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Song of the Brakeman

Bill Direen’s fifth novel takes place in a world where the earth’s resources are almost exhausted, the water supplies are contaminated and parts of the landmasses have imploded. A life and death struggle occurs between two irreconciliable forces: one in possession of the earth’s remaining wealth and power, the other carrying the genetic key to the ..  More

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Tales of the Waihorotiu

The Waihorotiu Stream ‘Queen Street River’ used to run down the centre of Auckland’s main road before it was first turned into a canal, and then later diverted into a sewer, where it now flows beneath Queen Street.The Tales of the Waihorotiu tell the story of another Auckland, one that lives beside and underneath capital investment and economic gro..  More

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The Imaginary Museum of Atlantis

The subject of Jack Ross’s latest book is amnesia. A man washes up alone on a beach with no memory of who or where he is; a woman finds him and takes him back to her house. He scans her library to find some clue to his past, his location. Could this strange new world be Atlantis? Jack Ross captures the disoriented state of his lead character in the..  More

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The Second Location

 ‘Never Get Taken to the Second Location.’This book abducts you. It takes you to unfamiliar places. Using the doomed love affair of painter Rita Angus and musician Douglas Lilburn as a backdrop, Bronwyn Lloyd’s first collection of stories is a leap into the surrealist dark. From her tale of doppelgänger suicide, ‘Sink or Swim,’ to the haunting..  More

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The Vertical Harp: selected poems of Li He

Medieval Chinese poet Li He lived in the last brief flowering of the T’ang dynasty from 790-816, his evocations of the heavenly and the netherworlds are unique, possibly in the whole of the Chinese canon, and are the source of his honorific title, ‘the demon talented one’. Working from this fertile source, Mike Johnson has produced a collection of ..  More

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To the Moon, In Seven Easy Steps

Scott Hamilton’s first book of poetry inhabits the twilight zone between fact and fantasy, prose and poetry. For Hamilton, writing is a game, a joke, a puzzle, a protest, and a quest - sometimes all at the same time.Scott Hamilton’s heroes, like W.H. Auden’s ‘helmeted airman’, are forever setting out on some doomed quest...Scott delves into the myt..  More

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Travesty

In a neglected corner of Travesty, in an apartment building called the rathouse, five marginals take on the universe. Drunk Len takes a gamble on salvation, but can he find the ticket? Nisa Michelangelo reconstructs his David with a vital difference, but can art defeat time? Dr Reingold, the keeper of the files, finds himself doing the bidding of h..  More

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Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind is an intense voyage into the life of a young woman, and a serious reflection upon the art of novel-writing. It is at once a twenty-first century novel and not a novel at all, but an eyeball, subject and object, made up of a million cells. "Experimental, assured, contemporary and local, Trouble in Mind is a healthy new leaf in the o..  More

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Wall

The drawings that comprise Wall allude to trauma and institutionalisation. They do not form a straightforward narrative or make some simplistic statement. They have the urgency of improvisations, yet they are carefully organised and almost painfully detailed with naked walls and bodies inside sparse antiseptic spaces. The drawings are not the liter..  More

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White City

 White City is a collection of short stories set mostly in and around Auckland’s Albert Park, but even those stories that travel far away from the park seem subtly inhabited by its breezes, colours, shadows and sounds.Brown treats his characters with clear-eyed generosity, but never condescension. They are often resourceful, though lacking in ..  More

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Writers in Residence and other captive fauna

Ted Jenner is a poet, translator, and classical scholar who was born and bred in Dunedin. He has spent the last forty years living in Africa, Europe, and the northern parts of Aotearoa, publishing his work in a variety of literary journals. Writers in Residence is a compilation of most of Jenner’s short fiction and prose poetry written in the last ..  More

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