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NZSA New Books List - October 2016

Congratulations to all those who have launched a book this month. Here's a selection of books that our members have sent in for the New Books Lists. 

Claire Hill  New Books List Editor

Keen to submit your book for the next edition of the New Books List?  Please send to: Claire Hill
Deadline for next issue: 25 October.  Information about what you need to send in is explained on our website and at the bottom of this email.


Billy Bird

Emma Neale

Liam and Iris have one son. Just as they are despairing about being able to conceive another child, Jason comes into their family. He arrives under fraught circumstances, but might just make a perfect sibling for Billy. Jason is a ‘lovely, poor, sad, unfortunate, ordinary, annoying, delightful nuisance of a ratbag of a hoot of a kid’ and the boys grow close over the ensuing years. But after a terrible accident, Billy turns into a bird. He utterly believes it: and as his behaviour becomes increasingly worrying, Liam and Iris must find a way to stop their family flying apart. 

Moving, insightful, lyrical and also at times very funny, the novel is also a supple, disarmingly frank exploration of parenthood. It’s also a novel about communication and language. Ripe with playfulness, yet also unforgettably poignant, this novel will unstitch — and then mend — your heart several times over.
Available: All good book stores and online at Penguin

Author's bioEmma Neale is a writer, editor and occasional creative writing tutor. Her literary awards and fellowships include the inaugral NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award, the Kathleen Grattan Award for an unpublished poetry manuscript (The Truth Garden), the University of Otago Burns Fellowship and most recently the NZSA/Beatson Fellowship. Her fifth poetry collection, Tender Machines, was long-listed in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Emma lives in Dunedin with her husband and their two young children.

From Moa to Dinosaurs

explore and discover ancient New Zealand

Gillian Candler

The fifth title in the popular and award-winning ‘explore and discover’ series from award winning author Gillian Candler and illustrator Ned Barraud. Going back in time from 1000 years ago to over 100 million years ago, children will discover ancient survivors such as tuatara, recently extinct animals such as moa, right back to long-extinct dinosaurs and ammonites. Along the way they will find that New Zealand was also once home to such unusual creatures as giant penguins and crocodilians. Each time period illustration includes a “how do we know” section describing what evidence scientists use to base their findings on. This book will appeal to a wide age range up to about 12 years old.
Available: from publishers Potton & Burton and good bookshops around New Zealand
Author’s bio: Gillian Candler is a former teacher and publisher, turned author. Her first book “At the Beach: explore and discover the New Zealand seashore” won the Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction in the 2013 Lianza Children’s Book Awards. Gillian writes children’s non-fiction which is inspired by her experiences volunteering in conservation projects and her adventures in wild places. 

Barking Mad

Tom E Moffatt

At first, Fingers refuses to believe that his Granddad has gone BARKING MAD! But what straight-thinking grownup goes around LICKING the postman, growling like a dog and chasing hospital security guards up trees? And when Fingers and his sister Sally discover a BIZARRE machine in Granddad’s workshop, mix-ups turn into MIND-SWAPPING madness – one look at Granddad’s dog DaVinci is proof of that!
Available: Published by Scholastic NZ and available in the colourful corner of all good bookshops.
Author's bio: Tom E. Moffatt wouldn’t switch lives with anyone else, even if he had his own mind-swapping machine. He lives in the beautiful – if smelly – Rotorua with his loving wife, two gorgeous daughters and a very tolerant cat called Nina. And he gets to spend his spare time creating fun (and usually rather silly) stories. His first book, Barking Mad, won the 2015 Tom Fitzgibbon award and definitely not auto-biographical.

Black Ice Matter

Gina Cole

A book of thirteen short stories that centre around themes of heat and cold - literal, metaphorical and psychological. Stories such as ‘Tabua’ expose the reader to the deadly impacts on civilians from military dictatorship in Fiji, ‘Swim, Bike, Run’ allows us a glimpse into the relationship of two lesbian lovers – both jealous and insecure - and 'Baby Doll', a story of a child sweatshop worker who dreams of another life tugs on the heartstrings of the most stoic reader among us.

