NZ Booklovers has 3x 1st edition books to give away, thanks to Hard to Find Books! From rare and collectible books to modern 1st editions, from old
hardback books to the common, cheap and cheerful paperback, Hard to Find Books is a treasure-trove of fascinating second hand books. Visit them online, or in store in Onehunga, Auckland, or Dunedin.
A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, by John Baxter
In this brilliantly readable, stylish and funny book John Baxter introduces us to his world, the world of the fanatical collector: not only the kind who buys from catalogues or at auction and takes away the booty in bubble wrap to store in metal filing cabinets – but also the sleuth, the one who uses bluff and guile to hunt down his quarry. Along the way we meet a cast of eccentric characters like Driff Field who only collects books about suicide or by writers who have killed themselves; we meet the completists, the condition freaks, the rich and famous – from Barry Humphries and Harvey Weinstein to Sarah Michelle Gellar.
This is a book with real word-of-mouth potential that literary editors will go weak at the knees for; booksellers will bask in and the literati will adore.
Skull Mantra, by Eliot Pattison
When a headless corpse is found by a prison work gang on a windy Tibetan mountainside, veteran police inspector Shan Tao Yun might seem the perfect man to solve the crime – except that he himself is serving an indefinite sentence in the gulag for offending the Party in Beijing. Desperate to close the case before an American tourist delegation arrives, the district commander has no choice but to grant him a temporary release. Embittered about everything except his compulsion to find the truth, the brilliant Shan faces an untimatum: solve the case fast and in a politcally expedient fashion, or the Tibetan priests in his work brigade will be punished.
Shan is thrown into a maelstrom of intrigue involving American mining interests, Tibetan sorcerers, corrupt party officials, a secret illegal monastery and much more.
A Biographer’s Tale, by AS Byatt (signed)
From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing: a dazzling fiction woven out of one man’s search for fact.
Here is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in the messiness of “real life” by writing a biography of a great biographer. In a series of adventures that are by turns intellectual and comic, scientific and sensual, Phineas tracks his subject to the deserts of Africa and the maelstrom of the Arctic. Along the way he comes to rely on two women, one of whom may be the guide he needs out of the dizzying labyrinth of his research and back into his own life.
A tantalizing yarn of detection and desire, The Biographer’s Tale is a provocative look at “truth” in biography and our perennial quest for certainty.