10/20/2017 02:12 AM

If Apples Had Teeth by Milton and Shirley Glaser        $30
This silly, inventive picture book by the outstanding graphic designer of the protopsychedelic era will make your brain turn somersaults. Facsimile of the original 1960 edition. 
The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury       $55
An excellent and enticing survey of a period of great fertility and change in dustwrapper design, which started off as a way to protect bindings but soon became the arena in which the book's design first and most effectively attracts the eye of readers and buyers. 
Island by Nicky Singer, illustrated by Chris Riddell        $24
Urban teenager Cameron arrives in an uninhabited Arctic island. He's prepared for ice and storms and, stripped of his smart technology, possibly boredom. But he's not prepared for 24-hour daylight and erupting graves. At first Cameron believes the explanations of his scientist mother. But, as the island reveals itself to him, he begins to see, and hear, things that push him right to the edge of the possible. One of them is an Inuit girl. The other is a large white bear.
Book of Mutter by Katie Zambreno           $48
"Writing is how I attempt to repair myself, stitching back former selves, sentences. When I am brave enough - I am never brave enough - I unravel the tapestry of my life, my childhood."
Death, loss, memory, grief. Writing into and against silence, Zambreno's great project is to excoriate her own life and correlate its residue with works of art and literature that manifest similar equations of value and loss. 

My Private Property by Mary Ruefle       $35
A collection of devastating short prose pieces from on of America's sharpest poets. 
"The property that Ruefle deems private is the impalpable nature of the inner life we all share; it is at once ours and everyone's. Ruefle has shown a talent for elevating her acute observations and narrative inclination well above mere anecdote to create quietly disquieting moments. A literature of barbed ambiguity and unresolved disruption." - Bookforum
"Ruefle can seem like a supernally well-read person who has grown bored with what smartness looks like, and has grown attracted to the other side." - New York Times
La Belle Sauvage ('The Book of Dust' #1) by Philip Pullmamn       $35
The much anticipated first novel of a wonderful new series from the world of 'His Dark Materials', set ten years before Northern Lights and telling of the strange events surrounding Lyra Belacqua.

The Others by Matthew Rohrer       $35
A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow a midlevel publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling.

Because Everything is Right but Everything is Wrong by Erin Donohue       $23
Can you be lost and not know it? Can other people stop you from being lost? 17-year-old Caleb’s world is disintegrating, his walls are closing in, his sky is threatening to fall. He’s barely holding on.
"A tremendous debut novel, both delicate and muscular, artful and honest. It’s changed the way I attend to those I teach. I cannot give it higher praise than that." – Bernard Beckett 
"This novel is a striking chronicle of a young person watching the wall between himself and the world grow ever taller, and the small moments of brightness that reach him through the gaps." – Ashleigh Young
Cezanne's Objects by Joel Meyerowitz       $70
Cezanne wanted to emphasise the flatness of the picture plane and free our visual practices from the Renaissance conventions of perspective. Meyerowitz has photographed a series of Cezanne's still extant objects against the 'Cezanne grey' walls of his studio, undermining the traditional relationship between the subject of a painting and its background. One of the most quiet and beautiful books of the year. 
Joan: The remarkable life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick        $55
A photographer and independent woman in the London bohemian circles in the 1930s, Joan Eyres Monsell met Patrick Leigh Fermor when she was on assignment in Egypt during the Second World War. At last we have a biography of this interesting free-thinking woman, whose photographic work supported Patrick in his writing. 
"Engrossing." - Guardian

French Pâtisserie: Master recipes and techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts, Paris        $100
A very clear guide to the production of perfect patisserie, up to Michelin level (absolutely breathtaking). 
Surveys by Natasha Stagg       $38
"Bored of her life working in a Tucson, Arizona, mall, 23-year-old Colleen takes the life-changing plunge that so many millennials often consider - becoming an internet celebrity. Colleen posts updates about her life online, gaining followers and forming a double life teetering between young adult normalcy and the uncanny phenomenon of being sort of, kind of famous on the internet. The coming-of-age story offers a psychological dissection of the logic behind sharing your every thought with a mass of anonymous strangers, exploring the strange terrain where the personal and performative overlap and bleed into one another. Without altogether celebrating or condemning the contemporary obsession with online sharing, Stagg explores the roles we play and the selves we inhabit, online and IRL." - Huffington Post 
The Missing Pieces by Henri Lefebvre         $30
This book is one long list of works of literature and art that do not exist, either because they have been lost or destroyed (either by the writer or artist or by external intention or by misadventure or natural disaster) or because they were never completed, or, in some cases, never started.

Dancing With the King: The rise and fall of the King Country, 1864-1885 by Michael Belgrave        $65
When Maori were defeated at Orakau in 1864 and the Waikato War ended, Tawhiao, the second Maori King, and his supporters were forced into an armed exile in the Rohe Potae, the King Country. For the next twenty years, the King Country operated as an independent state - a land governed by the Maori King where settlers and the Crown entered at risk of their lives. For twenty years, representatives of the King and of the British Queen engaged in a dance of diplomacy involving gamesmanship, conspiracy, pageantry and hard headed politics, with the occasional act of violence or threat of it.
The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius         $28
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. 
"I don't know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure. It's ingenious, it's moving, it's charming, it's beautiful, it's exciting, and most importantly the characters are people I feel I know like old friends." - Philip Pullman
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green      $30
Aza Holmes is caught in the ever-tightening spirals of her own thoughts. The book also features lifelong friendship, an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and a tuatara. The long-awaited new novel from the author of The Fault in Our Stars (&c). 
The Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper       $30
Following a Third World War triggered by the urgencies of climate change, nation states are a thing of the past and the world's population has been reduced by a third. When Mercy, a former soldier, and his brother travel into the wilderness to look for Ruby's children, he encounters situations in which his ethical compass is shaken and the traumas of the past threaten to destabilise his judgement. 
The Future is History: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen         $37
Gessen follows the lives of four Russians born in the last days of the Soviet Union and considers how their prospects have dwindled as the country has descended into what is effectively a Mafia state. 
World Without Mind: The existential threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer        $55
The recent assumption by megacorporations of control of the interchange of information has reformed (or deformed)  the way humans think and interact. With the intoxicating level of daily convenience and instant gratification offered us through the internet, can we any longer think, let alone act, in ways that do not merely further the interests of our digital Big Brothers?

Moonbath by Yanick Lahens         $30
A Haitian family is burdened by a curse lasting generations. This novel gives insight into the lives of disenfranchised women in the Caribbean. 
"Lahens describes her country with a forceful beauty - the destruction that befell it, political opportunism, families torn apart, and the spellbinding words of Haitian farmers who solely rely on subterranean powers." - Donyapress
Winner (in French) of the Prix Femina, 2014. 

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano          $35
A graphic novel about a refugee boy's journey of hope and desperation. 
The Mile End Murder: The case Conan Doyle couldn't solve by Sinclair McKay          $45
On Thursday 17 August, 1860, wealthy widow Mary Emsley was found dead in her own home, killed by a blow to the back of her head. What followed was a murder case that gripped the nation. A veritable locked room mystery, there were an abundance of suspects, from disgruntled step children concerned about their inheritance and a spurned admirer repeatedly rejected by the widow, to a trusted employee, former police officer and spy, until he was sent to prison for robbery. During the police investigation there were several twists and dramatic discoveries, as suspects sought to incriminate each other and fresh evidence was discovered at the last minute. Eventually, it led to a public trial dominated by surprise revelations and shock witnesses, before culminating with one of the final public executions at Newgate. Years later the case caught the attention of Arthur Conan Doyle, who was convinced that an innocent man had been convicted and executed for the crime. But Conan Doyle was never able to find the real murder. Now the case has been solved. 

The Ghost: A cultural history by Susan Owens      $45
"Five thousand years have now elapsed since the creation of the world, and still it is undecided whether or not there has even been an instance of the spirit of any person appearing after death. All argument is against it; but all belief is for it." - Samuel Johnson
A fascinating look at the literature and art that have been engendered or shaped by the belief or otherwise in the phenomenon, or should that be pseudophenomenon, of ghosts.  
"A work of profound scholarship and imaginative engagement, beautifully written and elegantly constructed. It's the finest study of its kind I've read." - The Literary Review
Inferior: How science got women wrong and the new research that is rewriting the story by Angela Saini      $33
"Angela Saini has written a powerful, compelling and much needed account that challenges deeply rooted preconceptions about sex differences - some blatant misogyny, others buried in thousands of years patriarchy. Inferior shows that both are fundamentally flawed, and beautifully illustrates how science is just beginning to tackle this staggering imbalance."  Adam Rutherford
Paleoart: Visions of the prehistoric past by Zoe Lascaze        $160
How have artists envisaged  human and prehuman life in prehistoric times? Perhaps you have been moved or amused by the often poignant depictions of dinosaurs, mastodons or hominids in the books of your childhood. This vast volume collects the best of such art, in all its poignancy and ludicrosity, from 1830 to 1990. Beneath the dustwrapper, the book is bound in real dinosaur skin (or something very like it). 
>> A tour through the book (then resist it if you can).
The Man in a Hurry by Paul Morand        $23
Pierre Niox is rushing through life, but life seems to be passing him by. Can he slow down enough to win the heart of languid Hedwige? 
"Without doubt the best French writer of the twentieth century." - Philippe Sollers
"Admired both by Ezra Pound and by Marcel Proust as a pioneer craftsman of Modernist French prose. The sheer shapeliness of his prose recalls Hemingway; the urbanity of his self-destructiveness compares with Fitzgerald's; and his camera eye is as lucidly stroboscopic as that of Dos Passos." - The New York Times
Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires: An unattainable utopia by Julio Cortázar       $32
First published in Spanish in 1975 and previously untranslated, Fantomas versus the Multinational Vampires is Julio Cortazar's genre-jumping mash-up of his participation in the Second Russell Tribunal on human rights abuses in Latin America and his cameo appearance in issue number 201 of the Mexican comic book series 'Fantomas: The Elegant Menace'. With his characteristic narrative inventiveness, Cortazar offers a quixotic meta-comic novella that challenges not only the form of the novel but its political weight in contemporary cultural life.
Death: A graveside companion by Joanna Ebenstein         $66
Death is common to all people but there is huge cultural variation in our relationship to the inevitable. This splendidly illustrated volume surveys the attitudes and practices and art relating to dying and the dead, both in memory and concerning the remains, through the world and throughout history. Compelling. Forward by Will Self. 

Lucy and Company by Marianne Dubuc         $34
A charming picture book from the author of The Lion and the Bird and the 'Mr Postmouse' books. 

Mansions of Misery: A biography of the Marchelsea Debtors' Prison by Jerry White        $40
For Londoners of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, whatever their walk of life, the Marchelsea Debtors' Prison was only one step of misfortune away. White introduces us to the actual inmates and tells stories that give insight into a sphere of social history that is too-often suppressed by the families to which they pertain. 

The Universe Next Door: A journey through 55 parallel worlds and possible futures  by New Scientist     $28
What if the universe was just a little bit different (or quite a lot different)? How would this affect the rest of the universe? New Scientist introduce us to alternative universes that are just as scientifically plausible as our own. 

What She Ate: Six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories by Laura Shapiro      $54
What can people's attitudes to food tell us about them and about the times in which they lived? Six women famous in their time (Dorothy Wordsworth, Rosa Lewis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Barbara Pym and Helen Gurley Brown) show a surprising correlation between eating habits and social change. 
Estuary: Out from London to the sea by Rachel Lichtenstein       $30
A chorus of voices, from mudlarkers and fishermen to radio pirates and champion racers, capturing the diverse community of people who live and work in this ancient, wild and mesmerising place.

The Good Citizen's Alphabet by Bertrand Russell, illustrated by Franciszka Themerson      $22
A wonderfully contrarian and satirical ABC. It is hard to share the planet with fools, pedants and nincompoops. Facsimile of the 1953 edition.  
>> Visit the Themerson archive
>> A microdocumentary about Franciszka and Stefan Themerson

10/13/2017 03:55 AM

(@ VOLUME now)
Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father by Diana Wichtel       $45
When Diana Wichtel moved to New Zealand as a child with her mother and siblings, her father, a Polish Jew who had jumped off the train to the Treblinka extermination camp in World War II and who had hidden from the Nazis for the rest of the war, failed to follow them as planned. In adulthood, Wichtel began to wonder what had become of him, both before and after his brief presence in her life. Her search for answers led towards the Warsaw ghetto and to consider the ongoing consequences of trauma. Very well written. 
>> Wichtel talks to Kim Hill
Salt Picnic by Patrick Evans       $30
It's 1956 and Iola arrives on the island of Ibiza, on the fringes of Franco's Spain, with little more than a Spanish phrasebook and an imagination shaped by literature and movies. Soon she meets a fascinating American photographer who falls in and out of focus: is he really a photographer, and who exactly is the German doctor he keeps asking her about? Nothing is stable or quite as it seems, and the mysterious doctor, when he appears, takes Iola for a picnic on a salt island, where she is brought close to a brighter, harsher reality.
From the author of Gifted
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the elements of good cooking by Samin Nosrat          $55
Learn to cook instinctively by increasing your awareness of four variables and learning how their interaction can achieve delicious results whatever the ingredients. 
"Samin Nosrat has managed to summarize the huge and complex subject of how we should be cooking in just four words. Everyone will be hugely impressed." - Yotam Ottolenghi
>> In her own words

Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn          $34
A contemporary rewriting of King Lear, as part of the 'Hogarth Shakespeare' series, from the acid-tipped pen of one of the sharpest (and blackly funniest) satirists of contemporary mores. Henry Dunbar has handed over control of his global media corporation to his two eldest daughters and is stuck in his dotage in a care home in the Lake District. When he escapes into the hills, who will find him first, the two daughters keen to strip him of his estate or his youngest daughter, Florence? 
"Of all the novelist and play matches in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, that of Edward St Aubyn with King Lear seems the finest. Shakespeare’s blackest, most surreal and hectic tragedy sharpened by one of our blackest, most surreal and hectic wits. Our ur-text about the decay of patriarchal aristocratic power reimagined by a writer whose central subject is the decay of male aristocratic power." - Guardian
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan          $38
Egan follows the Pulitzer-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad with this historical novel set in Depression era and post-Depression era New York, a period in which modern American history was put on a new track. 
"This is a novel that will pull you in and under and carry you away on its rip tides. Its resonances continue to wash over the reader long after the novel ends." - Guardian

This Little Art by Kate Briggs       $45
A completely absorbing consideration of the processes, impetus, experience and results of translating. 
>> Translation in the first person
Mrs Osmond by John Banville         $37
In this sequel to Henry James's A Portrait of a Lady, Banville assumes not only James's mantle but his eye and pen. 
“When I speak of style, I mean the style Henry James spoke of when he wrote that, in literature, we move through a blessed world, in which we know nothing except through style.” - John Banville
" Banville makes James something all his own." - Guardian 
"Banville is one of the writers I admire the most - few people can create an image as beautifully or precisely." - Hanya Yanagihara (author of A Little Life)
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado      $34
Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A sales assistant makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the dresses she sells. A woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest.
"Carmen Maria Machado is the best writer of cognitive dysphoria I’ve read in years. " - Tor
"Life is too short to be afraid of nothing." - Machado
The Longest Breakfast by Jenny Bornholt and Sarah Wilkins        $30
Everyone wants something different for breakfast, but what will Malcolm give them? A lovely story. 
Hoard by Fleur Adcock           $25
Images, moments, feelings, persons. Hoard acts as a great poetic sieve, scooped through Adcock's life in New Zealand and the UK, through her reading, dreams and relationships.
Japan Easy: Classic and easy Japanese recipes to cook at home by Tim Anderson       $37
Appealingly presented, fun to use, full of authentically easy and manifestly delicious dishes, each with an easiness rating (ranging from "not so difficult" to "so not difficult").
>> You can make this
Good Night, Sleep Tight, Eleven-and-a-half good night stories with Fox and Rabbit by Kristina Andres        $35
Fox and Rabbit live quite far away, in a bright little house beyond the molehills. In each of these 11-and-a-half stories they try new ways to go to sleep and say good night. Sometimes they swing from the ceiling. 

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian past and the journey home by Mark Mazower         $55
It was a family that fate drove into the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht. Mazower's British father was the lucky one, the son of Russian Jewish emigrants who settled in London after escaping the civil war and revolution. Max, the grandfather, had started out as a socialist and manned the barricades against tsarist troops, but never spoke of it. His wife, Frouma, came from a family ravaged by the Great Terror yet somehow making their way in Soviet society. How did the confluence of these histories form the person Mark Mazower is? 
The Hidden Ways: Scotland's forgotten ways by Alistair Moffat     $45
Centuries of people moving about have left tracks on the landscape, many of them almost erased by other land use and movement patterns. Moffat follows some Roman roads, pilgrims' ways, drove roads, turnpikes, ghost railroads and sea roads to evoke for us a different and often surprising view of landscape and history. 
Wolfy by Gregoire Solotareff       $30
A wolf who has never seen a rabbit and a rabbit who has never seen a wolf become the best of friends. What happens when they play at scaring each other? 
>> And here they are!
The Darkening Age: The Christian destruction of the Classical world by Catherine Nixey        $38
Nixey shows that, far from being meek, the early Christians set about destroying as much of Classical culture as possible, and repressing, persecuting and murdering those who disagreed with their new religion. 

Belonging: The story of the Jews, 1492-1900 by Simon Schama        $40
"Simon Schama takes the reader through a grand sweep of Jewish history, but he makes it so personal you begin to feel you know the men and women whose lives shine out from the pages, and their foibles, and you get a sense of the fragility of their lives and their determination to survive. It's a brilliant piece of work" - Rabbi Julia Neuberger
"Profoundly illuminating." - Guardian
Short-listed for the 2017 Baillie-Gifford Prize.
>> An interview with Schama
The Inner Life of Animals: Surprising observations of a hidden world by Peter Wohlleben       $38
The aspects of ourselves that we hold as being the most human are in fact the ones that we share most widely with other animals. 
From the author of The Hidden Life of Trees

Pissing Figures, 1280-2014 by Jean-Claude Lebensztejn        $20
An incisive illustrated essay on urinating figures in figurative and sculptural art. 
>> No urinating in the streets of Belgium

Hard Frost: Structures of feeling in New Zealand literature, 1908-1945 by John Newton         $40
What is the relationship between Modernism and the development of literary nationalism in New Zealand? As colonial mores receded and gender and sexuality identities became more diverse, what did this mean for the production and reception of literature? Our literary history is not just about texts, but is a forgotten history of feelings and changing modes of experience.
Alt-America: The rise of the radical right in the age of Trump by David Neiwert         $27
The appearance in the political arena of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious 'Alt-Right' leaders was not as sudden as it might have seemed.

Louis Undercover by Isabelle Arsenault         $45
A beautifully executed graphic novel telling of a sensitive boy's coming-to-terms with the complexities of the relationships within a family riven by unhappiness. 
The Reader ('Sea of Ink and Gold' #1) by Traci Chee        $23
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realise is a book, an item unheard of in her illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed.
If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilna Kurshan        $45
A personal account of daily study of the Talmud, which contains the teachings and opinions of thousands of rabbis (dating from before the Common Era through the fifth century CE) on a variety of subjects, including Halakha (law), Jewish ethics, philosophy, customs, history, lore and many other topics. Can a life be entirely governed by text?
New Zealand Between the Wars edited by Rachael Bell     $45
In shedding the last vestiges of colonial society in exchange for the trappings of a modern democratic nation, the 1920s and 1930s in New Zealand set a blueprint for state intervention and assistance that remained unchallenged for the next 50 years. 
The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Trump, And other pieces by Martin Amis          $40
A selection of non-fiction and journalism, with topics ranging from sport to pornography to Princess Di. 
"Amis is as talented a journalist as he is a novelist, but these essays all manifest an unusual extra quality, one that is not unlike friendship. He makes an effort; he makes readers feel that they are the only person there." - Rachel Cusk
Undreamed of... 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship by Priscilla Pitts and Andrea Hotere       $60
Since Michael Illingworth assumed the first fellowship in 1966, Otago University has hosted a sequence of outstanding New Zealand artists. This book surveys, therefore, the changing flavour of New Zealand art in the last half century, and is supported with reproductions, commentaries and interviews.

Kahurangi Stories: More tales from North-West Nelson by Gerard Hindmarsh         $40
A compelling blend of social and natural history, featuring a string of memorable characters from the back-country.

Cork Dork: A wine-fuelled journey into the art of sommeliers and the science of taste by Bianca Bosker        $25
"A brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism." - Jay McInerney

Quarrels with Himself: Essays on James K. Baxter as a prose writer edited by Peter Whiteford and Geoffrey Miles    $40
Baxter's prose (like his poetry) wrestled with contradictions, anxieties and competing impulses - just as he wrestled with the society in which he lived, or from which he withdrew. 
Essays by Janet Wilson, Sharon Matthews, Paul Millar, Lawrence Jones, John Davidson, Nicholas Wright, Hugh Roberts, Kirstine Moffat, Paul Morris, Doreen D'Cruz, Peter Whiteford, and Greg O'Brien
The Burning Hours by Kushana Bush        $59
With influences ranging from illuminated manuscripts, Persian miniatures, naive artists, European art history and popular culture, this Dunedin artist's distinctive work teems with figures and throngs with disconcerting detail.
>> Visit the artist's website

10/06/2017 02:50 AM

Just out and just in. 
Out of the Woods: A journey through depression and anxiety by Brent Williams and Korkut Öztekin      $40
When he was in his late 40s, anxiety and depression overwhelmed Wellingtonian Brent Williams and he walked away from his partner, four children and job. He tells the story of his journey back to the world in this graphic memoir illustrated by Turkish artist Korkut Oztekin. 
>> Williams speaks with Kim Hill

Worlds from the Word's End by Joanna Walsh        $30
"Walsh toys with notions of realism versus fantasy and autobiography versus fiction. She exposes, and revels in, the absurdity of these boundaries, their indistinctness. Her clever, self-parodying stories capture the existential disarrangement of the writer, but also the existential disarrangement of anyone who finds real life strange and, at times, quite unreal." - Joanna Kavenna, Guardian
"A genuinely original collection, sharp and sparse." - Mike McCormack
>> Read an extract, 'Exes'
Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno       $45

How are mummies made? What's inside a pyramid? A beautifully drawn large-format lift-the-flap book, introducing the world of Ancient Egypt. 
Illumanatomy bSilvia Quintanilla, Francesco Rugiand and Kate Davies        $40
Wonderful large-format illustrations of the wonders of the human body. See 3 images at once, or use the filters to untangle them.
The Language of Cities by Deyan Sidjic       $28
If the city is the largest human artefact, how can we 'read' this evidence of the society that produced it?
The Militant Muse: Love, war and the women of Surrealism by Whitney Chadwick      $55
How Surrealism, female friendship, and the experiences of war, loss, and trauma shaped individual women's transitions from someone else's muse to mature artists in their own right. Includes Claude Cahun and Suzanne Malherbe, Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose, Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo and Jacqueline Lamba.
The Gritterman by Orlando Weeks        $48
"Sometimes it feels like I might be the only person awake in the whole country. People might find that a lonely thought. Not me." On icy nights the gritterman spreads grit on the roads and footpaths to reduce the incidence of accidents during the day. Nobody notices this, but that's the way the gritterman would want it. An atmospheric graphic novel reminiscent of Raymond Briggs. 
>> The Gritterman website (with music by Weeks).
Artists Who Make Books edited bAndrew Roth, Philip Aarons and Claire Lehmann        $180
500 images, 32 varied and outstanding contemporary artists whose practice includes making books. Impressive, and full of interesting ideas.  
>> Sample pages on our website!

