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GENERAL FICTION



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  • Resolution
  • Something Fishy
  • This Thing of Darkness
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
  • Riddle of the Sands
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Treasure Island
  • Tierra Del Fuego
  • Under Enemy Colours
  • A Battle Won
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Lord Jim
  • The Sea Wolf
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • Moby Dick
  • The Secret Life of James Cook
  • James Cook's New World
  • James Cook's Lost World
  • The Riddle of the Sands
  • Endurance
  • The Water Treatment
  • The River of No Return
  • Those Snake Island Kids
  • Those Eco-Pirate Kids
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    RESOLUTION.
    By A.N. Wilson. 0.33kg Paperback, 155mm x 235mm, 278 pages. Published 2016
    A. N. Wilson's new novel explores the life and times of one of the greatest British explorers, Captain Cook, and the golden age of Britain's period of expansion and exploration.

    Wilson's protagonist, witness to Cook's brilliance and wisdom, is George Forster, who travelled with Cook as botanist on board the HMS Resolution, on Cook's second expedition to the southern hemisphere, and penned a famous account of the journey. Resolution moves back and forth across time, to depict Forster's time with Cook, and his extraordinary later life, which ended with his death in Paris, during the French Revolution.

    Wilson once again demonstrates his great powers as a master craftsman of the historical and the human in this richly evoked novel, which brings to life the real and the extraordinary, brilliantly drawing together a remarkable cast of characters in order to look at human endeavour, ingenuity and valour.

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    SOMETHING FISHY.
    By Derek Hansen. 0.41kg Paperback, 135mm x 210mm, 392 pages. Published 2005
    The one that got away, the one that got too big and the one that went horribly wrong - from the author of Dead Fishy. These stories feature killer trout, trophy marlin, vengeful giant turtles, frozen margaritas, an exorcism and a fat kid you'll just hate. There would be romance but for the fact that there's this fish that does really funny things to your libido ... This book was influenced by Roald Dahl, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Hiaasen and Zane Grey - (but only just). The stories have humour, drama and really nice fish. Reel them in.

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    THIS THING OF DARKNESS.
    By Harry Thompson . 0.59kg Paperback, 130mm x 1198mm, 744 pages. Published 2005
    Brilliant young naval officer Robert Fitzroy is given the captaincy of the HMS Beagle, surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, aged just 23. He takes a passenger: a young trainee cleric and amateur geologist named Charles Darwin. This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that tore it apart, leading one to triumph and the other to disaster...

    Tory aristocrat Fitzroy was a staunch Christian who believed in the sanctity of the individual in a world created by God: Darwin the liberal cleric and natural historian went on to develop a theory of evolution that would cast doubt on the truth of the Bible and the descent of man. The friendship forged during their epic expeditions on land and sea turned into bitter enmity as Darwin's theories threatened to destroy everything Fitzroy stood for ...

    (From the review from the Sunday Telelgraph) ..."This is an outstanding novel in every way. A page-turning action/adventure combined with subtle intellectual arguments"

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    TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.
    ByJules Verne . 0.29kg Hardback, 103mm x 152mm, 535 pages. Published 2010

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    RIDDLE OF THE SANDS.
    ByErskine Childers . 0.23kg Hardback, 103mm x 152mm, 397 pages. Published 2008

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    THREE MEN IN A BOAT.
    By Jerome K Jerome. 0.17kg Hardback, 103mm x 152mm, 269 pages. Published 2005

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    RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER.
    By Samuel Taylor Colerdige. 0.15kg Hardback, 103mm x 152mm, 111 pages. Published 2015

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    TREASURE ISLAND.
    By Robert Louis Stevenson. 0.19kg Hardback, 103mm x 152mm, 302 pages. Published 2004

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    TIERRA DEL FUEGO.
    By Francisco Coloane. 0.19kg Paperback, 195mm x 210mm, 187 pages. Published 2015
    These spellbinding stories of adventure and discovery are populated with explorers, fortune hunters, revolutionaries, seafarers, ship's captains, and smugglers. But the undeniable protagonist in all nine stories is nature itself.

