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Recent New Zealand publications


Cross Fingers | Paddy Richardson

Life has taken a sudden turn for the worse for TV journalist Rebecca Thorne. Her romantic holiday ended with a proposal... then a break up. Now her ex, Rolly, seems to be stalking her. Her boss has taken her off the investigation of a shady property developer, just when things were heating up, and he's charged her with producing a doco on the 1981 Springbok tour. How is she supposed to find a fresh angle on a story that has been hashed to death?
(Hodder – HNZ, June 2013)

The Misplaced Affections of Charlotte Fforbes | Catherine Robertson

Another entertaining novel from this internationally published writer, about tangled relationships, misunderstandings and truculent toddlers.
(RHNZ Black Swan, July 2013)

The Fall of Light | Sarah Laing

An excitingly contemporary and innovative blend of a beautifully written novel with pictures by a critically acclaimed author. Rudy is a successful architect, but life is not as happy as it should be. His work leaves him artistically frustrated, his wife and two young daughters have moved out of the house he designed for them, and his pushy young associate is vying for design supremacy.
(RHNZ Vintage, July 2013)

Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley | Danyl McLauchlan

Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley is a dark and hilarious odyssey through Wellington’s underbelly.
(Victoria University Press, July 2013)

Just an Orange for Christmas: Stories from the Wairarapa | Christine Hunt Daniell

When Christine Hunt Daniell sat down with pen and paper and talked with the 'old- timers' for this book, her motivation was to preserve more than the bland surface details of regional history. The stories are from the Wairarapa, but their core is essential New Zealand experience.
(HarperCollins, June 2013)

Tough | Amy Head

The remarkable stories in Tough tunnel back and forth between the West Coast’s present and its gold-mining past. They explore rugged lives lived out against rugged landscapes. But the stories also find moments of grace, solace and unlikely triumph. With unflinching honesty and dramatic flair, Amy Head gives us a new view of a place and a people on the margins.
(Victoria University Press, June 2013)

The Last Days of the National Costume | Anne Kennedy

A heartwarming novel about illicit love, sewing, blackouts and Belfast, featuring GoGo Sligo, one of the funniest, wisest literary observers of all time with a unique and spellbinding voice.
(Allen & Unwin, July 2013)

The Son-in-Law | Charity Norman

A compelling, moving and ultimately optimistic story of one man who will do almost anything to be reunited with his children. And of the grandparents who are determined to stop him.
(Allen & Unwin, July 2013)

The Elusive Language of Ducks | Judith White

A quirky and heart-warming novel about human relationships and a duck. 'As if it will make up for her loss, they bring Hannah a duckling to care for. They were well meaning, and it could have done the trick.'
(Random House, June 2013)

White Lies | Witi Ihimaera

From the author of The Whale Rider, an intriguing novella about the nature of identity, together with its screenplay and many extras. A medicine woman a giver of life is asked to hide a secret that may protect a position in society, but could have fatal consequences.
(Random House, June 2013)

Only the Dead | Ben Sanders

When a failed witness protection operation ends in multiple homicides, evidence suggests the crime is linked to a series of violent robberies in Auckland City. For Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux, solving the case is proving next to impossible.
(HarperCollins, June 2013)

The Lost Pilot: A Memoir | Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

A unique and beautifully written book – part memoir, part history, part travelogue – The Lost Pilot charts a gripping journey of discovery and reconciliation. It stands as testimony to the power of memory and the persistence of grief in the wake of war's faceless cruelties.
(Penguin NZ, May 2013)

The Secret Life of James Cook: A Novel | Graeme Lay

A fictionalised account of Captain James Cook’s early life, The Secret Life of James Cook: A Novel depicts in imaginative form Cook’s early life and ambitions, his naval career in Canada and beyond and his marriage to Elizabeth.
(Harper Collins NZ, May 2013)

Two Girls in a Boat | Emma Martin

Traversing England, the Balkans, and New Zealand past and present, these stories trace the unexpected paths of people’s lives. From the winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Two Girls in a Boat is a debut of clear-eyed, unnerving brilliance.
(Victoria University Press, May 2013)

Toa | Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana's first novel is a rollicking road trip through the 'skinny country' where a guerilla war is raging between Indigenous rebels and a Pakeha government controlled by foreign interests. Redneck assassins, secret-agents, biker gangs and feminist groups all cross paths.
(Atuanui Press, April 2013)