Thornhill by Pam Smy          $30
Ella is fascinated by the old house she sees from the window of her new room. "Keep Out" say the signs, but, after she sees a girl in the house's garden, Ella just has to go in. What does she find out about the house and its secrets? Will she ever be able to get back out? A chilling graphic novel.
Atlas of Untamed Places: An extraordinary journey through our wild world by Chris Fitch       $45
A guide to places humans haven't been (much) or spoilt yet. Includes Te Urewera. Very browseable. 
Nick Cave: Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist       $33
"Reinhard Kleist, master graphic novelist and myth-maker has - yet again - blown apart the conventions of the graphic novel by concocting a terrifying conflation of Cave songs, biographical half-truths and complete fabulations and creating a complex, chilling and completely bizarre journey into Cave World. Closer to the truth than any biography, that's for sure! But for the record, I never killed Elisa Day." - Nick Cave
>> Live Mercy

Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour        $45
Delicious Middle-Eastern recipes, from breakfasts to feasts, from the author of the very popular Persiana

Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey       $37
A crystalline exposition of Marx's monumental work, Capital, considered in the context of the late nineteenth century, when it was written, and with consideration of whether its theses need revision for the twenty-first. 
"One of the most perceptive and intelligent thinkers the progressive movement has." - Owen Jones
Humankind: Solidarity with non-human people by Timothy Morton        $22
What is a person and what is not? If we rethink our notions of identity can we both include and overcome the notion of species and arrive at a more helpful model of our place on (or in) the planet? 
"I have been reading Timothy Morton's books for a while and I like them a lot." - Bjork

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides         $40
Short stories from the author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides
"An excellent collection." - Guardian
"Eugenides is blessed with the storyteller's most magical gift, the ability to transform the mundane into the extraordinary." - New York Times 
A Life of Adventure and Delight by Akhil Sharma       $33
Short stories fusing fiction and memoir from the author of Family Life
"There's a great duality to these stories: simple, but complex, funny enough to laugh out loud at, but emotionally devastating, foreign, yet familiar. What a exciting and original writer." - David Sedaris
"He is truly the Chekhov of our time." - Yiyun Li
The Dun Cow Rib: A very natural childhood by John Lister-Kaye      $45
A beautifully written memoir from Scotland's "high priest of nature writing" (The Times).
"No one writes more movingly, or with such transporting poetic skill about encounters with wild creatures." - Helen Macdonald (author of H is for Hawk)

A River Rules My Life by Mona Anderson         $45
A lovely new edition of the New Zealand classic account of life on Mount Algidus, a high country station. 

Friend of My Youth by Amit Chaudhuri        $33
A novelist named Amit Chaudhuri visits Bombay, where he grew up, and is troubled by the absence of his childhood friend, his only connection to a city that has changed a great deal. 
"Amit Chaudhuri has, like Proust, perfected the art of the moment. He is a miniaturist, for whom tiny moments become radiant, and for whom the complexities of the fleeting mood uncurl onto the page like a leaf, a petal." - Hilary Mantel

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok       $28
In Miss Carbunkle's Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, the groundlings (part animal and part human) toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, a one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name - a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck - it is the only home he has ever known. A bird groundling named Trinket gives the Home's loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name and a best friend. The pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of Arthur's true destiny.
"Every now and then  there is published a book that raises the bar in Children and Young adult literature. This is such a book." - Bob Docherty
>> Visit the Wonderling website
Punk London, 1977. by Derek Ridgers        $35
Zeitgeist-defining photographs taken at The Roxy, The Vortex, King's Road and elsewhere capture the underground counterculture at its most energetic. 
>> Wire live at the Roxy, 1 April 1977
La Mère Brazier: The mother of French cooking by Eugenie Brazier       $65
La Mere Brazier was the most famous restaurant in France from the moment it opened in 1921. Eugenie Brazier, was the first woman ever to be awarded six Michelin stars. She was the inspiration and mentor for all modern French cooking. This book reveals over 300 of Brazier's recipes that stunned all of France - from her Bresse chicken in mourning (with truffles) to her lobster Aurora - as well as simple traditional recipes that anyone can easily follow at home.
>> et voila
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy       $19
Set in the midst of a teenaged girl's mourning over the recent loss of her mother, The Disappearances is a mystery made up of literary clues, a mother's buried secrets, and a seven-year curse. 

To the Back of Beyond by Peter Stamm        $28
What happens when a man just walks away from his wife and children and doesn't come back? Beautifully translated by Michael Hofmann. 
"This inscrutable novel is a haunting love story of subtlety and pathos. Everything is so thoughtfully put together, so gently and subtly observed, that the question of whether Thomas and Astrid will ever be reunited, if such a thing is even possible, gathers an extraordinary pathos." - Tim Parks, Guardian
Supra: A feast of Georgian cooking by Tiki Tuskadze       $45
Bordered by Russia, Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, Georgia's history is a confluence of Western and Eastern influences, and this is reflected in its cuisine. Try Khachapuri (cheese bread), Kebabi (kebabs), Khinkali (dumplings), Ajapsandali (aubergine stew) and Ckmeruli (poussin in garlic and walnut sauce).
Justice: What's the right thing to do? by Michael Sandel        $31
Is it always wrong to lie? Should there be limits to personal freedom? Can killing sometimes be justified? Is the free market fair? What is the right thing to do?
"One of the world's most interesting political philosophers." - Guardian

A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into particle physics by John Butterworth      $40
Over the last sixty years, scientists around the world have worked together to explore the fundamental constituents of matter, and the forces that govern their behaviour. The result, so far, is the 'Standard Model' of elementary particles: a theoretical map of the basic building blocks of the universe. With the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012, the map as we know it was completed, but also extended into strange and wonderful new realms.
Notes from Russia edited by Alexei Plutser-Sarno    $44
A collection is ultra-low-tech handwritten notices seen on the streets of Russia and giving insight into the least glamorous strata of Russian society. 
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol      $11
Chichikov offers landowners to buy the rights to the souls of dead serfs, thus reducing their tax obligations. What is the reason for this slinter? Gogol's novel satirises what he saw as the philistinism, pomposity and self-interest of the Russian middle classes of his time. 
>> And it's a film, too
Sex, Botany, Empire: The story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks by Patricia Fara      $25
Was the pursuit of scientific truth really what drove Enlightenment science? In Sweden and Britain, both imperial powers, Banks and Linneaus ruled over their own small scientific empires, promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories, peoples and natural resources. Regarding native peoples with disdain, they portrayed the Arctic North and the Pacific Ocean as uncorrupted Edens, free from the shackles of Western sexual mores. Were Banks' trousers really stolen when he was visiting Queen Oberea of Tahiti? 
Because of Sex: One law, ten cases, and fifty years that changed American women's lives at work by Gillian Thomas       $28
An inspiring and instructional look at the key cases on the road towards employment equality in the US. 
Islander by Patrick Barkham      $45
The people who live on the smaller islands of Britain live on islands off the coast of an island. Are they insular or outward looking? Do they live on the past or in an opportunity for a future? Barkham takes island-hops and asks, is there a unifying factor to small islands or are they the supremely resistant to unifying factors? 

Freud: The making of an illusion by Frederick Crews        $60
An acidic revisionist biography, seeking to undermine Freudian psychoanalytic theory by concentrating on flaws in Freud's personality and practice. 
"If Freud didn't exist, Frederick Crews would have had to invent him. In showing us a relentlessly self-interested and interminably mistaken Freud, it might be said he's done just that." - New York Times
The Genius of Judaism by Bernard-Henri Lévy        $38
Lévy, reasonably, locates the wellspring of Jewish identity in traditions of discourse and argument embodied in the Talmud. His positions on Israel, Islam and politics, however, have been met with considerable argument both from within Jewish discourse and from without.  
>> He has clashed several times with Michel Houellebecq
>> BHL (embarrassingly) thought 'Jean-Baptiste Botul' was a real philosopher (rather than a spoof philosopher).     
Sourdough by Robin Sloan       $37
When the sandwich shop frequented by a software engineer closes, its proprietor gives him a sourdough culture. Little does he know this will lead him into a world of secret food markets and adventurers on the frontiers of food and technology. From the author of Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Chess by Stefan Zweig        $16
“In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, for someone to play against himself is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.”   
In 1942, during the months of his exile in Brazil with his second wife, and during the time that he and she played out master chess games in their isolation, Stefan Zweig wrote his last book, completing it just days before he and his wife’s double suicide. The narrator of the book is a character in the story but not one of the two chess players and, like the author, he is in exile. The game he observes is played between the world champion Czentovic and a Dr. B., the game arranged on a steamer to Buenos Aires. The game between the two is climatic, one calculating on the board, one in his mind, but the dualities don’t end there. The parts of Chess are all aspects of Zweig’s life. When the game ends, life does not end for these characters, but it does for their author.  
>> Schachnovelle (1960 (warning - takes longer than reading the book (even if you understand German)))
200 Women by Geoff Blackwell      $75
What really matters to you? What would you change in the world if you could? What brings you happiness? What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? What single word do you most identify with? Two hundred women from around the world, both famous and nonfamous, answer these same five questions. What would your answers be? This monumental book includes photographic portraits of all 200 interviewees. 

09/29/2017 12:59 AM

Take your pick.

Collected Poems by Allen Curnow, edited by Terry Sturm and Elizabeth Caffin       $60
Allen Curnow: Simply by Sailing in a New Direction, A biography by Terry Sturm, edited by Elizabeth Caffin      $70
"Simply by sailing in a new direction / You could enlarge the world." Curnow's 70-year career in the vanguard of New Zealand poetry involved the defining and redefining of poetic sensibilities, moving from an antipodean to an autochthonic focus. 
>> Landfall in Unknown Seas (with Lilburn)
>> Stead on Curnow

Threads: The delicate life of John Craske by Julia Blackburn        $48
John Craske, a Norfolk fisherman, was born in 1881, and in 1917 he fell seriously ill. For the rest of his life he kept moving in and out of what was described as 'a stuporous state'. In 1923 he started making paintings of the sea and boats and the coastline seen from the sea, and later, when he was too ill to stand and paint, he turned to embroidery, which he could do lying in bed. Julia Blackburn's account of his life is a quest which takes her in many strange directions - to fishermen's cottages in Sheringham, a grand hotel fallen on hard times in Great Yarmouth and to the isolated Watch House far out in the Blakeney estuary; to Cromer and the bizarre story of Einstein's stay there, guarded by dashing young women in jodhpurs with shotguns. Threads is a book about life and death and the strange country between the two.
"Oh, what a miraculous book this is: parochial, weird and inconclusive in a way that few books dare to be these days, and illustrated so generously, with something beautiful or interesting on every other page. Buy it, and let it take you out to sea, no sou'wester required." - Rachel Cooke, Observer
"Wonderful. I lay down her book without knowing the cause of the 'mental stupors' that defined Craske's life, or understanding his relationship to his complicated family, but feeling I had inhaled the cold salt of the East Anglian coastline from which he sailed when he was well, and run my fingers across the bright wool of the embroideries he made when he was not." - Telegraph
Aotearoa: The New Zealand story by Gavin Bishop      $40
A breathtakingly wonderful large-format visual history of New Zealand, drawn by the inimitable Gavin Bishop. One of the outstanding New Zealand books of the year. 

After Kathy Acker: A biography by Chris Kraus        $48
Who better than the author of I Love Dick to write a gossipy, insightful and memorable biography of the abject angel of the late twentieth century literary counterculture? 
"This is an anti-mythic artist biography which feels like it's being told in one long rush of a monologue over late-night drinks by someone who was there. As such, we learn as much much about Kathy Acker as we do about the mores of the artists and writers who surrounded her in the last three decades of the twentieth century. Acker emerges as an unlikely literary hero, but an utterly convincing one." - Sheila Heti
>> Who's afraid of Kathy Acker? 
Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum         $65
The Holodomor (man-made famine) of 1932-33 killed millions of Ukrainians by starvation, and amounts to genocide. To prevent an uprising, Stalin ensured food shortages, restricted movement, confiscated foodstuffs and prevented foreign aid. Applebaum's careful account makes for horrific reading. 
Long-listed for the 2017 Baillie-Gifford Prize. 

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser       $37
Which undoes the present more, a shadow cast by the past or one cast by the future? De Kretser's new novel gauges the dissonances between individual and collective identities. 
"I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail." - Hilary Mantel
"Michelle de Kretser writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things. She is a master storyteller." - A.S. Byatt
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge         $25
When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding. Makepeace, a girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment. And now there's a ghost inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession or death.
From the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree
"Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now." - Patrick Ness
The Illustrious House of Ramires bEça de Queirós        $35
Gonçalo Ramires, heir to a family so aristocratic that it predates the kings of Portugal, —charming but disastrously effete, idealistic but hopelessly weak—muddles through his pampered life, burdened by a grand ambition. In part to further his political aspirations, he is determined to write a great historical novel based on the heroic deeds of his fierce medieval ancestors. But the record of their valor is ironically counterpointed by his own chicanery. A combination of Don Quixote and Walter Mitty, Ramires is as endearing as he is frustrating. 
"A writer of mesmerizing literary power." Washington Post
"Portugal’s greatest novelist." - José Saramago
Anatomy: A cutaway look inside the human body by Helene Druvert and Jean-Claude Druvert       $45
Here's the human body as you've never seen it before. Clever laser cut-outs, flaps and overlays explore every detail of the organs, systems and senses. 

An Odyssey: A father, a son and an epic by Daniel Mendelsohn        $45
When Daniel's 81-year-old father enrolls in the course on the Odyssey Daniel teaches at Bard College, he is always ready to challenge Daniel's interpretations of the great work. When they then travel to the Mediterranean to visit the locations referred to by Homer, Daniel discovers he has much to learn from his difficult father, too. 
"A stellar contribution to the genre of memoirs about reading: literary analysis and the personal stories are woven together in a way that feels both artful and natural. A thoughtful book from which non-classicists will learn a great deal about Homer. A funny, loving portrait of a difficult but loving parent." - Guardian
Long-listed for the Baillie-Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
Baking with Kafka: Cartoons by Tom Gauld       $28
How do you get published during a skeleton apocalypse? What was the secret of Kafka's lemon drizzle cake? And what plot possibilities does the exploding e-cigarette offer modern mystery writers? All these questions and more are answered in this collection of Gauld's inimitable literary cartoons. 

Bird Words: New Zealand writers on birds by Elisabeth Easther      $35
An anthology of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, all concerned with the birds, both native and endemic, of New Zealand. 
>> 'Magpies' by Denis Glover.
>>> Arr. Bill Direen #1. 
>>>> Arr. Bill Direen #2.
>>>>> Arr. David Farquhar
>>>>>>  Arr. 6 Volts
DrawnonwarD: A back-to-front tale of hopelessness and hope by Meg McKinlay and Andrew Frazer       $30
The same situation can have quite different interpretations, depending on your perspective. Read in one direction, this piece of graphic invention is a dismal when read in one direction, but full of hope when read in the other. A change of perspective (or reading direction) is all you need to turn your life around.
The Necessary Angel by C.K. Stead     $38
Paris: books/conversation, love/politics, fidelity/infidelity. 
"Edgy and lyrical, acerbic and witty, intellectually incisive but also visceral and bawdy, disarmingly direct and intricately plotted." - Andrew Bennett
First Person by Richard Flanagan       $48
Can a penniless writer retain any certainty, even of his own identity, when he is commissioned to ghost-write the memoir of a conman? From the author of the Booker-winning Narrow Road to the Deep North
Andina, The heart of Peruvian food: Recipes and stories from the Andes by Martin Morales        $47
120 authentic and healthy recipes from the Peruvian uplands. 
>> Peru has, apparently, 492 national dishes

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward         $27
As 13-year-old Jojo approaches adulthood, how can he find his way in the U.S. South when all seems set for him and his family to fall foul of rural poverty, drug addiction, the penal system, the justice system, racism and illness? From the author of Salvage the Bones. 
"This wrenching new novel by Jesmyn Ward digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare. A must." - Margaret Atwood 
"A powerfully alive novel haunted by ghosts; a road trip where people can go but they can never leave; a visceral and intimate drama that plays out like a grand epic, Sing, Unburied, Sing is staggering." - Marlon James
Dinner at the Centre of the Earth by Nathan Englander      $38
Prisoner Z is being held at a black site in the Negev Desert with only his guard for company. How did a nice American Jewish boy become first an Israeli spy and then a traitor to his adopted country. What is loyalty worth, and what is worthy of loyalty? 
"Nathan Englander's latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day." - Colson Whitehead
The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook by Michael Brooks       $38
Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century was a gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel keeper, a gifted physician and the hereforeto unacknowledged discoverer of the mathematical foundations of quantum physics. Fascinating science biography (and not an astrology book). 

Joseph Banks' Florilegium: Botanical treasures from Cook's first voyage edited by Mel Gooding et al         $130
Naturalist Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage around the world from 1768 to 1771. Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. Upon his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 engravings between 1772 and 1784. Known collectively as Banks' Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. The Florilegium was never published in Banks' lifetime, and it was not until 1990 that a complete set in color was issued in a boxed edition (limited to 100 copies) under the direction of the British Museum. The present selection makes these prints widely available for the first time.
The Empty Grave ('Lockwood & Co' #5) by Jonathan Stroud        $25
The final knuckle-whitening volume in this excellent series. Will Lucy, George and Lockwood solve the mystery of the plague of ghosts that has been afflicting London? Genuinely scary, genuinely funny, and with great characters, if you haven't read this, start with The Screaming Staircase
"Jonathan Stroud is a genius." - Rick Riordan
Invictus by Ryan Graudin       $20
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 A.D. and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 A.D., Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history is all Far has ever wanted, but this future seems shattered when he fails his final time-traveling exam. Kicked out of the program with few prospects, Far takes a position commandeering a ship with his own team as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. She contains knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question. Far and his team must race against time and through it to discover the truth: history is not as steady as it seems. From the author of the outstanding 'Wolf by Wolf'. 
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst          $38
From the time they meet at Oxford in 1940, David Sparsholt and Evert Dax are drawn together in a relationship which acts as a prism for many of the social changes of the following decades.
"Hollinghurst is a master storyteller. The book is thrilling in the rather awful way that the best Victorian novels are, so that one finds oneself galloping somewhat shamefacedly through the pages in order to discover what happens next." - John Banville
"Hollinghurst's great gift as a novelist is for social satire as sharp and transparent as glass, catching his quarry from an angle just an inch to the left of the view they themselves would catch in the mantelpiece mirror." - The New York Observer 
In Search of Stardust: Amazing micrometeorites and their terrestrial imposters by Jon Larson      $33
The solar system is a dusty place. Every day approximately 100 metric tons of cosmic dust collides with Earth, mainly in the form of micrometeorites. Most of these mineral particles (iron, nickel, etc.) are smaller than grains of sand, and they are falling down on us all the time and all over the globe. This book shows you how to find and identify (and collect!) micrometeorites, and how to distinguish them from other microstuff. 
>> Stardust found.
The Worm and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith        $40
It's pretty cramped underground, and Worm wants more space. Up above, bird is wanting something too. When they meet, will they both get what they want? A beautiful illustrative book from the artist of The Fox and the Star
Victoria: The woman who made the modern world by Julia Baird     $37
When Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old. Her subjects were fascinated and intrigued; some felt sorry for her. Writer Thomas Carlyle, watching her gilded coach draw away from the coronation, said: 'Poor little Queen, she is at an age at which a girl can hardly be trusted to choose a bonnet for herself; yet a task is laid upon her from which an archangel might shrink.' But by the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children. Suffrage, anti-poverty and anti-slavery movements can all be traced to her monumental reign, along with a profound rethinking of family life and the rise of religious doubt. What was her place in all of this? 
Can't Stand Up for Falling Down: Rock'n'roll war stories by Allan Jones      $30
Collected music journalism from the 1970s and 1980s. Great insight into the culture of rock fame as it never will be again. 
Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina       $45
Freedom doesn't exist unless you fight for it every day. The activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina gives a passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in Siberia.
>> Back to jail.
Igni by Aaron Turner       $65
After working in some of the world's outstanding restaurants, including Noma in Copenhagen and El cellar de can Roca in Girona, Turner opened his own restaurant in Australia. This book documents the tribulations and excitements of its first year, and is full of distinctive recipes and atmospheric photographs. 
>> A high-end degustation restaurant in a Geelong backstreet
Think Like an Anthropologist by Matthew Engelke        $28
Is there an anthropological approach that can help us not only to understand who we are and how we fit in whatever society we are in, but also understand others too? 
Mimicry 3 edited by Carolyn DeCarlo and Jackson Nieuwland      $15
Poetry! Other written stuff! Art! Contributors include J.M. Francis, Stacey Teague, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly, Emma Ng, Aimee Smith, Johnny McCaughan, Holly Childs, Rachel O’Neill, Vincent Konrad, Chris Stewart, Fresh and Fruity, Saskia Bunce-Rath, Nina Powles, Lee Posna, Chelsea Houghton, Annelyse Gelman, Courtney Sina Meredith, Jordana Bragg, Joan Fleming, Eleanor Rose King Merton, Helen Rickerby, Louise Compagnone, Estère, Blaek, Finn Johannson, Flo Wilson, WOMB, Maria McMillan, Briana Jamieson, Amy Leigh Wicks, Alison Glenny, Ines Almeida, Anna Jackson, Caroline Shepherd, Rose Lu, Thomasin Sleigh and Erica van Zon, Catarina de Peters, Eamonn Marra, Freya Daly Sadgrove and Hera Lindsay Bird.

09/22/2017 04:20 AM

Take your pick from these
The Golden Cockerel, And other writings by Juan Rulfo        $35
"A necromancer who is as surefooted among the dead as the living, the peerless Mexican legend Juan Rulfo made into book-flesh the elusive smoke and fire of his country, where the surreal is everyday, and the everyday is surreal: to read him is to imbibe Mexico. The legendary title novella - published here in English for the first time on the 100th anniversary of his birth - is a lost masterwork." - Barbara Epler
"To read Rulfo's stories is to inhabit Mexico and, in the process, to have Mexico inhabit you." - Oscar Casares
"You can read Rulfo's slight but dense body of work in a couple of days, but that represents only a first step into territories that are yet to be definitively mapped. Their exploration is one of the more remarkable journeys in literature." - The Guardian
"My profound exploration of Juan Rulfo's work was what finally showed me the way to continue with my writing." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Great Dixter Cookbook by Aaron Bertelsen          $60
New Zealander Bertelsen is gardener and cook at Great Dixter, the house designed by Edwin Lutyens (upon a 15th century remnant) with gardens in the Arts and Crafts style by Christopher LLoyd. This book is a delight both to gardeners, with hands-on seasonal tips, and to cooks, with very appetising versions of classic dishes, many with a distinctly New Zealand flavour, using many of the ingredients you may have just harvested from the garden. The book is very attractively presented, with quietly beautiful photographs. One of the nicest cookbooks of the year. 
Nowherelands: An atlas of vanished countries, 1840-1975 by Bjorn Berge         $40
Where do countries go when they cease to exist? What are the histories of Biafra, New Brunswick, Labuan, Tannu Tuva, Inini and Eastern Karelia? Each of these defunct states issued their own stamps. Berge takes us to each and shows us some of the lesser-known dead ends of history. 
Brewed: A guide to the beer of New Zealand by Jules van Costello         $40
A new edition of the definitive guide to the plethora of excellent beers currently produced in New Zealand.
>>> Come and listen to Jules talk (and taste some beer): Monday 25th September, 1 PM @ VOLUME. See you then.
New 'Object Lessons'
This sharp and thoughtful series reveals the vast weights of meaning that pivot on everyday objects. We have just received six new titles: 
Veil by Rafia Zakaria      $22
Sock by Kim Adrian       $23
Eye Chart by William Germano     $21
Tumor by Anna Leahy          $22
Jet Lag by Christopher J. Lee       $22
Whale Song by Margaret Grebowicz       $22
Two Kitchens: Family recipes from Sicily and Rome by Rachel Roddy        $60
Very nicely written and full of insights into Italian culinary cultures, Roddy's book also contains 120 authentic and approachable recipes that are insights in themselves.
"Rachel Roddy describing how to boil potatoes would inspire me. I want to live under her kitchen table. There are very, very few who possess such a supremely uncluttered culinary voice as hers, just now." - Simon Hopkinson
>> Yum
Melville: A novel by Jean Giono         $38
A beautifully written mix of fiction, biography, philosophy and criticism, originally written to introduce French readers to the author of Moby-Dick, which Giono had translated for Gallimard, now at last translated into English. 
>> Melville continues to inspire and fascinate other writers.

Egon Schiele: Drawing the world by Klaus Albrecht Schroder      $95
As well as providing an excellent survey of the artist's distinctive work, Schroder helps the reader to decipher the allegorical nature of many of them and to appreciate the passions and ambivalences that drove the artist.

