Win 3x 1st Edition Books!

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

Pound-of-Paper-BaxterIn 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

skull-mantra-eliot-pattisonWhen 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)

Biographers-Tale-AS-ByattFrom 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.

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40 comments… add one
  • Brenda Meech May 12, 2014, 12:29 pm

    What a fabulous prize wow I would love to read these awesome books xx

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  • Rebecca May 12, 2014, 12:34 pm

    yay!! perfect winter time books to curl up and indulge in a good book

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  • Amy McKay May 12, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Wow what a wonderful prize 🙂

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  • kim May 12, 2014, 12:52 pm

    What a good prize! perfect for rainy days.

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  • Glenys Key May 12, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Wow this would be an awesome collection of books to add to my home library.

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  • garthj May 12, 2014, 2:55 pm

    An excellent prize pack.

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  • gillepie May 12, 2014, 2:59 pm

    I still love books, no machine can replace them for me

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  • carolyn brown May 12, 2014, 4:09 pm

    would love to win this

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  • Rosemary May 12, 2014, 4:52 pm

    What a great set of books to win! This would be fantastic to read and share with all of my friends this winter :> Thankyou for such a lovely competition

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  • ems May 12, 2014, 5:34 pm

    What a great prize

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  • Paula Hudson May 12, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Awesome prize 🙂

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  • sarah May 12, 2014, 9:38 pm

    awesome

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  • rachel May 12, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I am a massive fan of Posession in particular, would love to win this !

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  • Liz May 13, 2014, 12:01 pm

    Byatt is an amazing author. Would treasure a signed copy. Plus the other books sound like a great read. Took real books on holiday recently and left one in the hotel library to increase its English reading section. Have not been convinced by my husband to just take e-books. They are not the same. It is the smell of books that I love and physically turning the pages and the cover illustrations. So much goes into a good book.

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  • Edie May 13, 2014, 1:03 pm

    great prize

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  • Edie Olivier May 13, 2014, 1:05 pm

    cool

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  • Natalya May 13, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Great prize 🙂

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  • RAchel May 13, 2014, 3:36 pm

    What a great prize. Books are so delicious!

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  • Penny May 14, 2014, 6:26 am

    I love my reading and these look great books

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  • Lyn May 14, 2014, 9:09 am

    Can picture myself curled up on the lazyboy chair in the conservatory reading these books!!

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  • Abby Soffe May 14, 2014, 10:25 am

    Such a fantastic prize for booklovers! Would love to win.

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  • dave bunce May 14, 2014, 10:31 am

    they look great

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  • Jess May 14, 2014, 11:33 am

    Wow this is an amazing prize

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  • Lesley Burns May 14, 2014, 11:58 am

    A delight for all bookworms.Nice collection I would love to snuggle down with this winter .Thanks Booklovers

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  • Caroline Cockburn May 14, 2014, 12:12 pm

    They will have a special place on my bookshelf, after I have read them,

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  • Steph May 14, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Awesome prize 🙂

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  • Judy Thomas May 14, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Would love to read these!

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  • Christine Frayling May 14, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Fabulous prize – would love to win this.

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  • Robin May 14, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Great prize for winter – love to read in front of the fire on a stormy day

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  • Nicole May 14, 2014, 5:43 pm

    What an awesome prize!!

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  • Jean May 14, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Great prize

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  • Kate Nisbet May 14, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Oh brilliant, would love these! 🙂

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  • Carole May 14, 2014, 9:21 pm

    Love some winter reading,these books look awesome

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  • Tash May 14, 2014, 9:50 pm

    A bit different from my usual reading repertoire but keen to give them a go.

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  • Regan Shaw May 15, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Awesome prize!

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  • Lesley May 18, 2014, 9:30 am

    Love having books that you can cherish ;O)

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  • Anne Mansfield May 18, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Great prize, would love to have these books!

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  • Karl grove May 22, 2014, 3:33 pm

    Cool!

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  • Linda May 25, 2014, 10:52 am

    Great prize recently brought a book off hard to find books was very happy with it.

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