Fiction & Literature (229)

Surrender

ISBN: 9781988531106

Author: Janet Charman    Publisher: Otago University Press

what did you eat willful Chang’e? – fly to the moon where no one hears you rabbiting on you won’t silence me by chopping the tree its white leaves and a n...


what did you eat willful Chang’e? – fly to the moon where no one hears you rabbiting on you won’t silence me by chopping the tree its white leaves and a night-dipped pen the fuel of my longevity As one of eight writers, poet Janet Charman was invited in 2009 to take part in a hectic, immersive literary residency in Hong Kong. Written out of this time of stimulating buzz, 仁 surrender chronicles the tensions, translations and literary crushes that ensue, with ever-present comedy. From this intense hothouse and these privileged constraints flow narrative poems that capture the creative and cultural dislocation of travel, with its petty irritants and constant surprises. Charman’s verse has always been distinguished by a combination of astute observation, compassion, pluck, vulnerability and willingness to poke fun at herself. – Iain Sharp In her laconic and original style, Janet Charman writes a body of work which sees [her] exploiting the motif of journeying to investigate the colonised land, past and present. – Siobhan Harvey


Bind: paperback


Pages: 118


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2017


$27.50
The March of the Foxgloves (HB)

ISBN: 9780473365837

Author: Karyn Hay    Publisher: Esom House Press

A late 19th century tale of triumph over obsession and humiliation. From award-winning writer, Karyn Hay, The March of the Foxgloves promises to be essential su...


A late 19th century tale of triumph over obsession and humiliation. From award-winning writer, Karyn Hay, The March of the Foxgloves promises to be essential summer reading. LONDON, 1893, and Frances Woodward is tormented by the restrictions of her puritanical father and the cruelties of 19th century narcissist, Benedict Hunt. Having meted out a particularly creative form of revenge upon Hunt, Frances transcends the social norms of the late-Victorian era and travels alone to the far-flung colony of New Zealand, where she is forced to look beyond the establishment life seemingly pre-ordained for her. Falling in with other artists and non-conformists, and inspired by the revolution in thinking brought about by heroic literary figures and social reformers of the time, Frances forges a new path of her own making.


Pages: 358


Dimensions: 160 x 236 mm


$45.00
A Suitable Time for Vengeance

ISBN: 9780995100206

Author: Edmund Bohan    Publisher: Lucano

London 1887: a year of Continental anarchist- and American-financed Fenian violence. The suspicious death of Patrick O’Rorke’s boyhood friend Tom O’Brien ...


London 1887: a year of Continental anarchist- and American-financed Fenian violence. The suspicious death of Patrick O’Rorke’s boyhood friend Tom O’Brien – the internationally famous tenor known as Tomaso Briani – propels the former colonial detective into dangerous places when he is called on to investigate by both Briani’s mysterious widow, the Contessa di Stephani, and ambitious but devious Detective Chief Inspector Wilson of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, himself embroiled in the Yard’s own labyrinthine power struggles. As other old friends, enemies and ghosts from O’Rorke’s past in New Zealand, Ireland and America rise up again to haunt him, the alliance of a Fenian cell – led by his former professional rival Declan Burke and his mortal enemy Bogdan Lynskey – threatens his life and the lives of everyone close to him. The fast-moving action takes us from London’s fashionable Belgravia and Kensington to Ireland’s Limerick Town and O’Rorke’s birthplace, before reaching its midnight climax at the highwayman Tibbet’s Corner on Wimbledon Common, where a truth is finally revealed and a mortal shot is fired.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 204


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 02-10-2017


$35.00
Words From The Garden

ISBN: 9781786854896

Author: Isobel Carlson    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

‘The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.’ Thomas Moore This beautiful collection of poetry and prose through the seasons rhapsodises on the spec...


‘The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.’ Thomas Moore This beautiful collection of poetry and prose through the seasons rhapsodises on the spectacle of colour and everything green and flourishing in the garden. The perfect book for a moment’s reflection, whether you are cooped up on a rainy day in your potting shed or admiring the fruits of your labour on a sunny evening from the pergola.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 111 x 154 mm


Publication Date: 09-04-2018


$22.99
For The Love Of Books

ISBN: 9781786852700

Author: Graham Tarrant    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

Do you know… Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to w...


