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              She's a Killer
               

              She's a Killer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By McDougall, Kirsten

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              The world's climate is in crisis and New Zealand is being divided and reshaped by privileged immigrant wealthugees. Thirty-something Alice has a near-genius IQ and lives at home with her mother with whom she communicates by Morse code. Alice's imaginary friend, Simp, has shown... up, with a running commentary on her failings. 'I mean, can you even calculate the square root of 762 anymore?' The last time Simp was here was when Alice was seven, on the night a fire burned down the family home. Now Simp seems to be plotting something. When Alice meets a wealthugee named Pablo, she thinks she's found a way out of her dull existence. But then she meets Pablo's teenage daughter, Erika - an actual genius full of terrifying ambition. She's a Killer is the story of a brilliant and stubborn slacker who is drawn into radical action. It's about what happens when we refuse to face our most demanding problems, told by a woman who is a strange and calculating force of chaos. 'A claustrophobic eco-thriller with a gloriously unreliable narrator, She's a Killer is tense and sharp, and feels unnervingly prescient.' -Brannavan Gnanalingam 'Equipped with an exhilaratingly badly-behaved protagonist, She's a Killer builds from a slice of very strange life into a thriller by way of a succession of stunning comic set pieces. You'll laugh-a lot. And then you'll cry and be really surprised about it since you were laughing so much.' -Elizabeth Knox
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              ISBN 9781776564309
              Published NZ 14 Oct 2021
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              I Laugh Me Broken
               

              I Laugh Me Broken (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By van der Zijpp, Bridget

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              Ginny is feeling lighter and heavier at the same time. She's just learned from her cousin about a devastating genetic inheritance - but the revelation has brought a new logic to her mother's death many years before, and to her mother's love. Leaving her fiance in the dark, Gin...ny flees to Germany to research a novel about the daredevil sea captain Count von Luckner, who was lauded for his courage. 'What was courage anyway?' she wonders. 'Did it rise up out of some kind of counter-pressure?' Navigating transient, hedonistic Berlin on her own, she absorbs the city's tangle of stories as she tries to gather the strength to face her future. Set in 2019 as it turns into 2020, I Laugh Me Broken is a novel about an inescapable past and the complex play between genetic inheritance and the choices that are ours to make. It is, finally, a hard-won love story.
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              ISBN 9781776564293
              Published NZ 9 Sep 2021
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              Loop Tracks
               

              Loop Tracks (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Orr, Sue

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              It's 1978: the Auckland abortion clinic has been forced to close and sixteen-year-old Charlie has to fly to Sydney, but the plane is delayed on the tarmac. It's 2019: Charlie's tightly contained Wellington life with her grandson Tommy is interrupted by the unexpected intrusions o...f Tommy's first girlfriend, Jenna, and the father he has never known, Jim. The year turns, and everything changes again. Loop Tracks is a major New Zealand novel, written in real time against the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic and the New Zealand General Election and euthanasia referendum. 'Loop Tracks is an urgent and unexpected novel about freedom and responsibility - about a woman forced to wear her solitary and unsupported choice as a puzzling mistake, and about the very present past that she must face to help her family and herself.' -Elizabeth Knox 'This fictional inter-generational story will speak to a wide readership about the choices that are important for our future.' -Dame Margaret Sparrow
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              ISBN 9781776564255
              Published NZ 10 Jun 2021
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              Politics in a Pandemic: Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand's 2020 Election
               

              Politics in a Pandemic: Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand's 2020 Election (Paperback)

              By Levine, Stephen

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              2020 was a year unlike any other. Still in her first term as prime minister, Jacinda Ardern found herself facing her biggest challenge yet - protecting New Zealanders against a worldwide pandemic. By year's end New Zealand had kept its nerve, protected its borders, and for the mo...st part kept its residents alive and well. In the midst of all this an election was held. Politics in a Pandemic provides a deeper understanding of what happened during the election, which was held in the most difficult circumstances facing New Zealand since the Second World War. It includes contributions from the New Zealander of the Year, Jacinda Ardern, and the Wellingtonian of the Year, epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker, as well as the National Party's Judith Collins, Greens' co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson, ACT's leader David Seymour, the Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins, and award-winning journalists Tova O'Brien and Henry Cooke, along with many other reporters, pollsters and academics, together providing 35 perspectives on the election. Personal reflections are complemented by UMR survey results, first-hand campaign accounts, the perspectives of overseas observers, and analysis of everything from political cartoons and billboards to leaders debates, political party funding, policy and populism. It covers the departure of New Zealand First, the return of the Maori Party, nationwide referendums on euthanasia and the legalisation of cannabis, and the Christchurch mosque attacks. But ultimately, the 2020 election was a referendum on Jacinda Ardern's leadership in a time of pandemic. This book explains why she won and what this might mean for the country's future. Politics in a Pandemic is the twelfth in a series of election books going back to 1987 - including The Baubles of Office (2007), Kicking the Tyres (2012), and Stardust and Substance (2018) - essential for anyone interested in New Zealand's government and politics.
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              ISBN 9781776564330
              Published NZ 11 Nov 2021
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              Can You Tolerate This?
               

