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Kua whakamāorihia tā Paulo Coelho pukapuka whakaaweawe, e kaha nei hoki te hokona puta noa i te ao, ā, koinei te pukapuka nui katoa te whakawhitihia ...More

Action & Adventure, Translation
Paulo Coelho

7 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Abstract An eighteen-year-old alien moves to Dunedin to study. There she eats minerals, deconstructs, ingests poison, disintegrates, and ultimately, reas ...More

Eileen Merriman

16 min read

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I was looking forward to 2011. I hadn’t been finding 2010 to be a very settled year. On one level I put the unsettled feeling down to it being the Year of ...More

Non Fiction
Kay McKenzie Cooke

12 min read


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When Mo was born her mother fractured into tiny pieces, her father disintegrated and her family broke up completely. Mo was left in the care of a variety ...More

Bill Nagelkerke

18 min read

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So, there are two people walking up View Street after the five o’clock session. He is walking ahead. She is walking behind. View Street is steep, rising fr ...More

Fiona Farrell

31 min read

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A gripping new novel from one of our leading writers. A compulsive and chilling novel about subjugation, survival and the meaning of family. “ ...More

Carl Nixon

32 min read

Published by Penguin Books NZ
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With its face to the black and ass to the blue, orbital scaffolding repurposed for the next generation ship, the Gilman was a thing of impossible ug ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
AJ Fitzwater

16 min read

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you visit Tuesday after the accident, arms full of pink stargazers and crossword puzzles asking about my slip tentatively, a tight-lipped smile as you silent ...More

Jess Fiebig

1 min read

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She is heavy on my bedroom wall. I reconstructed her, slapping mortar between each brick, but my room is not big enough so she is reduced to eyes, nose, and mo ...More

Fiction, Inspired by Street Art
Heather McQuillan

3 min read

It’s morning. I know this because the clock says 7.23 and a finger of light is trying to pull back the curtains. My room faces east. So that makes it mo ...More

Rachael King

22 min read