When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger ...A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is a classic crime novel in the tradition of P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, and marks the beginning of a unique series of mysteries.
Title: Cuckoos Calling Author: GALBRAITH ROBERT Series: Cormoran Strike Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 18/04/2013 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Sphere Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group ISBN: 9781408704004 Available stock: 6
Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book. What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.
Title: I Am Pilgrim Author: HAYES TERRY Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/01/1998 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Bantam Books Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd ISBN: 9780593064955 Available stock: 3
Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids ...and bowel cancer. He isn't dying, he thinks, but he might be. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet...This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle's fiction: four middle-aged men at Ireland's hottest rock festival watching Jimmy's son Marvin's band Moanin' at Midnight pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called 'I'm Going to Hell' that apparently hasn't been heard since 1932...Why? You'll have to read The Guts to find out.
Title: Guts Author: DOYLE RODDY Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/08/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9780224098335 Available stock: 2
The 2011 earthquake which shook Christchurch to its core led Lloyd Jones to investigate his own foundations and family past. And so begins a quest to revisit what has been buried by a legacy of silence. Piecing together his own memories with clues of what has been deliberately forgotten by his parents, Jones embarks on a journey of discovery - uncovering hardships endured and sorrows kept hidden. Grandparents never spoken of or met emerge from dusty archives as he unearths lives torn apart by tragedy and unspoken mysteries. Like the city that is exposed, Jones must come to terms with a history that is not one he may have imagined.
Title: History of Silence A Memoir Author: JONES LLOYD Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 21/08/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569473 Available stock: 5
Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a blue collar neighbourhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects, and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-old June and Val are looking for some fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But out on the water, as the bright light of day gives way to darkness, the girls disappear. Only Val will survive, washed ashore semi-conscious in the weeds. June's shocking disappearance will reverberate in the lives of a diverse cast of Red Hook residents. Fadi, the Lebanese bodega owner, trolls for information about the crime. Cree, just beginning to pull it together after his father's murder, unwittingly makes himself the chief suspect - although an elusive guardian seems to have other plans for him. As Val emerges from the shadow of her missing friend, her teacher Jonathan, Juilliard drop-out and barfly, will be forced to confront a past riddled with tragic sins of omission. In VISITATION STREET, Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, and betrayal, who yearn for a chance to escape, no matter the cost.
Title: Visitation Street Author: POCHODA IVY Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 18/07/2013 Price: $40.00 RRP: $40.00 Imprint: Sceptre Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Div ISBN: 9781444778250 Available stock: 3
Hanns Alexander was the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Hoss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp and oversaw the deaths of over a million men, women and children. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen. Lieutenant Hanns Alexander is one of the lead investigators, Rudolf Hoss his most elusive target. In this book Thomas Harding reveals for the very first time the full, exhilarating account of Hoss' capture. Moving from the Middle-Eastern campaigns of the First World War to bohemian Berlin in the 1920s, to the horror of the concentration camps and the trials in Belsen and Nuremberg, it tells the story of two German men whose lives diverged, and intersected, in an astonishing way.
Title: Hanns & Rudolf The German Jew & the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz Author: HARDING THOMAS Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 22/08/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Windmill Publisher: Cornerstone ISBN: 9780434022373 Available stock: 6
If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.
Title: One Night in Winter Author: MONTEFIORE SIMON SEBAG Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 05/09/2013 Price: $37.99 RRP: $37.99 Imprint: Century Hutchinson Publisher: Cornerstone ISBN: 9781780891378 Available stock: 10
The schooner from Santa Barbara arrives at the tiny, desolate island on New Year's Day, 1888. As the trunks are unloaded onto the wet sand, thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters looks at the cliffs falling away into the churning sea. This is the first day of her new life on San Miguel. Joined by her husband, a fiercely possessive Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of brutal isolation. But the constant wind and sheep-ravaged wasteland shatter her illusions; her husband promised paradise. As he obsessively resolves to stay - and becomes increasingly distant from her and their adopted daughter Edith - Marantha's blighted lungs grow weaker in the dampness. Two years later, Edith, now a spirited teenager and an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her. March, 1930. Another family - and another bride - arrives on San Miguel. Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, and her husband Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy, achieve a celebrity of sorts as the news cameras take an interest in these wayward people living in the wild. But the unyielding island is haunted by its history. Will the family be able to cling together as the war threatens to pull everything apart? San Miguel is a vivid and gripping story of hard lives pitched against the elements, the desires of stubborn men and the unbearable burden of love, from master American storyteller T. C. Boyle.
