Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else2000ft 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 p.. More
Sport was conceived in the back of Damien Wilkins’ yellow Ford Escort – he tells the story in the introduction to Great Sporting Moments – and born in spring 1988. A Game of Two Halves: The Best of Sport 2005–2019 chronicles the second half of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most exciting literary magazine’s life.‘It wasn’t going to have a manifesto,’ found.. More
Elizabeth Taylor is a surgeon at a city hospital, a gifted, driven and rare woman excelling in a male-dominated culture.One day, while operating on a young woman in a critical condition, something goes gravely wrong.A Mistake is a compelling story of human fallibility, and the dangerous hunger for black and white answers in a world of exponential c.. More
‘Greta’s ears started to pop. She swallowed hard and looked out of her cabin window. The plane had just broken through a clump of clouds and below was an undulating patchwork of reds and greens. It was what she’d been expecting. The ruralness. Yet also different from the image she’d held in her head. The vastness. The intense terracotta colour. The.. More
The first new edition since 1987 of the prize-winning debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Vintner’s Luck, Wake, and other New Zealand classics.
First published on Armistice Day 1987, After Z-Hour was acclaimed by reviewers including Margaret Mahy and Keri Hulme, and won the PEN Award for Best First Book of Prose.
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Rosie is a gifted, teenage, classical musician. After a sheltered childhood, she leaves home to take a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. Once in the big city she is swept into the life of one of the world’s most notorious and flamboyant rock stars, Harry Quinn. Through their relationship she finds herself in a place where m.. More
If we don’t have the past in mind, it is merely history. If we do, it is still part of the present. Esther’s grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in 1947. Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practise pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little gi.. More
Colin Foster walks out of his secure but boring job as an insurance broker following the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. His beautiful wife Mag, is devastated and hastens him into making a decision that turns out to be an unwise choice of temporary work. He deceives her into believing it is legitimate employment, but far from it; Colin i.. More
William Brandt was born in London in 1961 to New Zealand parents. He grew up in New Zealand, and has lived in Australia, Russia and the UK. He studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and has appeared in many films and productions including a guest appearance on New Zealand television's hospital soap-opera Shortland Stree.. More
A collaborative novel in English and in Spanish, written in New Zealand and Argentina. 2009: in Argentina, a woman prepares to travel to Italy for a funeral. In New Zealand, two friends discuss art, loss, and how to accept life as it plays out. 1969: a girl from New Zealand and another from Argentina are stranded in the airport in Rome. A friend.. More
This short novel weaves together the story of a contract writer and the manuscript of young adult novel he has been hired to finish. Along the way, the writer confronts his own story and finds himself in a surprising new relationship. There are also fragments of other lives – a distant aunt, characters encountered in hospitals, buses, cafes, bars a.. More
‘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 interve.. More