"It is the sound that matters, finally, when I write - in fact all is for reading aloud." - Janet Frame, on publication of Owls Do Cry (1957)
Owls Do Cry is one of the classics of New Zealand literature, and has remained in print continuously for fifty years. A fiftieth anniversary edition was published in 2007. Owls Do... read more
The animals in the farmyard decide that working for humans is doing them no favours, so under the leadership of Napoleon, the only Berkshire Boar on the farm, and the other pigs, they drive out the farmer and his cohorts and set about structuring their own society. Based on a list of supposedly animal-friendly rules such as "... read more
An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.... read more
In The Candy Machine Tom Feiling travels the trade routes from Colombia via Miami, Kingston and Tijuana to London and New York. He meets Medellin hitmen, US kingpins, Brazilian traffickers and talks to soldiers and narcotics officers who fight the gangs and cartels. He traces cocaine's progress from legal 'pick-me up' to luxu... read more
This title features four TV soundtrack episodes from the second award-winning BBC TV series starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. "Man Overboard" - Jim Hacker is in favour of moving army regiments to the north to create jobs, until Sir Humphrey hints that the PM's job is under threat. "Official Secrets" -... read more
The new book from the highly original and talented author - unabridged on audio-CD. A rich novel filled with beauty, danger, politics, and intrigue. Fast-paced and dazzlingly imaginative, Dreamhunter will draw the listener into an extraordinary fictional world in which dreams are as vividly described as the cream cakes in ... read more
Major feature film adaptation stars Matthew McFadyen, Miranda Otto and Emily Barclay. Narrated by Audie-Award winner and 2007 finalist, Humphrey Bower. Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand's best-known writers and is winner of the Wattie Award (twice), the Montana Award, and the New Zealand Fiction Award (four times). When Ce... read more
|Awards:||Winner of Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work 2009.|
There is a world similar to ours but for one major aberration: the mysterious Place that only a select group of people - the Dreamhunters - can enter. A region where dreams can be caught and relayed to eager audiences in the Rainbow Opera, the magnificent purpose-built dream palace. Laura needs to find out what it is that kil... read more
'Jones knew the score with "deniable" operations that were sanctioned secretly at the highest levels. If they turned to custard and the cover was blown, the powers-that-be would simply deny everything and disown all involved, from the military down to the spooks and, at the bottom of the food chain, hired guns like him.' Wha... read more
When a Russian emigre is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it takes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, ser... read more
This audio features Pam Ayres' best-known and favourite poems, selected and read by Pam herself. Featured poems include 'I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth', 'I'm a Starling Me Darling' and 'Thoughts of a late-Night Knitter.'
Stunning new six-part BBC dramatisation of Douglas Adams's book Life, the Universe and Everything. This new release also features 25 minutes of material not broadcast on radio.
The third series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes to audio on CD, with 25 minutes of unbroadcast footage. Many of the cast ... read more
Edinburgh. Genteel home to ladies who lunch, attend concerts and art exhibitions, and who do good by stealth. Ladies such as Isabel Dalhousie. But behind its regimented Georgian facades, Edinburgh's moral compasses are spinning with greed, lust and murderous intent. Isabel knows this, and rather relishes it. An accomplished p... read more
This is a gripping BBC Radio 4 drama about King George VI's struggle to overcome his stammer and his close working relationship with his speech therapist. It is Coronation Day, 1937. As the country celebrates, the new monarch must face one of the most difficult challenges he has ever encountered: the dreaded BBC Radio Broadca... read more
Taking as his title Byron's famous description of what life is (a mere "summer of a dormouse"), John Mortimer describes what it's like to be 75 but feel 11. He has all the afflictions that his father had at this age, but retains all his youthful enthusiasms. Mortimer describes the last couple of years which involved plenty of... read more
Part love story, part road story, Guitar Highway Rose is a witty novel of first love, adventure and being fifteen. Winner of WA Hoffman Young Readers Choice Award. Rosie is restless. She wants a nose-ring, and more ... she wants to do something, be someone, be someone else. Asher is the new boy in her class. He has d... read more
The brand new thriller from the bestselling author of Just One Look.
Jeff Hunter's life has already been blown away once. At the age of twenty, he got into a fight outside a party and accidentally killed someone. That momentary lapse of reason cost him four years in gaol, and a small sliver of his soul.
Bu... read more
The whale rider was Kahutia Te Rangi. Ancestor of the people of Te Tai Rawhiti, he travelled from Hawaiki, the place of the Ancients, to the East Coat of New Zealand. Then there was Kahu. The first great-grandchild of the whanau, she was loved by all her relatives except the one whose love she needed most.
Do you worry about how well you're doing? Are you envious of your friends' success? Are you suffering from status anxiety? We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety. For the ... read more
A colonel receives five seeds in the mail-and dies within weeks. A young bride disappears immediately after her wedding. An old hat and a Christmas goose are the only clues to a stolen jewel. A son is accused of his father's murder. These mysteries-and many more-are brought to the house on Baker Street where detective Sherloc... read more