    Southern Chile, the world's end, with its severe beauty—cold, treacherous, desolate—finds its ideal poet in Francisco Coloane. In his stories, this stern landscape rises like a definitive symbol of the elementary and ceaseless drama of human conflict. Coloane is a master storyteller, deftly distilling the universal from the particular and the extreme. But no abstraction of this kind can do these tales justice. Their enduring beauty lies in the forceful, gripping narrative, and the elements that move it: men's crimes and passions, and the land's breathtaking glory and murderous wrath.

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    UNDER ENEMY COLOURS.
    By Sean Thomas Russell. 0.38kg Paperback, 125mm x 195mm, 531 pages. Published 2009
    1793: the thunder of cannon fire echoes across the English Channel, chilling the stoutest hearts . . . The French Revolutionary War threatens to wreak havoc across the English Channel. As the Royal Navy mobilizes its fleet, the frigate HMS Themis is ordered to patrol French coastal waters. On deck is young Lieutenant Charles Hayden. With an English father and a French mother, he must earn the trust of officers and men. Now he finds himself acting as bulwark between the Themis's tyrannical Captain Hart and the mutinous crew. As disaffection turns to violence, Hayden is torn between honour, duty and saving his ship . . .

    A sweeping and epic maritime adventure set during the momentous first clashes of the Napoleonic Wars, Under Enemy Colours is a masterpiece in the tradition of Patrick O'Brien and Bernard Cornwell.

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    A BATTLE WON.
    By Sean Thomas Russell. 0.35kg Paperback, 125mm x 195mm, 561 pages. Published 2011
    Winter, 1793. Newly promoted Master and Commander Charles Hayden's orders are to deliver the frigate HMS Themis to Lord Admiral Hood, whose fleet is sheltering in the Mediterranean. Only hours out of port, however, and the Themis is engaging with the French navy. Hayden's destination is Toulon, a French port under Lord Hood's protection. But there Hayden's captaincy and seamanship are stretched to their limits. For Toulon holds a deadly surprise for the unwary.

    A Battle Won is the brilliant second instalment in the epic maritime adventures of Charles Hayden. A masterpiece in the tradition of Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brian.

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    ROBINSON CRUSOE.
    By Daniel Defoe. 0.44kg Paperback, 130mm x 196mm, 524 pages. Published 2015
    Shipwrecked near the equator, Robinson Crusoe manages to make it to the shores of a seemingly empty Island. Having salvaged what he can from the wreck, he has no choice but to build a new life from scratch. Alone for years with only wildlife for company, the first people he encounters are cannibals and their next victim - a man he rescues and comes to know as Friday....

    With a foreword by Ray Mears, survival expert, and TV presenter.

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    LORD JIM.
    By Joseph Conrad. 0.30kg Paperback, 130mm x 196mm, 353 pages. Published 2015
    Keen to make a name for himself, the young and idealistic Jim becomes first mate aboard the Patna, a ship taking pilgrims to Mecca. In the middle of the fateful voyage, the ship starts to flood. When the Captain and the rest of the crew abandon ship leaving the passengers to their fate, Jim makes the split-second decision to follow them. The Patna doesn't sink, however, and her passengers soon reveal what Jim and his crewmates did....

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    THE SEA WOLF.
    By Jack London. 029kg Paperback, 130mm x 196mm, 338 pages. Published 2014
    Lost at sea after his ferry collides with another vessel, quiet, bookish, Humphrey Van Weyden is picked up by a seal-hunting schooner, the Ghost. But his relief is short lived once he meets her captain, the brutal Wolf Larsen. Caught betweeen Larsen and his terrified crew, Van Weyden's life-changing experience is punctuated by an attempted mutiny, a cataclysmic storm and the appearance of Wolf's terrible brother....

    With a foreword by adventurer Bear Grylls who draws on his own experiences of running into trouble while hundreds of miles from land. In doing so, he gives a unique perspective on how nature at its most unforgiving can challenge our accepted codes of morality.

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    THREE MEN IN A BOAT.
    By Jerome K. Jerome. Pbk, 0.23kgs, 130mm x 198mm, 220 pages, publ. 2011.
    Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.

