• 2000ft Above Worry Level
    2000ft Above Worry Level
    Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else 2000ft Above Worry Level begins on the sad part of the internet and ends at the top of a cliff face. This episodic novel is piloted by a young, anhedonic, gentle, slightly disassociated man. He has no money. He has a supportive but disintegrating family. He is trying hard to be better. He is painting a never-ending fence. Eamonn Marra's debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Mortifying subjects - loserdom, depression, unemployment, cam sex - are surveyed with dignity and stoicism. Beneath Marra's precise, unemotive language and his character's steadfast grip on the surface of things, something is stirring. 'This is the type of hilarious that can only come from a deep understanding of the horror of living. 2000ft Above Worry Level is innovative in its form and a joy at sentence level. Marra's control of tone and mood breaks your heart with a belly laugh then puts it back together in a way that pulls compassion to the reader like wasps to Budget raspberry fizzy drink. This is a masterful work with a sharp eye, a raging intelligence and an incredible skill for telling a story. You can't read this book and stay the same. Read it!' -Pip Adam

    ISBN: 9781776562978
    Publication date: 13/02/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Marra, Eamonn
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 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
  • All the Way to Summer Stories of Love and Longing
    All the Way to Summer Stories of Love and Longing
    A powerful collection of stories exploring love and longing from the award-winning author of This Mortal Boy.

    Fiona Kidman's early stories about New Zealand women's experiences scandalised readers with their vivid depictions of the heartbreaks and joys of desire, illicit liaisons and unconventional love. Her writing made her a feminist icon in the early 1980s, and she has since continued to tell the realities of women's lives, her books resonating with many readers over the years and across the world.

    To mark her 80th birthday, this volume brings together a variety of her previously published stories as well as several that are new or previously uncollected; all moving, insightful and written with love. The final stories trace her own history of love, a memoir of significant people from childhood and beyond.

    ISBN: 9780143773658
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Kidman, Fiona
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Answering to the Caul
    Answering to the Caul
    ‘There are some things you can never share with another human being. Answering to the caul is one of those.’

    It is said that being born in a caul means that you can never die by drowning. Andrei Reti puts this prophesy to the test, time and time again. But there is a price to be paid for each caul intervention. This is a novel about the dark side of being special. About the war between fact and coincidence. About the things we can never share.

    ISBN: 9780473528188
    Publication date: 07/09/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Dawe, Ted
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Arms Race and Other Stories
    Arms Race and Other Stories
    Data theft, internet memes, advertising, terrorism, indigenous sovereignty, drone warfare, opium addiction, syphilis, the moon landing, mining, oil slicks, climate change, giant octopuses: nothing is spared in this collection. Nic Low's stories go beyond satire, aiming for the dark heart of our collective obsession with technology, power and image. Set variously in London, an Indian village, remote Mongolia, the West Australian outback and mountainous New Zealand, these are prescient visions of the future and outlandish reimaginings of the past. Arms Race is an arresting debut from a fierce, playful new voice in Australian writing.

    ISBN: 9781922147981
    Publication date: 23/07/2014
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Low, Nic
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Art of Walking Upright
    Art of Walking Upright
    Winner of New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Jessie Mackay Award for Poetry 2000.

    ISBN: 9781877228209
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Colquhoun, Glenn
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • As the Earth Turns Silver
    As the Earth Turns Silver
    He came from behind and held her in his arms, told her to look again at earth and sky and water. Could she see how the world turned silver? People died, he told her, because they were afraid. They did not go out at night on dangerous water. They did not see the earth as it turned overnight to silver. From the late nineteenth century to the 1920's, from Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the Battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair ...

    ISBN: 9780143567110
    Publication date: 03/01/2012
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Wong, Alison
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Aue
    Aue
    Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father's. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to a violent home.
    But Arama is braver than he looks, and he has a friend and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sorrow. As long as there's aroha to give and stories to tell and a good supply of plasters. Here is a novel that is both raw and sublime, a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction. Haere mai, Becky Manawatu.

    ISBN: 9780995111073
    Publication date: 20/01/2021
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Manawatu, Becky
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Authors Cut Short Stories
    Authors Cut Short Stories
    Chosen by the author from his thirteen previous collections, this latest selection of stories includes 'Coming Home in the Dark', the inspiration for a new feature film.

    Owen Marshall is regarded as one of our finest living writers. His stories capture the imagination and refuse to let go. From dark to funny, acerbic to warm, they probe our national psyche with clear-eyed insight. This selection from a long career ranges across New Zealand and ventures overseas; the pieces explore both cruelty and love; they look back to childhood and also capture the world we live in today. Full of unexpected turns, lyrical writing, wry observations and intriguing plots, this sampling offers a provocative take on New Zealand.

    `I very much envy his ability to lay things down in such a way that each one has its natural weight and place, without any straining and heaving.' - Maurice Gee, Sport

    'Owen Marshall has established himself as one of the masters of the short story' - Livres Hebdo, Paris

    ISBN: 9780143774839
    Publication date: 16/06/2021
    Price: $36.00
    Author: Marshall, Owen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.00
  • Back of His Head
    Back of His Head
    Raymond Thomas Lawrence was one of the great literary colossi to bestride the twentieth century. He turned his upbringing in conservative Canterbury and participation in the Algerian War of Independence into a series of novels that dazzled the world, and eventually won him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Seven years after Lawrence’s death, however, the four trustees of the literary trust set up to memorialise New Zealand’s greatest writer are facing rising costs and dwindling visitor numbers at the Residence. While fending off a self-appointed biographer, they find themselves confronting the secrets of their own intimate relationships with The Master.

    ISBN: 9781776560462
    Publication date: 08/10/2015
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Evans, Patrick
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Back To You
    Back To You
    What happens when a couple are torn apart just at the moment when they fall in love?

    When Finn and Zoe meet, they fall in love hard and fast. But Finn is about to go travelling, fulfilling a promise to his late sister to raise money in support of her illness. It's terrible timing, but Zoe knows their feelings are strong enough to stand the test of time.

    While Finn is away, however, Zoe suffers a life-changing injury. And it leaves her wondering whether Finn could possibly still love her when he comes home . . .

    So she cuts all ties and disappears from Finn's life, without telling him why. And now Finn has to decide how hard he's willing to fight for the girl whose heart he's carried with him, while Zoe has to decide if she's got the strength to find her way back to the girl she once was.

    ISBN: 9781869714307
    Publication date: 27/04/2021
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Robinson, Tammy
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $29.99
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