Universe: Exploring the astronomical world by Paul Murdin       $90
A sumptuous collection of 300 images giving an overview of humanity's conceptions of the cosmos, from the earliest times to the latest discoveries and imaging techniques. 
>> See some sample pages here

Some possible Solutions by Helen Phillips       $23
Stories in which the ordinary opens suddenly up into the surreal and in which the surreal opens up into the ordinary, from the author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat.
"This stunning collection establishes Helen Philips as one of the most interesting and talented writers working today. In atmosphere and setting, her stories are often reminiscent of Kafka and Atwood, yet her voice and style are entirely her own. A fascinating, unsettling, and beautifully written work." - Emily St John Mandel
"Comparisons to Margaret Atwood and Karen Russell would not be unjust, nor would they be helpful; Phillips is carving her own, messier territory. As beautifully as she embraces and executes the fantastical, she's even better when the surreal remains a mere lurking possibility." - New York Times
Crocodile Tears by Andre Francois         $30
"Crocodiles have funny toothbrushes. And they love warm baths. They carry you out on the lake, pull you to town, and take you to school. They know how to tell good stories. But if you step on the tail of a crocodile, it will get terribly angry, and it will bite you. Then it will pretend to be very sorry."
>> The book described by Quentin Blake
The Book of Emma Reyes, A memoir in correspondence by Emma Reyes          $38
Reyes was born into extreme poverty in the slums of Bogota, escaped a convent for orphans at nineteen and became an artist and intellectual of the Kahlo/Rivera circle, and a writer much admired by Marquez.
"Some works of art feel more unlikely, more miraculous than others, and Emma Reyes' remarkable epistolary memoir is one of them. I don't think I've read many books of such power and grace, or that pack such an emotional wallop in so short a space. The very fact that this book exists is extraordinary. Everything about it . . . is astonishing." - Daniel Alarcon
"No other book I've ever read has left me so deeply involved with its author, and so grateful for that involvement." - Diana Athill
The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington by Joanna Moorhead        $40
Moorhead tracked down her father's black-sheep cousin in Mexico and recorded much of the artist and writer's life about which information is not otherwise available. One of the key but woefully neglected Surrealists, Carrington took refuge in the Surrealist enclave in Mexico, where she was also involved in the women's liberation movement of the 1970s. 
>> The lost Surrealist.
>> Carrington @ VOLUME
The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins         $33
Stories evoking the experience of prisoner, written by an author serving life imprisonment for murder (without parole).
"Compelling and real, remarkable for its modesty, realism and humanity. Dawkins has produced a book that is not only moving and genuine, but genuinely important; one that, without resorting to shock tactics, powerfully conveys the perverse inhumanity of mass incarceration." - Guardian
"Unlike any other short story collection I've ever read. The Graybar Hotel is not a 'prison-book.' It is a mirror, held up to our culture of incarceration. There is a current of electricity running through this book, a shocking voltage of truth." - Nickolas Butler
America: The cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz     $70
An encyclopedic survey of 50 states with contributions from over 100 chefs and food writers, absorbing and recombining countless ethnic cuisines into the vast panoply (and is there any panoply that is not vast?) of over 800 dishes of all sorts.
>> Have a look inside
The Secret Life of the Pencil: Great creatives and their pencils by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney          $22
Is there a mainline from the fingers to the brain? The pencil is undergoing a resurgence in designer, artist and writer circles. This book is a collection of portraits of the very various pencils used by creative people. 
Peggy Guggenheim: The shock of the modern by Francine Prose        $33
Much insight into the defiantly unconventional art collector whose attention helped many the 20th century artists enter the modern canon and the galleries (often via her bed). 
"Subtle and attentive." - Guardian
>> Art addict
Apollo by Zack Scott                $45
A splendid infographic guide to the programme of Apollo missions, their failures and triumphs. 
The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry        $35
Tales of adolescence in all its awfulness and vulnerability, with Freddie's imagination providing the only escape, collected from Barry's ongoing 'Ernie Pook's Comeek'. 

Acid Trip: Travels in the world of vinegar by Michael Harlan Turkell       $50
Vinegar is all the rage, with an exciting repertoire of flavours and health benefits. This "richly narrated" cookbook is complete with recipes from chefs around the world, interviews with artisanal producers and instructions for making your own vinegar. 
Hope Without Optimism by Terry Eagleton          $33
What is the history of hope? What distinguishes hope from other positive-facing concepts? Eagleton considers Ernst Bloch's The Principle of Hope, and the various sub-species of hope prevalent in the Stoics, Aquinas, Marx and Kierkegaard. What are hope's prerequisites, and how can hope concepts help us understand ethics and religion?  
The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis        $60
150 varied, delicious and totally authentic dishes, from simple breakfasts and street food to celebratory feasts. Nicely presented. 
>> Sample pages
Huia Short Stories 12: Contemporary Maori fiction       $30
Short stories and extracts from novels, from the Pikihuia Awards, showcasing a diversity of established and emerging talent. 
Plywood: A material story by Christopher Wilk      $65
Plywood is an astonishingly versatile material, made by gluing together layers of cross-grained veneers, creating a pliable board that can be stronger than solid wood. Stylish and practical, plywood offers huge possibilities for experimental design, and it has been used to make a wide range of products, from aeroplanes, boats and automobiles to architecture and furniture. This book traces the history of plywood from its use in 18th-century furniture, through its emergence as an industrial product in the 19th century, to a material celebrated by 20th-century modernists such as Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames. An ideal material for the digital age, plywood has become popular again in recent years and is widely used in contemporary design and manufacture. 
A People's History of the French Revolution by Eric Hazan         $28
A bottom-up history highlighting the struggle for emancipation and the transformative ideals that underpinned the Revolution. 
Also new: The French Revolution, From enlightenment to terror by Ian Davidson (also $28). How can idealism go wrong? 

The Tunnel Through Time: A new route for an old London journey by Gillian Tindall       $38
The modern Crossrail system is just one of the ways London has been crossed from East to West. Tindall makes the journey through many centuries of construction, destruction and renewal. 
Venice: A traveller's reader edited by John Julius Norwich      $30
It is impossible to visit Venice without writing about it. The writers here selected have, being rather good writers, written about it rather well. A place-by-place tour with Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Casanova, Jan Morris, Robert Browning, Horace Walpole, Mark Twain, Henry James and a host of others for company. 

The Econocracy: On the perils of leaving economics to the experts by Joe Earle, Cahal Moran and Zach Ward-Perkins      $30
"Our democracy has gone profoundly wrong. Economists have failed us. Politicians have lied to us. Things must change. This fearless new book will help make it happen." - Owen Jones
International Indigenous Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Erueti $40
In 2010 New Zealand endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What are the implications of this for the rights of tangata whenua? 

Truth to Power: An inconvenient sequel by Al Gore      $40
An urgent call to action to counteract climate change, and also a message of hope. More urgent, even, than An Inconvenient Truth (2006).
Both are also films:
>> An Inconvenient Truth.
>> Truth to Power
Alcohol/Алкоголь by Damon Murray $45
A compilation of Soviet counter-alcohol propaganda posters and graphic design. How does the vilification of alcohol differ from society to society?
>> Back in the USSR.
The Sleepy Book by Charlotte Zolotow and Vladimir Bobri      $33
All animals, and all people, sleep in their own way. This gentle, poetic book is perfect for creating the perfect conditions for a good sleep. 

09/15/2017 10:22 AM

What will you read next?
Darker With the Lights On by David Hayden           $40
Beautifully written stories, every line considered and catching the reader in an onward rush to the very edge of literary possibility. 
"It's an open secret that David Hayden is one of the most interesting short story writers around. Why it's taken this long for his first collection to be published is beyond me but I, along with anyone with even the vaguest interest in looking at modernism anew, will be queuing up for a copy." - Eimear McBride 
"Quietly innovative, subtle of tone, full of feeling - this is a superb debut." - Kevin Barry
Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh          $65
What could be better than a new cookbook entirely devoted to baking and desserts from the author of several of the best cookbooks on your shelves? Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Goh present recipes that combine flavours and ingredients in interesting ways and yet are achievable, either easily or with a small amount of pleasurable effort. Delicious, beautifully presented and absolutely recommended for everyone from children to accomplished bakers.
>> Would you eat this?

Baby by Annaleese Jochems           $30
"Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour. Heavenly Creatures for a new generation." – Eleanor Catton
"Patricia Highsmith meets reality TV in this compelling debut. Jochems nudges up the tension until we can’t bear to look – and can’t bear to look away: thrilling, dangerous and deliciously funny." – Catherine Chidgey 
"This funny, sexy, unnerving novel challenges received ideas and delivers jolts of pleasure and disquiet throughout. Jochems, like her extraordinary creation Cynthia, is a force to be reckoned with." –Emily Perkins
>> "The best novel of 2017." - Spinoff
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O'Farrell        $35
Death could come to us at any time, and in a range of guises. O'Farrell builds the memoir around the times in her life when death was nearer than at other times: childhood illness, teenage misadventure, mismanaged labour. Does the proximity of death make us act differently? 
"O'Farrell is a breathtakingly good writer, and brings all her elegance and poise as a novelist to the story of her own life." - Guardian 
Hey Willy, See the Pyramids by Maira Kalman         $32
A classic of silliness and imagination, Kalman's wonderfully quirky illustrations accompany stories that foreground the creative workings of a child's mind. 

Annual 2 edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris         $40
Everything that was ever good about the children's annuals of the past is good about the annuals of the present compiled by Kate De Goldi and Susan Price to include the best New Zealand writing and illustration for children. Last year's Annual was hugely popular, and this year's will be, too. 

Companions by Christina Hesselholdt      $45
Camilla, Charles, Alma, Edward, Alwilda and Kristian are a circle of friends hurtling through mid-life. Structured as a series of monologues jumping from one friend to the next, Companions follows their loves, ambitions, pains and anxieties as they age, fall sick, have affairs, grieve, host dinner parties and move between the Lake District, Berlin, Lisbon, Belgrade, Mozambique, New York and, their homeland, Denmark. 
>> Read an excerpt.  

The Ice Sea Pirates by Frida Nilsson      $25
When 10-year-old Siri's younger sister is captured by the Captain Whitehead's Ice Sea Pirates, she must face wolves, frozen landscapes and treacherous sailors and mermaids as she journeys through the north to rescue her. Completely involving. 
Taduno's Song by Odafe Atogun           $28
The day a stained brown envelope arrives from Taduno's homeland, he knows that the time has come to return from exile. Arriving full of trepidation, the musician discovers that his community no longer recognises him, believing that Taduno is dead. His girlfriend Lela has disappeared, taken away by government agents. As he wanders through his house in search of clues, he realises that any traces of his old life have been erased. All that was left of his life and himself are memories. But Taduno finds a new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and to find his lost love. From the author of Wake Me When I'm Gone
Antifa: The antifascist handbook by Mark Bray        $35
Traces the history of movements to counteract far-right, authoritarian and white supremacist movements from their roots in 1920s Europe to the grass-roots response to the fascist populism of Trump-era USA. The book also is a guide to recognizing and counteracting reactionary and racist invective and behaviour wherever it is found.
Mysteries of the Quantum Universe by Thibault Damour and Mathieu Burniat        $48
Quantum physics gets its graphic-novel explication as Bob and his dog Rick have crepes with Max Planck, chat with Einstein about atoms and hang out, uncertainly, with Heisenberg in Heligoland. 
"Billed as 'Tintin meets Brian Cox', the book was created by theoretical physicist Thibault Damour and illustrator Mathieu Burniat so it's as scientifically accurate as it is beautiful." - BBC Focus 

Colour by Marion Deuchars             $45
What makes a colour work? What do colours mean to artists or cultures? Why does grey make a colour stand out? What colour are the oceans? Why is the yellow of lemons something to treasure? Award-winning illustrator Marion Deuchars takes us on a journey through colour, showing how its language is at the centre of how we think and feel about the world.

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah      $35
"When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters." Twelve stories set in Nigeria and the US, each concerning the way women and girls are treated, mixing realism and magic realism to vary the texture. 
"One of the pleasures of reading Lesley Nneka Arimah’s  collection is the feeling of being thrown off balance: not knowing where this playful and adventurous new talent will take you next. " - Guardian
Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration by Ellen Mara de Wachter       $60
An artist working with another artist or with other artists can, despite the difficulties, be creatively exciting. 25 duos or collectives share their perspectives on working together. 
"The notion that the best art can only come from a single artist working alone is something of a myth."—Linda Yablonsky
"Collaboration isn’t, for most artists, a recipe for making masterpieces but rather a way of breaking habits –and new ground."—Griselda Murray Brown
Up the River: Explore and discover New Zealand's rivers, lakes and wetlands by Gillian Chandler and Ned Barraud       $20/$30
The 'Explore and Discover' series is the perfect way for children to learn about New Zealand wildlife. 
>> Also new from Ned Barraud: Watch Out for the Weka!

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books and birds by Alex Preston and Neil Gower      $60
Ornithologists usually spend their time looking into the trees or out onto the water, but literary bird-spotter Alex Preston abandoned the outside world for the world of books. Here he surveys the incidence of avian specimens in literature: what do their wings carry into a reader's mind? Beautifully illustrated by Neil Gower. 
"Both a joyful and a wondrous book, one that successfully captures the otherness of birds, while celebrating our yearning to transcend our lot, our yearning to touch the unknowable." - Guardian
Precarity: Uncertain, insecure and unequal lives in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Shiloh Groot et al                             $40
The precariat is a class-in-the-making. The precariat are our fellow citizens (if they are not us) for whom poverty, age, disability, homelessness, estrangement, mental or physical illness or estrangement from communities and cultures have resulted in uncertainty, dependency, powerlessness, perilousness and insufficiency. The precariat is very much an outcome of the dismantling of the welfare state and the violation of unwritten social contracts by the privileged. 
Floods Another Chamber by James Brown        $25
"Those who cannot remember the pasta / are condemned to reheat it."
Brown's sixth collection. 
I Was Told to Come Alone: My journey behind the lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet     $38
Why do young Muslim women and men reject their parents' dreams of economic betterment and personal freedom in favour of radical rebellion in the Middle East? Rooted in her own life story, Mekhennet reveals the Muslim immigrant roots of western Jihad. 

This Is How We Do It: One day in the lives of seven kids from around the world by Matt Lamothe       $38
Beautifully drawn comparisons between the everyday lives of seven actual children - how are they different and how are they the same? 

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and life in Japan's disaster zone by Richard Lloyd Parry         $38
In 2011 over 18000 people were killed by the tsunami that hit the coast of Japan following a Richter 9.1 earthquake. The trauma impacted deeply in the minds of the survivors and has manifested in several surprising ways, including the experience of 'ghosts'. Parry looks at the psychological and cultural wounds of the disaster. 
"A remarkable and deeply moving book - describing in plain and perfect prose the almost unimaginable devastation and tragedy of the Japanese tsunami." - Henry Marsh
The Legendary Cuisine of Persia by Margaret Shaida         $65
At last, a new edition of this classic book. 
"Margaret Shaida's exquisite collection of recipes and fascinating information on the background and history of the food is both a joy and precious contribution to the world of gastronomy." - Claudia Roden
Ornament is Crime: Modernist architecture by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill            $70
"Journeys between the decades to liberate Modernism from its traditional definitions and proposes its continuing presence in the work of 21st century architects. With elegant spreads and striking examples, this is an intriguing manifesto. Quotes from figures as diverse as Leonard Cohen and Kazimir Malevich reframe Modernism as a timeless dialogue." -Aesthetica

Room Little Darker by June Caldwell         $30
"Room Little Darker, June Caldwell’s debut collection, couldn’t get much blacker. It reads like boiling tar. The whole collection is an account of 'so much ugly craving'. The shape and conception of the stories are often shocking enough, but Caldwell’s linguistic verve is what keeps you paying attention, fascinated and appalled. A work more attentive to – and understanding of – the terrible derangements of simply being alive I have not read in a long time." - Ian Sansom, Guardian

This Way, That Way by Antonio Ladrillo        $19
A very cleverly designed interactive picture book, in which flexure of the page segments creates a range of fascinating and hilarious characters. 
The White City by Karolina Ramqvist          $23
Now that Karin's high-flying criminal boyfriend is gone, how can she pull herself and her baby from the depths of her despair?
"A story of high tension, startling insights and lasting resonance." - Siri Hustvedt
"A short novel moving at a slow, suspenseful pace that matches Karin's post-natal sense of disconnection, and does a remarkable job of conveying the physicality of motherhood and the desperation of her circumstances." - Glasgow Sunday Herald
The Islamic Enlightenment: The modern struggle between faith and reason by Christopher de Bellaigue       $40
The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices, including the adoption of modern medicine, the emergence of women from purdah and the development of democracy. Who were the scholars and scientists, writers and politicians that brought about these remarkable changes? And why is their legacy now under threat?
Anatoki Settlers: The story of two pioneering families, Spittal and Gooch by Gary Langford           $58
A Golden Bay local history with a remarkable collection of primary sources on Kotinga, Anatoki and Long Plain areas, with much research material on Takaka, land titles, inquests and new information about the Motupipi coal mine. 
Michael Faraday and the Electrical Century by Iwan Rhys Morus        $25
Albert Einstein kept a photograph of Faraday on his wall.
 "When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time." - Ernest Rutherford
Risking Their Lives: New Zealand abortion stories, 1900-1939 by Margaret Sparrow         $40
Fills the gap between Rough on Women: Abortion in 19th-Century New Zealand and Abortion Then and Now: New Zealand Abortion Stories from 1940 to 1980 to give a full picture of of the historic battle for women's bodies. 
Juridical Encounters: Maori and the colonial courts, 1840-1852 by Shaunnagh Dorsett            $50
In theory, Maori, as subjects of the Queen, were to be ruled by British law. But in fact, outside the small, isolated, British settlements, most Maori and many settlers lived according to tikanga. How then were Maori to be brought under British law? Influenced by the idea of 'exceptional laws' that was circulating in the Empire, the colonial authorities set out to craft new regimes and new courts through which Maori would be encouraged to forsake tikanga and to take up the laws of the settlers. 
Mobitecture: Architecture on the move by Rebecca Roke        $35
Full of inventive ideas and creative solutions to practical problems. Includes houseboats, huts, and tricked-out caravans, alongside disaster shelters, wearable structures, and futuristic prototypes.

David Bowie, A life by Dylan Jones          $40
Possibly the most intimate portrait of Bowie likely to be written, Jones bases his work on 200 interviews with key figures in Bowie's life and career, many of whom had not previously spoken. 
>> Launching a hundred faces
The Book of Bones by Gabrielle Balkan and Sam Brewster       $35
Have a look at the skeletons. Can you work out which animal they belong to, and where the animal lives? Why do these animals have the skeletons they do? Full colour images with textured skeletons give an idea how the animal operates in its natural habitat. 
>> Dry bones

09/08/2017 01:54 AM

Any of these new books could be in your hands in a jiffy. 

Animal: A beastly compendium by Remi Mathis, Valerie Sueur-Hermel and Michel Pastoureau     $65
A beautifully illustrated and absorbing compendium of real and mythical beasts with 100 images from the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. 
Knots by Gunnhild Øyehaug       $45
"From my first reading of Knots I have been been captivated by Gunnhild Øyehaug's wit, imagination, ironic social commentary, and fearless embrace of any and every form of storytelling. These are stories to be relished, inspiring in their art and humanity both. How fortunate that we can now read them in Kari Dickson's sparkling and magically faithful English." - Lydia Davis
"Formally playful, poignant, understated, and often acutely funny. A near-perfect collection about the knots we tie ourselves into and the countless ways we intertwine in the pursuit of sex, love, compassion and family." - Kirkus
The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi          $37
On a quest to explain how and why his father mysteriously disappeared twenty years ago, a writer embarks on an epic journey in search of a stolen bicycle and soon finds himself immersed in the strangely overlapping histories of the Japanese military during World War II, Lin Wang, the oldest elephant who ever lived, and the secret world of antique bicycle collectors in Taiwan. 
From the author of The Man with the Compound Eyes
Wake Me When I'm Gone by Odafe Atogun        $33
A novel steeped in the folklore and traditions of life in a Nigerian village. 
“A beautiful, dreamlike story which lingers in the mind and heart. There is oppression and tragedy, sincerely conveyed, but there is also remarkable triumph, a stunning rebirth and shimmering hope. A treat - especially for fans of Ben Okri and Elechi Amadi” - Leila Aboulela
Elmet by Fiona Mozley         $35
A beautifully written novel about the relationship between a family and a landscape after the father's decision to withdraw from society. Long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. 
"I already feel like I've won.

Giacometti edited by Frances Morris, Lena Fritsch, Catherine Grenier and Mathilde Lecuyer     $60
A good survey of his work, well illustrated, with a thoughtful alphabetical exploration of themes and influences. 

Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit        $37
Randolph, a successful architect, and his family move into a beautiful apartment in a desirable part of Berlin. Life seems perfect - until they meet the man living in the basement below them. Their downstairs neighbour is friendly at first, if a little strange, but then he starts to frighten them. And the situation quickly becomes intolerable.
"Fear shifts our moral codes. It makes us sympathetic to violent revenge, accessories to murder. Do we want the victim to survive? No, we don't. Long after I had put this book down I still didn't. A great achievement." - Herman Koch
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart          $23
Imogen is an heiress, a runaway, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a chameleon, and a liar. Imogen is done pretending to be perfect, and Jule refuses to go back to the person she once was. Somewhere between the mansions of Martha's Vineyard and the shores of Cabo San Lucas, their intense friendship takes a dark turn. From the author of We Were Liars

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie           $37
The last decade of life in Manhattan is distilled in the lives of the Golden tycoon family, as seen through the eyes of their neighbour.
"A modern masterpiece. If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head. The Golden House is one of those books." - NZ Herald
"This is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance." - Thrity Umrigar, Boston Globe

My All by Sophie Calle          $45
A retrospective survey of the projects of this photographer in the form of 110 postcards, one for each of her experiments in the ambivalences of photography and memory.  

Camping on the Wye: Four Victorian gents row the Wye in a randan skiff in 1892 by S.K. Baker        $20
A rather charming facsimile edition of a hand-drawn and hand-lettered account. 
Why Are We Artists? 100 world art manifestos edited by Jessica Lack        $30
This collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the globe over the last 100 years brings together activists, post-colonialists, surrealists, socialists, nihilists and a host of other voices. From the Negritude movement in Africa and Martinique to Brazil's Mud/Meat Sewer Manifesto, from Iraqi modernism to Australia's Cyberfeminist Manifesto, they are by turns personal, political, utopian, angry, sublime and revolutionary. Some have not been published in English before.
Made at Home: The food I cook for the people I love by Giorgio Locatelli          $60
Locatelli's books are remarkable not only for their exquisite, authentic and achievable recipes, but for the personable way in which he imparts his knowledge of Italian food and food culture. His Made in Italy is a classic in the field. 
A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit            $25
A new edition of Solnit's fascinating book on the benefits of wandering, being lost, losing yourself and things and other people, and in the uses of the unknown. 
>> Other books by Solnit at VOLUME
The Occupation Trilogy (La Place de l'Étoile/The Night Watch/Ring Roads) by Patrick Modiano        $25
Three earl novels recording the authors memories of growing up in occupied Paris, and of the antiSemitism practised by occupiers and occupied alike. The novels also bear witness to Modiano's emergence as a writer. 
Human Rights and the Uses of History by Samuel Moyn        $22
What are the origins of human rights? Who gets to decide what they are? Can human rights be legitimately used as a justification for political or even military intervention? 
Crazy About Cats by Owen Davey         $30
Beautifully illustrated and full of feline facts. 
>> Also available: Smart About Sharks and Mad About Monkeys.
Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Impossibility by Franco "Bifo" Berardi         $37
Stuck between global war and global finance, between identity and capital, we seem incapable of producing the radical change that is so desperately needed. Meanwhile the struggle for dominance over the world is a battlefield with only two protagonists: the forces of neoliberalism on one side, and the new order led by the likes of Trump and Putin on the other. How can we imagine a new emancipatory vision, capable of challenging the deadlock of the present? Is there still a way to disentangle ourselves from a global order that shapes our politics as well as our imagination? Is the Slough of Despond just beyond, or on this side of, the Horizon of Impossibility?
Futures of Black Radicalism edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin        $39
Surveys the black radical traditions since the nineteenth century to provide context for the new international wave of protests and awareness, tied to a critique of capitalism, privilege and power. 
>> Angela Davis on TV

A Girl Walks into a Book: What the Brontës taught me about life, love, and women's work by Miranda Pennington        $28
What is the relationship between the books we read and the lives we lead?

Basket of Deplorables by Tom Rachman        $24
Almost true stories for a post-truth world. Does being an American mean anything any more? 
"These bang-up-to-the-minute stories feel like essential reading as we get to grips with a bizarre new era." - Guardian

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney         $25
"Like taking a street-level tour through six decades of new York."  - New York Times

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich        $38
"Why, having stood up for and held their own place in a once absolutely male world, have women not stood up for their history? Their words and feelings? A whole world is hidden from us. Their war remains unknown. I want to write the history of that war. A women's history." An important oral history of Russian women's experiences in World War Two, in English for the first time. 
The Anatomy of Inequality: its social and economic origins - and solutions by Per Molander       $38
Why do some of the wealthiest countries, such as the US, have the greatest levels of inequality, and the poorest quality of life for many of their citizens? Molander looks widely at the causes of inequality and examines steps that can be taken to address injustice and to rectify inequality and its resulting social ills. 
""For a long time, I've been shaking the most debated book of the spring, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Now, out falls the core: Per Molander's The Anatomy of Inequality." - Aftonbladet
Living with a Dead Language: My romance with Latin by Ann Patty     $35
"Studying Latin for fun in later life is a niche fantasy, but the impulse to do something substantial is a more widely shared experience. So is the desire to repair some deficit of one's youth. Patty's book is an effort on the part of the author to decipher her own life by deciphering two-thousand-year old texts. Most vital are the moments in which Patty lets her word-nerd flag fly." - The New Yorker
>> She doesn't move her lips.
The 9th Floor: Conversations with five New Zealand Prime Ministers by Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin         $40
Geoffrey Palmer (The Reformer); the Trader: Mike Moore (The Trader); Jim Bolger (The Negotiator); the Challenger: Jenny Shipley (The Challenger); Helen Clark (The Commander). 
>> The Podcasts
The Rookie: An odyssey through chess (and life) by Stephen Moss       $19
What is the essence of chess? How has chess developed alongside society? What can learning chess teach you about yourself and about how to operate in the world? Can you escape dilettantism in your chosen field and become an expert?  What does in mean to 'win'? Moss alternates 64 'black' and 'white' chapters in this engrossing book.
>> Personality is both the ultimate strength and the ultimate weakness

The Less You Know, the Sounder You Sleep by Juliet Butler       $35
Conjoined twins with very different personalities are trapped with each other and also hidden away s 'defective' in Soviet society. 
>> Based on a true story
Sky Full of Stars: Penpals across a century by Sheila Kennard and Harold Musson      $45
Harold Musson wrote almost daily to his wife from the trenches of France during World War One, giving a vivid picture of life under unnatural conditions. Kennard's return letters, written for this book, chart her journey of discovery about her grandfather's life. Local author. 

