It is 1929. When Hollywood hits town to make a movie with real movie stars and local star-struck hopefuls, real life turns out to be much more complicated than reel life. The innocent local seamstress..
Homer's Odyssey tells the story of Greek hero Odysseus and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It is the second oldest surviving work of Western literature, has been fundamental in shaping our cu..
In 1905, white supremacist Lionel Terry murdered the Cantonese gold prospector Joe Kum Yung to draw attention to his crusade to rid New Zealand of Chinese and other East Asian immigrants. Chris Tse us..
Brilliantly capturing the voice and perspective of a young girl, this is a heart-warming, lively, funny and intriguing novel. The year 1961 is a pivotal one for nine-year-old Solly McKeen. She is a lo..
The book contains the stories from the finalists for Best Short Story written in English, Best Short Story written in Maori and Best Novel Extract. For over ten years, the Maori Literature Trust and H..
Here are the best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Maori Writers 2011, as judged by Keri Hulme, Katie Wolfe, Erima Henare and Reina Whaitiri. The book will contain the sto..
On a perfect summer's day, at a school picnic beside a lake, a little girl goes missing, leaving a family devastated and a community asking questions. Seventeen years later her sister, Stephanie, is p..
'I suddenly found myself in front of a scene of such beauty that it took my breath away ...' As a boy in the late 1930s, young Boden's life is changed for ever the day his neighbour Dudley drives him ..
A bloodied figure travels through time, a stepfather kicks a ball and curses a snack machine, a cranky ghost brakes a Kapiti train. From a reimagined history to a future where holograms walk the stree..
'I, Clodia' is the story of Clodia Metelli - poet and lover - and her relations with her far-away paramour Catullus, with her husband Metellus Celer, her brother Publius Clodius and her accuser Cicero..
When a woman's body is discovered frozen in the ice of a river near the alpine resort of Queenstown, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Buchan faces both a mystery and a moral dilemma. The identity of the nud..
Rogelio Guedea (Mexico,1974) is the author of more than forty books of poetry, essays, narrative,
interviews and translations. Publications of his work in English translation include: Free fall (2009..
Maverick Maori cop Tito Ihaka, is a detective sergeant in the Auckland CID. Despite treading on numerous toes and breaking most of the rules in the book, Ihaka eventually gets his man - and sometimes ..
In this absorbing poetic memoir of her early life, Cilla McQueen, one of New Zealands major women poets, leads us over the stepping stones of childhood memory, some half submerged, some strong and gli..
In his third collection, Richard Reeve examines a catalogue of historical incidents - from the violence of Tiberius and Edward III to the death of James Cook's Polynesian companion, Tupaia - to illust..
When Celia Inverarity, aged seventeen, is found brutally murdered in a secluded West Auckland park one Sunday afternoon, Paul Prior, her English teacher and mentor, is suspected of being her murderer...
Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Watercress-Armstrong Fellowship-a 'living memorial' to the poet, Margaret Rose Hurndell. He arrives in the..
In the Memorial Room is a brilliant black comedy, by the celebrated author of An Angel at My Table. Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, has been awarded the annual Water..
Rock musician Jed Jordan's former fame means the events in his life have become public property. Years after 'Captain of the Rules' made him world famous in New Zealand, Jed is living quietly in an Au..
Editor Robert McLean describes In the supplementary garden as a generous harvest from Bridge's five previous books of poetry, including a number of the lyric sequences at which she especially excels, ..
The Incomplete Poems is both a summation and a wiping clean of the slate. Here, in their definitive versions, are those poems that I am prepared to stand beside as chalk and duster come to rest next t..
This new collection of stories offers a candid peek at infidelity in all its guises. These are tales of lust, deceit, resentment and regret - and of the secrets and lies that can chip away at human re..
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...
This substantial new collection by award-winning poet Brian Turner develops themes characteristic of his poetry. Love poems and elegies keep company with poems of satire, protest and metaphysical spec..
Inside the Black Horse is a fast-moving thriller, a story of fate, and unlikely love story for our time. Pio Morgan is waiting outside a pub on a cold winter night. There is a debt he must pay and no ..
Millie Sanderson is a young woman who does not want to be constrained by the mores of her day, or her mother's attempts to make her into 'the perfect young lady'. Instead she thrives in the mentally s..
The 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia were the first English-speaking team to ride the Tour de France. From June through July they faced one of toughest in the race's history: 5,47..
A journey to New Zealand's most fascinating, wild and isolated islands. Following on from their non-fiction book-of-the-year winning Coast, this is the next epic journey from writer Bruce Ansley and p..
It seems that having discovered a new world, we have been doomed to then lose it. The year is 1775. Captain James Cook is forty-seven years old and the toast of the Admiralty, the Royal Society and th..
In the second instalment of Grame Lay's fictionalised account of Captain James Cook's life, JAMES COOK'S NEW WORLD imagines the astonishing second great voyage of discovery the great navigator made, i..
Janet Frame is regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost writers. She wrote prize-winning novels and a three-volume autobiography, numerous short stories and outstanding poetry. An ideal entr e to her..
Life is full of surprises. Big Floyd Johnston didn't expect to find anything more interesting than a pig or two when he set off with his loyal dog on the morning of his seventieth birthday. And, even ..
In his fourth collection David Beach tackles a subject inescapable for any New Zealander writing sonnets; a subject inescapable for any writer of sonnets at all; and a subject which is just inescapabl..