New Books: Autumn/Fall 1997 |
This book listing is supplied by Books Pasifika, specialist booksellers of Pacific Islands, Maori (Aotearoa/New Zealand) and New Zealand literature.
- Alexander, Vonnie
- ECHOES OF MY SISTERS
Quoin Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1877163015 NZ$19.95 296pp softcover
This is an epic novel which "portrays the experience of pioneers and the harshness of life in a new country". It begins around 1875 with Maura O'Sullivan who has travelled around the world from Ireland to a new home in the isolated bush of New Zealand. The story follows the lives of remarkable women of each subsequent generation to the present day.
- Bernhardt, Jeanne C.
- VORARE LUCUNA
Jeanne Bernhardt; Dunedin, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0473040697 NZ$35.95 softcover
This is a collection of art from various Dunedin artists combined with extracts of prose and poetry.
- Brown, Diane
- BEFORE THE DIVORCE WE GO TO DISNEYLAND
Tandem Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0908884966 NZ$24.95 softcover
Fiction in the form of a long prose poem by author Diane Brown.
- Brailsford, B
- SONG OF THE CIRCLE: JOURNEYS INTO ANCIENT WISDOM: A NOVEL
Stoneprint Press; Hamilton, 1996 ISBN/Code: 0958350213 NZ$41.95 300pp softcover
This is the first novel in a five book series with its roots in ancient Maori mythology.
- Cowley, Joy
- JOY COWLEY: COMPLETE SHORT STORIES
Flamingo; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869502507 NZ$24.95 184pp softcover
This is the complete collection of the seventeen short stories Cowley has written for adults over the last twenty-five years.
- Curnow, Allen
- EARLY DAYS YET: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS 1941--1997
Auckland University Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 186940162X NZ$34.95 256pp softcover
"Vivid childhood memories predominate in the new poems but sharp contemporary concerns, philosophic, satiric or tragic, are always present and the recent work resonates against the other poems." This is a collection of twelve poems written since 1989 along with all published work since 1970 and a selection from the three previous decades.
- Dunsford, Cathie
- TE HAERENGA KAINGA--THE JOURNEY HOME
Spinifex Press; Australia, 1997 ISBN/Code: 187555954X NZ$24.95 301pp softcover
This is the second novel from Dunsford, known for her editing of various collections, contributions to anthologies and extensive teaching in the field of New Zealand literature. In this novel "Dunsford's much-loved Cowrie returns. "The Journey Home" follows her through her passions for life, love, food and challenge".
- Edwards, Yvonne
- TIGHTS, PANTALOONS AND GENES
Hazard Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1877161098 NZ$24.95 224pp softcover
This novel by psychologist Yvonne Edwards is a journey of personal growth as Melanie "embarks on a quest to touch within her the ancestral traces which are part of every person's genetic inheritance."
- Eldred-Grigg, Steven
- BLUE BLOOD: A NOVEL
Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0140264841 NZ$24.95 200pp softcover
This is a murder story set in Christchurch in the 1920s in which Ngaio Marsh herself is one of the main characters. The mutilated bodies of two young women are discovered on the floor of a flat. Pots of blue paint have been poured over the bodies. The young Ngaio Marsh, crime writer, is a good friend of the two young victims.
- Farrell, Fiona
- SKINNY LOUIE BOOK, THE
Penguin Books; Auckland; 1992 ISBN/Code: 0140168079 NZ$24.95 280pp softcover
This is a reprint of a first novel by one of our leading new writers, about two unusual girls growing up in New Zealand, laced with magic realism.
- Frame, David
- LIGHT SPEED
Quoin Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1877163023 NZ$19.95 148pp softcover
This political thriller is a first novel from Christchurch author David Frame.
- Gluckman, Philip
- HARRY FROM THE AGENCY
Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0790000561 NZ$19.95 252pp softcover
This is a futuristic thriller set in a world that is being destroyed by global warming and the deadly Delta-8 virus. Dr Harry Stone, Auckland medical section, World Intelligence Agency, is faced with terrifying choices as he fights the virus on a personal and national level.
- Gormack, R.S.
- CIRCUS, THE
Nag's Head Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: X14707 NZ$24.75 hardcover
"Interwoven memories of visits by the famous Wirth's Circus to an Otago country town. A boyhood reminiscence of the late 1920s in tentative story form."
