Emerging brittle and cynical from a wildly dysfunctional family, Ngaio careers from ice cream factory to children's home to Oxford to rehab. Along the way, she discovers herself and her sexuality.
The unnamed narrator meets a young junkie and prostitute called Sykes and soon falls in love with him. They enjoy a series of encounters, and even take a truncated holiday together, but Sykes keeps disappearing into Auckland's hazy underworld.
Ruahine is a collection of traditional Maori stories retold from a contemporary feminist perspective. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku uses her extensive and expert knowledge of Maori culture to add quiet authority to her radical re-interpretations.
Takes us along the precarious divide between sexuality and social mores, exploring dilemmas of contemporary gay culture with anger, laughter, sensitivity and honesty.
Book 1 of Shieff's historical crime trilogy. Hairdresser and brothel madam Rita misses the love of a good woman. With Hungarian Istvan and teen runaway Judith, she uncovers the seedy underworld of 1950s Auckland and a plot involving orphaned girls.
Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi. Greta is in love with her colleague Holly who can't pronounce her surname. From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister navigate modern love and their eccentric Māori-Russian-Catalonian family.
Baby Ruby was left in a kete at a children's home. At seven she found that Betty - who stopped the bad stuff happening to Ruby - had drowned. As an adult, Ruby needs to find out the truth from a notebook of playing card symbols that hide secrets.
Struggling with their own disparate agendas, members of a dysfunctional yet fervent anti-racism cell embark on an earnest quest to disrupt the celebrations planned for the 150-year anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi.
When 21-year-old builder Joe meets Leo, he falls hard. Leo teaches Joe to appreciate music, literature and the beautiful old buildings disappearing from Auckland - then disappears himself. An intense love story and a song to a city's vanishing past.
An anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa edited by Chris Tse and Emma Barnes. Includes poems, short stories, comics, plays and excerpts from larger works.
11-year-old Tippy Chan lives in a small quiet town that fashion forgot. Her Uncle Pike is back to babysit with new boyfriend Devon. They all love Nancy Drew. When Tippy's teacher's body is found, they form The Nancys, a secret amateur detective club.
A Pasifikafuturism sci-fi story of sunken cities and solar-sail vaka. When sister Leilani's shuttle is sucked into a cosmic whirlpool, navigator Tia must find a way to work with her mother who is leading the rescue, or risk losing her sister forever.
Book 1 of the Locked Tomb series by award-winning Auckland author Muir. Space shuttles, swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. A heart-pounding epic science fantasy and the most fun you'll ever have with a skeleton.
Published in 2010, this collection of Sargeson's masterfully minimalist short stories is a great introduction to the writer who introduced the speech of ordinary New Zealanders to our literature and took it to the international stage.
A beautiful new hardback edition of Katherine Mansfield's best stories. To quote the author: 'Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people.'
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