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: 2
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. From the author of the award-winning global phenomenon The Rehearsal comes a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems.
Title: Luminaries Author: CATTON ELANOR Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 02/08/2013 Price: $35.00 RRP: $35.00 Imprint: Victoria University Press Publisher: Victoria University Press ISBN: 9780864739124 Available stock: 2
This is a brilliantly dark and unsettling novel from the author of the Booker longlisted Heliopolis and one of the UK's most talented young writers. Perilously ill, Jasper Scriven spends his days roaming the wards of a derelict psychiatric hospital on England's southeast coast. His daughter Cleo works in London as a news editor, making palatable stories of the world's events and trying to stay one step ahead of her demons. Meanwhile, she is watched by Roland, a hulking, silent figure who inhabits a network of railway arches, emerging at night to pound the streets and burgle homes to order. These three solitary characters are connected by an accident that took place at the hospital in the aftermath of its closure - an event that defies understanding even as it continues to define them. Their attempts to negotiate the past will bring them together again and force them to revisit their actions, however uncomfortable that may be. In this brilliantly imagined and disturbing novel, James Scudamore explores the fallibility of memory, the notion of madness and the way events resound in both people and places.
Title: Wreaking Author: SCUDAMORE JAMES Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 25/07/2013 Price: $45.00 RRP: $45.00 Imprint: Harvill Press Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9781846551895 Available stock: 2
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: 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: 1
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: 2
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: 3
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: 5
Five Days in November, 1920: As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way: Hettie, who dances for sixpence a waltz at the Hammersmith Palais; Evelyn, who toils at a job in the pensions office, and Ada, a housewife who is beset by visions of her dead son. One day a young man comes to her door. He carries with him a wartime mystery that will bind these women together and will both mend and tear their hearts. A portrait of three intertwining lives caught at the faultline between empire and modernity, Wake captures the beginnings of a new era, and the day the mood of the nation changed for ever.
Title: Wake Author: HOPE ANNA Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 16/01/2014 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: DoubleDay Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd ISBN: 9780857521958 Available stock: 4
Reminiscent of ONE DAY meets 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, THAT PART WAS TRUE is a bittersweet story about falling in love and risking it all. When Eve Petworth writes to Jackson Cooper to praise a scene in one of his books, they discover a mutual love of cookery and food. As their letters criss-cross the ocean that lies between them, friendship and then romance blossom despite Jackson's colourful love life and Eve's tense relationship with her soon-to-be-married daughter. Little by little, Eve and Jack begin to believe that they may have a chance to change their lives and possibly get a second chance at happiness. They just need to actually meet...A gorgeous, escapist read about food, friendship and falling in love from afar...
Title: That Part Was True Author: MCKINLAY DEBORAH Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 13/03/2014 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Orion Publisher: Orion Publishing Co ISBN: 9781409146667 Available stock: 3
The photograph of the woman is tied to a fencepost; the army chaplain hovers nearby. Peter Faber, a German soldier on the Russian front, is pledging his life to the stranger in the picture, while thousands of miles away in Berlin, the stranger is pledging the same to a photograph of him. Having never met, Peter and Katharina are getting married, a contract of business rather than of love - he earns ten days respite from the war for his 'honeymoon' while she is promised a widow's pension if he dies. Travelling to meet Katharina, Peter is surprised to find that he is attracted to his new wife; in only ten days the two strangers fall in love and commit themselves to a future together living under the bright promises of Nazism. However, when Peter rejoins his unit in Russia, the bitter winter rapidly chills the heat of his politics. As his comrades begin to die - by the cold, by the thump of falling bombs and by Russian knives - he loses sight of why Berlin has sent so many young men to their deaths in the snow drifts outside Stalingrad. Meanwhile, goaded on by her desperate and self-delusional parents, Katherina is ruthlessly working her way up the Nazi Party hierarchy, wedding herself and her young husband to a regime that will bury them if it ever falls...A stunning, riveting portrayal of ordinary people trapped by extraordinary circumstances, and the price they will have to pay for their survival. In the tradition of Bernard Schlink's The Reader and Rachel Seiffert's The Dark Room, The Undertaking shines an intense light on history and illuminates the lives of those caught up in one of its darkest chapters.