- Hall, Bernadette
- STILL TALKING
Victoria University Press; Wellington, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0864733224 NZ$19.95 80pp softcover
A new collection of poetry from the author of "The Persistent Levitator".
- Hansen, Derek
- SOLE SURVIVOR
HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd; Australia, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0732257476 NZ$17.95 592pp softcover
Set on Great Barrier Island, off the coast of New Zealand, this is the story of three hermits. Their lives are turned upside down when one of the neighbours dies and leaves his property to a young woman called Rosie. Red and Angus, the surviving hermits, resist Rosie's presence until "Red realises this remarkable young woman is around to stay, ( and) he finds his feelings towards her changing dramatically".
- Hunt, Sam
- MAKING TRACKS: A SELECTED 50 POEMS
Hazard Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0908790309 NZ$19.95 93pp softcover
A selection of 50 poems from NZ's best-known poet.
- Jones, Lloyd
- THIS HOUSE HAS THREE WALLS
Victoria University Press; Wellington, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0864733216 NZ$19.95 160pp softcover
"This house Has Three Walls" deals with "some of the ways in which the traumatic European twentieth century, and in particular the experiences of Jews, inform the imaginative world geography of contemporary New Zealanders".
- Jones, Morgan
- TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS: A MILES FURLONG MYSTERY
Cape Catley Ltd; Picton, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0908561547 NZ$19.95 256pp softcover
This is the first of a new series of thrillers based around the character of Miles Furlong who begins the story driving a limo of tourists in Queenstown. But not for long, as his past begins to catch up with him.
- Kassabova, Kapka
- ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE SEA
Auckland University Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869401778 NZ$19.95 72pp softcover
With work already published in "Poetry New Zealand" and other leading literary magazines, this is a collection of "moody evocative poems" in three parts. The first "remembers the past and recent dislocation" as an immigrant from Bulgaria; the second explores the new home, Dunedin; the third, "with its dominant image of the sea, looks forward."
- Koea, Shonagh
- GRANDIFLORA TREE, THE
Penguin Books; Auckland; 1989 ISBN/Code: 0140116702 NZ$24.95 192pp softcover
This is a love story, taking us to the edge of humour and sometimes leaving the reader trapped between laughter and tears.
- Lay, Graeme (editor)
- ONE HUNDRED NEW ZEALAND SHORT STORIES
Tandem Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1877178012 NZ$24.95 softcover
This is a collection of New Zealand short stories that includes established writers and some appearing in print for the first time. These include Roger Hall, Sue McCauley, Lauris Edmond, Patrica Grace, A.K. Grant and Witi Ihimaera.
- MacDonald, Colin
- MURDER ON A MUSTER
Certes Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0909051046 NZ$19.95 120pp softcover
Hamish Nicholls, hill country farmer, loses his precious huntaway dog down one of the lethal potholes that reach deep below his pastures on Limestone Hills. He ventures down after the dog to rescue him and encounters "a grisly discovery. The events which follow plunge Hamish into a nightmarish encounter with violence and lawlessness. Suddenly all that he holds most dear and most certain is under threat".
- Matua, Joseph
- ARMAGEDDON COMICS
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- Morrissey, Michael
- PARADISE TO COME
HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869502523 NZ$24.95 224pp softcover
This consists of two complementary novellas that revolve around the theme of "cultural encounter". "Terra Incognita 1526" tells a vivid tale of contact between Spanish conquistadors and Maori". "Captain Nemo's Child" is the story of a young Malaysian woman finding her "feet - and love--in Auckland".
- Moynihan, Isa
- SEX AND THE SINGLE MAYFLY
Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0790005603 NZ$24.95 176pp softcover
This winner of the Reed Fiction Award 1996 is a collection of stories that "traverse and dissect social mores and relationships between men and women."
- Neutze, Diana
- UNWINDING THE LABYRINTH
Hazard Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 187716108X NZ$19.95 softcover
A collection of poetry.
- O'Brien, G
- HOTERE: OUT THE BLACK WINDOW: RALPH HOTERE'S WORK WITH NEW ZEALAND POETS
Godwit Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869620127 NZ$49.95 128pp softcover
Hotere one of New Zealand's foremost abstract painters, has collaborated with poets in many of his works. This book "establishes his work using poems by Bill Manhire, Hone Tuwhare, Ian Wedde and Cilla McQueen as a thread in his development as painter. It examines the collaborative process, and presents the poems themselves, the artist's drawings and watercolours using words, and large scale canvasses and panels for which Hotere is renowned."