Intercolonial | Stephen Oliver

Intercolonial is a long narrative poem that ranges wide—it’s oceanic—transtasman, transatlantic—both impressively researched and visionary. The title term refers to the shipping trade between the colonies of Australia and New Zealand.
(Puriri Press, July 2013)

The Rope Walk | Maria McMillan

The poems in this non-chronological collection tell the story of generations of a fictional family, from rope-makers in 18th-century Scotland, to shipboard migrants in the mid-19th century on their way to New Zealand, and finally a rope-climbing aerialist.
(Seraph Press, July 2013)

Sport 41: New Zealand New Writing 2013 | Edited by Fergus Barrowman

From Pip Adam to Ashleigh Young, two-thirds fiction by page count and three-quarters poetry by writer, and with the focus firmly on emerging talent, Sport 41 is a superb overview of current New Zealand writing.
(Sport, June 2013)

The Lifeguard: New Poems 2008–2013 | Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde’s poet laureate collection brings together work from the past five years by one of our most outstanding contemporary poets, The Lifeguard shows Wedde at his thoughtful surprising best, building ‘these lattices and / filigrees of words through which / the light slips, where the shadow / stands up, and we remember’.
(Auckland University Press, May 2013)

Snow White's Coffin | Kate Camp

These poems were written in Berlin while Kate Camp held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Residency between September 2011 and October 2012.
(Victoria University Press, May 2013)

The Baker's Thumbprint | Paula Green

Philosophers, scientists and artists such as Socrates, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Einstein and Jane Austen pop in for lunch, stay for the afternoon, dance at outdoor concerts and generally inhabit the every-day in these playful and thought-provoking poems by much-admired poet Paula Green.
(Seraph Press, May 2013)

Landfall 225: My Auckland | Edited by Eggleton, David

Just what does Auckland mean to us? This exciting and exuberant issue explores the question, and has been selected from the huge number of submissions received, as well as from the work of invited contributers.
(Otago University Press, April 2013)

The Blue Coat | Elizabeth Smither

In The Blue Coat, Elizabeth Smither examines the quotidian and the quirky for resonance, for contemplation, for verve. Here ‘poetry has a place among other bodies’, but also in enclosed gardens, in Chinese restaurants, in margins and in memory.
(Auckland University Press, April 2013)

The Judas Tree | Edited by Bernadette Hall; By Lorna Staveley Anker

Lorna Staveley Anker was born in 1914. She used to joke that this was the cause of the First World War. In truth, the poems in this fine collection reveal her as New Zealand's first woman war poet. There are poems here that arise from her childhood memories of Kaiser Bill.
(Canterbury University Press, April 2013)


An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One Veterans | Jane Tolerton

What was it like to be a New Zealand soldier in the First World War? What impact did the war have on those who returned? Let them tell you. An Awfully Big Adventure traces the reminiscences and reflections of 80 veterans interviewed for the World War One Oral History Archive.
(Penguin NZ, April 2013)

The Devouring Dragon: How China's Rise Threatens the Natural World | Craig Simons

Craig Simons visits many of the places, people and communities affected and produces a devastating report. The Devouring Dragon looks at how an ascending China has rapidly surpassed the U.S. and Europe as the worst-polluting superpower. This book asks questions that need urgent answers if life on Earth is to survive.
(Awa Press, July 2013)

Moon Over Martinborough | Jared Gulian

The hilarious tale of how two American city boys learn to become olive farmers on a lifestyle block in New Zealand. For Jared Gulian, leaving the United States and coming to tiny Wellington, New Zealand, was switch from the bright lights of big cities enough.
(Random House, June 2013)

Shane Cotton: The Hanging Sky | Justin Paton with Eliot Weinberger, Robert Leonard & Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow

For two decades Shane Cotton (ONZM, Ngapuhi) has been one of New Zealand's most acclaimed painters. His works of the 1990s played a pivotal part in that decade's debates about place, belonging and bicultural identity.
(Christchurch Art Gallery, June 2013)

Wanted, a Beautiful Barmaid: Women Behind the Bar in New Zealand, 1830-1976 | Susan Upton

Wanted, A Beautiful Barmaid explores a side of New Zealand pub histories that has remained largely invisible: the women who poured the drinks. Women in the New Zealand liquor trade have been the subject of scrutiny and condemnation since the first grog shops sold rum to sailors.
(Victoria University Press, June 2013)