Title: San Miguel Author: BOYLE T.C. Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/08/2013 Price: $25.00 RRP: $25.00 Imprint: Bloomsbury Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC ISBN: 9781408831373 Available stock: 4
Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new Constable at Mount Hay. 'Ben was not a big man but he was strong and quick as a snake. He had his own breed of pony that was just like him, stocky and reliable on their feet.' Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay; Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Bobby says, 'I do not think Daniel would have understood Ben in a million years.' Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. Bobby's love for Collins' wilful young daughter Irie is exposed, leading to tragic consequences for them all. Miller's exquisite depictions of the country of the Queensland highlands form the background of this simply told but deeply significant novel of friendship, love, loyalty and the tragic consequences of misunderstanding and mistrust. Coal Creek is a wonderfully satisfying novel with a gratifying resolution. It carries all the wisdom and emotional depth we have come to expect from Miller's richly evocative novels.
Title: Coal Creek Author: MILLER ALEX Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/09/2013 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia Publisher: Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743316986 Available stock: 4
Michael O'Dell is hit by a car. When he doesn't die, he is surprised and pleased. But he can't seem to move from the crash position. He can't concentrate, or control his anger and grief, or work out what to do about anything much. His wife Wendy is heroically supportive but his teenage children don't help his post-accident angst: daughter Rosie punches out a vindictive schoolmate and all hell breaks loose; son Declan is found with a stash of illicit drugs. A strange policeman starts harrassing the family and ordinary mishaps take on a sinister desperation. To top it all off, Michael's professional life starts to crumble. With this funny, compelling novel about love, family and the precarious business of being a man, Mark Lamprell's extraordinary debut examines the terrible truth: sometimes you can't pull yourself together until you've completely fallen apart.
Title: Full Ridiculous Author: LAMPRELL MARK Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 25/09/2013 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Text Publishing Co Publisher: Text Publishing Co ISBN: 9781922147264 Available stock: 2
A superbly written novel offering an intriguing interpretation of one of the world's greatest aviators, the glamorous and mysterious Jean Batten. Jean Batten became an international icon in the 1930s. A brave, beautiful woman, she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world. The newspapers couldn't get enough of her; and yet she suddenly slipped out of view, disappearing to the Caribbean with her mother and dying in obscurity in Majorca, buried in a pauper's grave. Fiona Kidman's enthralling novel delves into the life of this enigmatic woman, exploring mysteries and crafting a fascinating exploration of early flying, of mothers and daughters, and of fame and secrecy.
Title: Infinite Air Author: KIDMAN FIONA Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 04/10/2013 Price: $37.99 RRP: $37.99 Imprint: Vintage Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781869797928 Available stock: 8
Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the 18th century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the great south land; became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and establish that it was two main islands; discovered the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy. Rob Mundle, bestselling maritime biographer of Fatal Storm, Bligh and Flinders, introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook who through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to achieve legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world. Written with colour, sweep and the authority of Rob's five decades as a competitive sailor, maritime journalist and broadcaster, this extensively researched new biography of Cook will put you on the quarterdeck with the great navigator as he painstakingly guides his ship through dangerous, reef-strewn waters. You will also be alongside the captain when his ship is a wave-width away from annihilation; and at the helm at the start of an exciting new voyage.
