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Cross the River to Home

by Kaye Kelly

An absorbing novel set in 1870s New Zealand about an impossible love between a half-Chinese woman and a young immigrant.Henry arrives in the South Island of New Zealand in search of his sister, who is now living...


The Mango's Kiss

by Albert Wendt

An epic novel stretching out from Samoa to Europe, America and New Zealand, from the turn of the nineteenth century, through the First World War, the Spanish Influenza Epidemic and beyond.Since the 1960s, Albert...


The Parihaka Woman

by Witi Ihimaera

A wonderfully surprising, inventive and deeply moving riff on fact and fiction, history and imagination from one of New Zealand's finest and most memorable storytellers. There has never been a New Zealand novel...


Winter in the Summer Garden

by Natasha Templeton

This vivid, moving and provocative novel presents a story of a whole society caught up in national turmoil. Told through the experiences of one family, the Shubins, and their city of Leningrad, their story of...


Landings

by Jenny Pattrick

Vivid and evocative, this is a moving novel of a unique time and place from one of New Zealand's favourite authors.The Whanganui River at the turn of the twentieth century is a busy thoroughfare, taking sightseers...


The Larnachs

by Owen Marshall

Based on a real love triangle, this fascinating novel is by one of New Zealand's most-loved respected authors.'Dougie's story and mine is not told in the history of William Larnach. It is our private journey,...


Heart of Coal

by Jenny Pattrick

A compelling sequel to the best-selling novel The Denniston Rose.Eighteen years have passed since the child Rose arrived on Denniston, riding up the terrifying Incline on a stormy night. She has now grown into...


The Denniston Rose

by Jenny Pattrick

A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community.The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a...


The Trouble With Fire

by Fiona Kidman

A beautiful collection of stories by a pre-eminent writer, shortlisted for major awards.Fiona Kidman has a genius for peeling back the lives of ordinary people to reveal their hidden passions and complexities....


La Rochelle's Road

by Tanya Moir

This is a story of settling in a new land, of hardship, resilience and of love.In 1866, Daniel Peterson and his family give up their comfortable life in London for an unseen farm on Banks Peninsula. Daniel plans...


Magpie Hall

by Rachael King

A gripping and powerful novel from the author of best-selling The Sound of Butterflies."There were two rumours surrounding my great-great-grandfather Henry Summers: one, that his cabinet of curiosities drove...


Wild Latitudes

by Barbara Else

A clever and entertaining romp of a novel that is an alluring fusion of history, comedy and parody. After the unusual death of their papa, Adele Overend and her younger brother Godwin are dispatched from comfortable...


Somme Mud Young Readers' Edition

by Will Davies

Beautifully presented young readers' edition of the bestselling memoir of a young soldier on the First World War's Western Front. 'It's the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are almost unbelievable....


Penelope's Daughter

by Laurel Corona

The award-winning author of The Four Seasons retells The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus and Penelope's daughter.

With her father Odysseus gone for twenty years, Xanthe barricades herself in her...


I Am Always With You

by Philip Temple

Based on real events in Germany, this vividly told and deeply moving novel tells of one woman's love for a fellow artist, her struggle to survive the war and her desperation to keep alive the spirit of creativity....


White Lies

by Witi Ihimaera

A powerful, prize-winning novella from the much-loved author of The Whale Rider, plus a moving screenplay, film stills and commentary on writing and movie making.A medicine woman - a giver of life - is asked...


Anticipation

by Tanya Moir

This rich and darkly funny novel is about family history and the risk and power of knowledge.‘I want to tell you a story about my mother, although of course it is also mine – inherited, along with dangly earlobes...


Paddy's Puzzle

by Fiona Kidman

An internationally acclaimed novel, the Kirkus Reviews wrote, ‘Shrewdly balanced between earthy tenderness and the dreadful trauma of disillusionment: a grave yet limber narrative-and a very welcome import.’...


Belief

by Stephanie Johnson

An epic novel of love and religion that sweeps across New Zealand and America at the turn of the nineteenth century.In 1899 William McQuiggan leaves his young Australian wife and new-born twins in New Zealand...


A Secret Mind

by Kaye Kelly

A lively, moving novel that vividly recreates the 1880s: the harsh lives; the attitudes to madness and to drunkenness; and the strength of friendship and love.After an accident at four years old, Libby Budd...