Auckland Libraries: Contemporary New Zealand fiction

Contemporary New Zealand fiction

Nga Kōrero paki o nāianei o Aotearoa

​Kiwi favourites produced in the last 20 years by New Zealand novelists.

Wake

Elizabeth Knox

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"An invisible monster is what you can't see coming. With an invisible monster you never know when you're in danger and when you're safe-if you retreat to your fortress you can't be sure you haven't locked it in with you. The invisible monster is something...

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The luminaries

Eleanor Catton

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It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man...

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Everything we hoped for

Pip Adam

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"A young mother in shocked contemplation of her new baby and young women in rehab and jail feature in mostly short and oblique stories which echo and connect with cumulative power. A broad range of other characters, including a NZ serviceman returned...

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The 10 pm question

Kate De Goldi

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Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has rather large, quirky family. Until now they've been the centre of his universe, but now Frankie's view of his world begins to change. There's a new arrival at school- a dredlocked girl called Sydney who becomes perplexingly...

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Novel about my wife

Emily Perkins

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Tom Stone, fortyish, English, is madly in love with his wife Ann, an Australian in self-imposed exile in London. Expecting their first child, they buy a semi-derelict house in Hackney. They believe this is their settled future, despite Tom's stalling...

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Lucky bastard

Peter Wells

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In post-war Japan, Eric Keeling must investigate an alleged war crime, but do his actions constitute a further crime? In New Zealand, half a century later, this is the question that confronts his two children. They have grown up with a difficult father,...

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Opportunity

Charlotte Grimshaw

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"You could look back after a long time and ask, who wanted what from whom?" A man confronts death after an operation, a devout Christian encounters a man who hurt her long ago, a secretary uncovers her boss's secret shame. And in a house in Auckland an...

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The cowboy dog

Nigel Cox

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Chester Farlowe was twelve when the coward Stronson shot his daddy down. Chester left the vast cattle ranches of New Zealand's central Volcanic Plateau for the badlands of urban Auckland. There he was given shelter by Henry Stroud, proprietor of the 1...

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The book of fame

Lloyd Jones

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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. A year later most of them are back. Bearing scars of illness and injury they are accorded a hero's welcome the like of which has...

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The hopeful traveller

Fiona Farrell

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Sometime in the 1860's Harry Head, "the Hermit of Hickory Bay" experimented unsuccessfully with flight in an isolated valley on Banks Peninsula. His story forms part of the exuberant blend of fact and fiction which constitutes this tale of hope, love,...

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The curative

Charlotte Randall

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This is the story of an inmate in Bedlam, the London mental asylum, in the early 19th century. Living in appalling conditions he still manages to be witty, urbane and seemingly sane. As the story unfolds we learn about life in the asylum, about his life...

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Lost in translation

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"Lying at the core of our interactions, words are both salves and weapons; they can be simple and fork-tongued. How we read, how we misinterpret each other, can reveal the nature of our society - its diversity, complexity and richness. These stories riff...

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Blood men

Paul Cleave

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Edward Hunter is a family man with a beautiful wife and daughter, a great job, a bright future, and a very dark past. Edward's father is a man of blood. He's been in jail for twenty years and he's never coming out. Edward has struggled his entire life...

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The Penguin book of contemporary New Zealand short stories

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The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories, edited by acclaimed novelist Paula Morris, provides a fascinating snapshot of New Zealand fiction in the early twenty-first century.

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Blindsight

Maurice Gee

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"[This book] is the story of a good though damaged man and his less than virtuous sister. As their childhood closeness unravels, Alice moves into her career in science (she's a mycologist), while Gordon descends into vagrancy and silence. For more than...

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Dogside story

Patricia Grace

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Te Rua holds a secret. But if he is to rescue his daughter Kiri from the neglectful care of his aunts then the truth will have to be told. Not only will his confession shame his family, but it will reverberate through the whole community.

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