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10pm Question
10pm Question
Frankie Parsons has a rather large, quirky family. Until now they've been the centre of his universe. Their small daily rituals, their funny habits, even their smells are part of Frankie's safe and richly coloured haven. In year 8, when he's twelve years old, Frankie's view of his world begins to change. There's a new arrival at school – a dredlocked girl called Sydney who becomes perplexingly fascinating to him. She even starts to draw him away from his best friend, Gigs. Yet this inquisitive new friend disturbs with her Questions; she says what she means. Frankie's an intelligent boy; he's fascinated by any number of topics: he loves wordplay and his COD (Concise Oxford Dictionary), and is something of an expert on birdlife. Yet he's increasingly feeling anxious about everything. He has a list of Contagious Infectious Diseases and a bird flu kit. He worries about the probability of earthquakes, terrorism and global warming. He worries that blowing a sustained forte on the trombone may trigger a brain haemorrhage, but most worrying to him is Ma. The Ten PM Question is a brilliantly funny, poetic and tender novel. While highly entertaining, it also explores difficult terrain; that of preparing children for a complicated and often frightening world. Combining wrenching emotional moments with playful energy Kate De Goldi has written a pitch perfect, exceptional story for readers of all ages.

Title: 10pm Question
Author: DE GOLDI KATE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 19/09/2008
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Longacre Press
ISBN: 9781877460203
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
All This by Chance
All This by Chance
If we don't have the past in mind, it is merely history. If we do, it is still part of the present.

Esther's grandparents first meet at a church dance in London in 1947. Stephen, a shy young Kiwi, has left to practise pharmacy on the other side of the world. Eva has grown up English, with no memory of the Jewish family who sent their little girl to safety. When the couple emigrate, the peace they seek in New Zealand cannot overcome the past they have left behind.

Following the lives of Eva, her daughter Lisa and her granddaughter Esther, All This by Chance is a moving multigenerational family saga about the legacy of the Holocaust and the burden of secrets never shared, by one of New Zealand's finest writers.

Title: All This by Chance
Author: OSULLIVAN VINCENT
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776561797
Available stock: 17
Price: $35.00
As the Earth Turns Silver
As the Earth Turns Silver
He came from behind and held her in his arms, told her to look again at earth and sky and water. Could she see how the world turned silver? People died, he told her, because they were afraid. They did not go out at night on dangerous water. They did not see the earth as it turned overnight to silver. From the late nineteenth century to the 1920's, from Kwangtung, China to Wellington and Dunedin and the Battlefields of the Western Front - a story of two families. Yung faces a new land that does not welcome the Chinese. Alone, Katherine struggles to raise her children and find her place in the world. In a climate of hostility towards the foreign newcomers, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant and far-reaching love affair ...

Title: As the Earth Turns Silver
Author: WONG ALISON
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143567110
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
Aukati
Aukati
Alexia is a law student escaping the Greek family that stifles her, and Isaiah is a young Maori returning home to find the family he's lost. Cut loose from their own cultures, they have volunteered to help Isaiah's Taranaki iwi get rid of the fracking that's devastating their land and water. The deeper Alexia and Isaiah go into the fight, the closer they get to understanding the different worlds they inhabit. But when a protest march becomes violent a boundary is crossed, and they need to decide where they stand and fast. It's clear the police have been tipped off, and the activists gathered at the marae suspect they're being watched or, worse, there is an informant in the group. Can Alexia and Isaiah be trusted? And more - can they trust themselves?

Title: Aukati
Author: ARATHIMOS MICHALIA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/09/2017
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Makaro Press
Publisher: Makaro Press
ISBN: 9780994137852
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $38.00
Baby
Baby
`Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.'

Cynthia is twenty-one, bored and desperately waiting for something big to happen. Her striking fitness instructor, Anahera, is ready to throw in the towel on her job and marriage. With stolen money and a dog in tow they run away and buy `Baby', an old boat docked in the Bay of Islands, where Cynthia dreams they will live in a state of love. But strange events on an empty island turn their life together in a different direction.

Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.

Title: Baby
Author: JOCHEMS ANNALEESE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/09/2017
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776561667
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
Bad Seed The Night Book & Soon
Bad Seed The Night Book & Soon
Now combined into a major TV drama, these two connected novels by award-winning writer Charlotte Grimshaw take an unflinching look at politics and power, contemporary New Zealand society and the arid morality of the privileged.

In The Night Book, doctor and party donor Simon Lampton is drawn to Roza Hallwright, though he can't quite put his finger on why. She leads a quiet, comfortable, orderly life with her politician husband David and her two stepchildren. But this peaceful existence is about to be changed forever. In the next few months there will be an election, and, if the polls are correct, Roza will become the Prime Minister's wife. She is relatively calm about the prospect, but meeting Simon will bring turmoil to both their lives.