Title: Cook Author: MUNDLE ROB Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/11/2013 Price: $60.00 RRP: $60.00 Imprint: ABC Books Publisher: ABC Books ISBN: 9780733332340 Available stock: 7
When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence at the scene suggests this was no ordinary crash. Especially when it turns out her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them is willing to talk to the police. Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and an even larger chip on his shoulder. A new law has been passed allowing the Scottish police to re-prosecute old crimes and a thirty-year-old case is being reopened, with Rebus and his team from back then suspected of corruption and worse. Known as 'the Saints', his colleagues swore a bond of mutual loyalty on something called 'the Shadow Bible'. But with Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer - and determined to use Rebus for his own ends - the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer. With political turmoil threatening to envelop Scotland, who really are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other? SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE not only reaches back to the past to find out what John Rebus did, but also to discover who he really is.
Title: Saints of the Shadow Bible Author: RANKIN IAN Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 07/11/2013 Price: $32.00 RRP: $40.00 Imprint: Orion Publisher: Orion Publishing Co ISBN: 9781409144755 Available stock: 13
Play or be played in book one of the Game Trilogy , the Swedish thriller series taking the world by storm. It began by spray-painting a door. Then detonating a hand grenade. Each task is secretly filmed and uploaded for other 'Players' to comment on. The more daring the mission, the greater the thrill and reward - and the acclaim. But how far will loser Henrik "HP" Pettersson go before the seemingly innocent game he was invited to play on a 'lost' mobile phone begins to play him? With his police protection officer sister dragged into the action, and the game looking more and more like a trap, HP's excitement is turning to fear. Dripping with suspense, edge-of-your-seat thrills and action, Game is the first instalment in ex-policeman and security expert Anders de la Motte's hot new Scandinavian thriller series.
Title: Game 01 The Game Author: DE LA MOTTE ANDERS Series: The Game Trilogy Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 05/12/2013 Price: $20.00 RRP: $20.00 Imprint: Blue Door Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers ISBN: 9780007500277 Available stock: 1
The idea of evolution is the most life-changing concept to have emerged in modern times, but most people know of it only in fragments. The evolution of the universe, of planet Earth, of life and of human culture is a truly breathtaking story that can be told in many ways. In one continuous story this book combines cosmological and biological evolution with the subsequent development of human thought made possible by the emergence of language. Lloyd Geering shows that the commonly supposed conflict between religion and science arises from a failure to appreciate the role of what he calls the 'human thought world'. The realm of the gods, created by human imagination, was the ancients' way of understanding nature. For them it was both their science and their religion. By sketching the history of 'God', Lloyd shows that the centrality of this idea provided an essential premise for the emergence of empirical science. This has enabled the human species to dominate planet Earth and usurp roles once attributed to God. The story of evolution helps us understand the past -- but the future of the human race now rests on our shoulders.
Title: From the Big Bang to God Author: GEERING LLOYD Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/05/2013 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Steele Roberts & Assoc Publisher: Steele Roberts & Associates Lt ISBN: 9781927242148 Available stock: 1
In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted in the middle of the night by Russian soldiers. Their life-long friend and neighbour, Akhmed, has also been watching, and when he finds Havaa he knows of only one person who might be able to help. For tough-minded doctor Sonja Rabina, it's just another day of trying to keep her bombed-out, abandoned hospital going. When Akhmed arrives with Havaa, asking Sonja for shelter, she has no idea who the pair are and even less desire to take on yet more responsibilities and risk. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis, revealing the intricate pattern of connections that binds these three unlikely companions together and unexpectedly decides their fate. "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is simply spectacular". (Ann Patchett).
Title: Constellation of Vital Phenomena Author: MARRA ANTHONY Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 16/05/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Hogarth Press Publisher: Hogarth ISBN: 9781781090060 Available stock: 2
A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with 5,000 pounds in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism. When Banks receives a warning to step away from the case, he realises there is much more to the mystery than meets the eye - for there are plenty more skeletons to come out of the closet ...