Do you know… Which famous author died of caffeine poisoning? Why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China? Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Banned books, feuding authors, literary felons, rejected masterpieces – it’s all in these pages, along with tips for aspiring writers and lists of the most iconic works. A treasure trove of compelling facts, riveting anecdotes and extraordinary characters, this is every book-lover’s dream: a book about books and the people who write them. Read on!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 135 x 204 mm


Publication Date: 09-04-2018


$27.99
Keel and Drift

ISBN: 9780473362515

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Landing Press

…and on that shimmering blue you have painted a faint traveller, a singular figure with wings setting the pace.’ A girl carries a tray of eggs on her finge...


…and on that shimmering blue you have painted a faint traveller, a singular figure with wings setting the pace.’ A girl carries a tray of eggs on her fingertips, a man plays a cello in a field, a woman buys a carpet sweeper – these moments of everyday life are deceptively simple. Underneath, something else is going on – a sense of mystery, an awareness of impending death, a wry view of human nature. The poems in this collection tell a story, offer an insight or capture a moment of lyrical beauty. Together, they invite the reader to pause and pay attention. Adrienne invites those who aren’t natural poetry readers to find new ways to think about poems and perhaps even enjoy one or two. Keel & Drift is Adrienne’s third collection of poetry.


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$22.00
My Wide White Bed

ISBN: 9780473405793

Author: Trish Harris    Publisher: Landing Press

‘We wash up on the current dinghies bobbing in the swell. Sometimes an oar touches. Hello, hello over there we say to each other lying on our white sheets wat...


‘We wash up on the current dinghies bobbing in the swell. Sometimes an oar touches. Hello, hello over there we say to each other lying on our white sheets watching the view.’ My wide white bed is a poignant journey through the swells and up draughts of recovery, where hope and humour are never far away. It captures the small but significant interactions with hospital staff and other patients, from the moorings of a wide, white bed, during a prolonged stay in the hospital after orthopaedic surgery. The simple yet beautifully crafted poems make this a book everyone can appreciate – readers and non-readers of poetry alike. Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry follows the success of her memoir, The Walking Stick Tree (2016).


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$22.00
Everything Is Here

ISBN: 9780994118677

Author: Rob Hack    Publisher: Escalator Press

These poems are about places, people and events that mattered and still matter in Rob’s life. Initially, Rob wanted to uncover and record his Rarotongan moth...


These poems are about places, people and events that mattered and still matter in Rob’s life. Initially, Rob wanted to uncover and record his Rarotongan mother’s early life due to her increasing memory loss. He later progressed into writing about the Cook Islands and his Niue Island years, with forays into Australia, poets he admires and a lot of other stuff.


Bind: paperback


$25.00
Waitapu

ISBN: 9780994118615

Author: Helen Waaka    Publisher: Escalator Press

Beneath a range of mountains lies the rural town of Waitapu. Here, sisters Ruby and Rowena reconnect, Mereata feels her tīpuna like a breath on the back of her...


Beneath a range of mountains lies the rural town of Waitapu. Here, sisters Ruby and Rowena reconnect, Mereata feels her tīpuna like a breath on the back of her neck and Harriet goes missing from the rest home. With a cast of lively characters, this collection of 18 short stories cracks open the image of rural tranquillity, to reveal the heartbreak and kindness of everyday lives. Finalist, Ngā Kupu Ora Awards, 2016 Helen Waaka was the winner of the 2011 Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. With this collection she asserts herself as a perceptive and compelling story teller.


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$30.00
A Line of Sight

ISBN: 9780473307219

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Escalator Press

A Line of Sight is a compelling whodunnit woven through a story community, family and an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. When Nick and Graeme set out rabbit ...


A Line of Sight is a compelling whodunnit woven through a story community, family and an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. When Nick and Graeme set out rabbit shooting one August day neither of them realise their lives are about to change forever. They spot a couple of suspected cannabis growers on their land. Each fires in warning and one grower is killed. But who fired the fatal shot? And how far will each man go to prove himself not guilty? The story of a young man facing the biggest dilemma of his life, A Line of Sight is an affecting portrayal of male friendship, the links between generations, and Swan – a blind boy whose strange take on the events brings great danger and unexpected clarity.


Bind: paperback


$30.00
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