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BIG SKY BIG SKY
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780857526113
Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie – ex-military, ex-Cambridge constabulary, now private investigator – makes a keenly anticipated return in a novel about secrets, sex and lies. He has relocated to a seaside village, where it’s quiet and picturesque, but there is something darker lurking behind the scenes. Jackson’s current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network – and back across the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking literary crime novel.
CITY OF GIRLS CITY OF GIRLS
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781526610423
From the much-loved author of the internationally acclaimed The Signature of All Things, this novel, set in the New York City theatre world during the 1940s, is told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret. Vivian Morris is sent by her despairing parents to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theatre called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer and a no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it steers her to a new approach to the kind of life she craves – and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it… also leading to the love of her life. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a beautiful, poignant story exploring the idiosyncrasies of true love.

GUN ISLAND GUN ISLAND
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781473686670
From the bestselling author of the popular Ibis trilogy. A dealer of rare books, Deen Datta is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen’s eyes to the realities of growing up in today’s world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him. Gun Island, a beautifully realised novel which effortlessly spans space and time, is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.
LOVING SYLVIE LOVING SYLVIE
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781988547114
Sylvie rows across a lake to her wedding. Madeleine flees to Paris and works in Le Livre Bleu bookshop. Isobel is summoned to her doctor's surgery late one afternoon. Elizabeth Smither takes us into the richly imagined worlds of three women - Sylvie, her mother Madeleine and grandmother Isobel. The narrative shifts between the three women in three different cities: Auckland, Paris and Melbourne. Elizabeth tells their stories with warm, deeply observant humour, through their love affairs, rivalries, marriages and all the beautiful minutiae of everyday life. She draws the threads together subtly and surprisingly to achieve a perfectly resolved ending. Described as having 'a gift for wry comedy combined with an eye for pinpoint detail', Elizabeth is one of New Zealand's finest writers.

MACHINES LIKE ME MACHINES LIKE ME
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781787331679
Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining novel poses fundamental questions – what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.
NECESSARY SECRETS NECESSARY SECRETS
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781988516639
Den’s 70th birthday family gathering does not go to plan for any of the family. Den, struggling with devastating news about his health, was considering it as his farewell gathering. Will, his eldest son in the midst of a drug-fuelled mid-life crisis, brings a developer in the guise of a girlfriend, wanting to persuade the family to sell the large Grey Lynn home to release capital to prop-up his failing business. Ellie, while taking time out from a domestic violence support agency to care for her father, is offering short-term foster care to troubled teenagers. The current foster-teenager Jackson, wise beyond his years, is fearful his father will find him after his sister arrives. Stan, the youngest son, ventures north from a commune bringing marijuana plants as a birthday present. In this compelling new novel Greg McGee, author of the highly acclaimed The Antipodeans, weaves together four seasons of tribulations, triumphs and necessary secrets of this family, by parts poignant, entertaining and suspenseful, in an unforgettable picture of New Zealand society today.

SUNFALL SUNFALL
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780593077436
From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing . . . Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda- for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails . . . And so bring about humanity's end.
THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781785768934
In the midst of war, he found love. In the midst of darkness, he found courage. In the midst of tragedy, he found hope. Nuri is a beekeeper, his wife Afra is an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again. Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written with deceptive simplicity, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.

THE DAUGHTER'S TALE THE DAUGHTER'S TALE
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781760851248
Based on the true story of the Nazi massacre of a French village in 1944, an unforgettable tale of love and redemption from the bestselling author of The German Girl. New York City, 2015: Elise Duval, eighty years old, receives a phone call from a woman recently arrived from Cuba bearing messages from a time and country that she's long forgotten. A French Catholic who arrived in new York after World War II, Elise and her world are forever changed when the woman arrives with letters written to Elise from her mother in German during the war, unravelling more than seven decades of secrets. Berlin, 1939: Bookstore owner and recent widow Amanda Sternberg is fleeing Nazi Germany with her two young daughters, heading towards unoccupied France. She arrives in Haute-Vienne with only one of her girls. Their freedom is short-lived and soon they are taken to a labour camp. Inspired by one of the most shocking atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II, the 1944 massacre of all the inhabitants of the village of Oradour-Sur-Glane in the south of France, The Daughter's Tale is a beautifully crafted family saga of love, survival and hope against all odds.
THE DITCH THE DITCH
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781925773361
The intriguing new novel from Herman Koch, author of the international bestseller The Dinner,written with Herman Koch's trademark originality, playfulness, and edginess : When Robert Walter, popular mayor of Amsterdam, sees his wife toss her head back in laughter while chatting to one of his aldermen at a New Year’s reception, he immediately suspects the worst. Despite their long and happy marriage, Robert is convinced that Sylvia is cheating on him-and with the straitlaced alderman, no less, who is committed to the environment and wants to spoil the capital’s skyline with wind turbines. Then, out of the blue, Robert’s 94-year-old father turns up, desperate to speak to him. He and his wife want to die together. They do not want to burden their son with their deteriorating health, so why not end their own lives when the time is right? The Ditch shows a seemingly stable man rapidly becoming entangled in his own fears and suspicions. Or is everything not what it seems, and is Robert Walter actually seeing things clearly for the very first time?