Title: Children of the Revolution Author: ROBINSON PETER Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 15/08/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Div ISBN: 9781444704921 Available stock: 2
February 1941, wartime Berlin. Brilliant, idealistic young detective Georg Heuser joins the Murder Squad in the midst of the biggest manhunt the city has ever seen. A serial killer is slaughtering women on S-Bahn trains and leaving their battered bodies by the tracks. Heuser must confront evil eye-to-eye as he helps track down the murderer. July 1959, peacetime West Germany: a pioneering young lawyer, Paula Siebert, is the sole woman in a federal unit investigating men who have committed crimes of unimaginable magnitude and horror. Their leader has just been arrested. His name is Georg Heuser. Siebert is sure of his guilt. But one question haunts her: how could a once decent man have become a sadistic monster? The answer lies in the desolate wastes of the Russian Front, the vast landmass conquered by Hitler's forces...the new empire the Nazis call Ostland. Based on an extraordinary true story, Ostland is a gripping detective thriller, a harrowing account of the Holocaust and a thought-provoking examination of the capacity for sin that lurks in every human soul.
Title: Ostland Author: THOMAS DAVID Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 18/07/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Quercus Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc ISBN: 9781780877372 Available stock: 3
A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims. Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: 'Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help...' At once a chilling thriller about a lonely woman avenging her father's death and an epic portrait of morality and corruption across the globe, Will Ferguson's Giller Prize-winning novel plunges into the labyrinth of lies that is '419', the world's most insidious Internet scam.
Title: 419 Author: FERGUSON WILL Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/09/2013 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Head of Zeus Publisher: Head of Zeus ISBN: 9781781855065 Available stock: 3
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields. It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman smelling of the sea, and bearing secrets. For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love, and brutal war.
Title: Longbourn Author: BAKER JO Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 15/08/2013 Price: $37.99 RRP: $37.99 Imprint: Transworld Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd ISBN: 9780857522023 Available stock: 3
The victims are carefully chosen. The locations former crime scenes. The killings no accident. The target: police. After recovering from a near fatal shooting, Harry Hole has finally retired from active duty. He hears about the case but keeps his distance, determined to protect those he loves from the danger that he can never seem to escape. But as the media pressure intensifies, Harry finds himself advising an unofficial task force investigating the murders. Drawn into a dangerous web of cold cases and precarious allegiances, Harry can't guarantee protection for anyone. Least of all himself.
Title: Police Author: NESBO JO Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 12/09/2013 Price: $37.99 RRP: $37.99 Imprint: Harvill Press Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9781846555978 Available stock: 8
Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The eleven-year-old studies the poacher through the scope of his father's rifle-and pulls the trigger. Goat Mountain is an intensely powerful novel about how these men, and their boy, deal with the poacher's death, and with his body. In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann explores our most primal urges, the ties that bind us, and the consequences of our actions-what we owe for what we've done. In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy, this is a dark, brutal but magnificent book, the best Vann has written.
Title: Goat Mountain Author: VANN DAVID Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 25/09/2013 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Text Publishing Co Publisher: Text Publishing Co ISBN: 9781921922909 Available stock: 6
Mr Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo is a tragi-comic tale of homosexual love set in contemporary London. Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris. His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away? Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community, which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves. Praise for Bernardine Evaristo: "One of Britain's most innovative authors...Bernardine Evaristo always dares to be different". (New Nation). "Evaristo remains an undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional". (Sunday Times). "Audacious genre-bending, in-yer-face wit and masterly retellings of underwritten corners of history are the hallmarks of Evaristo's work". (New Statesman). Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed 'verse novels' - Lara, The Emperor's Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists. Mr Loverman is her second prose novel, after 2008's Blonde Roots. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London.
