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              Jungle Rock Blues
                

              Jungle Rock Blues (Paperback)

              By Cox, Nigel

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              Raised by gorillas in the wild jungles of New Zealand, scarred in battles with vicious giant wetas, seduced by a beautiful young scientist, discovered by Memphis record producer Sam Phillips and adored by millions the dirt-to-dreams life story of Caliban is as legendary as his 30... number one hits. That story came to a dramatic end in 1977 when Caliban took his own life. But now, in a sensational new development, a manuscript, written in old age by Caliban himself, has emerged which proves that his story didnt end there. At last we can know: why did he leave us? What did it all mean to him? And for the first time what did it feel like to be Caliban? Each new book from Nigel Cox is a surprise. But Jungle Rock Blues is a wild, slow-motion astonishment. Bill Manhire Through its hypnotic fusing of two mythic lives this novel takes on some of the founding fables of our culture. In the guise of a joyous adventure story, it slyly poses questions about genius, fame, failure and love. From its boldly funny opening page, the novel re-imagines the facts, and from then on the reader surrenders to one of the most extraordinary narrators in our literature: speculative, sexy, outlandish and tender. In a pulpy world, Jungle Rock Blues rewrites the lyrics of the familiar, giving us a wondrous new song. Praise for Jungle Rock Blues: ...Nigel Cox's fourth novel has me jumping up and down excitedly because I can't believe how good it is. To take such an unlikely attention-getting idea and to develop it into such an intelligent book it's like seeing someone suddenly make a successful film of Lord of the Rings in Miramar. ...This whole book rings true. It's superbly written and utterly original. David Larsen, The NZ Herald
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              ISBN 9780864736444
              Published NZ 9 Feb 2011
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              The Angels Cut
                

              The Angels Cut (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Knox, Elizabeth

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              Boomtown Los Angeles, 1929: the movies have burst into song and speech, and aircraft into the skies at speed. Into this world comes Xas, stunt flier and wingless angel, with his German passport and his broken heart, determined only to go on living in the air. What does it take to... turn a wind?
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              ISBN 9780864736000
              Published NZ 6 May 2009
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Mr Ambassador: Memoirs of Sir Carl Berendsen
                

              Mr Ambassador: Memoirs of Sir Carl Berendsen (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Hugh Templeton

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              A collection of memoirs that include first-hand reports of the administration of New Zealand's foreign policy in the first half of the 20th century and captivating commentary on a multitude of prominent political figures, Sir Carl Berendsen's journals chronicle the life of the fa...ther of New Zealand foreign affairs. As the head of the department of external affairs, high commissioner to Australia, and then ambassador to Washington, he was involved in such major events as the ANZAC pact, preparations for World War II, the formation of the United Nations, and the Japanese Peace Treaty. This compilation underscores the dynamic thinking and gifted writing of a man who has influenced his country in a way that only a small few can match.
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              ISBN 9780864735843
              Published NZ 2 Jun 2009
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley
               

              Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McLauchlan, Danyl

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              "A sleepy bohemian neighbourhood. An ancient legend from the ancient past. A brilliant but troubled young writer. A voluptuous healer. A shadowy cult and its sinister leader. A trail of riddles; a hidden artefact. An explicit sex scene, then a struggle for ultimate power. And a f...inal, unspeakable secret. Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley is a dark and hilarious odyssey through Wellington's underbelly." --www.vup.victoria.ac.nz.
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              ISBN 9780864738844
              Published NZ 7 May 2013
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              A Made-Up Place: New Zealand in Young Adult Fiction
                 

              A Made-Up Place: New Zealand in Young Adult Fiction (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Jackson, Anna; Miles, Geoffrey; Ricketts, Harry; Schaefer, Tatjana; Walls, Kathryn

              "Most New Zealand writing for young adults is designed to appeal to adolescents everywhere. Is there anything, then, that is characteristically 'New Zealand' about it? To what extent does it derive from local experience, or address a local audience? Focusing on a series of overla...pping topics (race, sport, money, history, Englishness, future fictions, utopias and dystopias, religion and the 'Maori Gothic'), the contributors to this volume suggest that 'New Zealandness' is a sutble, at time almost invisible, but nevertheless pervasive concern in New Zealand young adult fiction"--Back cover.
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              ISBN 9780864736970
              Published NZ 12 Feb 2011
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              Incomplete Works
               

              Incomplete Works (Paperback)

              By Horrocks, Dylan

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              Daydreams, fantasy, true love, and procrastination feature strongly in this selection of Dylan Horrocks's shorter comics running from 1986 to 2012. It is both the chronicle of an age and a portrait of one man's heroic struggle to get some work done.