‘Aotearoa New Zealand has yet to hear a voice as striking as this one from its Pasifika diaspora: Fijian-infused, queer-inflected, and crafted with legal precision.’ – Selina Tusitala Marsh.
‘‘A challenging, compelling and engaging new writer.’ – Albert Wendt

Available: Huia PublishersWomen’s Bookshop and at all good book sellers. ISBN: 97817755002982. $30
Author’s bio:  Gina Cole (Fijian, Scottish, Welsh) is a barrister specialising in family law and a writer. She has a Masters of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland and has had her writing published in takahē, JAAM, Express Magazine, Span and Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust Newsletter. She won the Alternative Bindings, Auckland Pride Festival creative writing competition in 2014 with her poem ‘Airport Aubade’, and she had a short story highly commended in the 2013 BNZ Literary Awards – Katherine Mansfield Award. Black Ice Matter is Gina's first published book.

The Wolf is Not Invited

Avril McDonald

Illustrated by Tatiana Minina. Published by Crown House Publishing

Wolfgang is left heartbroken when his best friend Catreen runs off without him to play with Clarissa. Spider shows Wolfgang how to make his own fun and Wolfgang realises that there are other great friends out there just waiting to be met! There are some situations and feelings that we cannot change and there are some that we can. Knowing the difference between the two (and some ways to make ourselves feel happy) is a great trick to have up our sleeves!

Available: from online bookseller sites and all New Zealand bookstores Suitable for 4- to 7-year-olds. RRP $23 ISBN: 978-178583017-4

Author's bio: Avril McDonald is the Author of the Feel Brave Series of books (little stories about big feelings for 4-7 year olds) and founder of   Avril grew up on the Kapiti Coast but currently resides in Kent England.  She is an ex Primary School Teacher, Business Woman and a Mum.  She is also a fellow of the RSA which has a mission to enrich society through ideas and action.  

Voices of Belonging

A History of Clevedon–Te Wairoa

Jessie Munro

A beautifully illustrated, long-range study of a rural community from the arrival of the waka Tainui to the drawing of present-day Clevedon into Auckland’s gravitational field. It is brimful of people’s lives, the immediacy of their individual experiences set within the wider historical context of each period. Narrative and analysis are interwoven in this vividly told story.
Available: from Clevedon & Districts Historical Society, McNicol Homestead, 12 R McNicol Road, RD 5, Papakura 2585; or email Price $95, payment by cheque made out to Clevedon & Districts Historical Society, or by direct bank payment to Clevedon Historical Soc: 115373 0004779 11 (ANZ Papakura). Please include your name as reference. Published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa. ISBN: 978-0-947493-25-7
Author's bio: Jessie Munro is the author of The Story of Suzanne Aubert, the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book of the Year. She grew up in Clevedon with strong family and community ties. In researching for this book, she found herself immersed in an ever-growing, intensely rewarding story.

I am an Artist

Nikki Slade Robinson

Published by Duck Creek Press

‘I can make art anywhere.
I can make art with anything.
Can you?'
A beautiful hand-crafted picture book that will inspire and encourage children to create art using everyday objects from the natural environment. Follow the main character through different environments as she creates fantastical art from found objects. The illustrations are a mixture of traditional illustration and stunning digital collage. Teacher notes are available for this book.

Available: at all good booksellers and online. RRP Hardback $29:99. ISBN 978-1-927305-24-9. RRP Paperback $19:99. ISBN 978-1-927305-25-6
Author's bio:  Nikki Slade Robinson has illustrated well over 70 books, and has written many. Her book ‘Muddle & Mo’ gained a Storylines Notable Book Award, as did ’The Seven Stars of Matariki' (written by Toni Rolleston-Cummins). Her recent title ‘The little Kiwi’s Matariki’ is a 2016 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalist. She was a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Award, highly commended in Pride in Print, and has illustrated Te Kura Pounamu Medal Winner ’The Puriri Tree’ by Merito Tawhara.