Title: Undertaking Author: MAGEE AUDREY Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/02/2014 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia Publisher: Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743316528 Available stock: 3
We'd never seen anything like that around our place before. Not right in front of our eyes. You always heard about it, though. Through friends of friends. Or when The Mothers got together for coffee mornings. They'd sit around in a steamy kitchen circle like four mad witches, and dip ginger-snaps into Maxwell House until they went wobbly-warm, and take turns at saying, Jahear about so-and-so, Lord rest his soul, only thirty years old, poor creature?! They were brilliant at it. Scaring the shite out of each other, grinning inside. Jim Finnegan is thirteen years old and life in his world consists of dealing with the helter-skelter intensity of his rumbustious family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, and coveting the local girls from afar - until one day when everything changes. The Fields is an unforgettable story of an extraordinary character: Jim's voice leaps off the page and straight into the reader's heart as he grapples with his unfairly interrupted adolescence.
Title: Fields Author: MAHER KEVIN Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 02/01/2014 Price: $28.00 RRP: $28.00 Imprint: Little Brown & Co Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group ISBN: 9780349138671 Available stock: 2
How far would you go for your family, for love, for revenge? In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Elspeth Howell returns home to find her family brutally murdered. The only survivor is her twelve-year-old son who witnessed it all. Wounded, frightened and with retribution in their hearts, mother and son set out into the frozen wilderness to track down the red-scarfed men who killed their loved ones in cold blood. Their journey leads them to a rough-hewn settlement on the edge of ice-filled Lake Erie, a merciless place where violence abounds. Here, forced into a brutal adulthood, Caleb begins to discover truths about his mother he could never have anticipated and Elspeth must finally confront the terrible urges that envelop her. All the while, the memory of Caleb's brothers and sisters presses him onwards. Big skies, deep snow, open wounds: The Kept delves deep into what it means to be a mother - and to be a son. It asks us how far we would go for our family, for love and, ultimately, for revenge?
Title: Kept Author: SCOTT JAMES Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 13/02/2014 Price: $35.00 RRP: $35.00 Imprint: Hutchinson Publisher: Cornerstone ISBN: 9780091944513 Available stock: 2
Acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance Sarah Dunant now takes on the era's most infamous family: the Borgias. By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and in the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: he is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women and power must use papacy and family to succeed. His eldest son Cesare, a dazzlingly cold intelligence and an even colder soul, is his greatest - though increasingly unstable - weapon. Later immortalised in Machiavelli's The Prince, he provides the energy and the muscle. His daughter Lucrezia, beloved by both men, is the prime dynastic tool. Twelve years old when the novel opens, hers is a journey through three marriages: from childish innocence to painful experience, from pawn to political player. Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty is a majestic novel that breathes life into this astonishing family and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex and relentless.
Title: Blood & Beauty Author: DUNANT SARAH Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 02/05/2013 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Virago Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group ISBN: 9781844087440 Available stock: 2
A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME! The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. ""I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book."" - Stephen King
Title: Joyland Author: KING STEPHEN Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 07/06/2013 Price: $20.00 RRP: $20.00 Imprint: Miscellaneous Publisher: Titan Books Ltd ISBN: 9781781162644 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
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: 4
This incredible debut novel tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation. Touching on everything from family violence to sexuality and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity and mordant wit. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny - and alarming. It is a book you will never forget.
Title: Girl is a Half Formed Thing Author: MCBRIDE EIMEAR Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 02/01/2014 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Text Publishing Co ISBN: 9781922182234 Available stock: 3
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: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Allen & Unwin Australia Publisher: Allen & Unwin ISBN: 9781743318072 Available stock: 4
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: 3
Kirkus Reviews, Best Historical Fiction list, 2013 One family. Nine momentous days. An unforgettable novel of love and folly and heartbreak. It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn't quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business-your own and everyone else's-as usual. And young Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is living the most important day of his life. Kip's momentous day is one of nine that will set the course for each member of the Westaway clan in the years that follow. Kip's mother, his brother Francis and, eventually, Kip's wife Annabel and their daughters and grandson: all find their own turning points, their triumphs and catastrophes, in days to come. But at the heart of all their stories is Kip, and at the centre of Kip's fifteen-year-old heart is his adored sister Connie. They hold the threads that will weave a family. In Nine Days Toni Jordan has harnessed all the spiky wit, compassion and lust for life that drew readers in droves to Addition and Fall Girl. Ambitious in scope and structure, triumphantly realised, this is a novel about one family and every family. It is about dreams and fights and sacrifices. And finally, of course, it is-as it must be-about love.
