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
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
And in the night time we will dance in the moonlight to the quick, steady beats of the pa‘u.The pa‘u is the pulse of the Cook Islands, a rhythm carrying narratives of a culture to its people. But beyond the reach of its sound, on another shore, a community is working over the course of decades to build a new life.Kura lands in the footsteps o.. More
‘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
A science educator in domestic chaos fetishises Scandinavian furniture and champagne flutes. A group of white-collar deadbeats attend a swinger’s party in the era of drunk Muldoon. A pervasive smell seeps through the walls of a German housing block. A seabird performs at an open-mic night.Bug Week is a scalpel-clean examination of male entitlement,.. More
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
When the stars were rhinestones. When your car was a blue Holden god. When kisses spread to your back teeth, marathons of sucking. When we pashed through jokes, through tunes, through homework, through the leftovers we shovelled out our schoolbags. When you let me tattoo you with talk. Thirty-one exhilarating new stories from the acclaimed aut.. More
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
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
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.
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This is a masterful collection. No matter how short, light or ephemeral each st.. More
A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand 2019
An anthology of New Zealand fiction, poetry and artwork presenting the varied voices and styles of New Zealand writing at its best.Established and award-winning authors as well as some lively ‘fresh ink’ from previous unpublished voices. The second in this popular series. .. More
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
Sixteen short stories from home-grown literary heroes, established contemporary authors, and award-winning emerging writers are brought together in this new collection. Exploring identity, activism awareness, coming-of-age, society, and family from the Aotearoa New Zealand perspective. Includes:Foreword by Mandy Hager Baby Doll by Gina C.. More
In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, we last see Dr Frankenstein’s Creature shunned by human society and crossing the Arctic wasteland. What if he were rescued by an eccentric English expedition intent on sailing from pole to pole and back – only to be cast away again in a remote fiord in Aotearoa’s deep south?This intriguing speculation ignites the novel.. More
The stories in Middle Distance travel from the empty expanses of the southern ocean to the fall of a once great house, from the wharekai of a marae to the wasteland of Middle America. Longer than a traditional short story and shorter than a novella, the long story is a form that both compresses and sprawls, expands and contracts, and which allows u.. More
Too stuffy inside? All those familiar social realist furnishings, all those comfortable literary tropes. Perhaps a stroll out under the trees, where things are breezier, stranger, more liable to break the rules. You may meet monsters out there, true. But that's the point. Casting its net widely, this anthology of Aotearoa-New Zealand science f.. More
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
The difference between actuality and fiction is principally one of exclusion. The short pieces that comprise No Relation test the potencies of this exclusion: how are characters, and how are readers, affected by what is not related, by what is withheld, by what has been potentised by exclusion or by the impossibility of inclusion?"There is a child,.. More
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
*** 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
* 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
Presenting thirty-five stories from seven collections published over more than forty years, Vincent O’Sullivan’s Selected Stories is a milestone in the career of one of New Zealand’s leading writers.‘Vincent O’Sullivan’s short fictions go straight to the heart of human experience. They are by turn tender, deeply moving, unsparing and often witty, e.. More
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