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GENERAL FICTION



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  • 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
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Lord Jim
  • The Sea Wolf
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • Moby Dick
  • The Riddle of the Sands
  • Endurance
  • The Water Treatment
  • The River of No Return
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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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    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 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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