*** WINNER of the Man Booker Prize 2013 ***
‘There was this large world of rolling time and shifting spaces, and that small, stilled world of horror and unease – they fit inside each other, a sphere within a sphere.’
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he .. More
In 2007 Bernadette Hall spent six months in Ireland, not far from Blarney, on the Rathcoola Fellowship. The poems in this collection arise from that experience.
With light-heartedness and daring, they track between dualities: the North and the South in Ireland; the rain-washed skies of Donoughmore, Co. Cork and the Queensland rainforest. Bet.. More
Shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry
The first Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls caused its author to be burnt at the stake for heresy in 1310. Kate Camp’s fourth collection of poems demonstrates a darker turn in the work of this popular poet. Shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award, it estab.. More
The follow-up to Anna Livesey’s acclaimed 2003 debut collection Good Luck, The Moonmen contains poems that capture the eerie and exhilarating edges of daily life, poems which draw on her experience of the American Midwest, and poems responding to her mother’s illness. These poems combine a crisp and shapely style with breathtaking op.. More
In 1998, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel released an album called In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. By 2000 he seemed to have disappeared.
About 150 years earlier, Christina Rossetti posed as the Virgin Mary experiencing the annunciation for five days straight, while her brother, Gabriel, painted.
Nearly four centuries before that, Marger.. More
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
‘It’s the first time in forty years. There are snow scenes from all around New Zealand—snow-covered houses, playgrounds, a group of children sliding down a hill on signs, the bucket fountain on Cuba Street lightly dusted.’ In her first collection of stories, Gemma Bowker-Wright leads us into the phases of transition and t.. More
Named Best First Novel in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award .
A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The sudden and total publicity seems to turn every act into a performance, and every platform into a sta.. More
Bill Manhire’s first new book since Lifted shows him building on the themes and expanding the techniques of that prize-winning collection. Here are finely crafted lyrics, found poems, and even a bracket of songs. The Victims of Lightning is Bill Manhire at the height of his powers.
Praise for Lifted: ‘Manhire shows not only his m.. More
One summer evening in 1808, Sobran Jodeau stumbles through his family's vineyard in Burgundy, filled with wine and love sorrows. As Sobran sways in a drunken swoon, an angel appears out of nowhere to catch him.Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage.. More
Inspired by a real life murder mystery, this classic “Who dunnit?” is populated by easily recognized and believable characters. Women throw themselves at Kevin. Is Martin a genuine SNAG or just an opportunist? Emily discovers the father of her child has become a brutal gang leader.
Ordinary Kiwis take a walk outside the law. They.. More