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The Children's Pond

Jessica Pollard has moved to Turangi to be near her son Reuben who is in prison there. While working at a trout-fishing lodge on the Tongariro River, Jessica slips into a relationship with a handsome, charming Maori lawyer. When the body of his troubled niece Chantelle is found in the Children's Pond, Jessica's own past as a teenager in prison c..  More

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The Convict Stain

Late January 1985 Dame Kiri is launching Vukovich Sauvignon Blanc on the Sydney Opera House steps with major shareholders the Delaney family present. The American nuclear warship the Buchanan is in harbour for ANZUS exercises and protesters are out in force, among them Ali Delaney and her American boyfriend.Detective Sergeant Maria Pikowai, née Del..  More

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The Death Ray Debacle

In June 1935 Takapuna inventor Victor Penny was attacked by foreign agents seeking what the newspapers dubbed a ‘death ray’. The government secretly shifted him to Somes Island in Wellington harbour to develop the weapon. The novel of this true story is told by Temporary Acting Detective Dan Delaney, seconded to Special Branch, forerunner of the Se..  More

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The Denniston Rose

The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. At the time of this novel - the1880s - the only way to reach the makeshift collection of huts, tents and saloons is to climb aboard an empty coal-wagon to be hauled 2000 feet up the t..  More

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The Disinvent Movement

‘Every week we would disinvent something. This week it would be plastic. Next week it would be the aeroplane. I stood outside the supermarket and handed out flyers, which people kindly refused as they left carrying large packs of bottled water.’The short history of the Disinvent Movement is told by its creator as she looks back on her life in New Z..  More

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The Glass Harmonica

Young Chjara Vallé, full of irrepressible music and sensuality, is exiled from Corsica — sold as a servant to an opium addict in Paris. Music paves the way for her to flee with Henry, her love, to New England. There the new freedoms and Puritan vigour vie for ascendancy. What will the Americans make of this throat-singing, glass har..  More

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The Happiness Inquisition

One night a child is admitted to the hospital, the victim of abuse.  But who made the anonymous phone call that caused the series of events that led to this tragedy? And why did they do it?  ..  More

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The Hollywood School of Dressmaking

When the camera rolls who can tell what is movie script and what is real life? It is 1929 and few people are who they say they are when Hollywood on Tour comes to town to make a movie with a scattering of Stars plus throngs of star-struck locals. So when Hollywood on Tour collides with the innocent young local seamstresses of The Hollywood School o..  More

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The House Guest

Robin Dromgoole, the only son of a widowed mother, learns to cook with Emmeline who lives next door. But Lisa on the other side, whom he minded when she was a baby, is the girl he marries. As ususal Anderson's writing is dazzling, she writes from the heart and shoots from the hip. ..  More

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The House That Wade Built

Karen was ready to spread her wings. She had broken her engagement a year ago and had been content to live at home with her mother since then, but now she was restless and ready to move on. That was when Wade asked her to partner him at his twenty-first birthday celebrations. She had no idea that this invitation was going to change her life forever..  More

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The Ice Shelf

The Ice Shelf: an eco-comedyOn the eve of flying to Antarctica to take up an arts fellowship, thirty-something Janice, recently separated, has a long night of remembrance, regret and realisation as she goes about the city looking for a friend to take care of her fridge while she’s away. En route she discards section after section of her manuscript ..  More

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The Imaginary Museum of Atlantis

The subject of Jack Ross’s latest book is amnesia. A man washes up alone on a beach with no memory of who or where he is; a woman finds him and takes him back to her house. He scans her library to find some clue to his past, his location. Could this strange new world be Atlantis? Jack Ross captures the disoriented state of his lead character in the..  More

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The Intentions Book

The Intentions Book is a tender and funny novel about love and communication, and the ways our families shape us. Morris Goldberg is a man who can't cry. Semi-retired from his career as a metadata analyst, he lives alone and conducts imaginary conversations with his recently-deceased wife, Sadie. Then news arrives that his daughter Rachel is..  More

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The Invisible Mile

The 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia were the first English-speaking team to ride the Tour de France. From June through July they faced one of toughest in the race’s history: 5,476 kilometres of unsealed roads on heavy, fixed-wheel bikes. They rode in darkness through mountains with no light and brakes like glass. They weren’t ..  More

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The Invisible Rider

Philip Fetch is a lawyer with an office in a suburban shopping mall, a husband and father, and a cyclist on Wellington’s narrow and winding streets. He is also a man who increasingly finds simple things in life baffling. As he moves through the sometimes alarming and sometimes comical episodes of this novel, a break in the hurtling flow of..  More

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The Irish Annals of New Zealand

A Joycean tour-de-force through the 150 years of NZ history from the Irish point of view and experience, profound and funny as with most Irish literature!!! ..  More

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The Life and Times of Eddie McGrath

Eddie wins a national competition where she can spend a day with her local MP and give a speech in Parliament (where she'll meet the Prime Minister) but it's a prize Eddie doesn't want! When her dad is injured in a workplace accident he sets his sights on getting better for Eddie's day with the PM...so Eddie sets her sights on going through with it..  More

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The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque

The fifth Dan Delaney mystery has the former detective and spy-catcher and his family on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land which goes wrong from the moment they arrive. A plot is underway to desecrate sacred sites and incite conflict between the three great religions who call Jerusalem home. The Israeli authorities are determined to prevent another ter..  More

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The Mystery of the Missing Ministers

Me? An investigator?When two ministers vanish from the Beehive, Eryn finds herself hired as a junior investigator tasked with discovering why. With the whole country following the events and the kidnappers flaunting cryptic photos of Wellington landmarks, she must master her new job, avoid the police, and compete with more experienced sleuths ..  More

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The Naked Soul

One person with impeccable faith, and a soul so bright that she could change everything. If Kara does not achieve that … Earth and all upon her will die.Into the abyssBecause only thereCan our lightMake such a differenceInto the abyssBecause someone must(Not just a novel … a spiritual guidebook!)              ..  More

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The New Animals

Carla, Sharon and Duey have worked in fashion for longer than they care to remember. For them, there’s nothing new under the sun. They’re Generation X: tired, cynical and sick of being used.Tommy, Cal and Kurt are millennials. They’ve come from nowhere, but with their monied families behind them they’re ready to remake fashion. They represent the n..  More

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The New Ships

I think it’s fair to say I was rewarded, praised, applauded, more than most fathers.Peter Collie is adrift in the wake of his wife’s death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken lead him back to the past, to dismaying events on an Amsterdam houseboat in the seventies, returning to New Zealand and meeting Moira, an amateur painter w..  More

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The Phoenix Song

A young violin prodigy grows up in Harbin and Shanghai amidst the absurd and often deadly politics of mid-century China. Under the dual influences of her revolutionary parents and the White Russian intellectuals who are her tutors (and who provide her with a link, personal and tragic, to the composer Dmitri Shostakovich) she is drawn into a prec..  More

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The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser

Prime Minister Peter Fraser returns to New Zealand in 1945 after playing a major part in shaping the United Nations. In the process he has made powerful enemies, who are aware he has dissolved his country's Security Intelligence Bureau. The Commissioner of Police charges Detective Delaney with tracking down assassins through Wellington's black mark..  More

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