Title: Mr Loverman Author: EVARISTO BERNARDINE Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 29/08/2013 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Hamish Hamilton Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 9780241145784 Available stock: 2
Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to the thing that most reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld. As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
Title: Goldfinch Author: TARTT DONNA Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 22/10/2013 Price: $39.99 RRP: $39.99 Imprint: Little Brown & Co Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group ISBN: 9781408704950 Available stock: 1
This novel is the story of a lie. But it is also a story of laughter and tears, of life itself. When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Josephine Cortes is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two is forced to make ends meet on her meagre salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Josephine's charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all - a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a tres chic Paris address - but secretly she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life. And then a dinner party changes the sisters' destinies. Iris is seated next to a famous book publisher to whom she spins a tale of the 12th century romance she's writing. When Iris charms him into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Josephine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris's name. All is well - until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season...
Title: Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles Author: PANCOL KATHERINE Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/11/2013 Price: $33.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia Publisher: Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743318072 Available stock: 5
Will keeping the Japanese, Korean and Italian POWs of the Second World War alive in Australia keep Australian POWs alive and well wherever they are? In the spirit of The Daughters of Mars, Tom Keneally's new novel brilliantly explores the intimacies of ordinary lives being played out against momentous world events. In Gawell, New South Wales, a prisoner-of-war camp to house European, Korean and Japanese captives is built close to a farming community. Alice is a young woman living a dull life with her father-in-law on his farm while her new husband first fights, then is taken prisoner, in Greece. When Giancarlo, an Italian POW and anarchist from Gawell's camp, is assigned to work on their farm, Alice's view of the world and her self-knowledge are dramatically expanded. But what most challenges Alice and the town is the foreignness of the Japanese compound and its culture, entirely perplexing to the inmates' captors. Driven by a desperate need to validate the funerals already held for them in Japan, the prisoners vote to take part in an outbreak, and the bloodshed and chaos this precipitates shatter the certainties and safeties of all who inhabit the region.
Title: Shame & The Captives Author: KENEALLY TOM Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/11/2013 Price: $40.00 RRP: $40.00 Imprint: Vintage Publisher: Random House Australia ISBN: 9780857980991 Available stock: 6
'He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn't hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him being a gom and Daddy was defending him. He heard the fondness in Daddy's voice. But you'd have fondness for an auld eejit of a crossbred pup that should have been drowned at birth.' While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. Set over the course of one year of Johnsey's life, The Thing About December breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonising self-doubt. This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is. Donal Ryan's award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generation.
Title: Thing About December Author: RYAN DONAL Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 24/10/2013 Price: $35.00 RRP: $35.00 Imprint: DoubleDay Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ireland ISBN: 9781781620106 Available stock: 3
Many know New Zealand's High Country for its beautiful scenery, yet few have experienced the day-to-day life of the men, women and children who live in these remote regions. Nature photographer Antonia Steig began her work documenting the High Country in 2008, when she was invited to attend the last muster at historic Mesopotamia Station. This quickly expanded into a four-year project capturing the land, its people and their way of life through the changing seasons. With an evocative and richly informative introduction by celebrated writer Philip Temple, High Country New Zealand is a visually stunning documentary celebration of this unique place
Title: High Country NZ Author: STEEG ANTONIA Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 05/10/2012 Price: $100.00 RRP: $100.00 Imprint: Tepapa Publisher: Te Papa Press ISBN: 9781877385896 Available stock: 3
One of the defining and unique features of the New Zealand outdoors is the backcountry hut. New Zealand has a remarkably diverse network of these huts, unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and for those who venture into our wild places there is often a passionate attachment to these humble structures. Shelter from the Storm is a landmark publication, the first wide-ranging history of our hut network. The authors provide an overview of who built the huts - tramping and mountaineering clubs, the Department of Internal Affairs, Lands and Survey, New Zealand Forest Service, Park Boards and DOC - as well as why they were built, which includes farming, mining, tourism, tramping and climbing, hunting and deer culling, science and as monuments. For each of these sections the authors profile a wide range of representative huts, and recount the fascinating stories that invariably surround them. This is a wonderful book, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with a huge range of historic and contemporary photographs. Its significance and appeal is far-reaching, as this is a subject that has a genuine resonance with many, many New Zealanders.