In Soon, the Lampton family has come to spend a long hot summer at the Hallwrights' large beach house. The weather is perfect and outwardly all is well, but the harmony is disturbed when Simon Lampton's brother Ford arrives for a visit. Ford casts a cold eye over the company, barely disguising his contempt for David Hallwright. While Roza tells her young son made-up stories that reveal uncomfortable truths about their current lives, Simon will tell stories that conceal the truth about his.

Gripping, clever and moving, these two novels are an intensely humane look at the choices people make.

Title: Bad Seed The Night Book & Soon
Author: GRIMSHAW CHARLOTTE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 19/03/2019
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN: 9780143773764
Available stock: 4
Price: $38.00
Beat of the Pendulum
Beat of the Pendulum
From the author of the acclaimed The Wish Child comes something unexpected and fearless: a found novel. The Beat of the Pendulum is the result of one year in which Chidgey drew upon the language she encountered on a daily basis, such as news stories, radio broadcasts, emails, social media, street signs, TV, and many conversations. As Chidgey filters and shapes the linguistic chaos of her recordings, a set of characters emerge - her family, including her young daughter, and her husband, mother and sister, her friends, and an extended family formed through surrogacy and donation.

In her chronicling of moments of loveliness, strangeness, comedy and poetry and sorrow, Chidgey plays with the nature of time and its passing. The Beat of the Pendulum is also an exploration of human memory - how we acquire it, and how we lose it. This bravely experimental and immersive work draws us into the detail, reverberation and transience of a year in a life.

Title: Beat of the Pendulum
Author: CHIDGEY CATHERINE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/11/2017
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776561704
Available stock: 1
Price: $35.00
Bed Making Competition
Bed Making Competition
Winner of the 2018 Viva La Novella Prize

From teenage rebellion to the most painful of goodbyes, The Bed-making Competition chronicles the coming of age of Hillary and Bridgid. Told over five sections, each separated by years and kilometres, we follow the sisters as they manage abandonment, motherhood, illness and the ineffable connections of the families that we are born into and those that we create. Spiked with dark humour and bracingly familiar depictions of the overwhelming ambivalence of filial love, Anna Jackson's novella is a book of riotous energy and great heart.

Title: Bed Making Competition
Author: JACKSON ANNA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Price: $20.00
RRP: $20.00
Imprint: Miscellaneous
Publisher: Brio Books
ISBN: 9781925589528
Available stock: 3
Price: $20.00
Beneath Pale Water
Beneath Pale Water
Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand's southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals-a sculptor, a vagrant and a model-who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable-both physically and emotionally-to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free-or destroy them.

Title: Beneath Pale Water
Author: HENRY THALIA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 17/10/2017
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Cloud Ink
Publisher: Cloud Ink Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780473407261
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00
Bonsai Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ
Bonsai Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ
`Slippery, and exciting ... The stories come at you directly, and then turn askance, and then slap you in the face' Allan Drew

`Bonsai' brings together a pioneering collection of flash fiction and associated forms (prose poetry and haibun) from 165 writers in Aotearoa New Zealand, along with intriguing essays on this increasingly popular genre. In 200 small stories of no more than 300 words, where the translucent boundaries between prose and poetry are often transgressed, we discover a vast array of human experience.

Here, children race snails, shoot tin cans, learn to fly, and look for Antarctica in a drain pipe, while Schroedinger's cat dreams of life and death, a dog licks away a woman's tears, and a peacock guards its human family. Family tensions spill over during trips to the beach, couples get together and fall apart, babies are born - or not born - and parents die. You might find yourself dancing like the cool kids, listening to a neighbour sing in the dark, or watching a tractor catch fire. There are perfect moments in miniature as dew falls on a spider's web and strangers make eye contact.

Composed with precision in a form where every word counts, these carefully chiselled works are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising.

Title: Bonsai Best Small Stories from Aotearoa NZ
Author: ELVY MICHELLE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 13/08/2018
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Canterbury University
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
ISBN: 9781927145982
Available stock: 2
Price: $40.00
Book of Fame
Book of Fame
In 1905 a motley group of young New Zealand rugby players sets out by steamer on a journey to the other side of the world. The following year they are back, accorded a hero's welcome the like of which has never been seen in their country before. Their fame has spread before them across three continents.

Title: Book of Fame
Author: JONES LLOYD
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/08/2001
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143018094
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $30.00
Breakwater
Breakwater
An astonishingly confident and graceful first novel, Breakwater addresses the major dilemmas of friendship and family. It follows the moving story of a young woman and the baby she didn't plan, an older woman and the daughter she might lose, and the accidents of life that bring them together.

Title: Breakwater
Author: DUIGAN KATE
Year: 2001
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9780864734174
Available stock: 1
Price: $30.00