Consciousness: Confessions of a romantic reductionist by Christof Koch        $45
What links conscious experience of pain, joy, color, and smell to bioelectrical activity in the brain? How can anything physical give rise to nonphysical, subjective, conscious states?

The Teabowl: East and West by Bonnie Kemske        $88
Surveys the wider manifestations of this icon of ceramic art. 
>> The changing context of the teabowl. 

Little Bird Goodness by Megan May           $60
More than 130 irresistible, mostly raw, plant-based recipes from the author of The Unbakery.  

08/31/2017 10:41 PM

These interesting books seek shelf-space in your home.

These Possible Lives by Fleur Jaeggy           $21
Jaeggy, whose brief fictions, such as those in I am the Brother of XX, remain as pleasant burrs in the mind long after the short time spent reading them, has here written three brief biographies, of Thomas De Quincey, John Keats and Marcel Schwob, each as brief and effective as a lightning strike and as memorable. Jaeggy is interested in discovering what it was about these figures that made them them and not someone else. By assembling details, quotes, sketches of situations, pin-sharp portraits of contemporaries, some of which, in a few words, will change the way you remember them, Jaeggy takes us close to the membrane, so to call it, that surrounds the known, the membrane that these writers were intent on stretching, or constitutionally unable not to stretch, beyond which lay and lies madness and death, the constant themes of all Jaeggy’s attentions, and, for Jaeggy, the backdrop to, if not the object of, all creative striving. >> Read Thomas's review
Belladonna by Daša Drndić      $38
The life and health of a retired psychologist have declined to the extent that he gains insight into the disadvantaged of society and into the forces that oppress them, and also into the faculty of memory that can either liberate or condemn the one who remembers. A novel of Sebaldean scope and resonance. 
>>"There are no small fascisms."  

My Dad Used to Be So Cool by Keith Negley       $28
Why doesn't Dad do all those cool things he used to do? Why did he stop? (Could it be because having a child was somehow cooler?) From the author/illustrator of Tough Guys Have Feelings Too

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent         $35
Turtle lives with her father, Martin - her mother disappeared when she was very little. She struggles at school yet in her internal world she is intelligent - knowledgeable and philosophical. Her home life is controlled and confined by a set of predetermined rules and expectations laid down by her disturbed father: a father who believes that the apocalypse is upon them, a paranoid survivalist who insists he is training his daughter to exist against all odds. "This is a tough, but an incredible, novel that reveals the internal world of damage and explores the psyche of Turtle humanely and honestly. With a remarkable character, a plot that keeps you wired, lyrical writing about relationships and nature, My Absolute Darling is compelling and unsettling." - Stella

Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba        $28
A girl arrives at an orphanage after the deaths of her parents in a car accident. Her presence is a wound to the orphans' idea of themselves, and they also begin to have a disturbing effect upon the incomer. What role does the girl's doll play in the hazards that soon beset the inmates of the orphanage? 
"Barba inhabits the minds of children with an exactitude that seems to me so uncanny as to be almost sinister. Lying behind the shocks is a meditation on language and its power to bind or loosen thought and behaviour. It is about language, wounding, wickedness; but it is also about how fleeting and how vulnerable is the state of childhood innocence – that 'nothing which we are to perceive in this world/equals the power of its intense fragility'." - Sarah Perry, Guardian
>> "All writers have a corpse in their closet."
Paintings in Proust: A visual companion to In Search of Lost Time by Eric Karpeles       $45
A beautifully presented survey of all the artworks mentioned in In Search of Lost Time, with quotes and contextual notes. 
Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett        $28
Franklin loves books and he loves reading to children, but people tend to be scared of him because he is a dragon. Fortunately, Luna knows all about dragons from reading many books about them, and the two spend many hours together discussing the books they have read. To share their love of books with others, they decide to open a flying bookshop (good idea). 
Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists against originality by Robert Shore       $28
If "all art is theft" (Picasso), what can we make of art that deliberately appropriates, subsumes, samples or reconfigures other art? Interesting. 

The Seabird's Cry: The lives and loves of puffins, gannets and other ocean voyagers by Adam Nicolson        $40
At the heart of the book are the Shiant Isles, a cluster of Hebridean islands in the Minch but Nicolson has pursued the birds much further-across the Atlantic, up the west coast of Ireland, to St Kilda, Orkney, Shetland, the Faeroes, Iceland and Norway; to the eastern seaboard of Maine and to Newfoundland, to the Falklands, South Georgia, the Canaries and the Azores - reaching out across the widths of the world ocean which is the seabirds' home. 
"I was entranced - my mind thrilling to the veers and lifts of thought, to the beautiful deftness of the prose. This marvellous book inhabits with graceful ease both the mythic and the scientific, and remains alert to the vulnerability of these birds as well as to their wonder. It is a work that takes wing in the mind." - Robert Macfarlane
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie         $27
Family, society, love and religion clash in this modern reworking of the themes of Antigone. Long-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. 
"Home Fire left me awestruck, shaken, on the edge of my chair, filled with admiration for her courage and ambition. Recommended reading for prime ministers and presidents everywhere." - Peter Carey 

Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura         $50
"My approach to food favours intuition over strict rules and is about using your hands, rushing a little less and savouring the details. It's not food that needs to be placed on a pedestal or admired from afar; it is food that slowly weaves its way into the fabric of your daily life - food for living and sharing."
The online slow food phenomenon has now produced this very beautiful cookbook. Very satisfying - even just to look through. 

Petite Fleur by Ioso Havilio         $30
When a young father kills his over-friendly neighbour and discovers that he is alive again the next day, he repeats the experiment on a regular basis and begins to wonder if he is exempt from the laws of causality. What effect does this have on his relationship with his wife and daughter?
"As vertiginous, airtight and intense as a dream." - Yuri Herrera
The Grammar of Spice by Caz Hildebrand         $45
Explains not only the history of every imaginable sort of spice, but imparts an understanding that enables the reader to use and combine them effectively when cooking. Wonderful illuminated illustrations throughout. 

Aukati by Michalia Arathimos         $38
Alexia is a law student escaping the Greek family that stifles her, and Isaiah is a young Maori returning home to find the family he's lost. Cut loose from their own cultures, they have volunteered to help Isaiah's Taranaki iwi get rid of the fracking that's devastating their land and water. The deeper Alexia and Isaiah go into the fight, the closer they get to understanding the different worlds they inhabit.

The Epic City: The world on the streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury           $37
Everything that could possibly be wrong with a city was wrong with Calcutta. When Choudhury returned to the city as an adult he found it much unchanged from his childhood, a city of intense localism, very different from the new age of consumption that was revolutionising other Indian cities. Why?
"Beautifully observed and even more beautifully written, The Epic City marks the arrival of a major new talent." - William Dalrymple

The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria by Annie Gray        $40
Victoria's appetite for life was expressed in her appetite for food: the queen consistently over-ate all her life. Her appetites presided over a revolution in English cuisine. 
"Had me at the first sentence." - Nigel Slater 
"Zingy, fresh, and unexpected: Annie Gray, the queen of food historians, finds her perfect subject." - Lucy Worsley 
>> Gray on the importance of dinner to the British Empire
Firecrackers: Female photographers now by Fiona Rogers and Max Houghton         $66
Features 30 cutting-edge women photographers from around the world.
Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the mysteries and meanings of language by Daniel Tammet        $37
Interesting and eclectic set of essays about the diverse characteristics of various languages, and of humans' instinct to communicate.

 The King's Assassin: The fatal affair of George Villiers and James I by Benjamin Woolley       $50
Following the death of James I in 1625, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and the king's 'wife' for ten years, was accused of poisoning him. A parliamentary enquiry found cleared him and the circumstance was relegated to the sidelines of history, but Woolley in this groundbreaking book suggests the allegations were in fact true.
 White Bicycles: Making music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd        $25
When Muddy Waters came to London at the start of the '60s, a kid from Boston called Joe Boyd was his tour manager; when Dylan went electric at the Newport Festival, Joe Boyd was plugging in his guitar; when the summer of love got going, Joe Boyd was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Joe Boyd was the producer; when a young songwriter named Nick Drake wanted to give his demo tape to someone, he chose Joe Boyd. Who better to give a deep insight into the creative maelstrom of the '60s music scene than Joe Boyd? 
The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton         $33
"Omar Robert Hamilton brings vividly to life the failed revolution of 2011 on the streets of Cairo, in all its youthful bravery and naive utopianism." - J.M. Coetzee
"I finished this novel with fascination and admiration. It gives a picture of the inside of a popular movement that we all saw from the outside, in countless news broadcasts and foreign-correspondent reports, a picture so vivid and powerful that it gives a passionate life and reality to what might have been perceived only as abstract principles. A thousand vivid details print themselves on the reader's memory: it will be a long time before we read anything so skilfully brought to life." - Philip Pullman
"Few writers could capture the frenetic speed of an Internet-fuelled uprising alongside the time-stopping corporeal reality of bullet-ridden bodies, all while never losing sight of the love that powered Egypt's revolutionary moment. Omar Robert Hamilton can do all that and more. Crossing borders and generations, he brings us into the movement's effervescent hope and its crushing heartbreak, probing timeless questions about what the living owe to the dead. Unbearable. Unmissable. A dazzling debut." - Naomi Klein
On a Magical, Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna        $28
A beautifully illustrated invocation of the wonders to be found outside on a rainy day. 

Every Third Thought: On life, death and the endgame by Robert McCrum        $38
"A brilliant, wise, compassionate and consoling account of death and dying in a secular age. McCrum moves seamlessly from personal testimonies to medical case studies to recent developments in neuroscience. He asks profound philosophical questions about mortality, finitude and the unknown. A uniquely beautiful and significant book." - Joanna Kavenna
"Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful and - most of all - true." - Kate Mosse
The London Jungle Book by Bhajju Shyam        $30
Bhajju Shyam, an artist from the Gond tribe in central India, was commissioned to paint the walls of an Indian restaurant in London, and spent two months in the city. The book that emerged from the journey is a visual travelogue of his first encounter with a western metropolis. Bhajju brings the signs of the Gond forest to bear on the city, turning London into an exotic jungle.

That Was a Shiver by James Kelman         $33
Short stories written with great precision and sympathy for the emotional depths below the surfaces of everyday life. 
"Kelman brings alive a human consciousness like no other writer can." - Alan Warner
"What Kelman creates here and elsewhere in this collection is an atmosphere of Kafka-esque anxiety and menace, of things falling apart, of centres unable to hold. Like the best short story writers – James Joyce, Kafka, John Cheever, Alice Munro – he has reinvented the form through his audacity not to conform to the expectations of those who underestimate the intelligence and perceptiveness of the reading public. His stories may concern dossers and delusionists, no-hopers and chancers, petty criminals and serial gamblers, but each one is an individual who has been dealt a hand that he must learn to play or lose his lot. What he is offering are slices of lives that most western literature ignores." - Herald Scotland 
Catching Breath: The making and unmaking of tuberculosis by Kathryn Lougheed         $28
For forty thousand years, TB has accompanied humans in all their migrations and endeavours, keeping pace even with medical attempts to eradicate it. As TB is developing antibiotic resistance worldwide - has humanity met its match? 
The Cocktail Garden: Botanical cocktails for every season by Adriana Picker and Ed Loveday          $30
A beautifully illustrated guide to making the most mouthwatering cocktails from fruits and herbs that might be in your own garden.

The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1916 by Richard J. Evans         $38
A period in which what was seen as modern with amazing speed appeared old-fashioned, in which huge cities sprang up in a generation, new European countries were created and in which, for the first time, humans could communicate almost instantly over thousands of miles. Evans accounts for revolutions, empire-building and wars that marked the nineteenth century, but also treats illness, serfdom, religion or philosophy, and a host of other things.
Dr James Barry: A woman ahead of her time by Michael du Preez and Jeremy Dronfield         $22
Dr James Barry: Inspector General of Hospitals, army surgeon, duellist, reformer, ladykiller, eccentric. He performed the first successful Caesarean in the British Empire, outraged the military establishment and gave Florence Nightingale a dressing down at Scutari. At home he was surrounded by a menagerie of animals, including a cat, a goat, a parrot and a terrier. Long ago in Cork, Ireland, he had also been a mother. This is the amazing tale of Margaret Anne Bulkley, the young woman who broke the rules of Georgian society to become one of the most respected surgeons of the century.
Play With Me: Dolls, women, art by Grace Banks         $55
The inanimate female form has often been used by artists to make statements about the objectification of women and to explore the frontiers of individual identity and the replicability of experience. Banks surveys how artificial women can generate political and ethical debate. 
Psychedelia, And other colours by Rob Chapman         $40
The discovery of the psychoactive consequences of LSD was soon followed by its cultural manifestations. These, however took on quite different characteristics depending on their host culture: the psychedelia of the west coast of the US differed in texture from that of the UK. Chapman's fascinating book explores the territory.
 >> Chapman's playlist to accompany the book
Tin Man by Sarah Winman        $30
From the author of When God Was a Rabbit
"Tin Man is Winman's best novel yet. The playful subversiveness still bubbles away but there's a new candour there, an acceptance of needs and flaws that proves deeply touching. This is storytelling as cruelly kind as fate itself." - Patrick Gale

The Children of Willesden Lane: A true story of hope and survival during World War II by Mona Gobalek and Lee Cohen        $19
Jewish musical prodigy Lisa Jura Gobalek escaped Vienna to London on the Kindertransport, where she eventually studies at the Royal Academy. How can she learn the fates of her sisters and the rest of her family she left behind?

The Broken Ladder: How inequality changes the way we think, live and die by Keith Payne         $38
Regardless of their average incomes, countries or states with greater levels of income inequality have much higher rates of all the social maladies we generally associate with poverty: lower than average life expectancies, mental illness and crime. 

Bitch Doctrine: Essays for dissenting adults by Laurie Penny        $27
Penny is ready to confront injustice wherever she finds it.
"I can't really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better." - Caitlin Moran
>> A manifesto for change

08/24/2017 10:32 PM

These books have come in asking for you.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk         $37
We have in us a restlessness, a will to change, a fluidity of identity and belonging that Olga Tokarczuk in her fine and interesting book Flights would see as our essential vitality, an indicator of civilisation. Flights is an encyclopedic sort-of-novel, a great compendium of stories, fragments, historical anecdotes, description and essays on every possible aspect of travel, in its literal and metaphorical senses, and on the stagnation, mummification and bodily degradation of stasis. The book bristles with ideas, memorable images and playful treatments.
>> Read Thomas's review
Sleeps Standing / Moetū by Witi Ihimaera and Hēmi Kelly       $35
The three-day siege of the Battle of Orakau in 1864, in which 1700 Imperial troops laid siege to a hastily constructed pa sheltering 300 Maori men, women and children, marked the end of the Waikato War. Ihimaera tells the history from the point of view of a Moetu, a boy on the side that refused to submit and fought to the end. With facing texts in English and Maori (by Hemi Kelly). First-hand accounts and documentary illustrations appended. 

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss           $30
A dazzlingly intelligent dual-narrative novel concerning, on the one hand, a retired New York lawyer who 'disappears' to Tel Aviv, and, on the other, a novelist named Nicole Krauss who comes home to find herself already there, and so sets off towards the point the narratives meet. Elegant and replete with Kraussian themes of memory, solitude and Jewishness.
"Restores your faith in fiction." - Ali Smith
"Charming, tender, and wholly original." - J. M. Coetzee
What is ‘real’ and what isn’t, and do such questions even apply, really, to something that is entirely a construction, from beginning to end?" 
Late Essays, 2006-2016 by J.M. Coetzee        $38
As well as being a deeply thoughtful writer, Coetzee has always been a deeply thoughtful reader, and his essays are helpful in unlocking the work of other writers, including, here, Beckett, Walser, Murnane, Goethe and Kleist

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard          $38
"I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees." Following the remarkable quasiautobiographical 'My Struggle' series, Knausgaard has begun to produce an impressionistic personal encyclopedia of the world to appear in four seasonal volumes. The first begins as a letter to his unborn daughter and proceeds to catalogue the wonders and banalities of elements of the natural and human worlds, and of their effect on each other. Illustrations by Vanessa Baird
>> The sun: "utterly unapproachable and completely indifferent."
>> "I am back writing good sentences."
The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser        $37
"Meet Bram Presser, aged five, smoking a cigarette with his grandmother in Prague. Meet Jakub Rand, one of the Jews chosen to assemble the Nazi’s Museum of the Extinct Race. Such details, like lightning flashes, illuminate this audacious work about the author’s search for the grandfather he loved but hardly knew. Working in the wake of writers like Modiano and Safran Foer, Presser brilliantly shows how fresh facts can derail old truths, how fiction can amplify memory. A smart and tender meditation on who we become when we attempt to survive survival." - Mireille Juchau
Twins by Dirk Kurbjuweit          $24
"We didn't want to be like twins-we wanted to be twins. We wanted to be absolutely identical. But because we hadn't been born twins, we had to make ourselves the same-and part of that, of course, was having to go through all our most important experiences together." Rowing partners Johann and Ludwig are best friends, but that's not enough. To defeat the region's current champions, identical twins from a nearby town, they must become twins too. Ludwig has a plan: they will eat, sleep, breathe and even think in perfect harmony. Only then will they have a chance of winning. But Johann has a secret he's been keeping from his friend-and when Ludwig begins acting strangely, Johann realises that his 'twin' wants to put their bond to the ultimate test.
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang      $27
Centred on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life on the poverty line in 1990s New York City, the stories that make up Sour Heart examine the many ways that family and history can weigh us down, but also lift us up.
"As I read, I quickly realized this was something so new and powerful that it would come to shape the world, not just the literary world, but what we know about reality. Zhang's version of honesty goes way past the familiar, with passages that burst into a bold, startling brilliance. Get ready." - Miranda July 
"Obscene, beautiful, moving." - The New Yorker
>> Jenny Zhang and Lena Dunham.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell         $19
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Rundell, author of The Wolf Wilder, writes beautifully as always.

Edmund Hillary, A biography by Michael Gill         $60

Exhaustive and magisterial, this biography benefits from its author's first-hand knowledge and from his access to Hillary's personal papers. It reveals dimensions of Hillary's life not hitherto examined. 

Democracy and its Crisis by A.C. Grayling         $37
Why are the institutions of representative democracy seemingly unable to sustain themselves against forces they were designed to manage, and why does it matter?

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting       $38
When a beautifully made coffin turns up for Edvard's grandfather, whose death is nowhere in sight, Edvard begins to unravel the mystery of his lost uncle and dead parents, an unravelling that takes him from the remote Norwegian farmstead where he grew up to the Shetland Islands, to the historic battlefields of France. The novel is neatly dovetailed throughout, just like the woodwork that runs through it. From the author of the incomparable Norwegian Wood
>> Mytting speaks with Kathryn Ryan
Ragnar Redbeard: The antipodean origins of radical fabulist Arthur Desmond by Mark Derby         $20
The first concrete evidence for Desmond arrives when he stood for parliament in Hawkes Bay in 1884 (coming last of three candidates). He continued to campaign against landlords, bankers and monopolists, and for Maori against the settlers (and aligning himself with Te Kooti). By the time he left New Zealand in 1892, Desmond had already formulated the first version of Might is Right, his notorious manifesto of extreme social Darwinism, in which he proposed that the strong have an evolutionary duty to uproot and supplant the weak (including Christians).
The Library: A catalogue of wonders by Stuart Kells       $38
Kells runs his finger along the shelves and wanders the aisles of libraries around the world and through time, both real and imagined, with books and without, and ponders the importance of the library as a representation of the human mind. 
The Complete Guide to Baking: Bread, brioche and other gourmet treats by Rodolphe Landemaine        $65 
Everything from the fundamentals (types of flours and starters; stages of fermentation; basic doughs and fillings) through to recipes for breads (baguettes, sourdoughs, speciality breads, flavoured breads, oil breads and milk breads), Viennese pastries (croissants, pains au chocolat, apple tarts) gateaux (flan patissier, pistachio and apricot tart, spice bread), brioches (Parisian, praline, plaited, layered and cakes) and biscuits (sables, madeleines, almond tuiles).  
Veneto: Recipes from an Italian country kitchen by Valeria Necchio        $45
Authentic and achievable recipes from the northeast of Italy, attractively presented. 

The Museum of Words: A memoir of language, writing and mortality by Georgia Blain         $38
In 2015 a tumour in the language centre of her brain robbed Blain of her ability to speak. After the rigours of treatment, she set about rebuilding her linguistic capacities through writing. At the same time, her mother was losing her faculties to Alzheimer's disease. An interesting meditation of the place of language in our conception of ourselves.  

The Inhabitable Boy by J.M. Moreaux         $24
Being a teenager is hard enough without someone else using your body to commit murder. With the help of his 'ghost pimp,' Andy earns extra cash renting his body to spirits hungry for a taste of the corporeal world. But one day his body is returned battered and bruised, and he finds himself accused of a murder he doesn't remember committing. With the police on his trail and time running out, Andy must embark on a dangerous quest to catch the spectral killer, unaware he's a pawn in a larger conflict between supernatural forces. Exciting YA fiction from local author Mike Moreaux.

Casting Off: A memoir by Elspeth Sandys          $35
Continues the project begun in What Lies Beneath into the sixties, sexual liberation, literature and Thatcherism. 
How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus       $37
Ten years old and irrepressibly curious, Ellie lives with her fisherman father, Peter, on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her mother's breakdown is discussed only in whispers, with the promise 'better by Christmas' and no further explanation. Steering by the light of her dad's sea-myths, her mum's memories of home across the water, and a fierce spirit all her own, Ellie begins to learn how her world is put together (or pulled apart).
Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee     $35
The elder daughter of working-class Korean immigrants, Casey inhabits a New York a world away from that of her parents. As Casey navigates an uneven course of small triumphs and spectacular failures, a clash of values, ideals and ambitions plays out against the colourful backdrop of New York society, its many layers, shades and divides. 
"Ambitious, accomplished, engrossing. As easy to devour as a 19th-century romance." - New York Times
"This big, beguiling book has all the distinguishing marks of a Great American Novel. A remarkable writer." - The Times
The Man Who Climbs Trees: A memoir by James Aldred       $35
Nature writing from a professional tree-climber whose work has taken him into the upper strata of forests around the world. Beautifully written.

The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk       $38
Orhan Pamuk’s tenth novel, The Red-Haired Woman, is the story of a well-digger and his apprentice looking for water on barren land. It is also a novel of ideas in the tradition of the French conte philosophique. In mid-1980s Istanbul, Master Mahmut and his apprentice use ancient methods to dig new wells. This is the tale of their back-breaking struggle, but it is also an exploration—through stories and images—of ideas about fathers and sons, authoritarianism and individuality, state and freedom, reading and seeing. 
A Crack in Creation: The new power to control evolution by Jennifer Doudna and Sam Sternberg          $40
Doudna's discovery of the genome editing capacities of Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) has provided scientists with potentially the most powerful interventional tool yet in the field of genetics. 

Ferment: A guide to the ancient art of culturing foods by Holly Davis         $50
Bread, vinegar, kvass, yoghurt, butter, sauerkraut, kimchi, natural sodas, scrumpy, mead, pickles, kefir, creme fraiche, buttermilk, kombucha, cheese, miso, tempeh: you can make it all. Gentle and thorough. 

First Fox by Leanne Radojkovich       $23
"Like a fox running over snow there is a lightness, a poetic grace and a keen focus to these stories. Sharp, true and always hinting at a larger world, the work has a fable-like quality. Devour this delightful book in one sitting, then savour the stories all over again. " - Frankie McMillan
Illustrations by Rachel J. Fenton.
>> The back of a woman walking away. Radojkovich's flash fiction.

Footsteps: Literary pilgrimages around the world, from Farrente's Naples to Hammetti's San Francisco from The New York Times         $38
Engaging columns on literary travel.

