new zealand

What a charming, heart-warming novel! Lia runs a café in a small New Zealand seaside town, with her friend Anna. Running a small business is challenging enough, but Anna is about to marry Lia’s twin brother Ro and has taken to a diet of lettuce leaves and not much else in preparation for her big… Read More

The story is well-known – on 28 April 1789 Fletcher Christian and his followers took control of the HMAV Bounty, disposing of Captain William Bligh and leaving him adrift in the ship’s launch. Many books and movies have covered the mutiny, but Graeme Lay explores the enigmatic character of Fletcher Christian in this well-written and… Read More

Navigating secondary school can be overwhelming for both families and students. From choosing the right school, understanding what gets taught and why, to bullying, and how to survive parent interviews, this new guide will help make those tumultuous years a little easier. Well-known and respected within education circles, Bali Haque has put his extensive knowledge… Read More

The story begins in 1901 and concludes in the winter of 2012. At its centre is a house with a fanciful little turret, built by a river in Christchurch. Over time the land will be subdivided and the single building becomes home to a succession of assorted people enduring the twists and turns of history. Decline &… Read More

In the third in as many years of his biographical titles for children, in Sky High Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, well-known New Zealand Author, David Hill, has taken on the task of bringing our ‘Hine-o-te-Rangi’ or ‘Daughter of the Skies’, Jean Batten, to life. Following the format of Hill and Morris’ previous two titles–… Read More

Carole Brungar has a Degree in Communication, majoring in Communication Management and Journalism, and has worked as a journalist and photographer for many years. In 2016 the opening chapter of The Nam Legacy won The California Dreamin’ Hooker Competition for the best opening hook. The year before her first novel, A tide too high, also took second… Read More

The subtitle, Forbidden Love in a Hostile World, is a good summary of Mandy Hager’s new book. It is a dense work of historical fiction, rich with actual quotes from the main characters and a deep understanding of the history of the time. The story is a familiar one, that of Heloise and Abelard, lovers… Read More

With shades of Clave of the Cave Bears and The Hunger Games, Slave Power is the first in a new series. Set in the East of the Black Sea around 300 BC, this is a tale of Amazon Tribes under threat from slave traders who are showing no mercy as they attack the peaceful tribes… Read More

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