• Absolute Book
    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

    ISBN: 9781776562305
    Publication date: 12/09/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Knox, Elizabeth
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Actresses
    Actresses
    They all met again at the Drama School Reunion: the Hollywood celebrity, the out-of-work soap star, the understudy, the Shakespearian hero. Thirty-six years ago, they dreamed of the great parts awaiting them. What they did not know was that the parts would soon dry up, for the actresses. Because they had stopped being young. But: once an actress, always an actress and on this hot, summer's day it becomes clear that age does not wipe out ambition. Or desire. Or memory. Or love. So when the Reunion culminates in an accusation of rape that dominates every newspaper in the country, the past – sweet, cruel, tragic – comes flooding back, and the actresses become the stars of the story. Perceptive, shocking, gripping and wise, this could only have been written by somebody who has been there.

    ISBN: 9781788544641
    Publication date: 01/03/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Ewing, Barbara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • American Blood
    American Blood
    After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray...Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him...

    ISBN: 9781760294977
    Publication date: 27/10/2016
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Sanders, Ben
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • As Big as a Father
    As Big as a Father
    An outstanding new talent from the South Island, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman has published extensively in the Listener and in a variety of NZ and UK periodicals. This is the third volume of his poetry to be published in New Zealand, taking its title from the Whitireia Poetry Competition winning poem that also appears in Essential New Zealand Poems.

    ISBN: 9781877228841
    Publication date: 01/12/2002
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Attraction
    Attraction
    The present reckons with the past in Attraction. 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.

    ISBN: 9781925773552
    Publication date: 07/05/2019
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Porter, Ruby
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Bad Seed
    Bad Seed
    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.

    ISBN: 9780143773764
    Publication date: 19/03/2019
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Grimshaw, Charlotte
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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
  • Barry Crump Collected Stories
    Barry Crump Collected Stories
    Barry Crump was one of New Zealand's most popular authors ever, selling over 1 million copies of his 24 books between the publishing of A Good Keen Man in 1960 through to his death in 1996. Though the reputation he gained in the wake of his turbulent personal life sometimes overshadows his literary career, he remains a superb storyteller, who perfectly captured the lifestyle and laconic humour of the rugged Kiwi outdoors man. His ability to craft a tale that is both moving and funny is superbly illustrated by the huge international success of the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which is based on his book Wild Pork and Watercress. Almost all of Barry Crump's books are now out of print. This new volume of Collected Stories remedies that, by presenting five of his great classics in a handsome, hardback edition. The stories are: A Good Keen Man | Bullock Creek | Gold and Greenstone | Wild Pork and Watercress | Puha Road Barry Crump: Collected Stories belongs on the bookshelf of every New Zealand home, an important, highly enjoyable and often hilarious part of our literary heritage.

    ISBN: 9780947503659
    Publication date: 18/09/2017
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Crump, Barry
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Because a Woman's Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean
    Because a Woman's Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean
    Through fun and gore, love and monsters, Sugar Magnolia Wilson's riveting first collection takes readers inside a
    world where past and present, fiction and fact, author and subject collide. Playful and yet not so sunny, these poems
    invite you in with extravagant and surprising imagery, only to reveal the uneasy, Frankenstein world within.

    `Sugar Magnolia Wilson's work punches holes into a parallel universe which explains ourselves back to us.
    Because a Woman's Heart is Like a Needle at the Bottom of the Ocean uncovers deep secrets within the reader
    through Wilson's intelligence, craft and close observation of being. It's an exceptional and uplifting collection
    which is a joy to read.' - Pip Adam

    `These poems are clever, intriguing, resistant, arresting, strange, funny and pleasingly unusual.
    Humorously self-conscious and with a wonderful facility with imagery, the overwhelming evidence in this
    collection is that Wilson is a significant new writer with a distinctive voice of her own.' - Mark Williams

    ISBN: 9781869408909
    Publication date: 14/03/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Wilson, Sugar Magnolia
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Becon Project
    Becon Project
    Nanotech entrepreneur Ryan Trishler and retired Soviet general Alexander Volkov come from very different worlds, yet both have survived the toughest of upbringings. And now each man understands something of the nature of military conflict: one using technology to avoid senseless deaths on the battlefield, the other profiting from wartime brutality wherever it happens. A searing indictment of the international arms trade and the political corruption that feeds it, The Beacon Project is both high-octane thriller and moving family drama, a story that shows the stark choices powerful men make, and the razor-thin line between good and evil.

    ISBN: 9780473464684
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Fraser, Toby
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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