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2000ft Above Worry Level

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

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A Mistake

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

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Addressed to Greta

‘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

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After Z Hour

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. Stranded by..  More

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All For Love

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

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All the Nice Girls

Devonport naval base, 1962. her husband away at sea, Sophie Flynn's life is becoming rather complicated. She has two children to nurture, the captain's wife to minister to, her wayward sister to keep an eye on, and an elderly neighbour to nurse. And then she falls in love with the commodore... "A romance with a dash of feminism, a d..  More

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All This By Chance

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

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Almost Persuaded

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

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Alpha Male

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

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Amigas

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

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And the Juice of a Lemon

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

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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 interve..  More

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Apocrypha Scripta

A fictional autobiography, conceived as an 'apocrypha' of additional aspects to intellectual life, about identity & belonging. How did the ‘Sixties’ generation of peace & love & anti-materialism morph into the ‘I, me, mine’ of technology & greed as the world cries from Cloud 9, 2020 Vision & Reality of Covid-19 & the 'Existe..  More

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As Long as Rain

Why not just kill us all? I had asked. He tried to look unmalignant: A, Libby, we have, and B, too much smell, too much of an emission all at once./ / / | | | / / /The Loopies—two alien species bound to each other in a marriage of convenience—have subdued the human race. Its people sterilised, and pacified with a linguistic disease, the world is a ..  More

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Baby

Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy ‘Baby’, an old boat docked in the Bay of Isl..  More

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Beneath Pale Water

A literary fiction novel, set in the South Island with a wonderful atmosphere of pristine lakes and clear air. “Beneath Pale Water contains three memorable characters set into ever-tighter orbits in an intricately patterned plot.” Craig Cliff, Landfall. The novel won an international gold medal IPPY award for Australasia...  More

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Billie's Kiss

With an Edwardian twist on The Tempest, and all the surprising, earthy and magical qualities of her bestseller The Vintner’s Luck, Knox’s equally irresistible new novel is set on the remote, divided Scottish island of Kissack and Skilling, one half of which looks historically and geographically towards Catholic Ireland, the other tow..  More

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Bluffworld

‘Zum Bullshitter geht der Preis’ – so said the great German author-philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774). Or did he? Can we trust what we never quite knew about because we never quite got around to reading it in the first place? Is it safe to rely on what we overhear in the university common-room or even ou..  More

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Bonjour Lucy Bee New

Bonjour Lucy Bee

Lucy and her mother are in France for the summer to visit family. As they arrive they pass refugees, who are not welcome in this little village. Then valuables are stolen and the young refugees are accused. Lucy sides with the refugees - this could be dangerous...  More

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Breakwater

First published in 2001, Breakwater is the critically acclaimed debut novel by the author of The New Ships (VUP, May 2018).A young woman and the baby she didn’t plan, an older woman and the daughter she might lose, are brought together by the accidents of life in this moving first novel.In her first year of university Ella finds herself unexpectedl..  More

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Butades

A series of murders breaks the dusty silence of a small rural town. Butades, the town’s resident artist, is given the job of drawing lines around the bodies. Without motive or suspect, and with the death count mounting, the Police Chief becomes unhinged, and events lead to a Kafkaesque impasse where no one remains free of suspicion.“A crime story t..  More

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Cassie Clark: Outlaw

Cassie has survived a hit and run but now she hears her father has disappeared - supposedly run off with a news reporter. As a senior congressman and Speaker of the House, her father is an important player in the tense world of American politics. Cassie knows he would not walk away from his career or his family and she is determined to find out wha..  More

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Change of Heart

Oliver Gurth Perkins is 75, and the darkest cloud on his horizon is that the local bookshop no longer stocks collected volumes of the Times cryptic crosswords. He has an easy companionship with his wife; his dental practice is undemanding; his son is a decent enough sort; and his granddaughter who comes for the school holidays is a delight. But whe..  More

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Collected Stories

Barbara Anderson’s first book, I think we should go into the jungle (1989), was one the outstanding events of New Zealand literary history. A first book by a writer over sixty, and a first book of short stories, it was nevertheless an immediate bestseller, reprinting twice and going on to successful publication in the UK and Commonwealth. Since the..  More

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