The Kite and the String: How to write with spontaneity and control - and live to tell the tale by Alice Mattison         $35
"An insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher.
A book-length master class." - The Atlantic 

What's Up Top? by Marc Martin            $28
What is at the top of the ladder? Who knows.

Democracy in Chains: The deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America by Nancy MacLean          $40
Exposes political economist James McGill Buchanan as the architect behind the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatise public education, and curb democratic majority rule.
The Water Kingdom: A secret history of China by Philip Ball       $30
A grand history of China's deep and recent history told through its relationship and management of water.

The City of the Secret Rivers by Jacob Sager Weinstein        $23
London is crisscrossed with sewers and underground rivers. Can Hyacinth, recently arrived from the US locate the magically charged drop of water that will prevent another Great Fire? Who can she trust? 

Do You, Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the poets and professors edited by Neil Corcoran        $30
Serious critical consideration of the 2017 Nobel Literature laureate from Simon Armitage, Christopher Butler, Bryan Cheyette, Patrick Crotty, Aidan Day, Mark Ford, Lavinia Greenlaw, Hugh Haughton, Daniel Karlin, Paul Muldoon, Nicholas Roe, Pam Thurschwell and Susan Wheeler. A new edition, with a perceptive introduction by Will Self. 
>> You know something is happening
The Choice by Edith Eger         $35
The psychologist specialising in PTSD recounts her own experiences surviving Auschwitz (where she was forced to dance for Josef Mengele) and those of the people she has helped. 
"The Choice is a gift to humanity. Dr. Eger's life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others." - Desmond Tutu

Los Angeles Cult Recipes by Victor Garnier Astorino        $55
Spices, grilled food, health food, vegan food, caramel, hamburgers, chilli hot dogs, avocado cheeseburgers, granola, lobster rolls, hamburgers, French-style tacos, fro yo, hamburgers, kale pizza, acai bowls, shrimp pad thai and hamburgers. Excellent photographs; part of the 'Cult Recipes' series

08/11/2017 01:21 AM

A few of the books that have come in this week looking for you.
Tess by Kirsten McDougall        $25
What binds a family together tears a family apart. On the run, Tess is picked up on the side of the road by middle-aged father Lewis Rose, and drawn into the complexity of his life. Tess is a gothic love story set in Masterton at the turn of the millennium.
"I love novels about amelioration, about people trying to mend and fix themselves. Kirsten McDougall's brave and brilliant Tess is one of these. A novel of tender observation and deftly judged suspense, Tess imagines what it might mean for someone to really know what goes on inside others." - Elizabeth Knox
True Stories by Sophie Calle         $40
A collection of autobiographical photographs and stories from this boundary-pushing artist. 

He Reo Wahine: Maori women's voices from the nineteenth century edited by Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla         $50
"This book presents a rich and ranging collection of Maori women speaking from the nineteenth-century archive. The hopes, the persistence, the effort to set down a cause are all apparent in the words of women presented in these pages. It is in various measures an inspiring, instructive and agonising read." - Charlotte Macdonald, Victoria University of Wellington
I Can't Sleep by Stephanie Blake        $20
Simon's little brother can't sleep without his special blanket. Simon usually just tells Casper what to do, but what can he do to solve this problem? 
The Fuse Box: Essays on creative writing from Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters edited by Emily Perkins and Chris Price           $35
Contributions from James Brown, Elizabeth Knox, Tina Makereti, Damien Wilkins, Bill Manhire. Charlotte Wood, Ashleigh Young and Hera Lindsay Bird.

A Moral Truth: 150 years of investigative journalism in New Zealand edited by James Hollings         $45
Spanning the wars in the Waikato to the present day, and including pieces from Robyn Hyde and Pat Booth to Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle, Mike White, Jon Stephenson, Nicky Hager and Phil Kitchin, the pieces in this anthology are fresh whatever their age, and remind us of the importance of the contribution made by journalists to public knowledge and discourse. 

Love in a Bottle by Antal Szerb           $23
A selection of stories from the outstanding Hungarian author who was beaten to death in a concentration camp in 1945.  
"Szerb is a master whose powers transcend time and language." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 
"A writer of immense subtlety and generosity. Can literary mastery be this quiet-seeming, this hilarious, this kind? Antal Szerb is one of the great European writers." - Ali Smith 

Joyce in Court by Adrian Hardiman       $40
James Joyce was obsessed with the legal system, and Ulysses and Finnegans Wake is full of references to trials and proceedings. This is the first book to give full and fascinating treatment to a neglected facet of Joyce's oeuvre and recreates a legal climate where injustice loomed over every trial. 
"This tremendously well-researched and marvellously insightful book is a delight for lawyers and lovers of literature alike." - Irish Independent
Bad Things by Louise Wallace        $25
"No one can imagine how bad things must be. They sprout in the dark, damp folds of my mind. They grow there - a forest of tiny umbrellas. They flourish - a crown of terrible heads." 
How do people survive? 
Sugar, Rum and Tobacco: Taxes and public health in New Zealand by Mike Berridge and Lisa Marriott       $15
Can a sugar tax improve public health? Even if it can, is it the right thing to do? Considers the New Zealand situation in the light of case studies from around the world.
 Tightrope by Selina Tusitala Marsh          $28
Built around the abyss, the tightrope, and the trick that we all have to perform to walk across it, Pasifika 'poetry warrior' Selina Tusitala Marsh brings to life in Tightrope her ongoing dialogue with memory, life and death to find out whether stories really can cure the incurable.
>> This video of Marsh launching her previous collection, Dark Sparring, is worth watching again. 
Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve: The literary quirks and oddities of our most-loved authors by Ben Blatt     $40
Does every writer have their own stylistic footprint? How can a statistician help us to understand how authors thought and wrote? Blatt brings big data to bear on the literary canon. Interesting.
RisingTideFallingStar by Philip Hoare        $33
Hoare wraps his remarkable prose for a third time around a watery subject, this time tracing poets', artists', utopians',and adventurers' all-consuming and sometimes fatal attraction to the sea. 
The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon       $30
Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. No, he needs an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers (until they got stuck on an iceberg). Now Archer's mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide—the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile—and Oliver—the boy next door—to help him rescue his grandparents. Quite delightful, and with illustrations by the author. New series. 

Motor Miles by John Burningham     $20
When a neighbour builds Miles, a "very difficult dog", his own car, he can provide young Norman with some very formative experiences of independence. 

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall           $33
"Great short stories are the shape of themselves: image, voice and plot dovetailed to the chosen form. Hall’s stories are vixen-shaped: urban and rural, feral and natural, female and stinky, beautiful and tough. They slide quietly into view and stare at us with their citrine eyes; exceptional, compelling, frightening and authentic." - Guardian

Human Anatomy: Stereoscopic images of medical specimens by Jim Naughten        $100
Fascinating, unsettling, wonderful. The specimens are all drawn from the Vrolik Museum in Amsterdam. Includes stereoscope. 

Ordinary Time by Anna Livesey         $25
"Ordinary Time wonderfully gets the warm, heated, swaddled feeling of early parenthood. In these poems there's closeness, damp, suspension in a state of intensity and the thingishness of life. All is urgent, present and fiercely intimate." - Jenny Bornholdt

A Universe of One's Own by Antonia Hayes       $13
Why stop at a room of one's own? Hayes takes Woolf's call to the ultimate sphere, and intimates a life in which language is the governing force. 
Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo        $35
When English teacher Kuo learned that one of her ex-students had been jailed for murder in the Mississippi delta, she began visiting him and reading and discussing literature. This is a true account of how a life can be turned around by books. 

New People by Danzy Senna       $35
As the 20th century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, living together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn. They've even landed a starring role in a documentary about 'new people' like them, who are blurring boundaries as a new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her - yet she can't stop daydreaming about another man. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel Maria's life.

The Mighty Franks by Michael Frank       $30
"An utterly magical book. Michael Frank inherits Truman Capote's glorious ability to recreate the past in an act of exquisite, knowing retrieval. Set on the glamorous, conflicted fringes of 20th century Hollywood, Frank's memoir is a glittering, happy-sad evocation of his elegant, tyrannical, stylish aunt and the rest of his extraordinary family. I hung on every word, spying through his child's eyes. This is intense and lyrical prose: I never wanted it to stop." - Philip Hoare

The Sorrows of Mexico: An indictment of their country's failings by seven exceptional writers by Lydia Cacho, Sergio Gonzalez Rodriguez, Anabel Hernandez, Diego Enrique Osorno, Emiliano Ruiz Parra, Marcela Turati and Juan Villoro       $28
Seven leading journalists express their anger and compassion over the sad fate of so many of their fellow citizens due to the poverty, corruption and violence than has their country in its grip.  
100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman      $28
400 illustrations reveal changes in thinking about fashion in the last century. 

The Seven Moods of Craft Beer by Adrian Tierney-Jones      $30
Social beers, adventurous beers, poetic beers, bucolic beers, imaginative beers, gastronomic beers, and contemplative beers. Where in the world can you find such beers?

Small Pieces: A book of lamentations by Joanne Limburg        $33
"My mother, my family and Judaism are nested inside each other. I am Jewish and always Jewish; it's analogous with family, however hard it is, and however strained, it can never be disavowed. I remain, as my therapist put it, 'enmeshed', all tangled up in the family hoard. This book has been both a continuation of my conversations with them, and an attempt to untangle myself." Limburg's brother's suicide triggered for her a re-examination of her genetic and cultural heritage, as she attempted to hold onto her individual identity. 
Unquiet Time: Aotearoa/New Zealand in a fast-changing world by Colin James       $40
The veteran political commentator looks at the way the certainties upon which New Zealand has built its identity are becoming less certain. How will we respond?
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow       $30
The American founding father catapulted into modern celebrity status by a Broadway musical was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. He was controversial in his lifetime and has remained so since.

Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne         $37
Two privileged young women at Greek Island resort come across a young Arab man washed up on the beach. A casualty of the refugee crisis, he becomes for them a 'project', with disastrous consequences. 

08/04/2017 04:50 AM

These books have just come in looking for you. 
Roxy by Esther Gerritsen          $35
When Roxy's husband and his lover are killed in a car accident, Roxy will not be denied her revenge. Who will she direct this at, though?Written in a concise, lucid style, this book is a clear exploration of the emotional weight grief and anger lever upon ordinary details. 
"Gerritsen's skillful writing creates tension with its forward-propelling relentless plot, a compelling awkward narrator and uncertain outcomes. The clever ironic conversations between the characters and zany happenings hit you like a slap, while what is unsaid, what is hinted at and implied between the words and lines on the page, jolts you awake. Like Craving, Roxy is a candid portrayal of damage and trauma, sometimes shocking, often blackly funny." - Stella
How to Survive in the North by Luke Healy       $28
A very appealing graphic novel weaving together three narrative strands: true-life Arctic expeditions from 1912 and 1926, and a contemporary story of a professor tracking the fates of the earlier expeditions. 
Looking for Lenin by Niels Ackerman and Sebastien Gobert        $45
The Ukraine was once bristling with statues of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. Political changes have left these toppled, broken, vandalised and stored in sheds and back rooms. Ackerman and Gobert have set about recording these statues, and the residual attitudes towards them amongst the Ukrainians. 
The Man Who Walked Through Walls by Marcel Aymé      $28
The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of using his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures - he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a super-villain. How will the unassuming clerk adjust to a glamorous life of crime? 
A Sea Voyage: A pop-up story about all sorts of boats by Gerard Lo Monaco     $35
Two people and a dog sail out amongst ships of all kinds in this inventive pop-up book. There are even life-rings and mooring ropes. A lovely book. 
Fletcher of the Bounty by Graeme Lay         $37
A novel telling how (and why) Fletcher Christian led the mutineers who seized the Bounty from Captain Bligh, and all that happened after the mutineers settled on Pitcairn.
Lay's James Cook trilogy was very well regarded. 
>> Reason for mutiny
Gao Bo, Vol 1 - Vol 4       $110
An exquisitely designed and produced survey of the photography and installations of the remarkable contemporary Chinese artist. 
>> Gao Bo had a major retrospective in Paris this year
Tree Matters by Gangu Bai and Gita Wolf        $30
Artist Gangu Bai records and explores her memories of growing up in traditional Bhil culture in central India, a culture making no distinction between the natural and the human world. 
A New History of Modern Architecture by Colin Davies        $110
Davies questions the values and judgements that are so often the mainstay of architectural surveys, and in doing so asks: what is the importance of the style we know as Modernism?
Th3 8oy Who 5p3ak5 in Num8r35 by Mike Masilamani and Matthew Frame       $30
A darkly satirical account of a childhood spent in times of war. The book involves the transformation of people into animals and features a boy more at home with numbers than with people. The book is set in Sri Lanka, but the story is relevant anywhere that children are robbed of their childhood by war. 
The Hollow Woods (Storytelling card game) by Rohan Daniel Eason        $28
A wonderful, scary myriorama: the 20 cards can be laid out in any order making a seamless story scene of almost infinite variety. 

Marx, Freud, Einstein: Heroes of the mind by Corinne Maier and Ann Simon       $33
Excellent and amusing graphic biographies.
Mexico, A culinary quest by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Ana Paula Gerard      $100
An astounding culinary journey through the various regions of Mexico, profiling  nuns; grande dames; campesinos; barrio residents; creatives in the arts, architecture, music, film and media; businesspeople - and chefs and giving real insight into local food cultures. Beautifully illustrated. 

Comparing Notes: How we make sense of music by Adam Ockelford         $45
Why do we respond to music in the way we do? How does music reveal and affect parts of our minds not accessible to linguistic and verbal approaches? What kinds of understanding can we achieve through music? 

Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait        $37
An illicit air convoy of drugs and weapons disappears somewhere over the Sahara. An aid worker watches helplessly as the refugees she is attempting to save are brutally betrayed. A mysterious Englishman sets up a solar farm in the desert, and his attempts to bring free energy to Africa make him the target of callous international businessmen, hell-bent on destroying his vision for a more humane world. As jihadists stop at nothing to recover the contents of the missing air convoy, and as millions attempt to escape famine and genocide by crossing the African continent to find a way into Europe, the genii are watching from the skies. Speculative fiction grounded in contemporary issues. 
Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud by Katie Harnett       $28
Not everyone likes the same things. It seems that everyone is happy on a sunny day - except for a lonely raincloud and a lonely, grumpy little girl. Can they find their own happiness?
Ghost Story Box: Create your own spooky tales by Ella Bailey          $22
The 20 double-sided pictorial pieces can be put together in any order, creating any number of inventive (and spooky (but not too spooky)) stories. 
The Biggest Prison on Earth: A history of the Occupied Territories by Ilan Pappe        $33
The war of 1967 dramatically redrew the map of Israel and Palestine, and changed the lives of millions of people both in the Middle East and across the world. Analysing the historical origins of the annexation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1920s and 30s, Pappe goes on to examine the bureaucratic apparatus that has been developed to manage this occupation, from the political, legal, financial and even dietary measures to the military and security plans put in place over almost half a century.
Fictitious Capital: How finance is appropriating our future by Cedric Durand          $33
The turbulence of the financial markets is often explained in terms of the immorality of market agents, misguided economic theory or unsuitable regulation. Even when these explanations are not false ones, they leave aside the main problem: the nature of financial value.

Around the World in 80 Puzzles by Aleksandra Artymowska      $32
Everyone can spend hours enjoying these mazes, searches and odd-one-outers. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations in a large-format hardback book
ReWild: The art of returning to nature by Nick Baker        $45
A practical guide and a source of inspiration for finding and responding to the wilderness around you, and withing you too. Includes photographs and hand-drawn illustrations. 
Accidental Immigrants: The sailed for India but settled in New Zealand by John Ewan         $35
When Thomas Powell and his family left Leeds, England, and sailed out to India in the early 1850s, they little realised that within a few years they would be living in New Zealand and facing different futures. An interesting family history illuminating life and issues in and around Wanganui in the 1860s and 1870s. Local author. 

The Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria         $28
Textured artwork and text translated also into Braille help children to gain understanding of what it might be like to apprehend the world without the sense of sight. 
The Little White Lies Movie Memory Game       $25
Match the iconic actors with the equally iconic images from 25 iconic films. Reinforce your knowledge of popular culture with notes to the films, from the leading indie film magazine
The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken           $37
The leading forensic cyberpsychologist examines the various ways human behaviour changes on-line. 
Sunlight and Seaweed: An argument for how to feed, power and clean up the world by Tim Flannery        $26
Can large-scale kelp farming absorb carbon surpluses (and solve our other problems, too)?
The Modern Dairy: Nourishing recipes using milk, cream, cheese, butter and yogurt by Annie Bell        $40
No longer a pariah in the fridge. Includes the science behind this 'nutritional powerhouse'. 

The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward         $20
Fourteen-year-old Sin is training to be a spy for the Covert Operations Group, but her life (and other people's lives) is in danger in this steampunk adventure. New Zealand author (when he's not being a New Zealand bookseller!). 
Constant Radical: The life and times of Sue Bradford by Jenny Chamberlain         $40
A lifetime on the left, including 10 years as a Green MP.

Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, alchemy and art by Susan L. Aberth        $85
The definitive survey of the art of this dropper of depth-charges in the psyche. 
Sons and Soldiers: The Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned for retribution by Bruce Henderson         $37
Classed and 'enemy aliens' in the US, the 'Ritchie Boys' returned to Europe as a secret elite army unit, detailed particularly with gathering intelligence and interrogation. A little-known history. 
Scary Bingo by Rob Hodgson        $28
Match the monsters and the crazy creatures. Don't let Clarence put you off your tea. 

07/28/2017 11:19 AM

These books have just arrived and are already lining up for a space on your shelf. 
Our Future is in the Air by Tim Corballis           $30
When the Soviets circulated images of 9/11 they had got by the use of time machines, the Twin Towers were never built, jet travel was abandoned and history veered off course. Time travel was made illegal, but it went underground and became the recourse of criminals, bankers and activists. It is 1975, and in New Zealand a few people are taking tentative steps (so to call them) into the future (so to call it).
>> Not perhaps quite as you remember 1975
Sky High: Jean Batten's incredible flying adventures by David Hill and Phoebe Morris          $25
In 1934 Batten flew from England to Australia and in 1936 from  England to New Zealand. What was it like up there all alone?
>> "One of the greatest flights in history."

Rooms of One's Own: 50 places that made literary history by Adrian Mourby       $28
How does the place where writing takes place affect what is written there? What can we learn about a book by visiting there? Mourby visits fifty rooms in which fifty writers wrote fifty books, and compares the locations with what ended up on the page.  

Two Stories by Virginia Woolf and Mark Haddon      $26
Published to mark the centenary of the first Hogarth Press printing, Woolf's original story 'The Mark on the Wall' is here paired with a new story by Haddon. All the pleasures and production qualities of the original have been retained. 
Love of Country: A Hebridean journey by Madeleine Bunting       $28
The far-flung Hebrides lie on the outer edge not just of Britain, but of Europe. Bunting's finely written insular psychogeography explores the relationship of the land not only to the people who have lived on it or visited it, but to those for whom it forms an island for the mind. 
"Bunting's crisp and luminous prose is the ideal medium to capture the ambiguities and dichotomies of the landscape; between ever-shifting sea and unfathomably old rock; between tradition and modernity; between wilderness and depopulation; between feudal subsistence and aristocratic profligacy." - The Scotsman
St Petersburg: Three centuries of murderous desire by Jonathan Miles        $38
"Of all cities St Petersburg is most like a novel. Conceived in the mind of a Tsar like a writer might give birth to a book,it has never ceased to be relentlessly dramatic, as if being like a novel is its destiny. Miles tells the tale magnificently." - Peter Pomerantsev

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India by Shashi Tharoor         $38
A wonderfully unrelenting indictment of colonialism and the damage it did to what had been a thriving country. Two centuries of British rule devastated the economy, violated human rights, and introduced institutions and infrastructure that enabled Britain to thrive at India's expense. 
Letters from a Lost Uncle by Mervyn Peake         $40
Lost in the frozen polar wastes, an explorer huddles in his shelter, typing, with frozen fingers, the story of his lonely, extraordinary exploits, preparing to send the story to the nephew he has never seen. With his only companion, the tortoise-like mutant Jackson, the Uncle has gone in search of his ambition and his destiny: the awesome and mysterious White Lion. A wonderful facsimile edition of Peake's fully illustrated, weirdly weird tale. 

Decline and Fall on Savage Street by Fiona Farrell      $38
Under the house the earth moves according to its geological time, while upon it the lives and times of humans move by different rhythms. One house is the place where these forces interact. Farrell's new novel is a sort of counterpart to The Villa on the Edge of the Empire
Farewell to the Horse: The final century of our relationship by Ulrich Raulff          $65
"Any reader interested in horses, history, art, literature or language will love this book, and be stunned by its scope and stylish intellect. This is about the end of a relationship between man and horse that Raulff likens to the dissolution of an idiosyncratic workers’ union, and what is thrilling is that the horse becomes a subtext – a new way of considering history via the stable door. The book is beautifully and idiosyncratically illustrated, in keeping with the text." - Guardian

Making Trouble: life and politics by Lynne Segal      $27
What happens when angry young rebels become wary older women, ageing in a leaner, meaner time: a time which exalts only the 'new', in a ruling orthodoxy daily disparaging all it portrays as the 'old'? Delving into her own life and those of others who left their mark on it, Segal tracks through time to consider her generation of female dreamers, what formed them, how they left their mark on the world, where they are now in times when pessimism seems never far from what remains of public life.
War and the Death of News: Reflections of a grade B reporter by Martin Bell        $37
From Vietnam to Bosnia to Iraq, Bell has witnessed great changes both in the way wars are fought but even more in the way war is reported. He has seen the truth degraded and sanitised and groomed with specific audiences in mind. Is there a place for journalism in a 'post-truth', social media-saturated world? 
Blind Spot by Teju Cole       $45
In Known and Strange Things we learned of Cole's interest in the practices of photography, and in Blind Spot we can see what he sees from behind his camera. The results are impressive, and will add another dimension to your understanding of this interesting author. 
The Book of Circles: Visualising sphere of knowledge by Manuel Lima        $80
Since the most ancient times, Humans have chosen to organise information in circles. This profoundly illustrated book surveys the various types of circular device through history and around the world. 
Stalin's Meteorologist by Oliver Rolin         $40
Why was meteorologist Alexey Wangenheim, who had been hailed by Stalin as a national hero, arrested in 1934 and sent off to a gulag? How did an innocent man get caught up in state paranoia? 

Shadowless by Hasan Ali Toptas        $40
When a barber disappears from an Anatolian village over night and appears in a bar in a town far away, unable to explain how he got there, reality develops a fracture that has widening implications. 
“A poetic masterpiece of world literature. Toptas is an oriental Kafka, enriched with the literary achievements of Islamic mysticism” –  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Granta 140: The Mind         $28
We know how the brain works, but do we understand the mind? In an age when we are finally taking mental health as seriously as physical health, this issue of Granta explores the conscious self: how it perceives, judges and lives in the world. 
A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield's Wellington by Redmer Yska         $40
"It's not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement; it's simply splendid." - Fiona Kidman
"The best account I have ever read of Wellington and Karori as they were in Mansfield's day. Vivid and vigorous, it is a pleasure to read." - K.M. biographer Kathleen Jones
Reading the Rocks: How Victorian geologists discovered the secrets of life by Brenda Maddox      $36
Was it a coincidence that geology has a pivotal science in an age of social and political repositioning? Maddox introduces us to the diverse range of geologists who kept focussed during the geology vs. Genesis showdown. 

The Guggenheim Mystery ('London Eye' #2) by Robin Stevens and Siobhan Dowd          $18
"I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth millions of pounds. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it."
The sequel to Dowd's The London Eye Mystery

Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill          $33
Two writers begin to realise that they are each other's fictional creations. Eeek. 
The Zoo by Christopher Wilson         $28
There are certain things that Yuri Zipit knows: that being Stalin's official food-taster requires him to drink too much vodka for a 12-year-old, and that you do not have to be an elephantologist to see that the great leader is dying. Just because his mind is damaged, this does not mean Yuri doesn't notice what goes on at state banquets. Perhaps this politics business is not too difficult after all... 
"A wonderfully inventive and slyly constructed novel, horrifying, horribly funny, and disgracefully entertaining." - John Banville
How to Be a Stoic by Massimo Pigliucci       $35
"How to Be a Stoic proves many things: that the ancient school of Stoicism is superbly relevant to our times; that profound wisdom can be delivered in lively, breezy prose; and that Massimo Pigliucci is uniquely gifted at translating philosophy into terms helpful for alleviating and elevating the lives of many." - Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris Riddell        $40
A visual diary of Riddell's two years as Children's Laureate, including his travels around Britain and the development of his various illustrative projects. 