Have a Heart

Rae Roadley

"Loved the empathetic embrace of racial tension laced with warmth and passion for success and whanau in small town New Zealand." Review.

The Omahu and Gunn families have been in conflict ever since Jack Gunn’s ancestors ‘stole’ Glory Omahu’s family land. Now Glory, with a shop in Kaingatoi’s historic store, is determined to heal the family rift that has seen her parents and brother forced to leave home. Meanwhile, Jack has reluctantly returned to his ‘hick hometown’ to run his long-established family business.

Then Glory sees her family’s long-lost treasures in the Gunn homestead. Her resolve to get them back grows ever stronger when Jack’s ambitions for the village threaten her business.

But Glory and Jack’s connection deepens, secrets are shared and events unfold in the community that challenge their families and their values, beliefs and relationship. Can love overcome generations of mistrust, a clash of cultures and stolen family treasures?
Available: Amazon ebook
Author's bio: New Zealand’s coastline is Rae Roadley’s home and playground. Her memoir ‘Love at the End of the Road’ (Penguin) was inspired by her life on a remote farm on the Kaipara Harbour, while ‘Have a Heart’ is set on the east coast with its golden beaches and scattered islands. A writing tutor at NorthTec and long-time creative writer, Rae is a qualified journalist, a freelance writer and columnist. She blogs about her rural life and her writing has won recognition in contests and media awards.

Scarlet & Magenta

Lindsey Dawson

How could it have been such a sin for a woman to have a mind of her own? In Victorian times, it didn’t do to hold strong opinions or seek unseemly delights…  Lindsey Dawson’s historical novel Scarlet & Magenta, set in Tauranga and Auckland in the 1880s, is based on a true story. Lindsey has spun her novel from letters written by an ancestor about what happened when his friend formed what was then called “an unfortunate attachment” to a married woman. The book is about secrets and morals, but also highlights the deep value of female friendship in a time when women often had no-one to rely on but each other. Boat racing, skating and dancing went on as settlers struggled to lighten their workload with some fun. But there was no escaping small-town disapproval of any woman who dared to think differently.
Available: in book stores and also direct from the author at if you’d like an autograph and bookmark. Price: $35 including postage.  Published by Out Loud Press, ISBN 978-0-473-34142-8  Also available on Kindle soon.  More book background at
Author's bio:  This is Lindsey Dawson’s third novel (the others being Angel Baby and Lipstick in the Dust), but this is her first historical story.  Her non-fiction books include personal development titles Wise Up! How to be Fearless and Fulfilled in Midlife and The Elemental You: Discover and Delight in Your Primal Personality.  She was the founding editor of Next magazine and her career has spanned a range of media roles, from magazine and newspaper work to running writing seminars and hosting radio and television shows.

The Marble Maker
Te Kaihanga Māpere

Sacha Cotter

Illustrated by Josh Morgan, Translated into Māori by Kawata Teepa

Fire up the stoves!
Wind up the cranks!
Open the hatch!
It´s marble-making time!
A child dreams of inventing a brand new marble and having the recipe appear in The Book of Marbles. In a chaotic lab, with an opera-loving sheep as an assistant and using ingredients as diverse as ‘teeth bling from a retired rapper’, ‘three pints of swooshy night air’ and ‘a snippet from a sheep’s fringe’, the child tries and tries, only to fail miserably. But with a little help from her woolly friend, who thankfully knows just when to say the right kind of ‘baa’, she gets up from the ingredient-strewn floor to try again. In a twinkling, twirling burst of energy, amidst wild ‘baa-woos’, she gives the marble-making her absolute all – but will it be enough to get her into The Book of Marbles?
Available: The books are produced in English and Māori editions and are available directly from Huia Publishers and in all good bookstores. $20 each. Suit ages 4–7. The Marble Maker ISBN: 978-1-77550-224-1. Te Kaihanga Māpere ISBN: 978-1-77550-225-8
Author's bio: Sacha Cotter is a children’s writer and teacher based in Wellington. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning. Sacha spent nearly four years teaching in Spain where she completed several short film courses. She has also completed the Writing for Children Workshop with the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Keys/Ngā Kī was Sacha’s first book. Ngā Kī was a winner in the 2015 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. Keys was a finalist and Ngā Kī was a winner in the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

