Fiction & Literature (253)

My Whole Truth

ISBN: 9781635830248

Author: Mischa Thrace    Publisher: North Star Editions

Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, she never wanted to crush on her best friend...


Seventeen-year-old Seelie Stanton never wanted to kill someone. She never wanted to be invisible in her own family, she never wanted to crush on her best friend Alyssa, and she definitely never wanted to know how effectively a mallet could destroy someone's head. But the universe doesn't care what she wants. Shane Mayfield doesn't care what Seelie wants either. When the former high school basketball star attacks her, she has no choice but to defend herself. She saved her own life, but she can't bring herself to talk about what happened that night. Not all of it. Not even when she's arrested for murder.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 05-10-2018


$22.99
Winged Helmet White Horse

ISBN: 9780473443467

Author: Karyn Hay    Publisher: Esom House Press

Following the success of Karyn Hay’s historical fiction novel, The March of the Foxgloves, Karyn returns with Winged Helmet, White Horse – more reminiscen...


Following the success of Karyn Hay’s historical fiction novel, The March of the Foxgloves, Karyn returns with Winged Helmet, White Horse – more reminiscent in style of her debut, Emerald Budgies. Set in contemporary London, Winged Helmet, White Horse is a darkly comic psychological drama. Tim has mastered the art of subordination; to his job, his wife, and even his daughter. Having written one critically acclaimed book of poetry he is struggling to write a second, while his wife, Natasha, who is into “positive affirmations”, and spending money, has plans of her own. As Tim stumbles through the social landscape of suburban London, trying to give up alcohol and gain some control over his life, he makes several disturbing discoveries; ultimately concluding that he is not in control of anything, and that it’s all been a terrible, deadly illusion.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 360


Dimensions: 155 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 16-11-2018


$35.00 $9.99
Poeta

ISBN: 9781988531281

Author: Cilla McQueen    Publisher: Otago University Press

Born in 1949, Bluff-based Cilla McQueen is one of New Zealand’s best-loved poets. Poeta: Selected and New Poems brings together a definitive selection of her ...


Born in 1949, Bluff-based Cilla McQueen is one of New Zealand’s best-loved poets. Poeta: Selected and New Poems brings together a definitive selection of her poetry spanning five decades, arranged by the poet in a thematic narrative that elucidates abiding themes while maintaining a loose chronology of her creative life to date. Of mixed Scottish and English heritage, McQueen is a translocated Hebridean, a spokesperson variously for the southern islands and coast, Rakiura, Fiordland, Murihiku and Dunedin. One of a few indispensable poetic voices of the south, she has long been part of a social matrix of artists, among them Hone Tuwhare, Ralph Hotere and Marilynn Webb, dedicated to bringing out the native brogue and colours of Southland–Otago. Poeta gathers together poems from the poet’s 14 previous volumes, punctuated by 11 striking drawings, and also includes a range of new work that shows her riddling creativity continuing to grow and evolve. Collectively, the poems demonstrate a versatile and diligent wordsmith never content to sit on her laurels, ever experimenting and improving in her attempt to write the world’s poem.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 296


Dimensions: 155 x 220 mm


$39.95
Monsters of Virtue

ISBN: 9780473449506

Author: L.J. Ritchie    Publisher: Escalator Press

If the government can define a ‘superior’ race, where does the power end? In 1928 Parliament was on the brink of enacting a eugenic sterilisation law allowi...


If the government can define a ‘superior’ race, where does the power end? In 1928 Parliament was on the brink of enacting a eugenic sterilisation law allowing the state to decide who was fit to breed. This was despite New Zealand’s reputation for being a liberal country committed to equal opportunity for all. Ritchie’s new young adult novel mixes fact with fiction: the bill has been defeated, but the agenda continues. Monsters of Virtue plays out an alternative history in which a utopian settlement is established in the Ōtaki River Gorge where the country’s ‘finest’ youth are chosen to lead, and breed, a new superior race. But is anyone prepared for the consequences of allowing prejudices and power to intervene with nature? Through powerful storytelling, Ritchie exposes the disturbing places powerful individuals will go in the name of social progress. In an era of Trump, genetic testing and designer babies, Monsters of Virtue is a timely reminder of the dangers of believing in one ‘superior’ race.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 350


Dimensions: 140 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 23-10-2018


$28.00
A Change of Key

ISBN: 9780473440916

Author: Adrienne Jansen    Publisher: Escalator Press

Marko has come to the ends of the earth to escape a once illustrious past in Bulgaria. So why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? And who covertly...


