• Animals in that Country
    Animals in that Country
    Longlist Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021

    Out on the road, no one speaks, everything talks.

    Hard-drinking, foul-mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She's never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo called Sue.

    As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu- its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals - first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean's infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin.

    Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species. Bold, exhilarating, and wholly original, The Animals in That Country asks what would happen, for better or worse, if we finally understood what animals were saying.

    'This is a game-changing, life-changing novel, the kind that comes along right when you need it, and compels you to listen to its terrifying poetry. Compulsively readable and yet also pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of language and narrative, this is a brilliant and disturbing book that will make you rethink everything you thought you understood about non-human animal sentience and agency. I don't think any reader can ever forget a voice like Sue the dingo's - wise and obscene in equal measure. A triumph.'
    -Ceridwen Dovey, author of Only The Animals

    'In this warm, wild, and irreverent debut, Laura Jean McKay takes us into the minds of animals to reveal the complexity of their lives. The Animals in That Country avoids the trap of anthropomorphism, showing instead the absurd, intense, and shifting bonds between humans and animals.'
    -Mireille Juchau, author of The World Without Us

    'Deliriously strange, blackly hilarious, and completely exhilarating, The Animals in That Country is a wonderful debut from a genuinely original and exciting new voice.'
    -James Bradley, author of Clade

    ISBN: 9781925849530
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Mckay, Laura Jean
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Billy Apple Life work
    Billy Apple Life work
    Billy Apple (born Barrie Bates in Auckland, 1935) is New Zealand's most internationally significant living artist and a pioneer of pop and conceptual art.

    At the Royal College of Art in London from 1959-62, Apple studied with key contemporaries - notably David Hockney - and staged one of the earliest solo exhibitions in the new 'pop' art after changing his name, in 1962, to 'Billy Apple'. In 1964 he moved to New York. There, he worked as an art director, developed his art, exhibited extensively with leading artists (notably in the 1964 American Supermarket exhibition with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others), and established one of the first alternative art spaces - 'Apple' - which hosted some of the new ephemeral activities that enlivened the New York scene in the 1970s. He returned to live in New Zealand in 1990 where he continues to produce his particular brand of conceptual art. Apple's work is held in permanent collections from the Tate to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    This is the first substantial book on Billy Apple's career. Based on over a decade of research all over the world and unprecedented access to Apple's own archive, Billy Apple (R): Life/Work chronicles an extraordinary sixty-year career and the art scenes that have sustained it in London, New York and Auckland.

    The book includes more than 200 illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of Apple's works as well as other illustrative material.

    ISBN: 9781869409135
    Publication date: 15/10/2020
    Price: $75.00
    Author: Barton, Christina
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
  • Blacktop Wasteland
    Blacktop Wasteland
    "Bug" Montage: honest mechanic, loving family man. He's no longer the criminal he was - the sharpest wheelman east of the Mississippi.

    But when his respectable life crumbles, a shady associate comes calling with a one-time job promising a huge payout. Inexorably drawn to the driver's seat - and haunted by the ghost of his outlaw father - Bug is yanked back into a savage world of bullets and betrayal.

    Like Breaking Bad in a high-speed collision with Drive, this dazzling novel holds up a cracked mirror to the American Dream - and tells the story of one man pushed to his limits by poverty, race and a self-destructive masculinity.

    ISBN: 9781472273758
    Publication date: 18/03/2021
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Cosby, S. A.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Bug Week and Other Stories
    Bug Week and Other Stories
    Winner Ockham 2021 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction

    A science educator in domestic chaos fetishises Scandinavian furniture and champagne flutes. A group of white-collar deadbeats attend a swinger’s party in the era of drunk Muldoon. A pervasive smell seeps through the walls of a German housing block. A seabird performs at an open-mic night.

    Bug Week is a scalpel-clean examination of male entitlement, a dissection of death, an agar plate of mundanity. From 1960s Wellington to post-Communist Germany, Bug Week traverses the weird, the wry and the grotesque in a story collection of human taxonomy.

    Airini Beautrais was born in Auckland in 1982. Her work has appeared in a range of journals and anthologies in Aotearoa and elsewhere. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Flow: Whanganui River Poems (VUP, 2017). Her first collection, Secret Heart (VUP, 2006), won the Jessie Mackay Award for First Book of Poetry at the 2007 NZ Book Awards. In 2016 she won the Landfall Essay Prize. She has also been a judge for a number of awards, including the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards. She lives in Whanganui with her two sons and two cats.

    ISBN: 9781776563050
    Publication date: 10/09/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Beautrais, Airini
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Burning the Books A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Burning the Books A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Opening with the notorious bonfires of 'un-German' and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, BURNING THE BOOKS takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it.

    Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship.

    At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, BURNING THE BOOKS is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters -- and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril.

    ISBN: 9781529378764
    Publication date: 03/09/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Ovenden, Richard
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Burnt Sugar
    Burnt Sugar
    In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all with her young child in tow. Now she is forgetting things, mixing up her maid's wages and leaving the gas on all night, and her grown-up daughter is faced with the task of caring for a woman who never cared for her.

    This is a love story and it is a story about betrayal. But not between lovers - between mother and daughter. Sharp as a blade and laced with caustic wit, Avni Doshi tests the limits of what we can know for certain about those we are closest to, and by extension, about ourselves.

