‘The modern world is too much for me. I feel like I’m George of the Jungle.’ —Greta'At the moment, for personal reasons, I don't like reading things about people being in love with each other.' —ValdinValdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive around Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires in one. Greta is in.. More
Katy struggles with anxiety and compulsive behaviour disorders. She self-harms and is seeing a counsellor. When she starts dating it only increases her anxieties. Then her parents hear her Yiayia (grandmother) is ill in Greece and maybe dying. The family decide to visit. Reluctant at first Katy eventually decides to embrace the trip as a way to lea.. More
‘The first time I read Freya’s work I thought . . . uh oh. And then I thought, you have got to be kidding me. And then I thought, God fucking dammit. And then I walked around the house shaking my head thinking . . . OK – alright. And then – finally – I thought, well well well – like a smug policeman. Listen – she’s just the best. I’m going to say t.. More
Rushing from one crisis to another, Penny Rushmore has a name to live up to, coping with a demanding job and still adapting to life without her husband Steve. The first set-back comes when she hears that the glamorous young woman Steve took off with is pregnant. According to Charlotte, Penny's daughter, Steve and Jacinta are head over heels .. More
Eighteen years have passed since the child Rose arrived on Denniston, riding up the terrifying Incline on a stormy night. She has now grown into a young woman, intelligent and talented, with an outrageous zest for life. The trauma of her early years seems forgotten, though some recognise its shadow in her often unconventional behaviour. Rose.. More
this impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl………with many beneficial thoughts and feelings………with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is………juxtaposing many classical and modern breezesBird turns her prescient eye on love and loss, and what emerges is lik.. More
Set in 1981 when New Zealand hosted the Springboks rugby team from apartheid South Africa. Protestor Beth's family loyalties and a love affair grow increasingly complicated as national anger and violence kick in. In this fast-paced novel, the nuances and tensions of the infamous 1981 Springbok Tour are laid bare... More
Welcome to the Repertory Apartments—where scenes of tenderness and trouble, music and magic, the uncanny and the macabre play out on intimate stages.A mother and her young son battle an infestation of ants. A bass player is beset by equine hallucinations. A widow seeks a new home with a spare room for guests. A radio factory foreman intercepts quee.. More
In her new poetry collection How I Get Ready, Ashleigh Young fails to learn to drive, vanishes from the fossil record, and finally finishes writing a book.Cover by Sam Duckor-JonesAshleigh Young is the author of the poetry collection Magnificent Moon (VUP, 2012), and the essay collection Can You Tolerate This? (VUP, 2016) which won a Windham-Campbe.. More
“It’s so good that, before I’d even finished it, the 16-year-old had pinched it and was engrossed. I still haven’t got it back.” - Sonja de Friez, Nine to Noon reviewer on Radio NZ National.
As front-woman for NZ band Minuit (minwee), Ruth Carr has always known the power of words – they are her .. 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.
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Ginny is feeling lighter and heavier at the same time. She’s just learned from her cousin about a devastating genetic inheritance – but the revelation has brought a new logic to her mother’s death many years before, and to her mother’s love.Leaving her fiancé in the dark, Ginny flees to Germany to research a novel about the maverick sea captain Cou.. More
Everything becomes clearer in reverse – because sometimes, things have to be taken apart to be understood.
In the near future, an exact replica of the world's tallest tower, Dubai's Burj al Khalifa, is being built on New Zealand's West Coast. It's an exercise in economic stimulation and national confidence-building aft.. More
K’s first real try at breaking the rules proves to be a bit of disaster. The constant wondering what might have happened if only she had chosen differently. But then that disaster meant she met a boy, she learnt the truth, and she just might get to save a life – the life of a whale.Family secrets once again come to the fore in this new novel from A.. More
When Clifford Stilton dies, his son Gene crams his carefully kept diaries into a hall cupboard - but Clifford's words have too much life in them to be ignored, and start to permeate his family's world.
Clifford taught Gene about how to find rocks and fossils, and about how to kill birds and fish. Gene passes on a similar i.. More
Rock musician Jed Jordan’s former fame means the events in his life have become public property. Years after 'Captain of the Rules' made him world famous in New Zealand, Jed is living quietly in an Auckland suburb with his family, growing peppers and recording in his home studio, when some disturbing new attention threatens to tear his wor.. More