• Dark Sparring
    Dark Sparring
    In Dark Sparring, poet Selina Tusitala Marsh combats family loss with all the techniques of poetry and Thai kickboxing at her disposal. The book brims with fluid, humming list poems, literary shoutouts and personal elegies, as Marsh takes us through her mother's diagnosis with cancer and the long journey out the other side of her illness. Along the way, Marsh shows us other parts of her world: scenes from Matiatia to Orapiu to Apia; classroom politics; the importance of leadership; and the reasons New Zealand is also a 'lucky' country. Dark Sparring has an appealing voice, a strong right hook and an affecting, rhythmic heart - it amply reaffirms the poetic talents of Selina Marsh, 'the shadow-boxing woman / Sparring myself as I go / Shadowing myself as I go'.

    ISBN: 9781869407865
    Publication date: 01/09/2013
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Marsh, Selina Tusitala
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Daylight Second
    Daylight Second
    The incredible story, for the first time told in novel form, of Phar Lap, the racehorse that became a champion, and then a legend. And he's done it folks ...Phar Lap first, daylight second. In a new novel about the Australian race horse Phar Lap, award -winning writer, Kelly Ana Morey recreates the short life of the gigantic chestnut gelding who became the darling of the Australian race tracks during the Depression years. From Timaru in New Zealand where he was born, to Australia where he rewrote track and race records and finally Mexico where he would run his last race, Daylight Second chronicles the death threats and attempts on Phar Lap's life that were made before the running of two of the three Melbourne Cups he contested, his many triumphs including winning the Melbourne Cup in 1930 and the Agua Caliente Handicap in 1932, and finally his death in America in mysterious circumstances. Part richly imagined biography, part portrait of two marriages, Daylight Second is also the story of the people who knew the champion race horse as Bobbie; his trainer Harry Telford and beloved strapper Tommy Woodcock, and the two very different women who would become their wives.
    This extraordinary novel by one of New Zealand's most audacious writers, brings to life the excitement of the track, the highs and lows of the racing game, and the challenges faced by urban working-class Australians between the wars.

    ISBN: 9781775540526
    Publication date: 01/10/2016
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Morey, Kelly Ana
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
  • Days are Like Grass
    Days are Like Grass
    A beautiful New Zealand summer. An ugly past that won't stay buried. Paediatric surgeon Claire Bowerman has reluctantly returned to Auckland from London. Calm, rational and in control, she loves delicately repairing her small patients' wounds. Tragically, wounds sometimes made by the children's own families. Yossi wants to marry Claire. He thinks they've come to the safest place on earth, worlds away from the violence he knew growing up. He revels in the glorious summer, the idyllic islands of the gulf. But Roimata, Claire's fifteen-year-old daughter, is full of questions. Why is Claire so secretive about her past? Why won't she talk to the man who could solve the mystery that dominated her childhood? All Claire wants to do is run. This is a novel about a woman caught between the past and the present. And about her need to keep everybody safe. Especially herself.

    ISBN: 9780994104762
    Publication date: 09/08/2016
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Younger, Sue
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • Denniston Rose
    Denniston Rose
    A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community. The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. At the time of this novel - the 1880s - the only way to reach the makeshift collection of huts, tents and saloons is to climb aboard an empty coal-wagon to be hauled 2000 feet up the terrifyingly steep Incline - the cable-haulage system that brings the coal down to the railway line. All sorts arrive here to work the mines and bring out the coal: ex-goldminers down on their luck; others running from the law, or from a woman, or worse. They work alongside recruited English miners, solid and skilled, who scorn these disorganised misfits and want them off the Hill. Into this chaotic community come five-year-old Rose and her mother, riding up the Incline, at night, during a storm. No one knows what has driven them there, but most agree the mother must be desperate to choose Denniston; worse, to choose that drunkard Jimmy Cork as bedfellow. The mother has her reasons and her plans, which she tells no one.
    The indomitable Rose is left to fend for herself, struggling to secure a place in this tough and often aggressive community. The Denniston Rose is about isolation and survival. It is the story of a spirited child, who, in appalling conditions, remains a survivor.