    ISBN: 9780241441510
    Publication date: 30/07/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Doshi, Avni
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Caste The Lies That Divide Us
    Caste The Lies That Divide Us
    A startling and transformative account of how we are all tied up in a caste system, from NYT-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson

    'The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power - which groups have it and which do not'

    Beyond race or class, our lives are defined by a powerful, unspoken system of divisions. In Caste, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson gives an astounding portrait of this hidden phenomenon. Linking America, India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson reveals how our world has been shaped by caste - and how its rigid, arbitrary hierarchies still divide us today.

    With clear-sighted rigour, Wilkerson unearths the eight pillars that connect caste systems across civilizations, and demonstrates how our own era of intensifying conflict and upheaval has arisen as a consequence of caste. Weaving in stories of real people, she shows how its insidious undertow emerges every day; she documents its surprising health costs; and she explores its effects on culture and politics. Finally, Wilkerson points forward to the ways we can - and must - move beyond its artificial divisions, towards our common humanity.

    Beautifully written and deeply original, Caste is an eye-opening examination of what lies beneath the surface of ordinary lives. No one can afford to ignore the moral clarity of its insights, or its urgent call for a freer, fairer world.

    ISBN: 9780241501207
    Publication date: 04/08/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Wilkerson, Isabel
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Children of Ash and Elm A History of the Vikings
    Children of Ash and Elm A History of the Vikings
    The Viking Age - between 750 and 1050 - saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they reshaped the world between eastern North America and the Asian steppe. For a millennium, though, their history has largely been filtered through the writings of their victims. Based on the latest archaeological and textual evidence, Children of Ash and Elm tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms- their politics, their cosmology, their art and culture. From Bj?rn Ironside, who led an expedition to sack Rome, to Gudrid Thorbjarnard?ttir, the most travelled woman in the world, Price shows us the real Vikings, not the caricatures they have become in popular culture and history.

    ISBN: 9780241283981
    Publication date: 05/05/2020
    Price: $70.00
    Author: Price, Neil
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
  • Colin McCahon Is this the Promised Land? Vol.2 1960-1987
    Colin McCahon Is this the Promised Land? Vol.2 1960-1987
    Colin McCahon (1919-1987) was New Zealand's greatest twentieth-century artist. Through landscapes, biblical paintings and abstraction, the introduction of words and Maori motifs, McCahon's work came to define a distinctly New Zealand modernist idiom. Collected and exhibited extensively in Australasia and Europe, McCahon's work has not been assessed as a whole for thirty-five years.

    In this richly illustrated two-volume work, written in an accessible style and published to coincide with the centenary of Colin McCahon's birth, leading McCahon scholar, writer and curator Dr Peter Simpson chronicles the evolution of the artist's work over McCahon's entire forty-five-year career.

    Simpson has enjoyed unprecedented access to McCahon's extensive correspondence with friends, family, dealers, patrons and others. This material enables us to begin to understand McCahon's work as the artist himself conceived it. Each volume includes over three-hundred illustrations in colour, with a generous selection of reproductions of McCahon's work (many never previously published), plus photographs, catalogue covers, facsimiles and other illustrative material.
    These books will be the definitive work on New Zealand's leading artist for many years to come.

    ISBN: 9781869409081
    Publication date: 01/06/2020
    Price: $79.99
    Author: Simpson, Peter
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $79.99
  • Dark is Light Enough Ralph Hotere A Biographial Portrait
    Dark is Light Enough Ralph Hotere A Biographial Portrait
    Winner Ockham 2021 Award for General Non-Fiction

    A significent new biography of Ralph Hotere provides the compelling life story of this major New Zealand artist.

    Vincent O'Sullivan's compelling nuanced portrait of the great New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere brings the man and his art to life.

    Hotere invited the poet, novelist and biographer Vincent O'Sullican to write his life story in 2005.

    Now, this book - the result of years of research and many conversation with Hotere and his fellow artists, collabotators, friends and family - provides a nuanced, compelling portrait of Hotere: the man, and the artist.

    ISBN: 9780143775157
    Publication date: 20/10/2020
    Price: $45.00
    Author: O'Sullivan, Vincent
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Darkness for Light
    Darkness for Light
    When deaf PI Caleb Zelic finds one of his clients murdered, it's a bad day; when he discovers the man was a federal cop, it's the beginning of a nightmare.

    Against his better judgement, Caleb is drawn into the investigation. Soon he finds himself mixed up with his crooked ex-partner Frankie and the fallout from a money laundering scheme gone wrong. Then Frankie's nine-year-old niece is kidnapped.

    Desperate to save the girl's life, they follow every lead. But the trail will end in death, betrayal and an agonising choice...

    ISBN: 9781760686758
    Publication date: 01/12/2020
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Viskic, Emma
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Devil and the Dark Water
    Devil and the Dark Water
    An impossible murder
    A remarkable detective duo
    A demon who may or may not exist

    The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

    Praise for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:
    'Turton has astonishing ambition and narrative skill to match' Daily Telegraph
    'Fiendishly clever' The Times
    'Prepare to have your brain fried and your mind blown' Daily Express

    It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

    But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night.

    And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder.

    Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

    With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board...

    ISBN: 9781408889657
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Turton, Stuart
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $32.99
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