Title: Shelter from the Storm The Story of NZs Backcountry Huts Author: BARNETT SHAUN Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/09/2012 Price: $80.00 RRP: $80.00 Imprint: Craig Potton Publisher: Craig Potton Publishing ISBN: 9781877517709 Available stock: 1
In 2013, leaders of the North Island iwi Ngai Tuhoe signed an historic settlement with the Crown that promises to end a century and a half of injustice, animosity and mistrust. At the heart of the settlement is control of the mountainous region known as Te Urewera, the vital core of Tuhoe aspiration and identity. Tuhoe: Portrait of a Nation explores the relationship between Tuhoe and Te Urewera, the people and the land. It is the result of a multi-year project by acclaimed documentary photographer Peter James Quinn and Kennedy Warne, founding editor of New Zealand Geographic. The two journalists circled the 'encircled lands' - the tribal domain that stretches from the forest fortress of Lake Waikaremoana to the coastal valleys of the Bay of Plenty - and collected the stories of Tuhoe. From tribal leaders to possum hunters, traditional healers to tourism operators, Tuhoe shared their words, their culture and their lives. At once an exquisite photographic showcase - incorporating dramatic landscapes, documentary-style reportage and portraiture - and the most up-to-date retelling of Tuhoe history, here is a portrait of an iwi and its encounter with a unique and treasured land. Listening to the past through the voices of today, the book asks, and answers, the question: What does it mean to be Tuhoe?
Title: Tuhoe Portrait of a Nation Author: WARNE KENNEDY Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 25/09/2013 Price: $50.00 RRP: $60.00 Imprint: Allen Lane Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569442 Available stock: 14
New Zealand Interior Style showcases 24 stunning home interiors, ranging in style from high-end minimalism to colourful collectors' havens. Selected by stylist and Mitre 10 Dream Home interiors judge LeeAnn Yare and photographed by Larnie Nicolson, and including a wealth of tips to achieve a similar look in your own home, this is the ideal book for anyone seeking home design inspiration. Meet the home owners who have imbued their houses with highly personal and original decorative touches, and be inspired to get creative in your own home.
The story of Puketiti Station, the 180-year-old Williams family legacy and how an airline pilot and his wife from Auckland inherited a new life farming on the East Cape. Puketiti Station, the Category 1 historic homestead, cobbled stables, and covenanted gardens at its heart lie hidden above the sands and breakers of the east coast, 100 kilometres north of Gisborne, on the road to Ruatoria. Puketiti was once the headquarters of the enormous 40,000-acre Waipiro block, first purchased by missionary William Williams' son James in 1883. Passed down through successive generations of the Williams blood line, Puketiti found itself in unsuspecting hands when the eccentric Des Williams' died a bachelor in 1997. Attending his tangi were 22 godchildren. One of them, 27-year-old Dan Russell, hitchhiked to Puketiti from Auckland with nothing more in mind than to pay his respects. But on his arrival Dan was greeted with the news that would change his life forever. He had inherited the entire station - the homestead, its historic outbuildings, 3000-hectares of productive hill country and nearly 20,000 stock units, all debt free. Dan had visited the farm only a handful of times in his lifetime, and with a career as an airline pilot planned out before him, Dan and his city-girl wife from Auckland, Anna, were in disbelief. Des Williams' only wish was that Dan keep Puketiti as a working sheep and cattle station. He feared others might succumb to the prolific offshore corporate investment in forestry threatening the historic stations on the east coast. Over 15 years on, Dan and Anna are still coming to terms with their new lives on this most remote and romantic of New Zealand's historic stations, a traditional way of life in the backblocks of beyond, true to the Williams legacy, but it hasn't come easy.