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    MOBY DICK.
    By Herman Melville. Paperback, 0.35kgs, 618 pages, 110mm x 176mm. This edition published in 2013.
    Captain Ahab's fanatical lifelong obsession with tracking down the great white whale Moby Dick is told by Ishmael,one of the ship's crew. Sacrificing the safety of his men, the crazed Ahab single-mindedly pursues his goal with a devastating outcome. At it's very core, MOby Dick is an adventure novel, but Melville unravels the issues surrounding the indoctrinated belief systems of the time, and it also serves as a cautionary tale and a moral fable.
    Conmsidered as one of the most important Americn novels of its time, Ishmael's narrative of a man against mammal is symbolic, and compelling to the very end.

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    THE SECRET LIFE OF JAMES COOK.
    By Graeme Lay. Paperback, 0.45kg, 368 pages, 153mm x 234mm. Published in 2013.
    A fictionalised account of the famous navigator's early life, this book evokes Cook's youthful ambitions, his early naval career, his marriage to Elizabeth and their family life. Drawing on his personal knowledge of the South Pacific and Australasia, novelist Graeme Lay recreates the peerless navigator's life up to, and including, his first circumnavigations of the world. In particular, Graeme explores the relationship between James and his remarkable wife Elizabeth, the woman he married when he was 34 and she 21 and by whom he had six children, all born while he was away at sea. The Secret Life of James Cook also depicts the often stormy relationship between the self-made English naval commander and the dashing, privileged naturalist Joseph Banks, who accompanied Cook on his first world voyage.

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    JAMES COOK'S NEW WORLD.
    By Graeme Lay. Paperback, 0.44kg, 318 pages, 153mm x 234mm. Published in 2014.
    The year is 1771. James Cook, recently returned from his first, epic world voyage, is promoted to captain and instructed to embark on a search for the last undiscovered landmass, the Great Unknown Southern Continent.

    It proves to be one of the longest and most perilous voyages ever undertaken. Like and eighteenth-century Ulysses, Cook drives himself and his men onward, traversing the entire South Pacific, putting into place the last pieces of earth’s great jigsaw puzzle.

    And though it marks a personal triumph for Cook, his prolonged absence from his wife Elizabeth and their surviving children is marked by domestic tragedy and heartbreak. In this thrilling sequel to The Secret Life of James Cook the biggest question of all is: where does duty to King and Country end and loyalty to wife and family begin?

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    JAMES COOK'S LOST WORLD.
    By Graeme Lay. Paperback, 0.46kg, 366 pages, 153mm x 234mm. Published in 2015.
    The epic conclusion to the best-selling trilogy

    The year is 1775. Captain James Cook is forty-seven years old and the toast of the Admiralty, The Royal Society and the English public after his triumphant second world voyage.

    His wife, Elizabeth, pregnant with their sixth child, relishes the fact that her now-famous husband is home for good. He has been absent far too long.

    But James cannot resist the call of the sea. Offered the chance to discover a long-sought passage from the North Pacific to the North Atlantic, he accepts the challenge. Much against Elizabeth’s wishes, he sets sail for the Pacific, where destiny awaits on the shores of a distant tropical island.

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    THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
    By Erskine Childers. Pbk, 128mm x 198mm, 327 pages.
    I make absolutely no apologies for enthusing about this little story since it is without doubt one of the all-time yachting and nautical classics. Written in 1903 (the year of the Wright brothers first powered flight), at the time when sea-power measured supremacy, it had profound political results. Via the narrative it was a major factor in alerting Great Britain to the dangers of German invasion - until this time it was France that had always been regarded as Britain's natural military threat. Also the concept of what became the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was conceived and recommended in the story.
    The action takes place during late summer and autumn off the sands to the east of the North Sea along that short stretch of German coastline. It concerns two young men - one a rather eccentric English yachtsman and the other a smart and (in modern terms) upwardly mobile Foreign Office civil servant. Together they discover and investigate a German plan to invade England from the protected inlets along a stretch of the German coastline, landing at the deserted marshes and low country of East Anglia.
    Erskine Childers himself loved sailing about the Friesian coast where most of the action takes place, and the story is an absolute delight in it's descriptions of the two yachtsmen managing their small craft amongst the tides and October storms in these very difficult waters.
    The Irish author himself became the victim of politics and was shot dead during the Irish problems in the 1920's.