To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann       $40
Walter Urban and Friedich 'Fiete' Caroli work side by side as hands on a dairy farm in northern Germany. By 1945, it seems the War's worst atrocities are over. When they are forced to 'volunteer' for the SS, they find themselves embroiled in a conflict which is drawing to a desperate, bloody close. Walter is put to work as a driver for a supply unit of the Waffen-SS, while Fiete is sent to the front. When the senseless bloodshed leads Fiete to desert, only to be captured and sentenced to death, the friends are reunited under catastrophic circumstances. In a few days the war will be over, millions of innocents will be dead, and the survivors must find a way to live with its legacy.
"In this masterpiece, Ralf Rothmann manages the seemingly impossible. He describes the guilt of their fathers' generation from the viewpoint of the post-War generation without betraying it to a moralising know-it-all attitude." - Badische Zeitung 
"In contemporary German literature, there is nothing that can be compared to this book." - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez     $22
A political cartoonist who finds his convictions tested when a traumatic past event returns to haunt him.
"One of the most original voices of Latin American literature." - Mario Vargas Llosa

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's theory of mate choice shapes the animal world - and us by Richard O. Prum      $55
Why does the animal world display such a range of characteristics that are superfluous to, and even hazardous to, individual survival? Is there an extent to which sexual selection is an evolutionary force over and above natural selection. If there is a criterion of beauty in mate selection, where does this criterion come from and what purposes does it serve? 

Pig/Pork: Archaeology, zoology, edibility by Pia Spry-Marques     $37
Pigs have been intimately involved in human culture since Palaeolithic  times. How has this relationship shaped both pigs and humans? 
The Regional Office is Under Attack by Manuel Gonzales        $26
The Regional Office's female assassins protect the world from evil forces, but is it under threat from within? A crazed, fast-paced piece of hyperkinetic cyberpunk.

Mezcal: The history, craft and cocktails of the world's ultimate artisanal spirit by Emma Janzen        $33
Probably it is time to introduce yourself to  the smoky flavourful spirit distilled from any of fifty varieties of agave in nine Mexican states. The procedure of distillation is so involved and labour-intensive that the possibilities for artisanal variation are immense. 
The House that Flew Away by Davide Cali and Catarina Sobral       $28
What do you do when you are on your way home and you see your house suddenly fly away?
The Way of the Hare by Marianne Taylor        $33
Hares are small animals with many predators but they have no burrow or tunnel to shelter them from danger. They survive by a combination of two skills honed to unimaginable extremes: hiding in plain sight, and running fast. This handsome book deals in detail with hares, both as they are, both biochemically and behaviourally, and as they are imagined in art, mythology and legend. 

07/21/2017 05:35 AM

These books arrived this week and are already feeling their way towards your shelves. 

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley          $28
It's not easy being a tough guy. Sometimes things just don't work out. Sometimes tough guys can be frustrated and disappointed. But it's OK to show your feelings, even for tough guys. 
CCCP Cook Book: True stories of Soviet cuisine by Olga and Pavel Syutkin         $45
Features 60 recipes, each with fascinating background text explaining the relationship between edible culture and its political, social economic and ethnic corollaries. The illustrations and the food are at once ugly and beautiful, attractive and repellent. A beautifully produced book that will possibly give you deeper insight into Soviet life than most histories. 
Animals of a Bygone Era: An illustrated compendium by Maja Säfström         $30
Animals that no longer exist are just as fascinating as animals that still do. This beautifully illustrated book introduces us to some you'll know and some you won't, and describes many of their surprising quirks. 
A companion volume to Amazing Animal Facts

Word by Word: The secret life of dictionaries by Kory Stamper           $50
The process of compiling a dictionary is as fraught and dynamic as language itself. Stamper reveals the rich and complex world of lexicography and shows how problematic even the most simple words and their actions can be. 
"As a writer, Kory Stamper can do anything with words: define them, split them, lump them, agglute them, and make them work for her every bit as ferociously and precisely as she works for them in her day job as a far from mild-mannered lexicographer at Merriam-Webster. You will never take a dictionary entry for granted again." -  Mary Norris, bestselling author of Between You & Me: Confessions of a comma queen
Fashion Victims: The dangers of dress, past and present by Alison Matthews David         $39
Clothing has caused illness, injury, madness and death ever since it was adopted, but in some eras more than others. This well-illustrated volume explores the hazards, both of substance and of design and ponders the social forces that have exposed humans to intimate hazards, both known and unknown. 
 Soviet Space Dogs by Olesya Turkina         $50
In the lead-up to Yuri Gagarin's first space flight, small robust stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow and trained to endure gravitational pressure, low oxygen levels, a constipating diet, ungainly outfits and celebrity status before being launched into orbits from which some actually returned alive. This interesting book traces their history and also records the vast array of paraphernalia, from postcards to nightlights, designed to celebrate these remarkable dogs.  
>> Can you tolerate this? 
>> Was Ivan Ivanovich the model master? 
>> Chernushka today
Letters from Klara by Tove Jansson       $23
Another set of very fine short stories for adults, telling of discomfiting encounters, unlooked-for connections and moments of isolation that span generations and decades.
"Each new translation proves a revelation of Jansson's literary astuteness." - Ali Smith

Things Look Different in the Light, And other stories by Medardo Fraile        $23
"Masterfully muted, their insights impactful but delayed. Fraile's stories, tightly controlled and peopled with scrupulously-rendered characters, offer a fine deviation from the giddy desperation of much contemporary literature. English readers are lucky to finally have the opportunity to read the Spanish master's crystalline work." - Iowa Review 
"So little is said and so much is conveyed." - Ali Smith

Is That Kafka? 99 finds by Reiner Stach       $30
Franz Kafka was an exceptional writer, not just in quality but in his qualities. He was also an exception to much of what has been thought of him since, or, rather, both as a writer and a person, he is compounded from exceptions, both to his literary and social milieu and to his own psychology. Kafka never lied but he did cheat in an exam, he liked to drink beer, he followed a fitness regime, he made presents for children, he devised, with his friend Max Brod, a series of on-the-cheap travel guides, he loved slapstick and he liked to be called Frank. Stach also provides a couple of plausible Kafka sightings in contemporary crowd photographs. Is that Kafka? Quite possibly, yes. Now in paperback.
Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 kirigami models to cut and fold by Marc Hagan-Guirey    $40
You will like these.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison         $35
Recovering from a plague that kills 90% of the world's female population and makes childbirth fatal for both infant and mother, an unnamed midwife sets out, disguised as a man, to find a place where she can live without fear. 
Death on Earth: Adventures in evolution and mortality by Jules Howard     $25
All life forms on the planet move, faster or more slowly, towards death. How has life evolved to orient itself around its own demise? How can death be an evolutionary advantage? Could immortality ever arise through natural selection? 
The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce           $40
"Western liberal democracy is not yet dead but it is far closer to collapse than we may wish to believe. It is facing its gravest challenge since the Second World War. This time, we have conjured up the enemy from within. At home and abroad, America's best liberal traditions are under assault from its own president. We have put arsonists in charge of the fire brigade."
Seeing Trump and Le Pen as symptoms rather than causes of current malaise, Luce traces the rise of populism to its economic and political roots." 
"Insightful and harrowing." - The New York Times 
Nanotecture: Tiny built things by Rebecca Roke         $37
"The most wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive book on small-scale architecture ever published." Over 300 exemplars.

Caves: Exploring New Zealand's subterranean wilderness by Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood      $80
A beautifully presented intimation of the exploration of the world beneath the surface of New Zealand, an exploration still in its infancy. 
Caravan: Dining all day by Chris Ammerman, Laura Harper-Hinton and Miles Kirby       $55
Three New Zealanders moved to London and ended up opening a string of restaurants and teaching the English to be more relaxed about what they ate when. You can try this at home. 
The Park Bench by Christophe Chabouté                $33
A touching graphic novel about a park bench and all the people who spend time upon it. 
Lisbon: Recipes from the heart of Portugal by Rebecca Seal      $45
Distill's Lisbon's culture and history into 80 authentic and achievable recipes for food and drink of all kinds. Nicely presented. 
The House of the Dead: Siberian exile under the Tsars by Daniel Beer       $35
The tsars looked on Siberia as creating the ultimate political quarantine from the contagions of revolution. Generations of rebels - republicans, nationalists and socialists - were condemned to oblivion thousands of kilometres from European Russia. Over the nineteenth century, however, these political exiles transformed Siberia's mines, prisons and remote settlements into an enormous laboratory of revolution.

Outlandish Knight: The Byzantine life of Steven Runciman by Minoo Dinshaw       $30
In his 97 years, Steven Runciman managed not just to be a great historian of the Crusades and Byzantium, but Grand Orator of the Orthodox Church, a member of the Order of Whirling Dervishes, Greek Astronomer Royal and Laird of Eigg. His friendships, curiosities and plottings entangled him in a huge array of different artistic movements, civil wars, Cold War betrayals and, above all, the rediscovery of the history of the Eastern Mediterranean. He was as happy living in a remote part of the Inner Hebrides as in the heart of Istanbul. He was obsessed with historical truth, but also with tarot, second sight, ghosts and the uncanny. 
"Very interesting person." - Orlando
The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha         $30
"This is the finest single-volume history of Vietnam in English. It challenges myths, and raises questions about the republic’s political future." - Guardian

The Extraordinary Life and Momentous Times of J.M.W. Turner by Franny Moyle         $30
"Fresh and lively. Turner's life is given a vivid colour and depth as Moyle deftly interweaves his professional career with his private life. Moyle writes with sensitivity about individual pictures and series, and is good at explaining the context." - Jenny Uglow
>> The artist paints
Mind Club: Who thinks, what feels, and why it matters by Daniel M. Wegner and Kurt Gray         $37
What is it to think of not only of ourselves having a mind but postulating the mind of another? Why do we make the assumptions we do about minds and the entities we attribute them to? Who and what has feelings and who and what does not? 
Mischka's War: A European odyssey of the 1940s by Sheila Fitzpatrick         $40
Fitzpatrick tells her late husband's story: how he chanced upon a pit full of murdered Jews in the Latvian woods, avoided conscription into the Waffen-SS by going on a student exchange to Germany, survived the fire-bombing of Dresden, crossed into Denmark, became a member of the Heidelberg school of physics, moving to the US in the 1950s (which is where he met Fitzpatrick).

Big Pig, Little Pig: A tale of two pigs in France by Jacqueline Yallop        $40
The author moved to rural France and acquired two pigs to rear for slaughter. Of course, she fell in love with them and began to grow reluctant to eat her friends. 
Mozaa by Renske Solkesz      $33
An enjoyable and challenging strategic game. Maximise the size of your colour field while minimising those of your opponents. 

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Scroll to browse. Click to have. 
I am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy         $28
These short stories come up with one surreally gothic image after another: deeply resonant and affecting beyond the reach of reason. 
"This book is twisted and hypnotizing and downright lovely. Reading it is not unlike diving naked and headlong into a bramble of black rosebushes, so intrigued you are by their beauty: it's a swift, prickly undertaking and you emerge the other end bloodied all over." - The Paris Review
Tears of Rangi: Experiments across worlds by Anne Salmond         $65
Polynesian and then European settlers arrived in New Zealand bringing with them world views and modes of practice that they then began to apply and adapt to the new land. This remarkable book calibrates the varying approaches of the differing peoples who came to Aotearoa, and suggests that a deeper understanding of these mind-sets can lead towards approaches that are more harmonious, not just between cultures but towards the natural world too. 

A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee             $37
The striving for a different life is one of the markers of modern existence. Can these five characters in Mumbai make better lives for themselves, or can they only achieve dislocation? From the author of The Lives of Others
"This is a great hymn to poor, scabby humanity-a devastating portrait of poverty and the inhumanity of the rich to the poor. A masterpiece." - Edmund White 
"Fans of Neel Mukherjee expect that his books will be exceptional and once again he has produced just that. A State of Freedom is formally audacious, vividly observed, and deeply imagined. Unsentimental yet full of heart, grimly real yet mysteriously dreamlike, with characters who continue to live their complicated lives long after you've turned the last page. Just a beautiful, beautiful piece of work." - Karen Joy Fowler
News of the World by Paulette Jiles         $25
In the wake of the American Civil War, a septuagenarian who is content to be a reader of newspapers to the illiterate, is given the task of escorting a 10-year-old white girl, who has been a 'prisoner' of the Kiowa tribe for most of her life, back to her relatives. As they travel across the natural and social wilds of Texas they develop a bond across cultures, so that when it is obvious that the girl's relatives have no interest in her escort is faced with the option of becoming, in the eyes of the law, a kidnapper himself. 
"An exquisite book about the joys of freedom, the discovery of unexpected proprietary love between two people who have never experienced anything like it before, pure adventure in the wilds of an untamed Texas, and the reconciling of vastly different cultures." - New York Times
My Dog Mouse by Eva Lindström         $30
A lovely, sensitive picture book about a child's friendship with a very old dog. 

 Soda Pop by Barbro Lindgren, illustrated by Lisen Adbåge          $25
Soda Pop wears a tea cosy on his head and has brought his son Mazarin up on nothing but sweet buns and love. Every morning Dartanyong emerges from the woodshed with a new identity. This enchanting Swedish classic has made it into English at last. 
"There's a sublime sort of craziness to it. Neither Soda Pop nor Mazarin nor Dartanyong speaks a single word of sense, but they will be my friends for life." - Astrid Lindgren [no relation]

On Kawara: 1966           $90
1966 was a pivotal year in the career of one of contemporary art's most radical and rigorous practitioners: it was the year in which the Japanese artist began his series of date paintings, which depict nothing but the date upon which they were painted (the 'Today' series numbered over 3000 on Kawara's death in 2013). 
>> 'Today' discussed

Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida         $35
Higashida's previous book The Reason I Jump, which he wrote by indicating letters on a cardboard 'keyboard', gave profound insight, not only into the autistic mind, but into human existence per se. This book continues this account into adulthood, and gives an autist's critique of family, society and education. Also included are a story written by Higashida and an introduction from David Mitchell, who has an autistic son. 
>> Writing with autism

Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar           $37
A 9-year-old black child from the Projects adopted by a powerful white family grows up to fulfill his potential only to confront a secret which will recast his entire sense of self.
"Jarring and beautiful, Umrigar’s novel examines complex social issues with brutal honesty, but also creates accessible characters with relatable motives, reminding us of the deep-seated racism that exists even in the places we don’t think to look." - Publishers' Weekly

Teenagers: The rise of youth culture in New Zealand by Chris Brickell        $50
The 1954 Mazengarb Report crested a wave of moral panic in New Zealand over the characteristics of its youth culture, and, for all its ludicrosity, at least marked the realisation that New Zealand had a youth culture at all. This interesting social history traces youth culture in New Zealand from the 1880s to the 1960s and considers changes in the transition from childhood to adulthood as conceptions of both childhood and adulthood were also changing.
Flow: Whanganui river poems by Airini Beautrais         $35
"This remarkable sequence winds and eddies like the Whanganui River, filtering the m=region's many histories into something rich and swimmable. Is verse the future of history?" - James Brown
Sugar: The world corrupted, from slavery to obesity by James Walvin     $38
The human craving for sweetness has been one of the engines of history, not only culturally and politically, but of our natural history too.

A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney       $45
Behind every great woman writer stands another woman writer, in these cases: Anne Sharpe (a playwright who was one of Austen's servants), Mary Taylor (the feminist writer who influenced Charlotte Bronte), Harriet Beecher Stowe (George Eliot) and Katherine Mansfield (who had a complex relationship with Virginia Woolf). This book shows how the personal and the literary are strongly entwined. 

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! by Grayson Perry         $48
Perry explores populism in art and politics. What is the cultural link between taste and the Brexit vote? 
>> Grayson Perry: What Britain Wants
Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield           $30
An insightful book on the ‘colonisation of everyday life by information processing’, calling for resistance to rule by the tech elite, who quickly appropriate innovations to their own ascendancy (often despite appearances).  
"Tremendously intelligent and stylish. A landmark primer and spur to informed and effective opposition." - Guardian

Exes by Max Winter          $35
Providence, Rhode Island, contains the only people who could give Clay the background to his brother's suicide. As he collects their stories he begins to piece together a rather bigger picture than he was seeking. 
“There is so much blunt beauty in Max Winter’s Exes, so much confidence in the prose and the pacing, that it is easy to miss the bomb he slips into each story until it detonates, taking with it any careful distance you’ve tried to maintain.” —Mira Jacob
"Brilliantly unique and incisive." - Publishers' Weekly 
Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming edited by Paul Hawken         $45
Solving the climate crisis will bring, not sacrifice, but “more security, more prosperity, more jobs, more well-being and better health.” 
Not One Day by Anne Garréta         $30
An intimate exploration of the delicate connection between memory, fantasy, lover and desire, written under strict OuLiPian constraints: a tour de force of experimental queer feminist writing. 
Winner of the Prix Médicis.
"For Garréta, it may just be possible that the body occupies the space of language so powerfully as its capacity to produce it." - BOMB

Colonial Gothic to Maori Renaissance: Essays in memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki edited by Conal McCarthy and Mark Stocker       $80
The contents of this book are as varied and interesting as the man himself: Victorian church architecture and liturgy, mysticism, the New Zealand International Exhibition of 1906, the Toi Te Papa exhibition of 2006, traditional and contemporary Maori art, and the artists Thomas Benjamin Kennington, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont and Emily Karaka. Essays from leading curators and writers, including Peter Simpson, Lara Strongman and former Suter curator Anna-Marie White.
The Rise of the Outsiders: How mainstream politics lost its way by Steve Richards            $33
Recent world politics has been marked not only by a rejection of the establishment but also by a rejection of the established alternatives to the establishment. The results can either be hopeful or grotesque. Why is this happening? 
"Easily one of our best commentators." - David Aaronovitch
The Book of Monelle by Marcel Schwob              $30
Schwob was a pivot of the French Symbolist movement, and this book, based on his relationship with a woman known only as Louise, who died of tuberculosis, immediately became the de facto Bible of the Symbolist movement. Louise here is transformed into the innocent prophet of destruction, Monelle. Schwob tells the stories of her various sisters: women succumbing to disillusionment, caught between the misleading world of childlike fantasy and the bitter world of reality. 
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton       $18
It's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. No matter what the obstacles, Mimi is determined to become an astronaut. A novel in verse.
"This novel stands out with its thoughtful portrayal of race and its embrace of girls in science and technical fields. The verse, though spare, is powerful and evocative, perfectly capturing Mimi's emotional journey." - School Library Journal
The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher        $23
A memoir of travel, love and loss, but above all hunger. 
"The greatest food writer who ever lived." - Simon Schama
"Poet of the appetites." - John Updike
"She is not just a great food writer. She is a great writer, full stop." - Rachel Cooke, Observer

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in search of the world's rarest species by Carlos Magdalena         $40
Magdalena and his team at Kew Gardens have been instrumental in saving a range of rare species from extinction. 
>> Meet Carlos Magdalena
Caesar's Last Breath: The epic story of the air around us by Sam Kean         $40
Around the world, across time, through the periodic table, there is nowhere Kean will not go to tell us all about the ever-present but invisible substance that has reshaped cultures, changed continents and kept us alive. Caesar's last breath? - You're breathing it. 

David Hockney by Chris Stephens and Andrew Wilson       $90
Lavishly illustrated across the full six decades of Hockney's career, and across the full spectrum of media. 
>> How do you paint memorable pictures? 
The Russian Revolution: A new history by Sean McMeekin          $55
Argues that the success of the Bolshevik revolution was dependent entirely upon the social and economic effects of war (and implies that perhaps things weren't so bad beforehand).
"Dynamic, compelling and revisionist." - Simon Sebag Montefiore
Some other histories of the revolution at VOLUME:
The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
October: The story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville
A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes

Create Your Own Universe: How to invent stories, characters and ideas by the Brothers McLeod        $25
A crucible in which children can spark ideas for stories, books, animations, graphic novels, comics, or whatever narrative art takes their fancy. 
>> Miles rabbits on
>> The Brothers McLeod meet Pythagoras
The Last Holiday by Gil Scott-Heron          $25
An engrossing memoir from his poor beginnings in Tennessee through his rise through the music industry and his prominence in the civil rights movement in New York and elsewhere.
"A marvellous documentary of black America and life lived in the raw." - Spectator
>> The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Inferno [and] Pergatory [and] Paradise by Dante Alighieri, translated by J.G. Nichols
>> Someone has compared 15 translations.      
>> Someone has animated the Inferno.  

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Some of the interesting books that have leapt from the cartons this week.
Scroll through to browse. Click through to have. 

Tuai: A traveller in two worlds by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins           $40
One of the first Maori travellers to Europe, Tuai, a young Ngare Raumati chief from the Bay of Islands, took the opportunity in 1817 to visit England and elsewhere, observing Pakeha culture and technology in its own place. He returned in 1819, planning to integrate new European knowledge and relationships into his Ngare Raumati community, but the situation at home had changed in his absence. 

The Answers by Catherine Lacey        $33
Mary is hired to play the part of the Emotional Girlfriend (alongside a Maternal Girlfriend, a Mundane Girlfriend, an Angry Girlfriend, &c) in a research project called The Girlfriend Experiment, which seeks to discover why two people, drawn together by forces beyond their control, can wake up one day as strangers to one another. 
"For Lacey’s remarkable skill to be fully embraced, we may need a new genre to categorize her work under. Lacey’s books are not really novels, in a similar way that Woolf’s The Waves, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping, or Rachel Cusk’s Outline are arguably not really novels. Still, no matter how you categorise them, it seems inevitable that her books will find a larger audience. Her sentences are like reading an iconic prose style before it’s become iconic." - Los Angeles Review of Books
Lacey's previous novel Nobody is Ever Missing, set largely in New Zealand, was an international literary sensation. 
>> She's got a paperclip upon her wrist
Home: New writing edited by Thom Conroy         $40
An excellent New Zealand essay collection on the theme of 'home', with contributions from Selina Tusitala Marsh, Martin Edmond, Ashleigh Young, Lloyd Jones, Laurence Fearnley, Sue Wootton, Elizabeth Knox, Nick Allen, Brian Turner, Tina Makereti, Bonnie Etherington, Paula Morris, Thom Conroy, Jill Sullivan, Sarah Jane Barnett, Ingrid Horrocks, Nidar Gailani, Helen Lehndorf, James George and Ian Wedde.
A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman         $28
This taut depiction of a stand-up comedian falling apart on stage in front of an audience wanting entertainment won Grossman the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Why are we so transfixed by tragedy, our own and others'? In reading literature, are we like Dovaleh's audience, seeking entertainment from the miseries of others? 
"Unrelentingly claustrophobic. The violence that A Horse Walks into a Bar explores is private and intimate. Its central interest is not the vicious treatment of vulnerable others but the cruelty that wells up within families, circulates like a poison in tight-knit groups, and finally turns inward against the self. Searing and poignant." - New York Review of Books 
>> Some things wrong in Israel
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack          $23
Written in one long sentence (in which line breaks perform as a higher order of comma), McCormack’s remarkable and enjoyable book succeeds at both stretching the formal possibilities of the novel (for which it was awarded the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize) and in being a gentle, unassuming and thoughtful portrait of a very ordinary life in a small and unremarkable Irish town. The flow of McCormack’s prose sensitively maps the flow of thought, drawing feeling and meaning from the patterning of quotidian detail as the narrator dissolves himself in the memories of which he is comprised. This wash of memory suggests that the narrator may in fact be dead, the narrative being the residue (or cumulation) of his life, the enduring body of attachments, thoughts and feelings that comprise the person. Few novels capture so well the texture of a person’s life, and this has been achieved through a rigorous experiment in form. New edition. 
Botanicum by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis        $42
An absolutely stunningly beautiful large-format illustrated guide to the wonders and variety of the plant world. Seldom do we use so many adjectives to describe a book. Part of the 'Welcome to the Museum' series. 

White Trash: The 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg         $45
Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery.
"A masterly and ambitious cultural history." - New York Times
"A gritty assault on American mythmaking." - Washington Post
Dior: Catwalk, The complete collections by Alexander Fury and Adelia Sabatini          $110
For the first time, every Dior haute couture collection has been plucked from the catwalk and put into one book. Endlessly stimulating. 
>> Lost in the woods
Arabia Felix: The Danish expedition, 1761-1767 by Thorkild Hansen        $38
In 1761 six men left Copenhagen by sea: a botanist, a philologist, an astronomer, a doctor, an artist, and their servant. Disliking and distrusting one another from the start, they nevertheless reached the Yemen, the first organised European mission to do so. Continually seeking to undermine each other in every way possible, the expedition reached Turkey and Egypt and then continued into the desert which proved their ultimate undoing. Only one member returned to Denmark, to find that their expedition had been almost entirely forgotten and that all the specimens that had been sent back had been neglected and spoiled. The notebooks, diaries and sketches lay forgotten until the 20th century. 
The Books that Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss edited by Richard Shone and John-Paul Stonard      $35
Influential art writers consider the work of influential art writers, including Nikolaus Pevsner's Pioneers of the Modern Movement, Alfred Barr's monograph on Matisse, E.H. Gombrich's Art and Illusion, Clement Greenberg's Art and Culture, and Rosalind Krauss's The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths. Required reading. 

