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The Mango's Kiss
The Mango's Kiss Albert Wendt
An epic novel stretching out from Samoa to Europe, America and New Zealand, from the turn of the nineteenth century, through the First World War, the Spanish Influenza Epidemic and beyond.
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The Book of Secrets
The Book of Secrets Fiona Kidman
Winner of the Fiction category of the New Zealand Book Awards in 1986.
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Both Sides of the Moon
Both Sides of the Moon Alan Duff
A powerful novel by the author of Once Were Warriors, about a half caste and his Maori warrior ancestor, cast out of his tribe.
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Anticipation Tanya Moir
This rich and darkly funny novel is about family history and the risk and power of knowledge.
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White Lies
White Lies Witi Ihimaera
A powerful, prize-winning novella from the much-loved author of The Whale Rider, plus a moving screenplay, film stills and commentary on writing and movie making.
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The Paua Tower
The Paua Tower Coral Atkinson
Set in a pivotal moment in our history, this love story is about how we once were, or might have been.
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Belief Stephanie Johnson
An epic novel of love and religion that sweeps across New Zealand and America at the turn of the nineteenth century.
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I Am Always With You
I Am Always With You Philip Temple
Based on real events in Germany, this vividly told and deeply moving novel tells of one woman's love for a fellow artist, her struggle to survive the war and her desperation to keep alive the spirit of creativity.
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The Virgin and the Whale
The Virgin and the Whale Carl Nixon
A touching, clever novel about stories, about using them to create your own identity, and about the way they can forge bonds of love.
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The Mannequin Makers
The Mannequin Makers Craig Cliff
From the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book, this strikingly original novel is at turns a gothic tale of a father’s obsession, a castaway story worthy of a Boy’s Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies.
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Drowning City
Drowning City Ben Atkins
A compelling noir novel, set in the 1930s, echoing elements of classic hardboiled fiction while foreshadowing contemporary ills.
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Where the Rekohu Bone Sings
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings Tina Makereti
From the Chatham Islands/ Rekohu to London, from 1835 to the 21st century, this quietly powerful and compelling novel confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Maori and Pakeha.
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The Love Apple
The Love Apple Coral Atkinson
A novel about risk and freedom, desire and love in pioneering New Zealand.
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The Whistler
The Whistler Stephanie Johnson
A brilliant novel about history, the forgetting of it and the rewriting of it, and a satire on a society that has lost compassion in the process.
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The Naturalist
The Naturalist Thom Conroy
A fascinating, moving novel based on the life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach: scientist, explorer, revolutionary, outcast.
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A Crooked Rib
A Crooked Rib Judy Corbalis
A compelling novel based on the disastrous and scandalous marriage of New Zealand’s Governor Sir George Grey and his lively young wife, Eliza Lucy.
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Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith Jenny Pattrick
Breathing life into our past.
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Sleeps Standing
Sleeps Standing Witi Ihimaera, Hemi Kelly
A little book containing so much: a novella, history, eyewitness reports, Maori translation, verse and images.
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The Heart's Wild Surf
The Heart's Wild Surf Stephanie Johnson
Romantic, funny and surprising, this novel is a bold exploration of love in a time of confusion.
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The Infinite Air
The Infinite Air Fiona Kidman
'Jean Batten should be one of our national heroes with the same status as Sir Edmund Hillary - that was my conclusion from Fiona Kidman's new novel.' - Herald on Sunday
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Skylark Jenny Pattrick
A lively, unconventional love story set amid real figures from 19th-century theatre, from the author of the best-selling The Denniston Rose.
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The Open World
The Open World Stephanie Johnson
A fascinating novel about secrets, finding a home and early colonial New Zealand
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The Day She Cradled Me
The Day She Cradled Me Sacha De Bazin
A fascinating novel based on the life of the infamous baby farmer Minnie Dean, the only woman in New Zealand history ever to be hanged.
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The Parihaka Woman
The Parihaka Woman Witi Ihimaera
'There are . . . moments of tender beauty' - New Zealand Herald
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