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Astonished Dice

Geoff Cochrane is the author of numerous highly regarded collections of poems and two novels. In 2009 he was awarded the Janet Frame Prize for Poetry, and in 2010 the inaugural Nigel Cox Unity Books Award. Astonished Dice collects his two slim volumes of short stories, originally published in limited editions, the early novella ‘Quest Clin..  More

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Bird North

  ‘Bird North is a striking first collection of stories from a writer who has zeroed in on his subject and delivered an intense, necessary book.’—Damien Wilkins Breton Dukes stands in the great tradition of New Zealand writers—Frank Sargeson, Maurice Duggan, Owen Marshall—who have looked at men’s ..  More

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Deleted Scenes for Lovers

The knowledge of everyone they’re about to hurt is not an element easy to breathe in. They’re the lovers. You can blame them now, if you want to. That’s your choice: this is the director’s cut."Seventeen powerful stories of contemporary New Zealand life from a writer whose penetrating gaze reveals the full experience of her characters' lives—tragic..  More

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Empty Bones

Empty Bones is weightlifting, infidelity, drunk driving, facelifts and childbirth – it’s a family and their weekend reunion. It is Lisbon to Madrid on the night train and Auckland to Wellington on a motorbike. It is the end, the beginning and the gristly in between. Empty Bones is a novella accompanied by five equally raw, intens..  More

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Everything we Hoped for

Everything We Hoped For is an unusually strong first book, distinguished by an exquisitely crafted surface and barely contained emotional force. A young mother in shocked contemplation of her new baby and young women in rehab and jail feature in mostly short and oblique stories which echo and connect with cumulative power. A broad range of other..  More

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For Everyone Concerned and other stories

This exhilarating mixture of fables, satires, notes to self and short shorts will further enhance Wilkins’s reputation as one of the most daring and innovative of New Zealand’s leading writers. Praise for For Everyone Concerned Book of the Week This is a masterful collection. No matter how short, light or ephemeral each st..  More

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I Got His Blood On Me

A bloodied figure travels through time, a stepfather kicks a ball and curses a snack machine, a cranky ghost brakes a Kāpiti train. From a reimagined history to a future where holograms walk the streets, these stories traverse time and genre to explore the frontiers that face the adventurous—now and in the past.  ‘Lawrence P..  More

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In A German Pension

Originally published 1911, by Stephen Swift & Co. Ltd. ..  More

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Motel View

Motel View begins in a car and ends in the kitchen. These twenty-three stories range from Northland to Bluff, from South Africa to Heaven, mapping a territory both strange and familiar. In Motel View the towns are like advertisements and the supermarkets like cities. Everyone lives here — everyone's a winner. Forbes Willia..  More

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Owen Marshall Selected Stories

Peter Simpson in reviewing Owen Marshall's stories in the NEW ZEALAND LISTENER wrote: 'Marshall is held in uncommon affection by New Zealand readers - generally we admire and respect rather than love our writers.' This love is perhaps evoked not just by the superb quality of Marshall's writing but because his stories so precisely..  More

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Relief

*** WINNER OF THE 2010 NZ SOCIETY OF AUTHORS AWARD FOR FIRST BOOK *** A little girl out of her depth in her friendship with an adult neighbour; an armed intruder thwarted by a bee; a woman determined to believe in her brother’s goodness under the shadow of accusation; a Christmas dinner guest who will eat only peas–these stori..  More

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Rising to the Surface

* A businessman meets a tattoo artist on a plane and finds his world beginning to unravel. *A rock star lookalike postie steals a postcard and has a change of luck. * An eccentric boy with an interest in Winston Churchill’s parrot receives a diagnosis – but will his mother accept it? * A lonely woman befriends the boy nex..  More

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Short Head and Yard

EIGHTEEN STORIES – five minutes each to read. Set in a sheepdog trial framework, with three stories gathered into a themed pen to represent three sheep used in each trial run.Urban readers in particular will note the rural tags for trials faced by farmers and those living and working in rural New Zealand. Rural readers will relate to the reality an..  More

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Slightly Peculiar Love Stories

Whimsical, intense, pensive or amorous — we bring you a love story for every mood, each a little unorthodox, mysterious, or slightly peculiar. Slightly Peculiar Love Stories paint a grand mandala of experience and circumstance: love appears and disappears; it aches and it dares; amuses and amazes; hurts, heals and begins again. ..  More

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Something Childish and Other Stories

Originally published 1924, by Constable & Co. Ltd. ..  More

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Sport 39: New Zealand New Writing 2011

The latest issue of New Zealand’s leading magazine of new writing, featuring the winners of the Long and the Short of It competition for The Best Story Over 10,000 Words – Lawrence Patchett ‘The Road to Tokomairiro’ – and The Best Story Under 1000 Words – Kirsten McDougall ‘Clean Hands Save Lives’...  More

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Sport 40: New Zealand New Writing 2012

Sport is the place to discover the best new New Zealand writers. Each annual issue is a superb snapshot of the cutting edge of New Zealand’s literary scene, and Sport 40 is no exception, offering 300 pages of fiction, poetry and essays. In honour of New Zealand’s turn as country of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012, this iss..  More

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Sport 41: New Zealand New Writing 2013

Fifty-seven writers, from Pip Adam to Ashleigh Young, two-thirds fiction by page count and three-quarters poetry by writer, and the focus firmly on emerging talent, Sport 41 is a superb overview of current New Zealand writing. ..  More

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Sport 43: New Zealand New Writing 2015

Packed with new essays, poetry and fiction from leading and new New Zealand writers, Sport 43 is a superb overview of current New Zealand writing. Edited by Fergus Barrowman with Kirsten McDougall and Ashleigh Young and published by Fergus Barrowman. Essays Jane Blaikie Ingrid Horrocks Kirsten McDougall Maria Mc..  More

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The Aloe

Originally published 1974, by Howard Fertig ..  More

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The Doves' Nest and Other Stories

Originally published 1923, by Constable & Company ..  More

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The Families

Fourteen magnificent new stories from a New Zealand master. O’Sullivan’s stories exhibit a shrewd understanding that pierces to the heart of what it means to be human. O’Sullivan can mock, satirise and laugh, but he also finds dignity in unexpected places. He is interested in the art of living, and in the borderland where t..  More

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The Garden Party and Other Stories

Originally published 1922, by Constable and Co. Ltd. ..  More

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The Red Queen

‘It’s the first time in forty years. There are snow scenes from all around New Zealand—snow-covered houses, playgrounds, a group of children sliding down a hill on signs, the bucket fountain on Cuba Street lightly dusted.’ In her first collection of stories, Gemma Bowker-Wright leads us into the phases of transition and t..  More

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