If all the pins in the world were gathered togetheryou would be very much pleased.But all the pins in the worldcannot be gatheredtogether.At the centre of this book-length poem is a sister’s disappearance, and a peculiar inheritance: an obsession with pins. Pins held between the teeth to tell a fortune, a downpour of a thousand pins, precious pins .. More
Meg, Henry, Steph and Diana are all students in Wellington in the 1970s. Thrown together in the broad sphere of leftist politics, they find falling in and out of love just as mesmerising as it is for the middle classes they despise. While Henry is busy trying to run a Youth Summit, Meg suppresses her bourgeois passion for handcrafts and learns to g.. More
Following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, poet-shaman Kevin Moran leaves Christchurch in search of new beginnings. As he travels he writes a series of 151 small poems and a travel journal. Extracts from the journal are included in the book.The poems speak of the natural world, the path of Self-realisation and the way of Aroha (love) w.. More
Postcard Stories reproduces 100 remarkable and evocative postcards from around the world, grouped by theme and accompanied by brief narratives that link them into magical stories. It is a delightfully unique voyage into the poetics of postcards."Putting a hand-tinted postcard of the Shanghai Gas Co. next to one of the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem .. More
Kendrick Smithyman was regarded as one of New Zealand’s most important poets. For decades, though, the uncompromisingly intellectual, relentlessly experimental Smithyman had to endure marginalisation and even ridicule at the hands of conservative editors and critics. Some of Smithyman’s work was so far ahead of its time that it can only now hope to.. More
A wickedly funny story of family love and betrayal which moves from the world of do-it-yourself property development in 1990s Auckland to fabric mills and fashion showrooms of Milan. Rich, comic, herat-breaking, Anderson's prose has the power to enthral.
A researcher sits in the archive of the British Psychoanalytic Society in London, examining fragile pieces of paper, small notebooks, and diaries. A writer in Berlin finds himself haunted by the city’s socialist-era buildings, and by their designer. Each begins to sketch the historical figure at the heart of his fixation. Joan Riviere was an early.. More
Rafferty is an orphan, raised by monks. Misfortune strikes and he is outcast, and must fend for himself. He uses his cunning and charm to develop a trade for himself as the town’s ratcatcher... and rat liberator. .. More
“Rakauroa” starts off introducing Michelle, a 12 year old girl, and placing her at Rakauroa, inside a computer file. She walks up a dirt road to be met by a group of Maori, led by a man called Pouwharangi. He explains to Michelle about Morgor, a computer virus, trying to take over the computer, and the Sargons, their computer virus p.. More
They saw things in me I wanted to see in myselfthat’s why I let them see me that’s why I let them see meon certain nights in certain lights when the planetslined up like a string of pearls in the sky and the moonwas the correct hue.Rangikura is the fiery second collection by Tayi Tibble.These poems live in the space between the end of the world and.. More
u blow on my fingersand i feel ur breath in thesoft gapsthat i am trying to live inIn ransack, essa may ranapiri addresses the difficulty of assembling and understanding a fractured, unwieldy self through an inherited language – a language whose assumptions and expectations ultimately make it inadequate for such a task. These poems seek richer, les.. 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
A tale of epic deeds and heroes confronting insurmountable odds as the Roman army confront the hordes of Attila the Hun. One war will decide the fate of civilization.
The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains rages through the night. Individual acts of bravery and cowardice tip the final balance. Rivers run red and burst their banks with blood .. More
Internationally-acclaimed anthropologist and poet Michael Jackson hires a car and travels the length of his natal New Zealand, reflecting on the idea of origins. Visiting old haunts and old friends, he ponders the hold our histories have over us, and the enduring power of our first experiences in life.
Walking a deserted beach or chatting in.. More
Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf, tiny and isolated, is home to a Salvation Army facility for alcoholic men. It’s also where three people at very different points in their lives share a fleeting encounter. There is Katherine, known to history as Elsie K. Morton, famous journalist and author; Jim, an alcoholic with a young family; and Lorna, a tee.. More
Marcus and James, of Wraiths and Strays Paranormal Investigations, are still recovering from the trauma of the death of their fellow investigator Tim, when they meet Zygismund Wijoic, a young Polish film director who appears to have been following their paranormal investigations online with unusual interest. Accompanied by the mysterious and alluri.. More