THE ELECTRIC HOTEL THE ELECTRIC HOTEL
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781760528621
From the award-winning author of the acclaimed bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, this luminous and absorbingly inventive novel traces the intertwined fates of a silent-film director and his muse. It winds through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey – America’s first movie town – and on the battlefields of Belgium during World War I. A sweeping work of historical fiction, it shimmers between past and present as it tells the spellbinding story of the rise and fall of a prodigious film studio and one man’s doomed obsession with all that passes in front of the viewfinder. For over 30 years, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. When a film-history student comes to interview him about ‘The Electric Hotel’ – the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose – the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude’s memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.
THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS OF ESTHER DURRANT THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS OF ESTHER DURRANT
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780733639401
1951. Esther Durrant, a young mother, is committed to an isolated mental asylum by her husband. Run by a pioneering psychiatrist, the hospital is at first Esther's prison but soon becomes her refuge. 2018. Free-spirited marine scientist Rachel Parker embarks on a research posting in the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornish coast. When a violent storm forces her to take shelter on a far-flung island, she discovers a collection of hidden love letters. Captivated by their passion and tenderness, Rachel determines to track down the intended recipient. Meanwhile, in London, Eve is helping her grandmother, a renowned mountaineer, write her memoirs. When she is contacted by Rachel, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to reveal secrets kept buried for more than sixty years. The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant is a deeply atmospheric, resonant novel that charts the heart's wild places, choices and consequences, by the author who gave us The Botanist's Daughter

THE GUEST BOOK THE GUEST BOOK
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780670920716
From the bestselling author of The Postmistress. The Miltons are a powerful old New York family – the kind of family that used to run the world. And in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton seem to have it all – an elegant apartment on the Upper East Side, two beautiful little boys, a love everyone envies. When a tragedy befalls them, Ogden comforts Kitty the only way he knows how – they go sailing, picnic on a small island off the coast of Maine, and buy it. For generations the Miltons of Crockett Island revel in a place that is entirely their own. But it is 1959, and the world is changing – Ogden’s firm hire a Jewish man, Len Levy, who earns the admiration of not only his boss, but his boss’s beautiful young daughter. When Len and his friend visit the island, the Milton’s principles and prejudices are challenged like never before. At the dawn of the 21st century, the family money has run dry, and the island is up for sale. Returning for one last visit, Kitty’s granddaughter uncovers disturbing evidence about her family’s wealth – and realises she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life.
THE NOTE THROUGH THE WIRE THE NOTE THROUGH THE WIRE
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781988547091
In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. One is an underground resistance fighter; the other a prisoner of war. A crumpled note passes between these two strangers and sets them on a course that will change their lives forever. The Note Through The Wire is the true story of Josefine Lobnik, a Yugoslav partisan heroine, and Bruce Murray, a New Zealand soldier, who, due to a succession of near-impossible coincidences, discover love in the midst of a brutal war. Woven through their tales of great bravery, daring escapes, betrayal, torture and retaliation is their remarkable love story that survived against all odds. This is an extraordinary account of two ordinary people living through the unimaginable hardship of Hitler's barbaric regime.