Title: Puketiti Station Author: DAWSON BEE Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 18/10/2013 Price: $49.99 RRP: $49.99 Imprint: Random House Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781775534044 Available stock: 13
With 135 paintings from early colonial art to the work of contemporary painters, this book is a must-have for every lover of New Zealand and its art. When Landscape Paintings of New Zealand A Journey from North To South was published in 2006 it was hailed by a reviewer thus: 'This is New Zealand art history made accessible, yet still full of scholarship and insight.' Gallery director Dr Fiona Ciaran wrote that 'the book is a cracker that has something for everyone' concluding that is was 'simply a magnificent landmark in publishing itself'. And now this acclaimed book is back, with 32 new paintings joining the 103 of the original edition. It is studded with arresting works by well-known artists such as Colin McCahon, Peter Sidddell, Dick Frizzell, Doris Lusk, Rita Angus, John Gully, and many many more famous names from New Zealand art history. In addition, the book offers an opportunity for readers to acquaint themselves with lesser known (these days at least) painters such as Archibald Nicholl, Max Walker, Cedric Savage and Douglas MacDiarmid. With its biographical notes on each artist, extensive bibliography, fascinating insights into social history and art history, and with a beautiful new design and very high production values, this book is a must-have for every book shelf and coffee table.
Title: Landscape Paintings of New Zealand Author: JOHNSTONE CHRISTOPHER Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 11/10/2013 Price: $65.00 RRP: $75.00 Imprint: Godwit Press Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781775530114 Available stock: 8
The first of its kind for New Zealand - a lavish, landmark production - New Zealand and the First World War dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Featuring over 500 images, many previously unpublished, the book comes with a host of memorabilia including fold-out maps, posters, booklets, letters, and postcards. The complete story of New Zealand's war is brought to life in dramatic detail - our front-line experiences overseas as well as those on the home front, from the outbreak in 1914 to demobilisation in 1919. This terrible conflict was not restricted to faraway battlefields like Gallipoli and Passchendaele - it had an unparalleled impact on New Zealand society, touching nearly every family, every street and every community. Until now, no single history has explored New Zealand's role in the First World War with such breadth and colour. A defining history for a new generation.
Title: NZ & the First World War 1914 to1918 Author: FENTON DAMIEN Format: Boxed Set Publishing status: Active Publication date: 23/10/2013 Price: $65.00 RRP: $75.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569756 Available stock: 12
A magnificent celebration of New Zealand's long, complex, varied coastline, written by one of the country's finest writers, and with photographs by one of its most distinguished photographers. Several times in 2012 and 2013, acclaimed New Zealand writer Bruce Ansley and eminent photographer Jane Ussher climbed into a car for another stage of an epic road trip around New Zealand's coast. They travelled north and south, east and west, meeting remarkable, sometimes eccentric but always passionate New Zealanders on the way. From surf lifeguards to cray-fishermen, farmers to artists, conservationists to scientists, and everyone in between, in this landmark book Ansley and Ussher document their encounters with affecting words and gripping images. And then there is the coast itself: by turns uplifted, battered, encircling, dangerous, beguiling, sustaining, energising...it challenged and fascinated and moved them. This magnificent book pays homage to the narrow margin between the ever restless Pacific and Tasman and the fragile hinterland we New Zealanders call home.
Title: Coast A Journey Around New Zealand Author: ANSLEY BRUCE Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/11/2013 Price: $70.00 RRP: $75.00 Imprint: Godwit Press Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781869799434 Available stock: 4
Dame Lynley Dodd is New Zealand's best known author and illustrator of children's books. Her career was launched in 1973 with the publication of My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, which she collaborated on with cousin Eve Sutton. Other picture books soon followed and in 1983 the world famous Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy was launched. Hairy Maclary's success placed Dodd in the international spotlight and the Hairy Maclary and Friends series is today one of the world's most successful series of picture books. The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd is a beautiful full-colour hardback telling the story of Lynley's early years, time at art school, teaching career, marriage and success as a children's author. The book is a pictorial history as much as a written one, and as such includes photos of the author's early years as well as the artwork she produced as she moved towards her world-renowned style - art school pieces, early political cartoons and illustrations for the correspondence school among others. The Life and Art of Lynley Dodd also includes never-before-seen working pages from Dodd's 'ideas book', character roughs of Hairy Maclary and his gang, images of text drafts and of course big beautiful reproductions of finished artwork - giving readers an insight into the painstaking labour of the creative process and the genius inherent in the end result. This beautiful book celebrates one of the country's most talented children's artists, whose work has delighted children and adults around the world for three decades.