              ISBN 9780864739223
              Published NZ 3 Jul 2014
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              Kicking The Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011
                 

              Kicking The Tyres: The New Zealand General Election and Electoral Referendum of 2011 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Johannsson / Levine; Edited by Levine, Stephen

              "The All Blacks had last won the Rugby World Cup in 1987, when Prime Minister David Lange and the Labour team likewise scored a convincing victory. In 2011, New Zealand again hosted the Rugby World Cup, and once again two national teams emerged triumphant - the All Blacks, led by... captain Richie McCaw, and the National Party, led by Prime Minister John Key. This book tells the story of this 2011 election, set against the backdrop of a country caught up in rugby heroics and the aftermath of several life-changing natural disasters. It's the story of an odd campaign - of leaders' debates where the most memorable line, 'show me the money!', comes from a Hollywood movie; and of a meeting for a 'cup of tea', intended to promote the return to Parliament of one party, ACT, which ends up igniting the re-entry to Parliament of another, New Zealand First. It's the story of an election that winds up toppling two party leaders (Labour's Phil Goff and ACT's Don Brash) and ends, at last, the three-year political honeymoon of a third, John Key, even as he wins another term. Kicking the Tyres includes among its authors some of the winners of the 2011 election - New Zealand First's Winston Peters; the Greens' Metiria Turei; National's Steven Joyce; United Future's Peter Dunne; and the Greens' Mojo Mathers. What went wrong is the subject of chapters written by participants from other parties, including Labour's Grant Robertson and high-ranking candidates from the Maori Party, Mana and ACT. Kicking the Tyres views the campaign and the election from a variety of angles and perspectives. New Zealand's wittiest political commentator, Jane Clifton, writes about 'the worm' and other inanities of 2011. Jon Johansson and Colin James discuss John Key's leadership and the impact of the Pike River mine disaster and the Christchurch earthquakes on the government and the country. Other contributors examine the images and 'brands' of New Zealand's political parties and their leaders; the role of Fac
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              ISBN 9780864738349
              Published NZ 12 Jul 2012
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              The Visitation: The Earthquakes of 1848 and the destruction of Wellington
                

              The Visitation: The Earthquakes of 1848 and the destruction of Wellington (Paperback)

              By Grapes, Rodney

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              Wellington was only a fledgling settlement of some 3,000 people when it was struck by a cluster of devastating earthquakes in 1848. Now the authoritative text on this event, this scientific and historic account explains the cause of the earthquakes, the geological aftermath, the ...quakes' impact on early British settlers, and predictions of larger movements along the Wellington Fault in New Zealand's future making it a compelling read for science and history buffs alike.
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              ISBN 9780864736864
              Published NZ 11 Apr 2011
              Publisher Victoria University Press
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              Scrim: The Man with a Mike
                 

              Scrim: The Man with a Mike (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Renwick, Bill

              A cautionary tale of one of New Zealand's most popular radio broadcasters, this narrative tells the life story of Reverend Colin Scrimgeor, whose successful radio show brought comfort and hope to thousands of people during the Great Depression but was cut short when he began to t...aunt his political masters.
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              ISBN 9780864736956
              Published NZ 11 Apr 2011
              Publisher Victoria University Press
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              Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary
                 

              Observations: Studies in New Zealand Documentary (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Campbell, Russell

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              A collection of essays about New Zealand documentary film --Publisher information.

              ISBN 9780864736567
              Published NZ 30 Sep 2011
              Publisher Victoria University Press
              Interest Age 14+ years
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