- Paterson, Alistair (editor)
- POETRY NZ 14
Brick Row Publishing Co. Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: X14991 NZ$16.95 83pp softcover
This issue of this twice yearly publication features Peter Constantine, Waiata Dawn Davies, Sue Fitchett, Nicholas Laing, Brian Roper and others.
- Pirie, Mark (ed)
- JAAM SIX
Wai-te-Ata Press; Wellington, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1173633X NZ$10.95 120pp softcover
This is a thrice yearly journal of writing by authors around New Zealand and those living outside of the country. Each issue features guest contributors. This issue's guest is Pia Sudham, a Victoria University graduate from Thailand. Also featured is Australian writing in New Zealand.
- Redwood, Rosaline
- MOCKING SHADOWS
Certes Press; Christchurch, 1997 ISBN/Code: 090905102X NZ$19.95 270pp softcover
This new novel tells the story of Christine Murray and her life in early colonial New Zealand. "Fleeing to New Zealand was not Christine's plan as she walks down the aisle on her wedding day. But within hours of her marriage she discovers that her husband is cruel and deceitful. In despair she runs to the one man she feels safe with, John Tyroll. Together they start a new life in the distant colony of New Zealand."
- Riddell, Mike
- INSATIABLE MOON
Flamingo; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869502388 NZ$24.95 224pp softcover
This innovative novel is set in inner city Auckland. "Arthur, second son of God, lives at Bob's boarding house in Ponsonby's Shelly Beach Road with the other psychs. The time has come to let people know that God's about to wind things up... For Margaret, married with two, of Howick, the second coming heralds the inconceivable....The moon is waxing over cappuccino city--giant, pendulous, insatiable..." Riddell is a Baptist minister, lecturer, strong social activist and champion of the homeless in Auckland city.
- Roxborogh, Tania
- IF I COULD TELL YOU
HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869502361 NZ$12.95 128pp softcover
This is the story of a sixteen year old who uncovers horrific descriptions of sexual abuse in the schoolgirl diaries of her late mother. Kelly must come to terms with this revelation and cope with the other pressures of teenagehood.
- Smither, Elizabeth
- MATHEMATICS OF JANE AUSTIN AND OTHER STORIES, THE
Godwit Publishing; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869620089 NZ$24.95 208pp softcover
A new collection of short stories that portray a "selection of women who will not be defined by the music they listen to, the men they love (and leave), or the money they have (or don't have)."
- Stead, C.K.
- VILLA VITTORIA
Penguin Books (NZ) Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 0140263225 NZ$24.95 softcover
This thriller/love story is set entirely overseas. It tells the story of "an American professor and photographer in love and on the run, pursued by unknown men".
- Stead, C.K.
- STRAW INTO GOLD: POEMS NEW AND SELECTED
Auckland University Press; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869401611 NZ$24.95 184pp softcover
The poems in this collection are taken from nine previous collections, also introducing forty new, as yet unpublished pieces. The new poems, "diverse, witty, irreverent and sometimes moving" are the first since 1990.
- Sturm, J
Steele Roberts Ltd; 1996 ISBN/Code: 0473042533 NZ$19.95 88pp softcover
Sturm's first collection of poems was published in 1947 making her one of the first Maori women to appear in print. Since then she has had many stories, poems, reviews and articles appear in journals and anthologies. She also produced a collection of short stories in 1983. This is a new collection of poetry.
- Tate, Bronwyn
- LEAVING FOR TOWNSVILLE
University of Otago Press; Otago, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1877133159 NZ$24.95 304pp softcover
This novel is the story of a marriage breakup and the directions the two partners take in trying to cope with the trauma.
- Wells, Peter
- BOY OVERBOARD
Random House New Zealand Ltd; Auckland, 1997 ISBN/Code: 1869413199 NZ$24.95 softcover
A new novel from Peter Wells, known also for his short stories and film direction.
- Whaitiri, Reina and Sullivan, Robert (guest editors)
- MANOA: a Pacific Journal of International Writing
University of Hawai'i Press; Summer, 1997 ISSN: 1045-7909
Homeland - a special issue presenting new writing in Aotaroa/New Zealand