Title: Life & Art of Lynley Dodd Author: MACDONALD FINLAY Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 23/10/2013 Price: $50.00 RRP: $50.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143567967 Available stock: 6
Beautiful hardback about New Zealand's major rivers, featuring text from natural historian David Young and stunning photography from Aliscia Young. David tells the often complex story of each river or river system through the people who interact with that river, both historically and in modern times. This is very timely given the current public, political and cultural interests in our river systems. This beautiful gift book focusing on the amazing and diverse rivers of New Zealand showcases a great deal of the country, with great regional spread. Rivers examines the situation for our rivers today; it looks at what has happened to our rivers over recent years and what is happening today; it discusses the positives and the negatives, and it looks at the challenges our waterways face now and in the future. As well as being a celebration of our beautiful rivers, it also focuses on conservation aspects, with commentary on dairying pollution, ecology, conservation orders and Maori claims. River is a heavily revised and rewritten version of Faces of the River by David Young and Bruce Foster, published in 1986.
Title: Rivers: NZs Shared Legacy Author: YOUNG DAVID Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 08/11/2013 Price: $60.00 RRP: $60.00 Imprint: Random House Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781775534501 Available stock: 5
The 45th parallel south is a circle of latitude that lies 45 degrees south of the equator and theoretically marks the mid-way point between the equator and the South Pole. Unlike its northern equivalent, it passes mainly over ocean. New Zealand is one of the few land masses to lie in its path. In 45 South photographer Arno Gasteiger travels the 45th parallel, documenting the dramatic variety of landscapes that lie along this invisible southern marker as well as the interesting characters who call it home. Alongside Gasteiger's photographs, award-winning novelist Laurence Fearnley writes of her deep love of this part of the world, and the events and people that have shaped it. From the rugged river mouths on the east coast of the South Island to the sprawling landscapes of Central Otago and the untouched beauty of the west coast fiords, 45 South offers a captivating view of southern New Zealand.
Title: 45 South A Journey Across Southern NZ Author: GASTEIGER ARNO Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 23/10/2013 Price: $65.00 RRP: $65.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569411 Available stock: 1
In a major research project, Glyn Harper and the National Army Museum combined official war photographs with more informal images to provide a moving visual history. Originally published in 2008, this book has now been beautifully redesigned as a stunning large-format hardback. While primarily drawn from the Museum's collection, many photographs from private sources were included. From more than 25,000 photographs, just over 800 were selected - most of which had never been published before. Chosen to depict each theatre of the 1914-18 war, including Gallipoli, Sinai-Palestine and the Western Front, poignant images from the home front were included, along with graphic portraits of wounded soldiers, whose treatment marked the beginnings of modern plastic surgery. Despite the First World War being described as the most important and far-reaching political and military event of the twentieth century, pivotal in forging our national sense of identity, relatively little photographic material had been published from a soldier's perspective. This new edition contains additional information that has come to light since the first edition regarding many of the photos, as well as some new images. Poignant, stirring and at times unbearable, it records the appalling, brutalising, mundane and touching experiences of those who were there. Lest we forget.
Title: Images of War New Zealand and the First World War in Photographs Author: HARPER GLYN Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/11/2013 Price: $99.99 RRP: $99.99 Imprint: Harper Collins Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (New ISBN: 9781775540342 Available stock: 4