Illustrator: Josh Morgan (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata) is an illustrator, writer and designer with a Bachelor of Design in illustration from Massey University. Josh has worked on a variety of products including picture books, posters and album covers. He works with pencils, paints, textures and Photoshop to produce picture book illustrations that recreate the wonder of childhood.

Translator: Kawata Teepa (Tūhoe) is a writer, resource developer and translator. His translations of children’s books include Ngā Kī (winner Te Tohu Taurapa Award, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2015, winner Māori Language Award, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015 and selected for the IBBY Honour List 2016), Maumahara ki tērā Nōema (selected for the IBBY Honour List 2014) and Ngarimu Te Tohu Toa (winner, Te Kura Pounamu Award, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2011).

The Last Rangatira

Dave Hayward

This, Dave’s fifth historical novel, is the third in his New Zealand War’s trilogy. It continues the saga of the pioneering Barr family. Set in Wanganui/Taranaki at the time of Rangatira Riwha Titokowaru’s uprising, it follows the rise and fall of that extraordinary, but ill-fated, Māori General. Through a clever blend of real and fictional characters, the battles of Turuturu Mokai, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Tauranga-Ika are brought to life.
On the personal level, when Homefields Farm in the Turakina Valley is attacked by a rebel war party, Big John Barr and his family must fight for their lives.
The harsh realities of life for the people of New Zealand, both Pakeha and Māori, during the wars in Taranaki in the 1860s are vividly portrayed.
Available: From the National Army Museum, Waiouru and ISBN 978-0-473-35169-4 (Indie-published by Dave Hayward through in New Plymouth)
Author’s bio: Dave Hayward
was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1954, at the age of sixteen, he joined the New Zealand army. Over the next thirty-three years – through three wars as an Infantryman (‘a grubby grunt on the ground’) – he served his country. The author of five New Zealand based historical fiction novels, Dave is currently working on his sixth – a novel of the Boer War. As Tawhiti Museum’s Nigel Ogle says: “Dave’s military experience gives it that ring of truth. The tactics described cannot be pulled out of thin air by someone who hasn’t been a soldier. I find it all so real and credible.”

Te Haerenga Māia a Riripata i Te Araroa

Maris O’Rourke

Illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley, translated by Āni Wainui

Te Haerenga Māia a Riripata i Te Araroa - the popular Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure by Maris O’Rourke and Claudia Pond Eyley has been translated by Āni Wainui, is now available in Māori and has been distributed as koha to all Te Kōhanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.
Lillibutt misses her whanau so she sets off from Cape Reinga on a very long walk to visit her kunekune cousins at the Auckland Zoo. As she travels down the country on Te Araroa she meets others along the way and overcomes some scary challenges during her long adventure. A charming tale of perseverance that also gives the reader a look at the first stage of the Long Trail/Te Araroa, which runs the length of New Zealand for 3000km, and opened in 2011.
Available: from Duck Creek Press or the authors - $19.99.

