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Extending from World War I to an imagined twenty-first century, Intensive Care (first published in 1970) highlights the appalling treatment of the physically and mentally sick. Tom Livingstone, young and wounded in the trenches of Flanders, must learn the value of life and subsequently the value of death. In a futuristic worl... read more

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Beguiling and ambitious, this new novel by the author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, is ostensibly a search for an ancient text, and a love story. But beneath that is a haunting tale about language and identity, about the shifting layers of history under the confusing surface of Chinese life and politics, with a... read more

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Author:Janet Frame
Awards:Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize 1989.

What happens when the town of Puamahara begins to profit from its legend and the astronomers discovering the Gravity Star predict an unthinkable future? Mattina Brecon, a New Yorker, arrives in Kowhai Street, Puamahara, where her painstaking study of her neighbours is interrupted by a new kind of cataclysmic event. Mattina fi... read more

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An omnibus of two early novelsIn Faces in the Water (first published in 1961), Janet Frame responded to her doctor's suggestion that 'as I was obviously suffering from the effects of my long stay in hospital in New Zealand, I should write my story of that time to give me a clearer view of my future'. The 'documentary' evolved... read more

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This new edition of the Godwit book first published in 1995 has been attractively repackaged and fully illustrated. The origins of New Zealand's cuisine can be traced back to our nineteenth-century immigrant ancestors. They were confronted with not only reversed seasons but plentiful fertile land and a generally warmer climat... read more

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Beguiling and ambitious, this new novel by the author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, is ostensibly a search for an ancient text, and a love story. But beneath that is a haunting tale about language and identity, about the shifting layers of history under the confusing surface of Chinese life and politics, with a... read more

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As this country developed from 1840 on, transport was the key to opening up areas for farming, forestry and manufacturing. The trains, ships, cars, planes, motorbikes and trucks that we used on to get places and make us more efficient were so relied upon that they have become part of our DNA. In this lively, well researched... read more

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New Zealand's isolation began over 80 million years ago when, powered by mighty geological forces, the land mass rifted away from ancient Gondwana and drifted into the Pacific with its precious cargo of wildlife. The natural history of the shaky isles and their surrounding seas, the dramatic geology and unique plants and anim... read more

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In 2009 Dr Samuel Johnson made a surprise re-emergence from eighteenth century retirement and began Twittering. It proved the perfect vehicle for his acerbic, aphoristic wit and he has quickly become the darling of the site. "The Guardian" calls him the 'greatest' thing on Twitter and the Telegraph dubs him its 'star'. Our go... read more

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The inspirational and exhilarating story of one medic's fight against one of the world's deadliest diseases.
In the summer of 2003, a perilous helicopter descent delivered Ross Donaldson, an American medical student in his twenties, into Sierra Leone. With abundant schooling but little practical experience, Ross wanted ... read more

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In the bestselling "Affluenza", world-renowned psychologist Oliver James introduced us to a modern-day virus sweeping through the English-speaking world. He met those suffering from it and demonstrated how their obsessive, envious tendencies made them twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other d... read more

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When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, many proclaimed the start of a new Elizabethan Age. Few had any inkling, however, of the stupendous changes that would take place over the next 50 years, in Britain and around the world. In "Our Times", A.N. Wilson takes the reader on an exhilarating journey from that day to this. ... read more

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The visitors from downriver had strange pale skin and blue eyes, but they left a deadly sickness of red spots and fever. Thirteen-year-old Millie and her younger sister Maura were the only survivors. As the first snowflakes fell the dogs were turning wild, and it was clear that the two girls must leave to find a new home. The... read more

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Wild birds can indeed be encouraged to live in the domestic New Zealand garden. The secret is providing the right kind of water, food and shelter.
In this brilliant family reference book by Gordon Ell, you'll find everything you need to know to cultivate a property teeming with wildlife. Filled with practical general ad... read more

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Author:Janet Hunt
Awards:Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Non-Fiction 2008. Shortlisted for Royal Society Science Prize 2009 WINNER OF MONTANA MEDAL FOR NON-FICTION 2008**SHORTLISTED FOR ROYAL SOCIETY BEST SCIENCE BOOK 2009 - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/janet-hunt/wetlands-of-new-zealand-9781869419042.aspx#sthash.8ttSTwCu.dpuf

Wetlands are the unheralded gems of the New Zealand landscape. Seriously endangered and taken for granted by New Zealanders, they are often stunning environments and harbour all manner of beautiful and rare flora and fauna. This beautiful, environmentally important book describes what wetlands do, what we find in wetlands - p... read more

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In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and decides that the society of horses is better than that of his fellow man. Swift's tough, filthy and i... read more

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In a French courtroom, the trial of a woman is taking place. Gladys Eysenach is no longer young, but she is still beautiful, elegant, cold. She is accused of shooting dead her much-younger lover. As the witnesses take the stand and the case unfolds, Gladys relives fragments of her past: her childhood, her absent father, her m... read more

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At the once-splendid Imperial Hotel, chef Gabriel Lightfoot is trying to run a tight kitchen. But his integrity and his sanity are under constant challenge from an exuberantly multinational staff, a gimlet-eyed hotel management, and business partners with whom he is planning a new venture. Despite the pressure, his hard work ... read more

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Inside the Whale marks the arrival of a blazing new talent: fizzing with eclectic characters and poignant imagery, her heart-wrenching debut novel is a story to relish, and a book you'll want to recommend with passion to everyone you know.
Stephanie Sandford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth. But the pas... read more

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Hal Treherne is a young and dedicated soldier on the brink of a brilliant career. Impatient to see action, his other deep commitment is to Clara, his beautiful red, white and blue girl, who sustains him as he rises through the ranks. When Hal... read more

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