When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide. But all is not as it seems. Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide, and has to face the rea... read more
A bitter-sweet novel of forbidden love and family secrets. 'Some secrets should never be told.' It's the annual New Year family get-together. Molly is dreading having to spend time with her mother, but she is pleased her son will see his cousins and is looking forward to catchin... read more
`Meltwater' is a homage to the power of storytelling. Of a woman's unique journey to find her `self'. A journey made difficult by the fact that Elizabeth has thirteen different `selves,' all part of her, all created to bury shocking memories of abuse. Related with evocative immediacy, nar... read more
This novel is an urgent, crushing observation of adaptation and exclusion amidst preparation to settle Antarctica as climate destruction starts to bite. New Zealand in 2048, gateway to the melting continent, is thrust into the centre of the climate crises. Vai Shuster, the Advocate of a tiny, ... read more
|Author:||edited by Whiti Hereaka and Witi Ihimaera|
|Reading Level:||near fine|
A lively, stimulating and engaging retelling of purakau - Maori myths - by contemporary Maori writers. Ka mua, ka muri . . . Ancient Maori creation myths, portrayals of larger-than-life heroes and tales of engrossing magical beings have endured through... read more
The present reckons with the past in Attraction. Porter's unnamed narrator is on a road trip between Auckland, Whangara and Levin with her friends Ashi and Ilana, haunted by the spectre of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, her complicated family background and New Zealand's coloni... read more
Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Orakau. During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the W... read more
An extraordinary true story of a love that emerged, against all odds, from the brutal war in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Spanning the four seasons of a year, Necessary Secrets tells the story of Dennis (Den) Sparks and his three adult children.
Starting with Den contemplating his mortality on the day of his 70th birthday, the year ahead is told from four different points of view. A searing pic... read more
One single Thing has been edited by renowned crime editor Stephen Stratford, who said: This is a terrific novel!
Journalist Hope Barber disappears two weeks after returning to New Zealand from an assignment in Pakistan, leaving her front door open and her bag and phone i... read more
Elizabeth Taylor is a surgeon at a city hospital, a gifted, driven and rare woman excelling in a male-dominated culture. One day, while operating on a young woman in a critical condition, something goes gravely wrong. A Mistake is a compelling story of human fallibility, and the dangerous... read more
Funny, intriguing, lyrical and ultimately moving, this entertaining and insightful novel from one of this country?s best writers both skewers and celebrates small town New Zealand.Pat `Pearly' Gates has achieved a lot in his life and evinces considerable satisfaction in his achievement... read more