Pages for Her by Sylvia Brownrigg          $35
Two women wishing to reignite their writing careers and their personal lives reunite after twenty years of domestic compromise at a writers' conference and begin to feel the irresistible pull of each other's gravity. How much have they lost sight of themselves? 
"Completely engrossing." - Claire Messud
Old Asian, New Asian by K. Emma Ng          $15
In 2010, the Human Rights Commission found that Asian people reported higher levels of discrimination than any other minority in New Zealand. Yet although anti-Asian prejudice has a long history in New Zealand, it is seldom publicly acknowledged.K. Emma Ng shines light onto the persistence of anti-Asian sentiment in New Zealand. Her anecdotal account is based on her personal experience as a second-generation young Chinese-New Zealand woman and those of other young Asian-New Zealanders. When Asian people have been living here since the Gold Rush, she asks, what will it take for them to be fully accepted as New Zealanders?
Animals at Home by Claudia Boldt           $25
Young children can match 27 animals to their homes and make them happy. Older children will enjoy using this as a memory game. 
Conversations with Kafka by Gustav Janouch          $32
Janouch met Kafka as a seventeen-year-old, and they took to taking long walks together, with Janouch recording everything afterwards, like Kafka's Boswell. "Life is infinitely great and profound as the immensity of the stars above us. One can only look at it through the narrow keyhole of one's personal experience. But through it one perceives more than one can see. So above all one must keep the keyhole clean." Introduction by Francine Prose. 

The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay             $38
Sixteenth century Venice, renowned for its mirrors; 1958 Venice Beach, California; 21st century Venice Casino, Las Vegas: this genre-splicing, time-shifting grand novel has been compared with the work of David Mitchell, Umberto Eco and Herman Hesse. 
"Audaciously well written." - The New York Times

"With near-universal appeal, Seay's novel is a true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery, and an enchanting historical adventure story." - Publishers' Weekly
The New Odyssey: The story of Europe's refugee crisis by Patrick Kingsley            $25
An incomparable account from The Guaridan's refugee correspondent, who travelled to 17 countries and interviewed hundreds of refugees.
"A must-read for our times." - Yannis Varoufakis
Jane Austen, Secret radical by Helena Kelly         $25
Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don’t confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers’ enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don’t read her properly - we haven’t been reading her properly for 200 years. Now in paperback. 
"A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves." - Guardian 

A Passing Fury: Searching for justice at the end of World War II by A.T. Williams    $30
After the Second World War, the Nuremberg Tribunal became a symbol of justice in the face of tyranny, aggression and atrocity. But it was only a fragment of retribution as, with their Allies, the British embarked on the largest programme of war crimes investigations and trials in history. This book exposes the deeper truth of this endeavour, moving from the scripted trial of Goering, Hess and von Ribbentrop to the makeshift courtrooms where the SS officers, guards and executioners were prosecuted. Was justice done?

I Can Only Tell What My Eyes See: Photographs from the rugee crisis by Giles Duley          $70
Duley was commissioned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to document the refugee crisis. Over the next seven months, he criss-crossed Europe and the Middle East attempting to put a human face to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. The result are a reminder that the crisis and the responses it provokes have an impact on actual individual people. Powerful. 
Make Way for the Superhumans: How the science of bio-enhancement is transforming our world, and how we need to deal with it by Michael Bess       $25
"Michael Bess's detailed and humane book adeptly surveys some eye-opening developments in current technology (bionic vision, thought-controlled machines and so forth), and foresees that future humans will enjoy double the average healthy lifespan of today, leading to lives of multiple marriages and career changes." - The Spectator
The War is in the Mountains: Violence in the world's high places by Judith Matloff      $43
Mountainous regions are home to only ten percent of the world's population yet host a strikingly disproportionate share of the world's conflicts. Mountains provide a natural refuge for those who want to elude authority, and their remoteness has allowed various practices to develop and persist in isolation, resulting in a combustible mix those in the lowlands cannot afford to ignore. A new way of looking at conflict. 
This is Not a Border: Reportage and reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature edited by Ahdaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton      $24
The Palestine Festival of Literature was established ten years ago as an attempt to break the cultural siege resulting from the Israeli military occupation. Contributions here from many leading writers, including Teju Cole, Molly Crabapple, Selma Dabbagh, Geoff Dyer, Yasmin El-Rifae, Adam Foulds, Henning Mankell, Claire Messud, China Mieville, Pankaj Mishra, Deborah Moggach, Michael Palin, Kamila Shamsie, Gillian Slovo, Alice Walker, China Achebe, Michael Ondaatje and J. M. Coetzee.
Being Here: The life of Paula Moderson Becker by Marie Darrieussecq       $38
One of the most important of the early Expressionists, Paula Moderson Becker is most remembered for her searching, sensitive self-portraits. 
McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh         $21
1851, Salem, Massachusetts. Has the drunken McGlue killed a man? Was it his best friend? More urgently, can he get another drink? A novella from the Booker short-listed Eileen
"Wonderful." - Guardian 
"Strange and beautiful." - Los Angeles Times
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How skiffle changed the world by Billy Bragg         $45
Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. This the the story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Bragg traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.
>> Donny Lonegan's 'Rock Island Line' hit the charts in 1956 and sales of guitars in the UK suddenly rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year.
>> Another man with a guitar
Songs of Love and War: The dark heart of bird behaviour by Dominic Couzens       $33
Perhaps no aspect of the natural world is more hidden by the projection of human response to it than the dawn chorus and birdsong in general. This interesting book shows us how little we really know about birds. 
General Intellects: Twenty-one Thinkers for the Twenty-first Century by McKenzie Wark          $37
Who are the public intellectuals of the internet age? Who are the vehicles for necessary thought in the face of modern populism? This book makes a few suggestions, including Slavoj Zizek and Judith Butler.
Art Oracles by Katya Tylevich and Mikkel Sommer Christensen            $25
Artists are gatekeepers of the subconscious [*snigger*]. Who better to turn to for creative and life inspiration? [*snort*]. This set of 50 tongue-in-cheek 'divination' cards is a great way to become familiar with the thought processes of a wide range of artists, historical and modern. Fun (and possibly helpful).
We Could Be Heroes: The gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks and Romans edited by Gary Morrison, Penelope Minchin-Garvin and Terri Elder            $30
Uses Canterbury University's superb Logie Collection to illustrate consideration of the myths and meanings of gods and heroes. 
We also have in stock a superb catalogue to the superb Logie Collection
>> But just for one day. 

Archidoodle: Architects' activity postcards by Steve Bowkett         $17
Very usable postcards ready to complete (or not) and send.
The Ultimate Insult Generator by Mike Roberts     $22
Sometimes children need a little help insulting their friends and family (not to mention teachers and strangers). This useful flip-book allows the user to mix-and-match their insults, extend their repertoire (by more than 60 million) and become even more endearing than they are already. 

06/30/2017 06:32 AM

A few of the interesting books that arrived at VOLUME this week.

Black Marks on the White Page edited by Witi Ihimaera and Tina Makereti          $40
A beautifully presented, various and interesting collection of twenty-first century stories by Maori and Pasifika writers, both well-known and emerging (and some artists, too). 
The Secret Life: Three true stories by Andrew O'Hagan            $33
What is the reality of selfhood in the online world? The internet is a breeding ground for every possible permutation of identity, blurring traditional distinctions between truth and falsehood. O'Hagan issues three beautifully written and thoughtful bulletins from the permeable interface between cyberspace and 'actuality', a space of hidden, assumed and ghosted identities. 

Pax by Sara Pennypacker 
Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by 'his boy', Peter. Now the country is at war and when his father enlists, Peter has no choice but to move in with his grandfather. Far worse than leaving home is the fact that he has to leave Pax behind. But before Peter spends even one night under his grandfather's roof he sneaks out into the night, determined to find his beloved friend. 
Illustrations by John Klassen. 
Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup         $28
Animals all around the world show that, no matter what our differences, we all have similar experiences and have similar hopes. A beautifully illustrated book.    $25

Gâteaux: 150 large and small cakes, cookies and desserts by Christophe Felder and Camille Lesecq
An excellent guide to making a wide range of authentic cakes. Clear instructions and excellent illustrations make this book (and its contents) irresistible. 
>> Learn to make choux and speak French at the same time

One Thousand Trees by Kyle Hughes-Odgers         $30
Deep in the heart of the treeless city, Frankie dreams of one thousand trees. In her imagination she moves around, between and among them. An excellent introduction to prepositions. 
The Parcel by Anosh Irani     $37
"As engrossing as any thriller, Anosh Irani’s novel offers readers so much more. An aggregate of storytelling accomplishments, The Parcel captivates with its vividly rendered characters and commands the reader’s attention by way of unnerving – and at times profoundly disturbing – portraiture of an abject group at the bottom of an already denigrated community at the heart of India’s booming financial hub." - Quill & Quire

Koh-i-Noor: The history of the world's most infamous diamond by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand          $26
Greed, murder, torture, colonialism and appropriation - a distillate of British colonial history. 

Notes from a Swedish Kitchen by Margareta Schilde Landgren      $40
Mouth-watering, authentic traditional recipes together with notes on Swedish food culture and traditions. Appealing. 
We Were the Future: A memoir of the kibbutz by Yael Neeman       $35
Were Israel's kibbutzim a practical expression of the socialist ideal of absolute equality, or were they an assault on those aspects of culture, such as the individual and the family, that could resist indoctrination?

Frozen Dreams: Contemporary art from Russia edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and Joanna Vickery       $105
A generous and varied survey. Some of these works you may have seen before, but many will come as a complete surprise. 

The Secret Life of the Mind: How the brain thinks, feels and decides by Mariano Sigman        $35
Reporting from the interface between neuroscience and psychology. What can our brains tell us about the way we think?
Half Wild by Pip Smith        $33
A novellistic recreation of the life of Eugenia Falleni, who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, and then lived as male in Sydney, Australia, eventually arrested in 1920 for the murder of "Harry Crawford"'s wife Annie Birkett in 1917.  
"A richly imagined and voiced novel that floats across time, and through the shifting sands of identity. A buoyant, beautiful debut!" - Dominic Smith
>> Read an extract.
>> The author is one of these Imperial Broads

Three new poetry arrivals from Maungatua Press       $5 each
Insomnia, Homer by Osip Mandelsh'tam, translated by David Karena-Holmes
Ballade of the Hanged Men by Francois Villon, translated by David Karena-Holmes
Autumn Thoughts, 2004 by David Karena-Holmes  
The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster       $33
Without refrigerators, whether in a European ghetto last century or wandering in a desert millennia ago, Jewish culture has developed a wide array of different methods to preserve food. This book is the ultimate guide to fruit jams and preserves (such as Queen Esther's Apricot-Poppyseed Jam or Slow Cooker Peach Levkar to Quince Paste, Pear Butter, and Dried Fig, Apple, and Raisin Jam), pickles and other savory preserves (including Shakshuka, Pickled Carrots Two Ways, and Lacto-Fermented Kosher Dills), and recipes for the use of preserves in holiday preparations, such as Sephardic Date Charoset, Rugelach, and Hamantaschen.
Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles          $38
"Now more than ever, the world needs a book like Draw Your Weapons. With mastery, urgency and great courage, Sarah Sentilles investigates the histories of art, violence, war and human survival. In her haunting and absorbing narrative, the act of storytelling itself becomes a matter of life and death." -- Ruth Ozeki
"A beautiful, harrowing, and moving collage that portrays the making of art as a powerful response to making war." - Alice Elliott Dark
The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover         $33
A novel of George Orwell struggling to complete writing Nineteen Eighty-Four while descending towards his death from tuberculosis. 

The Logie Collection: A catalogue of the James Logie Memorial Collection of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch by J.R. Green       $40
A well-documented and fully illustrated description of this internationally important collection. Special price. 

The Memory of Music by Andrew Ford         $38
The composer and broadcaster shows how music can affect us and form us at a subrational level, with examples from his life, growing up in the Liverpool of the Beatles and moving towards his career as a composer, choral conductor, concert promoter, critic, university teacher and radio presenter. He is especially in the capacity of music to provide profound access to memory. 

Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand by Austin Mitchell             $25
Makes comparisons between the market-driven politics of Britain, instigated by Margaret Thatcher, and of New Zealand, instigated by Roger Douglas. Mitchell describes the last three decades as "a long march down Dead-End Street", a neoliberal experiment that has realigned the priorities of government to the detriment of the people. Mitchell, one-time New Zealand resident and long-time British Labour MP for Grimsby, was the author of The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise (1972), a commentary on the New Zealand way of life. 
Iceland by Dominic Hoey             $35
Office-worker Zlata hopes for a record deal so she can leave Auckland city. She meets Hamish, graffiti artist and part-time drug dealer. Surrounded by a makeshift family of friends and ex-lovers, their dreams of music, art and travel take shape. Iceland lays bare the reality of a generation trying to find their place in a city being reshaped.
>> "Iceland is as far as you can get from here" by Dominic Hoey (a.k.a. Tourettes)
>> 'Loveable Losers'.
A Race through the Greatest Running Stories, written by Damian Hall, illustrated by Daniel Seex           $28
Endurance feats, solo pursuits, historic races, great stories, snappy pictures, galloping grannies, marathon monks, a great gift. 
The Zoo: The wild and wonderful tale of the founding of London Zoo by Isobel Charman            $30
"Terrific. Charman flings open the doors of a cabinet stuffed with zoological and human curios, blows off the dust of a couple of centuries, and talks us expertly and entrancingly through each exhibit." - Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin         $28
Texts on race identity and prejudice, assembled to accompany the documentary film

The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay        $23
When Max turns the key and opens the Night Box, the day slips in as the darkness comes swooping out. The stars start to sparkle and shine and the night animals come out to play. Nobody could be scared of the night after reading this book.  
Dead Zone: Where the wild things were by Philip Lymbery         $30
Climate change, habitat loss, the demand for cheap meat are just some of the factors pushing species towards extinction. Human well-being depends on a thriving natural world, but what of the future as the plane's resources reach breaking-point? From the author of Farmageddon.
The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman and Fred Fordham           $30
When John dives from the ghost ship to rescue a girl washed overboard from her family yacht he has to find a way to get her back through the curtain of time into her own world and time. A new graphic novel series for children.
Writing True Stories: The complete guide to writing autobiography, memoir, personal essay, biography, travel and creative non-fiction by Patti Miller      $40
Could be useful. 
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean        $20
In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? A children's novel based on a true story set in St. Kilda.

Pantheon: The true story of the Egyptian deities by Hamish Steele      $30
Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. A huge amount of fun packed into one graphic novel. 
>> Before he colored it in

06/23/2017 05:05 AM

These interesting books (and other interesting books) have all arrived at VOLUME this week.
Click through or come in to secure your copies or to find out more. 

Investigations of a Dog, And other creatures by Franz Kafka, translated by Michael Hofmann      $38
An excellent new translation of some of Kafka's best stories. 
"Hofmann's translation is invaluable - it achieves what translations are supposedly unable to do: it is at once 'loyal' and 'beautiful'." - New Republic
"Anything by Kafka is worth reading again, especially in the hands of such a gifted translator as Hofmann." - The New York Times 
>> Kafka never left home.

Essayism by Brian Dillon        $40
Imagine a type of writing so hard to define its very name means a trial, effort or attempt. An ancient form with an eye on the future, a genre poised between tradition and experiment. The essay wants above all to wander, but also to arrive at symmetry and wholeness; it nurses competing urges to integrity and disarray, perfection and fragmentation, confession and invention. Essayism is a personal, critical and polemical book about the genre, its history and contemporary possibilities.

Kingdom Cons by Yuri Harrera         $26
The new book from the author of the astounding Signs Preceding the End of the World. "Part surreal fable and part crime romance", the whole book is a meditation on the durability of integrity when confronted with power. 
"Yuri Herrera must be a thousand years old. Nothing else explains the vastness of his understanding." - Valeria Luiselli
>> Read an extract

The Matter of the Heart: A history of the heart in eleven operations by Thomas Morris            $40
“Thomas Morris does for the history of cardiac surgery what The Right Stuff and Hidden Figures did for the space race. The book is – appropriately – pulse-thumpingly gripping and will be enjoyed by anyone who, in any sense of the phrase, has a heart.” – Mark Lawson
“Tremendous. An exhilarating sweep through ancient history and contemporary practice in surgery of the heart. It’s rich in extraordinary detail and stories that will amaze you. A wonderful book.” – Melvyn Bragg

The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane        $9
An essay on the importance and the joys of reading. Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt.
When I Hit You, Or, A portrait of the writer as a young wife by Meena Kandasamy          $28
Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. She swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. A searing indictment of attitudes to marriage in modern India, and an avocation of the power of art to transact change (or at least revenge). 
"It would take Carol Ann Duffy, Caroline Criado-Perez, Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie to match Kandasamy's infinite variety." - Independent 
Seeing People Off by Jana Benova     $38
 "Elza and Ian were Bratislava desperadoes. They didn't work for an advertising agency and weren't trying to save for a better apartment or car. They sat around in posh cafés. They ate, drank, and smoked away all the money they earned."
"Seeing People Off is a fascinating novel. Fans of inward-looking postmodernists like Clarice Lispector will find much to admire here, as will most readers with a taste for the experimental." - NPR
>> Read an extract.

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the present day by Peter Ackroyd           $38
“This book is a celebration,as well as a history, of the continual and various human world maintained, in its diversity despite persecution, condemnation and affliction. It represents the ultimate triumph of London.”
"Peter Ackroyd is the greatest living chronicler of London". - Independent
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips          $23
As she becomes accustomed to her new job processing files in a mysterious windowless building, Josephine begins to suspect these strings of number have some relationship to the lives (or deaths) of actual people, and notices also that her relationship with her husband is beginning to change. Unsettling and memorable. 
 "Funny, sad, scary and beautiful. I love it." - Ursula K. Le Guin 
The Whole Intimate Mess: Motherhood, politics and women's writing by Holly Walker         $15
"I began to pull the threads of my experience back together. Instead of divergent stories about public failure, private torment, and postnatal distress, I started telling myself a united story: the truth, or as close as I could get to it." A Rhodes scholar and former Green MP, Holly Walker tells the story of how she became one of New Zealand's youngest parliamentarians, how motherhood intervened, and how she found solace and solidarity in the writings of women. 

The Wood for the Trees: A long view of nature from a small wood by Richard Fortey      $25
This biography of an English 'beech-and-bluebell' wood through the seasons and through history both natural and human, is a portrayal of the relationships of humans to nature and a demonstration that poetic writing can be scientifically precise. 
"'His remarkable scientific knowledge, intense curiosity and love of nature mean entries erupt with the same richness and variety as the woods they describe. Fortey's enthusiasm for his new wonderland is infectious and illuminating, deep and interesting." - Guardian 
Cutting it Short by Bohumil Hrabal           $26
"As I crammed the cream horn voraciously into my mouth, at once I heard Francin's voice saying that no decent woman would eat a cream puff like that." An enjoyably exuberant portrayal of life in a small Mitteleuropean town between the wars.
More Alive and Less Lonely: On books and writers by Jonathan Lethem          $50
Lethem examines and imparts his love for his favourite books and authors, including Knausgaard, Ishiguro, Melville and Lorrie Moore. >> Interview with Lethem here.
Jews, Queers, Germans by Martin Duberman       $37
Set in a time when many men in the upper classes in Europe were closeted gay, this novel revolves around three men: Prince Philipp von Eulenburg, Kaiser Wilhelm II's closest friend who becomes the subject of a 1907 trial for homosexuality; Magnus Hirschfeld, a famed Jewish sexologist; and Harry Kessler, a leading proponent of modernism, whose diaries allude to his own homosexuality. 
Science in the Soul: Selected writings of a passionate rationalist by Richard Dawkins      $38
More than forty pieces demonstrating the importance and rewards of approaching the world guided by the principles of science. 

Chronicles: On our troubled times by Thomas Piketty          $28
A very accessible handbook to the ideas and analysis provided in the hugely influential Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Moving the Palace by Charif Majdalani          $37
At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service. In this lush chronicle of far-flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan. 
"Renders the complex social landscape of the Middle East and North Africa with subtlety and finesse. Yet one doesn't need to care about the region's history, or its present-day contexts, to enjoy Moving the Palace,  Majdalani's richly textured prose are reason enough." - The Wall Street Journal
"An eloquent, captivating excursion through a Middle East history that is more relevant today than ever. Majdalani is a major storyteller and a novelist with conscience who writes the past with transnational awareness." - Rawi Hage
Finding Language: The Massey University Composer Addresses edited by Michael Brown, Norman Meehan and Robert Hoskins         $40
Includes Margaret Nielsen on Douglas Lilburn, and lectures by Jack Body, John Ritchie, David Farquhar, Edwin Carr, John Rimmer, Lyell Cresswell, John Cousins and Chris Cree Brown. 
Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky           $40
What drives human behaviours such as racism, xenophobia, tolerance, competition, morality, war, and even peace?
>> A neurobiologist in the bookshop
>> Are we hard-wired to be cruel to each other? 

Sound: Stories of hearing lost and found by Bella Bathurst        $40
A thoughtful consideration of the place of sound and hearing in our lives and culture and identities, springing from the author's progressive deafness and the recovery of her capacities.

What We Cannot Know: From consciousness to the cosmos, the cutting edge of science explained by Marcus de Sautoy       $23
The things we know that we don't know is a quantifiable penumbra around what we know. Science is always reaching our into this penumbra, but also often inadvertently reaching the things we didn't know that there was to know, causing us to rethink the things we thought we knew.

"Brilliant and fascinating." - Bill Bryson 
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle        $35
When 13-year-old Warren discovers that his beloved hotel can walk, it ferries its guests to all sorts of unexpected locations. Unfortunately, Warren gets separated from the hotel and has to follow it through a sinister forest teeming with sinister (and quirky) characters...
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the fight against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead          $38
A fascinating picture of how one family's disgust at Mussolini's grasp on Italy hardened into active resistance. From the author of The Village of Secrets and A Train in Winter.

Amazons: The real warrior women of the ancient world by John Man          $40
The ancient legends of tribes of female warriors who killed their male offspring and removed a breast to improve their archery have long been considered just stories: exemplars of the dangers of female emancipation or avenging shadows of the rise of the patriarchy. Recent research has shown that tribes led by powerful warrior queens did exist in central Asia in ancient times. John Man presents the evidence.
"One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst." Simon Sebag Montefiore
>> Information about the discoveries in Central Asia interspersed with Russian dancing
The Allure of Chanel by Paul Morand        $23
Notes made by Morand in the 1940s towards a memoir of Coco Chanel, including transcripts of conversations he had with her, came to light after decades stuffed into the back of a drawer.  

"The closest anyone can get towards a face-to-face with Coco." - Spectator
Uncommon People: The rise and fall of the rock stars by David Hepworth         $40
The age of the rock stars, like the age of the cowboys, has passed. What did we want of them? Unable to sustain the pressure to be (at least) demigods, is it any wonder that so many of them burned and fell? 
>> What's at the bottom of your swimming pool? 

The Big Book of Bugs and The Big Book of Beasts by Yuval Zommer     
Giant, splendidly illustrated, satisfyingly fact-filled books in the same series as The Book of Bees!

Unbroken Brain: A revolutionary new way of understanding addiction by Maia Szalavitz            $30
Argues that addiction is a learning disorder rather than a brain disease, a bad habit or a crime. Reframing the condition provides a fresh approach to treatment, prevention and policy.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire        $24
Argues that treating students as passive, empty vessels preserves the authority and advantages of the powerful by creating a culture of silence and passivity. Freire suggests the authoritarian teacher-pupil model can be replaced with critical thinking so that students becomes co-creators of knowledge. Crucial to Freire's argument is the belief that every human being, no matter how impoverished or illiterate, can develop an awareness of self, and the right to be heard. A new edition of this important book.
"A transformative text." - George Monbiot 
"Truly revolutionary." - Ivan Illich 
"Brilliant methodology of a highly charged and politically provocative character." - Jonathan Kozol
Judas by Amos Oz         $26
A young man's erotic and intellectual obsessions open the way for him to re-examine the history in the consequences of which he is immersed.
"This book is compassionate as well as painfully provocative, a contribution to some sort of deeper listening to the dissonances emerging from deep within the politics and theology of Israel and Palestine." - Rowan Williams, New Statesman
"Oz engages with urgent questions while retaining his right as a novelist to fight shy of answers: it's a mark of his achievement that the result isn't frustrating but tantalising." - Daily Telegraph
Theft by Finding: Diaries by David Sedaris          $40
"Sedaris is like an American Alan Bennett, in that his own fastidiousness becomes the joke, as per the taxi encounter, or his diary entry about waiting interminably in a coffee-bar queue." - Guardian 
"Cool, very funny, sardonic, yet open. There is an echo of Truman Capote or Tennessee Williams - with extra quirk. Or even Lewis Carroll. One of the biggest comedy writers of his generation." - Spectator
Requiem for the American Dream: The ten principles of concentration of wealth and power by Noam Chomsky          $37
Incisive analysis of the detrimental effects of income inequality on a society and all it members, both rich and poor. 
>> "The definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky."
Karl Marx: Greatness and illusion by Gareth Stedman Jones      $40
A reappraisal of Marx, contending the man and his thinking have been overwhelmed by the inflation of the reputations of both. Stedman Jones's carefully deflationary approach is also a portrait of his own conflicted attitudes towards the genesis and development of Socialism. 
"A deeply original and illuminating account of Marx's journey through the intellectual history of the nineteenth century. Stedman Jones explores the friendships, affinities, rivalries and hatreds that shaped Marx's life with elegance and analytical brilliance." - Christopher Clark
'Vintage Minis' by various excellent authors       $10 each
A new series of very pickupable thoughtful small books to have with coffee (or whatever). The publishers have devised a quiz to match you with your first mini but we think reaching out at random will provide just as reliable results.

