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Good Earth, The
The classic story of Wang Lung and his wife O-Lan. This remarkable novel depicts the suffering and hardship of poverty...
When Breath Becomes...
US neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was forced to face his mortality earlier than most when he was diagnosed with inoperable...
Martian, The
Astronaut Mark Watney has cause to be very grateful for his green thumbs. Stranded on Mars with limited resources and...
Now Is The Time
The Peasant's Revolt of 1381 bears all the hallmarks of contemporary headlines: taxes, property rights, violence and...
Sarah's Key
Paris, July 1942. Sarah, a 10 year old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door...
Different Kind of...
In this book, which could just as accurately be titled 'A Different Kind of Family', maverick parents guarantee that...
House of the...
Having lived in the house attached to the mosque for eight centuries, Aqa Jaan and his kin epitomise a devout Muslim...
Silence of...
Young Bonadventure Arrow has been bestowed a most unusual gift: his hearing is otherworldly, allowing him to hear such...
Girl with the...
A Swedish novel featuring crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist investigating a decades old disappearance of a child. ...
Eligible
Darcy a neurosurgeon? Liz Bennet a journalist? Anything is possible in this contemporary retelling of 'Pride and...
Caleb's Crossing
Bethia and Caleb's friendship bridges a cultural divide: Bethia is the daughter of a Puritan minister and Caleb is the...
Under the Visible...
Although from completely different backgrounds, gifted musicians and friends Katherine Goodnow and Mahsa Weaver have...
Thousand Hills to...
Many of the world's humanitarian efforts have been focused on Africa. How can those in emerging economies not just...
Angle of Repose
Historian Lyman Ward finds the perfect project for his early retirement: writing the biography of his grandparents...
No Great Mischief
In 1779, driven out of his home, Calum MacDonald sets sail from the Scottish Highlands with his extensive family. ...
Conrad & Eleanor
On the surface, it appears that Conrad and Eleanor Evanson's long marriage has been a most successful juggling act. ...
City of Tranquil...
Kuang P'ing Ch'ing, City of Tranquil Light, becomes the adopted home of Mennonite missionaries Will and Katherine Kieh....
Writers' Festival,...
The date is set, books have been written and read, programmes printed, invitations issued, tickets available and judges...
Cove, The
Eking out a living on their patch of land, siblings Laurel and Hank Skelton keep to themselves until the arrival of...
Shtum
It is crunch time for the Jewell family. Emma and Ben have a battle ahead of them persuading their local authority...
Illuminations
Mystic, visionary, musician, healer and saint ... Hildegard von Bingen was an unconventional woman of her time. ...
Infinite Home
Edith's crumbling Brooklyn apartment building is home to an eclectic collection of tenants: Adeleine, Thomas, Paulie...
Open: An...
It is shocking to discover that tennis great Andre Agassi hated tennis. With a refreshing degree of candour, this...
Everyone Brave is...
When war is declared, Mary North is sure she will be snapped up for something far more exciting than the role that she...
Thirteenth Tale, The
Margaret Lea, an antiquarian bookseller and sometime biographer of obscure writers, receives a letter from Vida Winter,...
Migrant Journeys
Subtitled 'New Zealand taxi drivers tell their stories', this book gives voice to fourteen migrants from ten different...
St Agnes' Stand
An injured outlaw - heading for freedom in California - stumbles across the trapped survivors of an apache ambush:...
Beneath the Surface
Killer whales, aka blackfish, aka orca. John Hargrove's childhood ambition to be a trainer of these largest members of...
Unlikely Pilgrimage...
When Harold Fry leaves the house to post a card to Queenie, a former colleague who is in a hospice, he has no intention...
So You've Been...
In this era of social media, it seems that pillories and stocks are still with us, albeit in a different form. No...
Road Home, The
Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and...
Boy of China, A
Mao Tse-tung gave away a son during the Long March? Interest piqued, New Zealander Richard Loseby set out to determine...
Other Side of the...
Set against the backdrop of northern Ontario's haunting landscapes, The Other Side of the Bridge opens with an...
Being Chinese
Helene Wong's life reads in a similar vein to many New Zealanders: an idyllic Kiwi childhood, then tertiary education...
Homestead
A collection of twelve linked stories, each told by a different woman from the isolated Austrian village of Rosenau. ...
Pretty Baby
Heidi Wood's well-meaning intervention, offering refuge to teenager Willow and her baby Ruby from the streets of...
Little Princes
A short stint in a Nepali orphanage develops into something far more for American Conor Grennan. The children turn out...
Golden Boys
The envy of the neighbourhood kids, newly arrived Colt and Bastian Jenson seem to have it all - a swimming pool, the...
Blackwater...
Ireland in the early 1990s. Helen's adored, younger brother is dying and the family find themselves gathered in the...
Crossing, The
Giving life to the distressingly familiar images from the media, journalist and writer Samar Yazbek takes us to the...
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