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              Where We Swim
                 

              Where We Swim (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Horrocks, Ingrid

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              'I'd wanted to remember why it was we swam in the first place - to remember the pleasure of immersing in an element other than air.' Ingrid Horrocks had few aspirations to swimming mastery, but she had always loved being in the water. She set out on a solo swimming journey, th...en abandoned it for a different kind of swimming altogether - one which led her to more deeply examine relationships, our ecological crisis, and responsibilities to collective care. Why do people swim, and where, how, with whom? Where We Swim ranges from solitary swims in polluted lakes and rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand, to swims in pools in Medellin, Phoenix and the Peruvian Amazon. Near Brighton, Horrocks is joined by an imagined community of early women swimmers; back home she takes her first tentative swim after lockdown. Part memoir, part travel and nature writing, this book is about being a daughter, sister, partner, mother, and above all a human animal living among other animals - sheep and cows, whales and manatee, elks and ibises. 'Where We Swim is a book about family that travels by water in the body of a swimmer. Horrocks is someone with an appetite for adventure but she is also the mother of young children and daughter of older parents. She brilliantly contrasts heady plunges of bodily experience with chilling alarms about family. This book is filled with wanderlust, but also homesickness for a past when our waterways didn't have high coliform counts and Wellington's bays weren't soupy with saIp, and for the whole swimmable world it so vividly remembers.' -Elizabeth Knox
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              ISBN 9781776563135
              Published NZ 11 Mar 2021
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              Greta and Valdin
                

              Greta and Valdin (Paperback)

              By Reilly, Rebecca K.

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              The modern world is too much for me. I feel like I'm George of the Jungle.' -Greta 'At the moment, for personal reasons, I don't like reading things about people being in love with each other.' -Valdin Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive ar...ound Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires in one. Greta is in love with her fellow English tutor Holly, who doesn't know how to pronounce Greta's surname, Vladisavljevic, properly. From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister must navigate the intricate paths of modern romance as well as weather the small storms of their eccentric Maori-Russian-Catalonian family. This beguiling and hilarious novel by Adam Foundation Prize winner Rebecca K Reilly owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to Tinder. Set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real one), Greta and Valdin will speak to anyone who has had their heart broken, or has decided that they don't want to be a physicist anymore, or has wondered about all of the things they don't know about their family. 'Greta and Valdin is a complete world. I was totally captivated. It is warm and funny, inventive and charming, with a genuine and earned tenderness at its heart.' -Kate Duignan, author of The New Ships and Breakwater
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              ISBN 9781776564194
              Published NZ 13 May 2021
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              The Savage Coloniser Book
                

              The Savage Coloniser Book (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Avia, Tusiata

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              Kneel like a prayer full of lynching This is my God-given white 'Savage is as savage does. And we're all implicated. Avia breaks the colonial lens wide open. We peer through its poetic shards and see a savage world - outside, inside. With characteristic savage and stylish w...it, Avia holds the word-blade to our necks and presses with a relentless grace. At the end, you'll feel your pulse anew.' -Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate 2017-19 The voices of Tusiata Avia are infinite. She ranges from vulnerable to forbidding to celebratory with forms including pantoums, prayers and invocations. And in this electrifying new work, she gathers all the power of her voice to speak directly into histories of violence.
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              ISBN 9781776564095
              Published NZ 30 May 2021
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              The Commercial Hotel
                

              The Commercial Hotel (Paperback)

              By Summers, John

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                8 Jul 21

              Combining reportage and memoir, The Commercial Hotel is a sharp-eyed, poignant yet often hilarious tour of Aotearoa.

              ISBN 9781776564217
              Published NZ 8 Jul 2021
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              Nothing to See
               

              Nothing to See (Paperback)

              By Adam, Pip

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              It's 1994. Peggy and Greta are learning how to live sober. They go to meetings and they ring their support person, Diane. They have just enough money for one Tom Yum between them, but mostly they eat carrot sandwiches.

              ISBN 9781776563159
              Published NZ 11 Jun 2020
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              The Little Ache
                

              The Little Ache (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wedde, Ian

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                8 Jul 21

              In Berlin and the north of Germany around Kiel, nineteenth-century ancestors whisper to him amid the clamour of history and the pleasures of daily life.

              ISBN 9781776564262
              Published NZ 8 Jul 2021
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              The Mermaid's Purse
                 

              The Mermaid's Purse (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Fleur, Adcock

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              Fleur Adcock began writing the poems in this book when she was 82. The two chief settings are New Zealand, with its multi-coloured seas, and Britain, seen in various decades. There are foreign travels, flirtations, family memories, deaths and conversations with the dead. Katherin...e Mansfield, incognito, dodges an academic conference; there's a lesson in water divining as well as a rather unusual Christmas party. We meet several varieties of small mammal, numerous birds, doomed or otherwise, and some sheep. The book ends with a sequence in memory of her friend, the poet Roy Fisher.
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              ISBN 9781776564149
              Published NZ 11 Feb 2021
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              Selected Poems: Harry Ricketts
                

              Selected Poems: Harry Ricketts (Hardback)

              By Ricketts, Harry

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              Harry Ricketts has written and edited more than thirty books, but it is his poetry that has been the most constant, and the most personal in tone. From his 1989 collection Coming Here - in which he wrote the first of his 'Secret Life' poems - to his 2018 collection Winter Eyes, w...hich reviewer Tim Upperton called 'unsettling, moving, both estranging and empathetic', Ricketts has written of friendship, youth, romance, loss, and the small moments that carry a lifelong weight, or light, within us. His voice is recognisable for its humility, intelligence and warmth. In Selected Poems, its full range is represented for the first time.
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              ISBN 9781776564224
              Published NZ 1 Jun 2021
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              Parihaka
                

              Parihaka (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Reprinted edition)

              By Te Miringa, Hohaia; Edited by O'Brien, Gregory; Strongman, Lara

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              Includes more than 120 paintings, written accounts, and photographs from the time, following the English invasion in 1881. This work chronicles the story of brave leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, and celebrates the strength and spirit of the Parihaka community, even u...nder colonial rule.
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              ISBN 9780864735201
              Published NZ 11 Jan 2005
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              Koiwi Koiwi
               

              Koiwi Koiwi (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Baker, Hinemoana

              In this compelling second collection from one of New Zealand's most exciting rising poets, Hinemoana Baker amplifies what's usually whispered, magnifies the microscopic and x-rays the mundane.

              ISBN 9780864736314
              Published NZ 8 Jun 2010
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