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.
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.
Samoan-born Albert Wendt was working as a teacher when he wrote the autobiographical Sons for the Return Home. It is the story of a cross-racial romance between a Samoan student at Auckland University, and the daughter of a wealthy palagi family.
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.
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.
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.
Legendary New Zealander Barry Crump's first novel was A Good Keen Man. Crump worked for many years as a government deer-culler and the book was the result of his collected experiences.
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.
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 a bale of wool.
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.
Toby Withers, a sensitive epileptic boy, grows up in a New Zealand town and tries to find his place in society.
Fourteen-year-old Neddy Poindexter and his mate Les take swift revenge on the chook-rustling Lynch Gang. Things turn sinister when Hubert Salter stalks into Klynham - there's a sex killer on the loose, and Neddy is in fear for his sister.
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