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    ENDURANCE.
    By Tim Griffiths. Paperback, 153mm x 234mm, 354 pages. Published 2015
    A Novel of Ice, war and Adventure.

    This novel tells the story of a real-life Australian hero, photographer, explorer and adventurer Frank Hurley. It is a story told through his eyes and in his words, and it reveals a tantalising portrait of the man behind the legend he has become.

    Hurley's photographs and documentaries of Douglas Mawson's and Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions, and his astounding images of World War I have been so widely exhibited and reproduced that in many cases they are the principal means by which we have come to see those world-shattering events.

    Here now is the man, Hurley, telling us of his part in the two ill-fated Antarctic expeditions and recounting tales of great heroism and suffering as he fights for his life among the ice and the elements, and witnesses the worst ravages of war on the Western Front. Endurance is an extraordinary debut novel, a rollicking white-knuckle adventure story that also takes us to the very heart of heroism and sacrifice.

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    THE WATER TREATMENT.
    By Steven Radich. Paperback, 0.49kg, 158mm x 221mm, 320 pages, published 2011.
    Inspired by a real life murder mystery, this classic "Who dunnit?" is populated by easily recognized and believable characters. Women throw themselves at Kevin. Is Martin a genuine SNAG or just an opportunist? Emily discovers the father of her child has become a brutal gang leader.

    Ordinary Kiwis take a walk outside the law. They find themselves in over their heads and struggling to deal with the surprise consequences of their illicit choices. Will Kevin become a better man/ What really happened that night in the mid-Tasman Sea? Teflon Max wonders how long he can escape being set up by the police when he knows that they know and they know that he knows that they know.

    Rooted in a bi-cultural landscape, the narration explores the universal issues of fate vs free will and wanders the murky fringes that meander between moral and legal behaviour.

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    THE RIVER OF NO RETURN.
    By Neil Robinson. Paperback, 153mm x 234mm, 273 pages.
    Although this is a novel, as Neil Robinson himself said: "Most of the characters are fictitious, but not, I hope, too far from the truth".

    In The River of no Return Neil Robinson paints a vivid picture from a palette rich in dry wit of the Nova Scotian settlement at Waipu, Northland,in 1860

    The paradoxical character of Norman Mcleod shines contrasting lights over the scene as young Donald McKinnon, on his rite of passage, attempts to question the methods and ideas of the minister, wrestles with the expectations and values of his love for the "beautiful and good" Jessie McKay.

    The backdrop for this eminently human New Zealand novel is a monatge of bushmen working the virgin kauri forests of Northland, merchants and street-wise opportunists in the young town of Auckland, and sea-faring traders of goods, men, and human souls in the tropical islands of New Caledonia and the New Hebrides.

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    THOSE SNAKE ISLAND KIDS.
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.330Kg, 153mm x 230mm, 123 pages, Black & white line drawings, published 2012.
    Jake persuades his family to embark on a sailing-camping holiday on a small Tasmanian Island. Although he is mostly interested in Pirates and his home built-sailing dinghy, Jake's holiday goes astray when he finds himself, through unexpected events, in a situation which leave him isolated with his brother, sister and a couple of Kiwi kids on the island. Forced to dig deep into their personal reserves, the kids find that the treasures they all gain from their experiences are very different from the ones they all set out to find....

    Although essentially a work of fiction, this book is based on true events and real places. Snake Island does exist, uninhabited exactly as the maps in the book describe. The historical details are accurate and treasure hunters still, to this day, search for the missing gold

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    THOSE ECO-PIRATE KIDS.
    By Jon Tucker. Paperback, 0.285Kg, 150mm x 230mm, 193 pages, Black & white line drawings, published 2014.
    Fin has always been passionate about fishing, so when he discovers an illegal net full of undersized fish in Sydney's northern waterways, his first reaction is to empty it. The subsequent events turm a joint Kiwi-Australoan family holiday into a rather more complex experience.

    This Ransome-inspired tale has equal appeal to adults and children. Underlying a clear environmental message is the conclusion that modern children can still find adventure when their parents are prepared to give them a little trust and freedom.

    Jon Tucker is a kiwi ex-teacher turned adventurer whose piratical black ketch is the only home he and his wife Barbara owned for most of their lives. For two decades they, along with their five sons, have sailed extensively, the waters of New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

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