Marko has come to the ends of the earth to escape a once illustrious past in Bulgaria. So why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? And who covertly photographed him for the newspaper? Someone knows who he is. They are trying to expose him in his new country, and there is nothing he can do to prevent it. A Change of Key tells the story of a multicultural group of migrants living in an inner-city block of social housing flats in New Zealand. It explores themes of social change and the hardships associated with existing in isolation from one’s family and culture. As they struggle through the realities of living in deprivation, Marko and the other migrants find salvation in friendship, community and classical music.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 254


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm


$28.00
Grandzilla

ISBN: 9780473448486

Author: Lisa Williams    Publisher: Lisa Williams

Tillie and Tessa: the real estate mogul and the burgeoning activist; the embittered widow and the girl grieving her grandpa; one apparently friendless, the othe...


Tillie and Tessa: the real estate mogul and the burgeoning activist; the embittered widow and the girl grieving her grandpa; one apparently friendless, the other falling in love. The one thing they do agree on? They really, really don’t like each other. But little does Tessa know that her capitalist monster grandmother has a radical past – and it’s literally about to show up on her doorstep. In a summer of love and politics, clashes are certain… Moving between Cold War West Berlin in the turbulent 1960s and the contemporary American west, this is a warm-hearted tale about growing up, growing old, and getting woke.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 360


Dimensions: 129 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 01-11-2018


$28.00
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

ISBN: 9781911545224

Author: Hanif Abdurraqib    Publisher: Melville House UK

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Mi...


In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 300


Dimensions: 127 x 198 mm


Publication Date: 04-10-2018


$29.99
Brave Enough

ISBN: 9781635830200

Author: Kati Gardner    Publisher: North Star Editions

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mo...


Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines. Davis Channing understands all too well what it's like to give up control of your life. He's survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he's been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he's got it together, Davis's ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life. Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?


Bind: paperback


Pages: 320


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 31-08-2018


$22.99
Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

ISBN: 9781635830224

Author: Christine Hurley Deriso    Publisher: North Star Editions

Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy--a star athlete dating the most popular girl in scho...


Jade Fulton and Ethan Garrett are opposites in every sense of the word. Ethan is an all-American poster boy--a star athlete dating the most popular girl in school and a devout Christian. Jade keeps mostly to herself. She abhors joining "things," hates everyone at their high school except her best friend, Gia, and considers herself agnostic. When Ethan and Jade find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they've given each other. Jock. Loner. Jesus freak. Skeptic. Golden boy. Intellectual. Amid hours of arguing, philosophizing, and silly game playing, Ethan and Jade learn there's a lot more to the other person than meets the eye. After that night, life returns to normal and each goes back to their regular lives. Still, neither one can shake the unexpected bond they formed and they can't help but question what they've been taught to believe, who they want to be, and where their hearts truly lie.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 368


Dimensions: 134 x 205 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2018


$27.99
The Beacon Project

ISBN: 9780473464684

Author: Toby Fraser    Publisher: Lovat Publishing

Nanotech entrepreneur Ryan Trishler and retired Soviet general Alexander Volkov come from very different worlds, yet both have survived the toughest of upbringi...


Nanotech entrepreneur Ryan Trishler and retired Soviet general Alexander Volkov come from very different worlds, yet both have survived the toughest of upbringings. And now each man understands something of the nature of military conflict: one using technology to avoid senseless deaths on the battlefield, the other profiting from wartime brutality wherever it happens. A searing indictment of the international arms trade and the political corruption that feeds it, The Beacon Project is both high-octane thriller and moving family drama, a story that shows the stark choices powerful men make, and the razor-thin line between good and evil. You know you’re getting deep into your research when it attracts official attention in New Zealand. For Christchurch author Toby Fraser, that moment came when he was researching the illegal arms trade for his novel, The Beacon Project. More than once his extensive online searching led to a follow-up from concerned security agencies checking on his intentions. Fraser was drawn to the subject matter not by fascination but by abhorrence. His studies, travels and life experience had made him aware of the horrors of war zones and refugee camps, and of the sheer misery the arms trade created. He also saw the bigger picture that lay behind the trade – large corporations that exploited their position as manufacturers of armaments in order to promote their products. It is this nexus of legitimate business and the criminal underworld that Fraser explores in his novel, and as he does so he exposes the ways in which military purchasing can corrupt not only itself but the political systems that fund it. Toby Fraser was born in Canterbury, where he studied and subsequently worked as an engineer, and he brings an engineer’s eye for detail to his descriptions of machines and materiel. Fraser was also a father, though, and the empathy and understanding that parenthood fosters also shines through in The Beacon Project, in its depiction of a family under severe stress as killers circle. Fraser’s passion for the environment and his experience skiing, fishing, cycling and otherwise exploring the great outdoors is also evident. The book’s settings in-clude the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and the story draws on visits the author made to the Ross-land and Kettle Valley areas of Canada, famous for their mountain-biking trails, and the remote Orwell Creek area of Westland, New Zealand. Tragically, The Beacon Project is published subsequent to Toby’s death.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 408


Dimensions: 152 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 16-08-2019


$35.00
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