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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
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2000ft Above Worry Level
2000ft Above Worry Level
Everything is sad and funny and nothing is anything else

2000ft Above Worry Level begins on the sad part of the internet and ends at the top of a cliff face. This episodic novel is piloted by a young, anhedonic, gentle, slightly disassociated man. He has no money. He has a supportive but disintegrating family. He is trying hard to be better. He is painting a never-ending fence.

Eamonn Marra's debut novel occupies the precarious spaces in which many twenty-somethings find themselves, forced as they are to live in the present moment as late capitalism presses in from all sides. Mortifying subjects - loserdom, depression, unemployment, cam sex - are surveyed with dignity and stoicism. Beneath Marra's precise, unemotive language and his character's steadfast grip on the surface of things, something is stirring.

'This is the type of hilarious that can only come from a deep understanding of the horror of living. 2000ft Above Worry Level is innovative in its form and a joy at sentence level. Marra's control of tone and mood breaks your heart with a belly laugh then puts it back together in a way that pulls compassion to the reader like wasps to Budget raspberry fizzy drink. This is a masterful work with a sharp eye, a raging intelligence and an incredible skill for telling a story. You can't read this book and stay the same. Read it!' -Pip Adam

Title: 2000ft Above Worry Level
Author: MARRA EAMONN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/02/2020
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562978
Available stock: 2
Price: $30.00
Absence
Absence
Edgy, insightful and brilliantly evoked, this compelling novel is impossible to put down. Four sisters meet for a holiday on the spectacularly beautiful Cinque Terre coast of Italy. One of the sisters goes missing. Under the stress, the hidden emotional and sexual rivalries between the others are laid bare. For the youngest, the disappearance of her sister is a profound threat. This is the person with whom she has had the truest bond since the collapse of the family twenty years ago. Only the absent sister knows about the man she loves and to whom she cannot turn during this crisis; he has a partner and child. Is the disappearance accidental or intentional? Have the sisters shockingly misunderstood one of their own? How radically will the missing sister's fate alter their lives? Husbands and lovers, future hopes and the family's past all come under intense scrutiny in the vortex of events.

Title: Absence
Author: KING JOANNA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 29/02/2016
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN: 9781775538653
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Absolute Book
Absolute Book
Taryn Cornick believes that the past is behind her - her sister's death by violence, and her own ill-concieved revenge. She has chosen to live a life more professional than personal. She has written a book about the things that threaten libraries - insects, damp, light, fire, carelessness and uncaring. The book is a success, but not all of the attention it brings her is good. There are questions about a fire in the library at Princes Gate, her grandparents' house, and about an ancient scroll box known as the Firestarter. A policeman, Jacob Berger, has questions about a cold case. There are threatening phone calls. And a shadowy young man named Shift appears, bringing his shadows with him. Taryn, Jacob, Shift - three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world. The Absolute Book is an epic fantasy, intimate in tone. A book where hidden treasures are recovered; where wicked things people think they've shaken from their trails find their scent again. A book about beautiful societies founded on theft and treachery, and one in which dead sisters are a living force. It is a book of journeys and returns, set in London, Norfolk, and the Wye Valley; in Auckland, New Zealand; in the Island of Apples and Summer Road of the Sidhe; at Hell's Gate; in the Tacit with its tombs; and in the hospitals and train stations of Purgatory. Cover: Catherine Nelson, Lost (2014). `The master is present. To read Knox on such a huge canvas - to be immersed in her worlds, wrapped in her intelligence and craft so completely - is an experience not be missed. Lessing, Le Guin, Knox - books where the best hearts meet the best minds meet the best imaginations are few and far between. The Absolute Book is a triumph of fantasy grounded in the reality and challenges of the moment we live in.' -Pip Adam

Title: Absolute Book
Author: KNOX ELIZABETH
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/09/2019
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562305
Available stock: 4
Price: $35.00
Access Road
Access Road
Title: Access Road
Author: GEE MAURICE
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Price: $37.80
RRP: $37.00
Imprint: Pen & Sword Books
ISBN: 9780143202448
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Price: $37.80
Acid Song
Acid Song
Title: Acid Song
Author: BECKETT BERNARD
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Price: $30.70
RRP: $29.99
Imprint: Longacre Press
ISBN: 9781877460111
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Price: $30.70
Actresses
Actresses
Title: Actresses
Author: EWING BARBARA
Edition: 01
Year: 9808
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Price: $28.60
RRP: $28.00
Imprint: Grand Central Pub
ISBN: 9780751535464
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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
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Price: $30.00
Adventures of Vela
Adventures of Vela
Journey through the many stories and worlds of the immortal Vela - Vela, so red and ugly at birth they called him the Cooked; Vela the lonely admirer of pigs and the connoisseur of feet; Vela the lover of song maker Mulialofa the Boneman. Follow him down through the centuries on his travels, encountering the single-minded society of the Tagatanei and the Smellocracy of Olfact. Accompany him, too, as he recounts the stories of Lady Nafanua, the fearsome warrior queen, before whose powers Palagi priests and travelling chroniclers still bow down today.

Title: Adventures of Vela
Author: WENDT ALBERT
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 15/05/2009
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: Huia
Publisher: Huia Publishers
ISBN: 9781869693633
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Aesops Kiwi Fables
Aesops Kiwi Fables
In this collection, newly painted for this book, Ray Ching's drawing and painting skills, familiar to New Zealanders through his widely seen paintings of birds, are imaginatively engaged in an altogether new expression of Aesop's Fables. The stories have left their origins in Greece and ancient Europe and set off to the distant isles of New Zealand. Now, the tales are told by the inhabitants of these islands, mostly birds, who take the place of the more traditional players - Tui are as smart as Crows, and Tuatara is as dogged as the Tortoise, to successfully win his race over Possum. An introduction by Richard Wolfe gives an insight into the work and art of Ray Ching and a brief history of Aesop's fables in publication.

Title: Aesops Kiwi Fables
Author: CHING RAY
Format: Hardback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 15/11/2012
Price: $50.00
RRP: $50.00
Imprint: David Bateman
Publisher: David Bateman Ltd
ISBN: 9781869538453
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Price: $50.00
Afakasi Woman
Afakasi Woman
Title: Afakasi Woman
Author: WENDT YOUNG LANI
Year: 2019
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 14/11/2019
Price: $29.00
RRP: $29.00
Imprint: One Tree
Publisher: OneTree House Ltd
ISBN: 9780995106598
Available stock: 2
Price: $29.00
After Z Hour
After Z Hour
The first new edition since 1987 of the prize-winning debut novel by the acclaimed author of The Vintner's Luck, Wake, and other New Zealand classics. First published on Armistice Day 1987, After Z-Hour was acclaimed by reviewers including Margaret Mahy and Keri Hulme, and won the PEN Award for Best First Book of Prose. Stranded by a South Island storm, six people usurp the stillness of an old house. As they tell the fragments of their story, a seventh voice responds: a young New Zealand serviceman who died in 1920 soon after his return from France. As the storm deepens, the hauntings of the mind and the hauntings of the house become one.

Title: After Z Hour
Author: KNOX ELIZABETH
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9780864739230
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Price: $30.00