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Migration, demographic changes and new cultural references are reshaping New Zealand. It is fast becoming a hub where Pacific and Tasman currents meet. As a result, New Zealand is changing, in response to surging tides of people and ideas. Pacific Highways explores and maps the new New Zealand, in the words of the country's f... read more

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In the world of the future, people exist in a perpetual state of rehearsing evacuations, and one man's rehearsal involves leaving his parents behind. A firespotter knows all too well that where there's smoke, there's fire - but fails to spot the blaze that consumes half her family. Then there's the Custer impersonator who tak... read more

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Author:Brigid Lowry
Awards:Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Non-Fiction Award 2009 and Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Non Fiction 2009 and LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Elsie Locke Award 2009.

Being a writer is good because you get paid to write stuff up, you can stay home and work in your pajamas and you get to travel because it's research. Being a writer is bad when you're sitting all by yourself staring at a blank page. Brigid Lowry knows the highs and lows of being a writer, but she still thinks it's a joy. In ... read more

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Author:Mark Broatch
Awards:Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards: Non-Illustrated Book 2010.

If you're reaching for superlatives but can only come up with, 'Yeah, the match/meal/musical was great' ...If you're recommending a book on your blog or in the college mag and all you can offer is, 'The plot is fantastic' ...If you like hanging out at movie previews and want to bluff your way into the it-crowd ...you need In ... read more

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Series:Writers' and Artists'

The bestselling guide to markets in all areas of the media, completely revised and updated, and this year in its 105th edition. With a new foreword by a famous author and several brand new articles by authors and publishing insiders. It also contains a wealth of practical information on a huge range of topics including copyri... read more

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In his essay on Tennessee Williams, Colm Toibin reveals an artist profoundly tormented by his sister's mental illness. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Toibin examines a world of family relations, and in Roddy Doyle's writing on his parents illuminates an Ireland reinvented. From John Cheever's jour... read more

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This classic guide for writers has been revised and updated to bring it right up to the present day. Over the years, it has held an essential place on the bookshelves of New Zealanders who write, whether that be freelance journalism or book-length publications. A recommended text for writing courses around the country, the Ha... read more

For any writer, the latest (sixth) edition of Bateman’s indispensable New Zealand Writer’s [sic] Handbook, is invaluable: advice on every step of the writing process, with new chapters on digital publishing and writing fiction, and the usual lists of current publishers, magazines and newspapers. NZ content and ... read more

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The fast and easy way to write your memoir Memoir writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just by celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and Memoir Writing For Dummies provides hopeful writers with the tools they need to share their life stories with the world and become published authors. With easy-to... read more

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Today's highly competitive fiction market requires writers to imbue their novels with "that special something"-an element that captures readers' hearts and minds. In Once More, With Feeling! writers will learn vital techniques for writing emotion into their characters, plots, dialogue in order to instill "that special somethi... read more

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A perennial hit, our Best American Magazine Writing chooses from the nominees and winners of the coveted National Magazine Awards. Selections belong to the categories of public interest reporting, features, criticism, commentary, and fiction. This year's selections include Iraqi War veteran Brian Mockenhaupt ( Byliner) on mo... read more

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It's etched into our neurological pathways; we can't live without it. Telling true stories is one of the things that makes us human, and a strong narrative has the power to profoundly change the way we think. Truman Capote's ground-breaking In Cold Blood set the tone and narrative non-fiction now appears in print and online j... read more

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After six novels, five story collections and two books of non-fiction, and countless international prizes, A.L. Kennedy certainly has the authority to talk about the craft of writing books - it's just a wonder she's found the time. These are missives from the authorial front line - urgent and vivid, full of the excitement, fu... read more

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'The Art of Letter Writing' gives over fifty examples of the perfect letter for any occasion. Unsure how to break off an engagement, accept an invitation to a country house weekend, complain about a courier or write to a countess? This book contains numerous elegant and nuanced examples covering every possible social scenario... read more

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'Lately, I am trying to provoke myself into art - into writing . . . I wasn't exactly in despair - I was in cynicism, which is despair's more torpid sister . . . Let me tell you how writing snuck back on me.'Whether you are starting from scratch or need a gentle nudge back in the right direction, The Sound of Paper is a wonde... read more

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The best-selling guide to markets in all areas of the media, completely revised and updated, containing 8 new articles, 3 new listings and a foreword by top author Maeve Binchy. New listings include: Creative writing courses for writersUseful libraries for writersWriter's retreats New articles include: The Role of the... read more

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This is the bestselling guide to markets in all areas of the media, completely revised and updated, and this year in its 101st edition, with a foreword by Alexander McCall-Smith. New articles in this edition include: Notes from a successful historical biographer - Claire Tomalin; Notes from a successful literary editor - Clai... read more

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This guide for writers who want ideas on how to find markets for their work includes advice on: what to write and how to sell it; ghost-writing, travel writing, fiction, television and radio scripts, newspaper and magazine journalism; making contacts, agents, and how to get commission.

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Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction. With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that... read more

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This book is all about writing for publication. How to plan, create and edit work that will sell. How to write a book that you'll be proud of- and which might yet launch you on a new career. Crammed with examples (positive and negative) from successful authors, this essential guide is for writers of every genre: fiction and n... read more

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Real-world writing advice, minus all the lectures. You're an aspiring writer. Maybe you've just discovered your love of words and dream of being a novelist someday. Maybe you've been filling notebooks with science-fiction stories since middle school. Maybe you're contemplating a liberal arts degree, but you don't know what th... read more

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