    ISBN: 9781869798420
    Publication date: 18/05/2012
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Pattrick, Jenny
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Died in the Wool
    Died in the Wool
    Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island -- and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942 Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech -- and disappears. Three weeks later she turns up at an auction -- packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead...

    ISBN: 9780006512394
    Publication date: 06/12/1999
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Marsh, Ngaio
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Drop in the Ocean
    Drop in the Ocean
    On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love. Evocative and thought-provoking, A Drop in the Ocean is a story about second chances and hard lessons learned in the gentlest of ways."

    ISBN: 9781631520266
    Publication date: 01/05/2016
    Price: $34.00
    Author: Ogden, Jenni
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Dylan Junkie 2017
    Dylan Junkie 2017
    From the moment in mid-1965 when the urgent, cheeky, street smart rap of 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' burst out of the family radio, Bob Dylan's voice has been embedded in the soundtrack of Jeffrey Paparoa Holman's life. Through thick and thin, elation and desolation, he has followed the American Shakespeare/Jewish minstrel as far as Dylan's old Iron Range home, a thousand-mile pilgrimage from Iowa City to Hibbing, Minnesota. The poems of Dylan Junkie grasp at the Robert Zimmerman that changed us, enraged us, blessed and mystified us right until the moment when he was awarded, and grudgingly accepted, the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016. A collection that growls with a familiar voice while singing with its own.

    ISBN: 9780994137807
    Publication date: 05/05/2017
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Holman, Jeffrey Paparoa
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Elemental Central Otago Poems
    Elemental Central Otago Poems
    A very special book for everyone who loves those two rugged New Zealand icons: Poet Brian Turner and the Central Otago he so loves and defends. For much of his distinguished career Turner has been a lucid and lyrical interpreter of this special part of New Zealand. About half of this collection of over 100 poems have been previously published u the other half are new. The book has an introduction written by the author, and the poems are grouped into four sections u Earth, Fire, Water and Wind; hence the title Elemental. Turner's evocative, affecting poems are accompanied by photographs by the well-known Central Otago photographer Gilbert van Reenen. Elemental 'does for poetry what 3D glasses do for the movies..' - Emma Neale

    ISBN: 9781869797416
    Publication date: 03/08/2012
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Turner, Brian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Empty Coffin
    Empty Coffin
    "I know this sounds crazy but there was blue light coming out of his hands and I could feel all my pain flowing out of me." When Dean Bradley is brutally murdered for his new shoes, undertaker Ken Tamati does a lovely job on the corpse - but next morning, the body has vanished from the funeral parlour. That day, a mysterious figure - witness give wildly conflicting descriptions - begins rescuing victims of assault all over Auckland and healing their horrific injuries with a dazzling light. They call him the Rainbow Man. Who is he? The police and media think the stories of apparent miracles can't possibly be true. The public thinks this may be the Second Coming. Meanwhile a brutal serial killer is about to strike again, young Tom Heke is on the run from both the police and a fearsome Maori gang, and Constable Mary Clark puzzles her colleagues by knowing more about the Rainbow Man than she should. Gary Moore's debut novel is a fast-paced thriller with cracking dialogue, sly humour and, underlying it all, a serious ecological message.

    ISBN: 9780473388959
    Publication date: 12/06/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Moore, Gary
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Expecting Miracles
    Expecting Miracles
    ISBN: 9781927242902
    Publication date: 11/09/2015
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Bland, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Eye of the Songbird
    Eye of the Songbird
    She's the target, the scientist he's been told to bring down and here she is swinging helpless in a crevasse in Antarctica. What should Kirk Barnby, secret service agent, do? Cut the rope?
    In this taut and exciting clash between environmental activism and nation-state power, which veers across Antarctica, New Zealand, Hong Kong, London and Istanbul, two very determined people have to make a series of time-critical choices - political and personal.

    ISBN: 9780473406448
    Publication date: 14/03/2018
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Munro, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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