Desire by Haruki Murakami
Love by Jeanette Winterson
Babies by Anne Enright
Language by Xiaolu Guo
Motherhood by Helen Simpson
Fatherhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Summer by Laurie Lee
Jealousy by Marcel Proust
Sisters by Louisa May Alcott
Home by Salman Rushdie
Race by Toni Morrison
Liberty by Virginia Woolf
Swimming by Roger Deakin
Work by Joseph Heller
Depression by William Styron
Drinking by John Cheever
Eating by Nigella Lawson
Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley
Calm by Tim Parks
Death by Julian Barnes
[Does the order in which these titles have been listed suggest life's narrative arc?]

06/18/2017 09:19 PM

Books anticipated or surprising, just out of the carton.
Click through to find out more and to secure your next book.

Blue Self-Portrait by Noémi Lefebvre    $33
A wonderfully written interior monologue, reminiscent of Thomas Bernhard, of a difficult woman obsessed with a portrait of the composer Arnold Schoenberg and thrown off kilter by a romantic encounter with a musician.
>> Read an extract
No is Not Enough: Defeating the new shock politics by Naomi Klein          $35
"Trump, as extreme as he is, is less an aberration than a logical conclusion - a pastiche of pretty much all the worst and most dangerous trends of the past half century. A one-man megabrand, with wife and children as spin-off brands." Klein sees Donald Trump's presidency as the conclusion of the long corporate takeover of politics, using deliberate shock tactics to generate wave after wave of crises and force through radical policies that will destroy people, the environment, the economy and national security. This book provides a toolkit for resistance, starting with clarity of perception.
"I count Naomi Klein among the most inspirational political thinkers in the world today." -Arundhati Roy 
"Naomi Klein as a writer is an accusing angel." - John Berger
>> How to jam the Trump brand
>> "Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that."
Strange Heart Beating by Eli Goldstone            $33
Seb's beautiful, beloved wife Leda has been killed by a swan. Sorting through her belongings after her death, he comes across a packet of unopened letters from Olaf, a man whom Leda had never mentioned. Floundering professionally and sunk by grief, he decides to travel to Leda's home village in Latvia to patch her story together. But with each new person that he turns to for answers, Seb is met instead by more questions about Leda, her past and their life together. 
"Although I began this novel captivated by its wicked humour, confident prose and gripping narrative, it was its savage tenderness that ensnared me. Far more than a tragicomedy of errors and erasures, Strange Heart Beating is about the idea of possession in relationships, and the lie that we can ever fully know someone even when we love them absolutely. Eli is an astonishing writer with a vision that is both acerbic and sympathetic." - Ka Bradley
>> "I can't think of many great books that aren't funny."
>> Read the first chapter here
Binary Star by Sarah Gerard            $36
Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity. The saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick.
"A bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding. Sarah Gerard writes about love and loneliness in a new and brilliantly visceral way." - Jenny Offill
"Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal. Gerard has channeled her trials and tribulations into a work of heightened reality, one that sings to the lonely gravity of the human body." - NPR
"Sarah Gerard's debut, Binary Star, radiates beauty. Gerard captures the beauty and scientific irony of damaged relationships and ephemeral heavenly lights. Just as with the stars, it is collapse that offers the most illumination." - Los Angeles Times
Walks With Walser by Carl Selig          $29
A regular visitor to the Swiss author-of-the-small Robert Walser during the last twenty years of his life during his time as a voluntary patient in mental asylums, Selig, who became Walser's guardian and literary executor, meticulously recorded their conversations and is the best biographical source for this period of Walser's life. 
>> How Swiss is it? 

The New Animals by Pip Adam       $30
Gen-Xers and Millennials clash in the world of fashion - will irony or sincerity prevail? Will new animals emerge from the wreckage and waste of 21-st century Auckland?
>> Compare the attitudes.
>> Interview with Pip Adam

The Perfect Pencil: The story of a cultural icon by Caroline Weaver         $90

In the digital age, what could be hipper than using a pencil and paper? The humble pencil, once the tool of the infant school, has now become the talisman of designers, artists, writers and other creatives. This book features profiles of pencil crafters, anecdotes about famous writers and their favorite pencils, and essays about the surprising role of pencils in world history and culture. Illustrated with pencil drawings. 
>> Visit a pencil factory
Polly Plum, A firm and earnest woman's advocate: Mary Ann Colclough, 1836-1885 by Jenny Coleman          $40
Coleman argues that Colclough was just as important as Kate Sheppard for the New Zealand women's movement in New Zealand. 

A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar        $20
A pair of lovers - a young female journalist and an older man who owns an isolated farm in the Brazilian outback - spend the night together. The next day they proceed to destroy each other. 
"A Cup of Rage is a burning coal of a work, superbly translated by Stefan Tobler. You may consider a book this short to be scarcely worthy of the name, but it packs more power into its scant 47 pages than most books do into five or 10 times as many. Each of its seven chapters comes not only as an unbroken paragraph but as a single sentence: you have to read carefully to keep track, and once you have finished you will want to read it again. The writing is chewy - dense, tough, but well worth the effort."- Nick Lezard, The Guardian 
Hamlet, Globe to Globe: Taking Shakespeare to every county in the world by Dominic Dromgoole        $37
Over two years, the Globe Theatre travelled to every country in the world, performing Hamlet. I what ways did the reception differ in different societies and conditions, and in what ways were the responses universal?
>> Off (and on) they go
The Egg by Britta Teckentrup           $34
A beautifully illustrated survey of birds in nests and in art and mythology. 

The Bickford Fuse by Andrey Kurkov              $28
Four separate bewildered wanderers bear their symbolic burdens towards a common goal. A satirical epic of the Russian mentality, grand schemes and failures, from World War Two until the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

"Some people see him as a latter-day Bulgakov; to others he's a Ukrainian Murakami." - Guardian
Basic Income, And how we can make it happen by Guy Standing        $28
"Guy Standing has been at the forefront of the movement for nearly 4 decades, and in this superb and thorough survey he explains how it works and why it has the potential to revitalise life and democracy in our societies. This is an essential book." - Brian Eno
>> Protecting the precariat
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle           $16
A preposterous board book. Fun. 
Gauchillos by Toni Meneguzzo        $55
A stunning photographic essay on the culture of the Argentinian rural bandits. 

Outside the Asylum: A memoir of war, disaster and humanitarian psychiatry by Lynne Jones             $35
War and disaster bring an intensity of trauma to ordinary citizens, and compound the difficulties of those already receiving psychiatric care. 

Chromaphilia: The story of colour in art by Stella Paul            $70
Uses 200 artworks to explore the pigments and effects of 10 major colours or colour groups. 
"Stella Paul has written a most useful and readable book on the complex subject of color which addresses expertly both its material and affective properties. The many works of art that she illustrates are in her well balanced text not merely data for a clinical examination of color, but a source of sensitive analysis and interpretation." —Philippe de Montebello, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Upgrade: Home extensions, alterations and refurbishments         $120
Full of excellent examples of marrying old and modern elements without compromising the characteristics of either to make living spaces that are comfortable and pleasing. 
Land's Edge: A coastal memoir by Tim Winton          $26
A new edition of this beautifully written short book about life lived in harmony with the ebbs and flows of the tide. 
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd         $29
Shepherd's timeless evocation of the Cairngorms and of the way in which humans find meaning and regeneration in the natural world puts her in the front rank of nature writers. This edition has an introduction by Robert Macfarlane.
The Happy Reader, Issue 9        $8
This issue looks at Treasure Island from many angles and follows its many resonances. Robert Louis Stevenson is under-recognised as a prose stylist. Also in this issue, an audience with bookseller, supermodel and actress Lily Cole

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Panorama by Dušan Šarotar        $25
A melding of text and photographs in the manner of W.G. Sebald marks this interesting and thoughtful work about displacement, statelessness, waiting and mourning. Washes of narrative leave the reader with an indelible residue of impressions.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy         $38
"How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything." Twenty years after The God of Small Things, Roy's second novel braids together many lives and strands as they pass through harm and healing. 
>> "Fiction takes its time."
>> Where do old birds go to die? (an extract from the novel).
>> Roy speaks with Kim Hill.

Tōtara: A natural and cultural history by Philip Simpson            $75
Among the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest, the heart of Maori carving and culture, trailing no. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms, clambered up in the Pureora protests of the 1980s: the story of New Zealand can be told through totara.

The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen        $25
Living is hard both physically and mentally on a small island off the Norwegian coast. Ingrid's father dreams of building a causeway to the mainland, whereas her mother dreams of moving to a smaller, even more remote island. When Ingrid is sent to work on the mainland she learns that mainland life has trials of its own.
 Short-listed for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize
"Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read." - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Fair Borders? Migration policy in the twenty-first century edited by David Hall        $15
Do our current and projected immigration policies offer a 'fair go' to recent arrivals and prospective arrivals, and also to those whose arrival may be generations ago? 
See You When I See You by Rose Lagercrantz and Eva Eriksson          $20
Dani is on a school trip to the zoo, and the teacher tells the children how to stay safe and not get lost. But Dani gets separated from the others. Suddenly another class is rushing up the path and at the back of the noisy crowd is someone she recognizes: Ella! The good friends are so happy to be together again and Ella wants to play. What should Dani do? Follow her best friend in the whole world or do as the teacher said? 

Milk Island by Rhydian Thomas         $29
As the 2023 New Zealand election approaches, four cruel and unusual stories expose the inner workings at the heart of Milk Island (former South Island) where a fifth-term Government's legacy project is going very well or very poorly, depending on who you ask. On Milk Island, patriotism and prosperity trumps all else and life matters very little unless you're Milky Moo, the nation's favourite cow. Absurd and unhelpful, and "100% pure fiction" (unless you happen to live in the South Island).
>> Demonstrating the advantages of the herringbone
The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis       $37
"Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood, that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents, my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow. This book is an effort to understand all that." 
"Even in the wake of Knausgaard and Ferrante it is hard to find a literary phenomenon that has swept Europe quite like the autobiographical project of Edouard Louis." - LitHub 
"An extraordinary autobiographical novel about class, violence and sexuality in France. It's a vivid, often brutal but immensely touching book that restores my faith in the power of literature." - Tash Aw
Void: The strange physics of nothing by James Owen Weatherall        $42
The physics of matter receive a lot of attention, but what about the physics of nothing and of absence? Both relativity and quantum theory tell us that nothingness can't be infinitely extensive. Nothing, Weatherall shows, turns out to be very similar to something, similarly structured and describable with the same laws.
Extinctions by Josephine Wilson         $35
As he feels impelled towards his own extinction in a retirement village, can Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete, find a was back into existence? This novel is about many kinds of extinction: natural, racial, national and personal, and about how these extinctions may be resisted.
#Cook for Syria: Recipe book edited by Clerkenwell Boy and Serena Guen          $60 
A wonderful selection of Syrian-inspired recipes given by top chefs for this book, which is a fund-raiser (and awareness-raiser) for UNICEF's Syria relief fund. 
>> The supper club that became a global movement.

At the Lightning Field by Laura Raicovich     $28
Walter De Maria's 'Lightning Field' is an array of 400 stainless steel poles in the desert in New Mexico, designed to attract lightning. Raicovich pays a number of visits and makes a series of subtle philosophical and mathematical observations on time, space, duration, light, change and changelessness. 
"Raicovich combines her intimate, studied observations with the writings of a vast array of mathematicians and thinkers, including Benoit Mandelbrot and Gertrude Stein. Attempting to answer the question, How reliable is memory?, the essay is a beautifully chaotic map of thought and experience that both mirrors the experience of a work of art and probes its essence." - Publishers Weekly
"Make a pilgrimage to The Lightning Field by walking the lines of this book and building something beautiful in your mind's eye with the author, who will take you there and many places besides." - Rebecca Solnit
The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond         $30
A beautifully illustrated book introducing children to this unique animal. Winner of the 2016 Maurice Sendak medal.
>> Look inside the book!
Fragments of Metropolis: Berlin's Expressionist legacy by Christoph Rauhut and Niels Lehmann          $65
Berlin was the cultural wellspring of Expressionism and the locus of a rethinking of the relationship between experience and architectural form.  Rauhut's and Lehmann's project was to document all the remaining examples of Expressionist architecture with photographs, drawings, maps and descriptions. Impressive.
Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask by Sarah Howgate         $60
Cahun's photographs from the 1920s onwards tested the performance of identity and gender and, although not then much exhibited, her practice was influential in defining the concerns of Surrealist photographers such as Man Ray. Gillian Wearing, who won the Turner Prize in 1997, has mirrored and furthered many of Cahun's concerns. This is an excellent consideration of the work of both photographers. 

The Ski Flier by Maria McMillan         $25
Avalanches, best friends, bicycles, cities, daughters, dragons, disempowerment, eruptions, fringed animal skins, ghosties, Herzog, jubilation, little cafes with candles in wine bottles, lycra, self-doubt, snow, super-herodom, temper tantrums, umbrellas, whales.
>> McMillan interviewed by some 11-and-12-year-olds

The Japanese House: Architecture and life after 1945 by Florence Ostende and Pippo Ciorra         $100
Traditional and new concerns combined to enable a rethinking of the fundamentals of residential and community architecture following the cultural trauma of the second world war. This is the first comprehensive survey of the creative flourishing of domestic architecture in this period.

Wolfgang Tillmans, 2017 by Chris Dercon           $60
An excellent survey of the last 15 years of the work of this important photographer. 
>> Visit Tillmans' website

You Do Not Travel in China at the Full Moon: Agnes Moncrieff's letters from China, 1930-1945 edited by Barbara Francis       $50

New Zealander Agnes Moncrieff was the foreign secretary to the and the YWCA in China during the Sino-Japanese War. Her first-hand accounts of the horrors taking place around her are nuanced and valuable. 
Fink on Warhol: New York photographs of the 1960s by Larry Fink        $85
Very evocative shots of the Factory and its denizens (both in situ and on the streets), together with other fine examples of street photography.
>> The Velvet Underground live at the Factory.

The Wine Dine Dictionary by Victoria Moore         $45
A much-needed guide to matching food to wine and wine to food. 
Fashion Forward: 300 Years of Fashion by Pierre Berge et al        $140
A sumptuous collection of prime examples of dress, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, with informative text and contemporary illustrations to provide context and extension.
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah         $30
Moving from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s, Gravel Heart is a story of exile, migration and betrayal.
"Gurnah writes with wonderful insight about family relationships and he folds in the layers of history with elegance and warmth." - The Times 
"Gurnah etches with biting incisiveness the experiences of immigrants exposed to contempt, hostility or patronising indifference on their arrival in Britain." - Spectator 
Fish Boy by Chloe Daykin         $23
Billy's got a lot on his mind that he'd rather not think about, so he fills it with facts and David Attenborough documentaries and asks a lot of questions (about facts). At school a bully is hardly making things easy for him. Does a mackerel he meets when swimming have something to tell him? 
"Summarising the plot does this assured, silvery writing a disservice.  Literary prizes, this way, please." - Guardian
Just Cool It! The climate crisis and what we can do by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington       $35
A hopeful and practical guide to overcoming the barriers to addressing climate change.

The Nosyhood by Tim Lahan          $30
Lots of well-wishers come to visit the new arrivals in the neighbourhood. How can they all fit in? The along comes a giant nose. Oh no! Don't tell me it is going to sneeze!
>> Develops a theme by Gogol

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Phone by Will Self          $38
What is the relationship between human psychopathology and technological progress? Self continues to extend the capacities of the modernist novel in an attempt to make language more resemble thought. 
"A triumph of joined-up thinking, Phone is the final instalment [following but independent of Umbrella  and Shark] in what has shown itself to be one of the most ambitious and important literary projects of the 21st century. It will be a challenge to those whose minds have been eroded by the permanent present of the smartphone. But I can’t think of a better way to spend your time. " - Guardian
>> Have we lost the need to communicate?
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk       $40
To move is to exist. To be unsettled is to push always at the edges of being settled, to strive to burst into new zones of existence. Tokarczuk has written a collection of short and long texts, all concerning movement and travel, change and stasis, and the effect of these upon identity. Beautifully written, the book is bristling with ideas and memorable images.
Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou           $33
For the People’s Republic of the Congo, the Marxist-Leninist revolution of 1970 heralded a new age. Fleeing the relative safety of the orphanage, the only home he’s ever known, Moses makes a life for himself among the villainous “Merry Men” in Pointe-Noire and the friendly Zairean prostitutes of the Trois-Cents quarter. It is far from a peaceful existence, and pursuit by the authorities ultimately sends Moses over the edge into madness.
"Africa's Samuel Beckett. One of the continent's greatest living writers." - Guardian
Bleaker House: Chasing my novel to the end of the world by Nell Stevens      $38
A young writer achieves total solitude on Bleaker Island in the Falklands (official population: 2) and writes a book (this book) about how total solitude is not a good way to write a book. Sharp.
99 Stories of God by Joy Williams        $28
99 stories, most less than a page long, each written with such sharpness and lightness of touch that they draw blood unexpectedly and without pain.
"Radically compressed. New territory for Williams, with a brevity and a strict whimsy you might encounter in Lydia Davis's work. Easy to follow and hard to fathom; easy to enjoy and harder to absorb." - New Yorker
"A collection of tiny, wry masterpieces." - New York Times
"There’s something unwholesome and self-destructive about the entire writing process."
Aberrant by Marek Sindelka          $39
A heady concoction of crime story, horror story (inspired by the Japanese tradition of kaidan), ecological revenge fantasy, and Siberian shamanism. The book explores the rickety foundation of illusions on which our relationship to the environment, and to one another, rests, and guides us through a world of aberrations, anomalies, and mistakes.
The Red Thread: Nordic design           $110
200 objects, from the everyday to the consciously positioned, intimating the wellspring in Scandinavian and Finnish culture that gives rise to a material culture that enhances, both practically and aesthetically, the small and large aspects of the tasks and pleasures of living. 
October: The story of the Russian Revolution by China Mieville       $33
The radical realignment of society from an autocratic monarchy to a socialist state that occurred in the upheavals of 1917 has long fascinated Mieville and served as a braising pan for his fiction, which is full of extreme characters, new ideas and byzantine thinking. Here he puts his skills as a novelist to work in a history of what was a revolution in human ideas as it was in events played out in the world. 
The Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers confront the occupation edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman      $33
26 writers (including Colum McCann, Rachel Kushner, Colm Toibin, Dave Eggers, Madeleine Thien and Eimear McBride) from 14 countries bear witness to the human cost of the 50-year Israeli occupation of the West Bank. 
"Moving, heartbreaking, and infuriating, testifying to the chilling cruelty of Israel's policy toward Palestinians. Deeply unsettling and important." - Kirkus 
>> Trailer
Free Speech: Ten principles for a connected world by Timothy Garton Ash          $28
With the internet providing instant audience for any statement, how are we preserve our freedoms and also progress to a more humane and inclusive mode of discourse?
"Garton Ash's larger project is not merely to defend freedom of expression, but to promote civil, dispassionate discourse, within and across cultures, even about the most divisive and emotive subjects." - Guardian 
Graphic: 500 designs that matter        $45
A handbook of successful design across the world and across time. 
The Story Cure: An A-Z of books to keep kids happy, healthy and wise by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin      $45
Books to nourish and restore every part of a young reader's mind, usefully arranged by 'ailment'. 
In Writing: Essays on literature by Adam Phillips      $40
Phillips plausibly posits that the insights gained from literature and from psychoanalysis can together provide better understanding of the predicaments and pleasures of being human than either approach can provide alone. Includes consideration of W.G. Sebald, Barthes, Byron, Emerson and Shakespeare. 
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert       $35
A novel correlating Jewish, Ukrainian and German experiences in the days following the Nazi invasion of a small town in the Ukraine in 1941, and seeking comprehension of the guilt burden still passed down through generations. 
>> "My grandparents were Nazis." 
Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember: The stroke that changed my life by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee        $50
In the months following her stroke in 2006 at the age of 33, Hyung-Oak Lee outsourced her faculty of memory to the small notebook from which this narrative is constructed. As she recovered, the realignment of her sense of time led her to think deeply about what she thought of as herself.  
>> How did the stroke affect her vision and proprioception?
Modernism in the Streets: A life and times in essays by Marshall Berman       $43
Marshall Berman was one of the great urbanists and Marxist cultural critics of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and author of All That is Solid Melts into Air, a key work on modernism. This collection includes early essays from and on the radical '60s, on New York City, on literary figures from Kafka to Pamuk, and late essays on rock, hip hop, and gentrification, and forms a sort of intellectual autobiography. 
The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, war, empire, love, revolution by Tariq Ali          $28
Is terrorism ever a useful tactic? Can imperial wars ever be supported? What sort of political party do we need? What is the moral justification for seizing power? How does one overcome the burden of history? What role does friendship or love play in revolution? How do you establish a legacy that lasts? Tariq Ali provides an insightful picture of the dilemmas Lenin faced a hundred years ago, dilemmas that are also relevant today as we face another urgent need for change. 
Sounds and Sweet Airs: The forgotten women of classical music by Anna Beer           $22
Explores the life and work of eight female composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries and the reasons for their contemporary and subsequent obscurity. 
"A meticulously researched, engrossing read, vividly bringing its eight subjects to life. It should appeal not only to music connoisseurs but to anyone interested in social and cultural history." - Financial Times 
Pieces of You by Eileen Merriman         $20
"A wonderfully compelling story suffused with heartbreak and humour about first love, about sexual awakening and the lives of teens: the decisions they are confronted by, as well as the dangers and difficult situations that young people can find themselves in, and how to cope with these." - Stella
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Edde-Lodge       $30
An attempt to wrest control of discussions about racism back from those who are not personally affected by it, a call to see and act against systemic and institutionalised racism, and an exploration of race's relationship to other issues of identity politics. 
Client Earth by James Thornton and Martin Goodman       $40
The organisation Thornton founded in 2007, ClientEarth, uses advocacy, litigation, and research to address the greatest challenges of our time - including biodiversity loss, climate change, and toxic chemicals. It now has sixty lawyers working full-time - finding, taking on, and winning cases across a broad spectrum. 

Who Will Catch Us As We Fall by Iman Verjee        $20

A novel exploring the nuanced, layered intricacies of racial politics in east Africa beyond black and white, focusing on the tensions between Africans and Indians living in post–British imperialism Kenya. 
The Fate of Gender: Nature, nurture and the human future by Frank Browning       $30
"In this daring examination of the complexities of modern gender, Frank Browning gives the scientific evidence that gender is a construct rather than a biological reality. Our notions of masculinity and femininity are becoming more fluid and not less, as science defers to social reality instead of the other way around. Scholarly, wide-ranging, and deeply imagined, this unsettling book limns the triumph of nuance over a binary that was never based in authenticity." - Andrew Solomon (author of Far From the Tree)
Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin         $18
Sixty years after a virus has wiped out the male half of the human species, 14-year-old River meets Mason. She thought all boys were extinct...
From the author of The Rain
Other Russias: Stories and drawing from the age of Putin by Victoria Lamasko                 $50
What is it like to live in Russia? For eight years graphic novelist Lamasko travelled around Russia, collecting the stories, dreams and frustrations of the diversity of people who have not found places of advantage in the post Soviet structures that  dominate post-Soviet society. 
"Victoria Lomasko's gritty, street-level view of the great Russian people masterfully intertwines quiet desperation with open defiance. Her drawings have an on-the-spot immediacy that I envy. She is one of the brave ones." - Joe Sacco, author of Palestine 
The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves by Charles Fernyhough        $28
As soon as we evolved language our minds assailed us with voices that could not be heard by anyone else. What do these voices tell us about the workings of our minds, the structures and function of language, and about our conception of ourselves and our place in our world?
>> Not I
The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's war on the working people by Jeremy Ganz         $33

928 Miles from Home by Kim Slater         $18
When 14-year-old Callum's father brings home his new Polish girlfriend and her son Sergei, Callum starts to re-examine some of the attitudes prevalent with his friends at school.