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              Loop Tracks
               

              Loop Tracks (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Orr, Sue

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              It's 1978: the Auckland abortion clinic has been forced to close and sixteen-year-old Charlie has to fly to Sydney, but the plane is delayed on the tarmac. It's 2019: Charlie's tightly contained Wellington life with her grandson Tommy is interrupted by the unexpected intrusions o...f Tommy's first girlfriend, Jenna, and the father he has never known, Jim. The year turns, and everything changes again. Loop Tracks is a major New Zealand novel, written in real time against the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic and the New Zealand General Election and euthanasia referendum. 'Loop Tracks is an urgent and unexpected novel about freedom and responsibility - about a woman forced to wear her solitary and unsupported choice as a puzzling mistake, and about the very present past that she must face to help her family and herself.' -Elizabeth Knox 'This fictional inter-generational story will speak to a wide readership about the choices that are important for our future.' -Dame Margaret Sparrow
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              ISBN 9781776564255
              Published NZ 10 Jun 2021
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              The Commercial Hotel
               

              The Commercial Hotel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Summers, John

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

              ISBN 9781776564217
              Published NZ 12 Aug 2021
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              She's a Killer
                

              She's a Killer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McDougall, Kirsten

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                14 Oct 21

              The world's climate is in crisis and New Zealand is being divided and reshaped by privileged immigrant wealthugees. Thirty-something Alice has a near-genius IQ and lives at home with her mother with whom she communicates by Morse code. Alice's imaginary friend, Simp, has shown... up, with a running commentary on her failings. 'I mean, can you even calculate the square root of 762 anymore?' The last time Simp was here was when Alice was seven, on the night a fire burned down the family home. Now Simp seems to be plotting something. When Alice meets a wealthugee named Pablo, she thinks she's found a way out of her dull existence. But then she meets Pablo's teenage daughter, Erika - an actual genius full of terrifying ambition. She's a Killer is the story of a brilliant and stubborn slacker who is drawn into radical action. It's about what happens when we refuse to face our most demanding problems, told by a woman who is a strange and calculating force of chaos. 'A claustrophobic eco-thriller with a gloriously unreliable narrator, She's a Killer is tense and sharp, and feels unnervingly prescient.' -Brannavan Gnanalingam 'Equipped with an exhilaratingly badly-behaved protagonist, She's a Killer builds from a slice of very strange life into a thriller by way of a succession of stunning comic set pieces. You'll laugh-a lot. And then you'll cry and be really surprised about it since you were laughing so much.' -Elizabeth Knox
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              ISBN 9781776564309
              Published NZ 14 Oct 2021
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              Rangikura
               

              Rangikura (Paperback)

              By Tibble, Tayi

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              Rangikura is the fiery second collection by Tayi Tibble.

              ISBN 9781776564248
              Published NZ 10 Jun 2021
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              I Laugh Me Broken
               

              I Laugh Me Broken (Paperback)

              By Van Der Zijpp, Bridget

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              Ginny is feeling lighter and heavier at the same time. She's just learned from her cousin about a devastating genetic inheritance - but the revelation has brought a new logic to her mother's death many years before, and to her mother's love. Leaving her fiance in the dark, Gin...ny flees to Germany to research a novel about the daredevil sea captain Count von Luckner, who was lauded for his courage. 'What was courage anyway?' she wonders. 'Did it rise up out of some kind of counter-pressure?' Navigating transient, hedonistic Berlin on her own, she absorbs the city's tangle of stories as she tries to gather the strength to face her future. Set in 2019 as it turns into 2020, I Laugh Me Broken is a novel about an inescapable past and the complex play between genetic inheritance and the choices that are ours to make. It is, finally, a hard-won love story.
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              ISBN 9781776564293
              Published NZ 9 Sep 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 Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change
                

              The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Lowe, Dave

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              His research was urgent fifty years ago. Now, it's critical. In the early 1970s, budding Kiwi scientist Dave Lowe was posted at an atmospheric monitoring station on the wind-blasted southern coast of New Zealand's North Island. On a shoestring salary he measured carbon in the ...atmosphere, collecting vital data towards what became one of the most important discoveries in modern science. What followed was a lifetime's career marked by hope and despair. As realisation dawned of what his measurements meant for the future of the planet, Dave travelled the world to understand more about atmospheric gases, along the way programming some of the earliest computers, designing cutting-edge equipment and conducting experiments both dangerous and mind-numbingly dull. From the sandy beaches of California to the stark winters of West Germany, the mesas of the Rocky Mountains and an Atlantic voyage across the equator, Dave has faced down climate deniers, foot-dragging bureaucracy and widespread complacency to open people's eyes to the effects of increasing fossil fuel emissions on our atmosphere.
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              ISBN 9781776564187
              Published NZ 13 May 2021
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              Gosden Years
                

              Gosden Years (Paperback)

              By Gosden, Bill; Edited by Preston, Gaylene; Wong, Tim

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                11 Nov 21

              Bill Gosden was at the forefront of Aotearoa film culture from 1980 to 2019. The Gosden Years is a record of his enormous legacy as director of the New Zealand International Film Festival-the country's leading annual cinema event and a constant wellspring of film discovery and ap...preciation. Conceived by Gosden during the last months of his life, the book comprises his curated film notes, with praise for vital and overlooked New Zealand feature films included; programme introductions that illuminate the changing technologies and politics of film exhibition through the decades; and striking original poster art from every year of his tenure. Brought together for the first time, these rare items richly chronicle filmmaking and film-going in New Zealand alongside the dedication of the people and partners who made the Festival a cultural institution under his stewardship. Through Gosden's collected writings as well as new reflections on his time with the Festival, a story emerges of positive change in the film industry; the fight for artistic freedom and diversity on screen; and his own brilliant reputation as an ambassador, advocate, and tastemaker in the arts, whose sublime instinct for-and expression of-great cinema has inspired and influenced so many.
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              ISBN 9781776564354
              Published NZ 11 Nov 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 Burning River
               

              The Burning River (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Patchett, Lawrence

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              In a radically changed Aotearoa New Zealand, Van's life in the swamp is hazardous. Sheltered by Rau and Matewai, he mines plastic and trades to survive.

              ISBN 9781776562237
              Published NZ 10 Oct 2019
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