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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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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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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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bad appendix

Jen Crawford’s bad appendix may be the most daring book of poetry published anywhere this year. Crawford often writes about everyday, apparently uncomplicated subjects - a walk down the road, a kiss, a patch of grass with sun on it - but her language is dense and mysterious. Reading bad appendix is like walking through a formal garden that gradual..  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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Beyond the Ohlala Mountains: Poems 1968-2002

Alan Brunton played a crucial role in developing a platform for New Zealand poetry and theatre. Brunton was the founding editor of poetry and arts publication Freed and co-editor of Spleen, he also established with partner Sally Rodwell the experimental theatre group Red Mole. Beyond the Ohlala Mountains moves chronologically, in five parts, from ..  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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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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Bliss and Other Stories

Originally published 1924, by Constable & Company ..  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

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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Bug Week

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

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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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By Passion Driven: A Story of a Wasted Life

Originally published 1888, by J. Wilkie & Co..  More

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Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter

 Adventurous, curious and moving, Christie's work braves abstraction and socio-political insights.After Luce Cannon (Titus Books, 2007) and The Facts of Light (Vagabond Press, 2014), Carbon Shapes and Dark Matter is Christie's third collection of poetry.Time after time lines come into focus, excoriating and yet lyrically beautiful. — Jack Ross..  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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Check to Your King

Originally published 1960, by A. H. & A. W. Reed..  More

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Collected Poems

Hirohito’ — ‘Phar Lap’ — ‘The Naked Horse’ — all Bill Manhire’s greatest hits in one gorgeous volume!In recent years, Bill Manhire has become one of the most popular and widely-read poets in New Zealand. From magical tales of adventure to witty portraits of national icons to tender love poems, Bill Manhire’s work has something for everyone.This big..  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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Coma

Real and unreal landscapes, science fiction, rural New Zealand, the West Coast of the USA from Oregon to San Francisco, three stories in various voices and settings. In Digging Ground a family is separated by circumstance and by the state after a cataclysmic war. In Sunshower an overweight hitch-hiker is abused by a gang of thugs. The title story, ..  More

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Conversation with a Stone

A former freezing worker, factory worker, and lineman, Richard Taylor was raised in Panmure, Auckland, where he still lives. He was involved in the protest movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and was bashed by police at the anti-apartheid protest at Eden Park in 1981. Taylor’s poems combine a love of language and learning with an earthy working class h..  More

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