• Chosen Boys
    Chosen Boys
    "He wonders how big God's hand is. If he has an eye that can see the whole world in a glance, his hand must be big enough to reach out of the sky and pluck him up with his giant fingers." It is 1974 and seven-year-old Jack leads a carefree life, playing in his Auckland street. But when a new priest selects him to train as an altar boy, Jack's world is imperilled and he shrinks away from his community, his friends and his mother. Chosen Boys explores what happens to a community when they are betrayed by those meant to care for their spiritual wellbeing. Set in a working-class Catholic community against the backdrop of the dawn raids, Molloy's moving debut novel asks the question: who will act when a predator declares himself 'another Christ on Earth'? This is the first novel to explore child sex abuse in the New Zealand Catholic Church. It is an affecting, moving drama about the hubris of an institution that claims moral authority yet ignores child abuse and the effects this abuse has on children and their communities. "I wrote this book because of the profound hurt I feel at the Catholic Church's betrayal of its people, in particular its most vulnerable-its children," says Petra, whose family has been Catholic for generations. Child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is now being investigated by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (New Zealand, 2018), making these issues more relevant than ever. Renee described the novel as "rich, haunting, [and] beautifully written".

    ISBN: 9780994137272
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Molloy, Petra
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Cilka's Journey
    Cilka's Journey
    Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her.

    Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other w omen prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival.

    After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child?

    In a Siberian prison camp, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.

    Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

    'She was the bravest person I ever met' - Lale Sokolov, The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    ISBN: 9781760686048
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Morris, Heather
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Collected Poems 1951-2006
    Collected Poems 1951-2006
    This Collected Poems includes the work of fourteen volumes of poetry, from Stead's first collection, Whether the Will is Free, to The Black River of 2007. In addition, it reprints 22 early previously uncollected poems that date from 1951 to 1961. Annotated by the author, the Collected Poems illustrates more than fifty years of the range and ambition of Stead's verse, in which the world always looks 'hard / at the word and the / word at the world'.

    ISBN: 9781869404185
    Publication date: 01/11/2008
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Stead, C. K.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield
    Collected Poems of Katherine Mansfield
    This is the first complete edition of Katherine Mansfield's poetry, including 26 poems, dating from 1909-10, discovered by Gerri Kimber in the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015. This edition is made up of 217 poems, ordered chronologically, so that the reader can follow Mansfield's development as a poet and her experiments with different forms, as well as tracing the themes - love and death, the natural world and the seasons, childhood and friendship, music and song - that preoccupied her throughout her writing life. The comprehensive annotations provide illuminating biographical information as well as explaining the rich contexts of the European poetic tradition, including fin de siecle decadence within which Mansfield's artistry is steeped. The inclusion of a collection of newly discovered poems, highlights Mansfield's desire to be taken seriously as a poet from her earliest beginnings as a writer. The poems as a whole point to a poet who varied her craft as she perfected it, often witty and ironic yet always enchanted by the sound of words.

    ISBN: 9781877578816
    Publication date: 14/12/2016
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Kimber, Gerri
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • Coming to It
    Coming to It
    Sam Hunt is New Zealand's best-known and, arguably, best-loved poet. Coming to it: Selected poems is the latest collection of Hunt's poems to be published. It is intended to replace both Doubtless: New and selected and Knucklebones: Poems 1962-2012 (both out of print) to ensure that a substantial selection of his poems remain available to the general reader. In Coming to it, a broad selection of Hunt's older poems sit ahead of his more recent work from Chords (2011), Salt River Songs (2016) as well as 19 brand new, previously unpublished poems written in 2018. As always, Hunt's unflinchingly honest, elegiac and moving poems roam around familiar themes of family, friends and lovers; landscapes and the play of the weather; and the challenges of ageing and mortality. Sam Hunt has had a remarkable and enduring career, and Coming to it is a fitting tribute to the quality of his poems.

    ISBN: 9780947503802
    Publication date: 01/08/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Hunt, Sam
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Containment
    Containment
    Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.

    Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers first-hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead.

