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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
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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
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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
Blackbird Sings at Dusk
Blackbird Sings at Dusk
A compelling novel about friendship, identity and love. One winter evening, Elias, a young artist, watches a woman move into his apartment building. After closing her door, however, she is not seen again. A misdirected letter finally gives Elias the opportunity to make contact. But inside her dark apartment, Elisabeth refuses to respond to his knock. Her only company is the Woman in Green, an unbidden vision from her childhood dreams. Elias, meanwhile, is not to be deterred and draws his friend Otto, an elderly widower, into his attempts to entice Elisabeth into the world. As spring segues into summer, their lives become intertwined and their past stories are revealed.

Title: Blackbird Sings at Dusk
Author: OLSSON LINDA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143573661
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Price: $38.00
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: 1
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
Boyfriend
Boyfriend
Title: Boyfriend
Author: SOUTHGATE LAURA
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562848
Available stock: 3
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
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $30.00
Briefcase Two Pies & a Penthouse
Briefcase Two Pies & a Penthouse
In 1981, a top spy misplaced a briefcase in the Aro Valley. All it contained were his business cards, a diary of scurrilous gossip, three mince pies, two fruit pies, the NZ Listener, and a Penthouse magazine. Unfortunately for him, the briefcase was discovered by the son of a prominent political journalist. Brannavan Gnanalingam's savage new novel, A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse looks at modern day spies in New Zealand. Instead of 'Reds Under the Bed', the new existential threat is Islamic terrorism - and the novel looks at a very New Zealand response to a global issue. Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation's capital.

Title: Briefcase Two Pies & a Penthouse
Author: GNANALINGAM BRANNAVAN
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 01/07/2016
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Miscellaneous
Publisher: Lawrence & Gibson
ISBN: 9780473356347
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Price: $30.00
Broken Play
Broken Play
Title: Broken Play
Author: SHEPPARD NICHOLAS
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Price: $35.00
RRP: $35.00
Imprint: RSVP Publications
Publisher: Eunoia Publishing Limited
ISBN: 9780994140814
Available stock: 2
Price: $35.00
Burning River
Burning River
In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive. When a young visitor summons him to the fenced settlement on the hill, he is offered a new and frightening responsibility-a perilous inland journey that leads to a tense confrontation and the prospect of a rebuilt world.


`Patchett's is an extraordinary imaginative achievement: an unsettlingly strange, and fully realised, narrative situation and world. I read The Burning River experiencing a mixture of intellectual exhilaration and emotional agitation of an intensity fiction has not produced in me for some time.'
-Dougal McNeill

Title: Burning River
Author: PATCHETT LAWRENCE
Format: Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Price: $30.00
RRP: $30.00
Imprint: Victoria University Press
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 9781776562237
Available stock: 2
Price: $30.00
Cage
Cage
A powerful allegorical tale about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we can justify brutality.Two mysterious strangers turn up at a hotel in a small country town. Where have they come from? Who are they? What catastrophe are they fleeing?The townspeople want answers, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trauma. Before long, wary hospitality shifts to suspicion and fear, and the care of the men slides into appalling cruelty.Lloyd Jones's fable-like novel The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel.

Title: Cage
Author: LLOYD JONES
Format: Trade Paperback
Publishing status: Active
Publication date: 29/01/2018
Price: $38.00
RRP: $38.00
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
ISBN: 9780143772323
Temporarily out of stock
Price: $38.00