Author's bio: Maris O'Rourke is a former Secretary for Education for New Zealand and the first Director of Education for The World Bank. Maris is also an accomplished poet and her first collection Singing With Both Throats was published by David Ling Publishing in 2013. She has collaborated with Pond Eyley on three successful children’s books and lives and works in Mt Eden in Auckland.
Visual artist, painter, printmaker and film director, Claudia Pond Eyley lives and works in Mt Eden. Born in Matamata she attended schools in Montreal, Canada and New York. Claudia recently completed a documentary on former Prime Minister, and current head of UNDP, Helen Clark, and has co-authored with Dan Salmon Helen Clark: Inside Stories, Auckland University Press (2015).
Āni Wainui (Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui) is a former Tumuaki of Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa, and an ordained Minister of Aperahama Church, Murihiku. She was raised by her Nannies in Cape Runaway, speaking both Māori and English. Āni has been a teacher in schools in Gisborne and Invercargill over the last 51 years. She is currently the principal of Te Wharekura o Arowhenua the southern-most Kura Kaupapa Māori Te Aho Matua in Aotearoa.
Contact Maris on or Claudia on or Āni on

Deadly Feathers

Des Hunt

Noah Larsen’s family has recently moved to Stewart Island when he sees a spectacular parrot flying over the bush: a South American macaw, a bird that should never be in the New Zealand forest. Soon afterwards he finds sick and dying native parrots, particularly kaka. He and local girl, Hailey, link the events to an American lone-sailor whose yacht is anchored in a nearby bay. But without evidence nobody believes them.
Enter Sirocco, the rock-star kakapo. He’s returning to the island of his ancestors for the coming tourist season. Everybody is thrilled about it, except for Noah and Hailey, who fear the special parrot will die, just like the kaka.
As increasingly more birds die, Hailey and Noah must battle against both time and weather to capture the macaw. All the while knowing that if they fail, they will have aided the extinction of one of the world’s truly special creatures.
Available: Book stores can source Deadly Feathers from South Pacific Book Distributors. ISBN: 978-0-9941226-2-9. Published by Torea Press. Can also be purchased online.
Author's bio: Des Hunt was a science and technology teacher for many years, interspersed with periods of curriculum development both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he had several textbooks published to support the New Zealand curriculum. Over the last twenty years he has experimented with other ways of interesting youngsters in science, creating computer games and writing non-fiction and fiction with scientific and environmental themes.

Guy Fredrick Andrew - One Man's War

Ronald Pemberton

This is the biography of man's journey through his war years. His Training in America, his combat work in England and his subsequent capture after being shot down over Normandy in 1943. The book shows the training they had to do in several states of the US, the planes they flew and what the conditions were like in the US during the war for a fledgling pilot.
Available: through my website or directly through me at The cost is $30 plus freight. ISBN: 978-0-473-31695-2
Author's bio: My name is Ronald Pemberton, I was born in England and moved to New Zealand in 1962. Went to Avondale college and served a Sheetmetal apprenticeship. Have mainly worked in the Engineering field as a salesman for over 40 years. I'm a pilot and a writer. My other book was a biography called: The Trevor Bland Story - From Rags to Rivets. As you can see both were on aviation. However the next book, another biography,  I'm working on at present is on a New Zealand soldier that was captured on Crete in 1941.

New Books List Submission Requirements:

Are you an NZSA member? Like to feature your new book in the New Books List? Please email the following to Claire Hill at
  1. A JPG, or PNG image: The book's front cover (we don't need back cover).
  2. A Blurb: 1-2 brief paragraphs about the book. (Max 150 words)
  3. Available: Don't forget to include relevant information about where your book can be purchased. If your book is available to purchase online, include the html links. Include publisher name and ISBN number if applicable.
  4. Author's Bio: 1-3 sentences about you. We don’t need a full CV – just the edited highlights. NB: A link to a website is not a bio. (Max 100 words)
And please do a final read and spell check before you send!
The deadline for the November 2016 issue is: 25 October. 

Image: In the spring of 1982, Argentine novelist Julio Cortázar and his partner Carol Dunlop undertook a glorious expedition: they drove from Paris to Marseilles and stopped at every two rest areas. A photo from the touching novel they wrote about their trip,Autonauts of the Cosmoroute.
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