THE PARISIAN THE PARISIAN
$37.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781911214434
As the First World War shatters families, destroys friendships and kills lovers, a young Palestinian dreamer sets out to find himself. Midhat Kamal picks his way across a fractured world, from the shifting politics of the Middle East to the dinner tables of Montpellier and a newly tumultuous Paris. He discovers that everything is fragile- love turns to loss, friends become enemies and everyone is looking for a place to belong. Isabella Hammad delicately unpicks the tangled politics and personal tragedies of a turbulent era - the Palestinian struggle for independence, the strife of the early twentieth century and the looming shadow of the Second World War. An intensely human story amidst a global conflict, The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice. An Observer hottest-tipped debut novelist of 2019
THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781473686281
Other people would underestimate Stella Fortuna during her long life, and not one of them didn't end up regretting it. Hundred-year-old Stella Fortuna sits alone in her house in Wethersfield, Connecticut, crocheting blankets and angrily ignoring her sister, Tina, who lives across the street. Born into abject poverty in an Italian village, Stella Fortuna's name might mean Lucky Star, but for the last century, her life has been defined by all the times she might have died. Does the one life and many (near) deaths of Stella Fortuna have secrets still to be revealed, even to those who believe they are closest to her? By turns a family saga, a ghost story, and a coming-of cranky-old-age tale, Juliet Grames's The Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna lays bare the costs of migration and patriarchal values, but also of the love and devotion that can sustain a family through generations, in a sprawling 20th century saga of a young woman with a fire inside her which cannot be put out.

THE UNRELIABLE PEOPLE THE UNRELIABLE PEOPLE
$38.00 NZD
ISBN: 9780143773566
Is all love doomed under a heartless regime? Antonina is a student at the prestigious Academy of Art in St Petersburg. At times, though, she feels she might be a better fit at the Centre of Nonconformist Art across town. She knows she stands out as different, being neither Russian, Korean nor Kazakh - and yet she embodies all three. She is Koryo-saram- a descendant of the exiled population that Stalin labelled the Unreliable People. But what does that mean? And who was the strange, elegant woman who came to the window when Antonina was a young child? And why did she entice Antonina to climb out and go on a long train journey through Kazakhstan? This is a compelling story where love and loss intersect unexpectedly with a Korean fable about a crow king and a rice farmer's wife.
THE WONDER OF LOST CAUSES THE WONDER OF LOST CAUSES
$33.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781760527884
Kate Blunt will do anything for her son, Jasper. Well, almost anything. Kate's always told him he's not allowed to get a dog. She's a single mum taking care of a kid who has to fight for every breath he takes and Jasper's daily medical routine is complicated enough without adding a mutt to the mix. The terrible irony for Kate is that, as the overworked veterinarian running an animal shelter, her life is full of dogs in constant need of rescuing. Kate has to live with the fact that every abandoned dog is on a two-week deadline to find a human - so when a scarred, mistreated wreck turns up, she knows he doesn't stand a chance. Named Whistler, he's too old, too ugly. A lost cause. But the dog forms an instantaneous, almost magical connection with Jasper. Whistler never makes a sound, let alone a bark, yet he speaks to Jasper in a myriad of mysterious ways, forging an indelible bond with the boy. But time is running out. As Kate and Jasper fight to give Whistler another chance, one thing becomes clear: the dog has chosen them for a reason. And what Whistler inspires in them may be his most important lesson of all. Transformative, moving and life-affirming, The Wonder of Lost Causes will break your heart and make it sing.

THOSE WHO ARE LOVED THOSE WHO ARE LOVED
$35.00 NZD
ISBN: 9781472223234
Themis and Aliki grew up under the German occupation of Greece and subsequent Civil War that tore the country in two. The two women meet while imprisoned on the exile island of Makronisos, having been members of the communist army. Themis has given birth to a son, Angelos, but is too malnourished to feed him so Aliki offers to wet nurse the boy. When Aliki is condemned to death, Themis promises to find and raise Aliki's son, Nikos, for the two boys share the same father - army captain, Fotis. Themis raises Angelos and Nikos as brothers but they are caught in the tensions between left and right. Angelos flees to America while Nikos, the more rebellious spirit, is killed when army tanks attack students demonstrating against the Junta. Themis is heartbroken, but the slaughter of the innocent students restores democracy to Greece, Nikos has not died in vain. The new captivating novel from the author of The Island, The Return, The Thread, The Sunrise and Cartes Postales From Greece 'Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page'


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