    What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea - a diver who didn't die of drowning.

    As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors, and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims...

    ISBN: 9781913193195
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Symon, Vanda
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Conventional Weapons
    Conventional Weapons
    Conventional Weapons is Tracey Slaughter's first full poetry collection. In these dark, lyrical poems, Slaughter closely observe the textures of the world and the beauty and depravity of human nature.

    ISBN: 9781776562206
    Publication date: 09/05/2019
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Slaughter, Tracey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Craven
    Craven
    ‘She seems to me a poet of scale and embodiment. Her moments are informed by awe and intelligence – quick and seamless. They don’t have to try so hard. I felt novels and films in these poems. I thought: this is a poet of capacity.’
    — Eileen Myles

    Craven is an exceptional debut: Jane Arthur delights, unnerves and challenges in poems that circle both the everyday and the ineffable – piano practice, past lives, being forced onto dancefloors. This is a smart and disarming collection that traces the ever-changing forms of light and dark in our lives, and how our eyes adjust, despite ourselves, as we go along.

    Cover design by Keely O'Shannessey.

    Jane Arthur was the recipient of the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize in 2018, judged by Eileen Myles. She has worked in the book industry for over fifteen years as a bookseller and editor. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the IIML at Victoria University of Wellington. Born in New Plymouth, she lives in Wellington with her family and dogs.

    ISBN: 9781776562879
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Arthur, Jane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Dance Prone
    Dance Prone
    During their 1985 tour, two events of hatred and stupidity forever change the lives of a band's four members. Neues Bauen, a post-hardcore Illinois group homing in on their own small fame, head on with frontman Conrad Wells sexually assaulted and guitarist Tone Seburg wounded by gunshot. The band staggers forth into the American landscape, investigating each of their relationships with history, memory, authenticity, and violence. With decades passed and compelled by his wife's failing health to track down Tone, Conrad flies to North Africa where her brother is rumoured to be hiding with a renowned artist from their past. There he instead meets various characters including his former drummer, Spence. Amongst the sprawl and shout of Morocco, the men attempt to recall what happened to them during their lost years of mental disintegration and emotional poverty. Dance Prone is a novel of music, ritual and love. Set simultaneously during the post-punk period and the narrative present of 2019, Dance Prone was born out of a love of the underground and indie rock scenes of the 1980s, a fascination for their role in the cultural apparatus of memory, social decay and its reconstruction.

    ISBN: 9781776563098
    Publication date: 09/07/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Coventry, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Dangerous Country of Love and Marriage
    Dangerous Country of Love and Marriage
    In this powerful collection, Amy Leigh Wicks takes the reader on a literal journey from New York City to Wellington and Kaikoura, and on an emotional journey from youth into `the dangerous country of love and marriage'. Wicks produces sharp, sensory poems that circle around love and commitment, migration and isolation. With a powerful narrative and emotional arc, this collection introduces us to an important new voice in New Zealand poetry.

    ISBN: 9781869408978
    Publication date: 13/06/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Wicks, Amy Leigh
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • 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 and the Dust Selected Short Stories
    Daylight and the Dust Selected Short Stories
    I'm a short story addict, both reading and writing them, and I always keep hoping for the perfect story.' (Janet Frame to Tim Curnow, January 1984)THE DAYLIGHT AND THE DUST is the most comprehensive selection of Janet Frame's stories ever published, taken from the four different collections released during her lifetime and featuring many of her best stories. Written over four decades, they come from her classic prize-winning collection THE LAGOON AND OTHER STORIES, first published in 1952, right up to the volume YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE HUMAN HEART, published in the 1980s. This new selection also includes five works that have not been collected before. Janet Frame's versatility dazzles. Her themes range from childhood to old age to death and beyond. Within the pages of one book the reader is transported from small town New Zealand to inner-city London, and from realism to fantasy. This volume offers the most comprehensive collection of Janet Frame's unique and powerful writing.

    ISBN: 9781844084623
    Publication date: 01/01/2010
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Frame, Janet
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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