Crown Lynn Collector's Handbook | Valerie Monk

A-Z listings of more than 300 Crown Lynn products, including photographs of representative designs as well as their distinctive backstamps and marks to help collectors correctly identify and appreciate the origins of a huge diversity of Crown Lynn items produced over more than 50 years.
(Penguin, June 2013)

Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis | Max Rashbrooke

A staggering rise in wealth disparity has transformed New Zealand from one of the developed world's most equal nations to one of the most unequal. So dramatic has been this shift from a supposedly egalitarian society that the future has become difficult to grasp.
(Bridget Williams Books, June 2013)

Letters from Everest: A New Zealander's Account of the Epic First Ascent | George Lowe

Sixty years after the first ascent of Mount Everest, this unique book of letters from New Zealander George Lowe celebrates, in a very personal way, this most majestic of mountains.
(HarperCollins, June 2013)

New Zealand Retirement Guide | Martin Hawes

Going into retirement is not the January holidays: a few weeks away and then back to normal. This is a major life transition and it's for keeps. Few of us think of retirement as a 20 or 30-year period of our life that will see our wants, needs and finances change.
(Penguin, June 2013)

Raw | Martin Crowe

Raw is a unique book. It details, often with brutal candour, the personal battles of cricket star Martin Crowe since his retirement as a player - depression, launching Cricket Max, the joys of fatherhood, the pleasure and problems he had working for Sky TV, marriage to Lorraine Downes.
(Trio Books, June 2013)

His Own Steam: The Work of Barry Brickell | David Craig and Gregory O'Brien with photographs by Haru Sameshima

Potter extraordinaire, conservationist, railway enthusiast and iconoclast Barry Brickell is one of New Zealand's most important ceramicists. Essays by David Craig and Gregory O'Brien and with both newly commissioned photographs by Haru Sameshima and historic images.
(Auckland University Press, May 2013)

Heart to Start | Derek Handley

Globally successful young entrepreneur Derek Handley describes the entrepreneurial mindset and how this can be applied to anyone's dreams and projects. This includes a fieldguide to the process of creating a start-up company, which is action oriented.
(Random House, May 2013)

A City Recovers | The Press

Fascinating review of Christchurch two years after the earthquakes' devastation with analysis of the social, economic and demographic changes and implications, as well as a photographic record of where the city is at this point.
(Random House, May 2013)

A Forager's Treasury: A New Zealand Guide to Finding and Using Wild Plants | Johanna Knox

A beautiful guide to the art of foraging - the ultimate guide to finding sustainable, free and fascinating plants in New Zealand.
(Allen & Unwin, May 2013)

Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics and the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984–1987 | Gerald Hensley

An insider account of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy and the unravelling of the ANZUS alliance. This is the definitive account of a key turning point in New Zealand history – a dramatic story of powerful personalities arguing key questions on the world stage.
(Auckland University Press, May 2013)

Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand | Alison McCulloch

Fighting to Choose chronicles one of the most important yet neglected chapters in New Zealand's recent political history. More than thirty years ago, at the height of the second wave of feminism, New Zealand passed one of the most regressive abortion laws in the Western world.
(Victoria University Press, May 2013)

Migrations: Journeys in Time and Place | Rod Edmond

In 1853 Catherine McLeod and her family abandoned their small croft on the coast of Scotland and sailed for Tasmania. In 1884 Charles Murray left Aberdeenshire to become a missionary in the Pacific. In Migrations, Rod Edmond follows the journeys of these two great- grandparents.
(Bridget Williams Books, May 2013)

Sarah Vaughan is Not My Mother | MaryJane Thomson

In the tradition of The Bell Jar and Girl, Interrupted comes a stunning autobiographical account from a 29-year-old New Zealander. A creative, intelligent young woman with a loving family, in her first year of university MaryJane starts to experience nightmarish delusions…
(Awa Press, April 2013)

Dolphins Down Under: Understanding the New Zealand Dolphin | Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson

Beautiful and portable highly illustrated guide. Accessible to readers of all ages and levels of interest. Based on a 30-year study of the life of a unique dolphin species and written by the world experts on New Zealand dolphins.
(Otago University Press, April 2013)

Why Can't Kiwis Fly?: And 181 Other Curious Questions About New Zealand's Natural History | Gerard Hutching