              Can You Tolerate This? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Ashleigh, Young

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              Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.

              ISBN 9781776560769
              Published NZ 11 Aug 2016
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              Middle Distance: Long Stories of Aotearoa New Zealand
               

              Middle Distance: Long Stories of Aotearoa New Zealand (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Gamble, Craig

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              The stories in Middle Distance travel from the empty expanses of the southern ocean to the fall of a once great house, from the wharekai of a marae to the wasteland of Middle America. Longer than a traditional short story and shorter than a novella, the long story is a form that ...both compresses and sprawls, expands and contracts, and which allows us to inhabit a world in one sitting. The emerging and established writers in this anthology break new territory in character, setting and storytelling. Each of their stories reveals to us something - intimate, electrifying, funny, beautiful - that we won't soon forget. Middle Distance: Long Fiction of Aotearoa New Zealand is an anthology of new writing from VUP. It follows on from the success of Monsters in the Garden: An Anthology of Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy and, like it, is born out of the long-running literary magazine Sport.
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              ISBN 9781776564323
              Published NZ 11 Nov 2021
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              Greta and Valdin
                

              Greta and Valdin (Paperback)

              By Reilly, Rebecca K.

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              The modern world is too much for me. I feel like I'm George of the Jungle.' -Greta 'At the moment, for personal reasons, I don't like reading things about people being in love with each other.' -Valdin Valdin is still in love with his ex-boyfriend Xabi, who used to drive ar...ound Auckland in a ute but now drives around Buenos Aires in one. Greta is in love with her fellow English tutor Holly, who doesn't know how to pronounce Greta's surname, Vladisavljevic, properly. From their Auckland apartment, brother and sister must navigate the intricate paths of modern romance as well as weather the small storms of their eccentric Maori-Russian-Catalonian family. This beguiling and hilarious novel by Adam Foundation Prize winner Rebecca K Reilly owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to Tinder. Set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real one), Greta and Valdin will speak to anyone who has had their heart broken, or has decided that they don't want to be a physicist anymore, or has wondered about all of the things they don't know about their family. 'Greta and Valdin is a complete world. I was totally captivated. It is warm and funny, inventive and charming, with a genuine and earned tenderness at its heart.' -Kate Duignan, author of The New Ships and Breakwater
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              ISBN 9781776564194
              Published NZ 13 May 2021
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              A Game of Two Halves: The Best of Sport 2005 2019
               

              A Game of Two Halves: The Best of Sport 2005 2019 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Barrowman, Fergus

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              Sport was conceived in the back of Damien Wilkins' yellow Ford Escort - he tells the story in the introduction to Great Sporting Moments - and born in spring 1988. A Game of Two Halves: The Best of Sport 2005-2019 chronicles the second half of Aotearoa New Zealand's most exciting... literary magazine's life. 'It wasn't going to have a manifesto,' founding editor Fergus Barrowman remembers. 'It was clear to all of us that experimental writing - or postmodern writing, call it what you like - was just as rulebound as literary realism, and no more likely to be any good; that experienced writers took as many risks as beginning writers; and that older beginning writers - Barbara Anderson! - were just as alive in the moment of self-discovery as young writers.' This book looks back through the fifteen issues of Sport from 2005 to 2019. In 600 pages it presents fiction, poetry, essays and oddities by 100 of our best writers, from leading lights like Bill Manhire, Ashleigh Young and Elizabeth Knox, to emerging glow worms like Tayi Tibble, Ruby Solly and Eamonn Marra. Fergus Barrowman has been the Publisher of Victoria University of Wellington Press since 1985, and founded Sport along with Nigel Cox, Elizabeth Knox and Damien Wilkins in 1988. He edited the Picador Book of Contemporary New Zealand Fiction in 1996.
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              ISBN 9781776564316
              Published NZ 11 Nov 2021
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              Star Sailors
               

              Star Sailors (Paperback)

              By James, Mcnaughton

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              In the not too distant future, the effects of climate change devastate the world and New Zealand becomes a haven for elites.

              ISBN 9781776561018
              Published NZ 9 Mar 2017
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              The Hill of Wool
                

              The Hill of Wool (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bornholdt, Jenny

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              The Hill of Wool is a book about memories. Some memories live in families. Some are inspired by rediscovered children's songs and stories. Others are triggered by chance encounters with old boyfriends. Sometimes personal and lyrical, sometimes jagged and strange like untamed chil...dren's rhymes, these poems will delight Jenny Bornholdt's readers.
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              ISBN 9780864736529
              Published NZ 5 Jul 2011
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              Interest Age 14+ years
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