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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident... or something else entirely?
 
Big Little Lies is a funny, heartbreaking, challenging story of ex-husbands and second wives, new friendships, old betrayals and and schoolyard politics.
 

New Zealand booksellers support international action against Amazon.

The association of New Zealand booksellers strongly backs the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) as they join the battle against online retailer Amazon.
 
Booksellers NZ is a member of the EIBF, which yesterday announced support for the German Publishers and Booksellers Federation, which has filed an official complaint against Amazon with the German Federal Antitrust Authority.
 

Last Arrival in Time, by Tim Kilgour

 

In a future defined by unlimited life but finite resources, everything comes at a cost.
 
The hierarchy rules with an iron fist and births are limited to a lucky few who win the right to have a child. When Nathanial Armistice meets the mysterious Jennifer Harding he is drawn into her plot to beat the system and give their planned child the start in life that Jennifer never had. Together over their 100 year romance they fight against all odds to conceive ‘the last arrival in time’.
 

Writer's Choice

Writer's Choice is an international writers' co-operative, www.writerschoice.org, which acts like a traditional publisher for our members.

Here is a selection of our new releases. 

Pages & Pages Named Independent Bookshop of the Year and recipient of the Book Industry Innovation Award, Australia

The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on Friday in front of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for the Arts George Brandis with Pages & Pages Booksellers being named Independent Book Retailer of the Year. The award was shared with iconic Melbourne bookshop Readings with a judging panel of experts from  across the book industry unable to split the two bookshops.

Shades of Purple, by Ross Wilson

A mystery novel with a poke at the Auckland social scene.

John Davies, a journalist who has been working in London, returns to New Zealand to learn that Liz Goulden, his former lover and the wife of Martin Hallett, has been murdered. It appears she Is the third victim of a serial killer, but John can’t accept that.

Is he simply obsessed with Liz – and her sisters, the Goulden girls of the Auckland social world? Or is he right?

Did Martin Hallett murder his wife? Or is his only crime the fact that he was the man for whom John was rejected?

The Third Place, by Rose Wilson

David Hill described this as “a spirited, thoughtful book that deserves to be read”. It may have special interest to Maori or those curious about their own genealogy.
 
Anna is a journalist whose life is about to change dramatically. She’s about to experience the world, and her place in it, in a very different light. And to learn that the word ‘belong’ can have very different connotations.
 
Grief? Celebration?  Or is she simply going crazy? Be patient with her. She may be showing you a very different way of living. 
 
And it all begins with a dream...

It's reading, Jim, but not as we know it: Science Fiction in New Zealand

New Zealand has a long history of science fiction publishing for a young country, with books receiving both national and international critical attention. Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, the book widely accepted to be this country’s first science fiction novel, was written in 1889 by former Prime Minister Julius Vogel.

Strongly positive tone at Wi9

Can we? Of course we can. What? Follow America in turning around book sales in New Zealand and see them grow rather than decline.

That’s the big message I came away with from attending the American Booksellers Association 9th annual Winter Institute, held this year in Seattle, WA.  On occasions it was a bit tough to keep positive, in particular when Jonathon Noel from Nielsen in the UK presented a chart that showed that book sales in New Zealand in 2013 were down 19.3%.

Eleanor Catton to be awarded honorary degree

Man Booker Prize winning Kiwi author Eleanor Catton is to be awarded an honorary degree from Victoria University.

Catton, whose 832-page novel The Luminaries scooped the literary world's most prestigious prize last year, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at the university's May graduation.

"We are extremely proud to count Eleanor among our illustrious alumni, and look forward to formally acknowledging her achievements with an honorary doctorate," Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh said.

Catton's remarkable success so early on in her writing career is clear evidence of her outstanding talent, he said.