Title: Nine Days Author: JORDAN TONI Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 20/11/2013 Price: $30.00 RRP: $30.00 Imprint: Text Publishing Co Publisher: Text Publishing Co ISBN: 9781922147691 Available stock: 2
Detective Harry Hole arrives in a steaming hot Bangkok. But it's work not pleasure. The Norwegian ambassador has been found dead in a seedy motel room, and no witnesses have come forward. The ambassador had close ties to the Norwegian Prime Minister, and to avoid a scandal Harry is sent there to hush up the case. But he quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes and very few people willing to talk. When Harry lays hands on some CCTV footage that will help him unravel what happened that night, things only get more complicated. The man who gave him the tape goes missing, and Harry realises that failing to solve a murder case is by no means the only danger in Bangkok.
Title: Cockroaches Author: NESBO JO Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 28/11/2013 Price: $38.00 RRP: $38.00 Imprint: Harvill Press Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9781846554940 Available stock: 5
William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman. His life is quiet, and after his death his colleagues remember him rarely. Yet with truthfulness, compassion and intense power, this novel uncovers a story of universal value. Stoner tells of the conflicts, defeats and victories of the human race that pass unrecorded by history, and reclaims the significance of an individual life. A reading experience like no other, itself a paean to the power of literature, it is a novel to be savoured.
Title: Stoner A Novel Author: WILLIAMS JOHN Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 05/07/2012 Price: $28.00 RRP: $28.00 Imprint: Vintage Publisher: Vintage ISBN: 9780099561545 Available stock: 1
Sean Duffy's got nothing. And when you've got nothing to lose, you have everything to gain. So when MI5 come knocking, Sean knows exactly what they want, and what he'll want in return, but he hasn't got the first idea how to get it. Of course he's heard about the spectacular escape of IRA man Dermot McCann from Her Majesty's Maze prison. And he knew, with chilly certainty, that their paths would cross. But finding Dermot leads Sean to an old locked room mystery, and into the kind of danger where you can lose as easily as winning. From old betrayals and ancient history to 1984's most infamous crime, Sean tries not to fall behind in the race to annihilation. Can he outrun the most skilled terrorist the IRA ever created? And will the past catch him first?
Title: In the Morning Ill be Gone Author: MCKINTY ADRIAN Series: Detective Sean Duffy Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 30/01/2014 Price: $37.00 RRP: $37.00 Imprint: Serpents Tail Publisher: Profile Books Ltd ISBN: 9781846688201 Available stock: 2
'If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats,' Sarah thought, 'she would be more careful not to tramp through muddy fields.' It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah's hands are chapped and raw. Domestic life below stairs, ruled with a tender heart and an iron will by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, bearing secrets and the scent of the sea.
Title: Longbourn Author: BAKER JO Format: Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 01/01/2014 Price: $27.00 RRP: $27.00 Imprint: Transworld Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd ISBN: 9780552779517 Available stock: 2
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: 1
Portrait of a House is a photo book by photographer Simon Devitt in collaboration with graphic designer Arch MacDonnell (Inhouse Design). This is Devitt's first foray in the photo book genre. His book explores the Athfield House - the 'village on the hill' - an architectural experiment that Ian Athfield started in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington, and which he is still altering and extending today. The house is renowned in bohemian and academic circles for its many colourful dinner parties and occasions, and is infamous with neighbours past and present for the antics of its free-range livestock and frequent run-ins with Council. Roosters have been shot, construction shut down and architectural pilgrimages made. This is an extraordinary story told though Devitt's sensitive eye, blended with historic photographs, paintings and drawings from the Athfield archive. Clare Athfield's contribution of her own recipes (dating from the 1960s until now) complements a selection of personal letters by family, friends, colleagues and clients which are insightful and often very funny - memories that make Simon's photographs all the more potent in their beauty and silence.
