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Actresses
Actresses
At a drama school reunion, recriminations spiral into an accusation of rape. They all met again at the Drama School Reunion: the Hollywood celebrity, the out-of-work soap star, the understudy, the Shakespearian hero. Thirty-six years ago, they dreamed of the great parts awaiting them. What they did not know was that the parts would soon dry up, for the actresses. Because they had stopped being young. But: once an actress, always an actress and on this hot, summer's day it becomes clear that age does not wipe out ambition. Or desire. Or memory. Or love. So when the Reunion culminates in an accusation of rape that dominates every newspaper in the country, the past - sweet, cruel, tragic - comes flooding back, and the actresses become the stars of the story. Perceptive, shocking, gripping and wise, this could only have been written by somebody who has been there.

Title: Actresses
Author: EWING BARBARA
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/02/2018
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781788544641
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: 2
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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
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Imprint: Makaro Press
Publisher: Makaro Press
ISBN: 9780994137852
Available stock: 1
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: 3
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Barry Crump Collected Stories
Barry Crump Collected Stories
Title: Barry Crump Collected Stories
Author: CRUMP BARRY
Year: 2017
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Price: $50.00
RRP: $50.00
Imprint: Potton & Burton
ISBN: 9780947503659
Available stock: 1
Price: $50.00
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: 3
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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
Billy Bird
Billy Bird
Moving, insightful, lyrical and also at times very funny, this novel is a supple, disarmingly frank exploration of parenthood. Liam and Iris have one son: Billy, a bright toddler puddling about (...) leaving surrealist art installations all over the house: a tiny cow in a teapot in a hat on the doorstep, of course! A stuffed crocodile in a silk camisole perched beside a woollen chick in a beanie on the bread-bin, why not!' Just as they are despairing about being able to conceive another child, Jason comes into their family. He arrives under fraught circumstances, but might just make a perfect sibling for Billy. Jason is a lovely, poor, sad, unfortunate, ordinary, annoying, delightful nuisance of a ratbag of a hoot of a kid ' and the boys grow close over the ensuing years. But after a terrible accident, Billy turns into a bird. He utterly believes it: and as his behaviour becomes increasingly worrying, Liam and Iris must find a way to stop their family flying apart. When extracts of Billy Bird won the NZSA/Philip and Dianne Beatson Fellowship, the judges said the project was inventive, joyful and beautifully written'.
Ripe with playfulness, yet also unforgettably poignant, this novel will unstitch : and then mend : your heart several times over.

Title: Billy Bird
Author: NEALE EMMA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 29/08/2016
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN: 9780143770053
Available stock: 1
Price: $38.00
Bird Words
Bird Words
A lively anthology of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, celebrating the birds of New Zealand. On the skyline a hawk languidly typing a hunting poem with its wings. - Hone Tuwhare New Zealand birds have inspired mythology, song, whimsical stories, detailed observation, humour and poetry. There are tales of shooting and taxidermy as well as of admiration and love. From the kakapo, kokako and kaka to the sparrow, starling and seagull, both native and imported birds have been immortalised in print. This is a varied and stimulating selection from the flocks of New Zealand writers who have given our birds a voice. They have brought extinct birds back to life and even enabled the kiwi to take flight on the page.

Title: Bird Words
Author: EASTHER ELISABETH
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/10/2017
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN: 9780143770312
Available stock: 1
Price: $35.00
Black Marks on the White Page
Black Marks on the White Page
A stunning collection of Oceanic stories for the 21st century. Stones move, whale bones rise out of the ground like cities, a man figures out how to raise seven daughters alone. Sometimes gods speak or we find ourselves in a not-too-distant future. Here are the glorious, painful, sharp and funny 21st century stories of Maori and Pasifika writers from all over the world. Vibrant, provocative and aesthetically exciting, these stories expand our sense of what is possible in Indigenous Oceanic writing. Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti present the very best new and uncollected stories and novel excerpts, creating a talanoa, a conversation, where the stories do the talking. And because our commonalities are more stimulating than our differences, the anthology also includes guest work from an Aboriginal Australian writer, and several visual artists whose work speaks to similar kaupapa. Join us as we deconstruct old theoretical maps and allow these fresh Black Marks on the White Page to expand our perception of the Pacific world.

Title: Black Marks on the White Page
Author: IHIMAERA WITI
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Price: $40.00
RRP: $40.00
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN: 9780143770299
Available stock: 1
Price: $40.00
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
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