Auckland Libraries: Classic New Zealand fiction

Classic New Zealand fiction

Ngā Kōrero paki o nehe o Aotearoa

​Take a look at these titles to get you schooled up on a bunch of great Kiwi classics.

In my father's den

Maurice Gee

Book

"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. Celia's death and the violence which follows send...

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Potiki

Patricia Grace

Book

In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion - and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When...

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Sons for the return home

Albert Wendt

Book

"Samoan-born Albert Wendt was working as a teacher in Samoa when he wrote the autobiographical Sons for the Return Home, first published in 1973. It is the story of a cross-racial romance between a Samoan student at Auckland University, the son of migrant...

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Frank Sargeson's stories

Frank Sargeson

Book

"A new edition of the short stories from the father of modern New Zealand writing and the man who introduced the speech of ordinary New Zealanders to our literature and took it to the international stage. This collection includes some early works which...

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Man alone

John Mulgan

Book

"Man Alone is a literary landmark that has haunted our writing for decades. John Mulgan's vision of New Zealand society as detached and unsentimental, with the power to reject and alienate, enriches our understanding of who, and what, we are."--Publisher...

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Smith's dream

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

Book

Smith, a man on the run from a broken marriage, becomes accidentally caught up between two powers - a repressive government and a violent resistance movement. He becomes a man alone, hunted and hostile.

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A good keen man

Barry Crump

Book

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of legendary New Zealander Barry Crump's first novel, A Good Keen Man. Crump worked for many years as a government deer-culler and the book was the result of his collected experiences.

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Katherine Mansfield's short stories

Katherine Mansfield

Book

A complete collection of Katherine Mansfield's finished stories taken from her five books - Bliss, The garden party, The doves' nest, Something childish and In a German pension - plus two unfinished stories.

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Died in the wool

Ngaio Marsh

Book

One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears. Three weeks later she turns up at an auction. Packed inside one of her own bales...

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The godwits fly

Robin Hyde

Book

First published in 1938, this novel conveys the intense feelings of an adolescent in love, poetry and England. It pictures life in early 20th-century Wellington, its physical details, emotional tensions, muddle and variety.

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Owls do cry

Janet Frame

Book

Toby Withers, a sensitive epileptic boy, grows up in a New Zealand town and tries to find his place in society.

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The scarecrow

Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Book

Fourteen-year-old Neddy Poindexter and his mate Les take swift revenge on the chook-rustling Lynch Gang, but things turn sinister when vulture-like Hubert Salter stalks into Klynham. There's a sex killer on the loose, and Neddy is in deep fear for the...

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