Title: Portrait of a House Author: DEVITT SIMON Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Price: $89.95 RRP: $89.95 Imprint: Miscellaneous Publisher: Balasoglou Books ISBN: 9780987659507 Available stock: 4
Encounters is the wide-ranging, audacious and gripping story of New Zealand's changing national identity, how it has emerged and evolved through generations. In this genre-busting book, historian Paul Moon delves into how the many and conflicting ideas about New Zealand came into being. Along the way, he explores forgotten crevices of the nation's character, and exposes some of the mythology of its past and present. These include, for example, the earliest Maori myths and the 'mock sacredness' of the All Blacks in the twenty-first century; the role of nostalgia in our national character, both Maori and Pakeha; whether the explorer Kupe existed; the appeal of the Speight's 'Southern Man'; and ruminations on New Zealand art and landscape. What results is an absorbing piece of scholarship, an imaginative and exuberant epic that will challenge preconceptions about what it means to be a New Zealander, and how our country is understood. Lyrical, breathtaking and provocative, and illustrated with artworks throughout, Encounters offers an extraordinary insight into the beginnings of our country.
Title: Encounters The Creation of NZ A History Author: MOON PAUL Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 24/07/2013 Price: $55.00 RRP: $55.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143568506 Available stock: 2
This book, has been written by an eclectic group of French and New Zealand writers and researchers, which grew out of a successful conference held in Le Quesnoy in 2008. The First World War ended for the New Zealand Division some kilometres east of the old walled fortress town of Le Quesnoy in Northern France on 11 November 1918. The war had a cataclysmic impact on New Zealand which echo's to this day. It had even a greater impact on France which endured much of its countryside and towns being in turn occupied by the German Imperial Armies, and then devastated in the battles to force their withdrawal. The human cost was of a similar scale.
Title: Great Adventure Ends NZ & France on the Western Front Author: PUGSLEY CHRISTOPHER Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 31/05/2013 Price: $85.00 RRP: $85.00 Imprint: Miscellaneous Publisher: John Douglas Publishing ISBN: 9780987666581 Available stock: 2
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: 11
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.
Title: NZ Interior Style Author: YARE LEEANN Format: Hardback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 25/09/2013 Price: $65.00 RRP: $65.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569466 Temporarily out of stock
Strange-but-true dog stories from the Christchurch earthquakes, with beautiful photographs illustrating each story. A collection of stories about Christchurch dogs and the earthquakes u true tales of heroism, odd and quirky stories, funny stories, sad stories u stories that will surprise you, make you chuckle or make you go awwww. Includes stories of USAR dogs that worked in the central city right after the February earthquake; Guinness, the unofficial mascot of the Student Volunteer Army; Nemo who has a special gift for predicting earthquakes; dogs who were rescued and dogs who rescued others; and the uncanny knowledge that a number of dogs showed in their efforts to find their owners. Dogs have been a huge comfort to their owners in Christchurch. The intensity of the earthquake experience has heightened the wordless connection between people and their dogs, and their understanding of each others' emotions. Part of the proceeds from the book help support one of the organisations that helped to save many dogs following the earthquakes. HUHA is a national organisation that works to rescue and re-home animals around the country, and they went to Christchurch three times to take more than 70 dogs plus numerous other animals to safe and loving homes elsewhere in the country.
Title: Quake Dogs Author: SESSIONS LAURA Format: Trade Paperback Publishing status: Active Publication date: 04/10/2013 Price: $35.00 RRP: $35.00 Imprint: Random House Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781775534082 Available stock: 1
A popular history of that essential piece of farm equipment - the tractor - in New Zealand, including profiles of specific vintage tractors that have been lovingly restored by their owners. Tractor Nation is a look back at how the role of the tractor has changed, from the time they took over from working horses, to present day developments and the latest models. Fordsons, John Deere, Kubota, Farmall, Massey Harris and then Massey Ferguson - a range of makes and models. Fully illustrated with historic shots of tractors at work in the early nineteenth century right through to portraits of restored tractors, and some of the newest tractors available today. A must for every tractor owner and tractor enthusiast.
Title: Tractor Nation Working the Land in New Zealand Author: WILSON JOHN Format: Limp Publishing status: Active Publication date: 04/10/2013 Price: $50.00 RRP: $50.00 Imprint: Random House Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd ISBN: 9781775534532 Available stock: 3
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: 5
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: 3
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: $75.00 RRP: $75.00 Imprint: Penguin Books Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ) ISBN: 9780143569756 Available stock: 1
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: 16
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 NZ & 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: 6