Coast landscapes;
    2. Tongareva to Aotearoa — Campbell’s ground-breaking turn to his Polynesian side;
    3. Love Poems;
    4. War Poems — powerful sequences exploring his father’s Gallipoli experiences and the story of the Maori Battalion;
    5. Poets in Our Youth — autobiographical poems in letter form; and
    6. Looking at Kapiti — poems of everyday life in Pukerua Bay.

    ‘The Polynesian and the European strains in Campbell’s personality and work are inseparable. Although his early poetry makes little mention of Polynesia, in its romantic and musical tone and its intense attachment to landscape it is hard not to detect something of those origins, while his later work, more directly Polynesian, nonetheless has the form and tone provided by an education in English and classical poetry.’

    —Nelson Wattie, The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

    Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (1925–2009) was born in Rarotonga and came to New Zealand at the age of eight. His mother, Teu (née Bosini), came from the remote atoll of Tongareva (Penrhyn) and his father, Jock (John Archibald Campbell), was a successful trader from Otago, who emigrated to the islands in 1919 after service in the Gallipoli campaign. In his 60-year writing career, Campbell was the author of 20 collections of poems, as well as novels, plays and an autobiography. Campbell received many honours, most notably the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry (1982), the Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Committee Senior Artist Award for Literature (1998), an Honorary DLitt from Victoria University of Wellington (1999), and a Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (2005). In 2005 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

    ISBN: 9781776560677
    Publication date: 12/10/2016
    Price: $50.00
    Author: Campbell, Alistair Te Ariki
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $50.00
  • Crooked Rib
    Crooked Rib
    A compelling novel based on the true story of Sir George Grey's disastrous and scandalous marriage. Trapped in an increasingly loveless union, Sir George and his wife, Eliza Lucy, each sought affection elsewhere. Lady Grey's indiscretion caused her to be cast off by her husband and vilified throughout colonial and domestic Victorian high society. Her fall from grace was broadcast by The Times of London, eventually reaching even the ears of the Queen and Prince Albert. Meanwhile the nature of Sir George's liaison with his young Maori prot g was to remain only the subject of speculation. Eliza's life is revealed through the perspective of the fictitious English orphan, Fanny Thompson, who offers an intriguing interpretation of Sir George's behaviour. Though Fanny, too, finds herself drawn by the lure of an exotic culture and is forced to question the nature of love and even her own values.

    ISBN: 9781775538264
    Publication date: 29/07/2015
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Corbalis, Judy
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Decline and Fall on Savage Street
    Decline and Fall on Savage Street
    A fascinating novel about a house with a fanciful little turret, built by a river. Unfolding within its rooms are lives of event and emotional upheaval. A lot happens. And the tumultuous events of the twentieth century also leave their mark, from war to economic collapse, the deaths of presidents and princesses to new waves of music, art, architecture and political ideas. Meanwhile, a few metres away in the river, another creature follows a different, slower rhythm. And beneath them all, the planet moves to its own immense geological time. With insight, wide-ranging knowledge and humour, this novel explores the same territory as its non-fiction twin, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire. Writing in a city devastated by major earthquakes, Fiona Farrell rebuilds a brilliant, compelling and imaginative structure from bits and pieces salvaged from one hundred years of history. A lot has happened. This is how it might have felt.

    ISBN: 9780143770626
    Publication date: 31/07/2017
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Farrell, Fiona
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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