Stories


What will you read today? If you don't have time to read now, bookmark your favourite ones and check your Reading List later. If you are taking the bus, find our posters, scan and access a curated collection, part of Stories on the Go

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Stories for *BOOK EXTRACT
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We love how Catalonia celebrates books each 23 April. On the day of Sant Jordi in Barcelona as in Catalonia, people give one another a rose or a book. Not only ...More

Multilingual
Published by Lumen/Futura
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Nā J.K. Rowling ~ Nā Leon Heketū Blake  i whakamāori  Ko tētahi o ngā tino kōrero mā ngā tamariki ā mohoa nei, ko tā J.K. Rowling Harr ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Translation
J. K. Rowling

33 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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He kohinga whakaaro, he kohinga wheako hoki mō te waiata me te haka nā tētahi tokānuku kua aua atu e tū ana i taua ao. Ko Tā Tīmoti Kāretu t ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Non Fiction, Translation
Published by Auckland University Press
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We love how Catalonia celebrates books each 23 April. On the day of Sant Jordi in Barcelona as in Catalonia, people give one another a rose or a book. Not o ...More

Multilingual
Published by Europa Editions
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  A landmark anthology of creative work – poetry, fiction and essays – by emerging Asian New Zealand writers. This landmark collection of poetr ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Non Fiction
Paula Morris

24 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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    The house at 660 Castle Street was built as a Presbyterian Manse in 1923, designed by architect E.W. Walden and built by Loan and W ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

7 min read

Published by Imagination Press
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Jeanette Fitzsimons was a visionary, a pioneer and a radical. This is the story of someone who battles National and Labour’s lock on parlia ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Biography & Memoir
Gareth Hughes

15 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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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. “U ...More

Fiction
Carl Nixon

32 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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  “Whenever I think of coming to punish my father, it’s always in a strong wind, and that’s blowing now as I drive up the long, unsea ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Contemporary Fiction
Owen Marshall

6 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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Eddy Smallbone (orphan) is grappling with identity, love, loss, and religion. It’s two years since he blew up his school life and the earthquakes fel ...More

Literary Fiction
Kate De Goldi

22 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Maori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko, is worn only by Maori women. So, her eth ...More

Mystery & Crime
Catherine Lea

13 min read

Published by Brakelight Press
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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 whakawhitihi ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Action & Adventure, Translation
Paulo Coelho

7 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Comedian Chris Parker brings his brilliant comic wit to the page. Star of stand-up, winner of Celebrity Treasure Island and lockdown Instagram sensation, Ch ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Biography & Memoir, Humor & Comedy
Chris Parker

9 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  In New Zealand’s Martinborough, an ex-wine maker is murdered. The precise planning and execution by the unknown assailant begins a seri ...More

Mystery & Crime, Psychological Thriller
Published by Squabbling Sparrows Press
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  Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa Ne ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, History, Non Fiction
Anne Salmond

5 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Flip Flop Bay is the sixth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, but note the books can be r ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

18 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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Monday wooldridge is a fighter with a face like a broken dinner plate. Fifteen years ago, her kid brother Eddy disappeared and she’s been looking f ...More

Contemporary Fiction
Dominic Hoey

6 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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Chapter 1 Anna looped bubble-wrap around her father’s favorite sculpture: a peacock made entirely out of mirrors. The only upside of moving out of th ...More

Fiction
Amy Blythe

29 min read

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Tim Saunders writes about his life and work on the farm that’s been in his family for five generations. He encompasses drought, farming during lo ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Tim Saunders

31 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  This is a story of doubt. It is a story of people who left little trace. . . . There are no writings to pore over; no monuments to gaze at; ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Jennifer Ashton

20 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that January when I arrived in Dunedin. I stood in front of the dirty shallow porch of my flat and it wasn’t quite ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

11 min read

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It was a pretty chill place to live for the first two thirds of the year. It was a place of freedom and acceptance, a place of thinking, talking, cups ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

15 min read

  Extract from Mazarine published by Penguin Random House   Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw

22 min read

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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met? When Belle started writing to Enrico, she certainly wasn’t looking to fall in love! ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Fiction, Love & romance
Published by Hachette
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  Could Harry Styles be the perfect man for Jo’s daughter Bayley? Surely he would be, if Jo could only wrangle a meeting. When Jo coerces her sist ...More

Romantic Comedy
Published by Pink Van Publishing
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  Kingdom of Blong is the fifth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, although note all ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

17 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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  He whakamāoritanga i te pukapuka o Puripāha nā Witi Ihimaera mō ētahi whānau hoariri e rua ki Te Tairāwhiti. Ko Puripāha te tapanga ka tuk ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Fiction, Maori & Pasifika, Translation
Witi Ihimaera

8 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  Emotions are messages from your heart, they tell you what you need. Some of them are BIG feelings, and some are very small indeed. Imagine your fee ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Picture Book
Rebekah Ballagh

1 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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Losing her daughter to the Christchurch earthquake sends Lily back to her childhood village in Northern England to scatter Charlie’s ashes. It ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Historical Fiction
Sandra Arnold

5 min read

Published by Mākaro Press
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BOOK PREVIEW Ideas and inspiration to make your Matariki celebrations sparkle. PÕHUTUKAWA Whakamanahia ngā rau kahurangi kua mene ki te pō. E ...More

* STORIES ON THE GO, Picture Book
Published by Allen & Unwin
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  No excuses presentation Dave Letele’s incredible life has taken him from footy to failure, crime to community, fat to fit and riches to rags  ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction
Dave Letele

16 min read

Published by Penguin Random House