Why Can't Kiwis Fly? is a succinct, quirky and informed collection of questions and answers about New Zealand's natural history. Crammed full of fascinating, fun and sometimes challenging facts, it's a lively, bite-sized introduction to our natural world.
(Penguin, April 2013)

Fit to Fight: Compulsory Military Training and National Service in New Zealand 1949 -1972 | Peter Cooke

What do Colin Meads and Carmen have in common? Or Barry Brickell, Jim Bolger, John Hawkesby, Paul Reeves and Witi Ihimaera? They all took part in compulsory military training (CMT). In this ground-breaking study, military historian Peter Cooke follows the process of men being given a number, called up and regimented.
(David Ling Publishing Limited, March 2013)

We Will Work with You: Wellington Media Collective 1978-1998 | Edited by Mark Derby; Jenny Rouse, Ian Wedde

We Will Work With You: Wellington Media Collective 1978-1998 tells the story of a group of young Kiwi designers and political activists committed to broadly defined left-wing principles and politics.
(Victoria University Press, February 2013)

How to Speak New Zenglish | Jesse Mulligan

Designed for both New Zealanders and people who want to talk to New Zealanders, How to Speak New Zenglish brings everyday Kiwi conversation to life with unnerving accuracy, and celebrates the mangled mess of a language we proudly call our own.
(Penguin, February 2013)

The New Zealand Book | Nigel Beckford, Michael Fitzsimons, Jess Lunnon and Sandi McKechnie

This is a New Zealand book with a difference. It's a visually stunning and entertaining memento of what it's like to live in this country. The NZ Book comprises pages of fresh and quirky illustrations capturing the people, the landscape and the culture of New Zealand.
(Fitzbeck Publishing, February 2013)

Katherine Mansfield's New Zealand | Vincent O'Sullivan

A timely new and revised edition of this successful book providing a glimpse of the New Zealand Katherine Mansfield knew with abundant images and relevant quotes from her writing.
(Steele Roberts, February 2013)

The War That Never Ended: New Zealand Veterans Remember Korea | Pip Desmond

More than 6,000 New Zealanders served in the Korean War during the early 1950s. Based on in-depth interviews, The War That Never Ended records the memories of 12 of those veterans - gunners, signallers, seamen, a mechanic, dispatch rider, dentist, engineer and official photographer. The men tell intimate and often surprising stories
(Penguin, February 2013)

A Home in the Howling Wilderness: Settlers and the Environment in Southern New Zealand | Peter Holland

During the nineteenth century European settlers transformed New Zealand's South Island. Peter Holland undertakes a deep history of that settlement to answer key questions about New Zealand's ecological transformation.
(Auckland University Press, February 2013)

Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki | Judith Binney

Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki was one of New Zealand's significant nineteenth century leaders. In both war and peace, he sought to redeem his people and the land. Yet his reputation as a guerrilla fighter obscured his purposes and his achievements for generations. This award-winning biography shifted public perceptions of this remarkable man.
(Bridget Williams Books, January 2013)

Above the Treeline: A Nature Guide to the New Zealand Mountains | Sir Alan Mark

New Zealand's alpine environment is challenging, not only for the humans who explore it but for the plants and animals that inhabit it. The extremes of temperature and high rates of erosion make for an uncertain environment, and flora and fauna have adapted to it in interesting ways. This book is an important reference and field guide, and a celebration of the richness of New Zealand's alpine environment.
(Craig Potton Publishing, January 2013)

Coastal Fishes of New Zealand: Identification, Biology, Behaviour | Malcolm Francis

Coastal Fishes of New Zealand provides a comprehensive, informative and up-to-date identification guide to the fishes likely to be encountered by New Zealand divers and fishers. If you were to have one book on the abundant fish life found around our coasts, this is the one to own.
(Craig Potton Publishing, January 2013)

Diplomatic Ladies: New Zealand's Unsung Envoys | Joanna Woods

This book tells the inside story of New Zealands diplomatic wives and daughters over a hundred years of diplomacy. Based on private letters, MFAT archives and personal interviews, it records many unknown episodes in New Zealand diplomatic history.
(Otago University Press, December 2012)

Pacific Identities and Wellbeing | Tracey McIntosh et al.

A cross-cultural perspective: This anthology addresses the mental health and therapeutic needs of Polynesian and Melanesian people and the scarcity of resources for those working with them.
(Otago University Press, November 2012)

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